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Newborn Albums | Monroe WA Newborn Photographer

October 30th, 2011

It has been really busy around here! I have been updating products along with the usual sessions and editing and am FINALLY getting some fun product images for all of you to see. Christmas is JUST around the corner, so if you are needing some ideas, below are some fabulous albums that are available for [...]

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It has been really busy around here! I have been updating products along with the usual sessions and editing and am FINALLY getting some fun product images for all of you to see. Christmas is JUST around the corner, so if you are needing some ideas, below are some fabulous albums that are available for purchase! Contact me for pricing details.

These little Brag Books are the PERFECT size for your purse or desk at work! They are now available in sets of 3!!

The following albums are a new Fine Art Album that has been available for bridal clients that is NOW AVAILABLE for newborn clients. I absolutely LOVE this product! Plus, you have the choice of 7 fabulous colors in either linen or leather covers.

I currently offer two sizes of Fine Art Albums. The first is 8″x8″. The second is the exact same layout album, but a smaller 4″x4″ brag book size that comes in sets of 2. Both albums come with these awesome album covers as well.

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Fall Beauty… Preview | Monroe & Duvall, WA Maternity Photographer

October 29th, 2011

I {LOVE} maternity sessions! They are one of my TOP 3 most favorite things to photograph. There is just something amazing and miraculous about {new life} and capturing the joy of an expectant mommy and today could not have been a better day for capturing Valerie’s maternity session. I had to share a QUICK little preview [...]


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I {LOVE} maternity sessions! They are one of my TOP 3 most favorite things to photograph. There is just something amazing and miraculous about {new life} and capturing the joy of an expectant mommy and today could not have been a better day for capturing Valerie’s maternity session. I had to share a QUICK little preview from today’s session. Sneak peek to come!!! =)

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Addison Grace | 8 days new {Snohomish & King County Newborn Photographer}

October 29th, 2011

I absolutely love how my job allows me to experience life’s full cirlcle with my clients! I first met Angela back in 2009 while I was pregnant with my daughter.  A few months later I  received exciting news that she and her then boyfriend, Michael, became engaged and wanted me to photograph their beautiful wedding. I was [...]


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I absolutely love how my job allows me to experience life’s full cirlcle with my clients!

I first met Angela back in 2009 while I was pregnant with my daughter.  A few months later I  received exciting news that she and her then boyfriend, Michael, became engaged and wanted me to photograph their beautiful wedding. I was SO excited!!! I had done a fun session of just Angela earlier that summer as a surprise for Michael and absolutely had a blast with her! Their wedding was intimate and spectacular!

A year and a half after Michael and Angela were married I received exciting news that they were expecting their first baby and invited me back into their lives to document the incredible journey. Angela’s maternity session was so much fun and she was absolutely beautiful!

On October 19th, 2011 at 5:48pm their beautiful baby girl, Addison Grace was born weighing 10lbs 13.9oz and was  22-2/3 inches long!!! She was such a joy to photograph and gave me the opportunity to try out a bunch of new and fun props!! Here’s a fun sneak peek from her session.

The quilt below was made by her Grandma. So sweet!

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Family Portraits | What to Wear {Snohomish & King County Photographer}

October 26th, 2011

Figuring out WHAT TO WEAR for your family portraits is probably one of the hardest things to do, besides getting everyone out the door with their hair combed, teeth brushed, and CLEAN =) I recently ran across an AWESOME website called: www.WHATTOWEARGUIDES.com which has some FAB ideas for those upcoming portrait sessions! If you are [...]


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Figuring out WHAT TO WEAR for your family portraits is probably one of the hardest things to do, besides getting everyone out the door with their hair combed, teeth brushed, and CLEAN =)

I recently ran across an AWESOME website called: www.WHATTOWEARGUIDES.com which has some FAB ideas for those upcoming portrait sessions!

If you are ever in doubt on what to wear or color schemes, DO NOT HESITATE to ask your photographer! Fashion and photography go hand-in-hand in helping our clients create portraits that will not only be beautiful and timeless but coordinated and uncluttered.

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Itty Bitty Addison | 9 days new {Seattle, WA Newborn Photographer}

October 20th, 2011

Sweet little 6.5 pound Addison came for a visit yesterday for her newborn session. She is such a beautiful baby and was so much fun to photograph. She didn’t make a peep during her 2 hour session!! Such a pro! =) Here’s a fun sneak peek from her session. Enjoy! Congrats again to Mommy & [...]


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Sweet little 6.5 pound Addison came for a visit yesterday for her newborn session. She is such a beautiful baby and was so much fun to photograph. She didn’t make a peep during her 2 hour session!! Such a pro! =) Here’s a fun sneak peek from her session. Enjoy!

Congrats again to Mommy & Daddy!!!

The beautiful blanket was made by Addison’s Great-Great Grandma and the adorable little animals are gifts from her Grandpa & Grandma. I love incorporating personal touches like this into session.

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Mr B is 6 Months! | Lake Stevens, WA Baby Photographer

October 19th, 2011

I can’t believe how big little Bennett is getting. Wasn’t it just yesterday that I photographed him at his newborn session?? or at his 3 month session?? Seriously, time goes by WAY too quickly! But I LOOOVE our Baby’s First Year Collections just for this reason. It provides parents with FUN images of their little [...]


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I can’t believe how big little Bennett is getting. Wasn’t it just yesterday that I photographed him at his newborn session?? or at his 3 month session?? Seriously, time goes by WAY too quickly! But I LOOOVE our Baby’s First Year Collections just for this reason. It provides parents with FUN images of their little one’s first year and I get the opportunity and privilege of watching them grow!!! Here’s a fun sneak peek of Bennett’s 6 month session! Enjoy!

Isn’t he the CUTEST turtle!!!! A-DOR-ABLE!!!!

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The “F” Family | Woodinville, WA Portrait Photographer

October 16th, 2011

I first met Chrissy 6 months ago when she asked me to photograph sweet little baby David’s newborn portraits. Chrissy drove all the way up from Olympia, WA just a few days after little David was born… He was such a FUN newbie to photograph! Then earlier this summer I received an email from Chrissy [...]

 

I first met Chrissy 6 months ago when she asked me to photograph sweet little baby David’s newborn portraits. Chrissy drove all the way up from Olympia, WA just a few days after little David was born… He was such a FUN newbie to photograph!

Then earlier this summer I received an email from Chrissy asking me to photograph her beautiful family. I was honored! So yesterday, I met up with Chrissy and her fam after they made the 1.5 hour drive up here for their session. And what a BEAUTIFUL day for family portraits!!! We had already had to postpone their session once before due to weather… so I was SOOOOO thankful for the sunshine yesterday!

Here’s a fun sneak peek from their session. Enjoy!

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Mr. T | Snohomish & King County Photographer

October 7th, 2011

I can’t believe Taye is already at another birthday!!! I first met Taye a few weeks after he and his sister were adopted from Ethiopia by an incredible family that attend our church back in 2008. It has been so much fun to watch him mature and develop into such a sweet little boy. He has [...]

 

I can’t believe Taye is already at another birthday!!!

I first met Taye a few weeks after he and his sister were adopted from Ethiopia by an incredible family that attend our church back in 2008. It has been so much fun to watch him mature and develop into such a sweet little boy. He has an infectious smile and a sweet little personality. Here’s a fun sneak peek from Taye’s session. Enjoy!

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My Story… {Northwest Photographer}

October 7th, 2011

It’s always fun to read and hear about how other photographers entered the business… So I thought, why not write out my story. I have always had a fascination with the arts and have been heavily involved with vocal groups, music, art and well, pretty much anything that is right brained. I received my Bachelors [...]


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It’s always fun to read and hear about how other photographers entered the business… So I thought, why not write out my story.

I have always had a fascination with the arts and have been heavily involved with vocal groups, music, art and well, pretty much anything that is right brained. I received my Bachelors of Arts degree in Organizational Communication, which is basically a mix of Sociology, Business, and Leadership all mixed into one degree. I always thought I would work in some type of corporation making my way up the ladder… but quickly learned that my passion to be able to express myself through art was greater than any corporate label I could put on myself.

Back in 2006 my husband and I were recently married and I had taken a TON of snap shots at my cousin’s wedding with my trusty little Canon PowerShot A95. I think I might have taken over 200 images… I know, {head hanging} I was an “Uncle Bob!” but not in an obnoxious way of getting in the photographer’s way. :) I gave the images to my aunt who then gave me a HUGE compliment and boost in beginning this awesome adventure I am on. She said, “Michelle, you should really consider getting into wedding photography… You took better images than our hired wedding photographer…” REALLY?! I DID?? Wow – what a HUGE compliment. My aunt’s compliment began the dreaming and planning of one day being a professional photographer.

Prior to my aunt’s comment, I had been thinking of pursuing a career as a Wedding Planner, but wasn’t completely sold on the idea. My aunt’s comment made me shift my thinking…

Could I really do this and be successful at it? I have always loved photography and used it as a creative outlet… But do it professionally??

Would people really trust ME to photograph one of the most important days of their life?? Would I trust and believe in myself??

The idea of being a professional wedding photographer completely freaked me out, yet at the same time, gave me a challenge for myself. If you know me, I tend to have a slight competitive nature (I can hear those who know me giggling right now…) Yet, it is this competitive nature that I think makes me a good business owner. And really, this competitive nature is something that I have mostly with myself… to out do what I’ve previously done… to provide my clients with something that was better than before.

I jumped on the idea and began talking to my husband about it. I had never touched “professional gear” and knew very little about the functions of the camera… But what I DID know was what looked good. I knew where the industry was headed and completely immersed myself into learning what the Pro’s were doing. I joined forums like Digital Wedding Forum and Professional Photographer’s of America to educate myself and studied composition and well, wedding photography. Having been recently married (less than a year at the time) I knew what brides wanted and what they were looking for.

When I first started shooting “professionally” I would look at my work and felt that it was falling short from what I had envisioned. I knew what “looked good” and what a good image was when it came to lighting, composition, etc but could see that my images were falling short of where I wanted to be when it came to capturing a clean, crisp, and perfectly exposed image. It was going to take practice, practice, and more practice to create what I was envisioning. I ran across this short 2 minute video a few weeks ago which soooooo describes where I was at when I first began my photography business.

Ira Glass on Storytelling from David Shiyang Liu on Vimeo.

Before I officially launched my business I purchased my brother’s professional gear and began practicing and learning the camera. For $1000 I purchased:

Canon EOS 10D

50mm f/1.4

24-70mm f/2.8 L

Speedlite 550EX

Tripod

Side note: I have since upgraded my gear and have invested thousands of dollards into equipment that allows me to capture the style and high end images that I am striving for.

I had a very good idea of what I was getting myself into because my husband and I hired a fabulous photographer for our wedding that set the stage for me. I knew that if I was going to make it in this business that I had to:

1.) Know how to create incredible images

2.) Be PROFESSIONAL and have excellent communication skills

3.) Build a business plan that met high end marketing techniques

4.) Create a brand

5.) Begin building a client base

Towards the middle of 2007, after a year plus in planning, studying, practicing, learning, and setting up a business plan (of which I am still changing and molding) my husband gave me the green light to quit my job and run after this dream full time. I had booked my first wedding client for that December (having never shot a wedding ever) and jumped in with both feet. I know, it sounds absolutely crazy… But that first client, who took a risk by hiring me, rocket launched my photography business, of which I am forever grateful and thankful for.

{taken in December of 2007 at my first wedding i ever photographed}

It has now been 4-years since I booked my first client and WOW has it been an AWESOME and far from “easy” adventure. By no means did I realize just HOW HARD it is to own and maintain my own business. Being a Professional Photographer is much more than taking a “pretty picture.” I can’t count the amount of hours that I have put into my photography business to get it to where it is and the continued hours that I put in to get it to where I want it to be. It is soooooo much more work than any 8-5 job I have ever worked. And I LOVE THAT!

From 2007 – 2009 I shot everything from Families to Weddings to Senior Portraits and began weeding out what I was really passionate about photographing. I quickly started to learn that Senior Portraits weren’t my “thang.” And while I enjoy photographing families, it just wasn’t getting my creative juices going… Then in the summer of 2008 my husband and I announced that we were expecting our first baby, when it “clicked.” I had found the three areas that I was and am truly passionate about and absolutely loooooooooooooove photographing: Weddings, Maternity, and Newborns.

The balance of being a mommy to a 2.5 year old and having a home-based business with a studio in our home is not “easy” by any means. It is hard work and takes a lot of balance and organization. What helps me day to day is setting aside specific business hours that I spend editing, contacting clients, and pushing myself to the next level. I still have dreams of one day owning studio space outside of my home for even greater artistic ideas… but for now I am loving that I am able to create art for my clients in my humble little home studio.

{images taken in my studio}

I hope this is encouraging for those who are just beginning to venture into this crazy world of photography and 1.) realize that it isn’t “easy” but takes a lot of hard work and determination to push past the odds and 2.) make your dreams a reality. Don’t let the voices that surround you tell you that you can’t do it… but prove them wrong by creating a dynamic brand that sets the stage for photographers to come. By no means do I feel that I have “arrived.” I push myself daily and with every session to grow my skills as a photographer and business owner…

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Newborn Posing Guide {Northwest Newborn Photographer}

October 6th, 2011

Working diligently on my upcoming Newborn Posing Guide!!! Here’s a little sneak peek at some of the content!!!   Introduction I am very excited to bring you my first Newborn Posing Guide created to inspire and assist those who are Aspiring and Professional Newborn Photographers. With the influx in newborn photography I felt a high [...]

 

Working diligently on my upcoming Newborn Posing Guide!!! Here’s a little sneak peek at some of the content!!!

 

Introduction

I am very excited to bring you my first Newborn Posing Guide created to inspire and assist those who are Aspiring and Professional Newborn Photographers. With the influx in newborn photography I felt a high need to teach aspiring photographers the important on safe practices when photographing newborns. There are many techniques out there, some safe and some not. I hope this guide will help direct you down a path of safe newborn posing tips to create fabulous images.

Content:
Safety & Confidence
How to Soothe & Comfort
Posing
Tips and Tricks
Post Processing

 Safety & Confidence:

First and foremost it is absolutely critical that safety is always number one with any and every pose that is attempted with a newborn. Remember, you are photographing a human being, not a doll, not a toy… a precious newborn. I can’t stress this enough. If safety is not your number one priority, then please, do not photograph newborns.

 As a parent, when your precious little one is born your sense to protect this babe is heightened tenfold. You would do anything to make sure nothing harms your baby. We plaster “Baby On Board” all over our cars and squirt people that come within a 10ft reach of our child with Purell.

 As a photographer, it is crucial that we take this same heightened sense to protect in to every newborn session that we do. We need to show parents that they can trust how we will handle their sweet little one, which is where confidence comes in.

 To be a successful newborn photographer you need to have confidence in your skills to soothe and comfort a newborn. If you are easily frustrated or lack in patience, newborn photography is not for you. Parents need to look to you and see you cool, calm, and collected during the ENTIRE session, no matter how long it may be taking their babe to fall asleep. You may have confidence in your camera skills, but your confidence in soothing and comforting need to be even stronger. Not only are our skills for soothing baby crucial, showing Mommy & Daddy that you are relaxed and collected is even more important.

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