Family photos can feel like a big deal | Seattle Family Photographer

Booking family photos can feel overwhelming

I totally get it because I’m living it! Life is crazy busy and it’s hard to carve out the time to get family photos done. But it’s important! Documenting your growing family will mean everything you to you as the years go by. I strive to make your experience easy and dare I say, actually fun ! I understand that It is no small feat to pick a date that works for everyone, get everyone’s outfits prepped, make sure they’re dressed and don’t have chocolate on their face and then get everyone to the same spot at the same time. I 100% understand because I am right here in the thick of it with my family too. It can feel like a monumental challenge. But it is my job to ease those challenges for you.

brothers embracing laughing and looking at the camera

I make the experience easy and fun.

My pledge to you is to make it as easy as possible. I will send you lots of great information that will get you prepared before our session. We will talk through what you are looking for and what you like. We will choose a location that gets you excited. You can even send me pics of what you want everyone to wear and I’ll help you choose what works well together. By the time you get to the session, you will be totally prepared and YAY you can relax because I will take it from here.

black and white family of 5 on couch in front of bookshelf laughing and looking at each other

How do you prepare your kids?

Do you worry that your kids won’t behave or that they won’t participate? Please put this worry out of your mind. I am a mom, and I have kids that get tired, hungry and crabby too. I have a lot of tricks up my sleeve to help kids that are shy or not feeling super into getting photos taken to relax. You can help me by bringing kids to the session that have full tummies and are well rested. But sometimes even the best prepared kiddo can lose it. Kids are kids! So even if your kids start to lose it, no problem! Our photo session is a “no stress zone”, I am very patient and not easily rattled so I will work with your kids to get them back to happy and having fun asap. Feel free to bring bribes with you, most kids are pretty motivated when a skittle or an m&m is on the line.

Pat yourself on the back mama, you did it!

Your to do list is always a mile long - mine is too. I will help you get one big thing checked off of it. You can collaborate with me or you can let me do it all. I want the experience for you, the do-er of ALL the things to enjoy yourself and your fabulous family. I want it to be an hour for you that feels good, that lets you check out a little bit and be present in the moment.

family of 3 jumping, gasworks park, city scene, flying geese

Unique family photos | Seattle family photographer

Collaboration on family photos

This fabulous family was a joy to work with.  The mama is an incredible artist and has a keen eye for art and beauty.   We worked together before the shoot, creating a Pinterest board to share images that inspire and we had a great time planning out the shots they wanted.  She wanted each child to be photographed in their room,  and so each child chose what they wanted captured, and that helped the to be very invested in our shoot.  

The full service photographer - sit back and relax, I got you!

Some families like that level of input, but most families just want me to take over and do it all.  I want your experience to be easy and fun for you and your family so I personalize each session to the exact needs of each family that I shoot.  I want to get to know before we shoot so when we arrive at the shoot, it is easy and relaxed !  

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teenaged boy in room, playing guitar, family photo shoot
young girl laying on floor drawing, family photo shoot
teenaged girl sitting on modern chair at window reading, family photography
young girl in wild things costume pulling teenaged boy in wagon in green yard

What is family lifestyle photography anyway?

One of my favorite things to photograph is families. But what does “family lifestyle” actually photography mean ?

Lifestyle photography is a little more relaxed than traditional family photography.

Photographers like to label what they do, I say I am a “lifestyle” photographer. This is what that means to you. I want you to see in your images from me what you feel when you are with your family. It is quite simple. I want you to have images that capture the beauty in your everyday stuff. I want you to see how your kids look at you when you’re looking at me because that is the GOOD stuff right there. Raising a family is hard work, I know as I am currently in the thick of it. A photo session lets you slow down for just a minute and hang out with your kids and your family. And I really believe, it is important to capture yourselves as time goes by.

Lifestyle photography is fun!

When you show up to a session with me, you can expect to have a good time. Being in front of the camera can be nerve wracking, and it can feel vulnerable. I totally get it. That is why I come to the session ready to put you at ease. We will joke, laugh, and be silly. Yes, I will direct you and pose you some too, but you will stop noticing me so much and focus in on your people. I want you to leave the session surprised at how easy and fun it was.

Lifestyle photography is real”ish” !

I will pose you and ask you to do certain things for me. But once we get going, it doesn’t feel like you are posing or being directed. Most families will relax and just start to have fun with it. Jokes fly, kiddos get tickled and moms and dads kiss! Its those micro moments that produce pure magic.

Your kids get to be themselves.

I let kids play! The kids I photograph are often surprised that they get to run, hug, tickle, laugh and are not asked to force a smile for my camera. I don’t want photos of my kids forcing a smile at the camera and I don’t think you do either. I love to photograph them how you see them, giant goofy grin, wrinkled up nose from laughing so hard and maybe even a little dirty from playing so hard.

family walking from behind, winter, mom and dad with daughter,

Extended family photographs | Seattle Family Photographer

When your family is together, document it!

This family was getting together for the holidays and since everyone was in one spot, they wanted to remember it with photos.  Extended family photo sessions are a really great way to document a growing family, get photos of the adult children with their parents, or just capture the spirit of your whole family together.  Families are busy today so when everyone stops moving for a bit, its important to get some shots for posterity.

Extended family photos make amazing gifts.

We all have people in our family who have everything and are really really hard to shop for. Family photos make amazing gifts. They are priceless heirlooms documenting your family’s growth and change. Memories of the times you are together are priceless!

 Print those pictures!

When you do go to the effort of documenting your family together, nothing is cooler than actually getting prints on the wall. Prints are a bit of a unicorn these days as so many of our photos live on our hard drives and on our phones. Prints are a beautiful, classic way to keep your family memories front and center. I work with professional labs that will print your photos beautifully. There are a huge range of products you can choose from, the only limit is your imagination !



Family photography that fits your personality | Seattle Family Photographer

Annual photographs are a fun tradition

I photographed the Ruf family on a beautiful warm sunny afternoon in their own yard. The mom of this awesome family had a lot of fabulous ideas we were able to incorporate into some pretty amazing images.  The kids were way into it and we spent the entire session experimenting with a lot of different looks.  We managed to get some more stylized shots along with some truly beautiful shots that show the love they have for each other.  This family does an annual photo of them all in their Adidas track suits.  I think we nailed it this year !! 

Bring me ideas or let me do the heavy lifting.

If you have specific ideas for your photo shoot, lets talk about it, I love working with you to get the images that best represent their own individual family.  Or, if you want to sit back, relax and let me do the heavy lifting - great!  I have lots of ideas and techniques to get the most natural & fun images of you and your family.  Either way, you'll come away from our session with images you love that are 100% YOU. 



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