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
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Lifestyle Photographer Everett mom is holding daughter and they are looking at each other
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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.

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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
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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.

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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

Why You Should Have a Lifestyle Session At Home {Seattle Family Photographer}

Lifestyle Family Sessions at Home

If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that I love to photograph families in their homes, the four walls in which they are most comfortable. If you’re here, you may be wondering if a lifestyle family session is for you. Here are my top reasons why I love photographing families at home.

Sessions can take place outside of the golden hour

Most photographers love shooting in the golden hour, that is the hour after sunrise, and the hour before sunset. I adore that time too, as it gives us the most beautiful and flattering light, however, it isn’t always possible with young kids. In the middle of summer, when the sun isn’t setting until after 9pm, it can be hard to keep kids not only awake, but happy at that hour. It is a lot easier to have an in home session at a time that works best for your family. The majority of my sessions start around 10am or 2pm, but I can always be flexible and come when it suits your family the most.

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Your home contains items that can’t be found on a beach or in an open field

When I was photographing the family below, I saw this gorgeous chair and asked the mama to sit in it. While she was doing so, the dad told me that he bought that chair on the day that they met. Your house tells your story in a way that a public location can’t.

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Your kids are more relaxed and in better moods in their own space

Most kids can take a while to warm up to new people and new locations. If they’re in their own space, the session often goes a lot smoother and we can be done faster.

Seattle family photography dad is flying baby above his head in living room

You have put a lot of effort into your home and it should be celebrated

Most of the families I work with have spent a lot of time and money into creating a space that is uniquely theirs. You should be proud of the work you have put in and a photography session in your home not only celebrates your family, but the space you have put so much time and effort into.

Seattle lifestyle photographer mom and dad hold two girls in front of fireplace in living room

Lastly, it’s the little things

I have so many things to list here but here are a few:

  • pets can be included

  • bare feet are welcome

  • no-one else is watching as you have your session

  • no need to travel long distances

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Motherhood Sessions {Seattle Lifestyle Photographer}

Introducing Motherhood Sessions

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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:

7.30pm

7.50pm

8.10pm

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!

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Seattle Family Photographer Mom and daughter cuddle on hill at sunset
Seattle Family Session Mom and daughter cuddle at sunset

Happy Birthday - A Little Cake Smash Session {Family Lifestyle Photographer}

Cake smash sessions aren’t something I would typically offer. They are usually done in studio with a big set up. As a lifestyle photographer, I don’t use props and I normally photograph inside people’s homes, not a studio. When my littlest turned one, I still wanted to do something special for him, but without the fancy set up. I wanted to take a more lifestyle approach to it so instead of investing in a fancy backdrop, we just took him outside and let him eat cake while illuminated by the beautiful sunrise behind him. Like my middle child, he wasn’t really into the cake. It was the first time he had tried sugar, and it wasn’t a taste he seemed to like. Happy first birthday to my sweet Oscar.

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A Beautiful Lifestyle Newborn Session {Seattle Family Photographer}

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.

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Newborn Photographer Seattle baby lying on bed while holding parent’s hands
Everett Newborn Photographer dad holding baby’s head in hands
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Everett Lifestyle Photographer baby and dad standing by a mirror
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A Gorgeous Lifestyle Session At Home {Seattle Family Photographer}

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.

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Family Lifestyle Photographer dad and daughter cuddle
Seattle family photographer mom and daughter playing piano
Everett family photographer mom and daughter play piano by Christmas tree
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Everett family photography mom dad and daughter are playing on the bed
Seattle family photography dad and daughter playing on bed
Everett lifestyle family photographer mom and daughter read books
Lifestyle Family Photography mom and daughter play on bed
Seattle Lifestyle photographer daughter points to baby in mom’s tummy while dad looks on
Seattle family photographer daughter is held by mom and dad while standing by glass door