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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It’s rare to have all three of you relaxing on the couch before school.
The Man Bun. I know it’s not going to last forever so I’ll just enjoy it while it does.
Busted. But you look so cute.
You couldn’t choose, so it’s Vegemite and butter on one side, and Nutella on the other.
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.
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.
Introducing Motherhood Sessions
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:
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!
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.
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.