Favorite Locations for Fall Family Photos around Seattle | Snoqualmie Family Photographer

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Favorite Locations for Fall Family Photos around Seattle | Snoqualmie Family Photographer

Fall in the Pacific Northwest is perfect for family photos. The colors of fall, the mild weather, not to mention the need for updated photos for holiday cards makes it a favorite time of year for so many families. 

When I'm scouting for locations, I keep several factors in mind. I want a location that shows off the beauty of the area, has beautiful light, and allows for something fun for the family to do (like skip rocks, explore a trail, dance in a field, etc.). How busy a location is at a given time is also important. We don't want to have to be avoiding people or worrying about distractions in our background. With all of those things in mind, I have come up with my top favorite locations for fall family photos!

Lincoln Park - Seattle

Honestly, Lincoln Park is about an hour drive for me to get to. However, it is so worth it. This park has so much to offer and works so well with the flow of my sessions. We start in the upper part of the park taking advantage of the gorgeous trees, and end right at the water's edge, watching the ferry's and tossing rocks into Puget Sound.

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Favorite Locations for Fall Family Photos around Seattle, Neyssa Lee Photography, Snoqualmie Family Photographer,  Photos on the Water, Lincoln Park Seattle

Tolt McDonald Park - Carnation

Although this park doesn't quite allow for that amazing, low sunlight we all love (the park is tucked behind a hillside), the fall colors and variety more than make up for it. Tolt McDonald Park is not only on the river, but has a suspension bridge that serves as a favorite spot for families.

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Favorite Locations for Fall Family Photos around Seattle, Neyssa Lee Photography, Snoqualmie Family Photographer, Bridge in Photo

Rattlesnake Lake - North Bend

You might recognize Rattlesnake Lake from my Favorite Summer Spots post. However, it is still a fall favorite. From pretty leaves on the trail to the gorgeous lake, there is so much to love here.

Tanner Landing Park - North Bend

This is my secret park (okay it's not so secret anymore), and probably my favorite spot in the Snoqualmie Valley. It can be tricky to find (not on Google Maps) but it is so worth the visit. Tanner Landing Park not only has a big open field with a mountain view, it has stunning trails and runs along the river, giving plenty of variety for one session. 

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Favorite Locations for Fall Family Photos around Seattle, Neyssa Lee Photography, Snoqualmie Family Photographer,  Fall Color, Leaves

Gold Creek Pond - Snoqualmie Pass

A family introduced me to this gem during their maternity photo session. It was love at first sight. While you cannot actually get into the pond to splash around, the trail, serene water, and mountain views make it an ideal family photo spot. 

Favorite Locations for Fall Family Photos around Seattle, Neyssa Lee Photography, Snoqualmie Family Photographer,  Gold Creek Pond

Fall City Community Park - Fall City

This is one of those parks that you have to just trust me that it's a gorgeous family photo spot. If you were to drive by or pull up, you may not see it. But it is so beautiful here, especially in the fall. There is plenty of room for kids to run, beautiful fall color, and access to the river. We can also drive 2 minutes for a second spot right on the river. 

Favorite Locations for Fall Family Photos around Seattle, Neyssa Lee Photography, Snoqualmie Family Photographer,  Fall City Community Park

Those are just six of my favorite locations for fall family photos around Seattle.  Does one speak to you for your family photos this fall? Contact me to get started planning your family photo session.

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Maternity Photos in the Mountains | Snoqualmie Pass Maternity Photographer

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Maternity Photos in the Mountains | Snoqualmie Pass Maternity Photographer

Most of my sessions are booked by moms. So, when this father contacted me, I was not only surprised, I was so excited for my session to come. He had a 3-year old son and a baby girl on the way and wanted it documented every step of the way. He sent me the sweetest (like, made me tear up) video he had put together for his wife for Mother's day, just so I could get to know his family a little bit before even meeting them. Then as we began to discuss locations, he mentioned two favorite places, Tanner Landing Park (a favorite spot of mine) and Gold Creek Pond. When he heard I had never been to Gold Creek Pond, he insisted we go there because I had to see this gem of a spot just 30 minutes away. 

The location and the family didn't disappoint. We met on a gorgeous summer evening and made magical photos together. My heart soared afterwards from excitement. The beautiful light, the stunning mountains, and the love and anticipation for their baby girl made their maternity photo session one to remember. 

Want to head to the mountains for your family or maternity shoot? Contact me and we can chat about Gold Creek Pond for your family!

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An Awake Newborn Baby Boy | Seattle Newborn Photographer

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An Awake Newborn Baby Boy | Seattle Newborn Photographer

I tell parents of newborn babies all the time that it doesn't matter if baby is sleeping or awake during our session. This session is a perfect example of a sweet baby boy who wanted to stay awake during photos. It was plenty okay by me. 

Just like any session, this session felt like a morning visit with friends, where I got to take photos too. There was snuggles with a newborn baby boy, playing with a busy toddler, and pets of a sweet pup who kept near her newest family member.  Making this session even more special is that this mama truly is a dear friend of mine.

Enjoy just a few of my favorites from their session, showing that an awake newborn baby is just perfect for newborn photos.

Does this sound and look like the newborn photo experience you want for your family? Contact me, I'm always accepting newborn sessions.

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Family Photos in the Woods and by the Water | Seattle Family Photographer

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Family Photos in the Woods and by the Water | Seattle Family Photographer

I first met this family shortly after their son was born. Their daughter was a sweet toddler who loved on her brother and was so helpful, like my new best friend. So fast forward to their recent family session and I could hardly believe the kids in front of my eyes. They had grown SO MUCH! However, they were still so loving towards each other, playful, and excited to hang out at a favorite Seattle location, Lincoln Park. 

We started in the woods, allowing that gorgeous sunlight to filter through the trees. Then we made our way down to the water, where dad (and daughter) actually swam! If you live in the great Pacific Northwest, you know the sound is freezing! Overall, it was the perfect evening spent creating beautiful and meaningful family photos and as you see, their gallery reflects just that.

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