Pike Place Market

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)

Easy Steps For a More Dynamic Family Photo Shoot

Recently, we wrote an article "How to Take Good Photos of Kids at Tourist Attractions" for Marcie in Mommyland - a travel blog for parents managed by Marcie Cheung - one of our wonderful regular clients at the Happy Film Company. Sydnie (one of our photographers) met Marcie and family at Pike Place Market, ready to take on the crowds and capture some Seattlesque family portraits to accompany the blog post. Here is a screen recording of my (Chamonix) giving Sydnie feedback on her photography work from this shoot.

In this video you'll see that I'm hammering in the concept of shooting for variety. When taking pictures of families, especially when there is so much going on the in background as well as adorable close-up details, it's important to MOVE YOUR FEET!

To zoom in for details, walk up close to your clients - shove the camera right in their faces. When I get super close to families I make sure I'm talking & engaging with them the whole time so they don't feel awkward that I'm in their personal bubble. Getting up so close is great for storytelling and creating a powerful photo collection because it draws attention to details that a viewer might easily overlook if looking at a scene from a middle or far away distance.

Then run far away and take pictures that show off the scenery. Before running away though I always tell clients what to do - so they aren't left wondering. I'll say something like "I'm going to run all the way over there to take pictures that show off the scenery. While I'm over there, you guys just keep cuddling and kissing until I get back." This is super important because you never want them to feel confused or awkward about what they should be doing.

When you take all three kinds of photos (super close up, medium/standard portrait, and super far away) you can place them side by side to create a powerful diptych - two picture collage. Diptychs (and larger collages) tell stories - showing off the location, the personalities, the cute details etc... So as a photographer, we need to be moving around a lot and thinking about how we will display our work as a finished project (in a photo album or a wall collage). 

At the Happy Film Company we are constantly studying our pictures to figure out how we can do better next time. We appreciate that our clients trust us to take their family photos and we are excited to share the behind-the-scenes look into how we are pushing ourselves to improve. Our photographers regularly receive creative and technical feedback on their work from Chamonix, the Happy Film Company's owner & lead photographer. Sometimes we publish the photographer's critique videos on our blog as a way to share photography knowledge with other photographers and parents who are excited to learn more about family portrait photography. 

Check out our last blog post: How to Survive Family Photo Shoots with Crying Kids

Arndt Sisters' Pike Place Adventure - Seattle Family Portraits - the Happy Film Company

Did I mention how much I love sibling shoots?? I had so much fun meeting up with the Arndt sisters for their Seattle Family Portraits at Pike Place Market just before the holidays! Amber, Kacie, and Tahni were so sweet and stylish, I was drooling over their patterned dresses immediately! The Seattle skies tried to keep us indoors, but we braved the sprinkles to explore Post Alley and some cool side roads near the market. We also browsed the jewelry and flowers, and took over the giant windows overlooking the Great Wheel. Thanks so so much Arndt family for being so fun and goofy, and for asking the Happy Film Company to take your Seattle Family Photos this holiday season!! I hope your parents loved their surprise gift! ;)
xoxo Ashley & the Happy Film Company Team!

Photographer: Ashley
Location: Pike Place Market, Seattle

Check out our last blog post: Nieto family's forest adventure!