Finger Painting

What to Do When It All Goes Wrong at Your Seattle Family Photo Shoot

Last month, we had a tear-filled photo shoot with the Lieb family at Ferrel McWhirter Park in Redmond. They had a finger-painting adventure theme for their shoot and it turned into a total emotional melt down. As a Seattle family portrait photographer, we deal with crying babies ALL THE TIME. I want to reassure parents that this is all part of our job and there's no need to feel embarrassed, stressed or upset. We have tricks up our sleeve that make the whole thing more fun for everyone so you can end up with photos that are still happy memories. Here's a little insight from Camille Lieb who survived this crying photo shoot like a supermom!!

"As a mother of toddler twins I don’t have enough time, nor enough hands, to take good quality photos of my kids. That’s why The Happy Film Company is my hero! 

We have worked with Chamonix and her team a number of times now and each time I am blown away. We last used The Happy Film Company to capture my tiny loves turning two. The first important step was thinking of an activity that would keep the kiddos happy, that seems to be the easiest way to get real smiles.

Mother and son portrait  - the Happy Film Company - Seattle Family Photos

We decided to do our shoot at a park that had some farm animals. The idea was we would explore the animals, capture some family shots, and then set up some paint supplies in the park and let the babes make a mess! They love animals, they love paint, and boy do they love messes.

What could go wrong!? Well, the answer is- everything! Because everything that could go wrong, did go wrong. My fun-loving, energetic, balls of energy were whining, crying and rounding out their epic tantrums by throwing themselves (and their dress clothes- which next time i’ll skip!) in the dirt!

It really started to go downhill when I tried to take my son’s stuffed fox away from him not wanting it in the photos. Looking back I would have just let the fox join us, if fox would have made the little man happy, I should have just embraced the fox! Fox or not, The Happy Film Company didn’t miss a beat. Chamonix never lost her smile and just kept shooting all while assuring me that it wasn’t a total fail. It was so hard to believe her.

Mother and son portrait  - the Happy Film Company - Seattle Family Photos

I left the park that day exhausted and really let down. A day I had been so excited about had turned into my worst nightmare. But then… the pictures and slideshow arrived! Sure there were a number of drool and snot filled screaming faces but that’s real life with toddlers! What’s more exciting though is that by some work of magic Chamonix had captured small beautiful moments that were hidden between the tears. A kiss I shared with my little man, my husband comforting my daughter, or the four of us just sitting in the grass during one of the very few happy moments.

Looking at the photos now I laugh because they so perfectly capture what our life looks like with two two year olds. Its messy, and hard, but full of love, and that’s exactly what the Happy Film Company captured." 

-Camille Lieb 

Finger Painting Family Photo Shoot - Seattle Family Photographer

He'd been waiting all week to play with the paint but as soon as the camera appeared, Miles broke down into tear. Painting was no longer the most fun idea ever! But we went ahead with their shoot anyway of course and had a great time covering everyone in paint and cheering the kids up with pretty squiggles and brush strokes.

*This is the 3rd Seattle family photo shoot that we've done with the Fox family this year. They have a special package called "Baby's 1st Year" which includes 4 shoots to celebrate their daughter's first year of life. I'm so excited for Nora's 1 year celebration when we celebrate with photo shoot #4!

See their maternity photos. (Shoot 1)
See their newborn photos. (Shoot 2)

Thank you so much again Fox family for being awesome, adorable and so easy going! Can't wait to see you soon :)
xoxo Chamonix

Photographer: Chamonix
Location: Private Residence

Judi & Paisley's Finger Painting Photo Shoot at a Flower Farm - the Happy Film Company

Don't touch the bumblebees!!! Paisley was sneaking up on all the bees in the field of flowers and I bet they were scared out of their minds  - she was covered in all the colors of the rainbow and she was making ogre faces! Paisley and her mom Judi were at a beautiful flower farm in Woodinville, Wa spending a lovely afternoon finger painting in the sunshine. Judi is an art teacher and the two of them love getting messy together and creating colorful masterpieces! I had so much fun following them around, lying in the dusty dirt, trying not to get my camera covered in paint or be blinded by the sunshine. I loved it! Thank you so much Judi & Paisley for asking the Happy Film Company to do this beautiful mother-daughter photo session for you. You're two of the sweetest people I've ever met and I hope these pictures make you happy every time you look at them.

Chamonix of the Happy Film Company 
Location: Zante Flower Farm, Seattle, Wa
Time of Day: Morning

Check out our last Seattle family photo shoot with Emily and her puppy Hugo at Greenlake Park in Seattle!