Posted on May 5, 2017
As a Seattle maternity photographer, I get to meet so many beautiful people. Melissa invited me into their lovely vintage-styled home to help photograph their final days as a Family of 3.
Miss Hadley, aka Big Sister, had the biggest smile, an infectious laugh, and a mighty desire to move move move–as every nearly-2 year old should. Toddlers are the absolute best part of this job. I need more of Hadley in my life. This job, as a family photographer in Seattle, is made sweeter for getting to meet little people like her!
During any lifestyle photography session, the goal is to tell the story of a real family in their real home. That means games with the kids, reading books, show and tell, and even snack time! There’s no pressure to act a certain way, or stand still and say “cheese.” Silly, energetic children can let their REAL smiles shine when the cameras are brought to them!
The vintage decor, and light shining through the windows made this session and photos simply effortless. I’m considering hiring Melissa to come personally decorate my own home.
Stay tuned for more photos of this family of FOUR once I’ve met their new addition for newborn photos!
Posted on January 3, 2017
Being a Seattle newborn photographer means a lot of driving, which I’m always happy to do for my wonderful client families. I personally live on the Eastside, so when this wonderful couple contacted me and said they were looking for a newborn photographer in Redmond, it turned out they were super close to my own home!
Their lifestyle newborn session took my breath away. Their home had beautiful light, and we were even able to have a short session at a local Christmas tree farm for those first Christmas photos as a family of 3! So many perfect moments were captured with this sweet, darling girl, and her family will be cherishing them for years to come in a beautiful photo album.
Posted on September 17, 2016
I love every moment of my job as a Seattle Birth Photographer. So many births are filled with a wide array of emotions.
Clara Mae was born at 5:43 AM on September 17th, 2016, weighing 7 lbs 4 oz.
At just past 37 weeks pregnant, the plan had been for my friend Tiffany to check into Valley Medical Hospital in Renton, WA sometime in the morning of Friday the 16th for a medically necessary induction due to Polyhydramnios–severe excess amniotic fluid. One of the more well known dangers of polyhydramnios is the risk of an umbilical cord prolapse if the water has broken. It’s a rare–but all too serious–risk, and the reason for the induction. Careful monitoring is key in such a severe case.
I arrived at just past 11 am to be both friend and birth photographer, and we walked, chatted about various things, and routinely checked the clock in frustration for not hearing from the hospital to head in to begin the induction process. The 16th was a full Harvest Moon, and a LOT of women rushed into the labor and delivery ward, many with broken waters. No space was available.
After many impatient hours of waiting to hear back, we got word of a room available and checked in just before 5 pm. Inductions, we knew, can take a while. But we joked, sang, danced, and laughed for quite a while, until things began to become a bit more serious. Labor was not progressing very quickly, and though we didn’t expect it to go fast, Tiffany was ready to get the ball rolling and get this baby delivered. An epidural was set so they could slowly and carefully puncture the amniotic sack to release some of the excess fluid around Clara, in hopes that she would be able to descend and kick start a more productive labor pattern.
Niagara Falls happened–everywhere. Fluid rushed out in amounts that shocked everyone. Not entirely unexpected, but still a shock to witness! Tiffany’s belly went from a hard and distended beach ball to nearly half the size. I could actually *see* Clara’s body outline now, where I couldn’t before. We couldn’t previously even see her movement from the outside!
At this point, things changed.
Unfortunately, the very sudden loss of an incredible amount of amniotic fluid led to a very sudden drop in Clara’s heart rate, and the decels were not recovering. You see, one of the lesser known dangers, and one that I’m sure the staff never expected (as it’s considerably more rare,) is the risk of a placental abruption. The very quick loss of such a large amount of fluid caused the placenta to tear away from the wall of the uterus, resulting in one of the most dangerous and gut wrenching moments of our lives.
Tiffany was swept into an OR and safely delivered Clara at 5:43 AM under general anesthesia. Thank you to the wonderful staff at Valley Medical Hospital, who literally saved the lives of my best friend and her daughter. I cannot express my immense gratitude to wonderful people who did their jobs so fast. It isn’t possible to convey.
Birth is an enigma. We can hope and pray that things will go smoothly, and they often do without much complication. Sometimes, it doesn’t. I’m happy to say that Clara is healthy and perfect, and Tiffany’s strength made me cry. She may have had a different birth experience than we hoped (obviously) but her baby is safe and healthy, and so is she.
Posted on September 16, 2016
As a Seattle maternity photographer, it’s wonderful when your best friend asks you to capture her own maternity photos! We connected over our boys and their love for Transformers toys, our mutual love for photography, and our puny statures. She was already super pregnant and soon to give birth with her 3rd–Alice, whose grand entrance I was blessed to be able to capture as my very first attempt at being a birth photographer.
When my friend told me she was pregnant again this past winter, I admit, I was shocked. A NEW BABY IS COMING! Commence the impatience and excitement.
Fast forward to TODAY. Little Clara is soon to be born. Probably today, maybe tomorrow (though for my dear friend’s sake, I hope it’s today.)
I’ll be waiting in that room, right alongside her, and I couldn’t be more happy. Being there for my sweet friend, to cheer her on, and to capture all those first moments of Clara’s life–is my idea of a perfect day. Seattle Birth Photographer + Most Awesome Friend + New Baby = Pure Bliss.
Clara, we are all ready for you to arrive.
Posted on September 12, 2016
Sometimes, a photo session goes SO perfectly, that I honestly cannot believe my eyes.
Expect to see many more lovely images from this couple’s maternity photo session, very soon.
Posted on August 25, 2016
As an Issaquah Family Photographer, I am often contacted to provide party or event photography, and I squeal a bit on the inside when it happens. These events are more fun and exciting than a trip to the carnival! I love my work as a Seattle event photographer.
This sweet little boy had a traditional Korean “Dol” that was such an honor to witness. It was held in the waterfront Woodmark Hotel in Kirkland, WA, which provided for some beautiful views of the water.
Prior to his grand party, we had a sweet and calm lifestyle family session in their Issaquah family home. There’s no better way to unleash the personality of these sweet little people, than when they’re having fun with their very own toys!
If you’re interested in booking a Lifestyle Family Session in Seattle, WA and the surrounding areas, or photography coverage of your upcoming event, please contact me using the form below!
Posted on August 10, 2016
As a Kirkland family photographer, cheeky 3 year olds and babies are simply my favorite subjects. It’s really hard to narrow it down, with all the other beautiful subjects I photograph, but there’s something about their funny personalities that make each and every session pure FUN! This lovely crew joined me for their family photo session in Kirkland, WA over at Juanita Bay Park. It’s a lovely location, and definitely a beloved favorite.
Abby & Jack brought their lovely parents along with them (hello, toddlers can’t drive!) to their session, and we had a blast. The flowers were in bloom, the sun was shining, and a deer joined us, too!
*Looking to book your family session? Summer sessions are booked, but Fall sessions are booking now! Contact me below to book yours today.
Posted on August 10, 2016
Sunshine, green grass, happy toddler, beautiful family. What more could I ask for? This summer has been filled with more rainy days than I can remember in the last 5 years in the beautiful North West, but it’s made me treasure these sweet summer days.
The Matote family might look a bit different from the outside, but I can’t describe how amazing it was to meet them and witness their love for each other.
Through a personal project, I met the lovely Love and her family while documenting Adoption Family Stories. Here is their story:
We are George, Love and Isaac. Our family came together through adoption after 10 LONG years of infertility. I knew I was meant to be a Mom, and I couldn’t fathom why God would put that desire so deeply in my heart if he wasn’t going to fulfill the promise.
About the same amount of money most people would spend on a new car, we spent on medical testing and fertility treatments, and still no kids. To our surprise, fertility testing revealed my husband had cancer! When we heard the “c” word, all thoughts about children flew out the window. We focused on surgery, treatment and healing. Hubby is well and has been cancer free for over 5 years. Thank you God!
At first, my hubby was not open to the idea of adoption. But after the long and winding journey we were on, I asked him about adoption again. It turns out he had been listening to a radio station featuring adoption stories for a whole month. God had been working on his heart through that radio station, and I didn’t have to say a word.
Our son Isaac came into our family in April 2013. We met him at the hospital when he was 2 days old. We met his birth mom and dad for about half an hour, and they chose us to be his forever family.
We thank God every day for the gift of Isaac, the gift of family. And we hope to add to our family again this year through adoption.
Posted on June 19, 2016
As the warm days continue, I have been privileged to photograph some stunning women during an especially wondrous time for them. The soft glow of a new life, is evident in every photo.
You deserve to look and feel like a Queen during your pregnancy. Together, we will go to majestic or hidden places to create jaw-dropping images that will forever leave you breathless.
***To book your grand maternity session, please contact me using the form at the bottom of the page***
Posted on April 4, 2016
As a Seattle newborn photographer, I feel contentment deep within my soul when meeting brand new babies. Lifestyle newborn sessions are a wonderful way to capture life with this tiny bundle. Being able to capture so many real-life moments, as they happen, is a treat. The more I continue on this journey, the more I realize how much more impacting a shot can be when captured in the moment. Real life shines through sessions like these, and each one is solidly unique to your own family. The interactions you see happened right before my eyes, with each moment being true to life.
There’s no timeline that must be kept to–no 14 day deadline. This sweet baby was 2 months old when I met her for the first time in her family’s beautiful Seattle home. Harper was a doll to photograph–her eyes followed my every turn. She was expressive, happy, and all too adorable.
As a Seattle family photographer, it is my delight to present these types of sessions as a new and exciting way to capture the new addition to your family.