You guysss, I am the worst blogger ever. In my mind I have good intentions to keep up with blogging all these beautiful sessions but I’m officially a blog slacker. Forgive me!

When I met Denerio and Bethany they were strangers to me. We met at a Starbucks to chat about their birth plan and get comfortable with one another before the big day. I’m telling you what, by time I leave the hospital they don’t feel like strangers to me anymore, they feel like friends. There is a special bond that happens with my birth clients…I’ve come to realize it happens every time and I just love it!

Bethany was planning a all natural delivery at Providence Southfield’s Alternative Birthing Center. I keep in close contact with my birth clients leading up to their due date. I always have mom update me after prenatal appts in that last month and it starts getting so real and exciting! Every time I get a text I jump I get excited it may be time! Being a birth photographer is truly the biggest honor for me.

To know two people who were once strangers to me chose Keri Harrison Photography out of all the Michigan Birth Photographers to be there to welcome and document such a personal and intimate time in their lives truly means the world to me. Thank you Denerio and Bethany for the honor of capturing this beautiful time for you. Watching you two become parents is something I will never forget – you both were so strong through it all.

While Bethany planned a all natural birth, things didn’t happen that way. She was so strong through her labor and contractions but ended up needing a emergency c-section after many hours in labor. When my all natural birth plan mommas end up changing their plan or having to change their plan I always tell them, “It’s ok! A healthy baby and healthy momma is the end goal.” It doesn’t matter how baby comes. All natural. Medicated birth. Water birth. Home birth. Hospital birth. C-section. If momma and baby are doing well and healthy, that is all that matters in the end.

Denerio and Bethany, I have to tell you, I had probably the most fun I’ve ever had at a birth with your family. At one point when things slowed down Bethany was going to try and nap so I stepped out of the room for awhile and hung out with their amazing friends and family who filled up the waiting room. It was quite impressive how many were there waiting for the birth of this sweet girl’s arrival. It was super late at night, I was trying to edit and stay awake and their family was so fun and laughed for hours upon hours and shared all sorts of stories. It was the best!

Birth sessions are almost 100% candid shots. One of my very favorite moments of this birth session was when Denerio stepped out of the room so Bethany could get her epidural and the family said they wanted to gather together, hold hands and pray for mom and baby. It brought a tear to my eye and was one of those moments that reminded me that I truly have the best job everrrr.

It’s hard to believe you just turned one years old, sweet Laila Elaine. I hope you’ve made amazing memories with your wonderful parents your first year of life and I hope to see your beautiful face again in the future!

Much love,

Ps. Am I the only one who wants to get pregnant the second after viewing a birth session gallery?! The miracle of life, there is nothing sweeter!!



Where do I start. This gorgeous momma is a dear friend and was also a bridesmaid in my wedding. We met back in 2001 where we both worked at the time and hit it off quickly and have had countless Thai lunches together, chats and gone through the ups and downs of life together.

Rebecca had expressed to me in recent years her desire to be a mother. So when she told me the exciting news she had a little one on the way I was so happy for her. Her man Clayton almost didn’t come to the session you guys. Because you know, men seem to fight photos sometimes. But I told her he wasn’t allowed to not come and thankfully I got my way!

Let’s just say I’m glad he came along – the guy is photogenic! I was just dying over these two together and Rebecca’s perfect baby bump. It was truly an honor you chose me as your maternity photographer Rebecca, thank you! It’s always an honor.



I am head over heels in love with maternity sessions. It is such a special time in life that I wish more mothers documented. I feel maternity pictures are often skipped over because moms don’t feel beautiful. But man, it is such a beautiful time and I hope I get to photograph more pregnant mommas in 2017 because I just love these sessions so much. Every mom to be that I’ve photographed has truly been STUNNING. Like model material. Seriously. I mean look at her!

We had the craziest windiest day in late March (hey, I warned you in my last post I am WAY behind on blogging sessions!) for Eric and Lia’s maternity/family session but they were such troopers and we rolled with it. And I gotta say, some of the natural hair blown images I captured turned out to be my favorites!

Lia, you are seriously so gorgeous woman! Thank you guys for choosing Keri Harrison Photography to document this special time for you guys! Cannot wait to share their little guy’s newborn session soon, he’s the SWEETEST!


My biggest inspiration in the Industry

As I’m sure you all know by now, Rachel Vanoven of Rachel Vanoven Photography is my favorite newborn and family photographer in the industry. Her work has always left me breathless! She makes her newborn work look effortless and let me tell you, it is NOT! I used to shoot posed newborn sessions when I had my studio and it takes a LOT of practice, patience and talent. Her work is always flawless. My dream was for Rachel to capture newborn photos of our sweet Brooklyn (who will be ONE in 3 days! Waaaa!).

I have Rachel’s awesome Family Workshop guide and am in her FB group for those who have purchased it and once our little lady arrived I posted in the group with a pic of my new princess and casually asked Rachel if she needed a beautiful newborn girl model for anything. I about passed out when she told me she was trying to think of a way to make it happen….and within an hour she said, “Let’s do this!!” and off to Indy I went a week or so later for my Brooklyn to be her very first newborn model for her awesome ‘Fly on the Wall’ workshops. It was truly a dream come true for me. I still can’t believe it!


Rachel is an amazing photographer and person. I just love her and am pretty much obsessed with all of her work. Her family work has always been my very favorite, her edits are just perfection and what I strive for my work to look like – with a bit of my own style mixed in too! So why the sappy post you ask??

Well, she JUST released her new updated RVP Family Guide (version two!) and I cannot recommend it enough! If you are a beginner photographer or maybe even a seasoned photographer, buy it!! I specialize in children and families and I am always eager to learn and grow in my work and her guide is an awesome tool to own!! You won’t be sorry. She is so giving of all her secrets and tips and it even includes videos of her shooting sessions, her editing process and more. Go buy it and come back and thank me later 😉

You can purchase it here: The Rachel Vanoven Family e-Workshop Guide 2

My dream (since she already fulfilled my other one by photographing my baby girl) is for her to capture my family. I know they would be photos I would cherish for the rest of my life. Everybody needs a little RVP hanging up on their walls, it’s a must!

Thank you Rachel for being such an inspiration to me in this industry. Your work truly is perfection in my eyes and it’s so wonderful to see such a talented photographer share her knowledge with us. THANK YOU for being awesome!!


The 7 words that changed my business

First off, hello! I’m Keri. If you don’t know me, I’m a lifestyle photographer based out of good ole’ Fenton, Michigan. I tell people ‘Metro Detroit’ or ‘Southeast Michigan’ since Fenton is a small town and most have never heard of such a place. I specialize in maternity, birth, newborn, children and family photography. I’ve been married almost 13 years to my best friend, Jeremy, and I’m the momma to five precious little ones, all under 9 years of age – along with one more peanut waiting for me in heaven.

I shoot Nikon and I’m a simpleton. One body and two prime lenses. That’s it yo. Yes, I dream about adding more gear to my collection and sometimes I like to fill my cart on B&H’s site with all my dream gear just for fun, but for now, you’ll see me shooting with a D750, paired with my Nikon 35 1.4g & Nikon 50 1.4g lenses. I also love tacos. Lots and lots of tacos. One day when I leave this world, I pray my last meal will be 3 crunchy beef and cheese tacos from a taco shop in San Diego, California….because that is where real good tacos live my friends, in case you were wondering.

So now that you know a little about me, let’s dive in to what this post is all about. Tacos. Only kidding. This past year has been a big year for me as photographer. Bucket list items were checked off my list you guys (ahem, meeting Rachel Vanoven of Rachel Vanoven Photography and having her photograph MY BABY and also meeting one of my other inspirations in the photography world, Sarah Hill, of Sarah Beth Photography. I met them both the same day and took selfies with them peeps, yes yes, be jealous. It was a good good day, and it even involved tacos. Cherry on top. My sweet baby girl was a baby model for Rachel’s first ‘Fly on the Wall’ workshop. It was truly amazing to not only have my baby photographed by thee best newborn photographer in the world (IMO, but come on, it’s true) but also get to hang out with her and see what a fabulous person she is.

There was something she said that day to the workshop girls that really stuck with me and made me think. It was a much needed light bulb moment for me as a photographer and it was those 7 simple words that changed my business. She said, *drumroll please*, “People invest in what’s important to them.”


It was really what I needed to hear but didn’t even know I needed to hear at the time. You see, I was wanting to make a change in my pricing but I was terrified. What if people tell me my work isn’t worth it? What if they tell me, “You’re crazy, I would never spend that on photos.” What if I don’t book a single session? What if? What if? What if? I would then think back to those 7 simple words she spoke that day. “People invest in what’s important to them.” When I thought about those words, I realized how true they really are and it gave me the push to make the changes I wanted to make.

I’m sure some people truly cannot afford my pricing, and I completely understand that and I do not take it personally, but I think if it is something that is important to you, you sacrifice other things to make it happen. Know what I mean? You want to go to Disney with your kids? Awesome! You save for it. You want your kids to have their own ipads? Awesome! You save for it. You make sacrifices in other ways so you can do those things you want to do. Maybe you don’t go out to eat as often, cut back on the mani’s and pedi’s, skip a week of golf, the list goes on and on…but you save because it’s something you value as important.

For me personally, photos have always been important to me… long before I was even a photographer. I’ve always loved documenting my life through photos and I love to scrapbook. Investing in family photos is important to me. In fact, this past November I booked one of my favorite photographers, Sarah Beth Photography, to capture my family this year. Our shoot is next month and we are even traveling over 5 hours for our session. I have been saving little by little for the last 9 months. I’ve been obsessing and planning outfits to make this session perfect, why? Because I’m investing in what’s important to me.

Having one of my favorite photographers capture these moments with my kids…their toothless smile, floppy blonde hair, and my baby’s thunder thighs are the moments I want to remember. Photographs freeze time. When my kids are grown, I know these photos will mean even more to me then. Looking at photos bring back memories, it takes you right back to that moment….and moments with my husband and kids are the ones I always want to go back to.

Those 7 simple words changed me. My perspective. My business. It was a breakthrough for me in many ways, a confidence builder I needed. I raised my prices and I don’t feel guilty about it anymore. I’ve worked really hard for the past six years to get here. I’ve invested in gear and tools to help me grow and get better. And most importantly, when I’m away shooting sessions, that’s time I’m away from my family. And that time is very precious to me and it has to be worth it to me.

So if you are a fellow photographer or small business owner, I encourage you to be confident in your talents. It really took me a long time to get there mentally. I would always feel bad about charging more money. Stop doing that! Your work is worth it! People will invest in what is important to them so don’t be offended if they don’t choose the service you provide. Be you. Be confident. And eat more tacos. That’s all folks.8D5A0356
(Photo Credit: Gracelyn Photography)


I know I say it time and time again, but I just love photographing births! There is just something so special when a family welcomes me into such an intimate time in their lives – the birth of their child! It’s so incredible – and I walk away from each birth feeling such a special bond with my birth clients. I’m always smiling from ear to ear (despite how sleep deprived I may be)-  and am continually amazed by the miracle of birth and the opportunity to have the best job in the world 🙂

Sooo when fellow photographer and super talented Trae of Devoted Knits reached out wanting to book me for her birth – I was beyond excited! Any professional newborn photographer knows of Devoted Knits, one of the very best vendors in the newborn photography industry providing bonnets, tiebacks and other knitted goodness to her customers! Be sure you check out ‘Devoted Knits‘ on Facebook to see her talent!

Daniel and Trae’s birth story was fast and furious! I received a call around midnight that they were on their way to the hospital and contractions just two minutes apart. Typically I wait until mom gets checked at the hospital to see what she’s dilated to before heading to the hospital but seeing as Trae planned to labor at home as long as possible – and knowing her contractions were just two minutes apart I decided I was going to head to the hospital to be safe. It was a good thing I did because 45 minutes after arriving dad came to get me and Trae was already dilated to 9! Within the next couple hours baby Scarlett was born! Mom went completely natural, drug-free and rocked it out! Daniel was by her side the whole time and was such an amazing support and was so calm and comforting. Thank you Daniel and Trae for choosing me as your birth photographer and for giving me the privilege to capture Scarlett’s birth story – it truly was an honor!

Welcome to the world Scarlett Jane! Born February 8th, 2016 – 6lbs 12oz, 19″.


I absolutely love meeting new families. Capturing your children…your families…it truly is such an honor to me. It was so evident how deeply little Margot is loved by her parents. They were all so photogenic and we had the most gorgeous golden sun that evening. I sure am missing summer right about now…I guess I’ll have to settle for getting caught up on some of the gorgeous families I photographed this past year. Can’t wait for 2016!


I’ve been wanting to sit down and find the time to write this blog post for awhile now. With October being pregnancy and infant loss awareness month, I felt this was a fitting time.

Let me start from the beginning. This is my longtime friend of almost 20 years, we’ve known each other since our early teens. We have been through the ups and downs of life together. Lots of laughter, silly fights, weeks spent together at our favorite Bible camp (shout out to Bair Lake Bible Camp!), probably liking the same boy at one point or another to meeting and dating our now husbands, being in each other’s weddings, being pregnant together, watching each other become a mother. So many memories with this girl. I love her dearly and I know she is a friend that will be in my life forever.

Her little boy Landon was born just a couple months before my Lincoln was born. It was fun seeing our bellies and boys grow together, even though she had since moved to Florida and we didn’t see each other often. One good thing about Facebook 😉 So when she got pregnant with her second, and me being the biggest baby lover on the planet, I was so super excited for her. She wanted the surprise again of not knowing the gender, which always killed me – and probably part of the reason why she wouldn’t find out, just to make me crazy 😉 She’s always wanted a little girl, and has had a girl name she has loved for the longest time.

I will never forget that day. That day I was playing tag at the park with my kids, when my phone rang. It was Joanna. She was just weeks away from delivery, so I got excited inside thinking she was calling to tell me she was on the way to the hospital, or maybe her little peanut arrived. When I answered the phone, I almost said, “Is the baby coming?!?!” but something inside me told me not to. I’m thankful that is not how I answered the phone that day. I said “Hey Jo, how are you?!”….and it was quiet for a minute on the other line….

“I lost the baby.”

I immediately felt like someone punched me in the gut and I ran out of the park, hopped a fence to get to a quiet place to talk to her. I just remember saying, “Joanna….no….no….NO!”

She went on to tell me she realized she hadn’t felt the baby moving in a bit….and so she was a little uneasy….so she tried to do everything they say to do to get baby to move. Still nothing, but she wasn’t really sure what was totally normal….she went to bed that night and went in to the doctors first thing that next morning….and the doctor couldn’t find a heartbeat. She was 36-37 weeks pregnant. My heart just broke into a million pieces for her. I couldn’t believe this was real. Her pregnancy was perfect with no complications, and she was weeks from delivery. I mean, you never think you’re going to lose your baby that close to delivery. You just don’t.

We talked for awhlie, and my mind was spinning in a million directions. They planned on delivering her via c section the next day. I just thought to myself, “I have to get to her. I have to be there. I have to hug her. I have to meet her baby. I want to photograph her baby. I have to look at flights. Oh my gosh, I can’t believe this.” We continued to talk, she asked me some questions on what I thought she should do, if it was a little girl. Should she name her the name she has loved forever? Even though she wouldn’t even take a breath? Or save it in case she got pregnant again down the road. Ugh, I just couldn’t believe we were having this conversation. I remember telling her I didn’t know, that she had to make that decision, but if it were me, I don’t think it would feel right naming her something different, if it was a girl, because it’s the name I already planned to use.

We talked for a bit more, I told her how sorry I am, how I wish I was there, how I’m praying for her so much and we said goodbye. I was totally crushed and my eyes were filled with tears as I went and found my hubby in the park and told him. I went online to look at flights – but flying out the next day was $1k, and I just couldn’t swing it. I felt like I was failing her not being able to be there – on the worst day of her life. Oh how I wanted to be there.

I was able to go on Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep’s website, which is a organization where photographers donate their time and talents to parents who have lost their children. A beautiful gift. And not an easy one on the photographers I can imagine. I went online and was able to find a photographer in her area that would come to the hospital the next day and photograph her sweet baby.

She delivered a beautiful, perfect baby girl that next day. A girl. Oh how my heart broke even more in that moment. To finally have her little girl, and yet she was stillborn. Devastating. Meet Kylie Jo…

kylieA perfect baby girl. Just so perfect. Oh how I wish I could have snuggled her.

It’s not easy watching someone you love very much go through such deep loss. Within a 3 month period, I watched three of my closest friends go through great loss. First my girlfriend lost her mom suddenly, who was her best friend. Then Joanna lost Kylie. Then my other dear friend lost her dad suddenly. They were almost all exactly a month apart. So hard, so so hard.

Jo and I spent many days in the future talking about Kylie, how she felt, how she’s struggling, and just….remembering Ky. During one of our many talks, I told her that when she got pregnant again one day, that I was going to be there no matter what when her baby was born. I was flying myself to Florida – and if I couldn’t, well, I would hitch hike 🙂

On August 3rd – that day happened. Joanna welcomed a beautiful baby boy into this world. I knew this day would be hard. It would bring healing and so much joy, but also I knew it would bring memories. Memories of Kylie. Memories of going through surgery, to just be handed a baby you don’t get to take home. While photographing the birth was a big deal to me, more importantly I wanted to be there for her.

We had to be at the hospital super early that morning for her c section….and then right as she was about to be wheeled back a emergency c section came first and we had to wait. Gah, the nerves! She was in pretty good spirits though, nervous, but laughing and happy – which made me happy. It was the first c section I photographed where I was allowed in the OR. I was so thankful – we didn’t know forsure if it would be allowed – it was up to the anethesologist – and he said he was fine with it. I snapped a couple of her in the waiting room right when we got there…Facebook1 Facebook3And then let her and Joel have some time together before they called me back. I was ready to go…and getting a little impatient 😉 csectionJoel called me back, and Joanna was in good spirits and was getting ready to be wheeled off to surgery. Facebook4 Facebook5 Facebook6We got back into the OR and all was going well so far. She was cracking jokes with the surgeon – and as she heard me snapping away asked me if I was taking pictures of her guts – LOL. Always a sense of humor that girl 🙂 Facebook7Facebook9Minutes later we welcomed baby Sawyer into this world!!!! What a perfect little bundle of joy!
Facebook12 Facebook19 Facebook22 Facebook24 Facebook25  Facebook16 Facebook17 Facebook15Facebook29 Facebook32Facebook35 Facebook44 Facebook48 Facebook50 Facebook51 Facebook52 Facebook54 Facebook56 Facebook57 Facebook59 Facebook62 Facebook63 Facebook65 Facebook67 Facebook68Facebook75 Facebook76 Facebook77 Facebook78 Facebook80 Facebook81I would say these photos were the high of the day. The joy of his safe arrival, we were all so thankful. It was the calm before the storm. The storm came soon after big brother Landon came to meet his baby brother. Joanna’s parents were in from Michigan and they stayed with Landon while Joanna was in the hospital. Joanna did not share the name with anyone, so it was a surprise. Landon knew his brother’s name though, and he was the one who was going to announce it to Grandpa and Grandma. Joel and Joanna named Sawyer after her dad….Rodney. Sawyer Rodney. Joanna is very close with her dad, and wanted to honor him in this way.

It was when she and Landon announced the name that the storm came. The tears came. Thoughts of Kylie. The daughter they were missing. All the emotions flooding back. It broke my heart to the core, as I tried to continue documenting this raw and emotional time, without completely sobbing myself. Oh Kylie, we haven’t forgotten you baby girl. In the midst of joy, happiness and love for this new little boy, Sawyer, there was grief, sadness and tears that Kylie wasn’t here.

Joanna requested this shot specifically….her three babies togeher. Landon is the one on the right on the phone, Kylie on the iPad and then little brother Sawyer laying next to his big siblings. Beautiful and heart wrenching all at the same time.
Facebook85….And then Landon and Grandpa and Grandma Rounke came to meet the newest blessing…and brought us Chick-Fil-A! Yum.
Facebook88 Facebook89 Facebook90 Facebook93 Facebook94 Facebook96 Facebook98 Facebook100 Facebook104 Facebook107 Facebook109Facebook112 Facebook118 Facebook120 Facebook122 Facebook123When it was time to say goodbye to Landon and Grandpa and Grandma….these were the moments. The really really hard ones.
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To all of you out there who have lost a baby….whether miscarriage, stillborn or a child who once lived, I’m so sorry. I’ve been through one miscarriage myself and I know the ache. Your babies will never be forgotten. Forever loved they will be.


It was so much fun to photograph these sweet friends of mine, the Garcia family. They moved from Michigan to North Carolina this past year and when they came in town to visit – photos with them was a must! They have the most gorgeous babies and it was their first time having family photos done since their SON was born. What an honor it was for me to capture their sweet family. Here are some of my favorites from their session!


I first met the adorable Fitch family when I did my Christmas Tree Farm sessions last November. They were so sweet and I just loved capturing their family of four. I was excited when mom reached out wanting some updated summer photos of the kids and family – and they were just a joy to photograph once again.

I will never tire of capturing children and family. I just love what I do. Here are some favorites from their session!