In Celebration of a Little Fighter {Seattle Newborn Photographer}

I adore in home lifestyle newborn sessions, but there is something so special about photographing a newborn in the NICU. These little babies are born fighting and I’m always so honored to capture this time for the family.

People often ask me if I had NICU babies and if that’s why I love to do these sessions. I didn’t. I was lucky that all three of my babies were born healthy and at full term, but as a mama, my heart breaks for these parents. I know that I don’t like to spend a minute away from my babies. I can’t imaging what their pain is like having to leave them in the hospital each night. But one day, these little babies will be back home and this time will be a distant memory. I know their mamas will look back at this time and see not only how strong their baby was, but also how strong they were.

Introducing Myles.

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Waiting for Two {Seattle Maternity Photographer}

I met these two for their maternity photo session on a beautiful Fall morning at the gorgeous home in Seattle. I love old homes. There is so much character and beautiful pockets of light. This home was no exception. The light was beautiful, the mood was fun and the whole session was just so easy. This beautiful couple is about to welcome two sweet babies into their lives. They are so calm and sweet, and I know they’re going to be amazing parents.

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Introducing Laurel {Seattle Newborn Photographer}

I never take the privilege lightly when a family asks me to capture them over and over again. I have adored watching this family grow over the years and it was an honor to capture them as baby Laurel was welcomed into their family in September. Laurel’s newborn session took place on a cool, wet Fall morning, much like her older brother’s newborn session 23 months earlier. When I photographed older brother, Anderson’s newborn session, I was amazed at how laid back and calm they seemed as first time parents. This time around, the mood was even more calm and relaxed, even with an almost two year old. Anderson loves his sister and he didn’t seem to have the typical jealousy that you often see with little ones. He was so happy to love on her, hold her, kiss her, and hold her hand. It was the sweetest thing to witness. I don’t think I’ve ever taken so many sibling pictures at a newborn session before! I always make sure I get plenty of images of mom alone with baby and dad alone with baby. No matter whether it’s baby number one, baby number two, or baby number ten, these images are so important. one day, that baby will be an adult and will be so glad to see how much they were loved. Thank you again for allowing me to photograph your beautiful family. You guys are naturals and you are doing an amazing job.

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Turn Your Snapshots into Art {Seattle Lifestyle Photographer}

Not everyone desires to be a photographer, but almost all mamas want to take beautiful pictures of their babies. Here are some of my favorite ways to photograph children in and around the house.

Photograph them sleeping

Depending on age, children are often on the go. It can be hard to keep them still for a picture. I love photographing children while they’re sleeping. It’s easier to do this if they still take daytime naps because you have more light to work with. I love to shoot through crib rails, directly above the bed, side on, I basically move all around until I find the angle I like best.

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Frame your kids

This is one of my favorite things to do to turn a boring picture into an interesting one. I love to shoot though doorways. It gives the illusion that you’re peeking in on them, as well as the doorway giving a pleasing framing effect.

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Find the pretty light

Light is so important in photography and no matter how your home looks, there is always beautiful light, you just need to search for it. My living room faces east, so I know I’m going to get beautiful sunrises in there. If you see pretty light but don’t know what to do with it, try moving an activity into that area, then sit back and see what they do.

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Capture their tiny details

Children go so quickly and before long, chubby hands, dimpled thighs and wispy baby hair will be no longer. Make sure you capture them before they disappear.

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Look for leading lines

Lines are one of the best ways to create a visually pleasing image. Lines can lead the eye directly to the subject, or in and out of a frame. There are lines all around us, and it can be fun to pay attention to them to try and direct your viewer to where you want them to look. This is a great way to start moving towards art, rather than snapshots.

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An Incredibly Special Newborn Session {Seattle Lifestyle Photographer}

It is always such an honor when a family asks me to come back for another photography session. This family is special to me for a few reasons. Their second baby was my very first lifestyle newborn session. They were my first family session (last year) after the birth of my third boy. And lastly, they are a family with three adorable little boys, and families with three little boys will always hold a special place in my heart.

I adored photographing you all again H family and I hope all is continuing to go well as you adjust to life with three.

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At Home with a Gorgeous Family of 4 {Seattle Lifestyle Photographer}

Some sessions leave me filled with so much happiness, and this sweet family session was definitely one of those. The second I walked into their gorgeous home, I knew this was going to be a session that’s up there with my all time favorites. Their home has so much character and you can tell they pay so much attention to detail. Every inch of it was beautiful. And then there’s the family. You seriously couldn’t get a sweeter family. The girls are adorable and they are so loved. Nothing felt stressed. They just played, snuggled, and interacted with their parents like I wasn’t even there. I feel like an overshare is in order…

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A Fun Family Session {Seattle Lifestyle Photographer}

One thing I love most about photographing families is walking into their home and witnessing the different vibe each family has. All families love their kids an insane amount, but the level of energy, the noise level, the fun, the quiet, it all varies so much, and as beautiful as I find a calm, peaceful session, a fun, energetic session is just as beautiful to me. This family is definitely a fun, laid back family. The second I walked in the door, the girls were chatting to me and eager to be photographed. They weren’t shy at all and they were more than happy to show me their fun personalities. One thing I’ve noticed though, is that even with the high energy kids, they still need cuddles during a session. At some point, they’re going to return to the arms of their parents, their safe space, and at that point, I’m always able to sneak in some snuggly shots. I hope you enjoy this fun session!

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Holiday Petite Sessions {Seattle Lifestyle Photographer}

I’m so excited to offer these this year! These will be my only petite sessions offered all year so if you want one, let’s get you on the schedule today. These will take place on the afternoon of November 18th.

FAQ

Where will these sessions be?

These sessions will take place in a bright and airy studio in Capitol Hill. The exact address will be sent in an informational email once all sessions are booked.

How long do sessions last?

These sessions are 15-20 minutes long, and will include a few different poses.

What is the purpose of these?

Most families book these to use for holiday cards.

How much are sessions?

Sessions are $200.

What is included in the price?

You will receive your session, 5 digital images, and a 40% off coupon for your holiday cards to my preferred vendor.

Do you have props?

My photography focuses on love and connection between family members, therefore, I do not feel like props are necessary. I will have a very simple green wreath that can be placed above the couch if you wanted.

What should we wear?

Whatever you’re comfortable in! Formal attire, jeans, holiday best…whatever you feel represents your family.

How do I book?

Contact me here and let me know you’re interested in a holiday session!

Calmness, giggles and a whole lot of love {Seattle Lifestyle Photographer}

I was so excited to photograph this family in their home earlier in the Spring. Little baby boy had recently made his arrival and while the weather was cold outside, this house was fill of warmth and love. Big sister had a ton of energy and was ready to be my new best friend the second I walked in the door. This lifestyle session had a perfect mix of energy and calm. There was jumping on the beds, but also plenty of cuddles. It was such an honor to photograph you all in your own space.

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Mama, get in the picture {Seattle Lifestyle Photographer}

This one is for the mamas. The memory keepers. The family historians.

You are the one who is behind the camera, capturing every milestone. The first step. The first time trying solid foods. The first day of school. The holidays. The birthdays. The first dance. Sports games. Big events. Little events. You capture it all. All but you. You’re so busy focusing on capturing them, that you forget to get in the frame too.

Pass the camera to Dad, set up a self timer, take a selfie on your phone, hire a professional, but please get in the frame, because you were there too. One day it’s all they’re going to have left. One day, your presence will be a memory. Give them something tangible. Something they can hold in their hands and look at while they remember your smell, your gentle hands, your soft spoken words. Show them how much you love them so they never forget.

YOU WERE THERE.

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A Cozy At Home Photo Session {Seattle Family Photographer}

This is one of my favorite families! I photographed them in their home exactly one year before this latest session, when little Moses was a tiny newborn. There’s been a lot of change since then. He’s now one, the house has gone through a major remodel, and there may be an extra pet or two.

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Ten Must-Take Photos in the First Month {Seattle Newborn Photographer}

The first month of a new baby’s life goes by so fast and before you know it, they’ve changed from a squishy newborn, to a real baby. You never get this time back so it’s so important that you capture it while they’re still so new. Here are some must take images for that first month.

1. Photograph them in the hospital hat/blanket.

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2. Photograph them in the bassinet in the hospital.

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3. Capture hospital bracelets.

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4. Photograph them through the rails of their crib.

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5. Photograph their belly button (or umbilical cord stump before it falls off).

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6. Take a close up of that perfect little face.

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7. Photograph teeny tiny feet.

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8. Capture their tininess by photographing them on the master bed.

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9. Don’t forget the siblings.

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10. Capture them in the arms of Dad. They always look so little this way

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Baby Girl Number Three {Seattle Newborn Photographer}

It’s so amazing how quickly babies change. I photographed little Amelia in the hospital (you can see that session here), and just a few days later, I visited her in her family’s home for a newborn session. In that time, she had changed already. Still tiny and newborn like, but she definitely looked more alert and not quite as new as she did a few days earlier. She was one of my more awake babies, but the beauty of lifestyle photography is that they don’t have to be soundly sleeping so you can pose them. With a lifestyle session, the baby leads it. Whether they want to be swaddled, in their crib, or in their parents arms, it doesn’t matter. You’re going to get beautiful images whether they’re awake or asleep.

Dad was an expert swaddler and the one time Amelia did close her eyes, was just after he had wrapped her up. I’ve seriously never seen such a perfect swaddle! I think I need to up my game.

Little Amelia has two big sisters who are clearly so proud of their baby, and both of them took turns holding her. Some of my favorite images are of the three of them snuggled up on their parents’ bed. There is so much pride on their faces!

Towards the end of the session, the big girls had taken off with their Grandma, and it was just Mom, Dad & Baby. I adore these images. It really doesn’t matter how many kids you have, each time you welcome a new one, your heart expands again. By baby number three, these two were complete naturals and it’s always so lovely to just observe parents with their new little love.

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Amelia's Fresh 48 {Seattle Newborn Photographer}

I find Fresh 48 sessions to be so beautiful. I love that time in the hospital when the whole world seems to be focused on you and your baby, and I love being able to capture those moments for families. I met Amelia the morning after she was born, in the same hospital my third baby was born in just a few months earlier. She was so chill, which I think comes with the territory when you’re baby number three. One thing I love to include during Fresh 48 sessions is the hospital blankets, bracelets and hats. Sure, they’re not personal, but these couple of days in the hospital is the only time they’re going to use these things, so I think it’s important to capture them with these items. Welcome to the world sweet Amelia!

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A Quiet & Love Filled Session {Seattle Family Photographer}

There are so many things I love about in home lifestyle sessions, but one of my favorites is getting to know the families and seeing how different they all are. One thing’s for sure, there is so much love in each family I photograph, but the way they go about their daily lives, the way they interact witnh one another, the level of energy, and the mood is always so different from family to family. This family was so calm, so loving, and if I had to choose only one word to describe them, it would be “peaceful.” The way they interacted with each other was so beautiful. Big sister adores her baby brother, and you can tell, he’s just as enamored of her.

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A Cozy Winter Family Session {Seattle Lifestyle Photographer}

One of the reasons why I love at home photography so much is because we don't need to worry about the weather. It can be the middle of winter, freezing cold, snow on the ground, thunderstorms, or pouring rain and our session can go right ahead as planned. We all know that the Seattle rain is coming soon, so you might as well stay home and stay warm and cosy.

This was my first family session of 2018. It was a chilly January morning when I arrived at their house. The little boys were so quiet, sweet and calm. The family read books together, snuggled on the couch, and played on their bed. One thing I thought was so beautiful was that the boys would often stop what they were doing and just cuddle with their parents. They know their safe place and whenever they needed it, they returned there. I am in love with how their session turned out. A beautiful family + a gorgeous house + a whole lot of love. What's not to love? And I've noticed, a funny thing happens when you shoot from the heart. You create images that move you, art that speaks to who you are. This session is evertything that sets my heart on fire.

Enjoy! 

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Maternity Model Call {Seattle Lifestyle Photographer}

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I am searching for a fun and relaxed couple or small family (one other child) for a maternity session. Ideally, you would be around 26-34 weeks and live in an old character filled home with lots of natural light. A dog would be a bonus :) You will get a complimentary session, plus ten digital images. Additional images may be purchased. If you feel you may be a good fit for this please contact me and include your full name, your general location, how far along you are, and a picture of the room you feel has the best light. I can't wait to meet you!

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Hospital Pictures and Why They're so Important {Newborn Photographer Seattle}

I know it's not for everyone, but I personally love the time in hospital following the birth of a baby. It's like the whole world stops and everything is centered around you and this new little being. You can forget about the outside world and focus on bonding with your baby. No cooking meals, no cleaning, no laundry. Before you know it, you're heading out into the real world and it feels like baby's first milestone is reached. It is so important that this time is documented. Whether you hire a professional, or do it yourself, make sure you get images of this very special time. You will never get this moment again. Some important images to take include, baby in the bassinet, baby in the hospital blanket and/or hat, foot bracelets, and close ups of face, feet, and hands. The benefit of hiring a professional is that you can sit back and relax while your photographer does it all, plus you can be in the images too. However, I did my own so it is doable. If you're interested in having me document this fleeting time for you, let's chat.

 

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A Warm and Peaceful Family Session {Seattle Lifestyle Photographer}

I knew the moment that this mom contacted me that this family session was going to be special. The words she wrote in her initial email spoke to me so deeply and had me nodding along as I scrolled her message on my phone. She used words such as "serendipitous" and told me that idea of capturing her children in her home made her swoon. I mean, she was speaking my language! We met on a cold December morning, just before Christmas. I felt like an old friend stepping into their home. The mood was warm and cheerful. Holden didn't feel great and was a cuddly little thing. Juniper is a ball of energy and so outgoing and friendly. The love Mom & Dad have for the kids is palpable. Lots of cuddles were had that morning. Dad played guitar. They made popcorn, Juniper drew with chalk. Mom snuggled with Holden. It truly just felt like a relaxing weekend morning with friends. 

 

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