Seattle Family Photos with Cherry Blossoms - What to Expect

So you want Seattle family photos in the cherry blossoms!! They blossom in early April and they disappear in 1-2 weeks. There are blossom trees all around the city, filling the neighborhoods and speckled across the parks. Option one is to find a random tree on the side of the road and take all your family photos in that one spot. I'm always down for that because the photos can be very creative. However, most families prefer more room to run around and some distance from passing cars. Roadside photo shoots are easier with couples photography, wedding portraits or headshots. As soon as kids are racing around we start to get a little nervous and wish we were in an expansive grassy field.

So...if you're wanting room to run around plus the cherry blossoms; or if you want to be photographed in a grove of many cherry blossom trees (rather than just one stand alone tree), we'll need to take your family portraits at the Universe of Washington Quad or the Arboretum over by Madison Park. Both of these locations are open to the public and full of pink blossoms. During the day (especially on weekends) the UW Quad becomes so crowded it's impossible to not have a gillion people in the background of your family photos. So I recommend scheduling your shoot at the UW Quad early in the morning before everyone else wakes up; 7-9am is good for light at this time of year. Generally, it's easier to do photos at the Arboretum because there's much more space and privacy. The trees are not as puffy pink as the UW trees but they do come low to the ground which means kids can play in the branches and we can get some cool photos of your family through the actual blossoms (artistic vibes!!). If you schedule a private photo shoot, you'll have a full hour to explore the Arboretum; taking photos with the cherry blossoms, the bridge, the forest etc... If we're doing mini sessions, we'll take you directly to the cherry blossom trees and just stick around there. NB: Please let us know if you know of or stumbled across another awesome cherry blossom location in Seattle. We're always on the hunt for more!!

This blog post features images of the Weaver family who I recently photographed at the Arboretum on a Sunday morning. There were a handful (3-5) other photographers nearby during their shoot; mostly couples, pregnant women and a few creative fashion-type shoots with parasols. We avoided and moved around each other smoothly, giving each other turns to play under the trees. This process is always very smooth so parents & photographers should both feel comfortable using this location for cherry blossoms.

Thank you so much Weaver family for another playful beautiful family portrait shoot with the Happy Film Company. I'm so happy you guys keep coming back for more and I'm excited to meet your new little one soon!! xx Chamonix

PHOTOGRAPHER: Chamonix
LOCATION: Arboretum

Kid-Free Family Photo Shoots - How We Help Adult Couples Have Fun and Relax

What do we do during a Seattle maternity portrait session when there are no kids to play with? Photo shoots with kids and dogs are relatively easy because we can just focus on them and the awkward or camera shy adults don't feel like they're under the microscope. But when the only child around is still inside the belly, then the spotlight is on mom and dad. Never fear! The Happy Film Company is here with years of experience photographing weddings, couples, women's boudoir and headshots. We know how to help adults relax in front of the camera and what's more, we actually know how to have just on adult-only shoots. Without the kids, we don't have to worry about diaper bags or pouty lips. We can still make goofy faces and skip down the street but we can also whisper dirty secrets in each other's ears that force a little giggle or blush. We can also get all artsy-fartsy and cover more ground (because we don't have little legs trying to keep up) and find really cool locations and funky backgrounds. We can experiment with creative poses (sometimes kids limit the poses we can do because they're so squirmy. We can recreate your wedding photos like the Karlson's did during their maternity photo shoot at Kirkland Marina Park. This is a photo they're going to recreate for the rest of their lives and as kids join the family, they'll just find their spot in the photo too! Oh and when it's just adults, we can actually have an interested conversation (without little hands pulling on our shirts) and get to know each other better as people, which helps us all feel more relaxed which results in better photos. So whether you're dating, a family of two, almost a family of three or desperate for a babysitter so you can go on a photography session datenight, the three of us are going to have a fun time taking photos. You can book the same family photography session that we sell on our website as the "Family Photo Shoot" for couples and maternity shoots. If you have any questions, shoot em over to hello@thehappyfilmcompany.com. Thanks so much Karlson family of 2+1 for such a laid-back morning shoot this summer! Can't wait to see you again soon for the = 3 photo shoot! :) - Chamonix

Photographer: Chamonix
Location: Kirkland Marina Park
Adventure: Maternity

Bellevue Family Maternity Photo Shoot - Mercer Slough Blueberry Farm

When a little diva steps in front of my camera, I am in heaven! Here at the Happy Film Company we spend a lot of time photographing the wee-tots (bellies, newborns, babies & toddlers) so whenever the big kids roll into a photo shoot I'm over the moon with excitement. I LOVE interacting with the older kids (cuz they can talk back!), asking them questions, making them feel goofy, getting them to tell their parents how to pose, making silly faces, running around with them for some kids portraits and leaving their parents in the dust. I was so excited to photograph the Anderson family this weekend and take pictures of gorgeous smiley Jazmyne who had a bunch of secret diva poses hidden in her back pocket. It took a little while to get warmed up but once we broke through her shell she was a ball of energy! Thank you so much Anderson family for such a fun photo shoot :D You guys were awesome to work with and I'm excited to see you again soon for more photos when diva #2 arrives ;) xx Chamonix

Photographer: Chamonix
Adventure: Winter Blueberry Farm Mini Sessions
Location: Mercer Slough Blueberry Farm