These are some snippets from one of my recent mini sessions. I am always torn on mini sessions. I really love that people who are not ready to commit to a full session get some photos with their family but the issue is the time constraint. All my sessions are pretty short, I know that people get burned out in front of the camera. But 20 minutes is the timeframe in a normal session when people have not really had time to warm up to me and the process yet. Usually the last 15 minutes of the shoot provide the sweetest emotions.

Every year, I go back and forth about whether I should still do mini sessions or get rid of them all together. This year I am doing very limited mini sessions. This family I see multiple times a year so they get used to me pretty quick! 🙂

 

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This session was so much fun. You can really tell these two love being parents to this new little bundle. He was so sweet and easy the whole time. I think a lot of parents worry about doing a newborn session because they worry it will be stressful. My number one goal for our session together it to make sure that it is as stressfree as possible. If baby is hungry, you feed him, no rush. New diaper? No problem. If he is wide awake the whole time? No worries. Fast asleep? That is fine too 🙂

Looking forward to more newborn sessions this summer.

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I was looking through my portfolio from 2016 and I realized that I have a gap of ages. I often will photograph a newborn and not see that kiddo again until they are 2 or so for another round of family photos. This in between age can be tricky because they can’t stay out too late to get the pretty sunset shots and if they are young enough, they can be a bit floppy! 🙂

So a goal of mine this year is to photograph more babies between 6 months and a year and a half. It works really well to hold these sessions in your home. Most babies love visitors and they get to snuggle with mom and dad in the comforts of home. If you have a baby in this range, you won’t want to miss capturing those chubby cheeks, big eyes and happy smiles.

This particular session took pace in the Seattle area. So I can now call myself a Seattle baby photographer! 🙂

 

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Last year I ended up photographing only a handful of maternity clients. I really missed them so I made an effort to save room in my calendar for more bellies!  I love these shoots because it is nice to not have to worry about kiddo bedtimes or other restrictions which means we can wander around any find pretty pockets of light. This lovely couple came over on the ferry from Seattle and we met at the Bainbridge Island docks. I am so used to shooting in nature that it takes me a minute to adjust to an urban environment but I love finding cool walls and thinking of new ways to use light.

Just last week I got to meet the sweet little babe in this belly in person. Those photos coming soon!

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This month our challenge was “video portrait” and I must admit, I did struggle with a concept. And then once I had the concept, my subject wasn’t cooperating! But I am pretty happy with this portrait of my youngest.

March 2017 Video from Fiona Yates on Vimeo.

Keep moving around the blog circle and check out Celeste’s video HERE!

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Another newborn session that took me across the water! This time to Snohomish. Even though the words Bainbridge Island and Seattle newborn photographer are written all over the place on this blog, I love going beyond those places. On the way to Snohomish,  I got to drive through some very pretty areas that I had never seen before on my way to meet this cute little babe. We lucked out with some great light and also a very fun pup! People always wonder if they can include their dog into their session and I always say yes! It can be a little unpredictable but it always results in some sweet images. Dogs all seem to have the same energy towards new babies, they are not too sure about this new little thing but it is clear they need to be gentle and they always are. When photographing dogs and babies, the goal is not to have a posed portrait between the two but instead capture some natural interaction. I always try to get the dog smelling baby’s little head!

So two takeaways from this session: I love to travel 🙂 and I love photographing dogs and babies together!

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