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Mira The Miracle Baby - Seattle Family Photographer

One year old baby session Seattle

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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Mother Daughter Session - Seattle Portrait Photographer

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I love mother daughter sessions. I like to make photographs like I only wish I had with my mother.

Ryanne is a single mamma, and when she saw me do a photo session with another fellow single mom just a few months back, she thought “I need this.” Follow your heart.

Although I don’t have kids of my own, I realize that parenthood- let alone single parenthood- is the most difficult undertaking possible. I also that it must be very empowering as well, and so I’m here to focus on the empowering part. The beauty, the connection, all that you have accomplished such as the beautiful human that you made. You are loving, molding, shaping, teaching, learning from each other every second of every day, connected for life.

What a miracle really.

Family photos are important. You are all pieces of art. This session is very dear to my heart. Thank you Ryanne and Kit. Your are true beauty.

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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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Celebrating Father's Day - Seattle Family Photographer

I’m a total sucker for dads. Maybe it’s because the father figure in my life was sort of a shakey situation that makes me look at dads with a great amount of admiration. They have a huge job to do, and I respect them ….bigtime.

So this is just me saying thank you from the whole world to all of you KICK ASS DADS out there.

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Montana Family Photos - Seattle and Montana Family Photographer

WARNING- this blog post has way too many photos and it’s about to have way too many words.

I visit my family in Montana every year over the fourth of July. They live in Arlee, Montana and over the fourth they have a yearly rodeo and pow wow. Although the rodeo makes me both excited and very uncomfortable at the same time, the pow wow speaks to my soul.

My family is great, but this little girl (pictured in way too many photos below)is my little soul mate. She is my mother’s sister’s sons daughter. AKA my cousins kiddo, and she calls me “Auntie Dee” Her little brother is maybe one of the cutest little boys I have ever seen in my life. Sorry about the lack of photos of the little guy, but he was a little young to take on these little adventures that Ahri and I went on. I love being with and photographing these kids so much. This year I will be photographing a wedding while I’m in Montana.

Ahrianna and I connected with our love for animals this year. When watching the rodeo, we squeezed hands when the horses fell or the cows were roped- or when the bulls or horses had something tied around them to make them kick. She asked me questions about how come the bulls are kicking? why would they tie a rope around them to hurt them”? She is the sweetest thing.

The last photograph in this blog is hard to look at. The horse was ok, but we were not. I did not know I got that photo until later that night. I took the shot and dropped the camera to gasp in terror that the horse landed so badly.

I decided to blog this trip so that I can compare my new photographs of the family when I get to Montana next month. I cannot wait to see how she has grown.

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Seattle Adventure Family Photographer - Seattle Family Photographer

THIS DAY!

I love an adventure family session. This one was special to me since I have been photographing Cody and Tara since their engagement shoot. I did their Orcas Island wedding photos. Tara and I did a little sexy fun shoot to surprise Cody on their wedding day with. I came over to photograph August for his newborn session. All leading up to this beautiful PNW famly session at Gold Creek Pond up at Snoqualmie Pass. Heaven!

It’s an hour drive to get up there from West Seattle- but once you park it’s like a 2 minute walk to this beauty. Week nights are lovely up there, nice and mellow. In fact we were almost alone this night.

Tara and Cody did a great job with styling this shoot. Tara texted me along the way anytime she saw something to wear to the shoot. I gave it the thumbs up or down, and they showed up wearing the perfect colors to be photographed in nature.

I am so grateful that I get to photograph this growing beautiful family.

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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!!!

Mother Daughter Session, Mother's Day Lincoln Park West Seattle

It was really hard to choose the images for this post. I truly loved everything about this mother daughter family photo session at Lincoln Park in West Seattle.

Erin is a single mamma (Insert crowd cheering) She plays music and also founded Mode Music and Performing Arts Mode offers year round private and group music lessons to both kids and adults. So yeah, I love her. She works so hard a a single mom, I’m so glad she rewarded herself with this portrait session.

Right away it was obvious to me the special bond between this mother and daughter, and I set out to capture the love. And she told me to get weird! YAY! It did not hurt that their pooch Camille was also an amazing addition to this photo shoot.

I recommended they get their dresses from Joyfolie and to my delight they did! All of the planets aligned and Erin decided to make this a family tradition every year.

I already am looking forward to next year.

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And we ended with a little smoke bomb and an outfit change! LOVE!

And we ended with a little smoke bomb and an outfit change! LOVE!

A month in the life of me

Holy Smokes you guys - I had such a crazy 25 days I had to write about it.

One San Diego wedding, two newborn shoots, one maternity shoot, three family photo shoots, one fun conceptual shoot at Goldcreek Pond with a dear friend, one walk around the block with my friend visiting from Australia, one weekend photography retreat at Cannon Beach full of crazy photos and newfound friends.

As I sit and recover, editing through photographs for days and sipping Kombucha and tea, I honestly could not be happier with any of this work. I AM SO GRATEFUL my heart could just explode. Like everywhere into a million pieces. Is every month like this? Heck no. But it will be.

Thank you for listening. Thank you to anyone involved or even reading this for allowing me to express myself through my work.

Have a great day, and I hope your not watching Game of Thrones because it’s literally taking years off my life.

XOXO

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Why you need ALL of the photographs made at your family portrait session. Because 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.

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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.

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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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Seattle 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.

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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!

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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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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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