Not Too Late for Newborn Photos | Snoqualmie Newborn Photographer

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Not Too Late for Newborn Photos | Snoqualmie Newborn Photographer

Not too Late for Newborn Photos

I admit, when families contact me, I usually suggest newborn photos within the first two weeks after birth. Baby is super sleepy and still has all of those tiny newborn details. However, I get it. Life right after having a baby is crazy (which is okay) and maybe you're not ready for newborn photos right away. Time gets away quickly, as days and nights are mixed up from lack of sleep. But it is not too late for newborn photos. 

This mama reached out for me to capture her newborn baby boy who was just 2 months old. I was thrilled. This means baby is awake and just might even smile for us. Even more special, this family reminded me what a small world it is. Not only were they referred by two different families I photograph, but it turns out, my daughter went to the same school as their son! 

In Home Newborn Photography

Upon arrival at their home, I was immediately greeted by their sweet dog and even sweeter big kids. They showed me around and we picked out the perfect spot (with best light) for their session. Because we were in their home, everyone was comfortable and the kids were able to come and go as they wanted. I managed to catch them wrestling together on the big bed while I was focusing on their parents with baby brother. I couldn't help but capture those moments of fun play.

Because baby boy was 2 months old, he was awake for much of the session. The connection between everyone in this family was so beautiful. And this sweet baby even took a little cat nap while I continued to photograph him and his tiny details. 

I may have overshared a little bit from this session, but I can't help it! There are too many favorites to pick from. 

If you're expecting or have had your baby recently, let's talk about your newborn photography session.

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What to Wear for Maternity Photos | Snoqualmie Family Photographer

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What to Wear for Maternity Photos | Snoqualmie Family Photographer

There is nothing more amazing than a woman's body growing a child. I know it doesn't come without it's aches, pains, and waddles, but your body is still so beautiful. The anticipation and glow just before your family is forever change. If it's your first child or 4th, the excitement is uncontainable. I have put together these tips to help you plan what to wear for a maternity session. While many of my other what to wear for family photos tips still apply, there's a few extra maternity photo session specific tips. 

It's all about that (baby) bump!

This is the time to really show off that baby bump. Select something that is form fitting around the bump. Showing off your shape is the both flattering and beautiful.

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Wear Solids

Let your baby bump shine by wearing a solid color (at least on top). This not only allows for a classic photo, but also allows your bump to be the focus without distractions. If you like patterns, let dad and/or the kids wear patterns for interest. 

Of course, that doesn't mean don't have texture or variety. Pair a solid top with jeans and a necklace for detail. Or even select a dress that has some texture to it. 

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Mama, Be Comfortable

You're the focus of the shoot, meaning you are in most of the photos. Wear something that you're comfortable moving in. Try sitting, standing, walking around in your outfit. If you're uncomfortable it will show. This is the time to consider shoes too. Wear shoes that you can move around in. Consider the location too. If you're not comfortable wearing high heels over rocks or in sand, you probably should wear flats. (I don't focus on your feet anyways, so make sure you're comfortable!) 

Coordinate the Family

The key term here is to coordinate, not be matchy-matchy. I suggest picking 2-3 complimentary colors and have everyone wear a variety of it. Again, patterns for dad's shirt or children's clothes are a great way to add depth and interest to a photograph. 

Avoid Logos, Bright Colors, and Phrases on Clothing

Prominent logos on clothing can be distracting, while bright colors come off even brighter on camera. We want you and your family to shine, not your clothes. Phrases can not only be distracting, but also help to date an image. We want a timeless image that focuses on you.

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Be You

I always want my families to feel like themselves. Sure, you want to be a little more dressed up and coordinated than a normal play day. However, you want your photos to reflect who you are. Let your accessories and color choices reflect your style. If you're a cozy, pacific northwest type family, use cute beanies, scarves, and boots to add a little personality.  

This is also a great time to be a little feminine. I'm not a daily dress wearing person, but I LOVE dresses for maternity photos. A maxi dress is a great option as they are flattering, flirty and so comfortable.  If you want to spend a little more, I do love the dresses from Sew Trendy (I do not get anything from this link, I just love their dresses.) 

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Layout Your Outfits Before Your Session

Clear the bed and lay everyone's outfit together. Take a picture with your phone and notice if anything stands out. Try the outfits in various combinations to make sure no one clashes with someone else and no one blends in. 

I encourage my families to send me this photo so that I can help. I am able to see how that one shirt will stick out in all of your photos and guide you so you will love how everyone looks!

Ready to start planning your maternity session? Contact me and let's chat about your upcoming new arrival!

*Neyssa Lee

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Family Photos at a Christmas Tree Farm | Snoqualmie Family Photographer

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Family Photos at a Christmas Tree Farm | Snoqualmie Family Photographer

Tree Farm + Pretty Light + Families Ready for Fun = Gorgeous Family Photos

Last fall, I opened up a select number of spots for family sessions at a Christmas Tree Farm. Since we held the sessions early, we had the place to ourself, leaving plenty of room for dancing, exploring, running, and snuggling together. 

Christmas in July!

Okay, it's not really Christmas in July, but that's the first thing that came to mind when I wanted to blog my Christmas Tree Farm Mini Sessions from last year. This is also the time of year that I have to start planning for this fall's Tree Farm Minis. So I'm chatting with my favorite Christmas Tree Farm, selecting dates, and getting the details all hammered out. Last year's minis sold out exclusively through the newsletter. Make sure you're signed up for the newsletter to be the first to know all of the details for this year's Tree Farm Minis. Here's a hint, they will be in October!

Going through these photos get me all excited for the holidays! Now, to finalize those details for this year's minis. 

*Neyssa Lee

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Because Siblings Only Meet for the First Time Once | Issaquah Swedish Fresh 48 Photographer

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Because Siblings Only Meet for the First Time Once | Issaquah Swedish Fresh 48 Photographer

One of the reasons I feel that Fresh 48 sessions (or in-hospital newborn sessions, whichever you'd like to call it) are so important is because siblings only meet for the first time once. One of my favorite memories is when my "big kids" met my youngest for the very first time. Their reactions and emotions were so special and wonderful. The way they studied their new baby sister top to bottom, and exclaimed how much they loved her and were, "so glad she was out of mommy's tummy!" Moments I will never forget. However, even more special is that I can show them photos of the time they met for her for the very first time.

So when this mom asked me to photograph her children meeting their newest addition in the hospital, I was thrilled. These kids were excited to meet their baby sister. The now big brother was the sweetest and most enthralled, he examined every inch and just stared at baby girl's tiny features. Big sister brought her a gift, and she loved hearing how much this baby looked like she did when she was a newborn. 

Their baby girl is now a few months old and the other day the mom texted me this, "We were just looking through (baby girl's) fresh 48 photos, soooo special 😭❤️!" 

If you're expecting and want to have the first time siblings are meeting photographed, let's chat!

Congratulations, once again, to this family of 5! 

*Neyssa Lee

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