Happy Father’s Day to all of you amazing dads out there! You make our lives better and we are lucky to have you!
It’s Important to Hold Your Photos
I am a BIG believer in being able to hold your photos. Call me old fashioned, but I think there’s something so special about being able to hold moments and memories in the palm of your hand. Plus, film just looks so beautiful on paper. That’s the main reason why ever single maternity, newborn and family session comes with a complementary set of 4x6 prints.
Another great way to create a tangible keepsake from your session is with custom photo albums! The cover of these albums are made of the highest quality fabrics, and the pages are thick and seamlessly printed on paper that’s meant to last several generations.
Products to Choose from
If you’re interested in ordering an album keepsake from your session, we have a few different options for you!
6x9 hardcover custom photo album with linen or leather cover $750
8x10 softcover custom photo album with photo cover $850
8x12 hardcover custom photo album with linen or leather cover $950
Set of 3 accordion albums with black fabric covers $95
The custom photo albums also include a complete set of digital files! Please note, accordion albums do not.
How to Order
For ordering a hardcover album, we recommend favoriting up to 10 images from your gallery to be in your album (usually three horizontal and four to six vertical images work well). For a softcover album (the ones with the photo covers), we recommend favoriting up to 20 images from your gallery, or across multiple galleries if you did a session bundle. From there we will create custom album spreads for you to preview and approve. Please note, we allow up to two design tweaks per album.
For ordering an accordion album, we ask that you favorite 10-12 photos from your gallery.
Cover colors, materials and further customization
Once you’ve decided on the photos you want in your album, now it’s time to choose the cover! We offer several colors in two different materials, linen and leather. Our favorites at the studio are linen in tundra and leather in blush, as you can see below!
If you’re interested in further customization (such as adding text or debossing), we are happy to accommodate for a small fee.
Here are all the colors and materials we offer:
Simple, Beautiful and Fast
Once your album is ordered, it usually takes 1-2 weeks to arrive to your door for you and your family to enjoy for years to come.
I have exactly one photo of myself with my twins from when they were babies.
My friend Della snapped it when I was sitting on the floor in my living room, unaware of her camera. If I had been aware, I probably would have told her not to take it.
I would have told her that I wasn’t ready to be in photos yet. That I still had too much baby weight. That I didn’t like my hair that day and that the babies were cuter then me anyhow, take their picture, not mine.
You see, my pregnancy was not an easy one. I went into labor the first time at 22 weeks and was put on hospital bed read until I delivered at 36 weeks. Being in the hospital for that long saved my babies (for which I’m eternally grateful), but it wrecked me.
My muscles atrophied. I gained over 100 pounds. I was scared and depressed.
Once the babies were born, I wasn’t allowed to leave the hospital until I could walk on my own around the hall- it took me a week to get there.
By the time I got home, I didn’t recognize myself.
I was weak. Exhausted. Heavier than I’d been in my life.
And I didn’t want my picture taken.
I didn’t like the way I looked postpartum. And I didn’t like the way I felt. My pregnancy had been hard. And it left me with a lot of emotional pain that I saw when I looked at photos of myself.
Why am I telling you all of this?
Because I want you to know I get it. When you come in for your newborn photos and tell me that you don’t want to be in any pictures, I get it! 100%.
But this is what I want to say to you, and what I wished someone would have said to me when my babies were little.
The photos we take are not for you.
They are for your baby.
And when that baby grows up and looks at those pictures, they are not going to see that you are tired, or that you look heavy, or that your hair wan’t perfect that day.
They will see their mother, who they love.
I have exactly one photo of myself with my twins from when they were babies.
And it’s my biggest regret.
I wish I had photos that told my story to give to them.
To show what I went through because I loved them so much and wanted them so badly.
Was I over weight? Yep! Because I had made TWO people… at the same time!!! That is nothing to be ashamed of!
Was my body weak? Yes!! I had spent almost four month in a bed in an effort to keep them safe. That is was mothers do!
Was I exhausted? Absolutely. I had two newborn babies! Being tired is normal!
I wish I had photos to show what a warrior I was.
I wish I had been proud and brave instead of feeling like I needed to hide myself until I was perfect.
There is no perfect.
Especially when you’re a parent. And thats okay.
My children deserve to see that.
Yours do too.
So when you tell me you don’t want to be in the photos, I get it, but I will urge you to be in them anyway.
I will remind you that these photos are for your baby, not for you, and that they will want them someday.
And I will let you leave, knowing that I’ve done my job. You may not like your photos now, or even in a year or two… but someday you will cherish them.
I’m been a family photographer for almost twenty years.
Before that I was a preschool and kindergarten teacher.
I’m also a mother to twin boys.
At this point in my life I feel it’s safe to say that I “get” kids. And one thing that I know for sure is this… sometimes children, especially toddlers, don’t do what you want them to do!
Shocking, I know!
I also know that this particular character trait can be REALLY frustrating, especially at a photoshoot! So let me tell you how I handle toddlers who do NOT want to cooperate.
I Never Force Them To Do Something They Don’t Want To Do
I have learned over the years that the best way to bring on a meltdown is to try to get a toddle to do something they don’t want to do. So if your toddlers is giving me a hard no, I will respect that.
What I’ve found is when we don’t force the issue, they usually come around.
For example, in the photos below, the mom really wanted a picture of her toddler with the new baby.
Her toddler however, was NOT interested.
So instead of forcing the issue. We just waited. Eventually he decided that he was a little curious about what we were doing. I asked him questions about himself and about the baby. Things like “can you show me where your ear is? Can you show me where the baby’s ear is?”… and eventually we get the shots!
I Try to Make The Photoshoot Fun
I always have lots of toys and things for your toddler to do at the studio. Most of the time, it takes older kids a few minutes to warm up to me, and having fun activities for them to engage with is a great way to get them loosened up and ready for pictures!
I Have LOTS of Stickers and Lollipops
Because a little bribery never hurts, I have a tons of stickers and lollipops on hand!
I Have a Sense of Humor
Like I said, I’ve worked with kids for a really long time. So if your child doesn’t cooperate or has a little melt down, please do not worry about me or what I think. I get it. I’m a mom too!
Remember, photos are meant to capture your child as they are now. There is now right and no wrong. And I’ve been doing this for a really long time… I’m confident that we will get photos you will love!
There is nothing like those first few days at home with your new baby.
So full of love. So full of awe! And SO tired! Ha! I remember it well!
It’s seems like everything you do, even just simple every day tasks, is new. No longer can you just go hop in your car and run to the store, for example. Now you have to get the baby ready, fed, diaper changed, in the carseat, buckled… then you can go out to the car and to the store. It can all be overwhelming to say the least.
I recommend that families come in for their newborn photos within the first 10 days. And I know how hard it can be to just make it out the door in the early days! So let me help make it a little easier by sharing what you need to know to prepare for your newborn photo session.
How to Prepare Your Baby
Try to change and feed the baby right before you leave. A dry and well fed baby will likely fall asleep in the car on the way to the studio, and I’m REALLY good at being able to get sleeping babies out of the carseat and onto the bed at my studio without waking them up!
Most babies who come to the studio asleep will stay asleep for their entire session!
How To Dress Your Baby
Don’t worry about bringing fancy outfits. I find that newborns are best photographed in a simple swaddle or in just their diaper. So save yourself the trouble, and leave the outfits at home.
Feel Free To Bring Heirlooms And Special Items
Yes, I know I just said that I prefer to photograph babies in just their diapers, but if you have the blanket you came home from the hospital in or if Grandma spent eight month hand making something special for the baby…. bring them! Those things are important and I will do my best to incorporate them into your photos.
Expect To Be In The Photos
I always take a few photos of the parents with their new baby at each session, so come prepared! I find that neutral colors work best, and try to stay away from clothing with patters or logos.
Have Fun (And A Sense Of Humor)
My goal is to have your newborn session be relaxing and fun, but sometime newborns have their own plans.
If your baby cries. If they pee or poop on the studio bed, or even on me…. it’s okay!! I’ve been working with newborns for almost 20 years, and I’m the mother of twins. I’ve seen it all and nothing phases me… I promise.
Your photo session is a time to celebrate your baby and your new family! So enjoy it!
Oh, And One More Thing
If despite your best made plans, things happen and you’re running late, no worries… just give me a call or shoot me a text to let me know!
And if you have any other questions about now to prepare, fell free to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I often get emails from clients concerned about the fact that I shoot in the studio. Their worry is that if they come in to the same location year after year, their photos will all look the same. Wouldn’t it be better to visit a new location each year for variety?
Now, I know that I’m a little biased. I LOVE studio photography! But I also think there are real benefits to having studio portraits done every year.
For one, it’s a great way to see and compare the changes in your children.
In a studio, there are no distractions. The focus is just on your kids and your family and the simple backdrop I use in the studio allows them to be the focus, not the location.
I also love the consistency! My goal is to always produce one or two images at each session that will be printed and hung on a wall. A wall display of studio images throughout the years is beautiful to me. Clean and timeless!
And as for the concern that your photos will all look the same, remember that your kids are constantly growing. Each time you come into the studio they will be in a differently place in their lives. So while you will have consistency in the style of your images, your photos will never look the same because your family won’t look the same. Each year there is something new to capture.
So don’t worry. If you, like me, love the timeless look of studio photography, just go with it! And image what a great collection of family photos you will have to share with your kids when they grow up! I personally can’t think of anything better!
2016 family session:
2017 family session:
2018 family session:
2018 was a big year for me!
I traveled around the country teaching other professionals about business, film and light. I worked along side of a handful of other amazing photographers to Beta test Kodak’s new Ektachrome 100. And, most importantly, I photographed hundreds of families, babies and individuals!
I’ve said it over and over again… I truly have the best clients! And 2018 was no exception.
To all the families who entrusted me with their photos, I want to say thank you! It is always such an honor to work with you! And I look forward to seeing you again in 2019!
That's right… Santa is back in Seattle! Here’s your chance to dress your kids up in those cute holiday outfits and make sure they get their letters and wish lists to the big guy himself!
Santa is joining us in the studio on Saturday, November 24th to spread a little holiday cheer! This magical five-minute session with Santa is $105 for the sitting fee, online gallery, and digital files from your session or $75 for just the sitting fee and online gallery. All you have to do is select the date/time to reserve your spot and pay when you get here!
If you need a little outfit inspiration, check out this Pinterest board for cute fall and holiday looks!
As always, we will be using this event to give back to our community. This year we will be collecting donations of food, socks, underwear and toys for the Greenwood Family Works Food and Resource Center.
We're excited to see you there!!
Sandra & Santa
It’s that time of year again, friends!
Cozy sweaters, foggy mornings, changing leaves. Oh how I love Fall in Seattle. What better way to jump into the season than to schedule your holiday mini session? Scroll down to learn more and to reserve your spot before they’re gone!
Family Mini Sessions
On November 10th and 11th, I will be hosting mini sessions at my Greenwood studio. These fun 15-minute sessions are great for holiday cards and family portraits! The price of a mini session is $175: non-refundable deposit of $50 saves your session date/time and $100 is due at the session!
Digital files, albums and gift prints can be added to your package at the time of the session.
Santa in Seattle
Santa is taking a day off from the North Pole to join us in the studio on November 24th and to spread a little holiday cheer! This magical five-minute session with Santa is $105 for the sitting fee, online gallery, and digital files from your session or $75 for just the sitting fee and online gallery. All you have to do is select the date/time to reserve your spot and pay when you get here!
Can’t wait to see you there!
Pregnancy is an amazing time and there is no better way to celebrate it than with a portrait session!
To get the most out of your session however, there are a few things you should know.
When is the best time to come in for a maternity session?
It really just depends on how big you would like your baby bump to be in your photos. I recommend, any time between 29 weeks to 36 weeks.
Just don’t wait too long, you’d hate to go into labor and miss your shoot. And yes, this happens!
Try to avoid wearing anything that will leave a mark
When we’re pregnant, our bodies retain a lot of extra fluid which means things like elastic waistbands, socks and elastic hair bands worn around your wrist will leave a mark on your skin. We want you skin to look as smooth as possible, so avoid anything elastic!
The tighter the better
Loose maternity clothing is super comfortable, but doesn’t always look great in photos. When it come to your maternity portraits, remember, the tighter the clothes, the better! We want to show off that belly!
Don’t be afraid to show some skin
Nude and semi nude maternity images are often my favorite! I have all the fabric we need for draping and will always photograph you in a tasteful and beautiful way! So take advantage of the studio setting, and show a little skin!
Husbands, partners, kids and wives…. The more the merrier
I’m often ask if other family members can be in some of the photos and the answer is YES! These are your portraits and your moment to celebrate this amazing time in your life. So you can include anyone you would like to in your photos!