If you're having a baby in Seattle and looking for a community of friends to help support you through this exciting and challenging chapter of your life... you absolutely have to check out PEPS - Program for Early Parent Support.
We've been partnering with PEPS for two years; photographing their small group meetings, their annual luncheon and becoming friends with the many PEPS families we meet. Many of the families we've met through PEPS have become regular clients of the Happy FIlm Company and we've been there to photograph their kids as they grow from newborns into toddlers.
We've also had the treat of photographing "grown-up PEPS groups" too - groups that have been meeting for up to 10 years and they now have kids of multiple ages. These PEPS reunion group photo shoots are such a beautiful way to celebrate the life long relationships that have been built around the PEPS community. We love it!
WHAT IS PEPS?
"Since 1983, the Program for Early Parent Support (PEPS), a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization has helped parents connect and grow as they begin their journey into parenthood. PEPS parent support programs educate, inform and create community. We've become a vital resource for new mothers and new fathers in the Puget Sound region, with parent groups serving thousands of families annually.
Each session of 12 weekly PEPS meetings brings parents together to share the joys and challenges of parenthood, and develop confidence in their own abilities. PEPS stands apart from other new moms groups or dad support groups by providing ongoing neighborhood-based resources and peer education, facilitated by trained volunteers. During one of the most vulnerable periods for new parents, PEPS provides immediate and accessible support, creating "extended families" that often last a lifetime."