Seattle photography

Hello Baby Elenor! Seattle Fresh 48 Session

I have been hesitant about trying a Fresh 48 session, mostly for scheduling reasons (my son spends some time in preschool but I'm often still his primary caretaker) But when Rachel suggested it for her photo session, I was pretty excited. I've worked with families in their own homes shortly after bringing home a newborn, but never yet in the hospital. 

And I'm already hooked. Words cannot express how much I loved this session! It felt so natural, easy, and beautiful. I wish I had someone take pictures of my family in the hospital with our newborn too. Hey, maybe next time (time to see if my husband is reading my blog!)

So here's a little peak into Baby Elenor's Fresh 48 session, and I hope to schedule more of these in the future.

1st Birthday Party! - Seattle Family Photographer

Rebecca and Matt were my first family I spent a Day In The Life with while building my portfolio, so photographing their son's first birthday party definitely holds a special place in my heart. I love how the first birthday feels like a celebration of the parents for making it through the first year. And the relationships between the parents and their friends and family is almost as important as the cake smash itself. Ah, parenting! The struggle is real, and nobody gets it done alone!

Tackling a 365 photo project | Seattle Family Photographer

As part of a personal project, I decided to start taking at least 1 photo a day for 365 days. I'll probably post about it occasionally here, or on social media, and in the end I plan on making a soft covered book of all the photos. Or maybe my top favorites, I'm not sure yet. Either way I think it's great practice as a photographer or really for anyone to try. 

While searching for ideas and inspiration for a personal project, I often feel torn between authentically documenting reality, and trying to capture something grand or larger-than-life. So an overall goal during these 365 days will be to tie those two ideas together. Sort of like finding the beauty, awe, or magic in the mundane. Mostly it'll probably be photos I take of Oliver, because that's the subject I'm around the most. I also want to show what I love or even find difficult when it comes to parenting, so Oliver is a great subject to have for that! 

So here are a few I've taken so far. By the way, some of these are with my Canon DSLR, while some are just with the iPhone. I'm trying to carry my Canon around more often, but sometimes it's just easier to pull out the iPhone, and I don't want to have the excuse of "well I didn't have my camera" as a way to skip a day.

Branding and Website Update!

I'm so happy to re-launch my website with updated branding and web design from Kate Densmore! She is also a family storytelling photographer, so I loved working with someone who knew the type of photographs I want to take as well. The entire design process was great, but I especially loved working from a mood/inspiration board. I'm posting mine below, and now I just want to make a mood board for everything I do in life.  So big thanks to Kate, this was the perfect way to kickstart my business!

 

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Family Lifestyle vs Documentary Photos

As I’m establishing myself as a photographer, I want to make sure all the families I work with have an understanding of my approach. Some of the photos in my portfolio might fall under the “lifestyle” approach, while others are definitely more “documentary”. I want to talk a bit about what these different sessions look like.

In posed family portraits, the photographer directs the family members where to go and what to do. You won’t be seeing this in our sessions.

In lifestyle photography, the photographer does some directing, but it can be much less. The photographer might stage the setting, telling the family where to sit, or removing clutter from the frame.

In documentary photography, the photographer does not influence the scene in any way. There is no posing or directing, only what happens naturally. It captures simple moments in your everyday life. This is the type of photo session I strive to offer. For more information, check out the Your Session page, or send me a message!

Twins Photoshoot

Last weekend I got to work with a family who has twins! These identical babies are the cutest, as you can probably tell. We started off with a bit of a family lifestyle session, because who doesn't love babies in a basket? It was actually a nice way to warm-up our session before moving onto the park. It was a beautiful new fall day in Seattle, so I think we were all glad to get outside. When we came back home, I loved that the grandparents gave the girls a bath since it's part of their routine as caretakers. Thanks for letting me spend time with your family!

Workshop Photoshoot

About a month ago, I took a workshop with Seattle family photographer, Elena S Blair. One of the highlights was being able to photograph a newborn and family session. Both sessions felt more like family lifestyle photography instead of documentary, but I still could not have asked for a more valuable experience. And I tried to get in as many "unposed" photos as possible, for my own practice.

Something really struck me as magnificent when I was editing the photos later. At this stage in my journey, I have to admit I feel emotional when looking back at these images. It probably doesn't help that I tend to listen to really sappy music while editing. But I just got this sense of how important these photos are that family photographers take, and what an honor it is to be that photographer who is invited into the lives of who are, at first, total strangers. 

Since this is my first blog post, I also just want to say thank you to everyone who is either following me or offering your families and homes for my practice.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!