Amy Louise Photography: Blog http://www.amylouisephotos.com/blog en-us (C) Amy Louise Photography (Amy Louise Photography) Mon, 02 Jul 2018 21:45:00 GMT Mon, 02 Jul 2018 21:45:00 GMT http://www.amylouisephotos.com/img/s/v-5/u781229609-o166933123-50.jpg Amy Louise Photography: Blog http://www.amylouisephotos.com/blog 120 80 Photographing Summer {Seattle Family Photographer} http://www.amylouisephotos.com/blog/2018/7/photographing-summer-seattle-family-photographer Summer. My favorite season. The weather is warm, the air smells salty, mornings are lazy, and the days stretch on and on. Summer is filled with watermelons, water fights, ice cream, sandy feet, and a feeling of ease. I love having my kids home for the summer. Our days start slowly and we can play everything by ear. You know those ads, and videos on social media about us having only 18 summers with our kids? They get me every single time and I'm always a blubbering mess by the end of them. 18 years seems long, but 18 summers? That's going to go by in a flash. These memories, these 18 summers, are worthy of being photographed. Here are my favorite tips for photographing summer:

1. Say yes to adventures

Often, we get caught up in our routine and operate on autopilot. Let this be the summer that you say yes to adventures. The more adventures, the more opportunities to photograph.

Seattle family photographer, Seattle lifestyle photographerOregon CoastOregon Coast 2. Try a new format. I love to shoot film in summer. I'm not sure why but I always feel like film and summer mix so well!
Seattle family photographer, Seattle lifestyle photographer Seattle family photographer, Seattle lifestyle photographer 3. Embrace the sun - One of the first rules you learn when you're getting into photography is that full sun is harsh light and not the best to shoot in. The days are so long in summer and shooting in the golden hour (the hour before sunset) is not always feasible with young kids. I always try to incorporate the sun as much as I can. For the image below, I lay down on the ground and shot up, making the sun as much a part of my image as my child.

Seattle family photographer, Seattle lifestyle photographer 4. Maximize cloudy days - As much as you should embrace the sun, it's also great to utilize cloudy days as much as possible. We like to head to the beach on cloudy days. Not only is it "safe" light to photograph, but beaches are often less crowded.

Seattle family photographer, Seattle lifestyle photographer 5. Capture the journey, not just the destination. Road trips are such a big part of summer. Photograph all of your vacation, including the journey.

Seattle family photographer, Seattle lifestyle photographer 6. Learn a new skill - Just for fun, one summer I tried using tools for variety in my summer images. You can use anything: a prism, a copper rod (see below), a ziplock bag around the lens. Use your imagination. 

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7. Photograph summer foods - Does anything say summer like watermelon? What about berries? Or ice cream?

Seattle family photographer, Seattle lifestyle photographer Seattle family photographer, Seattle lifestyle photographer 8. Lastly, when you can shoot during golden hour, do it! The light is divine, shadows are long and the feeling it gives you will remind you of summer all year long.

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A Beautiful Family in a Beautiful House {Seattle Lifestyle Photographer} http://www.amylouisephotos.com/blog/2018/6/a-beautiful-family-in-a-beautiful-house-seattle-lifestyle-photographer This family deserves all the heart eyes. Not only are they beautiful on the outside, but since getting to know the mom over social media, I can tell she has a heart of gold too. I was introduced to them through a mutual friend and the moment I walked into their house, I knew this session was going to be, at the risk of sounding cheesy, nothing short of magical. They have impeccable taste, there's no doubt about that, but what shone through even more, was their love and affection for one another. The two girls are happy, cuddly little things, and playfully snuggled in with their parents. The beauty of lifestyle sessions is that it doesn't matter what the kids do or don't do, I am just there to capture life as it is in your family. There is no right or wrong when it comes to your family's story. So sit back, relax and enjoy this massive overshare of this gorgeous family.

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Create Pretty Things - The Workshop {Seattle Family Photographer} http://www.amylouisephotos.com/blog/2018/6/create-pretty-things---the-workshop-seattle-family-photographer Seattle Family Photographer, camera basics workshop, Amy Louise Photography, Everett Family Photographer

Here it is - my very first workshop and I'm so excited to share it with you!

So what exactly is "Create Pretty Things" and what are you going to learn?

I believe so strongly in the power of photographs. I believe that images of childhood are so important and displaying images of your children around the house boosts their self esteem and speaks to them of their worth. Hiring a professional photographer is great, and obviously something I would recommend, but what about all the little moments throughout the year? First steps, eating solid foods for the first time, holidays, birthdays, naps on the couch, snuggles with grandma. There is no better person to capture that than you!

In this workshop, we're going to learn both technical and creative aspects of photography.

The first half of the workshop will focus on technical:

Types of cameras;

Lenses;

The exposure triangle;

White balance;

Types of light

The second half focuses on creative shooting:

- What inspires you;

- What features of your children do you want to remember?;

- How to find inspiration in and around your home;

The workshop will start at 9am on Sunday August 12th, and will take place in Everett. We will start the morning with mimosas, coffee, muffins and fruit while we get to know each other. We will work throughout the curriculum together and we will have time to shoot together to practice. We will finish with a light lunch around 1pm.

The cost for the first run of this workshop is $125 plus tax. This includes all snacks and a workbook, as well as a special discount for a family session with me.

Once you are ready to reserve your spot, please email me and I will forward you an invoice. Once paid, your spot is reserved and you will be on your way to creating pretty things.

 

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A Calm & Peaceful Family Session {Seattle Lifestyle Photographer} http://www.amylouisephotos.com/blog/2018/6/a-calm-peaceful-family-session-seattle-lifestyle-photographer Sometimes I walk into a house and the mood is so calm and peaceful, and everything just seems so easy. That is how I felt walking into this family's home. The parents were so at ease, which I guess comes with the territory by baby number two, and big sister showed only love and affection to her big brother. It could be because of their age gap, or maybe it just came down to her loving personality, but whatever it was, it was beautiful to witness. As calm and peaceful as they were, this session was also a lot of fun. Savannah (big sister) was super sweet and became my best friend the second I walked in the door. I'm always fascinated by kids like this because I was so shy as a child. I love the confidence that these kids have at such an early age. She held my hand as she showed me around the house and spoke with so much pride about her baby brother. She jumped on the bed, but she also snuggled up for some tender moments with mom. There is so much beauty and love in this family and it was a pleasure photographing them all.

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Fresh 48 Sessions {Seattle Lifestyle Photographer} http://www.amylouisephotos.com/blog/2018/6/fresh-48-sessions-seattle-lifestyle-photographer I've said it before, and I'll say it again. I absolutely love those first few days in the hospital with my babies. Time seems to stop still and it seems that all that is important, is right there in the room with you. Everyone who enters that room is focused on you and your little one. You can forget about the stress at home while someone else brings you your food and medicines, and you just get to relax and get to know this new little being. Leaving the hospital feels like the first major milestone and for me, it always seems a little sad to leave and take my baby out into the big wide world. Such a special time deserves to be photographed. Tiny details such as hospital bracelets, the blankets that are so well recognized, the pink, blue and white striped hats...all these memories should be preserved. So, do you try yourself? Or do you hire a professional? When my youngest was born, I did do it myself so it can be done. It's not the easiest though, especially if you're recovering from a c section! If you're doing it yourself try to move around the baby so you get shots from different angles. I try to use back light for baby in the bassinet shot. Turn off the hospital lights as they are going to throw the white balance off. Natural light is always best. Don't forget details such as the umbilical cord stump, and tiny feet and hands.The benefit to hiring a professional is that you can sit back and relax, and of course, you can be in the images too. Whatever way you choose to do it, just make sure the images are taken. You will treasure them forever. These precious babies, they just don't keep. 

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If you would like to capture this fleeting time, let's chat. I'd be honored to photograph your little love.

 

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In Celebration of Baby's First Birthday {Seattle Lifestyle Photographer} http://www.amylouisephotos.com/blog/2018/6/in-celebration-of-babys-first-birthday-seattle-lifestyle-photographer I adore photographing this family. This is the third time I've had the honor of photographing them. I photographed them exactly a year before this session when they welcomed sweet Moses into their family. You can find his newborn session here. Things have changed a little since then. He's now a big one year old and the house has undergone some major renovations. I really wanted to make sure we captured the renovations in the images. Their house is beautiful and I wanted to showcase that. I adore photographing families inside their own homes, where everyone is so comfortable and they can just focus on one another. Enjoy!
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I Was a Photographer Long Before I Knew It {Seattle Lifestyle Photographer} http://www.amylouisephotos.com/blog/2018/6/i-was-a-photographer-long-before-i-knew-it-seattle-lifestyle-photographer Have you ever felt like you were just called to something? Like it was just meant to be? The more I think about it, the more I realize that I was always meant to be a photographer.

When I was young, I remember I would sit down and go through all our family photo albums day after day after day. I loved looking over photos from when we were young. Even back then, I knew there was something so special about photographs. Once when I visited my mother's side of the family in a different city, I sat looking at an old photograph of my Great Grandma's family when she was a little girl, that she went and got it restored, and enlarged for me to take home to keep. When she passed away in her nineties, I remember sitting on my cousin's bed the night of her funeral and going through boxes and boxes of old photographs. I found something so beautiful in her images from the early 1900s. I was photographing my friends and children I babysat a lot, even though I didn't know how to operate a camera. I knew I loved the outcome, even though I was shooting on cheap consumer grade film and my camera was set to auto.

Fast forward a few years and I'm pregnant with my first. My husband told me I could get my own DSLR, or we could pay for newborn photos. Not knowing the talent it took, I thought getting the camera and taking my own was the obvious choice. Of course, my newborn photos were terrible but if I hadn't made that decision, I never would be where I am today. From the time Charlie was born, I had such a strong desire to capture everything about him. One day I hope my great grandchildren enjoy my photographs as much as I enjoyed looking through my great grandmother's.

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I Don't Know How I Ever Lived Without You {Seattle Family Photographer} http://www.amylouisephotos.com/blog/2018/6/i-dont-know-how-i-ever-lived-without-you-seattle-family-photographer My sweet Oscar. I don't know how I ever lived without you. Tomorrow you will turn one. You will leave the baby stage and enter toddler hood. It is so bittersweet. Watching you grow has been amazing, but man, I miss you little.

Everything about you (except for breastfeeding) has been easy. I didn't suffer the horrible morning sickness like I did with your brothers. Your birth, my third c section, was so easy that I think I may have even told your daddy and the nurses that "I could do this ten more times". You started sleeping through the night at 3 weeks old. You are so, so happy and your smile lights up the room. Your older brothers adore you, and Daddy and myself just can't get enough of our little Oscky Pie. I love your little curls and your hair that gets lighter each time we're out in the sun. You look so much like Daddy. I see both of your brothers in your demeanor. I can't wait to see your little personality develop over the next year. You currently love books. fruit, bagels, people watching, bath time, and snuggles with Mama. You are babbling a lot. You like to say Mama, Dada, Dog and Bo (your little Buddy). You are cruising and starting to stand for a couple of seconds but I think walking may still be some time away. That's okay. I'm happy to keep you as my little baby for longer.

I am constantly amazed at how each child teaches us something new. With you, I have learnt to let go of perfection. To embrace our chaos. To go with the flow. You will never know how much we needed you in our lives, but I hope you know how much we love you. You are so loved my sweet Oscar James.

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Falling In Love with Film {Seattle Lifestyle Photographer} http://www.amylouisephotos.com/blog/2018/6/falling-in-love-with-film-seattle-lifestyle-photographer Boy at beach in Seattle

A couple of years ago, I started shooting film. I always loved how beautiful film looked but I wasn't what you would call "hooked". Slowly, as I began practicing, I started to love it more and more. However, recently, a couple of things happened that made me fall head over heels in love for this format. First, the movie Kodachrome. The movie is fictional and it's about a son and his dad who road trip together to have his rolls of Kodachrome developed before the lab closed. The movie brought with it all sorts of nostalgia and it made me want to shoot all the film, all the time. Secondly, the royal wedding. I'm fully aware of how strange I'm sounding right now. When I watched the build up to the wedding, the coverage kept showing old images of Princess Diana with her little boys. There was something so nostalgic (yes, I'm using that word again) about them. Film has a certain beauty that digital just doesn't have. I feel almost guilty for writing that. I am so grateful that we can shoot digitally and I love the freedom it gives me, but man, film is just so gorgeous. I couldn't explain how I felt that day. Seeing film images made me feel a little sad, a little nostalgic (there I go again), and gave me a strong desire to capture all the beauty of the world on a perfect little roll of Portra 400.

And then today, a sad thing happened. In the grand scheme of life, it's not earth shattering, but for my little film loving heart, it hurts. I heard that Canon have stopped making their last remaining film camera. I'm a true blue Nikon girl, so this doesn't really affect me, however, this news has made me feel like film really is dying. I refused to believe it until now. I feel sad that not enough people see the beauty of film to keep it going. Labs are closing, film stocks are being discontinued, and film cameras are no longer being made. I have an urge to buy all the film I can get my hands on and shoot, shoot, shoot as much as possible. So this summer, it's going to be all about the film. I'll be slowing down and capturing as much beauty as I can on my little F100 and my favorite Portra 400.

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Baby Makes Five {Seattle Newborn Photographer} http://www.amylouisephotos.com/blog/2018/5/baby-makes-five-seattle-newborn-photographer Welcome to the world little Amelia. You are already surrounded in love. 

There is so much to love about lifestyle newborn sessions. Those first few days at home are unlike any other time in parenthood, no matter if it's baby number one or baby number eight. Everyone is adapting to the new normal, emotions run high and life feels like it will never be the same. Although things are changing, one thing is for certain; this new little being was meant to be here and they are so, so loved. Lifestyle sessions capture all the changing emotions, the love, the snuggles, the forming of new relationships. They are only this little once and photos have a way of stopping time so you'll never forget.

Amelia is girl number three for this beautiful family and so loved by them all. You guys have such a perfect little family and I'm so happy you asked me to capture this beautiful time in your lives!

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Amelia's Fresh 48 Session {Newborn Photographer, Seattle} http://www.amylouisephotos.com/blog/2018/5/amelias-fresh-48-session-newborn-photographer-seattle There is something so special about those first couple of days in the hospital. I know it's not for everyone, but I really love this time. You can forget about everything else going on in the world and just focus on this tiny new being. For a brief couple of days, it feels as if you and your baby are the only people in the world. Everything that goes on in that room is focused on your little one. It's almost as if time stands still. Then, once you leave, the reality of life with a new baby sets in. Leaving the hospital feels like the first major milestone. It is such an honor to be invited into this space to capture these first moments. Little Amelia was the sweetest, most wide awake newborn. Welcome to the world little one.

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A Session Full of Love {Family Photographer, Seattle WA} http://www.amylouisephotos.com/blog/2018/5/a-session-full-of-love-family-photographer-seattle-wa Sometimes I walk into a house and the mood is fun and wild. Other times, I walk  in and the vibe is quiet and calm. This was definitely one of those calm, love filled sessions. I think the best way to describe it is peaceful. There was so much love, so much happiness and so much peace. They were all just happy to be with one another and it was truly beautiful. Adding a new baby to the mix is always nerve wracking but this little boy is such a gift to them all. Enjoy!

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What's in my Bag {Lifestyle Photographer, Seattle, Everett} http://www.amylouisephotos.com/blog/2018/4/whats-in-my-bag-lifestyle-photographer-seattle-everett

I keep it pretty simple with my gear. I don't carry a ton and I'm all natural light and don't used any type of artificial lighting. Above is what I have, but I don't often carry it all.

1. Nikon D750 with Sigma 35mm Art lens. My baby. I love, love, love this combo. This is what I shoot with 95% of the time. 

2. Nikon D700. This is my back up camera. It was my first full frame camera and I still have so much love for it.

3. Nikon 28mm. I bought this lens used and keep it in my bag just in case I ever go into a home and the space it too tight. I have hardly had to use it, but it's nice to know it's there just in case.

4. Nikon F100 with 50mm lens. This is a film camera. I don't shoot much film but over the summer months, I love to play with it outside in the sun. The colors of film are so beautiful. I really need to start shooting film more. The 50mm was my very first lens (other than the kit lens that the camera came with). I bought it when I was just starting out in photography and although it doesn't get much use, it's still a great lens.

5. Lens cloth. A necessity! 

6. Film. I shoot most often with any of the Portra series. Portra 400 is my favorite.

7. You can find my camera bag here. It's perfect for holding my gear, wallet, sunglasses and keys.

Not pictured, but I always carry extra memory cards and an extra battery too!

That's it. Pretty simple!

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The Beauty of Your Everyday {Lifestyle Photographer, Seattle, WA} http://www.amylouisephotos.com/blog/2018/4/the-beauty-of-your-everyday-lifestyle-photographer-seattle-wa Sometimes, I walk into a house and just know the session is going to turn out beautifully. I knew this the second I walked into this house. The family was warm and friendly, the house was lovely with great light and the mood was calm. It felt like an easy weekend morning with friends. That is how a family session should feel. Easy, relaxed, mellow. You see, I'm there to capture the ordinary, and it should never be stressful. The beauty of an in home session is that you don't need to worry. You can just be yourself, no need for new clothes or an epic location. A family session is basically a giant love fest. I show up, find the pretty light and you get to love on your kids. It couldn't be more easy. My families aren't looking for perfection. They're after genuine images that capture their reality. If that means kids jumping on beds, then that's what I'll photograph. If that means a child won't leave his mother's arms, then that's how the session will go. So stop stressing mama, your session is going to be beautiful, just as this one was. I have so many favorites, so excuse the overshare!

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5 Minute Photo Shoot with your Baby {Newborn Photographer, Everett, WA} http://www.amylouisephotos.com/blog/2018/4/5-minute-photo-shoot-with-your-baby-newborn-photographer-everett-wa Welcoming a new baby is exhausting and sometimes taking photos can be the furthest thing from your mind. But you know it goes so quickly and you want to document this new precious life too. Here's a quick way to get a variety of images in less than five minutes. I recommend using the master bed, but the crib works well too. The best way to get a variety of images, is to change your shooting angle - stand above the baby, then stand side on. Capture the details such as the head, belly button and feet. Take a whole body shot, then zoom (or lean in if using a prime lens) and just photograph the face. Keep it simple. Often we overthink things, but this is such an easy way to get variety and it can be done in a short amount of time. Watch for facial expressions too. Whether they're awake or asleep, newborns have a variety of cute facial expressions that you'll want to capture. These images below, were taken in about 3-4 minutes. Have fun and enjoy that baby!

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Embrace Your Beautiful Chaos {Lifestyle Photographer, Everett, WA} http://www.amylouisephotos.com/blog/2018/4/embraceyourbeautifulchaos Embrace your beautiful chaos. That is what I tell families we're going to do during their photo session. Life is messy, and beautiful, and chaotic and fun. Even in the mundane, the ordinary, there is so much beauty.

I'm putting it out there. I'm a perfectionist, and it's exhausting. I've always liked to have a perfectly clean house, but sometimes, I would just wish I could let it go. And sometimes I did, and then anxiety would get the better of me and I'd start feeling that nagging urge to clean and make everything appear perfect. But you know what? Life isn't perfect. It's not even close. And even though it's not close, life is insanely beautiful.

When I first started in photography, I always aimed for the perfect image. I followed all the rules and would toss a photo if it wasn't up to par. But as I've evolved as a photographer, and as I've added more kids to my family, I've realized that there is so much more to life, and so much more to photos, than perfection. I've realized that an image can have technical mistakes and still be emotional. Life has it's sad moments, but they're still beautiful. And since I discovered this, I feel free. I enjoy photography more and I have never been happier with the art I create.

I believe there is beauty in the chaos. I believe that an image doesn't have to be technically perfect to evoke emotion. I believe that we should celebrate all the little nuances. Let's capture the honest moments. The mellow moments. The messy moments. Let's do away with perfection and focus on the authenticity. Because that authenticity is beautiful and deserves to be celebrated. Celebrate unmade beds, and harsh light. Embrace messy hair and movement. Let's focus on the emotion and authenticity of your family and forget about fake smiles and awkward posing.

If you're ready to have your family's story captured, let's chat. I would be honored to be a part of it.

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A Breastfeeding Battle {Lifestyle Photographer, Seattle, WA} http://www.amylouisephotos.com/blog/2018/4/a-breastfeeding-battle-lifestyle-photographer-seattle-wa You would think by baby number three, breastfeeding would come easy. Especially after number one had breastfeed for 16 months and number two for 21 months. When Oscar was born, I thought I knew what I was doing. This was going to be easy. I had done this before. Oscar was born at a whopping 9lbs 2oz at 39 weeks. He was "large for gestational age" and needed his blood sugars monitored for the first 12 hours. With my other two, I fed them as often as they needed. With Oscar, due to the testing, I could only feed him every two hours on the first day of his life. I don't know if this had anything to do with our struggle or not, but I think it's worth noting.

At first, I thought everything was going fine. We went home 48 hours after he was born and I had no worries or concerns. The following day, I was a little worried about how much he was sleeping. I mean, I know how much newborns sleep but this seemed abnormal. I had to wake him to feed him and when I did, he would only nurse for a couple of minutes before falling back to sleep. The following day, I was having a lot of pain every time he nursed. I mean, crying, toe curling pain. That day, we had to go back to the hospital for a check up and I mentioned the pain. The nurse helped with positioning and I felt like things were a little better. The following day, we visited the pediatrician and his weight was 8lbs 7oz. Down a bit, but nothing to be concerned about. The next few days, breastfeeding got worse and worse. I started to dread it. He was still super sleepy and nursing about every three hours, but only because I was waking him.

At three weeks, we visited the pediatrician again and he was 9lbs 1oz. 1 ounce away from birth weight. I was a little concerned but the pediatrician wasn't. She said he was gaining at the lowest rate they'd like to see, but still gaining so everything was fine. The pain was so bad that it would hurt all the way to my back and last for two hours after feeding him. I would cry the entire time he was at the breast. Despite being used to nursing in public, I couldn't do it with him because I would be crying the entire time. I started to have anxiety a couple of hours after feeding him because I knew it was almost time to do it all over again. It didn't help that we had just bought a new house and were in the process of moving too. There was a lot going on at the time so I kept putting off visiting a lactation consultant. At exactly three weeks, he had fallen asleep at midnight. I woke up at 4am and he was still sleeping. I thought "I'll just close my eyes because he'll be awake any second." Next thing I knew, it was 8am. My three week old baby had just slept 8 hours straight. It sounds good, but it really wasn't. I had mastitis. I knew as soon as I hopped in the shower that morning. I was achy. My whole body hurt, and I couldn't decide if I was hot or cold. I was shivering one minute, sweating the next. Luckily, my doctor sent through a prescription so I could start on antibiotics right away. I knew I had no choice but to see a lactation consultant so I made the phone call. They could see me the next day, the 4th of July and the day before we officially moved into our new house. The first thing they did was weigh him. He was 9lbs 1oz. He hadn't gained anything in 5 days. Not good news for a little baby. The lactation consultant was amazing. She helped with positioning and recommended that I start pumping to make sure he was getting enough milk. Knowing that I wanted to continue breastfeeding, she suggested pumping enough for 2 bottles a day, and nursing the rest of the time. I was so new to pumping that I didn't even know how much an almost one month old ate. My other two had never had bottles so this was all new to me. I walked out of there, pump in hand, ready to do anything to make sure we got the hang of breastfeeding. I hated pumping with a passion but was determined to do anything to make sure he got breast milk. He started gaining weight, and slowly, his latch started getting better. When he was 5 weeks old, I took all three kids to the zoo. We went to the indoor play area at the zoo so the older two could play and so that I could sit down to nurse Oscar. I remember sitting there nursing him and for the first time, I felt like I had my life back. Breastfeeding was so much better and I was no longer afraid to nurse him. His latch wasn't 100% but it was so much better than what it had been. 

We battled on. His latch was never perfect but it was so much better than it had been. He was gaining weight, slowly but surely. He settled around the 20th percentile mark. It's a lot lower than his birth percentile (90th) but it's on par with where my other kids are so I'm not concerned.

There were many times I wanted to give up, but here we are, 10 months in and still going strong. Breastfeeding this one has been so rewarding given our rough start. I even booked a nursing session with another photographer next month to document it. At that stage, we'll be approaching the one year mark. I feel like after all we went through, we need it documented!

Mamas, if breastfeeding is important to you and it's not going well, don't be afraid to seek help. I'm so glad I did. The best advice I received was "Don't quit on your worst day." I'm so glad I didn't xxoo

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Embracing Chaos and Finding My Why {Lifestyle Photographer, Seattle WA} http://www.amylouisephotos.com/blog/2018/3/embracing-chaos-and-finding-my-why-lifestyle-photographer-seattle-wa If you've been following me for a while, you'll know that I've changed direction in the last few months. My family shoots used to take place in many of the beautiful beaches and parks that we are lucky enough to have in Seattle. Lately, I've been doing mostly in home sessions although, I will still offer a few outdoor sessions at the end of summer/beginning of fall. My photography journey is like any other journey. There have been high points and low points, and times when I felt I needed to pivot and head in a new direction. In home lifestyle photography really speaks to me and I feel so confident with this decision. I'm excited to see where it takes me!

Three years ago, I purchased an e-book all about lifestyle photography. The day I got it, I sat down and read the whole thing all at once and I was immediately inspired to start taking pictures of my kids. Until then, I had always tried to get a "perfect" shot of them. You know, in a cute outfit, against a studio looking wall or at a beautiful outdoor location. My youngest at the time was sleeping so I crept into his room and took the image below. It's not the best image, but this was the turning point for me. This is how I wanted to capture my kids. Just them being them.

Sleeping child, seattle wa I started documenting our days more authentically and I loved the results. I truly felt like I was capturing their childhood in the most beautiful way. I would spend ages looking over their images and hoping that one day, they would look back on them and see how I saw them and how much I loved them. A couple of months later, I started my business. I was photographing families in outdoor locations and doing posed newborn sessions. I was happy with my work but it was completely different in style to my personal work. I saw the difference but I assumed that it was normal for your client work and your personal work to be different. 

One year after that picture was taken, I flew out to Ohio to photograph my friend's newborn. Since I wasn't photographing in my own space with my posing beanbag and all my wraps and hats, we did a lifestyle session. I fell in love with it and decided that I would only do lifestyle newborn sessions from then. It was freeing in a way. I packed up my newborn props and happily started marketing lifestyle newborn sessions. I was thrilled with the response and finally felt happy with my newborn work. For almost two years, I would continue shooting in home lifestyle newborn sessions and outdoor family sessions. My family sessions were still somewhat lifestyle. I still had the parents interact and play with the kids rather than look and smile at the camera but they didn't have the same feel as my newborn sessions. After much soul searching, towards the end of last year, I decided to focus my energies on in home sessions. After my first one, I was 100% hooked and although I was nervous about making the official announcement, I was also confident because that's where my heart was.

So, that's my journey, but why is shooting in a lifestyle manner important to me? Like I said above, when I started shooting my kids in an authentic way, I could see the beauty of our family. I didn't need a perfect backdrop or a beautifully lit open field to see that. There was so much to love about our lives and I wanted to embrace that. I see that in your family too. I see the way your son is clinging to you and I will capture your closeness. I see your daughter who is so proud of her bedroom and I will capture her in that special space too. I feel that the whole family is more relaxed in their own home and because of that, we can get more genuine images and your love is going to shine through. There is so much love and heart in your home and a little bit of chaos thrown in too. I love to see you embrace that in order to get images that truly reflect your family.

If you're ready to start embracing your beautiful chaos, please get in touch. I would love to work with you! 

And because a post wouldn't be complete without some images, here are some of my favorites, both personal and client work.

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In Home Session with a Beautiful Family {Lifestyle Photographer, Seattle WA} http://www.amylouisephotos.com/blog/2018/2/in-home-session-with-a-beautiful-family-lifestyle-photographer-seattle-wa Everyone in the Seattle area knows how our winters are. Rainy, wet and just not fun to be outside. The beauty of in home photo sessions is that there is no rescheduling. It doesn't matter what the weather is like outside, there is always warmth and fun inside the four walls that you call home. I find that kids are often more relaxed and happy since they're not cold and they're in a familiar place. Everyone can just be who they are and the love that shines through is gorgeous. 

This family is amazing! They have so much love for each other and when the mom and I first started chatting over email, I just knew this session was going to be perfect. She mentioned that her husband played guitar so I knew I had to photograph that and I love the images we got. It really was such a relaxed Sunday morning. The kids played guitar with their dad, they read books. they made popcorn, they drew with mom, and then they ended the session with big snuggles on the bed. 

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Family of Four on a Sunny Seattle Evening {Lifestyle Photographer, Washington} http://www.amylouisephotos.com/blog/2017/12/family-of-four-on-a-sunny-seattle-evening-lifestyle-photographer-washington I first met this family on an elevator in Queen Anne. My oldest child asked Rachel a question and when she responded, I immediately recognized that accent as being the same as mine. It's always fun to meet other Kiwis! At the time, she was newly pregnant with their first baby. I got to photograph him as a newborn then they moved to the East Coast. They were recently back in Seattle, this time with TWO sweet boys. It was fun getting to catch up and spend time with them again. It was a beautiful sunny Seattle evening and we met at Discovery Park for our session. The light was gorgeous and of course, the family is too. Enjoy!

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