My name is Chamonix and I'm a family portrait photographer & filmmaker in Seattle. I started the Happy Film Company in 2013 to celebrate family love, childhood and playfulness and since then my team and I have photographed over 1,000 families in the Seattle area. These days, it’s just me behind the camera (so I’ll be the one taking your photos) but I do have ladies helping me in the office which means we can offer faster customer service & turn around times! My office manager, Cherry, will happily answer your questions: hello@thehappyfilmcompany.com

Many families hire us for the first time for their maternity and newborn photos (it’s the first time they’re thinking about portraits) and we like working together so much that then end up coming back multiple times every year as the kids grow up. Enough time has gone by that the babies I photographed in my first year of business are now inviting me to their dinosaur birthday parties and remembering my name. I knew from the beginning that family photography was going to be an adventure into people’s personal lives and I’m still surprised and warmed in my heart when I realize that the pictures I take are actually treasured pieces of artwork for these families. Sometimes, I walk into a family’s living room and I see a portrait I took for them years prior and I can’t quite describe the feeling that hits me other than surreal; after all, every photo I take for you is actually one of my memories, something I saw in my life that I thought was beautiful and worth capturing.

I have photographed many things in my career including weddings, fashion and jewelry campaigns, corporate events, commercials, boudoir and glamour, and in my eyes (or perhaps I ought to say ‘through my lens’) none of these genres holds a candle to the simple, pure, joy of photographing childhood and the love between family members. My favorite moment to take a photo is when a family is sitting together, squished so closely their arms are entangled, squeezing tighter and tighter until somebody starts tickling somebody and they all squirm and break into laughter together. This is my favorite photograph to give to families — I feel like I’m handing them a moment of the purest most beautiful love. No one is posing or thinking about cameras; they’re focused on having fun together and making each other happy. That’s what my perfect photo shoot feels like.

In addition to still photography, I also create videos so families can watch their photo shoot in action, and see how they look playing together. The video captures all the subtle mannerisms, interactions and unfolding moments that bring memories and personalities to life. I explain to people that the photographs are great for hanging on the wall, something to appreciate daily, and the videos are something to go back to every year or so to revitalize memories and bring a smile to your face. Kids especially love the videos. I hear many families say that if their kids aren’t watching Frozen or Moana on repeat, they’ll be watching their videos from the Happy Film Company over and over and over again. Children love watching these videos now and I can only imagine what a precious keepsake they’ll be as they grow into adults partly because it’s fun to see what you looked like as a kid, but more importantly because your children will love seeing how you played with them. They will love to see how you looked when you were a young mom & dad, throwing them around and laughing together.

Family photography is the most lasting, meaningful thing I can probably do with my camera and I am deeply excited when I receive a booking form through the website. This is a fun, warm, personal experience and I do my best to keep it simple and comfortable for you. When you’re ready to book a photo shoot with me, fill out this booking form. Most families can get on our calendar within 2 weeks. If it rains we reschedule. Yes, you can bring your dog or cat or ferret (I’ve actually never photographed a ferret before but I’m down). If you refer a friend make sure they mention your name because we do offer reward rewards (you both save money on your next photo shoot). — See you soon! Chamonix

If you have questions, please send me an email:  hello@thehappyfilmcompany.com