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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Rattlesnake Ledge Engagement Session - Seattle Engagement Photographer

This couple is one of my favorites and I cannot wait to travel to New York to shoot this wedding!

This engagement session at the top of Rattlesnake Ledge was obviously quite WINDY and very cold. Hot tea and big coats were a necessity. We would shoot for maybe 10 minutes and take a break. all of our hard work and freezing paid off - as we got some beautiful and dramatic images.

I live for shoots like 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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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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Engagement Session Rattlesnake Lake, Washington - Seattle Engagement Photographer

Sometimes the universe brings me couples like this and I pretty much jump for joy. They are fun, sweet, adventurous, and in love!

I feel like I could photograph couples all the day long, and at Rattlesnake Lake no less. I clearly am obsessed with that place. This North Bend Engagement session in the winter left me seriously dancing in the parking lot.

And these two let me get my weird on, thank you for that! Congrats on your engagement you two. And may you have many kitties in your future!

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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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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 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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Senior Photos-Lincoln Park, West Seattle

People inquire if I do senior photos quite often. Although they are not showcased on my website - I certainly do! Why do I not put them on my site? Only because I need to simplify the things I showcase (so as not to confuse people)

Meet Spencer. He is an illusionist and hopes to one day make a career out of it. His mother is an amazing supporter and I connected with her right away. He amazed me with his glowing personality and his passion for magic. He even performed a few mind- blowing tricks after the shoot.

Thank you for coming over from Idaho for a visit and a walk through Lincoln Park with me Spencer- It was a blast.

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Outdoor Maternity & Indoor Newborn Shoot

Words cannot explain the joy that documenting the process of bringing life into the world brings me. Maternity and newborn shoots are just that.

Emily and Mike tried for many years to start a family. Just when they were about to give up,….TWINS!!

This is an example of an outdoor maternity photo shoot bundled with an in-home newborn session.

We hiked Rattlesnake Ledge, North Bend WA, when Emily was six months pregnant (she was a little bigger due to twins so we did it earlier than usual)

As soon as the family of FOUR got home and settled in, I popped over with my camera, found some good window light, and I fell in love with some babies.

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A beautiful Seattle Wedding, Gasworks Park.

I love nothing more than photographing an adventurous pacific northwest couple.

These two are absolutely lovely. We had such a blast at Gasworks Park here in Seattle making these memories. They were very nervous they would not know how to pose. I told them, relax and let me do the work. Have fun and snuggle, just be you. Take a walk and enjoy the moment.

This part of the wedding is my favorite, capturing the couple in all of their love glory.

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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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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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Lincoln Park West Seattle Family Session

What do you do if your kiddo shows up to their photo shoot in a grumpy mood? This family and I worked through it together.

First of all, it is OK. Relax is the number one rule. Do not stress out. We have time to help them out and have some fun.

During this session, out little girl was not having us AT ALL. She was adorable and very upset. It was a little chilly out (October) and she was cold. Plus there is a stranger there all up in her face telling her to be happy!

We got through the session, and when I left (and i’m sure mom was feeling the same way) I was like what just happened? Did we get that? We worked hard and it went by so fast an hour felt like 20 minutes.

Delivering over 60 great photographs and plenty of happy moments felt awesome! Thank you for being so great to work with.

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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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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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Capital Hill Wedding at Sole Repair, Seattle. Lauren & Ash

This year I started offering a wedding package for my special wedding clients who want to split their day with me into two separate shoots. I LOVE THIS.

First, I come shoot your wedding for 4-5 hours and grab a bunch of important moments.

Second, we go somewhere beautiful for a few hours and we document just the two of you. That is really what this whole wedding is all about, THE TWO OF YOU.

I have to say, this couple turned out to be one of my favorites EVER.

Lauren and Ash - I know that you are going to have a wonderful and full life together. And next time your in Seattle… bring the dog:) XOXO

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