Newborn Boy in Seattle

It is always so fun for me to get to see families year after year. Last time I was in this cute house, it was for big sis’s newborn photos. Newborn photoshoots with solo babies have a totally different feel than newborn photoshoots with multiple kiddos. I love the energy of both. With solo babies, there is a calmness and also an underlying level of anxiety from the new mom and dad- they are still getting to know this new little person. With siblings present, parents have been through this before. They know that babies are not as fragile as they imagined their first baby was. They laugh a lot more at the antics of trying to get photos with the new baby and their siblings.  This newborn boy was a great sport!

This little lady was quite excited to have a brand new brother. She was also very busy showing me all of her toys. As a photographed her brother on the bed, she ran back and forth from me to her room bringing me all her favorite things. It took us about 30 minutes to convince her it would be a good idea to get on the bed and snuggle. She was so hilarious about it. When a toddler catches wind of what you are trying to get them to do, they become masters of the opposite! This might stress parents out, but it never bothers me! I love their energy and it becomes a challenge to see if I can get them to cooperate- which I usually always can.

Part of the success of these shoots are the parent expectations. If you think your 2 or 3 year old will willingly sit on the bed and hold your infant with a smile on their face, you might be disappointed (it does happen though!).  Most likely we will get about 6 seconds of interaction! My goal as the artist to make sure that action happens in pretty light and that I am there to capture it. I really do hope parents will just sit back and enjoy these hilarious moments.

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Fall on Bainbridge Island

Every year I underestimate how busy fall will be. I think that nothing can be busier than summer but without fail the difference is that people feel they are up against a deadline, a deadline that is usually the looming Holiday Card mail out date. My clients usually luck out with last-minute session requests because as a mother and a procrastinator, I totally get it. Plus I get to meet so many new families this way!

Eventually, I will figure out a system that works better for my sanity during fall but until then, maybe I will tattoo on my arm “Fall will be super busy, Fiona” and I will learn! I will say, if want to have better weather and a more open schedule, book your holiday card in Summer! 🙂

This lovely crew headed over from Seattle to see fall on Bainbridge Island. It really is a magical time of year here. Our downtown area, Winslow, is covered in brightly colored leaves and shops have all their fall colored pillows and blankets in the windows. You can grab a cup of coffee and walk the streets before your shoot and grab some dinner after. Here are a few of my favorite Bainbridge shops:

Petite & Olsen- lovely clothing & home goods.
Salt House Mercantile- home goods, bakeware and pet supplies.
Magnolias- shoes, scarves & clothing.
Wildernest- My husband’s favorite shop with outdoor clothing and trinkets.

And my favorite coffee shops:
Blackbird Bakery- delicious baked goods, toast & coffee/tea.
Hitchcock Deli- amazing sandwiches, drinks and coffee/tea

I will do another post on my favorite Bainbridge Island Restaurants! The bottom line is that if you are from Seattle, pop over to the island and make a day of your photoshoot! There is a reason this island is a top Seattle tourist destination.

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Fun photography session on Bainbridge Island

This sweet family was so much fun! We met on a local, Bainbridge beach and luckily avoided any rain! Having two girls myself, I love photographing the bond between sisters. The youngest one was a little wary of me at first. Now let me say, it is quite common for kiddos to be wary of me at first. When my oldest was a younger kiddo, I don’t think she EVER smiled at a stranger. Some people got quite offended! I say this because -parents, if you have a shy kiddo, I will not be offended if they are wary of me.

With shy children, I think part of the reason they react with shyness to new situations because they are not sure what is going to be asked of them. What are the expectations of this “photography session thing”? Kiddos usually generally warm up when they realize I am asking very little of them. My number one goal is to make the session fun for your kid. I hope you’ll come back and get photos again and I know it is easier to schedule if your kiddos remember the experience as positive.

Needless to say, I am very excited to meet your kiddo, whether they be shy, hyper, happy, wild, quiet or even worried. I will do my best to play and make it fun!

 

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Hurricane Ridge Family Session

Early last year, I had the idea to photograph families in beautiful places. I mean, everywhere I shoot is beautiful in its own way but I wanted to showcase the truly jaw-dropping places we have in our state. At first there were a lot of ideas of where these sessions could take place. Because I take great pride in the art I create for families, I wanted to test these locations out. Every once in a while, I run model calls on my site (you can check back to this page for updates). I had always heard about Hurricane Ridge but never been there so I opened up a model call to shoot up there so I could understand the light and how I wanted to use it.

The first time I traveled up there, I got there about 3 hours before my shoot was scheduled to start so I could roam around. As I strapped on my backpack and headed up the trail the first thing I noticed was the silence. Our lives are so busy so rarely do hear nothing but the wind. I hiked for about an hour, constantly amazed by the breathtaking view as I rounded each bend. I remember sitting on a rock, all alone with these towering peaks looming in the distance and I felt so at peace.

Since that day I have had quite a few family sessions in the mountains. While I know it won’t be as quiet, hello children, I still want it to be magical. This family was full of so much love for each other they made my job easy.  I also don’t think I have photographed a kid who made me laugh more than their oldest son.

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Baby G.

This family was my last session of the day during my Spring mini sessions. I will tell you first hand that the last shoot of the day always gets the best light! They also brought their hilarious dog who really made me laugh bouncing all over the place and causing general mayhem. I ALWAYS welcome furry family members, you just have to be ok with them riling things up! 🙂 Of course, I am always more interested in playful shots as opposed to posed shots so I really like this rowdy element.

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Point No Point Maternity Session

I met this lady a few years ago when I did her maternity session for her first born. That baby is now 2 and another little man is on the way! I have been dying to shoot and Point No Point forever and so we headed up there. This mama wanted a pretty dress to wear but did not want to spend a fortune because well, pregnancy is fleeting! So she rented a dress from Rent the Runway! It was pretty fun because she texted me all the options and I got to let her know which one I thought would photograph best. The one she chose was gorgeous! She said the Rent and Runway process was pretty simple.

 

We headed up to Point No Point on a Friday night and I shocked to find the beach almost empty! It was a warm summer evening and we pretty much had the place to ourselves. Keep Point No Point in mind for your session location if you want endless beauty 🙂

 

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