A FUN Newborn Session | Seattle Newborn Photographer

A mother holding her newborn baby by a window, Seattle Newborn Photographer

Let’s face it–having a Seattle newborn photographer take photos in your own home sounds a bit nerve wracking, right?  You worry about the kids, the dog, whether the baby will be crying the whole time, and you worry about what you should wear.

I’m here to tell you that it’s OK.  Relax, and enjoy the moment.  I’m just a nearly silent observer, allowing your family to go about their usual routine, with just a few small nudges toward the light.

It’s ok to jump off the furniture, just this once!  (Ok, only if Mom says yes. )

 

Sweet, Darling Girl | Redmond WA Newborn Photographer

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.

Mommies Really Do Glow | Redmond WA Maternity Photographer

Maternity couple photo session with Seattle Maternity Photographer

As a Redmond WA maternity photographer, I want to make sure that each woman who comes to me feels beautiful when looking at her photographs.  You may not be too happy with your body while it’s changing so drastically, but my job is to show the beauty that is evident to everyone around you.

It’s true–you really do glow when you’re pregnant.  There’s a luminescence to your skin, and you often walk around with a tiny hint of a secret smile on your lips, long before you start to show your secret to the world.

For Erin, it really shows through the photos from her Snoqualmie maternity session.   We waded in a creek near Fall City, WA and got a bit wet, and then ended the evening in Snoqualmie while watching a herd of elk march across an open field.  It was the perfect summer maternity session, and it was a magical ending to a beautiful season.

Being a Redmond WA birth photographer is also a true blessing, and I never get tired (well, actually I get exhausted) of the stories I get to watch unfold, knowing that I am one of the very first to meet a brand new person.  In just a few short weeks, I’ll have the honor to be present during the birth of Erin’s first child.

 

 

Clara’s Arrival 9.17.16 | Seattle Birth Photographer

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.

 

 

 

A Magical Sneak Peek | Seattle Maternity Photographer

Maternity Photo taken in North Bend, WA by Seattle Family Photographer Erin DuPree

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.

 

Maternity Photo taken in North Bend, WA by Seattle Family Photographer Erin DuPree

Summer nights are coming to an end, but Autumn will bring a sweet baby into this world. | Seattle Maternity Photography

A Traditional Korean First Birthday Party | Issaquah Family Photographer

Baby crawling on a bed smiling in Issaquah

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!  

Abby Jack | Kirkland Family Photographer

Kirkland family photographer captures photo of a young girl smelling a flower

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.  

 

The Glow of Life | Seattle Maternity Photographer

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***

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A Morning of Playing | Issaquah Family Photographer

Issaquah family photographer captures moment when young boy is lifted in the air

Being an Issaquah family photographer is such a blessing.  It’s such a beautiful area, and filled with stunning places for family photos.

Where would you be the most comfortable for a family photo session?  Is there a particular place that showcases your family and it’s dynamic personality?  When planning a family photo session with clients in the Seattle, WA areas, so often we head to the great outdoors.  This is never a bad or wrong choice.  The results are simply beautiful, and I enjoy these sessions and their outcomes very much, as do my clients.  This year, I’m offering a new approach.

Have you considered having an in-home lifestyle family session?  The photos you see below is just one example of a gorgeous and fun experience I had with a beautiful couple and their handsome (and so sweet) twin 2 year old boys, in their very own home.  Thank goodness we chose this route, because this particular day was one of the worst wind storms of this year.

As you can see below, a lifestyle session allows for so much more versatility.  Your children are more comfortable in their own environment, and are more likely to show genuine smiles while showing me their favorite book (sharks!)  We laughed, we cuddled, we spoke softly, and we played.  Pure, genuine love simply shines through the photos from this session.

 

Meet Nolan, a 2016 Leap Year baby!

Newborn baby yawning by Seattle Birth Photographer

I love the excitement of an impending new arrival.  This lovely mama was due for an induction on Monday, February 29th, but woke up to the welcome surprise of her water breaking!   Nolan arrived that afternoon as a Leap Year baby!

As a Seattle family photographer, being able to photograph a brand new, tiny person, is perhaps the most rewarding part of my profession.  Providing these memories for families is just a small part of the joy that fills me during these sessions.  I get to see and hold sweet babies!

Nolan, welcome to this big, crazy world.  Your siblings and parents are beyond excited to have you!   I feel so blessed to be one of the few people to have met you in the first 24 hours of your life.

 

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