How to Pick the Perfect Professional Photographer {Edmonds Family Photographer}

What you need to consider before you pay that photography deposit.

If you’ve started the search for a photographer then you’ll know just how many options there

are. Before you go ahead and book a professional photographer for a shoot though, there are a

couple of important things to consider.

What style are you looking for?

Photographers have different styles so you need to decide on someone who can help you

achieve the end result you are looking for. This applies to everything from wedding and

maternity shoots to family and corporate shoots. Ask the photographer for some examples of

their latest work to evaluate whether they can cater to your needs.

Research and review.

Before you invest in a professional photographer you need to do your homework. Get online to

find a few customer reviews, browse around their website to view their latest work and have a

look around their social media pages to find out what others are saying about them. These platforms will also give you a good idea of their personality and style. Some other important

points to consider when researching photographers are:

1. Budget. Do their services fall within your price range?

2. Expertise. Are they experienced enough to give you the results you are looking for?

3. Location. Are they based in your area and are they willing to travel to a specific location

if need be?

4. Quality. Is the quality of their photos good enough? Look at aspects such as sharpness,

exposure, and saturation.

Create a shortlist.

Once you have done your research, create a shortlist of professional photographers that stand

out for you. Get in touch with each of them to discuss your needs and to ask any questions that

you might have. It’s important that you chat with the photographer over the phone if not in

person as this is the best way to get to know them and find out whether you’ll be able to work with them. Feeling uncomfortable or stressed out around your photographer makes for bad

photos.

It’s important that you pick a photographer that you have confidence in. Your photos are there

to last you a lifetime so while there is nothing wrong with helping out your photographer friend

who has just started out, it’s best to choose an experienced photographer for important events

and occasions that you can’t relive.

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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

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.

Edmonds newborn photographer twin babies being held by parents
Seattle lifestyle photographer big sisters are holding twin babies
Seattle newborn photographer big sisters are holding newborn twins
Everett newborn photographer baby boy lying asleep on bed
Edmonds newborn photographer baby girl lying asleep on bed
Edmonds newborn photographer twin babies are sleeping on a bed
Seattle lifestyle photographer baby twins held by parents
Edmonds newborn photographer twin babies surrounded by family
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In Search of Newborn Twins {Seattle Lifestyle Photographer}

I’m currently searching for a family who have just welcomed, or are about to welcome newborn twins for a complimentary in home lifestyle photography session.

About You:

You are first time parents of newborn twins and you live in a character filled home with lots of natural light. You appreciate art and take pride in your home. You want family pictures that embrace this fleeting time in your life.

What’s in it for you?

You will receive a complimentary in home lifestyle newborn session and approximately thirty digital images for you to print however you wish.

What do I need from you?

I need about an hour to an hour and a half of your time. In exchange for the complimentary photo session, I will need you to sign a model release that will allow me to use these images on social media, on my website and in print and online advertising.

If you feel like your family would be a good fit, please fill in my contact form and I will get back to you. Tell me a little about your family in your message.

Seattle lifestyle photographer baby is asleep in dad’s arms
Seattle newborn photographer baby is lying on bed by window

Tips For A Beautiful Newborn Session {Lifestyle Newborn Photographer}

Your newborn has arrived, your photography session is booked, but now what? How do you best prepare for your lifestyle newborn session? Here are some ideas to make your session go as smooth as possible.

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Feed your baby as often as needed

Your tiny newborn needs to eat frequently and their comfort is my number one priority. Please don’t ever feel pressured to rush the session. I will take as much time as needed to capture your family as you adjust to this new little life. Feel free to stop and feed your baby as often as needed. If you want shots of them feeding, I’ll happily take those for you.

Lifestyle newborn photographer sleeping baby in dad’s arms on couch

Keep your house warm

Lifestyle newborn sessions are different from posed sessions in that the baby doesn’t have to be sleeping. In a posed session, the space has to be hot to help the baby fall into a deep sleep. For a lifestyle session, while the room doesn’t have to be hot, it’s nice to keep it warm especially if we are photographing the baby in just a onesie.

Lifestyle newborn photographer baby wrapped in blue swaddle lying on bed by window

Keep baby in simple clothing

A swaddle or plain colored onesie is all that is needed. We want to show off the natural beauty of your newborn. It’s best to keep the clothing simple so the baby is the show stopper. I do have some beautiful onesies that I bring to newborn sessions if you don’t have any plain colored ones. I also have white kimono style shirts that look cute with a diaper. These allow us to photograph that cute little belly.

Seattle newborn photography baby boy is snuggled by two big sisters while lying on a bed

Plan on having the siblings participate

I treat newborn sessions very similar to family sessions. With the exception of doing a few individual shots of the baby alone, I include the whole family. I try to get sibling shots done at the beginning of the session so that they can go off and play once it’s done.

Lifestyle newborn photographer family looks at new baby while sitting on a bed

Relax and enjoy being with your family

The beauty of lifestyle sessions is that you can just relax and snuggle with your babies. I might ask you to gather on the bed, or stand in front of a window, but I’ll never pose you and ask you to smile. Sessions will be relaxed and as stress free as possible.