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Thao Lai

DonThao Photography

Since 2010, I've been fortunate to photograph Midwest families who are madly in love with life, writing their chapters in an authentic way through my detail-obsessed and unobtrusive shooting methods that later translate into timeless heirlooms with all the people they love.

Nothing makes me happier than seeing an old photo conjure up emotions, nostalgia, and gratitude for that moment. This is what I want to share with you when you invite me to serve you.

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Grand Rapids, MI

Hey, I'm Thao... a corporate, career gal from small town Pennsylvania, metro-Detroit Michigan, now settled in West Michigan with a passion for all things documentation. I mom hard to three kids (2 boys and 1 girl) in stilettos, prefer being a homebody most days, and am an online shopping advocate (especially those groceries!). Above all, I always try keep it real in all the different facets/titles of my life.

I'm a lifestyle photographer and blessed to serve people through artfully documenting their stories.

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7 reviews of this entry
5.0 rating based on 7 ratings
5.0 rating based on 7 ratings

  1. Product Engineer

    Thao does amazing work. She is very patient with newborns and toddlers and captures families in real life perfectly. We have been lucky to have her photograph our family several time and would highly recommend her to anyone.

  2. Thao has an incredible ability to capture images of our family that are vibrant and full of life! She has taken our family photos for the last 3 years and we are so thankful to have such wonderful representations of our kids and family! She gets the kids to laugh and play and just be themselves. All while keeping things organized and on track! I am always so impressed by what she is able to capture and I honestly look forward to seeing what we will get back every year!

  3. Thao has a natural ability to bring out genuine emotions during her shoot, resulting in authentic moments that she turns into stunning photographs. My fiance and I have frequently looked back at our engagement photos and reminisced about why we were laughing so hard, smiling so wide, or making such ridiculous faces at each other in each shot. Each image Thao captured was reflective of us, and we had an amazing time during our shoot with her. She’s just the best!

  4. Brand Strategy Director / blogger

    We are in love with Thao and her photography style. We have worked with her on several occasions and have loved both the experience and the output. Thao thoroughly prepares before each session gathering our thoughts, inspirations, and understanding what we are truly trying to achieve. During the session she is professional and easy to work with. She gives artful direction which captures our personality in a real and authentic way. Her patience and attention to detail ensures that every image is stunning. It is with unequivocally recommend her to everyone.

  5. Thao has photographed my engagement pictures as well as maternity sessions for all three of my pregnancies, and I’m so glad to have the beautiful images she captured to remember those special times in my life! She is very professional and easy to work with. Thao is very creative in how she selects locations for her shoots, how she composes her photographs, and how she artistically edits images so that the final product is nothing short of magical!

  6. physician assistant

    Thao is an AMAZING photographer! She catches the essence of my family and my children in their natural environment. I am always so impressed with the outcome, and believe me, photographing my young children is not for the faint of heart. The colors, smiles, angles, and her ability to catch my kids true personalities on film means SO much to me! We have had the pleasure of having Thao photograph all our major events in life, and I couldn’t be happier!!


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