Family Photographer Seattle

Why You Want to Work with the Same Family Photographer Every Year - Seattle Family Photography at Volunteer Park

Here at the Happy Film Company, I'm used to the smell of diapers and sticky little fingers reaching for my camera. The little kids are our specialty but every now and again a family rolls through with big kids (sometimes even teenagers) and I get to have actual conversations with the kids I'm photographing. It's fascinating for me to watch how the children interact with me through the camera - always more playful and comfortable than their parents haha. I'm so excited for the day when the little babies I'm photographing now will be bigger, talking and telling me stories and running around with me.

When I started this happy photography & video company for families in Seattle, I was so excited about photographing cute babies and I never anticipated that the coolest part of the job would be the growing up part. I have the most fun and naturally end up taking the best photos for the families that I get to see multiple times a year.

So if you're looking for a family photographer that you can call regularly whenever you need (or want, let's be honest lol) photos and someone who's going to not only remember your kids names but be bouncing up and down with excitement to be there at their birthday parties and create family artwork that captures and celebrates their whole childhood, gimme a call. You can ask me any questions or book your shoot straight through this website. If we've never worked together before, consider booking a mini session - they happen every month, they're quick and easy, more affordable and a fab way for us to get to know each other! I look forward to hearing from you!! xx Chamonix

LOCATION: Volunteer Park, Seattle

Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill is one of the most photogenic parks for Seattle family photography. There are big grassy fields, cool statues, a fun building to climb up to the top and view the city, a giant greenhouse conservatory and flowers in springtime. There's always tons of easy parking and on a weekend morning, even with all the runners and photographers milling about, there is always tons of space for private photos. It's also a super easy location for mostly everyone coming from all directions in the city. 

How to Photograph Families Organically - Seattle Family Photography with Evergreen Trees at St. Edward Park

When I first started photographing families in Seattle, I would give lots of instructions on how to pose and what to do. I would be talking a lot of the time to make sure everyone felt comfortable and never awkward. The photos turned out great but I was always in control. Then one day, my husband and I got photographed and the photographer hardly said a word. We felt unsure and slightly uncomfortable but after a while we just realized that was how it was going to be and so we started talking, playing around and just hugging. Those were my favorite photos because it was us just being ourselves, not posed, not following orders, just us chilling while a camera hovered around to capture whatever we decided to do. It was refreshingly authentic.

the Happy Film Company - St. Edwards Park - Seattle Family Photography - Family walking down path holding hands with brick building

So I brought that little trick back to my own photography toolbox. Nowadays when I'm photographing families for the Happy Film Company, I give some instructions (to make sure everyone still feels comfortable and understands that they can do whatever they want) and then from there, I leave it up to the parents and kids to just enjoy time together. If they kids are feeling cuddly, then we just cuddle. If they get antsy, we'll start running. It's way less about getting a perfect pose, and way more about creating a comfortable environment so everyone feels free to do whatever they want together and then the photos turn out with a little extra sprinkle of happiness...because everything that happened was organic. Plus, it's stimulating my creativity because instead of trying to come up with new poses (which usually just end up looking stiff, I start searching for new ways to approach the same old stuff, new angles, new camera settings, new breathing techniques to stay focused behind the camera and notice little details I was overlooking (because I was so focused on silly poses). 

This photo shoot with the Weaver family at St. Edward State Park in Kenmore, WA was full of organic playfulness. I just sent them into the woods and asked them to do whatever the girls felt like doing. So they climbed on the bench, dragged a big log, swung in the air, raced around and made pirate faces. Easy-peasy. Thank you so much Weaver's for bring so much joy to your shoot. I'm excited to see you again soon! Happy holidays :) xx Chamonix & tHFC Ladies

Photographer: Chamonix
Location: St. Edward Park, Kenmore WA

Taking your Seattle family photos at St Edward Start Park in Kenmore, Washington is perfect if you love the idea of evergreen trees, forest trails, a big open grassy field to running around in, a beautiful brick monastery, and if you're willing to take a longer walk for it, the beach of Lake Washington.  Most of the photo shoots we do here are forest based. The Weaver's have moved around the country a lot and they were excited to take pictures with the big green trees, so we did their photo shoot in the middle of the field where I could capture the treeline in the background. There is lots of parking at this location but you are required to have a Discovery Pass ($30) or pay for a day pass ($10).