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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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How to do family photos LIKE A BOSS after divorce-Seattle Family Photographer

Hello!

I have a lot of “divorcees” ask me how to do the family photos if you’ve gone through a divorce.

This is totally normal and totally something you can do because the most important thing is that you are still a family after all -so of course we can do this!

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The session runs about the same as before, except we make more photos of each parent with the kids solo, which we do anyway -to showcase the different personalities and dynamics of all of your relationships.

SO YES YES YES- If your a mom or dad and you booked the shoot, and you want dad/mom to join for the whole shoot or just pop in for a few photos at the beginning or the end, the answer is yes!!! You can absolutely do this. There are no rules to this.

This family is still a full on bad ass unit, but mom and dad are just not together anymore (in that way) however, they will still be forever connected for their girls. I like to think of a family photo shoot as kind of like a mood board, if you think about it. I’m not here to pretend I know everyone’s relationship and I know this is not always an easy situation. But I am just here to tell you this families story and how they deal with the twice yearly family photo sessions. They are truly special humans, and I am so grateful to be their family photographer, no matter what the state of the family is. I love to tell your story.

Like a boss.

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Spending time with my soul mate - Montana Family and Wedding Photographer

Every year I go visit my family in Arlee, Montana over the Fouth of July week. Arlee is a small a town about a half hour outside of Missoula. There is not even a stop light, and my phone barely works there, and my favorite human is there- I LOVE IT! The family gets their yearly family photographs made, and Ahri and I have some fun!

My first trip out was to meet my cousin’s first born Ahrianna. We had an immediate bond- and have since been connected literally at the hip for all the days I am ever blessed to be with her.

Over the holiday in Arlee there is a Rodeo and a Pow Wow. Its a really nice walk to get to the events- and Ahri and I enjoy going back and forth and taking photos along the way. We both die inside a little every year for the scared and hurt animals during the rodeo. Ahri is an animal lover like her Auntie.

I love her so much it hurts, maybe you can see that in these photographs?

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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 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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Seattle Head shots - Branding Photographs to enhance your business and your YOU.

Hey ya’ll.

I’m often asked if I do head shots or branding shots. I do, but both of my websites sort of just don’t have the space, so I decided to write a little blog about my style of head shots.

I am not a strictly head shot photographer, so mine are a little bit different. Some of these examples are for actors or people who need photographs to talk about their business for their website or social media. Usually I like to start with some standard shots of your beautiful mug, and then mix it up a little.

These types of photographs can be valuable to you if you need people to know who you are and why you do what you do.

I’m here to help!

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Alexandra Kelsey - Model and Nurse in training.

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Prices start at 300 for basic head shots- and if you want to head to the hills for a big adventurous branding session, prices start at 600.00

Email me and tell me your ideas! I would love to help your business and enrich your life with beautiful images.

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.

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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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Shooting with multiple kids - Seattle Family Photographer

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!

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LOCATION IDEAS FOR PHOTO SESSIONS

LINCOLN PARK, WEST SEATTLE  

I love Lincoln Park. It’s nice and woodsy and full of beautiful light (if we get the sun) at sunset. Also I love to end the session with 15 minutes down at LOWMAN BEACH at the end if you wish! It’s just a 1 minute drive and no walking necessary to get to the beach. I prefer the scenery here to the one down at the bottom of Lincoln Park and it also saves time.

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RATTLESNAKE LAKE, NORTH BEND

This is the bottom of the lake, requires no hour long hike.

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RATTLESNAKE LEDGE, NORTH BEND 

Just an hour up to these stunning views. Best to do this on a weekday as the weekends are cray.

It is steep, but totally worth the effort!

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Discovery Park, Seattle 

Discovery Park offers sort of a different landscape with it’s brown toned fields that I adore.

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SEAHURST PARK, BURIEN 

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ALKI BEACH, WEST SEATTLE

Best to steer clear of here on the weekends unless you want a sunrise session. YES I DO THAT!

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GEORGETOWN, SEATTLE

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Washington State Fair? Why not?

Invite me to do the Puyallup with you! We can take advantage and embrace the crazy.

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The comfort of your own home….

This particularly awesome family had a pretty yard and a greenbelt that we used.

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GOLD CREEK POND, Snoqualmie Pass

No hike, just a short walk to this beauty. Weekdays are best for this…

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These are just suggested locations. Washington is a big and amazing place and I do love to travel. Shoot me an email and tell me your thoughts!

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