Farrel McWhirter Park - Playing in the Forest and the Swings Seattle Family Photography

I used to go on field trips to this park when I was a kid and I have happy memories of catching minnows in solo cups. haha Now I photograph families here sometimes. Here are my fave photos from the Carter Family's photo shoot earlier this month at Farrel McWhirter Park in Redmond <3 Chamonix

Location: Farrel McWhirter Park, Redmond, WA

Summer Picnic at Volunteer Park - Seattle Family Photography

A bouquet of lavender, a selection of doughnuts, fresh fruit, summer flowers and storybooks. Lauren is great at preparing for their family photo shoots. The Sor family always invites me out on fun photo shoot adventures and they pay attention to the little details that make a big different in the photos; wear yellow dresses and bring yellow flowers, have the girls wear leather shoes that match dad’s leather shoes, have each child match each parent’s (dad and one girl is in blue and mom and the other girl is in yellow), carry everything in a picnic basket and also have little baskets that you can spread out to hold your food…the list goes on.

None of this though is as important as the actual human story and connection that we’re celebrating. They chose to take photos at Volunteer Park because it’s where Lauren used to have summer picnics with her grandparents when she was a kid. This photo shoot was celebrating Zoe’s 1st birthday. The entire shoot revolved around laughter and playing with the girls; tasting vegetables, reading cute stories, racing across the grass. I love when parents pay attention to detail because it enhances the photos BUT I want to be very clear that it’s not the stylized details that make photos amazing or special.

It’s easy to think that a ‘good photo’ is all about matching outfits, a perfect pose and golden hour light but we’re totally missing the point if we get so obsessed or perfectionist about making it look pretty (and keeping everyone pretty, clean and sitting up straight) during the shoot that you are tense and don’t actually have fun. I’ve had a lot of stiff “must smile perfectly” families step in front of my camera over the years and it always makes me frustrated and sad. I want to run in and ruffle up their hair and make silly faces at the kids. Thank goodness though because over the years, the vibes I’ve been putting out have attracted the most wonderful families and now 99% of my photo shoots are with families that appreciate style while also showing up with big smiles, laid-back fun loving energy and overflowing love for their kids. Thank you so much you guys, Sor family and others, for bringing your beautiful energy to these shoots that fill up my schedule. I love having you as clients and I’m so grateful I get to take photos of beautiful summer evenings like this. 🖤 LOVE Chamonix

Location: Volunteer Park, Capitol Hill, Seattle
Activity: Summer Picnic

Father Daughter Portraits in a Dandelion Field - Redmond Family Photographer

I have been excited to photograph a father-daughter shoot since day one of the Happy Film Company and finally today the sun was shining and it happened! Paul & Neela were playing tag, picking dandelions & patiently waiting for bunny rabbits to hop out and say hello. I gave very little direction apart from "Run through the grass and have a good time." and I just let them play together. It was actually 'Take Your Daughter to Work Day' and this was their morning activity together before going into the office. Perfect! Most of the time I'm photographing families as an entire group with everyone present; obviously this makes sense because if you're going to spend money on family portraits, you kinda want to have the whole family there, right? So why pay for just a shoot with just one parent and the kids...or one parent and one kid...or just parents...or just kids? Simple answer. Relationships are dynamic and different. Father-daughter time is a very different vibe than mother-daughter or entire family together time. You can capture the special nature of each individual relationship. Understandably, it isn't financially possible for everyone to book full photo shoots for every relationship within the family - too pricey. So instead, consider using our mini sessions or our new POP-UP shoots for this. These shorter shoots are more affordable and we do them often so you can rotate through the family.