Decorate Your Home with Seattle Family Photos - It's Makes Us Happy!

One of the coolest things about taking Seattle family photos in family's actual homes is that I get to see how they decorate their houses with photographs (or not haha). Especially when it's a family that's worked with the Happy Film Company on multiple occasions and they have pictures around their home that I took. It's a slightly strange feeling to see your own "artwork" in other people's houses, but then again, it would be even more weird if I hung their family photos in my home (even though they're my pictures), right? Anyway, I take thousands of photos a month and they all live online and on hard drives but when I walk into a family home and I see photos that I created hanging on their walls, it fills me with surprise and joy. It helps me remember that what I'm doing with my camera is actually important for people and my photos actually become a special part of their lives that they enjoy every day! So #1 - thank you to all the families that print my photos and enjoy my work. It means a lot to me. #2 - if you haven't printed photos before, give it a try because it's so exciting to see them in your hands or your home and #3 - if you do print my photos in your home, pretty please send me a photo or invite me over so I can see it and do a happy dance! Thank you so much Kouzmitch family for inviting me to your home this weekend for your newborn portrait session. It blew me away to see that your house is covered in photos taken by the Happy Film Company. I'm so grateful to have you as regular clients and I look forward to hundreds more photos to come!! ~  Chamonix & tHFC ladies

Photographer: Chamonix
Location: Private Residence

The Secret Behind Photography Crazy Children - Lifestyle Seattle Newborn Photography

Baby Georgi was crying her eyes out and Kennedy was running around like a crazy girl. The Cahill house was bustling with unusual energy the minute I walked in their front door with my camera. Who knows why kids act the way they do? Totally unpredictable personalities seem to emerge when the camera arrives.

Family photos never seem to go as planned because babies that never use pacifiers suddenly scream until they get one and little girls who normally love reading books decide they'd rather play catch with their dolls and eat ice cream for brunch. ha!

Parents usually look at my with a big "sorry" in their eyes as their kids run around me and my camera in a hurricane of kid-chaos but I hope you believe when I honestly say, 
1) It's my job and I'm used to it.
2) I love my job and kid-chaos is actually fun to photograph (esp. when they aren't your kids). 3) I've photographed over 500 families and I've seen it all. Chances are, your family is probably not the worst I've encountered (trust me) and
4) If it really is that bad, I'm just going to go home, eat some chocolate, and tell my boyfriend I just survived the worst photo shoot of all time!!!!!! Being the optimist that he is, he'll probably pat me on the back and remind me that it's my job to make sure photo shoots run smoothly. Then we'll sit down and brainstorm how I can do a better job next time to prepare or direct the photo shoot in a more effective stress-free way. See? It's all part of the job and we're gettin' better every day!

Thank you so much Cahill family for welcoming me into your home and being so kind and playful. I genuinely loved photographing you guys and I'm not complaining to my boyfriend about anything (you guys are great clients!)...that said, I'm still going to eat some chocolate....because like your daughter, sometimes I like a little sugar for before lunch ;) hehe See you again soon! // Chamonix

Photographer: Chamonix
Adventure: Lifestyle Newborn Shoot
Location: Private Residence

Why You Should Do a 'Day in the Life' Family Photo Shoot at Home

Your family photo shoot doesn't have to be fancy. You can change a diaper, breastfeed, try on new baby clothes, read the first page of a Christmas book, stack three blocks and knock them over and then spin in a circle until you fall over. To you it might seem like a normal boring and un-photograph-worthy hour at home with your toddler and newborn. Why on earth would you pay someone to take pictures of that?

As a Seattle family portrait photographer, I do love photo shoots at gorgeous locations around the city (they make for awesome backgrounds and beautiful lighting) but more often than not, it's these simple everyday activities at home that make for the most personal, emotion-packed and creative family photography. When you're in your own home, doing your daily routines, you might not realize how many special facial expressions and interactions bubble up; things that might never appear if we were out exploring a park. Plus, taking photos at home gives you a chance to capture the space where you spend most of your time, where you're making most of your memories.

I'm certainly not saying you should never do photo shoots at cool outdoor locations - I love those photo shoot adventures and they typically result in higher quality images (perfect for Christmas cards and wall canvases). I'm merely suggesting that perhaps every now and then, you bring a photographer into your home for a "Day in the Life" photo shoot, just to make sure that you also have some special photos of those memories you made in private. Thank you so much Tucker family for hiring the Happy Film Company again! It was a treat spending time with you in your home and I look forward to more pictures later this year :) // Chamonix

Photographer: Chamonix
Adventure: A Day in the Life
Location: Private Residence