Seattle Family Photography City Locations: Volunteer Park - Capitol Hill

Can you believe it's been a year since we took the Peterson family's maternity and newborn photos? For this special photo shoot we explored Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill. We played tag under the trees, climbed inside the giant doughnut statue (that has a cool view of the Space Needle) and sniffed the pretty flowers. My favorite moment was when Gwendolyn learned how to do jumping jacks and then she counted off and led her parents in a jumping jack marathon!

If you're looking for Seattle family photos in the city with a touch of nature, Volunteer Park has got all the charm and greenery you could dream of. There are beautiful flower bushes, giant leafy trees, and huge grass fields you can run across. Plus, there's the glass conservatory full of exotic jungle and desert plants (perfect for rainy days). 

Thank you so much Peterson family for a year full of happy photos! I hope to continue capturing your playful silly moments as the kids grow bigger! Lots of springtime love -- Chamonix & tHFC Ladies

Photographer: Chamonix
Location: Volunteer park

Juanita Beach Park - Seattle Family Preemie Baby Photography

I met the Hoffman family at Juanita Beach Park for their Seattle family photo shoot, scheduled specifically to celebrate baby Emmett, who was a preemie and is now fully healthy & ready to strike a pose for the camera! Emmett's mamma booked a family photo shoot with the Happy Film Company this spring and brought along a special canvas of a photograph taken of Emmett when he was born. It was so exciting to see his growth and to see him beside this photo - what a contrast! Here's a little note from Emmett's family about their preemie experience:

"On May 18, at just 26 weeks pregnant, I checked into labor and delivery because things just didn't feel right. I half-expected them to send me home. After determining I had a slow amniotic leak and was in active labor, I was given magnesium to stop things. But Emmett had other plans and was born just a few hours later. He weighed 1 lb. 14 oz at birth, and was 13 inches long. The next 98 days were some of the hardest of our lives. When people describe the NICU experience as a roller coaster, they aren't exaggerating. Fear, frustration, love, hope, joy, anticipation -- just a few of the many emotions we experienced. My husband and I took turns sleeping at the hospital with Emmett and staying home with our three year-old, trying to keep life as normal as possible for him. We celebrated every gram gained, every milliliter eaten, every step toward breathing on his own -- and we cried with every step backward. Everyone warned us, "two steps forward, one step back" is the NICU mantra. But those steps back were still really, really hard. Those days were the longest. And then one day, we were told we could take him home. And just like that, we did. Now that we are home, the NICU feels like a distant memory, despite the fact that it once felt like a nightmare that would never end. I am so proud of our little fighter and I can't imagine our lives without him."

Photographer: Chamonix
Location: Juanita Beach Park

Did you know the Happy Film Company volunteers with Preemie Prints? It's a special organization that connects photographers with preemie families who are excited to celebrate their babies recoveries!

Pike Place Market and Post Alley Couples Portraits - Seattle Family Photography

Taylor & Zach were ecstatic to be visiting Seattle from Texas! What a treat to spend the morning with them at Pike Place Market and show them this beautiful city I call home. We avoided the March drizzle and explored the bubblegum wall, Post Alley and peered in the windows at Beechers cheese. As much as I have fun with kids at photo shoots, it sure is nice every now and then to run around the city with two adults who do whatever I ask and we get to have actual conversations during the shoot since we aren't getting interrupted by the little ones. ha! If you and your honey haven't been photographed (just the two of you) in a while, give me a call and lets go spend an hour exploring town, talking about good sushi restaurants & taking adorable happy pictures :) Trust me, without the kids, photo shoots can actually be stress free and a really fun date idea! Thank you so much Taylor & Zach for being such a delight. I hope the rest of your time in Seattle in magical! :) xx Chamonix & tHFC Ladies

Photographer: Chamonix
Adventure: City Walk
Location: Pike Place Market (Seattle)