Candid, Joyful, Modern and Artistic.

If you're looking to have a fun, relaxed portrait photography experience--I am the gal for you! Traditional portrait photography is boring and stiff. It doesn't show the real and raw emotion between you and your loved ones. This is why I love what I do! My name is Samantha (Sammy for short) Michalak and I specialize in capturing the spirit of you and your loved ones that double as breathtaking modern artwork you are excited to display in your home.

Pricing & Packages


Two hours of shooting.
Two locations.
Two to three outfits recommended.
Complimentary styling service.
Includes all of your professionally edited digital images within 30 days of your session.

Studio add $99.



One hour of shooting at one location.
One outfit.
Complimentary styling service.
Includes all of your professionally edited digital images within 30 days of your session.

Studio add $99.


Portrait FAQ's

Can we bring our pet?

Absolutely! I have a fur baby of my own and know how important it is to make sure they are in the family photos. My only requirement is that you bring someone with you (that is not a part of the photo session) that can handle the pet when they're not in the shot. Be sure to bring lots of treats!

What should we wear?

First and foremost wear something true to you and your personality. My professional recommendation is to wear neutrals or jewel tones, those colors photograph best in my opinion. Small patterns can distort in digital photography (ex: pin striped or polka dots) so solid colors work best. Have fun with textures like silk, chunky sweaters, faux fur, pearls, and chiffon.

TIP: Avoid blending in with the environment if possible. For example, if your session is in the woods avoid wearing green or brown and opt for something that will stand out against the background like white or blue. If your session is in the studio be sure to wear a contrasting color to your background choice (ex: don't wear a black top if you selected a black backdrop)

How many outfits should we bring?

In order to provide the best experience and images possible, there is a one outfit maximum for one hour sessions (the outfit you come dressed in)

For 2 hour sessions I recommend two to three outfits. I have a pop-up changing tent for your convenience!

Do I need to bring anything?

I highly recommend bringing a water bottle or a refreshing drink that will keep you cool and energized! Touch-up makeup and hairspray are also great items to bring with you.

For longer photoshoots I recommend bringing comfortable shoes to slip on in-between locations.

When will we receive our gallery?

For portrait sessions you will receive your gallery within 30 days of your session date. Wedding galleries are delivered within 6 weeks of your wedding date.

When should I book my maternity portraits?

I highly recommend booking your session as far in advanced as possible, I typically book anywhere from 2-3 months in advanced for portrait sessions. I recommend being at least 28 weeks pregnant, and no later than 34 weeks pregnant to avoid being uncomfortable.

When should I book my newborn portraits?

I only take on 3 newborn sessions each month, that go on my "due date" list. Once your retainer is paid and client service agreement is signed, you are on my "due date" list. After you deliver your baby, we can schedule your appointment (maximum 30 days after delivery).

Newborn sessions can take place in your home or at the studio. I recommend having your session within 6-14 days of birth.