When a Toddler Only Wants to Play During Family Photos | Snoqualmie Family Photographer

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When a Toddler Only Wants to Play During Family Photos | Snoqualmie Family Photographer

What happens when a toddler only wants to play during family photos?

The wonderful thing about toddlers is their curiosity. Everything is new and exciting and they allow us to see the world through their eyes. Of course, this can mean they don't want to sit still during family photos, which is perfectly okay with me. In fact, I expect the low attention span of toddlers and thrive off of their joys of discovery. 

Plenty of games and new directions allow for beautiful family photos.

During this family session, their sweet 2 year old wanted nothing to do with mom and dad. That was okay, because I was ready. I explained to mom and dad that no matter what look excited and happy as we were going to play some fun games and explore some new areas of the park.

We threw rocks, we played in the leaves, and we stomped monsters. When he was ready for a new adventure,  I asked him to go tickle mom and dad, At the end mom picked him up and spun in circles, for the best smiles the whole day. 

My motto is,

Let them explore, they are only little once.

This mom wanted family photos of her family right now, and that's what we did. I captured their connections, their games, their love and no one had to sit still and smile and pose. When their toddler needed a little extra room, we let him explore and focused on baby brother. 

I'm pretty sure dad left the session unsure if I got a single frame of them as a family. For him, their session was much more chasing toddlers around the park and playing games then what family photos normally feel like. In my book, that's a successful session - one where it doesn't feel like "family photos" and instead a fun experience at the park.

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Before They Were a Family of 3 | Snoqualmie Maternity Photographer

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Before They Were a Family of 3 | Snoqualmie Maternity Photographer

There was a lot of planning that went into this session. When this mama-to-be first contacted me, we arranged for a mid-August maternity session. However, the heavy smoke and high heat was not idea for family photos (especially with air quality warnings). So we rescheduled for the end of August, and the weather could not have been more perfect. 

This was the first time I had met this couple yet it was as if we were old friends. We just clicked. And while most men aren't super excited about having their photos being taken, this soon to be papa was amazing. You could feel his love for his wife, his excitement over every detail of his baby boy.  Never did I have to tell him get closer, or to look lovingly at his wife (which is completely normal and okay to have to tell people) but he couldn't take his eyes off of her. 

As I worked on their gallery, the beautiful sunlight and the connection of this husband and wife had my creative heart soaring. I sent off the gallery with a few butterflies, hoping they would love their images even half as much as I do. Then I received this response back, "I don't know what to say, but (we) are speechless. We LOVE all of these, and I am so excited they came in today. I can't stop looking at all of them.  It was so great to meet you, and we can't wait for our newborn pics to come and many more family moments down the road." 

To say I cannot wait to capture their newborn baby boy in a few months is an understatement!

I am always accepting newborn and maternity sessions. If you are expecting, contact me to start planning your perfect maternity session.

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When You are Looking for a Family Mini Session | Snoqualmie Family Photographer

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When You are Looking for a Family Mini Session | Snoqualmie Family Photographer

Grab a friend and book a mini session, anytime!

I have had several people ask me about end of summer or fall family mini sessions. I understand that sometimes you just want a quick family photo session, or that maybe even $600 is a big investment for your family to do every year. I also understand that you're busy and one specific date that I would set up mini sessions might not work for your family. That is why this year I started offering the Two-Family Mini Session.

How it works.

Find a friend who is also looking for updated family photos and contact me with a few dates that work for both of your families. You each will get a 30-minute family session (that takes place back to back at the same location) along with your full gallery of high resolution digital images. Since you're splitting the session, you're also splitting the cost of that session. The cost of the two-family mini session is $300 per family.

Half the time not half the service.

I will still help you select the perfect location, give you tips on what to wear, and what to expect. The session will still be laid back and fun with plenty of dancing, playing, tickling and snuggles. I will still guide you through comfortable positions that give you a beautiful yet more lifestyle and natural photos. Each family will also still get a gallery of approximately 45-50 images.

Of course, if you need more time (and I'd love to spend more time with your family) you may always click here to book your 2017 family session. And remember that I'm always taking maternity and newborn sessions.

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The Fourth Awakens | Lee Family Announcement

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The Fourth Awakens | Lee Family Announcement

The Fourth Awakens - January 2018

My family and I were so excited to announce this week that we are expecting our 4th child come January 2018. Of course, nothing in this house is complete without a little Star Wars flare! So we gathered costumes and played off of the most recent installment, "The Force Awakens" and turned it into "The FOURTH Awakens!" 

My dear friend, and amazing fellow photographer, Megann Robinson of Megan Robinson Photography helped us by photographing our crazy family all dressed up. Of course, I had a hard time picking a favorite image, but the rainbow in the corner of one image in particular stuck out to me.

A rainbow (baby) after the storm

If you weren't aware, a baby born after a loss (miscarriage) is called a rainbow baby. That child is like the rainbow after the storm of pain from a loss. Last year we lost our baby girl at just 14 weeks. It was a difficult and painful time, however I am so grateful for each day I get to carry this rainbow baby.

What does this mean for me as a client?

I'm sure this leaves you with a few questions. I will try to answer them here the best I can. First, yes this is our last child. My husband and I know we are crazy, but so excited for the blessing of 4 children. Also, just like our other 3 children, we will not be finding out gender until his/her arrival! Even though it tortures my friends and family, there is nothing like finding out right in the delivery room!

Families. The exciting thing is that for you, this does not change much. I will still be taking clients right until mid-November as normal to ensure you have updated family photos and cards for Christmas. The mid-November deadline ensures everything is ready in time for the holidays and allows a little room in case we need to reschedule for rain. The only December sessions I will accept are newborns (as we can't control when babies are born!). Then come January, I will be taking a couple of months off. I will start taking sessions late February to early March 2018. (Lucky for you, most families do not want their photos done in the mucky months of January or February!).

Of course, if you still have questions, let me know. I'm happy to answer what I can. 

And now for the photos!

I know you're really here to see my all dressed up as Princess Leia! The first is our "official" reveal movie poster. Then I will share a few more favorites from the session. Again, thank you to Megan Robinson for these beautiful photos of my family.

We appreciate your love and support.

*Neyssa Lee

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