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A Change of Perspective on Family Photos | Snoqualmie Family Photographer

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A Change of Perspective on Family Photos | Snoqualmie Family Photographer

Have you ever noticed how changing your perspective on things can change your mood? A subtle shift can make all the difference in the world. The same goes for having your family’s photos taken.

When a family books a session with me, I stress the importance of talking up the experience to their kids. Of course, I want you to tell them the truth about what you are doing (they are having their photos taken) but talk about the fun you’re going to have. This isn’t something they have to do, but that you get to do as a family. It’s amazing how such a shift in perspective can help everyone’s attitudes.

This family had the sweetest boys, but I’m sure their session didn’t go as mom and dad expected. When they arrived, their youngest had fallen asleep in the car, and continued to nap even after being taken out and carried down to the river. And their boys wanted to run and play not sit still for photos. Let me say it again, I’m not sure it’s what mom and dad expected for family photos, but it’s exactly as I expected them to be (all about playing, fun, tickling, spinning, snuggles, laughing, exploring). So I wasn’t worried one bit. In fact, as I clicked my shutter I knew this would be one of my favorite sessions this fall and I was right. Their gallery is so full of life, so full of their love, so full of their “right now.”

Does this sound like the family photo experience you’re looking for? Contact me to get on the calendar for family photos.

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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.

Favorite Locations for Fall Family Photos around Seattle, Neyssa Lee Photography, Snoqualmie Family Photographer,  Lincoln Park Seattle, Gorgeous Light
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. 

Favorite Locations for Fall Family Photos around Seattle, Neyssa Lee Photography, Snoqualmie Family Photographer,  Gold Creek Pond

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. 

Favorite Locations for Fall Family Photos around Seattle, Neyssa Lee Photography, Snoqualmie Family Photographer,  Fall City Community Park

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!

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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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