Kiwi's Winter Maternity Session, Kirkland, WA

We had big plans, this mama and I.  We wanted to go on an adventure, to a waterfall, or up to the mountains.  But let me tell you, December in Washington can be a real downer weather wise.  It would be fun to get lots of snow, but we just end up getting this misty rain for weeks at a time.  And when your subject is 9 months pregnant and battling a cold, sometimes the best alternative is to just stay indoors.  As any Seattle lifestyle photographer will tell you, you have to roll with the punches.  So an in-home maternity session was to be!

Kiwi lives in a beautiful home in the heart of Kirkland, WA and the airy rooms provided us with many patches of light to play with.  We even went outside for all of 1 minute but of course it started to rain.  Her husband and kids were at work and school and didn't even know about the shoot until after the fact.  It's always fun to be in cahoots with a client.

I got to return a few weeks later after the birth of her beautiful daughter and capture the whole family, but we will save that for another post on another day.

Some Fine Art Self Portraiture

Many many women have reportedly become photographers when they have children.   Suddenly you have gorgeous little muses running around and you don't even have to ask them to pose.   Despite the fact that I've been a photographer since I was a teenager, majored in fine art, and always held jobs in the photographic field, I was definitely reinvigorated when my twins came along and have subsequently carved out a career in the portrait industry.   Therefore, I've been artistically fulfilled for the past 7 years.  Except that a little over one year ago, said twins decided to grow up and go to Kindergarten full time.  The nerve of them!  

So what's a mom to do to fulfill her daily fits of inspiration?  Enter the 15 minute lunchtime selfie.

I'm lucky that my job keeps me at home during the week.  So when these moments arise, that I feel like I need to create, but I can't wait until 3:30 to pick up the twins and bribe them into posing for me, I can don a dress and spend a few minutes in my backyard creating some art.

My technique is always on a tripod and usually on self-timer mode (9x out of 10 the batteries are dead in my remote).  I rarely spend more than 15 minutes shooting and usually yield about 25-50 frames, of which I usually only keep a handful.

I'm usually most inspired on gray, overcast, and better yet, foggy days.  Rather than light, I'm drawn to shadows, motion, layers, and timeless romanticism.

Here is a compilation of some of my favorite self portraits that I've taken over the past 2 years.

Liam ~ An In-home Newborn Session

“When the first baby laughed for the first time, its laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies.” -J.M. Barrie

I've said it before, and I'll say it again, In-home lifestyle photography was made for newborn shoots!

This was a particularly special newborn shoot for me because the mama is a friend who I've known since she had one baby boy, and now she is the proud mother of 3 boys.  This is going to be a loud house for sure, but one filled with love an laughter.

Liam is a sweet little guy, he barely woke up for our entire session, and he looks just like his big brothers who dote on him.  

You know when babies are so small, they barely fit into their own skin, and they have that adorable extra knee skin?  Well I'm sure he's grown into it by now, but I was lucky enough to catch the knee skin phase!

And no newborn session would be complete without a nursing break and a diaper change.  It has been a joy watching this family grow and I look forward to seeing these boys grow up!

Whitney, Fine Art Maternity Shoot, Enumclaw, WA

Whitney my gorgeous friend and her soon to be third son, Liam met me at a sweet spot down the road from my family farm in Enumclaw.  As we explored the landscape, her 2nd boy, Ben trailed behind and played.  Of course he snuck into a few shots but the goal was to treat Whitney to a special feminine shoot before her boy-filled house gains another little boy.

As a fine-art maternity photographer, one of my favorite types of sessions is the solo-maternity photo shoot.  It's so rare that mamas get in the frame and it's so important.  I have so many ladies reach out to me for shoots saying they are the family's main photographer and they are hardly in any pictures.  Whitney, a burgeoning photographer is no exception.

How gorgeous is this mama?!!

Penny ~ 9 month Farm Session, Enumclaw, WA

It wasn't supposed to rain.  I know, I know, this is Enumclaw, but I checked the hour by hour forecast as I do before every family photography session, and it said 0% possibility of rain.  Well, guess what?  It rained.  Luckily, my clients are pros, pro pacific North Westerners that is, and they rolled with it.  

We tried waiting it out under a blanket, but in the end, headed back to the house for umbrellas.  At which point, it cleared up naturally.  

Penny didn't seem to mind.  At 9 months, smiley and happy, all she really wanted to do was show off her sitting up skills and play.  So play we did.

Penny's parents opted for a farm session.  A new type of session that I'm happy to be offering.  My family has a farm in Enumclaw that my husband, kids and I will be moving into next year.    No matter the time of year or time of day, the farm offers gorgeous settings for Lifestyle Family Portraits.