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.

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.

Embracing Motherhood {Seattle Lifestyle Photographer}

As a lifestyle photographer, there is nothing more beautiful to me than images of a mother with her babies.

We’ve all heard before about how mothers are rarely in images with their kids. We are the memory keepers, the family historians, and more than often than not, the photographers in the family, whether we’re professional photographers or not. It is so important that we are in images with our kids. We love them so much and one day that will be all they’ll have left of us. It’s so important that we give them a tangible gift that they can keep with them long after we’re gone.

It’s so easy to say that we’ll do it later. When we’ve lost weight, when we don’t look so tired, or when we have new, nicer clothing to wear. Just for a second, I want you to close your eyes. Think of an image you have of your mama. Do you care if she’s a few pounds overweight? Do you care if she has bags under her eyes? Do you care about what she’s wearing? Chances are, none of that matters. You see strength. You see beauty. You see yourself as a child when she was the only source of comfort you ever needed. Your children deserve those memories too. Now is always the right time. If you would like to preserve these memories for your kids, please send me a message. I’d love to chat with you.

I hope you enjoy these images of this lovely mama with her two sweet girls. These images were all captured within about 5 minutes, so if you think your kids won’t make it though a photo session, rest assured. Magic can happen in mere minutes.

Seattle family photographer mom sits on ground with two daughters, surrounded by indoor plants
Seattle family photography mom is sitting on ground with daughters on her lap
Seattle lifestyle photographer mom is sitting against white wall with daughters on her lap.
Seattle lifestyle photographer mom and daughters sitting on floor against white wall
Seattle lifestyle photographer mom has two daughters in her lap
Seattle family photographers mom is holding daughter on floor with indoor plant next to them
Lifestyle family photography mom is standing by window holding daughter while older daughter is hugging mom’s waist

Welcoming Baby Number Three {Seattle Newborn Photographer}

Why I love Fresh 48 Sessions

Do you remember those early days in the hospital, when the whole world seems to stop and everything is focused on you and your new baby? Do you remember the flaky feet, umbilical cord stump, the hospital bracelets, the hats and blankets that are so unique to the hospital and the only time in your little one’s life that you’ll use them? Do you remember other people bringing you food, with all that time to sit back and enjoy that little babe? These few short hours in the hospital go by so quickly and before you know it, you’re packing up that sweet baby and heading home, and that first milestone has already passed. I don’t know about anyone else, but I would give anything to have that time back. That is why I love Fresh 48 sessions so much. Photographs are the perfect memory of such a fleeting time. A time when you’re exhausted and little things like the way that looked so tiny in the bassinet may be forgotten. When you start to forget, your photographs can always take you back to that time.

Meet Benji. This sweet little boy joins two big sisters who are equally as adorable. If you haven’t seen their family session from before Benji was around, you may want to go check it out. It’s one of my all time favorites. Benji, you are going to be so adored by your big sisters, and I know you’ll think the world of them too. Welcome to the world sweet boy.

Seattle Newborn Photographer Mom holds baby in hospital
Seattle Newborn Photographer baby is held by parents in hospital bed
Seattle Newborn photographer baby’s head held in dad’s hands
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Seattle newborn photographer baby lies in bassinet in hospital
Seattle Newborn Photographer baby’s lying in bassinet in hospital
Seattle Lifestyle Photographer baby in dad’s arms at hospital
Seattle Newborn Photographer mom holds baby in hospital
Seattle newborn photographer mom breastfeeds baby in hospital
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Seattle Lifestyle Photography - baby in hospital bassinet

Ezra's Fresh 48 {Seattle Newborn Photographer}

This sweet little boy was born at home so his Fresh 48 session looks a little different to most of my other hospital sessions. We did the session at his home, on his parents bed. His proud big brother jumped in for a few images. It is always so sweet to see the first born become a big sibling. It’s crazy to see how much he had changed from his birth just a couple of days earlier. I can’t wait to complete his newborn session with the whole family this weekend. Welcome to the world Ezra!

Seattle newborn photographer baby and big brother on bed
Seattle newborn photographer brother and baby on bed
Seattle newborn photographer baby yawning on bed
Seattle lifestyle photographer baby feet
Seattle newborn photographer baby yawns on bed
Seattle newborn photographer baby awake on bed
Seattle Lifestyle Photographer baby sleeping on bed
Seattle newborn photographer baby belly button

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
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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

What is Lifestyle Photography? {Seattle Family Photographer}

What exactly is lifestyle photography and how does it differ from traditional photography? The answer may be different depending on who you ask, but I’m going to try to explain what lifestyle photography is to me.

Lifestyle is somewhere in the middle between traditional portrait photography, and documentary photography. Portrait photography is a session where the photographer will pose everyone in a spot that the photographer has chosen and will direct everyone to look (and usually smile) at the camera. Documentary photography is where the photographer will follow the family around and just photograph them going about their day. The photographer will do nothing to alter the scene. If lights are turned on, they’ll leave them. If the family is in an area that might not photograph well, they’ll leave them there and continue to shoot anyway. So, where does lifestyle photography fit in? My approach is to manipulate the scene a little, but ultimately, I still aim to capture the family as it is. Once I arrive at your house, I typically look for the places with the best light, or anywhere that looks like it would be an interesting backdrop. I will direct the family into that space and I may guide them into position. For example, if I have the family on the bed, I may ask young children to hop on their parents’ laps, but that’s where my direction stops. I may offer prompts such as “Can you tickle your baby brother’s feet?” but what I’m really looking for is to capture the emotion once I have you in the place I want you. Normally once I offer a prompt or two, families will just start interacting with one another, and that’s what I’m aiming to get. I will also manipulate the light if needed. I always turn off artificial lighting, and if needed, I will close a shade or two if I want light just from one direction. I love to capture you enjoying just being with your people and I believe that that’s what family photography should be about. Love, connection and a whole lot of authenticity.

If this is how you want your family session to look, please contact me. I would love to chat with your more about a photography session that captures the heart of your family.

Seattle family photographer mom holding baby and cuddling daughter in bedroom