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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.

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.

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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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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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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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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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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Adrienne + Justin. A Washington Winter Wedding

I love this couple. They make me happy and give me hope in the world. Adrienne wanted a winter wedding, she even wanted the snow. The snow just missed this date, but they did get married on the night of the Super Wolf Moon which is so exciting! They got hitched at Brown’s Point Improvement Club right on the water.

Make up by Anne Times and she is AMAZING! Flowers were made by this Seattle Grooms grandma - EEEEK I love that.

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Candid Wedding Moments - Seattle Wedding Photographer

A lot of people ask to see some wedding moments that are not featured on my website. To be honest, I just want my wedding photographs to capture a certain mood for my site, but I would love to show you more! There are plenty of silly, playful, hilarious, chaotic and sweet moments throughout the day to be captured. Believe me, I do not want to miss them. I’m bouncing around on too much coffee all day long for you!

This Seattle Wedding photographer has got your back on the moments to be remembered. Here are just a few… Enjoy!

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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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Seattle Engagement Session Discovery Park

I am so excited to photograph this wedding! And it’s SOON!

I have done family photos for them in the past, and their family includes amazing dogs… if you know me, I love that! This engagement session took place on a beautiful day at Discovery Park. I miss that warm weather Seattle.

All I can say is that I am one happy wedding photographer when I get awesome people in love like this. I cannot wait to photograph this wedding. I love love!

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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!

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Pacific Northwest Wedding Perfection, Salish Lodge, Snoqualmie, WA

What a wonderful Pacific Northwest Wedding at the Salish Lodge overlooking the majestic Snoqualmie Falls.

Chyna and Jason met and fell in love as teenagers. They went separate ways and led separate lives, but the universe returned them full circle back to love.

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West Seattle Family Photo Shoot - Seattle Family Photographer

This is a perfect example of what can happen if you have me over to your place for a in-home family photo session here in Seattle.

What can I say, this family is amazing.

We thought we would take advantage of the green space next door for the beginning of our shoot before we began to loose light. An owl was hooting the entire time, LOVE.

We took a walk through the forest, and we ended in the back yard. Mom had wine, and we lit off some smoke bombs. We hung out by the Cadillac and the motorcycle for some fun shots.

I was all sessions to mimic this one, super easy, laid back, in and out of the home- family photo session. My kind of photo shoot. Thanks guys!

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A steamy Rattlesnake Lake couples photo shoot - Seattle Portrait Photographer

These two had me document their 13 years of love and marriage up at Rattlesnake Lake here in the beautiful Pacific North West.

I just cannot express how lucky I am to be able to capture love like this in such a beautiful location. I also love when couples contact me for photographs- who are not engaged or married- maybe they are just in love with no plan at all and simply want to get this beautiful time of life documented. 

I am here for you. Show me your love, it is a beautiful thing. 

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Creative Session at Schmitz Park with The Falconer Seattle

This shoot was a dream come true for me. For once, I honestly felt as though the beauty of the experience outweighed the photographs. Holding that beautiful owl -and looking into her eyes was an experience I would never trade for anything.

Although this was styled and dreamed up by me, I have to give THE FALCONER a ton credit. He loves these birds. He also has a vulture that I would love to meet. Next time perhaps.

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