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Kateri Shue Photography Creates Pictures That Will Become Family Heirlooms

By S. Mathur

Every family has a story and Kateri Shue, owner and photographer at the studio that bears her name, want to tell yours. She's willing to travel to locations that reflect your personality: parks, fields or trails for outdoorsy types, or downtown coffee shops for the trendy. Rural buildings, playgrounds and gardens all feature as backdrops in her pictures. For indoor photography at the client's home or the studio, Shue prefers to rely on natural light as far as possible.

Shue focuses on family and lifestyle photography, with a special emphasis on motherhood and babies.

"The type of photography I specialize in is motherhood. Anything ranging from maternity, newborns, mommy and me, and baby milestones," she said, "I offer sessions in my home studio located in Mount Clemens as well as outdoors in various places in Metro Detroit."

With a Fine Arts Bachelor's degree from Wayne State University, Shue sees photography as an art. She also believes that it is important for her to give clients actual prints of her picture, rather than just a USB stick or a disc full of images. The prints will come to be valued as family heirlooms.

"Fifty years down the road I would like my clients' children to be able to look at the prints their parents purchased from me and enjoy them still," she said, "Whether they choose me as their photographer or someone else, I highly encourage finding someone who specializes in offering prints and products. Every day they will be reminded of the memories they made that day and how everyone looked by seeing these photos around their home."

Shue is a mother with a young daughter, as well as an artist. She understands the challenges of photographing babies and newborns.

"The special thing about my business is that I encourage moms to get in the photos," Shue said, "Often times mom is in the background or taking the photo and doesn't want to be seen. As a mother myself I encourage all my mothers to step in for one or two shots during the session, not only for themselves but for their children."

Shue has plenty of good advice for the photo sessions, and plenty of maternity dresses and other props at hand in the studio. For babies and newborns, she recommends minimal clothes and changes, to avoid tantrums. For families, she suggests that all members dress in a similar style. For example, if one person is in casual dress, the photographs will turn out better if all family members are also causal, and likewise with dressy clothes. For children, she recommends at least one item that connects to their personality or interests.

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