Hi!  I'm Shannon!  I am a studio Professional Portrait Photographer with a speciality in newborns and babies.  I have spent the past five years photographing, studying, and education myself in the art of newborn and baby photography.  I love babies: their squishy little toes, sweet smiles, and tiny button noses.

Your children are the most priceless and selfless gifts from God.  Capturing  their first days and year with a photographer you connect with is as special as your wedding day.  These moments captured as photographs with be your memories forever....family heirlooms you will share with your child and their children for many years to come.  

I strive to provide my clients with the things they cherish the most, which is beautiful, archival-quality print products that will be treasured as family heirlooms for generations.  

I can't wait to capture your memories!

I love to use whites and neutral colors with some soft colors added occasionally.  I don't like anything to distract from the baby, so I try to keep things simple and pure by using minimal props.  Each set up is carefully thought out to keep the focus on the baby.

In Studio Session

Studio sessions take place in my home in Marysville, MI.   Sessions typically last one hour but there is no time limit.  I primarily photograph on a white background creating a clean, simple, timeless look where my clients are the focus of every image.  I have several props available for babies and children of all ages.  The goal during the session is to have fun!  

~Session Fee~

A $100 sitting fee is required to book a session.  This fee covers the session, preparation of the proofing gallery and one reveal/ordering session.  Prints, products and digital files are available for purchase at the ordering session.  

~Newborn Session~

It is encouraged to book your newborn session while you are still expecting.  Because newborns photograph best between 6-17 days, the actual session day is not scheduled until after the baby arrives.  Newborn sessions are scheduled to start at 10am on weekdays only. To ensure availability, Shannon limits the number of newborns she accepts each month based on due date.  Newborns are photographed while sleeping (a prep guide is sent to parents with tips on how to prepare your baby before the session) although its not required.  Shannon Rae Photography provides all props, blankets, headbands, hats, wraps, etc.   Newborn sessions are photographed in our home studio and typically last between 2-3 hours.

~Baby Milestone Session~

Baby milestone sessions may be done without the baby wearing any clothing, by using special rompers and diaper covers that I have in the studio, wearing outfits brought from home, or a combination of these options.  Babies tend to be happier and more camera friendly in the morning, so morning appointments are encouraged.  Breaks for feedings, snacks, drinks, and diaper changes are often needed.   If your child is teething, please consider a small dose of pain reliever prior to the session.  A little discomfort at home tends to be full blown agony in a strange place.  

~1st Birthday Session~

In addition to everything said in the baby milestone section, a cake smash may be incorporated at the end of the session.  If you would like to incorporate a cake smash, feel free to bring a cake.   A six inch cake is a perfect size, although most professional bakers are familiar with this type of cake.  Here are some links to some bakery recommendations:

Sarah Jane Cakes

Jennie B's Cakery

Kayla's Sweet Ocakesions

If you would prefer me to provide the cake for the session, let me know and I can do so for a $35 fee.

Outdoor Sessions


A $100 sitting fee is required to book a session.  This fee covers the session, preparation of the proofing gallery and one reveal/ordering session.  Prints, products and digital files are available for purchase at the ordering session.  

Outdoor Sessions are scheduled approximately 90 minutes before sunset.  Session can occur at a location of client's choice.  Shannon Rae Photography has several local recommendations if needed.  Location requests outside of St. Clair County may require a travel fee.  Sessions are not subject to a time limit but typically last 1 hour.  In the event of inclement weather (imminent rain, lighting, high sustained winds, etc) the session will be rescheduled.  Due to the ever changing and unpredictable nature of Michigan's weather, sessions cannot be rescheduled based on a future forecast.

Family Session

Family sessions are designed for immediate families.  Please contact photographer for a custom quote regarding extended family sessions.  During all family sessions, photographer will photograph the family all together, the child/ren all together and individually, each parent with child/ren and parents alone.  The number of poses and photographs presented during the ordering appointment vary and depend on the cooperativeness of all individuals.  

High School Senior

High school senior portraits are done completely outside.  Location/locations are chosen by the client.  Sessions start approximately 90 minutes before sunset and last 60-90 minutes.  Outfits changes and location changes are not limited, but must occur within the 90 minute time frame.  Number of poses/proofs presented at the ordering session will vary with the average being 40.  

Maternity Session

Maternity sessions are encouraged to occur between the 32-36 week mark.  Maternity session last approximately one hour and may include only the mother to be, the mother and spouse or the entire family unit if there are older children.  If the baby is delivered prior to scheduled session, the client may apply any monies paid toward a future session or receive a full refund.  

We specialize in providing a professional service from the first consultation until your family heirloom Fine Art pieces are hanging in your home.  Your ordering session can take place in the comfort of your own home (perfect to get input on sizing and groupings), at our home studio in Marysville, MI or at a local coffee shop.  Anyone who is interested in viewing and ordering print products from your session is welcome and encouraged to attend.