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Mira The Miracle Baby - Seattle Family Photographer

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What started out as two….

Melody grew up with a blood disorder and a complicated reproductive situation. She also has a heart shaped uterus and was told that her chances of getting pregnant or carrying a child to full term would be slim. She accepted her fate as a loving auntie and found a loving man who assured her that he was with her for whatever life would bring them.

And then there were three…..

In 2017 Melody became pregnant despite what she was told and always believed to be true. She gave birth to this beautiful (and dare I say magical) little baby girl, Mira Jeanne.

Melody and Taylor, photographing you and your little magic baby and family was such an honor. Mira has such a truly special personality.

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Summer Family Sessions are in Full Swing - Seattle Family Portrait Photographer

I adore working with this family, and I started with them in the beginning when their oldest was still in the oven for maternity photos.

A lot of moms try to get a photo session for each of their kids on or around their birthday. In fact, I photograph several families this way , twice a year ect.

One way some families cut down on the cost of multiple family sessions per year is to do one full session (60-90 minutes depending) and then one mini session that I offer in October. So we go big on the full family session, sometimes head to the mountains or something a little more epic, and then a nice quick and simple 30 minute session in October before Christmas. This way you have your Christmas card done and you get those missing teeth documented (or whatever milestone) documented that is SO important!

They change so fast. Family Photos are priceless.

I added two photos at the end from this family’s October Mini Session! Check out how much Lilly has changed!

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Here are two of Six Month Old Lilly at their October Mini session…

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What to wear to your family photo shoot - Seattle family Photographer

HELLO!!! I’m glad your here.

Ok biggest asked and very important question, what do we wear to our family photo shoot this spring/summer?

First let’s address the DO NOT DO list:

Please no logos or words on shirts. Steer clear of bright colors like florescent pink that look awkward in nature. Stick to colors that match your background.Rusts, orange, mustard, navy, dusty blue, burgundy work well in nature. There is no need to dress super fancy as if your going to a wedding, but take it up a notch from day to day.

You don’t have to be all super matchy- matchy, like let’s not all wear white for example. Just chose a complimentary color scheme. Patterns are ok if done right. Texture is fantastic.

Bring layers and keep in mind that its photogenic if your toddler has to wear it. (these are suggestions remember I do not want to seem bossy!)

On patterns- you don’t want to have a toddler in plaid and when dad holds he or she and is also wearing plaid- the patterns go all crazy on your eyeballs- taking the focus off the kiddo.

So keep it simple! Maybe just one or two of you wear a pattern.

Accessories are fun. Hats, scarves can add color and texture.

There are so many dresses for the little girls, the list goes on on and and on. I’ll link to a few examples and try to keep this updated! Here is one idea. I love this company Joyfolie for moms and daughters. (first photo below- both dresses are from there) Here is a great dress suggestion for mom - or something similar. Comfortable and flow.

If moms want to go big - DOEN is my absolute favorite. If not good for inspiration. Freepeople is also great.

DADS: keep it simple!, neutral shirt and casual pants. Maybe no sneakers….

Here is a great Amazon Example

Amazon has tons of great ideas, and I have a Pinterest board for inspiration.

ZARA is a great site for the babes and kiddos

CHECK THIS OUT FOR THE BABES! too cute!

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And BOYS

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I do not want to make this complicated for you I promise! YOU MIGHT HAVE MOST OF YOUR CLOTHES IN YOUR CLOSET ALREADY!!!

Why in home newborn sessions are important - Seattle Newborn Photographer

So you have done your outdoor maternity session, and your newborn is here! YES! What next? Well, let me just come by your house and make some beautiful portraits of your family with new life in your home. EASY!

This is a stress free way to have some beautiful newborn portraits done in the comfort of your own home.

Home is where the heart is after all! All I need is some good window light and a soft place to lay the baby where they will be nice and warm. No need to pack up and leave when you have a new baby. I photograph you organically, as you are in your home. This is a great change up to going to the park, and some families do this on the regular even when their child grows. What a wonderful way to welcome your new baby into your home. If you have a yard or a green space close we can head there if you would like.

Also it is a great opportunity to get the grandparents in the photos!

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What to do if your toddler doesn't behave at a family session - Seattle Family Photographer

A lot of parents get very nervous about this topic, and rightfully so. But don’t worry! I got you!

The little ones just might have their own agenda that day- and we are there to try and shape that as best we can for an hour or so. So we roll with it.

This little gal is Vera. She is very spirited and wonderful. She was perfectly listening to me at the beginning of our shoot for the first oh, five minutes. And then she just went rogue! It was awesome… running wild, talking to trees, not wanting anything to do with our plan. We just had to get creative, work a little harder, pull out some tricks, maybe a few bribes along the way. (hint: ice cream)

This post is just so all of you parents know that your child doesn’t have to sit and pose for an hour or more during our session. We take breaks between those posed family photos to go hog wild out in nature. If they need a snack we take a break. Time and time again I have left a session like this, my hair all wild from crawling on the ground or playing in the bushes, filthy jeans, and I will think “what just happened did I get that?”

EVERY single time so much good happens. So we can relax, we can stay calm, use bribes and do our best. But if the kids go rouge- don’t worry I will follow! I can get rogue too.

I delivered 138 photos of this session to this amazing family. WE CAPTURED HER SONS FIRST CRAWL!

This session was nothing short of amazing and with a wild child in the mix. Bring it on, I love it.

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Alki Beach and Hamilton Viewpoint Park Family Session - Seattle Family Photographer

We started shooting early on Alki Beach. I asked if it was okay to break the session up and head to a tiny little viewpoint West Seattle park just up the road. The beach is pretty bright for shooting if your not there for sunrise or sunset. This way the family session had both the lovely beach and the more woodsy feels that the Pacific Northwest has to offer. West Seattle is full of location ideas like this, just ask! Lincoln Park and Lowman Beach are an example of two spots just a minute from each other, and add variety to your family session.

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In Home Newborn Session Normandy Park Seattle

I am in awe of childbirth. I don’t think it’s just because I don’t have kids myself, I think it’s because it is nothing short of freakin amazing. I am so grateful when I am asked to come into someones home and capture this feeling. The feelings of utter happiness, bliss, excitement, fear, and exhaustion. The realest shit you will ever feel.

These family portraits are a gift of love, a gift to your future self- and your future children. And my jaw drops a little at the thought that I get to do this as a passion ( I won’t call it a job)

Congratulations to Lacey, Eric, little Lincoln and Marley the kitty on your newest addition to your family, baby Zane. He is nothing short of a miracle.

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Learning and Growing With my Photography. Seattle Fine Art Photographer

I thought I would write a personal post, why the heck not?

I am learning and growing, so I will dive right into my brainwaves and tell you what’s up.

Time to get real. I have always told myself that “I suck at business, I have an artist brain, I’m bad with money”

OMG how rude is that to myself? And also if you say something like that to yourself for years and years, THEN SO IT SHALL BE. Am I right? So I am diving deep into my brain to figure out how to retrain it. And you guys it’s working! I read a couple of books in the last two years that have already and are helping me out with retraining my brain on some bad habits.

This Naked Mind I read this book when I wanted to curb the booze intake 2 years ago. and unexpectedly just QUIT and have never ever been so happy and grateful.

You are a Bad Ass books

I have only read “You are a Badass” and “You are a badass at making money” so far and I can’t get to the next one because I keep listening to these AGAIN~ dog walks, whatever. They are a game changer for me.

Phsycho-Cybernetics This book is a little dry to be honest, probably because Jen Sincero cusses and makes jokes the whole time…..BUT stick with it. It’s about your brain and why we do the things we do. I have been thinking about it non stop!

FORKS OVER KNIVES I am not going to tell you what to put in your body or what I put in mine. But I will say that changing my diet over the years has been a giant work in progress and this documentary just blew my mind.

Health is wealth my friends.

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It’s always wild to me how my photographs can LATER convey to me what is going on in my life. It’s my diary and is always telling me a story or teaching me.

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Epiphany!!

WHY DO I DO WHAT I DO?

Ok, why do I love family photos? Is it for the money? Is it something I fell into because I found people just need them and I have a camera? HECK NO!

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I love empowering MOTHERS! And making them feel beautiful. I love creating family heirlooms for people. I love the thought of you sharing and smiling at the portraits I make for you for years and years. I LOVE the thought of giving you FUTURE happiness. And the thought of your kids enjoying them as they get older- that is HUGE to me! I feel so grateful to know this is one of my purposes in life!

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And why the heck do I LOVE shooting with couples for engagement, just for love’s sake, weddings or otherwise? Because people ask me to? HECK NO!

Because this is part of YOUR story! I am a storyteller you guys, I love that shit!

It goes right along with what I said about photographing families. Maybe the kids came before, maybe after, maybe you already have them. Maybe you just have pets. I love SHOWING people feel like their story is important and beautiful. I truly believe LOVE is the answer to so many problems you guys. Love and Gratitude. So if I can help people feel importance, love, and gratitude for their story….. sign me up!

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I will end this rambling here! I am so happy to be able to share with you. Thank you!!! XOXOXOXOXO

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What to expect from your in-home newborn session.

What should you expect when preparing for me to come to your home to photograph your new baby?

Well I love to photograph the newborn sleeping if possible, but I don’t go as far as some others with that. I like the more organic feel of the new baby at home. So if we get sleepy, yay!

I love a good simple swaddle with not a lot of pattern (depends on the pattern)

I don’t usually photograph a newborn in clothes, but if someone knitted something, by all means.

YES I would love mom and dad to be in the photos. A simple tank top is my favorite. I love the feels of lots of skin.

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SPACEHEATER - if you don’t have one I will bring one. We will keep the baby nice and warm by whichever window light I find to use.

I don’t bring props- minus a few simple blankets and sometimes a bean bag. If you have a girl and want bows or headbands just make sure they fit. Those can be huge, awkward or distract from the cute baby face.

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I love pretty blankets so keep that in mind as the months come to our shoot- feel free to send photos. And yes, I do edit skin on everyone where needed.

I expect lots of feeding/changing to happen so don’t sweat that part.

Let’s allow two hours max on the shoot- but I often get done in one hour depending on the mood of our little one. Don’t worry about a messy kitchen or anything like that- I usually shoot in a small space by a window and I MAY ASK TO MOVE THINGS :)

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Also- the sooner they are here the better! They change fast so lets try to get them before 8 days old if possible.

Most of all- no stress!

What’s next? 6 month shoot of course!

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And yes grandma can pop in for a photo! And I love adding sibling moments.

And yes grandma can pop in for a photo! And I love adding sibling moments.

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Family Photo Sessions- Lincoln Park, West Seattle

Ok with this family, I can’t even …. First of all, the beautiful mom is from Orcas Island, which is a magical place and explains why she had such a magical creature.

I love what they chose to wear to their Lincoln Park, West Seattle Family photo shoot. The hour went by so fast and I was happy to deliver a gallery full of love, color, light, and dimples!

Lincoln Park is one of my GO TO places to do a family session. It’s big enough to be alone, and I know the park very well.

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