20 Minutes to the Mountains | Snoqualmie Family Photographer

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20 Minutes to the Mountains | Snoqualmie Family Photographer

We want family photos in the snow.

I have photographed this family for several years now. Each year includes different ideas, from climbing large trees, to getting out the motorcycles. And this year, we headed to the mountains for some fun in the snow. This mom told me that her husband loved the mountains and the snow, "It's the only place he's not too hot!" Of course I could not say no when she told me she wanted family photos in the snow! 

I love where we live, because a quick car ride and you're in the mountains, with beautiful snow. We picked a Saturday morning in November (as soon as the snow was deep enough for photos), and headed up to the Snoqualmie Pass.

What do you wear for family photos in the snow?

You might be wondering what you should wear for family photos in the snow. This family did it beautifully. They made sure they all had boots on to keep their feet warm and dry, but they wore nicer clothes, including scarves and hats. They also brought their snow coats and gloves which we removed while I photographed them. The layers allowed them to keep warm, and have an epic snowball fight. They also chose neutral, dark colors which helped them to really stand out against the white in the snow. 

If your family loves the snow, contact me about doing your family session at the Snoqualmie Pass this year. (For the record, the pass is also beautiful during the summer months too!).

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A Full Circle Photography Experience | Snoqualmie Family Photography

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A Full Circle Photography Experience | Snoqualmie Family Photography

This past fall I had a "full circle" photography experience. Let's back up 11 years ago when I was engaged to my high school sweetheart and looking for a wedding photographer. A friend had recommended this couple and I immediately connected with their work. (Check out The Popes for amazing wedding photographers, they are not only so talented, but truly wonderful people). After talking with them I knew they were the right photographers for me, but I had no idea the path our relationship would take. 10 years ago this beautiful couple photographed my wedding. I still cherish those images and am so grateful I ensured photography at the top of my priority for my big day. 

A year after the wedding I was toying with the idea of becoming a photographer. I had always loved photography, but calling myself a photographer was a bit intimidating. I reached out to my wedding photographers and they were encouraging and so very helpful. They even allowed me to "third shoot" on a few of their weddings. The time with them was priceless. It showed me that not only did I not want to do weddings, but that I had to be a photographer. 

Fast forward to this past fall when they reached out to me for family photos. I was beyond flattered and I admit, rather nervous. Could I deliver something that met their expectations? Photographers make the toughest photography clients. 

The day of their session came and the weather wasn't sunny as we had hoped. But it wasn't raining, and the fall color was amazing, so I reassured them we would capture beautiful images. Upon delivering their gallery, the mom even said, "I never envisioned there would be so many good ones....I'm really glad we did this!" 

If you're wishing you had family photos taken this year, now is the time to book for 2018! Click below to book your session.

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2017 Year in Review | Looking Back and Moving Forward

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2017 Year in Review | Looking Back and Moving Forward

Starting with Thanks

As I look back on 2017, I want to start with thanks and gratitude. I am so grateful for each family who chose me to photograph their family. I am grateful to the schools who embraced Fine Art Portraiture and allowed me to photograph their beautiful students. This year my business has grown more than any other year, I have had more referrals while maintaining so many returning clients. So to all of you who have supported me, whether by liking or commenting on a photo on social media, or by recommending me to a friend, or by hiring me yourself, thank you. I truly love what I do, and I could not do it without you. 

Making Goals Not Resolutions

For me, the word "resolution" is something that will fail. I think back before kids and when I was a regular at the gym and how the first week of January was packed with people with New Year's Resolutions. By February, the masses would dwindle down to the normal group I had seen before. So instead of resolutions I make goals, both for my personal life and my business. 

I have a goals journal where the only thing in there is my goals for the year. I can look back several years and see what I had hoped to accomplish that year. While it can feel deflating to see those things that I did not accomplish (i.e. I only read 9 books last year instead of the 12 I had hoped to read), seeing what I did accomplish feels amazing. 

This year I have struggled a bit to make my goals for 2018. Maybe in part because I've been off a day, thinking I have one more day to make those goals. And also, because in a few short weeks my family will be welcoming a new baby. I want my goals to be realistic, but what is realistic when you have a newborn? 

Sharing Goals

What are my goals for 2018? Honestly, as I type this, I am still working on them. But I do know that I want to complete a Project 52 (photography goal) and I want to focus on capturing more details of my children. I also have a goal of blogging at least 8x per month. On a more personal level, I want to run in a 10k race by September 2018.  While part of me feels like a 10k isn't that long of a distance, I know that running while nursing for me is challenging, so again, I'm trying to be realistic. One other personal goal is to pick up journaling regularly again. Since I like my goals to be measurable, I will say that my goal is to journal at least 3 times per week. 

Will you join me in making goals this year? It is never to late to start goal setting, so even if you're reading this January 5th, I encourage you to make a goal. Will you share your goals with me in the comments below? I'd love to share and encourage each other this year. 

Once again, thank you for an amazing 2017. I can't wait to see what 2018 brings for us all.

To conclude this long post I'm sharing my "Best Nine of 2017" from Instagram. Because for me to pick my favorite images would be impossible!

Neyssa Lee Photography, 2017 Best Nine, Snoqualmie Family Photographer

 

 

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 Fall Family Photos by the River | Snoqualmie Family Photographer

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Fall Family Photos by the River | Snoqualmie Family Photographer

I always feel so fortunate when a family asks me to photograph their family year after year. It means they enjoyed their experience, loved their photos, and trust me to capture them again. It is even more special when that family is a friend from school. 

This mama and I have known each other since the 4th grade when I moved to Washington State. In high school we were very close, from playing tennis together to waiting in a line hours long when Krispy Kreme first came to Issaquah. However, life took us on different paths for a while and we lost touch part way through college. Fortunately for me, she found me on social media when their oldest girl was just 6 months old. Since then we have reconnected and I have gotten to photograph her family as it has grown. 

Photography means so much. It is a way to document your family in the here and now, to look back and where you've been, and in my case, it has given me the chance to reconnect with an old friend. 

I only slightly apologize for the overshare of photos from their fall family photos by the river. I just can't help myself, I shoot a lot and I give families large galleries. If you'd love family photos with me, I am now booking 2018 sessions.

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