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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.

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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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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!

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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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Wedding Moments

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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Lifestyle Portraits of Energy Healing with Yoli from from Panama

A lifestyle session with a Reiki Master from Panama…. the perfect portrait session for me!

She also does holistic counseling and Shamanic healing.

Yoli likes traveling, books, healing, animals, magic. She asked for her images to be soft and dreamy. We were made to work together.

We photographed our way around West Seattle, and made plans during the shoot to get me to Panama. She brought her mother to the shoot, who also practices healing among other things. It was a dream photo shoot.

Here is a link to Yoli’s instagram.

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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

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.

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 Lifestyle Session at Schmitz Park with The Falconer

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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