Family Photos in Kaysville, Utah

Choosing a photographer for your family photos can be a challenge. You might ask for referrals from friends, check photographer's websites, and read Google reviews to decide on a photographer you trust.

To book a family photo session with Michelle Deppe Photography you can send an email to book a date and time with me. For outdoor sessions the best light is in the morning or 90 minutes before sunset. This can change if you choose to be at a shady park and the light isn't harsh during the day.

I will send you ideas of outdoor locations, what to wear, and answer any questions you have.

Your photo session will show who you are right now. I want to capture honest photos of you and your family. My goal is to have natural looking photos that are unique to you. I do take the traditional photos, but my favorite photos are more candid and natural.

Here are some tips for your session


Around Davis County and Salt Lake I have several options and favorite places I like to take photos. (click here to see this blog post about locations) You can have mountain backgrounds, tall weeds, rolling hills, a pond background, and other unique looks in you photos.

Time: If we are shooting in your home, I prefer late morning, because that is when homes are usually lit up the best. If we are shooting outdoors we will shoot either in the morning or in the evening. The light is typically too harsh mid day. If your children are up for it, shooting one to two hours before sunset provides gorgeous light and atmosphere. The images in my portfolio look the way they do largely because of my use of light and the time of day your session takes place has a huge impact. Many families tell me that they simply have the kids take a late nap or have some down time prior to their evening session.

Length Of Session: The good news is, I am super fast! My family portrait sessions rarely last more than an hour. Don't worry, I can easily get a variety of images and different backgrounds in that time.

What To Wear: Your clothes should be comfortable and reflect who you are. I do not recommend matching but rather coordinating. (Click Here to read a guide I wrote to help you select what your family should wear for your session.) I am happy to talk to you directly on wardrobe. Just let me know.

Props: I do not use props during my sessions, however if you have something in mind please let me know. For senior sessions many kids like to have props and this works well for a session.

Your Children: Remember that children don't like to be told to pose or smile. It is best if we just give the children time to relax and try to capture their natural self. Don't worry if your child is running about and active, most of the images you see of young children on my site were captured while the child or toddler was busy playing and exploring. To get the family shots, I usually direct the adults to simply "be" with the child, or hold the child and we go from there. To get the most out of your session, make sure that your little one has rested and has had adequate snacks and water. We can take breaks for snacks and play, however I will probably still shoot during the breaks. Bring dry, non messy snacks so their little faces stay clean during the session. Prepare the child for the session by letting them know that a friend will be taking some photos of them, it's best not to surprise them. Click HERE to read a guide on how to best prepare your children for your shoot.

Please arrive on time or be ready to start on time: Remember, your session is scheduled according to light. It is important that we start on time.

Please plan for traffic or parking constraints. It's best to arrive early.

I can't wait to capture your family! Do not hesitate to ask me any questions you have. See you soon!