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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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Why you should consider an Adventure Family Photo Session- Seattle Family Photographer

Want to make your family photos super duper memorable and go the extra mile (literally) to make them beautiful?

I have tons of information on what to wear and location ideas for your family photo shoot you guys! Gold Creek Pond is special to this family because Travis (a.k.a dad) grew up coming here with his family,and has fond memories of being here with his father. Not only that there is no hike so most of the work is just an hour drive outside of Seattle. And it’s a lovely drive. Even if you choose a location based on it’s beauty alone- it makes the whole family just a little more pumped when they are there for family photos. Being someplace new and exciting is fun for the kids or if your a couple - you can’t beat this beautiful backdrop.

Things to bring. Snacks, maybe a pretty blanket, bug spray, and a warm and (photographable) coat for the kiddos if you have them. Accessories are always fun too, hats scarves, even flowers.

Thank you to Travis, Kelly, Dylan, and Ragen! I have been photographing this family since the their first born was in the belly for maternity photos- so it is an honor to continue to document them! I love this family!

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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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Why in home newborn sessions are important - Seattle Newborn Photographer

So you have done your outdoor maternity session, and your newborn is here! YES! What next? Well, let me just come by your house and make some beautiful portraits of your family with new life in your home. EASY!

This is a stress free way to have some beautiful newborn portraits done in the comfort of your own home.

Home is where the heart is after all! All I need is some good window light and a soft place to lay the baby where they will be nice and warm. No need to pack up and leave when you have a new baby. I photograph you organically, as you are in your home. This is a great change up to going to the park, and some families do this on the regular even when their child grows. What a wonderful way to welcome your new baby into your home. If you have a yard or a green space close we can head there if you would like.

Also it is a great opportunity to get the grandparents in the photos!

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What to wear to your maternity session - Fine Art Seattle Maternity Photographer

Styling a shoot is so important. I have to admit, what you wear to your session can make or break the images. I help you along the way with suggestions, and you don't have to break the bank unless you want to.

Sheena and I talked all along the way about what to wear to her maternity session at Lincoln Park in West Seattle. You want to choose clothing that photographs well. I love it when people send me photos or screenshots of ideas on what to wear to your maternity session. I have Pinterest boards and amazon links to steer you in the right direction. We want to work with nature to match it, not work against it. Choosing the right color is important. Patterns can be good -but only when used right. Bring more than one option if you want. Ideas of other things to bring- floppy hat, a cute flower that you love to hold on your bare belly. If you want bare belly shots think of a skirt with a bra-let to wear for that. Or bear it all in the forest!

This is a game changer for me. Motherhood blows my mind, and to be able to get creative and show how I feel about it is a gift.

I love this style for dresses here. This brand is spendy -but give an idea of what looks good out there in nature! And remember, you may already have something you want to wear and that’s ok!

HERE and HERE are links to a lovely dresses I found on Etsy.

Amazon has a few here are links below:

Simple yet pretty

Dramatic and lovely

Check this one out HERE

Here’s one from Nordstroms and they had more that were less painful on pocketbook.

Don’t forget you can return stuff that doesn’t work or that you use once!

Hope your day is great!

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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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Alki Beach and Hamilton Viewpoint Park Family Session - Seattle Family Photographer

We started shooting early on Alki Beach. I asked if it was okay to break the session up and head to a tiny little viewpoint West Seattle park just up the road. The beach is pretty bright for shooting if your not there for sunrise or sunset. This way the family session had both the lovely beach and the more woodsy feels that the Pacific Northwest has to offer. West Seattle is full of location ideas like this, just ask! Lincoln Park and Lowman Beach are an example of two spots just a minute from each other, and add variety to your family session.

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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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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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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 :)

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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!

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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.

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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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