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.

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Edmonds newborn photographer close up of baby’s hands

Fun Alternatives to Displaying your Photos {Seattle Lifestyle Photographer}

Amazing photos deserve an equally amazing display but this doesn’t mean you always have to use a traditional frame to showcase them in your home. Below is some inspiration for deciding how to display your favorite memories. If your home décor is very contemporary you might want to consider canvas gallery wraps, image blocks or standout mounts to showcase your photos. Going frameless is also a great option if you’re looking for something truly sleek and modern. If rustic and chic is more your style, then why not turn old pieces of wood into stained photo clipboards, using binder clips to hang the photos against the wood. Another unique option is to hang your photos on a thin cable to make it look like a clothesline. Binder clips also work perfectly for this. If you’re the creative type and have some extra time on your hands then there is the option of creating frames out of washi tape. This way you can incorporate different colors and designs around your photos to really make your walls pop. If you are a fan of frames, why not buy different sizes, colors and styles and create one big photo wall that displays(= a variety of memories. There are so many shapes and designs that you(= can use to create your photo wall and really( make it your own.

Since I work with so many creative vendors who offer a wide variety of traditional and non-traditional framing and display options, I am able to help you pick a unique option that suites your home and style. Whether it’s a traditional frame with hand-cut matting, shadow box or float frames, I will help you pick the right option for your home. No matter which method you choose, get creative. Filling your walls with a lifetime of memories is one of the most special and visual ways to tell the story of your family, so get hanging.

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Why I Love What I Do {Seattle family photographer}

If you have ever wondered what spurs on a photographer’s passion, you are about to find

out. Below are just some of the many reasons your photographer wouldn’t change their job

for anything in the world.

1. Photography changes how you see things. You notice colors, textures, flowers,

trees, people, shapes and light in a way most people never see them.

2. You pay more attention to the beauty around you. Even the most mundane

object can become beautiful when you photograph it in a creative way. Many

photographers love their job because they develop a fascination with the world

around them by viewing it through new eyes

3. It's an amazing creative outlet. You get the chance to put a little bit of who you are

into each photo that you take. Anyone can click a camera's buttons but not everyone

can truly make a photo come to life

4. It's a challenge. Creating amazing photos that capture the magic of everyday life

doesn’t come without hard work, dedication and imagination. There is always

something new to explore and a new way to take the same photos. It’s a job that

never gets boring

5. You get to meet new people all the time. A photographer works with people from

all walks of life. Getting to know someone new is a part of the process of bringing

someone’s personality through in a photo. It also makes the job a lot more fun!

6. The flexibility is great. Being a full time photographer means you get to work your

own hours. This doesn’t mean it’s a laid back profession though. A photographer is

always aiming to perfect their craft, taking on new challenges and helping their clients achieve the perfect pictures.

When you decide to pay for a professional photo session, know that you are hiring an

individual who is passionate about what they do and is willing to go the extra mile to help

you create beautiful photos that you can treasure forever.

If you’re ready to schedule your own session, let’s connect.

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Seattle family photographer expectant mom is sitting in chair in living room
Seattle newborn photographer twin babies held by parents

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.

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Seattle newborn photographer baby is held by parents in master bedroom
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Seattle newborn photographer baby is asleep in crib
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Seattle newborn photographer baby is held by parents
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Seattle lifestyle photographer newborn baby is sleeping on bed
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Welcoming Violet & Carter {Seattle Newborn Photographer}

I can’t imagine what it’s like to go from two to four children overnight, but this family makes it look easy. This was the first twin newborn session I have photographed and it was such an honor to be invited into their space and document their morning as they adjust to being a family of six. It’s amazing to see how different their little personalities are at only a few days old. Their two big sisters are so in love with them and it was so sweet to hear them cooing "Oh baby boy, baby boy. Oh baby girl, baby girl”.

I’m now booking newborns though December so if you’re thinking about a session, get in touch so I can get you on the calendar.

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Seattle newborn photographer big sisters are holding newborn twins
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