Sometimes you meet people that you're just so sure they are giving more to this earth than they are receiving. Those people who leave you feeling like you're worth more than you thought. The ones whose son sings to you on the ride to the beach or jumps on your back because he has faith you can hold him up. These are some of my favorite photos I've ever taken, leaves me feeling so full and privileged to be sitting here doing this right now.
I tell yah, I saw beauty in an old man walking across the street the other day. The way he worked so hard with his cane and small grocery bag. The way getting up on the curb took energy but he kept on going. I happened to be listening to beautiful music and in a very thoughtful moment, but it was something that just stood out to me.
How does this have anything to do with this beautiful family? Well, unlike finding beauty in a really normal act by a stranger, I'm so sure that you don't need to be working one bit to see this family's beauty. How the kids smile, the way the dad so tenderly loves on each and every one of them. The way his wife looks at him and how her face just lights up when she sees her babies. How effortlessly she nurses her third as she holds hands with her two year old that's having a rough go. This happens to be my nieces and nephews but I'm sure I don't have on family goggles that make this love look so special.
We met at Gasworks Park, one of the most iconic parks in Seattle on a warm and sunny summer evening. This mom and dad were so fun to photograph as they are clearly so connected with each other and their fun and ever so laughable son. I loved that they were so easy going about staying out way past my crazy kids' bedtime so I could take some really special pictures as the sun was setting. I just love getting to take images of kids with their lovies as that special connection exudes childhood wonder. This first image below is one of my favorites yet. I also loved playing with double exposures with this family. <3
On October 20, I'm doing a mini sessions at Gas Works. I have just two spots open at 8:20 and 8:40. 15 minutes, 15 images, $100. Contact me if you'd like to snag one of these spots.
Home. That feeling of comfort and relief when you drive up, finally get everyone unbuckled and grab all the bags, the fallen water bottle that rolled under the car, and the ball he just had to have. You find the key at the bottom of the bag, pet the someday she'll stop acting like a puppy dog, and ahhh, home.
I want to tell you about in home sessions while also sharing photographs from an in home session with of one of my dearest friends friends from high school, her husband, and son. I remember about 5 years ago when she ordered decaf coffee at breakfast just like me, what a fun surprise! What a gift to have kids alongside such a thoughtful, kind, and fun friend.
Getting to photograph families in their home is my favorite location. The kids are comfortable and so proud to show me their toys. They get right into play which makes it so easy for me to photograph them being their genuine selves.
So, how does an in-home session flow?
When I get to your house, I'll say hello to everyone and we can settle in. I'll walk around and check out your rooms and the light. I'll show the kid(s) my camera and get to know everyone. I want you all to be comfortable before I start photographing.
I'll likely start by taking pictures of you all playing with a documentary approach. I will control just a few things like move a kleenex box or turn off an overhead light. You can choose your favorite activity like trains, dolls, making cookies, playing in the yard, dancing, etc. Then we'll go to a well lit couch or bed for a handful of posed images as well as your family snuggling, tickling each other, or jumping on the bed.
Finally, I like to take photos of you outside your home on your stoop or in your yard. We can take a walk or short drive to a lovely outdoor spot of your choice for some more lightly posed shots.
It's easy, and fun!
How long is an in-home session?
I spend about 45 minutes in your house then about 30 more minutes outside. Newborn sessions are mostly held indoor and take about the same amount of time depending on your new little one's needs.
Here are a few more images from this session. This family was so fun to photograph as they were so very connected and kind to each other. I hope their images help them always remember what a happy home they have made for their little one and I hope he can look back and be so very assured that his parents deeply love him by the way they hug him, look at him, and play so freely with his four year old self.
Also, their son is a budding photographer, he took this next picture of his parents! I always love the expressions on parents' faces so much more when I let their kid take a photo with my camera!
When I was asked to take her family's photos I was honored. She's a talented photographer herself and a beautiful mother, a beautiful human. Her husband's an artist and their daughter (who was a perfect Albert Einstein for Halloween) is a delight. Along with a beautiful, well lit, art filled home, this made for a fun and inspiring session. I hope you enjoy these.
So this is love, mmm
So this is love
So this is what makes life divine
I'm all aglow, mmm
And now I know (and now I know)
The key to all heaven is mine
My heart has wings, mmm
And I can fly
I'll touch every star in the sky
So this is the miracle
That I've been dreaming of
So this is love
Songwriters: Mack David / Al Hoffman / Jerry Livingston / David Pack
So This Is Love lyrics © Walt Disney Music Company
I was singing this to myself as I looked at their pictures today.
Just over eight pounds, soft fluffy dark hair, that sweet baby smell. That baby fresh, maybe some spit up but I don't care smell. The weight of an entire life just wrapped up so tiny in your arms. This love took me back to my first as he felt, smelled, and even looked similar to her. He's just perfect and it was a privilege to get to share a Saturday morning with his proud and loving family.
Here's a quick link to this family's maternity session.
This family of three adult siblings was not short on smiles, connection, humor, and flexibility. Two babes on New York and Ohio time with amazing and cool parents along with two girls just infatuated with the spit bugs. Which by the way, have you read about spit bugs, fascinating! It was a recipe for a tricky session but ended with me asking if I could join their family!
When I walked into this beautiful family's home, I instantly felt the warmth and love. The two big sisters were so proud and kind. Mom was patient and gentle. Dad was calm and playful. I left thinking that maybe we all should have three kids of our own because this family was so joyful about their newest addition. Then I came home to my two littles who were hanging on me and remembered that one leg per child was a good ratio for me.
When we showed up to a park in early Spring with cool puget sound breezes, this mama told her son, "Auntie Anela's here" just like we'd say in Hawaii. He gave "honi's" instead of kisses and her plumeria and classic Hawaiian jewelry made the breeze feel just a little warmer. Their laid back style and flexibility to hike up the hill and play made this session so easy. I'm so excited to photograph this now two week old little baby in the morning!