Surviving a Family Photoshoot {Edmonds Family Photographer}

How to make your next family photo session a stress free one.

Family photos are truly timeless and such a great keepsake for future generations. Getting the

family together to take those perfect portraits can turn into chaos if not approached correctly.

There is usually a lot more to consider when it comes to a family photoshoot since there are

members of all ages, which means that there is some extra coordination involved.

Below are some family photoshoot ideas and tips to keep you and your loved ones calm and smiling the whole way through.

1. Timing is everything. If you have younger children involved in the shoot, try and

arrange the photoshoot at a time when they would be well rested. A rested child makes

for happy photos. On that note, make sure that all family members have gotten enough

sleep the night before as this helps with the fun and relaxation aspects of the session.

2. Dos and don’ts of bribery. Get your family excited about the photoshoot instead of

offering a reward in return for their cooperation. This tends to lead to forced smiles and

an irritated bunch of people. If you do have small children coming along it’s not a bad

idea to give the photographer some bribery options in the form of toys or small food

items to make those difficult moments a little easier

3. Relinquish control. As much as you’ll want to direct your children on where to stand

and how to pose, it’s best to leave that to the photographer as they know what works

best. Not having this pressure will also make you feel more relaxed.

4. It’s not just about the posing. The best photos happen when you’re having fun so joke

and play with your children, hold your partner’s hand and just let the moments happen.

5. Plan ahead. Discuss all of your requirements with your photographer beforehand so

that the family photo session can just flow. Let your photographer know if you want

specific pictures taken.

6. Keep those sugar levels up. If everyone is well fed, the photoshoot will also run a lot

smoother. It’s also not a bad idea to take a few snacks and some water along for those

who might need it.

Enjoy capturing your memories.

Edmonds family photographer mom is sitting on swinging chair with daughters
Edmonds newborn photographer close up of baby’s hands

A Summer Wrap Up {Seattle Lifestyle Photographer}

Every year as school goes back, I feel sadness creeping in. Did we do enough? Did we make enough memories? Will my kids look back at the images I took of them and still smell the salty air at the beach? Will they remember late nights roasting marshmallows around a fire? Will they remember how the cool summer breeze felt as the sun dipped below the horizon? Will they remember the first time they conquered the diving board. Will this be a summer to remember?

The whole “18 summers” thing seems to be drilled into us. We are faced with such an enormous pressure to make every summer memorable and momentous. I’ve thought about this a lot lately and the unnecessary expectations we place on ourselves as parents. Should summers be laid back and fun and a time to make memories? Of course. But there are 9 others months each year that we can make memories with our kids too. Think back to your own favorite childhood memories. Were they all from the summer? Can you even remember what season they happened? And does it really matter? We really don’t have just “18 summers” with our kids. We have 18 years. And although we know those 18 years will pass by way quicker than we wish, it is still plenty of time to enjoy making memories.

So while I am still a little sad for summer to be over, it’s now time to move onto fall and start creating fall memories. There is still so much to look forward to. Enjoy those 18 years parents.

And because this wouldn’t be a post without pictures, here are some of the memories we made this summer.

Edmonds family photographer boys are picking strawberries
Seattle lifestyle photographer boy holding strawberries
Seattle family photographer boys reading in living room
Seattle lifestyle photographer kids are playing in boxes
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Seattle family photographer boy at beach
Edmonds family photographer boy holding shell at beach
Edmonds family photographer boy at baseball
Seattle lifestyle photographer people on beach in distance
Seattle lifestyle photographer boy on diving board
Seattle lifestyle photographer boy on beach with surfboard
Edmonds family photographer boy on dad’s shoulders at beach
Seattle family photographer brothers on beach
Seattle lifestyle photographer boy on diving board
Seattle lifestyle photographer toddler playing on beach
Seattle family photographer boy carrying surfboard on beach
Seattle family photographer boy eating smores
Seattle lifestyle photographer boys on beach

Introducing Baby Dez {Seattle Newborn Photographer}

The summer has been so busy and one of the sweetest sessions I’ve done has been this one with baby Dez. This session was scheduled after baby had already made his appearance and we were able to fit it in last minute. While it’s always a good idea to schedule your newborn session while you are still pregnant, please don’t hesitate to reach out once your baby is here. I would hate for you to miss out on newborn photos, so I will always try to squeeze you in!

This family welcomed their first baby a few weeks ago. He was about two weeks old for his newborn session and was as sweet as can be. I loved including their first fur baby in the images too. He seemed to handle adjusting to the new baby so well and it was so sweet to capture it. One of the best parts of my job is getting to know the families. One of the first things I noticed when I entered their home was a dish towel from New Zealand. Being from New Zealand, this caught my attention. They had honeymooned there a couple of years earlier and it was so nice being able to talk with them about my beautiful homeland.

I loved this session so much and I hope you do too. It was an honor to capture you as you transition to parenthood with that sweet little boy.

If you are wanting to book your own newborn session, please make sure you check out my portfolio to make sure I’m the right photographer for you, then get in touch so we can get you on the calendar. I’m currently booking newborns, both in home lifestyle sessions and Fresh 48 sessions through March 2020.

Seattle lifestyle photographer close up shot of baby feet
Seattle lifestyle photographer baby is being held by parents
Seattle newborn photographer baby is held by parents in master bedroom
Everett newborn photographer baby is being held in dad’s hands
Edmonds family photographer baby is yawning while dog watches on
Everett lifestyle photographer family is in living room with dog
Seattle newborn photographer mom is holding baby in arms
Seattle lifestyle photographer newborn baby is asleep in the crib
Seattle newborn photographer baby is asleep in crib
Everett lifestyle photographer newborn baby is sleeping in crib
Lifestyle photographer Seattle family is holding newborn on bed
Seattle newborn photographer baby is held by parents
Everett newborn photographer baby is on bed while mom looks on
Seattle lifestyle photographer baby is asleep on bed
Seattle lifestyle photographer newborn baby is sleeping on bed
Newborn photographer seattle baby is sleeping
Seattle newborn photographer family is reflected in the mirror

At Home With a Family of Five {Seattle Newborn Photographer}

I met this strong mama though a workout program and I felt so honored when she asked me to photograph their latest little addition, Willow. Willow is adored by her big brother and big sister. It’s always so fun to see everyone step into their new roles once the new baby arrives. Little Willow has the most perfect dark brown hair, the opposite of her two big siblings. Despite her looking different, she fits in so well with her family. That third little baby is always such a blessing. They grow up just managing to fit in and they often seem to have such a laid back easy personality. Welcome to the world little Willow. You are so loved.

Seattle lifestyle photographer family of five sit on the couch looking at their newborn
Everett newborn photographer baby feet
Seattle lifestyle photographer baby on bed while big siblings look at her.
Everett newborn photographer dad is holding newborn daughter
Everett newborn photographer baby is being held by mom while sleeping
Edmonds family photographer baby is lying on bed
Seattle newborn photographer baby is sleeping on bed
Seattle lifestyle photographer newborn is sleeping in crib
Seattle newborn photographer baby is asleep in crib

When is the best time for a family lifestyle session? {Everett family photographer}

Shooting in people’s homes, rather than outdoors gives us so many more opportunities to work around your family’s schedule when it comes to your shoot. Here are some frequently asked questions when it comes to timing of photo sessions.

Lifestyle photographer Edmonds family is snuggling on couch in living room.

How far in advance should you schedule?

Although I am occasionally available for last minute shoots, aiming for 4-6 weeks before you want your photo shoot is always the best option.

What is the best time of year for at home lifestyle sessions?

With lifestyle sessions in your home, there is no bad season. The cooler months are great because you don’t need to bundle up to be outside, but the summer is equally great because we can still have your shoot at a decent hour, without having to keep the kids up late for a golden hour shoot.

What time of day should the session take place?

In home sessions can take place at much more reasonable times than outdoor sessions. I typically like to start morning sessions at 10am, or afternoon sessions at 2pm, but I can be flexible to accommodate your schedule.

Seattle lifestyle photographer mom holding baby in mirror

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.