A Gorgeous Fall Sunset Session {Seattle Family Photographer}

Fall Photo Sessions Are Here

The majority of my photo sessions are held in my family’s homes, but sometimes an outdoor shoot feels so good for my creativity and I adore it when I get to photograph families time and time again. These little girls were just babies when I first photographed them and it’s so lovely to see them turning into such sweet little girls. We met at the beautiful Everett Arboretum for their photo session. Although it wasn’t quite if full Fall color yet, the gorgeous Autumn sunshine was still able to give us that light we see only in the Fall.

I only have two outdoor Fall sessions left for 2019, so if you’ve been thinking about a session, please get in touch today. I would love to photograph your family this year!

Seattle lifestyle photographer family snuggling together on blanket
Everett family photographer girls standing together cuddled by parents
Edmonds family photographer family together on blanket
Seattle lifestyle photographer girls running around their parents
Seattle family photographer girls standing by parents
Everett family photographer family on blanket
Lifestyle photographer Seattle family snuggling

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

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

Raising Boys - Part Two {Seattle Lifestyle Photographer}

Lifestyle family photographer family sitting in bedroom

The night before Oscar’s surgery, you sat there with that sad, scared look on your face.You were worried that the surgery would change him and your baby brother wouldn’t be the same anymore. You cried and cried, and we reassured you that everything would be okay. I hope you didn’t notice that I was scared too.

Lifestyle photographer Seattle baby feet at hospital after surgery

Deep down, I knew you were going to be just fine, but handing you over to the surgeon was one of the scariest things I’ve ever done.

Seattle lifestyle photographer baby playing with older brother

You wanted this baby brother for so long and your fascination with him has never faded.

Lifestyle family photographer baby is standing up in crib

Sometimes you wake up happy. Most times you don’t. You don’t like to be on your own, so the second you realize you are, you cry out for mama to come get you. It normally only takes you a few seconds of seeing me before you’re back to your normally happy self.

Seattle family photographer toddler in playing outside with puppy

I’m looking forward to having your brothers home for the summer. I really do enjoy the long lazy days of summer. No getting up early, no making lunches, nor rushing out the door so that we’re not late for school. As much as I’m looking forward to having everyone home, I think I’ll miss out mornings when it’s just the two of us.

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
Seattle newborn photographer baby feet in hospital bassinet
Seattle Lifestyle Photography - baby in hospital bassinet