All the Best Locations For Your Family Photography Session

Location, location, location!  I'm lucky in that my job takes me to some pretty spectacular places!  As a family photographer with out a studio, the locations can play a big role in our final product.  But living in the PNW, we have some of the most amazing scenic places to choose from.  I love that there is always something new and exciting on the horizon, also, I get to hang out with really cool people and cute kids!

I definitely have my favorite places to shoot, and I'll share a few just in case you are stumped on where to schedule your next session.

Beaches

From North Seattle, to South Tacoma, and with many lakes all around.  Shooting near water is a favorite of mine.  I show up to most shoots year round in my rain boots and I'm not afraid to play in the water if you aren't.

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Wooded Areas

#ihavethisthingwithtrees.  Perhaps it comes from growing up in the woods of Northern California near the redwoods.  I feel a real affinity with trees and very much at home in the woods.  Warn me if you are afraid of heights though because I will probably ask you to get in the tree.  Who wants to climb with me?

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Wide Open Spaces

Let's breathe some fresh air, take a walk, and find some spectacular light.  Wide open spaces enable me to find the best light and not have to worry about the backdrop.  This allows us the freedom to play, and I'm all about the play!

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Your Home

We can relax without worrying about packing up the kids and getting in the car.  A leisurely in-home lifestyle shoot can sometimes be the best way for your kids to get into the groove of things.  They love showing me their rooms and all their favorite toys.  If it's nice out, a walk around the block is always a also great way to shake the sillies off.

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Rain Plan, I've got you covered!

Let's be honest, it rains a lot here.  As a lifestyle photographer, I don't provide a studio but I have collected a long list of covered places to shoot, and if you don't mind a little drizzle, I am happy to shoot in the weather as well.  I always bring 2 clear domed umbrellas along with me, or we can reschedule to your home.  Regardless, the main focus of any shoot is you, your family, your love, and your connection.  That is what I want to capture!

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Contact me to find the perfect location in your neighbornood!

Kelly ~ Maternity Session ~ Maple Valley

I met Kelly in our kids Co-op preschool.  Co-op is a wonderful way to make mama friends as you are all bonding over shared experiences.  I was so excited when she became pregnant with her 2nd daughter and it meant I got to document the whole experience for her family.  Maternity, Birth and Newborn sessions were to follow.

They lived in a round house in Maple Valley, or as her engineer husband, Chris liked to remind us it was a heptadecadon, as it actually has 17 sides.  The wooded area behind the house was perfect for some frolicking with nature.  So this, the first of three shoots, was a classic in-home lifestyle session with a twist, in that we basically had the woods surrounding the property all to ourselves.

Ayla, their daughter had no trouble warming up to me and my camera, since I always brought it to pre-school, she knew me well, and was very comfortable.  These are my favorite kind of lifestyle sessions, just friends, hanging out in their natural habitat.

Sadly, these friends have moved out of state, but i count myself lucky that I got to document a small slice of their family journey.

The month of May ~ Personal Work

We are coming off the rainiest spring in 122 years here in the Seattle.  Spring has actually been kind of amazing.  The light is crazy between storms.  I'd love to bottle that.  But it's been hard to get outside to shoot with all the crazy weather.  

I made an effort this month to get out there whenever possible.  A few outings have involved hiding under trees for storms to pass, but it's been fun to shoot on a regular basis, all personal work, mostly of my kids, which has been hard to find the time since they started kindergarten in the fall.

Here is a few of my faves from May, a month of inspiration.  Oh and hey, the month is not over yet.

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Jojo ~ Mother/Daughter Session ~ Rattlesnake Lake

I first met Jojo's mama, Alaina shortly after we both became mothers to twins.  Our husbands knew each other through work and we were due within 2 weeks of each other.  the 8 of us went out to lunch and needless to say, were quite the spectacle in the restaurant.  Anyone who is a new parent knows that it's nice to have a friend or two going through the same things, and especially as a first time parent to twins, Alaina and I certainly had a lot to bond over!

Fast forward to a few years later, Alaina and Phil have welcomed Jojo in to their brood!  Her two older brothers adore her and she's just the sweetest thing!  Our last lifestyle session was the whole family, but for this years update, the boys decided to stay at home So Alaina and Jojo could have a special girls day with a Mother/Daughter adventure Session.

We met up in February at Rattlesnake lake, a beautiful lake in North Bend that is famous for it's eerie tree trunks sticking up out of the water.  Unexpectedly, we were treated to some light snow. We let Jojo explore and lead the way!  I think she enjoyed having her mama all to herself.

This girl had me at those curls and those sweet cheeks!  

Mama Love Giveaway ~ Free Session ~ Seattle/ Tacoma

Here's one for the mamas!

In honor of Mother's day, I will be giving away one free photo session!  Let me capture the connection and love between you and your littles, Dads can come to the session too!

The session can be Maternity, Newborn, or Family. A one hour session, in the Seattle/Tacoma area, completely free of charge. And I'll even throw in 10 Full Res digital files.

All I need from you in return is to:

1. Sign up for my newsletter here--> http://eepurl.com/6PGy1

2. Like my Instagram page here--> http://instagram.com/sarahlandaphotography

3 Tag a friend who would be interested in this opportunity

I'll announce the winner on Friday, May 12th!!