Is it officially spring? If yesterday was any indication with this wonderful Seattle family portrait, I think we're finally off to a great start.
A bittersweet portrait session for me as these friends and clients that I have worked with the past three years are moving out of state. Their lively and natural instincts bode well on this sunstruck day and we created some gorgeous portaits with the beautiful soft glow of filtered dusk light.
We wish you all the best in your new adventure and hope you come back and visit us even when its rainy. Thanks N&S (P.S. I'm getting my skis ready.)
One of the first questions during our consultation meeting is to establish preference to color or black and white images. Even though many are partial to the classic timeless look of black and white, when you have a family of redheads, the choice is clear. (My dear friend and client Pam and I have an annual running joke with this question as her redhead family portraits just sing with color.)
I love working with this wonderful strawberry blonde/red head Seattle family these past few years. Mom is always organized and ready to go with great ideas...I can't wait to meet their new-newborn this spring.....hopefully another redhead.
I can finally breathe a sigh or relief for a monment, just sent my family's Christmas card to print....I know only a week away. My Boston contingent may be seeing it in 2011.
I am always holding off posting family portraits this time of the year as I don't want to spoil any surprises, but I think we are safe with this one. Here's some family portraits taken a way-way back at the Seattle Center with a dear friend of mine and a wonderful wedding photographer Melanie Blair. Merry Christmas M&T, I am looking forward to you photographing my family next year for our card.
We've been so busy this fall workgin with our great clients, we missed our blog postings !! Here's to starting back up with the blog for Seattle portraits and with these gorgeous newborns. Thanks J &D and especially for Grandpa, an award winning professional photographer, from Tennessee who hired me for his family !! Enjoy your first big Holiday together.....
Living in Seattle is pretty awesome...well most of the time. Whether you chose to move here or grew up in this amazing location, it is a beautiful, eclectic and wonderful combination of nature and city life. Of course there is that one little weather challenge we do occasionally (ahem) encounter. Although it has delayed some of our recent Seattle family portrait sessions, in general the rain and clouds add a unique and wonderful characteristic to our Seattle and Eastside portrait location photography. Here are just a few reasons why:The wet stuff has created the most lush scenery for your outdoor child or family portrait in Seattle. Beaches are scenic and cool urban scenes are eclectic and contemporary, but when you think of outdoors and the Pacific NW, the color green is the rainbow color that smacks of Seattle. (the nickname, Emerald City mean anything) (And yes sometimes I usually pack my trusty green woolly blanket to protect our pants from the leftover waterfall.)
Clouds = gorgeous soft lighting. Bright light = harsh shadows and squinting. Clouds and haziness act like a giant softbox. Nature photography-give me F16 and bright sun...Portraits,cloudy days and throw that F2 lens on and we'll really shine for your children's portraits.
This one is a bit more on the long term benefit: smoother skin. At the risk of offending other parts of the country, we've got a few less wrinkles. That soft drizzly rain acts like a daily moisturizer, (Plus makes for less "photoshop" time for me.)
Wait a minute and the weather will change: The forecast can be wildly off a substantial amount of time here. Not only that, but what may be rain in one part of town, could be sunny skies in another area. I typically have not had to reschedule outdoor sessions,(exception this past month) as the skies typically will clear up after a morning drizzle. Call it adventurous or just downright optimistic, I usually wait until a couple hours before rescheduling.
So although the rain does pose challenges to outdoor photography, in general if you are willing to capture great images of your children and family give me a call and I'll walk you through the steps for a magical outdoor portrait courtesy of our Seattle precipitation abundance. (And don't forget we have a great natural light studio for wonderful images too just in case it actually is a downpour.)
Wait...is that the sun I see peeking in my window ?
We've had a bit more rain in the northwest this month. Undaunted by cloudy weather last night, the family session went forward and we had amazing portraits. The clouds really helped our WA "evergreen" to shine through. Their family portrait was truly spectacular. (we'll have some more later). Here are a couple of images of the boys and their friendly creatures from last night's session.
Thanks C and J for making a wonderful family session can't wait to show you the rest of the fabulous images.
It was a joy to work with this family. We lucked out with great weather and they were inventive and agreeable to our adventures during our downtown Seattle Urban portrait session. Their holiday cards from the session were a smash with their friends "look like it should be in a magazine." We have set the bar very high for next year. Thanks O and S..
I often photograph siblings together, and as one of six children I know how loving yet intense those relationships can be. To that end, the goal during a sibling session is to find the unique personality of each child while still maintaining a vision of them together. The challenge is to keep everyone entertained throughout to achieve that end.
Fortunately in this sibling Seattle Portrait session, we had great parents who worked brilliantly to encourage, entertain, and lighten up at key times to create these great images. Big Sis and little bro also played off each other so well. It was so cool to see how much they like each other. With a little direction here and there we were able to work some great looks with both of them. Thanks R. and F.
It's that time of year for portrait photographers across America whom are furiously working to meet their Christmas deadlines. Thankfully T. in Portland has been gracious while I have been editing and getting these images ready to finally post.
Another of the Portland Urban Safari sessions, it was slightly daunting to scout and create portraits in a completely new environment, but once I honed in on a spot,I felt like I was right at home. We discovered these wonderful city backdrops and caught a glowing reflective building light from the setting sun.
Thanks again T., your family was wonderful. Next time we've all got to go to get some of those voodoo donuts to reward everyone !!!