A Golden Hour Family Session on the Beach {Seattle Lifestyle Photographer}

It is always such an honor to have the same families come back to me time and time again. I have been honored to photograph this gorgeous family several times, including both pregnancies and both babies as newborns. It’s so fun to be able to watch them grow.

Lifestyle family photographer mom and dad with two children on beach at sunset
Seattle family photography mom is holding baby over her shoulder at the beach
Lifestyle photographer Seattle mom is playing with son on beach at sunset
Seattle family photography mom is holding boy at beach at sunset
Lifestyle photographer Seattle mom sits with two children at the beach
Seattle lifestyle photographer mom and dad with two young kids at the beach

A Motherhood Session on the Beach {Seattle Lifestyle Photographer}

I was so honored to photograph this lovely mama with her two girls. She told me that she had never had professional photos taken with her children and that just before she had seen me advertising my motherhood sessions, she had posted an article on Facebook about how mothers aren’t in enough images with their kids. It is so true. As mothers, we tend to be the photographers in the family. We document their days and become the memory keepers. We are great at snapping images of our spouses but we rarely ask them to do the same for us. Images with our kids are so, so important. We don’t want our kids to look back at their images and wonder where we were all the time. Professional pictures are great and of course, I recommend all mamas to get them, but it’s equally important to make sure you’re having every day moments captured too. Set your camera up on a tripod, or hand your phone off to someone but make sure you’re documenting yourself, as well as them. I hope you enjoy looking through these images of this beautiful family.

Lifestyle family photographer mom with two daughters on beach at sunset.
Lifestyle photographer Seattle detail of girls holding hands on beach at sunset
Lifestyle photographer Seattle mom holds little girl on beach at sunset
Seattle family photography  mom and daughter hug on beach at sunset
Seattle lifestyle photographer mom and girls hug on beach at sunset
Lifestyle photographer Seattle mom is dancing with daughters on the beach at sunset

A Week of our Lives {Seattle Lifestyle Photographer}

I try to photograph my children daily. As a family lifestyle photographer, photographing my own kids gives me plenty of opportunity to learn and grow as an artist, and at the end of the day, I am left with beautiful memories of their childhood. Here is our last week.

Seattle family photographer baby asleep on master bed

Every night while Daddy is away, I creep into your room and bring you into bed with me. You’re normally the first one up, but this morning you slept past sunrise.

Lifestyle family photographer child asleep in bed

You’re the only one who likes to sleep in. Every morning, we have to wake you with minutes to spare before we leave for school. Not even smoke alarms can wake you. It’s funny how tiny you look when you sleep.

Lifestyle photographer Seattle two children are sitting on a couch looking at a book

You and Oscar found an old portable DVD player that no longer works, but yet it kept you both entertained for ages. I love seeing you play together but what I love more is that little arm around Oscar’s neck.

Seattle lifestyle photographer toddler asleep in his crib

I can’t imagine a day when I will tire of taking sleeping photos of you. I don’t know what it is about those little legs in that position, but it gets me every time.

Family lifestyle photography three boys on couch in living room looking at books

It’s rare to have all three of you relaxing on the couch before school.

Seattle lifestyle photographer baby hair in a man bun

The Man Bun. I know it’s not going to last forever so I’ll just enjoy it while it does.

Lifestyle family photography dog lying on couch

Busted. But you look so cute.

Lifestyle photographer Seattle boy holding toast

You couldn’t choose, so it’s Vegemite and butter on one side, and Nutella on the other.

A Beautiful Mother & Daughter Session {Lifestyle Photographer Seattle}

It’s not very often I shoot outdoors anymore. The majority of my sessions take place inside the family home, but every now and then, I’ll venture out into the great outdoors for a session.

I was happy to see these two again. I had last photographed them when the little girl was two years old, almost exactly two years ago. It’s crazy how much she has changed in those two years.

I hope you guys treasure these photos of you two. The love in them is abundant.

Seattle family photographer mom holding daughter at sunset
Everett family photographer close up of girls’s hands around her mom’s neck
Lifestyle Photographer Everett mom is holding daughter and they are looking at each other
Seattle family photography mom is holding daughter
Lifestyle photographer Everett mom is swinging daughter

Why You Should Be Documenting Childhood {Seattle Lifestyle Photographer}

So many family photographers pick up the camera for their first time following the birth of their first child. When you become a parent, you have this need to capture every little moment because you don’t want to forget any little detail. That’s how I got started in photography, and eight years later, I still love to document our daily life.

I used to be a writer. Growing up, I thought I’d end up writing in some capacity as an adult. My favorite classes were English and creative writing. I used to write all sorts of stories and poems and I would have notebooks upon notebooks of creative writing. Over time, I stopped writing for fun. I think somewhere between the political science and law essays, I lost my love for it. But then Charlie was born and I had this need to document life, as well as a need to create. I didn’t find my love for writing again, but something about documenting him through photographs spoke to me. I treat my photographs of my children as my love letter to them. I hope that when they look at their images when they’re grown up, they can feel the love I have for them. My hope is that when they look at all the little details I photograph, or the way I got down on their level to photograph them, that they see themselves the way I do. I hope that although I may have lost my way with writing, that I am able to express my love for them through photographs. I hope that their own children will look at these images and see what their childhood looked like.

Seattle family photographer kids playing in box in living room
Seattle lifestyle photographer two boys are playing at the beach
Seattle family photographer baby is sitting in highchair smiling at brother who is playing with him
Seattle family photographer boy is running and smiling on a beach
Seattle lifestyle photographer boys eating ice cream outside old fashioned candy store
Seattle family photographer boy is sitting on window looking out of it.

Motherhood Sessions {Seattle Lifestyle Photographer}

Introducing Motherhood Sessions

Lifestyle Photographer Mom and children on a hill at sunset

Have you ever wished that someone would take photos of you with your kids, just like you always take of your partner with the kids? As the mom in the home, you are more than likely the memory keeper but you’re also more likely to miss out on getting in the frame with your kids. What if you could give you children a tangible gift which shows them how much you love them? A gift that you will cherish now, but they will cherish as adults.

I am so excited to be offering motherhood sessions just in time for Mother’s Day this year.

Sessions will take place on Saturday April 27th, and Saturday May 4th. Sessions will last twenty minutes and each day there will be only three spots available to make sure you all get that beautiful evening light. Sessions will take place at Richmond Beach Saltwater Park in Shoreline. The exact location will be given upon booking. Sessions are $200 (WA sales tax will apply) and you will receive ten edited images made available in time for you to share on Mother’s Day! The following times are available:

7.30pm

7.50pm

8.10pm

If you are ready to book, please contact me and write “Motherhood Sessions” in the subject line. Please include your preferred time. I will try my best to accommodate you but they will be first in, first served.

I can’t wait to capture you with your babies!

Lifestyle family photography on a hill in Seattle with mom and children
Family photography on hill mom cuddles baby at sunset
Seattle Family Photographer Mom and daughter cuddle on hill at sunset
Seattle Family Session Mom and daughter cuddle at sunset

A Beautiful Lifestyle Newborn Session {Seattle Family Photographer}

Photographing newborns in their homes is probably my most favorite type of family session. Being able to witness families as they welcome a new little being into their lives is an honor I don’t take for granted. II was so happy to capture this family again when they welcomed baby Anderson. I first photographed them for their maternity session and it was so great to their home and capture them as they transitioned into the role of parents. You would never have known he was their first. They were as laid back as parents welcoming baby number three or four. Little Anderson was just as laid back as them too!

One of the reasons I love in home lifestyle sessions so much is because you capture so much of the real. They are so authentic and capture life exactly as it is in those first few days. The cuddles, the feedings, the bouncing up and down. We can photograph baby exactly how he is, with no need to spend hours rocking him to sleep. If he’s happiest in the arms of his parents, then that’s exactly where we’ll keep him. Mostly, I think these sessions are so great at capturing the love and connection within the family. There is so much emotion in those first few days of a new baby’s life, and I believe it’s so important to capture it.

Choosing the right photographer for your family can be a tough choice, especially if you’re not sure what kind of photography session you’re after. If you would like to talk it over, please feel free to contact me. I’d love to go over what I can offer you so that you have a better understanding of how my newborn sessions go. In the meantime, enjoy looking through these images of sweet baby Anderson and his loving parents.

Seattle Newborn Photographer bay in mom and dad’s arms
Newborn Lifestyle Photography baby being held by mom and dad on bed
Lifestyle Newborn Photography mom dad and baby in bedroom
Newborn Lifestyle Photographer baby lying on bed in front of window
Seattle Newborn photographer baby feet on bed
Newborn Photographer Seattle baby lying on bed while holding parent’s hands
Everett Newborn Photographer dad holding baby’s head in hands
Everett newborn photographer baby is held by mom and dad
Everett newborn photographer baby held in dad’s arms by window
Everett Lifestyle Photographer baby and dad standing by a mirror
Everett family photographer baby mom dad and dog on bed

A Gorgeous Lifestyle Session At Home {Seattle Family Photographer}

It always seems like such an honor to be invited into a family’s home for a lifestyle photography session. It’s their space where they can step away from the world so it’s so special to be able to be welcomed into it to photograph them. This sweet family radiated warmth. Their session was laid back and relaxed and little Amelia is so clearly loved by her parents. Their sweet dog is the exact same mix as ours (Lab/German Shepherd) so it was fun to see what our Lucy will look like in about ten years. I love that their Christmas tree was up during this session. Including holidays, special heirlooms and personal items shows adds so much personality to your images.

Seattle Family Photographer mom dad baby and dog by Christmas tree
Family Lifestyle Photographer dad and daughter cuddle
Seattle family photographer mom and daughter playing piano
Everett family photographer mom and daughter play piano by Christmas tree
Family Lifestyle Photography mom dad and daughter on bed
Everett family photography mom dad and daughter are playing on the bed
Seattle family photography dad and daughter playing on bed
Everett lifestyle family photographer mom and daughter read books
Lifestyle Family Photography mom and daughter play on bed
Seattle Lifestyle photographer daughter points to baby in mom’s tummy while dad looks on
Seattle family photographer daughter is held by mom and dad while standing by glass door

A Beautiful Golden Hour Session {Seattle Lifestyle Photographer}

This beautiful family session didn’t take place in Seattle. I was so lucky to photograph my sister’s family when I visited New Zealand a few months ago. It was chilly (by NZ standards, not really by Seattle standards) so we worked fast but the results were so lovely. We headed out to do their images, not really having a location in mind. All we knew was that we wanted to do the session in the hills. We drove, stopped a couple of times, then kept moving until we found this gorgeous spot. I love how you can see the ocean in the background and the light was pretty incredible too. My nieces and nephew are growing up so fast and I love being able to photograph them all every couple of years.

I don’t photograph outdoors very often, but I do offer a limited amount of outdoor sessions over the summer. If that’s something you’re interested in, please get in touch so we can get you on the schedule!

Seattle family photographers family of six standing on a hill
Seattle Family Photographer mom dad and four kids cuddle on a hill
Seattle Family Photographer girl being cuddled by other family members
Seattle Lifestyle Photographer boy looks into camera while being cuddled by mom
Seattle Lifestyle Photographer family of six on a hill cuddling
Seattle family photographer mom dad and kids cuddle on a hill
Seattle family photographer children cuddling with parents
Lifestyle family photography dad and daughter cuddle on a hill
Family lifestyle photography mom and baby daughter cuddling on a hill
Seattle family photographer mom cuddles with son on a hill
Seattle family photographer mom and daughter cuddle on a hill
Seattle family photographer mom and daughter touching heads on a hill
:Lifestyle family photography dad embraces daughter on a hill
seattle family photographer dad swings daughter playfully on a hil
Seattle family photographer dad embraces son on a hill
Seattle family photographer kids run around parents on a hill

At Home with a Family of Six {Seattle Lifestyle Photographer}

These winter Seattle days are cold and gloomy but the warmth in this at home newborn session was a stark contrast. This was my first newborn session of 2019 and it couldn’t have been any more beautiful.

I’ve known this strong mama for about a year and a half. She instructed fitness classes for mamas and their babies and I started attending her classes when my youngest was about 4 months old. She is so strong mentally and physically and I really admire her for they way in which she motivates other mamas to be strong and healthy.

Baby number four was only six days old for his session. He was still so fresh, flaky skin, umbilical cord stump, eyes closed the entire time. His big sisters are so in love with him, as are his loving parents. It never matters whether it’s baby number one or baby number four, each one is so special. We did the whole session in one room. The master bedroom is my favorite room to photograph newborns in. The master bed is a comfy spot for everyone to snuggle, and it’s also a great spot for individual pictures of the new baby. As long as there is one window letting in enough light, then I often stick to the master bedroom for the entire newborn session. The whole time I was photographing this family, I kept thinking about how perfectly baby fits in Mama’s arms. Isn’t it lovely how they just curl up, like they know that’s exactly where they belong? He was the sweetest, snuggliest little thing. Sometimes I hold baby for a bit so everyone can get into place and then once they’re comfortable, I hand baby over. I may have held on to him just a little bit longer than needed, but I just couldn’t help myself.

I am happy for this gorgeous family. I love that we were able to capture Gideon before he lost his umbilical cord stump. I always feel like that little stump speaks of their newness like nothing else. I hope these photographs are forever treasured and you can always look back and remember how tiny he was. Welcome to the world Gideon!

Seattle newborn photography baby is held in dad’s arms on a bed
Seattle newborn photography baby lies in bassinet by master bed
Seattle newborn photography mom and dad hold baby on bed
LIfestyle newborn photographer mom and dad hold newborn baby
Everett newborn photography baby feet
Seattle newborn photography dad holds sleeping baby by window
Everett newborn photography mom holds baby by window
Everett newborn photographer baby sleeps on bed
Seattle newborn photographer baby sleeping on bed
Lifestyle newborn photographer three big sisters are on the bed withe their baby brother who is sleeping
Newborn Photography Seattle baby is sleeping in mom’s arms while older sister looks on
Seattle newborn photography baby is in arms of mom while family is on the bed
Lifestyle newborn photographer baby umbilical cord stump