Jessica and Sofia | Seattle Studio Family Photographer

First of all, I have to tell you how amazing Jessica is. Her husband contacted me over the winter to see if I could take photos for them. They had just discovered that Jessica’s pregnancy was no longer viable and wanted to document that moment. I had the flu, so my sweet and talented friend Mandie photographed this devastating time for them. When I offered up mother’s day mini sessions I heard from them right away. I was stunned by how strong and incredible Jessica is. She is fully present with her sweet daughter Sofia. Their love was tangible.

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Becca's In-Home (and Fall City Maternity Session | Seattle Maternity Photographer

I have been photographing Becca since I started my company. She was a new mom and a new style blogger. I remember that she brought her husband, Jonathan, along for her session for support and help with the sweetest little red haired baby I had ever seen - Macey. The rest, as they say, was history. I photographed their family many times over the next couple of years. A family session at the site of their wedding, a studio session for photos for her blog, street and Pike Place Market Photos to show off her style. I have watched Macey grow into a hysterical toddler (go to Becca’s Insta Highlights and watch Macey talk about wine). I have watched Becca grow confident and then pregnant. Ha!

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Seattle Family Photographer | In-home Photos in Dark Homes

While we would all love to live in a house filled with windows and natural light, that is just not always the reality. Here in rainy Seattle, light can be an extra challenge. I really encourage families with babies and young children to have their photographs taken at their home and this is one of the concerns I hear time and again. My house is dark. From here, we have options. Here are my favorite two: 1) we can move your session to the studio and 2) we will make it work at your house.

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Brooke & Prim, The Story of a Toddler Just Not Having It | Seattle Family Photographer

For most of my life I have prided myself on my Mary Poppins-esque gift with children. Since I launched my business I have been quite good with children…or so I thought. It turns out that I am good with children, and I have a crazy amount of patience for kids for sure! A patience that only extends to kids, mind you. Not waiting in line, not waiting for a text response, and certainly not for my husband. Rufus, my sweet insane toddler can hit me and tell me that no one loves me on repeat while I just offer to hug him and tell him that “You don’t have to love me right now, but I love you no matter what.” So, working with children has been natural and fun for me in my photography. Something happened in the last few months- the toddlers revolted! They have staged an uprising. I have had a handful of little ones this spring that are just not having it. No cuddles, no bribes, no kisses or laughing. Every time I walk away from these sessions I am giggling and confident. Did I have to give up on my prompts and games/tricks/poses? Yes! Did that mean ruined photographs? NO! Hopefully you take family photos regularly. Children change so much, it is kind of fun to document their moods and whims. I have never walked away from a session thinking that there was nothing beautiful captured.

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In-Home Family Photography Sessions - Real Concerns and Successes from My Seattle Clients

It is no secret that in-home family sessions are my jam. I love window light, I love the comfort it brings to parents and kids alike. I love that the setting is meaningful and that we can always pop outside or go for a walk for even more variety. There is a magic that comes from in-home sessions that I just adore. However, I know that it is not always easy to envision the end product. You see your house in a completely different way than a photographer would, and under so many different circumstances. So, I took to the streets to directly ask my client’s who have had home sessions what their concerns were, what their reality was, and if they would do it again. And by the streets, I mean texting, emailing, and chatting.

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Elise's Thoughtful Motherhood Interview and Photos with Her Boys | Seattle Family Photographer

Elise was my muse I awkwardly asked to model for me when I started my business, she grew into a client, and really turned into a close friend. She is on the front line of who I call when I start to doubt all of my abilities as a mother. One of the first friends I made outside of my PEPS group, I freakin love her. On top of everything she has a mix of chic and boho style that I adore. Her answers to the motherhood questions are so thoughtful. When she emailed them to me I wrote her back telling her they made me want to slow down and reexamine a few things.

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