Brea Oakes Photography is a West Michigan Family Photographer who provides a complete client experience from location and wardrobe guidance to final products, Serving Families, Newborns and more in the Kalamazoo & West Michigan Area.


Life does not stand still for you. Your life is busy, and as a Mom of two little ones, I understand that feeling. I know that time passes by so quickly and the only way to preserve the little details of your life is by documenting it. 

You give the world to your kids. Raising little humans who value and see the good in the world is hard work. You do so much for your family, sometimes forgetting to to take care of yourself. Getting caught up in the business of life, some times means it will continue to pass you by. Don't miss out on capturing the beautiful details of your kids childhood, the connection you all share and the authentic moments both good and messy. Your kids want to see their childhood captured, the relationship with their parents, and not only for the future but displayed around their current world. One more day gone is another day that those little fingers and toes get a little bit bigger.

This experience is for you if you value investments in your family and believe that photos are one of the most treasured items a family can have. When you look back on your life, are you going to be fulfilled with those 5 dollar daily Starbucks coffee drinks or are you going to be glad you put that money in your family memories? In a world full of clutter and busy, we need to have some self care that allows for our true happiness to shine through. We need to be intentional with our time and enjoy the journey along the way. So lets enjoy it by heading out for an adventure, playing out in the sunshine and running through the fields.
My goal is to create a comfortable and stress-free experience that focuses on fun, interaction, and connection. No pressure and nothing forced, I walk you through the details and help with session planning that is customized to your family to make it natural and authentic to you. You deserve a complete luxury and effortless experience. So I guide you from the moment you inquire, to location and wardrobe guidance to helping you select the perfect images and heirlooms for your family. Its time to take care of you Mama!


I see & feel you 


 I photograph how it

 Experience  Fun

You value                              &                 for your family

You value                                      &                 for your family

Emotive photos and little details so you can remember how it felt for years to come. Capturing the authenticity is more important than the perfectly posed photo. Lighthearted and laid back. Photos where kids can be themselves and every ounce of life in this moment is captured. Those giggly laughs and snuggles will only be here for so long. I will document all the sweet details and add that with my own artistic approach to create those heartwarming images you can feel. 

Lets Do this!

Lets spend some time together running through fields and chasing that golden light. Are you ready? 

Going through some of my childhood photos are my favorite. Some are faded and the quality isn't great but with all the technological advances, things are made to last nowadays if you do it right. These memories give me a glimpse into my childhood, and my parents and grandparents relationship with us and each other. As a Mom, I want to pass down my legacy to my children and their children someday. I have a photo of my Grandpa and I from when I was 5 that I treasure. I lost him too soon and its my daily reminder when I pass it in the hallway to treasure the things that matter most. It is so important for these stories to live on. Someday digital images may not be accessible so there needs to be another way to keep the memories alive.

This is where I get to help you take care of whats best for your family. Is it a coffee table book that your kids can look and flip through? Maybe a canvas print in your hallway so as you walk past, you also have the daily reminder that family is the greatest treasure and you are so grateful you took the time to document it. A tangible quality piece that stays with you until your 90 and you get to tell the story of it to your grandkids. 
Heirloom products are not these items you can get at Shutterfly. They are archival products that will last and not fade. Don’t let images only live on your phone and in outdated technology. Think of tangible prints and products as love letters to your family, your children and generations to come. 



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Photos will be the              thing             someday.

Heirloom Albums & Books
Keepsake Story Boxes
Wall Art
Archival prints



Lets connect by phone and talk vision and details


If were a fit- Contract & pay session fee



session Questionnaire and planning


Gallery reveal -Choose Your photos &  keepsakes



Simple & Easy Process

Brea was so great to work with. Her philosophy is exactly what I was looking for! Relaxed, go with the flow, and REAL. She worked so well with the kids and makes you feel like you’ve known her forever with her welcoming demeanor. Her turn around time was unbelievable too! I’m already planning my next shoot with her. You can never have too many pictures especially when the kiddos are young -BUJALA FAMILY

Brea was so great to work with! I highly recommend a session with her, ESPECIALLY if you have toddlers. She captured such sweet moments of my two year old twins and made it so much fun for them. She had sneak peaks for us within a few days and then our full gallery not soon after that and I loved every picture! -COOPER FAMILY

Brea is absolutely amazing. She is patient, kind, creative, great with kids, and incredibly talented with her photography skills. She was able to get nothing but smiles from my stubborn and wild one year old. Our session was so relaxed and it truly shows when looking at the photos. 100+ stars if I could. -ZUK FAMILY 

Kind Words

I do have an in home studio that I utilize for Children and Babies. It is limited on space so for Family sessions, we will choose a local studio around Kalamazoo.  Lets chat about those options. 

Yes I will and do travel! A travel fee may be applied for anything outside of the Kalamazoo Service area. 

I have some sweet spots around Kalamazoo I use for outdoor sessions depending on the type of backdrop you want. For studio sessions, I utilize studios around Kalamazoo or my in home studio- depending on the session. Tell me a vibe your looking for and I will make it happen!

A week after your session, we will do a gallery reveal. This can be via zoom or in person. You will choose your keepsakes and photos at that time. You will be fully prepared on what to expect after your booking. I guide you through the entire process from the start.

My approach is the same with any session but head over to my wedding information page here learn more. It will give you all the details! Once you fill out my contact form- I will be right back in touch!  

Do you have a studio?

Do you Travel?

When and how do we receive our photos?

Depends on our session but I will always offer advice on what looks best and what doesn't. I will recommend outfits and color schemes to really help make your photos beautiful.

YES!! I am so grateful to those who pass my name on! For anyone you refer and books with me- you will get future print credits. Just make sure they mention who referred them.

What should we wear?

Do you offer a referral program?

tell me about your wedding photography information

We live in Michigan so you never know what your going to get! My sessions will be rescheduled if it calls for rain and this is called the day of the session.

What about weather?

For outside sessions, 2 hours before sunset or after sunrise. For studio or in home, during the day. We will work out a time that fits best for all schedules. 

When do your sessions take place?

where do your sessions take place?

Fill out the contact form and I will get back to you within 24 hours.  We will chat over the phone about your vision and the process. Then Sign contract/ pay session fee and you are booked! 

What is the booking process? 

I am all about having a fun and laid back session! I capture the natural moments and will help guide you to be yourselves and feel comfortable during our session no matter what type of session you book

What is a session with you like?


Lifestyle Investment

lifestyle sessions include family, engagements, branding, & maternity 

Session Fee includes time and talent of photographer to shoot and edit session and complete gallery reveal, session planning, location scouting and product ordering and delivery,

*Digital images and products sold separately. 

starting at $200

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Senior Investment

starting at 300

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Session Fee Includes up to 2 hour session,time and talent of photographer to shoot and edit session and complete gallery reveal, session planning, location scouting and product ordering and delivery,
*Digital images and products sold separately. 

Newborns & Children

In Home Or In Studio

Whether it is the first few moments spent as a new family snuggling your newborn or a session just because you need to capture the milestones of your little ones, my images will capture all those sweet details that you want to preserve forever.
Newborn Sessions, these are best done within the first 2-3 weeks of life. For the in studio sessions with more posed photos of baby- I recommend sticking within the 5-10 day window as babies are easier to work with and are more sleepy through this stage. Newborn Lifestyle Sessions can be done anywhere within those first 3 weeks. These are done in the comfort of your own home and are meant to showcase the love and connection as a family unit with some extra focus on your little one. 

Session Fee includes time and talent of photographer to shoot and edit session and complete gallery reveal, session planning, location scouting and product ordering and delivery,
*Digital images and products sold separately

starting at 200

Book a call

Check out my Newborn Gallery here 


Are you ready to share your hearts with me?

Are you            to share your              with me?

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