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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Why I am a Lifestyle Photographer | Seattle Family Photographer

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Why I am a Lifestyle Photographer | Seattle Family Photographer

There are different kinds of photographers, even within the family photographer genre. There is traditionalistic, documentary, lifestyle, styled, the list goes on. I have spent years refining my style of photography, or in other words, the feel of my work. The first step to doing that was letting go of all other styles and realizing that I am a lifestyle photographer and only a lifestyle photographer. Once I let go of trying to shoot everything, and shot what made my own heart happy, I was able to start capturing moments my clients truly love. 

But why am I a lifestyle photographer?

I am a lifestyle photographer because they are the type of photos I want of my own family. 

It may sound obvious that my style of photography is something I want for my own family, but I feel like it is important to note. When I'm photographing your family, I'm thinking about what I would want as a mother, all those details, connections, feelings wrapped up into a family session, that's what I'm trying to capture. Sure I love a good photo of everyone smiling at the camera, yet there are so many other things I want to remember - so much I want my kids to be able to look back at photos and see.

I want to capture the way your children light up when they look at you. 

Right now, you are the center of their universe (or maybe, even now, you can see that shifting). And while that can be exhausting, you want to hold onto this stage as long as possible. That glimmer in his eyes as he looks at his mama, that is what I aim to capture. In this same manner, is is the different dynamics and connections between family members that I want to document. This goes way beyond everyone smiling at the camera, because that smile changes when they are smiling at you.

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Details are important to your story.

I am a detail girl. It is the details that make each of us unique. Some of these details are so fleeting, like the way she fits in the crook of your arm as a newborn. While others stick around forever, like that little dimple when he smiles. 

The details aren't just physical characteristics either, the way she grabs for your hand for comfort, or the way he grabs your face when he gives you a kiss, those are the details that tell your story now. 

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The chaos won't last forever.

The phrase "you're going to miss this" often comes to mind when it's a challenging day. And while, in that moment my 3 year old is throwing a tantrum, it offers little console, I know I will, in fact, miss so much of the chaos. When I photograph the emotion, the connection, the details, all of that "chaos" is so beautiful. I want families to be able to look back at their images years down the road, and instantly remember the love, the laughter, the support, the wonderful craziness. 

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Your story can be told beautifully.

I am a perfectionist at heart. However, striving for that "perfect" shot leaves mom (and everyone involved) stressed and frustrated. Possibly because perfection is unrealistic and leads to a bland sameness. Yet lifestyle photography embraces each individual's personality within your family. It captures the dynamics, the connections, and the details within your family. To me, that leads to a collection of images rich with your unique story. That is what ignites my creative spirit. That is why I am a lifestyle photographer. 

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If those reasons all sound like reasons you want your own family photographed, let's chat.

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Custom Album with your Photography Session | Seattle Family Photographer

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Custom Album with your Photography Session | Seattle Family Photographer

I recently shared a post on 5 Ways to Use Your Family Photos, spoiler alert - one of my favorite ways to use your photos is in an album. Now, I know what you're thinking. Putting an album together takes time, and if you're like me, you're probably behind on your albums. This is where I come in. New this year is the addition of a custom 8x8 lay flat album with every family and newborn session this year. This means you get your photos displayed in a beautiful album without any of the work. 

You can select from several cover options - like photo wrap or linen (in a ton of color options). We can put the year, family name, or even a child's name (for, say a newborn session) on the spine to help you keep them straight. 

I put the design together for you, send it off to a printer, and in the end you have a beautiful coffee table album to show off your favorite images from this year's photo session. 

Want one for yourself? Learn more about the types of sessions I offer below.

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