About Shelly Houchins & Portraits for Life

Welcome to Portraits For Life - Traverse City, Michigan!

Shelly Houchins, Owner/Photographer
After many years in the corporate world I was able to give it all up in 2004 to pursue my passion for photography (thanks to my supportive husband).

I started out photographing young children in daycares and pre-schools.   I am still constantly amazed at how a job can be physically exhausting and fun at the same time.  My crew and I come back exhausted every day, but the kids always made us laugh so it was easy to go out and do it again the next day.  I always say that I get to make kids smile for a living.  What could be better than that!

I started receiving more and more requests from parents to bring their other children to my studio because they loved their pictures so much.  These requests have led me to open a home studio which has allowed me to expand my focus.  I have found that working with young children has prepared me to work with any age group (once you have conquered the challenge of toddlers, you feel like you can take on the world).  I have since expanded and find myself working with high school seniors as well as children and I love it!

I do studio portrait sessions out of my home and outdoor portrait sessions in the Traverse City, Michigan area.

I look forward to meeting you and starting a continuing relationship!