Photography is my passion. I’m in love with love.
I want you to look back on these photos and remember every little detail. These babies grow up so quickly. How do you want to remember your children? How do you want your children to remember you?
I am excited to capture you and your loved ones. I aim to capture honest photos of your family and children.
The goal is not to get a stiff and posed shot with everyone looking at the camera, but to capture the true essence of your family. I take a documentary approach to photography and use my understanding of my equipment and natural light to create images that will become works of art that you can hang in your home and pass down for generations.
Here are a few tips to help you prepare for your session with me.
I will send you a questionnaire ASAP to better understand your family. This allows me to serve you better. Then we will lock down location. The Friday before the session I will email you with confirmation.
Via e-mail we will discuss location selection, wardrobe selection, and answer any questions you have.
HERE ARE A FEW THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN SELECTING THE BEST LOCATION FOR YOUR FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION IN SEATTLE OR ANYWHERE REALLY.
What does your family like to do for fun? How do you all like to spend your time?
Make sure you are choosing a location that will best suit your family’s personality. For example, if you love hiking together we may want to head out to the mountains.
Consider the ages of your children.
If you have super young kiddos an urban location may not be a great choice because you don't want to have to worry about cars and other people to distract your little one. Perhaps an open field or park may be the best location.
Take into account the season your session is scheduled for. For example, there are some gorgeous parks in the fall that really show the beautiful Pacific Northwest autumn colors off. If it is going to be warm on your session date, going to the beach and letting the kids get their feet wet might be super fun!
Let's talk about traffic. Seattle is gorgeous, but the traffic is awful. We don't want you commuting across town during rush hour. That won't make anyone excited for family photos. So make sure to choose a location that will be easy to get to at your scheduled session time.
Urban. Seattle has some incredible urban locations that show off our historical architecture as well as some great textures.
Beach. We have an abundance of beaches right here in the city of Seattle! We are so lucky to be surrounded by so much water. What is fantastic about our beach locations is that they are usually surrounded by trees and water so you get a ton of diversity at these locations.
Forrest. We actually have forests within the city limits! Seattle is so incredible. If your family loves to spend time in the woods the forest may be be best location for your session!
Park. Seattle is chock full of gorgeous parks! Parks can be especially gorgeous in the fall when the leaves are changing. This makes a lovely back drop for your family photos.
Mountains. This option is weather dependent as many of my favorite mountain locations get snowed in come December, however if you are willing to drive about an hour out of the city, the back drop is very rewarding. You can make an adventure out of it.
Open field. Luckily, my favorite field is right in the city, however I know of a few remote fields as well that are only a 30 minute drive away. Fields make a gorgeous back drop for your family photos.
If we are shooting in your home, I prefer late morning, because that is when homes are usually lit up the best. If we are shooting outdoors we will shoot either in the morning or in the evening. The light is typically too harsh mid day. If your children are up for it, shooting one to two hours before sunset provides gorgeous light and atmosphere. The images in my portfolio look the way they do largely because of my use of light and the time of day your session takes place has a huge impact. Many families tell me that they simply have the kids take a late nap or have some down time prior to their evening session. Length Of Session: The good news is, I am super fast! My family portrait sessions rarely last more than an hour. Don't worry, I can easily get a diverse and adequate gallery in that time.
The good news is, I am super fast! My family portrait sessions rarely last more than an hour. Don't worry, I can easily get a diverse and adequate gallery in that time.
Wardrobe should be comfortable and reflect who you are. I do not recommend matching but rather coordinating. See my PINTEREST board for some what to wear guides that can give you an idea of what I am talking about. I am happy to consult you directly on wardrobe or recommend a personal stylist if you are interested. Just let me know.
What to Wear
I do not use props during my sessions, however if you have something in mind please let me know.
Remember that children are not usually fond of being told to pose or smile. It is best if we just give the children time to relax and try to capture their natural self. Don't worry if your child is running about and active, most of the images you see of young children on my site were captured while the child or toddler was busy playing and exploring. To get the family shots, I usually direct the adults to simply "be" with the child, or hold the child and we go from there. To get the most out of your session, make sure that your little one has rested and has had adequate snacks and water. We can take breaks for snacks and play, however I will probably still shoot during the breaks. Bring dry, non messy snacks so their little faces stay clean during the session. Prepare the child for the session by letting them know that a friend will be taking some photos of them, it's best not to surprise them.