Kids + Family Lifestyle Photography

for the ADVENTUROUS, authentic + awesome


holiday mini sessions family portraits in bend oregon - the suitcase studio

November is already FULLY-BOOKED, but dates still available in December! Contact me below to get started!

the no-stress solution to getting family photos you'll LOVE!

HOW? By creating a FUN photo experience for all involved (cross my heart).

Kids think I'm all kinds of cool, and even parents think I'm a superhero of some kind.

Because everyone walks away smiling... for real.

From start to finish, this will be the most STRESS-FREE photo experience you've ever had. Cross my heart, pinkie promise and all that jazz.

fun lifestyle photographer for kids and families in bend oregon

fun lifestyle photography in bend oregon and southern california - by the suitcase studio

less posing. more play.

Let's face it... it's all kinds of awkward being in front of the camera. And sometimes it's a headache just trying to get the family to cooperate.

I GET THAT. And I take care of it all so you don't have to stress. 

With lots of pre-planning, tips on family involvement, and post-session guidance on what to DO with all your fabulous pics... you'll actually get the chance to relax + ENJOY the experience for a change!

And the session itself... yeah, it's all kinds of fun. (And the MEN are the ones to tell me this when we're done. Totally not even kidding.) Here's why: Using your answers to the in-depth questionnaire I provide as guidance, I go in with a plan for shots to capture, how to interact, and GAMES TO PLAY. For real. And utilizing my background in psychology, I'm able to read your moods and body language, tweaking things as we go along. We'll get the shots you want, all while PLAYING GAMES + interacting in fun ways... and without you even realizing I'm actually posing you along the way.

I'm well versed in getting cooperation and avoiding the meltdowns... for both the kids AND the guys. Ha!

I couldn’t be happier with the outcome. We’re awkward. We don’t like being in front of the camera. Yet Michelle managed to keep us laughing & even got Guz comfortable enough that he was picking out photo spots. Thank you SO much for keeping us laughing + for the amazing pictures of my little family.
— Emalee Hatch
fun family photography in bend oregon and southern california - the suitcase studio


sessions types + pricing


holiday mini session

If you want a great budget-friendly experience, THIS is for you. Includes 30 minutes of camera time + a gallery of approx. 30 images from which to select. 15 images are included in the session fee, and you are able to purchase additional images + items, as well.

$199 each mini-session (includes 15 digital images)



This is the no-stress solution to getting the photos you CRAVE. Includes in-depth planning, 1-2 hours of camera time at the location(s) of your choice, 50 final high-resolution images, as well as a 4x6 print of each image. Fine art products such as wall canvases and albums are also available for purchase.

$499 (includes 50 digital images)




This is truly a unique day-in-the-life experience. Let me step into your world and capture it from the inside. We can go on a special adventure, capture the everyday beauty of your home life, or even a combo of the two. But this is so much MORE than just a photo shoot. Through questionnaires + interviews, your heartfelt stories will be shared, then combined with your new photos to create a one-of-a-kind keepsake magazine. Half-day and full-day sessions are available, and include LOTS of digital images + keepsake magazine.  


Price Varies


The Suitcase Studio includes digital images in all kid and family photo sessions. Available as app on phone or mobile device.

All sessions include digital images!

Digital images are delivered as downloadable files, presented to you in a custom online gallery which will remain securely backed up for TEN YEARS.* You can download your images from this gallery at any time and as many times as you’d like. Photos can also easily be shared to your favorite social media sites or downloaded to your phone as an app so you can carry your entire photo album with you anywhere!

Prints and other fine art products are also available for purchase.

*Mini-Sessions do include files as instant downloads, but don't include the TEN-YEAR gallery.

take 20% off your holiday card order!

For a limited time, all photo sessions include 20% off your holiday card purchase at! (Code provided is good for purchases made through Dec. 31, 2017). 

I've partnered with because they simply have the BEST holiday card selection around, so you're sure to get EXACTLY what you want. I'll even upload your purchased images for you, so they're already there and waiting! 

(pssst... and YES, this IS an image of mine which was featured in their holiday collection.)

the suitcase studio featured on holiday cards




Offering year-round lifestyle photography services in Bend, OR + beyond, with frequent visits to Southern California. Destination Storyteller Sessions are also available nationwide.

I'd love to hear your story and see about capturing a piece of it for you. Let's connect!


phone: (541) 633-7598 (no text messages, please)

fun family photos in southern california and bend oregon
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