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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. 

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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. 

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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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Photos for a 10 Year Anniversary | Snoqualmie Family Photographer

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Photos for a 10 Year Anniversary | Snoqualmie Family Photographer

This past spring, this mom and dad celebrated 10 years of marriage! To celebrate, mom wanted to have their year family photo session done at the same place they had their wedding photos taken ten years ago, downtown Snoqualmie. It was also the perfect location for their train loving son. I may have learned more about trains then I ever imagined, but we also captured so many beautiful moments of light, love, and family. 

Congratulations on 10 years! Here's to many more years of happiness and adventure together!

Want to learn more about family photo sessions? Click the link below. 

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Family Photos By the River at Sunset | Snoqualmie Family Photographer

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Family Photos By the River at Sunset | Snoqualmie Family Photographer

As you scroll through the images below you may feel like you already know this family. I share photos of them often because I have photographed them for years. Their galleries are always full of images I just have to share and this year was no exception.

We met at one of my favorite locations by the Snoqualmie River and just had fun. There was lots of skipping rocks, a little dancing, jumping, playing with sticks. It felt nothing like you would expect family photos to feel. Which is exactly my goal for family photos, a laid back, fun adventure with the family where I can capture you being you together. 

I am so grateful for the families who come back year after year, having me capture them as their children grow. 

Does this look like something the kind of family photo session you want for your family? Click here to learn more about family sessions or contact me if you are ready to book your family session.

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5 Tips to Prepare for Your Family Photo Session

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5 Tips to Prepare for Your Family Photo Session

You have your family session booked, the date is on the calendar. So now what? If you're anything like me you want to plan to make the most of the family session. Here are the 5 tips I give families with an upcoming family photo session.

Plan What to Wear in Advance

I know it can be easy to put outfits until the last minute, however, no one likes racing around to stores trying to find coordinating outfits, in all the right sizes the day before family photos. Instead, start thinking about the color palette and feel you want right away. Then you can check closets for pieces you already have for everyone and slowly start looking for what you need to fill the gaps. For more ideas on putting together what to wear, click here.

When you have booked a session with me, I not only can help you as much or as little as you'd like with picking out your wardrobe, but you'll receive a private link and password for Style and Select, an easy online styling service. In a nut shell, you complete a simple questionnaire, then select outfits options for everyone in your family based on your answers. The best part is that the results offered give you prices and where to buy for everything. I know you're busy, so I'm hoping this not only eases stress for planning for a family session, but simplifies the process for you!

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Explain to the Kids What Will Happen During Family Photos

Kids like to know what to expect. Chatting about the day and what will happen will help make them more comfortable. Explain that you're going to go explore a fun park (or river, or lake, depending on the location we've selected) together as a family. Tell them that I will be there with a camera, and a camera bag. Showing them my picture if they don't know who I am can help them get a better idea. You can even tell them I have four kids so I REALLY like kids!

If you're making it a fun event like having family photos and then all going for ice cream or hot chocolate or to a special playground, chat up the entire event. I suggest not bribing like saying, "You behave and you get a hot chocolate," but making it more about the fun family adventure you're going to go on together from family photos to special treat afterwards.

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Mama, Pamper Yourself

When you feel special and beautiful, it shows on camera. I'm not saying this has to be anything big, get a pedicure, a massage, or even just a new lipgloss. Sometimes taking a moment for ourselves helps you recharge and forget about the stress of wanting everything perfect for picture day. 

If you really want to treat yourself well, consider a spray tan. Did your brain just start counting "Mississippisously" like Ross in Friends? I know. That's what I first thought when an old friend and co-worker, Amanda, told me she was starting her own spray tan business called Endless Summer Spray Tan. But then I learned more, like how the products she uses are vegan, and free of parabens and added preservatives. Amanda also comes to you, matches your skin tone. Gone are the days of orange, splotchy spray tans. Now I'm all about keeping it natural and being true to who you are, but I also know my legs right now are ghostly white - not photo ready at all! A little warm glow may be just the pampering you need to feel like the beautiful and confident mama you are. Wanting to try out a Spray Tan? Mention my name when booking with Endless Summer Spray Tan to save $15! 

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Pack the Snacks and Feed the Kids

Even if you're going out to dinner, it is a good idea to feed the kids something before your session. Hungry kids can't think about anything besides being hungry. Full tummies make for more fun. You can also pack snacks to eat on the way or during the session. While sessions typically only last about an hour, I know that all that playing together can feel like hard work. I just suggest a "clean" snack that doesn't leave messes on face/clothing or turn mouths colors - unless you want that captured in your photos!

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Show up Relaxed, Ready to Love on Your Family....No Matter What.

Your job is to just show up relaxed, take a breath and love on that beautiful family of yours. Drop all expectations of perfection and let me photograph the connections and love in your family. Remember, we aren't after that perfect shot, but a collection of images that show who you are right now. Rest easing knowing that I have seen everything from the shy kid to the wild ones, and everything in between and always capture images that are true to those children, true to your family. 

One mom told me, "My husband said, 'We were such a tranwreck but somehow Neyssa made it look like we were pulled together and getting along!'  I told him that is why you’re the professional!" 

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Feeling prepared but haven't booked your photo session yet? Don't worry, I can help with that. Contact me and let's get your session on the calendar. 

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