family

Why you need ALL of the shots made at your one hour family portrait session. Your family is a ART.

I was recently talking to an mom who was interested in having a family photo session. After she wrapped her head the price tag (she told me that it’s totally worth it) she said she does not need more than a few family photographs, and definitely does not need 70-100 images to sort through, too overwhelming. I can see how this would seem so you guys, but it is not the case.

I thought about this for a minute. I know the answer to this because of shooting mini sessions. Every photographer stresses about mini sessions because we always end up shoot more than the 20- 30 minutes. And if the family don’t buy all of the photos- IT KILLS us to just toss them. So we either are sad and throw them away never to be appreciated by anyone, or we give them away at a price that we are not proud of. We end up rushing and only getting the posed shots.

WHY do I need so many? Because you just might love those family portraits later. Imagine you will look back at your 35 year old face when your 80, you won’t be so bummed on your imperfections then.

Because what your kids don’t know how appreciate now - they certainly will later. These are also for them and their kids.

west Seattle family photographer

Your family is a piece of art. Why? Because your the only one like you. There is none other.

Because often the magic happens deeper into the hour session, or at the very end.

west Seattle family photographer
seattle family photographer
alki beach family photos
rattlesnake lake family photo shoot

Embrace the Beautiful Chaos

How do you do it moms and dads? All I can say is that I am IMPRESSED by you and you need to know that you amazing for the work you do.

These are the thoughts that I left this family session thinking. Your day includes (but is not limited to) patience, perseverance, love, hard work, sleepless nights, respect. You work so hard. You deserve beautiful images to preserve this time in your life, no matter how exhausted you feel. Your kids will enjoy these photographs. Your grandchildren will enjoy these photographs. EMBRACE the chaos. Your family is a piece of art, there is not another like you out there.

Now how do we make your family session FUN and not more work for you? First of all, let go. Take a deep breath. Let me be in charge of posing you. If your toddler acts up, we just take a break and you deal with it as you normally would. Trust that you will get beautiful family photos, you are here in this beautiful chaos. You’ve emailed, looked for family photographers, trusted and choose one, bought new outfits, got your hair done, now let’s enjoy this moment, and let go of all of the stress.

Trust me, and breath… we got this!

seattle family photography
seattle newborn photographer
twins west seattle family photography
west seattle family photographer
seattle family photography
twin mom seattle
twin dad seattle family photography
seattle mom
seattle newborn photography
motherhood magic west seattle family

Boutique Style Pre School Portraits!

Once a year, I bust out my little-people-studio kit and head to Bella Mente Pre School and childcare.

I look forward to seeing how much the kiddos have changed and grown, or if they recognize me from doing some of their family photos. I love their silly faces, the outfits they sometimes put together themselves, and just watching them be kids. I love the grumpy faces and the look in their eyes. Here is a preview of this years Pre School photo shoot.

Seattle-family-photographer
pre-school photographer
pre-school early learning photographer
toddler photographs
west seattle family photographer
seattle-family-photography
pre-school photographer Seattle
west Seattle family photographer
Seattle early learning photography
west Seattle family photographer
seattle newborn photographer

Family Photo Session when your all grown up- HECK YEAH

I love this idea.

Erin’s parents are divorced and they both live in Minnesota. They were both set for a Pacific Northwest visit at two different times around Christmas, so Erin booked two family shoots at some awesome PNW locations. I love this idea, again and again.

Why not have some special photographs taken with your parents when your all grown up? The first shoot we did in the freezing pouring rain up at Rattlesnake Lake in North Bend, Washington. We toughed it out and it was well worth it.

Now Erin’s mom is not a fan of the cold, so we went to the Volunteer Park Conservatory. This place is GORGEOUS and so is Erin’s love for her parents.

This Seattle family photographer is up for any Pacific Northwest Adventure with you!

family photographer rattlesnake lake
west seattle family photography
Seattle photographer
north bend washington
photograph with your dad seattle
seattle family photos with mom
seattle family photographer
seattle volunteer park
seattle photography
Tacoma family photographer
tacoma family photographer
seattle love

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.

seattle newborn photographer

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.

9.jpg

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 :)

seattle mom newborn photo

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!

family photo shoot in home seattle
new mom seattle washington newborn
north bend newborn photographer
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.

seattle newborn photographer
north bend family photographer

Seattle Family Session Evans Creek Preserve

I love working with this family. They have a photography business themselves, so they totally know the drill. It doesn’t hurt that they are sweet as pie.

This year we met at Evans Creek Preserve to brave the cold and document some family lovin’.

As they looked over their gallery, they were amazed at the different personalities their children have, and just how much of a ham little Faye is. It’s as if you get little glimpses of the older version of them, which must freaky!

This family session went by in what seemed like 10 minutes, and then they got a gallery of over 100 family photographs to cherish. They are wonder how they will all of these images on the wall… maybe a book this year, or a bigger wall.

Ali had a great idea, WALLPAPER! Who makes that?

Thank you Josh, Ali, Faye, and Luke!

seattle family photographer
seattle children photographer
washington family photographer
seattle newborn photographer
seattle photographer
seattle newborn family photographer
west seattle family photographer
seattle children photographer
seattle wedding photographer
evans creek preserve family photos
seattle family photographer
west seattle family photographer