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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 to Wear for Family Photos: Blues Color Inspiration | Issaquah Family Photographer

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What to Wear for Family Photos: Blues Color Inspiration | Issaquah Family Photographer

So you understand what to do when picking outfits for everyone for family photos, but how do you pick what colors to wear? The most common question I get from families is about what to wear for their session. I have created a blog post on What to Wear for Family Photos, but I wanted to take it a step further and start a series on help you think about the actual colors you choose.

Think about your location first.

Before you begin deciding on your colors, think about the location I have chosen. Will there be trees, or a field, or by the river, or will you be near buildings? Think about the colors found at your location (if you don’t know, don’t hesitate to ask me, I’m here to help).

The next step is to think about if you want to stand out in your location or if you want to compliment the location. The idea is that you do not want to blend in nor clash. The beautiful part of nature is that most colors looks beautiful wherever you are. However, consider, for example, if you have chosen a wooded location, being in all green may make you blend in to the trees and greenery.

Let’s talk about the color blue.

I’m starting with blue, because it is one of the most popular colors during family photos. Personally, I have had blue, or a variation of blue, featured in most of my family sessions. It is a great color that goes with a lot, is beautiful, and it can usually be found in people’s closets. The other nice thing about blue is that most shades of blue go well together. Meaning, you do not have to have the exact same shade of blue for on everyone for it to look good.

Now let’s look at some things blue looks good with and hope you find some inspiration for your next family photo session!

Blue with neutrals.

Pairing blue with neutrals like cream, white, tan, grey and/or brown all provide a nice, clean look. The blue adds a little bit of color, while keeping your family looking fresh, clean, and modern. Blue jeans naturally bring in some blue, and like this family seen here, adding in a blue sweater, navy top, or a jean dress. (This family also beautifully used layers to not only keep kids warm but add dimension to their photographs).

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Blue with teal

Whether you consider teal a shade of blue or a shade of green, teal is a beautiful color that can add a nice bright pop to your family photos. Navy blue pairs nicely with teal as there is a good contrast between the deep, dark navy and bright teal. To break up the blues a little, add in some grey or white like this family below did.

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Blue with red.

Blue and red is one of my favorite color combinations. It is very “Americana” (yes, I love 4th of July clothes!), but also these complimentary colors help each other pop. The key when using any reds is to make sure they are the same shade. Red, unlike blue, can clash with itself if they are different shades. However, you can look very classic and stunning when you pick a blue and red color scheme.

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Blue and Maroon

Now, you may think maroon is a shade of red, so I' just said this example. However, blue and maroon give a very different feel. A deep shade of red, maroon looks gorgeous with the yellows of fall. Navy and maroon feel very warm, cozy together. As usual, you can add in some neutrals to brighten and break things up a little bit.

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Blue with Mustard Yellow

This happens to be one of my favorite color combinations. So much so, I may have done it two years in a row (gasp! Don’t tell anyone!). Again, the blue stands as a nice dark color with mustard yellow serving as a great pop of color. Yellow is a little tricky, like reds, so make sure you lay out your clothes to see that the yellows do not clash with each other.

A trick I use when shopping for certain colors like red and yellow is to shop at the same store. Companies typically use the same shades of colors along all clothing departments, from infant to adults. (Think Target, Hanna Anderson, Gap, etc).

Image of my family by Megann Robinson

Image of my family by Megann Robinson

Don’t forget to incorporate prints in your clothing.

You can get so focused on picking colors, that you may forget to includes prints - florals, plaid, stripes, polka dots (see my photo above, we have three of those things) in your outfit choices. The print can break up the colors a bit, add some interest, and help when you’re snuggled in close. If everyone is in the same color, you can blend into each other, and we want to stand out! It can also help so you feel coordinated but not “matchy-matchy” in all solids.

A bonus tip is if you like a print but it feels a little much, try throwing a cardigan over so the print just peeks out.

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What colors will you choose?

I hope you’ve found some inspiration and are ready to tackle picking out your outfits for family photos this year! Blue is a great color with plenty of options to pair it with. Now that you’ve picked out your colors, get your session booked at the link below.

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How to Handle Uncooperative Kids During Your Family Photo Session | Seattle Family Photographer

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How to Handle Uncooperative Kids During Your Family Photo Session | Seattle Family Photographer

How to Handle Uncooperative Kids During Family Photos

You may read that title and think, “my kids won’t be uncooperative!” Or you may think, “why would I want photos if my kids are not going to cooperate?” If the second response is you, I encourage you to read this entire post and let it help you feel encouraged. If you’re the first, I applaud your optimism! But you may want to read, just in case!

Let’s begin with a true life example.

Let me tell you a story about a family session I had in January. This was not just any family photo session, it was an extended family session, including siblings, grandma and grandpa, aunts and uncles. All this and one family was coming from the East Coast. We had set a date, and there was no wiggle room. We had a back up plan, in case of rain. However, that Monday morning was sunny, cold, but gorgeous. I could not have asked for a better day for a family session in winter in Seattle.

Keep your cool (no matter what) because kids will be kids.

As we were walking to our first spot, one of the little girls was not excited about the process. She wanted to be held and she was not happy. I’m sure she would have rather been anywhere else. This could have gone very wrong right here. If mom and dad had been angry and putting the pressure on her, even tossing in a threat, I’m certain the girl would not have responded well.

Instead, her parents were very laid back and did not let this get to them at all. I had them hold her, snuggles her close, and love on her during the first big group photos. She wanted to be held, so we capitalized on that. Again, mom and dad were rock stars, as they just smiled at her and loved on her (even if they may have been feeling frustrated, they didn’t let it show).

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Then when I split the families up, I had mom (who was still holding her) just play and dance with her. It wasn’t about smiling for me, but for playing with mom. And did she ever smile big. Because mom and dad kept their cool, just loved on her more, and then we made it more of a game, we were able to capture beautiful photos of her.

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Pack snacks for younger children.

Sometimes our kids just need a break and a little pick me up. Prepare ahead of time by having a few snacks packed in the diaper bag or your purse. Keep in mind that you’re still taking photos, so select “clean” snacks. Things that can stain or leaves mouths messy (think chocolate, cheese crackers, etc) are not ideal. If you want a “treat” fruit snacks are the perfect option as they are little, and have many in a pack you can divvy out as needed.

Make the photo session seem like an adventure.

When photographing kids, I love to make it seem like an adventure out with family. This isn’t about sitting still for photos, it’s about exploring with your family. When I can tell we have exhausted an area of our location, I will suggest, let’s go explore and see what we can find! This usually gets them excited to run ahead, and help find a fun new spot.

For this family session, that is just what happened. This girl was ready to walk down the trail and see what else there was. Mom and dad encouraged her. Because they had kept their cool and went along, she was happy and all about time at the park with her family.

Bring warm layers for your kids that you are okay with in photos.

Cold kids are uncooperative kids. They may start off okay, but as they get cold that will be all they can focus on. (Trust me, I shared all about how unprepared I was for my own family session and paid the price. Read about it at What I Learn From My Own Family Photo Session). This family was well prepared so cold was not an issue for them. Hats, gloves, scarves, not only keep heads and hands warm, but can add an adorable dimension to your photos.

The key is to make sure whatever you bring and offer to your children, you are okay with in photos. Do not expect to bring a coat you don’t like and ask them to take it off after putting it on as we move between areas for your photos.

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Sometimes things happen outside of our control.

At the beginning of our session, this sweet boy (remember, this was an extended family session) had huge smiles and was ready for his picture to be taken. But as our time progressed, he became more and more standoffish and not wanting to participate. It felt sudden, but I told the family not to push it and we would give him a little break. We took photos of the grandparents with most of the grandkids and focused on the other family again. When it was time to photograph him, he still didn’t want to participate. Dad was holding him and I directed dad to just continue to snuggle him and bring him over, but not make him do anything. What we got was a beautiful, and intimate family photo.

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Moments after this was taken, mom got really sick. It turned out the boy and mom had come down with the flu and symptoms were starting to show during their session!

Now, this was at the end of their session and we had managed to get many great family photos at this point. However, when something happens that is out of our control, like getting sick, it is okay. We can always reschedule for another day!

Trust in your photographer.

I may sound like I’m on repeat if you’ve read other blog posts, but I cannot stress this point enough. If you have never had a lifestyle family session with me (or another photographer for that matter) you may go into it with images you’ve seen on my feed imaging how “perfectly” those kids were behaved. Trust me when I say, that it may not feel like those photos look. It may feel a little chaotic, like your kids never stop moving. So how could we possibly get any good photographs of your family? But trust me, we are getting gorgeous photos that show off your family beautifully, while showing off your personality.

If you do trust in your photographer, just love on your kids, smile, play, let go, you may find yourself saying at the end, “that was fun!” (I’ve had many a surprised parents say that at the end, and I know my job was done!)

Now that you are prepared, schedule your own family photo session.

With these tips right here in this blog post, are you ready to take the next step and schedule your family photo session? Once you pick a date (at the link below) I will contact you and provide you with everything you will need to know to prepare you for your family session. Then on picture day, you just show up and love your family.

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How to Dress Kids for Family Photos | Seattle Family Photographer

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How to Dress Kids for Family Photos | Seattle Family Photographer

Getting a family ready for family photos can seem daunting. Before her session, one mother told me that it’s always such a hassle trying to pull together outfits for her kids. I get it, especially if you have multiple kids, trying to coordinate everyone can be challenging. However, I want to help you with these tips on how to dress your kids for family photos.

This is a longer post, but stick with me. At the end I will even include a few of my favorite places for kids clothes that photograph (and wear) beautifully. Make sure you’re brushed up on what to wear for family photos tips as you’re thinking about the kids outfits too!

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Consider coordinating options as you refresh your child’s wardrobe each season.

So this first tip may sound crazy to many of you. I must confess, I love picking out outfits for my kids. Yup, I’m a nerd, and I think about it way in advance. By doing so, I relieve a lot of stress when it comes time to put together outfits. So in the spring and fall when I’m already shopping for my kids, I try to purchase items for my kids that coordinate.

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Shopping at one store helps colors match.

I would say the most difficult part of coordinating outfits is how many shades of colors there are and they don’t match. So if the colors you’ve chosen for your family photo session are navy and white with pops of yellow and red, you want to make sure the reds and yellows are the same across your kids.

What do I mean? Well, look in your closet and grab a red shirt. Now without holding onto that shirt, go do the same thing and find red in everyone else’s. Chances are, those reds are all different, and will clash. You could have Christmas red, faded red, orangey red, the list goes on.

To avoid this problem, I suggest sticking with one store when you buy your kids clothing for family photos. Each season they will have colors that you can find across all of the kids’ clothing - from infant to teenager.

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Use layers for warmth and color.

This family did a beautiful job of using layers to add color. Baby boy’s red had is a perfect pop of red that ties in with his sister’s outfit without looking too matchy-matchy. Even better it served to keep his head warm! Other ways to add color and layers are through sweaters, scarves, and mittens.

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Think about their outfit head to toe.

Again, this mama nailed it with the red shoes for the youngest daughter, and the bows in the girl’s hair. Know that your photographs will capture entire bodies - shoes and all. So if your son (or husband) only owns tennis shoes that are neon green, you may consider finding a pair of shoes that go with your outfits better. The last thing you want is those neon shoes to be a major distraction in your photo.

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Dress kids with movement and comfort in mind.

Remember, a family photo session with me is not stiff. There are snuggles, tickles, running, jumping, dancing - there is lots of movement. Make sure your kids can play comfortably. Of course, you want them to look nice, but if you’re afraid they will get those white pants dirty, maybe they are not the best option for photos. Instead stick with jeans or darker pants that hide dirt better. We will be outside, playing, there will be dirt.

Don’t forget undergarments for girls in dresses. My girls love dresses that twirl, and they photograph beautifully. However, make sure you have either tights or under shorts for them!

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I have a few favorite places for clothes for kids that photograph beautifully and my kids enjoy wearing.

I want to say that none of these places have paid me, nor given me anything for sharing their shops here. They are ones that I personally use and love because their clothes photograph beautifully and are comfortable so my kids enjoy wearing the clothing.

Alice + Ames - They have a classic ballet dress that twirls beautifully. The past few years, they are almost the only dresses my girls wear regularly and can be seen in our family photos numerous times.

Remie Girl - Girls dresses, skirts and leotards. Again, adorable dresses that twirl.

Hanna Anderson - They have something for kids ages newborn to age 14, boys and girls. This is one of my favorite places when matching colors across several of my kids.

Target - Their Cat&Jack line is both affordable and adorable. They, too, have great colors across ages for both boys and girls. Bonus, you can even find coordinating things for mom or dad often too.

Primary - They are great for basics and coordinating across the kids. Since they are mainly solids, I love them for things like undershirts, undershorts (for those dresses), polos and cardigans.

Childhoods Clothing - They have mainly things for baby, but do have great pullover crews and peplums for a little bit older kids (up to size 8/9).

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Have any other favorite shops for kids clothes? Leave me a comment below. I’m always looking for new ideas.

When you book a session with me, I am here to help you every step of the way. So if you’re still in need of help putting together outfits, do not let that stop you from getting photos done.

One mother said to me after getter her family photos back, “Oh my gosh, my favorites ever. I can’t thank you enough. You seriously did SUCH a good job!! The annoyance of getting everyone ready for family pics is worth it every time.”

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