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Grey Skies Make for Beautiful Family Portraits | Snoqualmie Family Photographer

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Grey Skies Make for Beautiful Family Portraits | Snoqualmie Family Photographer

The Pacific Northwest is one of the best places on earth, wouldn’t you agree? The evergreen trees, mountains, rivers, lakes….the list goes on for all of the beauty that surrounds us here. I feel lucky that I see a beautiful mountain daily out the windows in our home. This area is a photographer’s dream come true with all of the natural beauty around. However, if you live in the Seattle area, you know with all that greenery comes rain and grey skies.

While I LOVE myself a gorgeous sunset for a family session, that isn’t always possible here in the great PNW.

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However, grey skies can make for gorgeous family photos.

I want to first remind you that despite the beauty around us, having family photos is not about showing off the landscape. Instead family photos is about documenting YOU, your family, your love, your connections, those dynamics within your family, this stage that you are in right now. While I put emphasis on location and the time of day your session takes place for both light and to accentuate those things, those are just details working in the background. So if the sun isn’t going to shine on your photo session day, rest easy. We will still beautifully capture your family.

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Grey days mean fewer people at the park.

The evening of this session we had this park to ourselves. The entire time we saw probably three other people, and while on the beach, it was just us. If you have ever been to Lake Sammamish State Park you know that is quite the miracle. Having the place to ourselves meant not worrying about people in the background, not waiting for people to move, and just letting the kids have the run of the area.

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Stormy skies can add drama to your photos.

If the skies begin to turn a little, those stormy skies just add even more depth and interest to your photos. The sky started getting darker and stormy and it was so beautiful as we played on the beach. The deep colors made this family really pop!

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Kids love playing with umbrellas.

Just in case it starts to rain a little, having an umbrella on hand serves a few great purposes. Kids love to play with umbrellas like it’s a game, plus you can stay dry and extend the session a little longer. (At the end of this session the skies did OPEN up, but it was at the very end, we took a few last shots with the entire family under the umbrella and headed in!

A bonus tip, is that a clear umbrella photographs beautifully. Not only can you see through it, but it lets light in and does not give off color casts (like a yellow or red one will do).

Res easy knowing that grey skies photograph beautifully too. I know I show off a lot of strongly backlight images, however, this session just goes to show you it isn’t about that at all (make sure you scroll down and click through a “few” more favorites)! Of course, should it actually be set to rain we can always reschedule or pick a covered location (I have suggestions or we can do it in your home).

With the weather as one less worry for your regarding your session, no more excuses. Book your family session now. I promise you won’t regret it.

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What is the best age to have my baby photographed? | Seattle Baby Photographer

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What is the best age to have my baby photographed? | Seattle Baby Photographer

You’ve had your baby’s newborn photos taken, but are already seeing how much she has grown and changed. So what is the best age to have your baby photographed after that newborn stage?

There is no “wrong” time to have your baby photographed.

I want to start by saying, if you want to have this stage your baby is in photographed, do it. No one has ever regretted documenting their baby. If this stage is so adorable, irresistible, and you don’t want it to pass then contact me now and we will get you on the calendar asap.

With that, let’s talk about great ages to photograph.

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Six to Nine Months is a great age to photograph your baby.

One of my favorite stages for my own kids was from 6-9 months old. This is the time when their own personality is really starting to show, they can sit up on their own, and are full of giggles. These are all wonderful details of this stage in your baby’s life to photograph.

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You are the center of their world.

As your baby is developing her own personality, you are still the center of her world. It is you who brings out the biggest smiles and giggles. It is you who knows her favorite games and activities. It is you who brings out that sparkle in her eye. All of these facts make this stage the perfect time to not only photograph your baby, but make sure you get in the frame with your child.

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Introducing Milestone Sessions

After the many requests of parents about a Baby’s 1st Year Photo Package or milestone sessions, I have decided to add milestone sessions for your baby’s first year. A milestone session is a 30 minute, on-location session (in your home or at an outdoor location) available when you book either a newborn session and/or a full family session for Baby’s 1st Year. These sessions are great whether you want to have your child documented at 3 months, 6 months, 9 months, or anytime in between. Learn more and book your baby’s milestone session here.

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What is Lifestyle Newborn Photography | Seattle Newborn Photographer

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What is Lifestyle Newborn Photography | Seattle Newborn Photographer

There are a lot of terms thrown around in the photography world. It can be easy to get overwhelmed when looking for the right photographer to capture your newborn baby. 

When you are trying to decide on a photographer, the first thing to note is what style of photography are you looking for? Do you want your baby posed in a basket with various props and outfits or do you want something more natural? There is no “correct” answer, just what is right for your family. 

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I am a lifestyle newborn photographer.

Being a lifestyle newborn photographer means that I do not use props or unnatural poses for your baby. I believe that a baby is beautiful just as they are.  So while I will capture portraits of your baby, I let him lead the way, unfolding in ways most comfortable for him. Often parents will comment on how baby sleeps is just like they did in womb (and they even have ultrasounds to prove it)!

During a lifestyle newborn photo session, I capture photos of the entire family, siblings, each parent individually with baby, and baby by herself. The goal is to capture those tiny newborn details, along with the immense love and joy your family has surrounding this newest family member. 

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Newborn sessions take place in the comfort of your own home.

When you just had a baby, the last thing you want to do is pack up and go somewhere.  Being in your own home means everyone is more comfortable, at ease, and relaxed. It also means we can capture where life with a newborn happens, usually focusing on rooms like mom and dad’s room, the nursery, and/or the living room. Learn more about in-home newborn sessions with Why I Only Shoot Newborn Sessions In Your Home.

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I guide you into poses with mom and baby’s comfort and safety in mind.

I know that you just had a baby, which means that not all positions are comfortable. I also know the feeling and insecurities around our bodies after giving birth. With that, I let mom and baby be the leads for what we do. If mom isn’t comfortable standing, you can stay snuggled on the bed or couch. If baby only wants to be held, then mom and dad will hold that baby close. I use flattering angles, light and positions that put the focus on your baby and your love for your family

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In the end, a lifestyle newborn photo session captures your family as you are in your home with gentle posing and guidance.

When you see your gallery of images I want them to feel real. I want them to be a true reminder of this time right after welcoming a baby into your lives. Your photographs will represent those things that you will want to remember like the way your baby snuggled up in your arms, fit on your husband’s chest, and unfolded when laid down on your bed. I want you to be able to show off the way your kids loved on their baby sister when you first brought her home.  I want you to see your gallery of images and be taken back to those first weeks with a newborn baby in your home. Because we all know, our babies grow much too quickly.

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Celebrating a 1st Birthday in Photos | Seattle Family Photographer

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Celebrating a 1st Birthday in Photos | Seattle Family Photographer

Document the first birthday as an important milestone with a lifestyle family photo session.

Celebrating a child’s first birthday is such a big milestone. It isn’t just that your baby is turning one, but it means that you survived the first year! So first, a big congratulations and happy day to your family if you'r little one is turning one. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the first year. There is so much growth with your child changing daily. In so many ways, that first year flies by. However, the first year is also about little sleep, worrying about every little thing, trying to keep your older kids from giving your baby the plague they caught from school, and learning how to parent this little human being as they discover the world around them. That is no easy task.

Just as you took the time to have newborn photos, I think photos around a child’s first birthday are so important. Right now your baby feels so “big” but as you look back in a year, or even just six months, you will see how much of a baby they still were. I say this often, but you will never regret having photos taken of your family.

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Your home is the perfect location for first birthday photos.

By having family photos done in your home, you are able to have your family captured in the spaces you made memories over the past year. Your child will be most comfortable in his own space. In addition, if the weather is poor (which, let’s face it, is a reality often in Seattle) you don’t have to worry about layering your child up. If you’re child is a new walker or still crawling, all those extra layers can make it difficult for them to move. And we can always jump just outside your home for a few family photos, giving you the best of both worlds.

Also, if you’re worried your space does not resemble something designed by the lovely, Joanna Gaines, don’t fret. I’m not photographing your home, I’m just capturing your family. All I need is one window and your family, and together we will create beautiful portraits.

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Let them eat cake.

Who doesn’t love cake? Okay many one year olds don’t. However, the first birthday cake smash is a fun tradition. At the end of your session we can let him eat cake and I will photograph it. (Extra perk, when he’s all messy, you’re already home and can throw him in the bath straight afterwards!)

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Is your child turning one this year? Let’s chat about celebrating the first birthday in photos.

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