Carlson Family | Seattle Family Photography

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Carlson Family | Seattle Family Photography

I have had the absolute pleasure of capturing the Carlson family a few times over the years. We have also become friends and had the joy of spending time together as well. 

These parents are the "cool, laid back" parents we all try to be. They travel and have adventures with their boys regularly and really know how to have a great time! I love spending time with them. This is what I absolutely adore about Lifestyle Family Photography! It simply feels like I get to hang out with a bunch of amazing families all the time.

We met on a fall morning at a beautiful Seattle area park. It had been raining but right when we arrived the sky opened up and the sun came through giving us the most amazing, magical morning light. This was such a beautiful fall family session in Seattle. 

I hope you enjoy this sweet family! 

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Boutique School Photography | Fine Art School Portrait Workshop

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Boutique School Photography | Fine Art School Portrait Workshop

Last year I launched an in person photography workshop called Schooled. This was my first workshop teaching all about implementing Fine Art School Portraits in your business. I was able to reach about thirty people from across the country. My favorite part of the workshop was that we actually photographed children so they left with a full portfolio, ready to launch. 

After receiving hundreds, nearly a thousand emails from photographers from around the world asking me to teach a workshop online, I decided to give it a go. I knew I wanted to make it an active workshop so that my students would be held accountable and really take action on their skills. 

Well, I opened the class for enrollment on April 7th and the students are blowing me away!! They are working hard through the materials, taking action right now and building their portfolios and building a beautiful network of other photographers working toward the same goals. 

My goal is to rise up leaders in the photography community. To pour myself into others so that they can give back to this community and to the families who they serve with their creative gifts. 

My heart is full as I see my students thrive every single day. 

I am sharing a sampling of their gorgeous images. As you can see, they didn't' waste any time and many have already booked schools! I am so very proud of them.

It is not too late to join the class. We have new members joining every day! Join over 150 photographers as they dive into the ins and outs of Fine Art School Portrait Photography and Business. Enrollment is open until Friday at midnight. After that the class will go into the vault for at least six months to a year. I will always keep this as a live workshop because I want you to really commit to this. YOU CAN DO THIS! Join us today! 

Carol Davis 

Carol Davis 

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Baby Eleanor | Seattle Newborn Photographer

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Baby Eleanor | Seattle Newborn Photographer

This little family has graced my blog and social media a few times over the past few months. :) 

When we met for their maternity session I left with butterflies in my tummy. I literally felt like I had finally been reunited with old friends that I had been missing for so long. It was a beautiful fall evening. The sun was warm and wrapped itself around them like a blanket. Then, we met again in the hospital when sweet baby girl arrived. And finally, they invited me into their home for this sweet in home newborn session. 

It felt like an easy, sleepy morning in their home. The Christmas tree was still up, coffee was brewing, and love was in fact in the air. They held their little treasure with the most tender of arms, soaking her in, reveling in the fact that they now had a baby girl to love and protect. 

It was beautiful. And I will admit I was sad as this meant out time of meeting regularly was over. They are just the best. Luckily we already have plans to do a family session in the summer. 

Enjoy this little family. I sure know I do! 

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Fine Art School Portraits | Seattle Boutique School Photographer

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Fine Art School Portraits | Seattle Boutique School Photographer

This has been my fifth school portait season! I can't even believe that. I have enjoyed forming relationships with select schools in the Seattle area and have especially enjoyed getting to spend so much time with all of these beautiful children. 

It is so funny how many different expressions kiddos will give you. You just have to allow them to be themselves instead of asking them to do something stiff or awkward. 

Today I am sharing a little sampling form a recent neighborhood preschool I photographed. How cute are they?! 

It just so happens that today is the official launch of my very first Fine Art School Portrait class. If you are interested in learning more click the button below. 

Enjoy!

 

 

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Baby Alex | Seattle Newborn Photographer

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Baby Alex | Seattle Newborn Photographer

This in hospital newborn photography session was so meaningful to me. You see, I used to be a NICU and L&D nurse and I miss that job often. I spent ten years observing so many beautiful emotions and connections. To be able to go in to a NICU and capture all of these things with my camera was incredible. It was like my lives were colliding. 

Newborn photography is so important. 

These moments are fleeing and I promise they will soon seem like distant memories. 

When this mama contacted me to photograph them while their second baby was in the NICU I was thrilled. 

We met on a Sunday morning. Their two year old was delightful and so excited to introduce me to her new baby. They went through their normal routine of diaper changes and kangaroo care (skin to skin) and I had the privilege of documenting it. 

I hope to do more in hospital newborn sessions soon. It was such an honor. 

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Hey Photographers, It's Okay To Say No

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Hey Photographers, It's Okay To Say No

 

A friend and I were chatting today about when you just know you should say no yet you don't. In the world of social media we see so many people doing so many things. It seems like everyone is traveling, buying new gear, getting their hair done, going to epic locations to do epic shoots, and the list goes on. 

It makes us want all those things. And trust me, it happens to me every day. 

But you have to know that every time you say yes you are also saying no to something else you could be doing during that time.

For instance... I have had an unusual amount of inquiries for births lately. And I LOVE shooting births. So much intensity and joy to be captured. However, if I said yes to two of the births I was offered, I would literally have to forego all travel this summer with my family. Not okay.

But I considered it. Then I took pause and said "Elena, get your priorities straight. You only have 10 summers before Cooper goes off to college, use them wisely." 

Or another example, a beloved past client asked me to photograph her dental office. I LOVE this client and I considered doing it for her because of how much I love her. But I realized that this would be be satisfying to me which would in turn lead to me doing sub par work, not good for her or me. So I referred her out. 

So remember, even though new opportunities are shiny and enticing, it's okay to say NO and important to stay true to yourself. 

Believe in you and know that I believe in you. :)

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Baby A | Seattle Newborn Photographer

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Baby A | Seattle Newborn Photographer

 

Going into the hospital to capture a newborn is everything to me. There is nothing more magical then the first few hours with your new baby. I hope to do many more fresh 48 sessions in the future. 

This little family was so happy with their new baby girl. They were in complete awe of her. I left this session with a full and happy heart. 

Enjoy. 

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Seattle In Person Photography Workshop

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Seattle In Person Photography Workshop

You know what I always, every day remind myself? That we all started in the same exact place. I remember when I was first starting out seven years ago with a crop sensor camera, a 50 mm lens, and a big dream. 

It seemed like everyone around me was moving at light speed and I was still trying to figure out how the heck to focus.

Not to mention the fancy gear everyone else seemed to be able to afford! We were on a tight, barely making it budget so I had to make it work with what I had. 

My editing was all over the place and I was taking every session offering that came my way. Headshots, birthday parties, newborns, kids, families, and everything in between. I just didn't know what called to me. 

Some days I wanted to be a posed newborn photographer. Some days high school seniors. Then, the next month, families. Finally, I learned where my passions were and I went there. But it took a freakin long time! 

And I don't regret a single moment of the process. I am glad it took me a while to find my way. I am glad I failed and continue to fail. I am glad I tried so many different things before I realized where my heart is.

Funny things is, I had a time when I HATED family photography and that is now my main focus. What I learned is that it was how I was approaching family photography that was the problem, not family photography itself. 

Friend, don't rush the process. Be patient with yourself. Sure, maybe someone you follow seems to be an overnight success, but I would venture to guess that they aren't. ;) These things take time. 

I want to invite you to come to Seattle and hang with me for a day for my Family As Art Workshop. This is the only in person learning experience with space that I will be offering this year. 


This will be a day filled with so much soul searching and learning. We will have two shoots, one newborn and one sunset family shoot. We will talk about how to craft a meaningful and authentic brand that your families will love. Most importantly, you will learn how to infuse your work with emotion and connection, turning your work into Art. 

If you know me you know I am an open book! This will feel like you are hanging out with old friends and really diving into why the heck you got into this business anyway. 

I hope to see you here in Seattle in August! It's going to be amazing! 

In person not in the cards? Not a problem, I have you covered. Check out my online workshop that starts in May. 

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Allison and Cody | Seattle Maternity Photographer

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Allison and Cody | Seattle Maternity Photographer

It is always so much fun to meet a couple for a maternity session before we meet for their newborn session. It really allows me to get to know them better before I come into their home during such a transitional time. 

I met Allison and Cody at the beach. It was a sunny but chilly winter evening. Allison looked absolutely gorgeous in her black dress, hat, and incredible blue booties. Pregnant women will always fascinate me. What incredible work their bodies are doing never seises to amaze me. It is no small feat to grow a human with your body and I think it should absolutely be celebrated and maternity photography is a wonderful way to do that. 

I can't wait to meet their baby soon. 

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Community Is Powerful

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Community Is Powerful

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Hi friend! I hope you are having a great week. This week, I don't have any hot tips for you. But I have a very full and heavy heart. For a few reasons that if you care to read I would love to share. 

Last month a fellow photographer in the community was suddenly and unexpectedly diagnosed with stage four lung cancer. What? How? Not fair. She and I have only known each other in the online space, however this feels very personal for me. Why? Well, she is me. And perhaps she is you too. She is a photographer. She is a mother of three. She is a wife. She is a human. I tend to be one who wears my heart on my sleeve and who easily absorbs others troubles. And after being a nurse for 10 years it became easy for me, something I did and carried. But this hit me hard. It hit a lot of us hard.

Alix found out her tumor was the size of a lemon so she coined her cancer as Alex's Lemon and has been bravely blogging about it. Yesterday the global community of photographers that I am so proud to be a part of rallied for her. We all took a photo with a lemon in it to brighten her spirit and to show her that we are in fact behind her. Weather that be with positive energy or thoughts, or perhaps prayer. I could quite literally feel the energy vibrating around me yesterday and it made me cry on multiple occasions. At the end of the day she received amazing news. That the cancer is much more treatable and that her life expectancy went up in a huge way. Again, tears. Energy is powerful. Faith, however you define or practice it is powerful. We are powerful. 

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Never be afraid to jump into a community. Never be afraid to be kind. Never be afraid to give.You never know when you might need to tap into that energy from all around the world. 

On a lighter note but from the same sentiment my best friend Bre Thurston and I hosted our third retreat this past month in Austin, TX. Holy moly! That city is so rad! 

But again, I was reminded about the power of community. We laughed, we cried, we ate too much, and we bonded. Each incredible woman there had a breakthrough which is magic to watch. Just being about to help foster these communities and help guide through this very complex process that is being an artist brings me a joy and fulfillment I didn't' know I needed. 

Then, this past weekend I had the honor of speaking at The Reset Conference. It was so invigorating to be surrounded by so much talent and positive vibes. Best of all, I ended up having the best time making friends with a few gals who I felt like I had known my whole life. I have been feeling a little down all week and I think it is because I know I won't be able to see many of them for a long time, which is hard. :( 



So enough from me. I just wanted to reach out to you, my people and say, I hear you, I support you, and I am you. We are all one in the same, just on a different part of the path. 

Much love to you all! 
XoXo,
Elena
 

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