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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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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