Seattle Newborn-Maternity-Family Photography Blog


Seattle photographers, Elena S Blair, specializes in lifestyle, custom newborn-maternity-family photography.

One Cloudy Day | Seattle Family Photographer

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One Cloudy Day | Seattle Family Photographer

Hey friends! I am super excited to share this family with you all. The mother, Amy, and I have really had a chance to get to know each other this past year but I had yet to meet her family. I really looked forward to our session together as it had been on the books since this past November. Well, typical for spring in Seattle, we have had a good combo of sunny days and rainy days. We had to reschedule once because of the rain but went ahead with the session on the new date even though it was cloudy and a bit chilly. I find it interesting how the weather really sets the tone for a session. I know these boys are active and love to explore, like most boys, however the chilly weather made them turn into their comfort, their family and we ended up with a much more cuddly session. My guess is that had it been sunny they would have been much more rowdy.

Our session began a bit strange with Dad helping an old man who was lost in the parking lot. It made if very clear to me just how he is both kind and selfless. Then, we played, looked for crabs, threw some rocks, and they snuggled with the best of them. There were lots of hugs and kisses. Even though it was in fact chilly, I felt their warmth the whole time and I think these images speak to their bond and closeness.

I will admit…I take a lot of photos. Once, when I was still finding my way in photography, I would spend hours culling, trying to get down to that “magic” number that my peers were telling me that my galleries need not exceed. Well guess what? Who cares! I am a storyteller. Some single moments have 30 images and I am not ashamed of that and you shouldn’t be either. Be the artist you want to be. Take the photos you want to take. Your work will be richer and mean more to you and the families you photograph if you put your heart and soul into it. And if that means taking a million photos, then do it. So here is a sample of this family's huge gallery. I hope it warms your soul a little as it sure did mine.

 

 

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Sunshine In Seattle | Seattle Family Photographer

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Sunshine In Seattle | Seattle Family Photographer

Still catching up on blogging my Seattle fall family sessions. But, I just feel like I have so many stories to share so I plan to blog them all even if it takes me until this fall. :)

Most of my clients come from word of mouth but this mama found me on Pinterest. I find that so interesting. We met on a sunny fall evening, however it was a bit chilly. Like many of my family photography sessions, we wandered through the park finding beautiful light and lots of fun. Seattle has some of the most gorgeous locations in the world. And guess what? The sun shines here a lot! I never make families do anything but be with each other. I love finding the unique beauty in every family. These three children were some of the most respectful, well behaved children. I could just feel how close these siblings were. The whole family was quiet and peaceful. Their love for each other was so apparent. When the little one got cold, everyone joined in to snuggle her and make her feel comfortable. It was really cute. I loved how dad looked at his family with love and pride. I have a special place in my heart for mother and child images. I feel like even if the mother isn’t a professional photographer, she is typically the photographer of the family. I like to get as many images as I can just being her with her babies.

I always take a lot of photos and I never apologize for that. My images weave a story, a memory. A memory of our time together and this time in their life. I am not after that mantel piece, but rather a collection of images that speak to your family. So, here are a bunch of my favorites from their gallery. If you stop by here, please comment and let me know.

 

 

 

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Who Is On Periscope | Seattle Photographers

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Who Is On Periscope | Seattle Photographers

Hi friends! I know many of my blog readers are beloved clients, however I know many are also photographers. Is anyone on Periscope? Well, I have been providing free broadcasts there since the fall offering photographer education. Today, I scoped on the importance of being efficient photographer. In case you want to catch the replay, I will share it here. 

Highlights of this Periscope broadcast include:

Batch editing, making your own actions, email template making, and answering of some live questions. If you have a subject you would like me to scope on, let me know in the comments. Happy Monday! 

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Big Family Love | Seattle Family Photographer

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Big Family Love | Seattle Family Photographer

I have a special place in my heart for big families and photographing them is even better. I grew up in a family of six, I am the youngest, so I feel right at home when I am around big families. There is a certain energy and air of protectiveness that is present in big families and it makes me feel rigt at home.

I know this family from our wonderful school in Wallingford. Our boys are in the same grade and the mama and I are both fairly involved in the school. Who am I kidding, we are really involved! Anyway... I hope she won't mind me sharing but I wanted to share a bit about what she said to me when talking about booking a session. She said "I have seen the families on your website and we don't look like them." I get what she means. I have a hard time thinking about my family being photographed by another photographer too. But that is the thing about choosing a photographer...they should be able to turn your family into their art. What she didn't realize and what many don't realize, is a great deal of my work is based on connection. It is based on me finding the unique beauty that I promise is present in every family. It isn't about me making you look like something you aren't, it's about me showing you that you are in fact just like every family on my website. You are so beautiful and magnificent in your own way. Each family has their own story and I want to tell it. I want to make it into my art. It's what I thrive on. Lifestyle family photography allows me the freedom to be an artist, to express myself, and to show you that all your imperfections are in fact what make you perfect. So, you can imagine my delight when she was pleasantly surprised with her gallery. As you can see, they are in fact like those people on my website, and they shine as bright and beautiful.


 

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The Beauty Of Pregnancy | Maternity Photography Seattle

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The Beauty Of Pregnancy | Maternity Photography Seattle

Still catching up from 2015, but better late than never right? This mama and I were introduced through a mutual friend who moved to Seattle from New Mexico about the same time as me. So, we are both from New Mexico living in Seattle and we are both Seattle photographers and we are both nurses!! Neonatal to be exact. So as you can see we have a lot in common. I have had the pleasure of capturing her sweet family many times, even when I really had no idea what I was doing with my camera. But, as you can see, they are absolutely gorgeous and make my job pretty effortless. 

We met on a somewhat temperamental day in August. The sky was full of moody clouds and there wasn't very much sun. But, the sun broke out just at the end at was absolutely magical. But what really stole the show was their love and connection. They played, the snuggled, and they exuded joy. I love how much they laughed together when we talked about how much different life was about to be. 

Their baby is six months old now and a girl. I am so thrilled they have these memories of their family right before it changed. 

Enjoy this beautiful family. May they bring a little sunshine to your Monday. 

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Lorna | Newborn Photography Seattle

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Lorna | Newborn Photography Seattle

This is going to be a first for me. I have never only shared black and white images but for some reason this session speaks louder to me in black and white. While I give every family both color and black and white versions of their images, sometimes the black and white hold more emotion. Being a newborn photographer in Seattle, I have to be able to embrace low and moody light. I have found that this type of light really adds to the deep emotion that is present during the newborn  stage in a family's life. There are so many emotions  present when you have a newborn at home. There is excitement and promise but there is also exhaustion and even a bit of sadness. What I want the families who choose me to photograph them to remember is that it is all beautiful in all of its imperfections. I want them to remember what it felt like to hold that tiny baby in their arms and nuzzle into their soft head. I want them to be reminded of a time that they will never be able to get back however life changing it was. A time that will all seem like a dream in a few years time. I want them to look at their images and feel all of the emotions that they felt when they had their newborn in their arms whether they were good or bad. Life is fleeting and  and you will never understand just how fast everything goes until you have a child.

Baby Lorna, you are so loved.

To see their maternity session, click HERE.

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Fine Art School Portraits Seattle | Seattle Family Photographer

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Fine Art School Portraits Seattle | Seattle Family Photographer

To say I wanted to blog one million photos would be an understatement. This preschool was full of beautiful children who each had so much personality. They were patient, friendly, and so much fun! I decided to include a color and black and white version of each of the kiddos who's parents signed my release. 

In the past four years I have photographed thousands of kiddos and each is unique. School photography can be so much more than a stiff and awkward photo. It can have life and meaning. Nothing pleases me more than hearing a parent say that I was able to capture the true personality of their kiddo. How do I do it? I simply let them be who they are. I don't ask them to put their hands in their pockets or sit a certain way. We just hang out for a few minutes and I snap away. 

While I am booked for schools with 500 or more kiddos, I am alway more than happy to take on more small schools. If you have questions, you can check out my SCHOOLS page. Most frequently asked questions about school photography in Seattle can be found there. I am willing to travel to the East Side and surrounding areas as well. 

I am excited to be teaching my first in person workshop on Fine Art School Portraits in a few weeks. Together, we can change this industry! :) 

Now enjoy these sweet faces. I had a huge smile on my face when I prepared this blog post. Seattle has some of the cutest kids in the world! 

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Seattle Newborn Photography Workshop | Seattle Newborn Photographer

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Seattle Newborn Photography Workshop | Seattle Newborn Photographer

Last month I hosted my very first in person photography workshop. My hope was to connect with other photographers and help them find meaning and direction in their family photography. Together, we photographed a newborn family and a family in Pioneer Square in Seattle. It is so rewarding to help others along in their photography journey.

This little family was the best newborn family we could have asked for. They were so patient and the baby was an absolute dream. She was curious about all the photographers in her face but she tolerated us.

I enjoyed connecting with such a wonderful group of women and sharing my style of photography. I look forward to more photography workshops where I can share my love and passion for family photography. I will be sharing the family shoot later this week.

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Pike Place Market Photo Shoot | Seattle Family Photographer

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Pike Place Market Photo Shoot | Seattle Family Photographer

I have been so fortunate to photograph many other photographers but this one holds a special place in my heart. Melissa and I went out on a limb and met at wppi nearly five years ago. We were both  looking to expand our business and our craft. We immediately became best friends and capturing her family is such an honor. We met on this very stormy day at the Seattle Pike Place Market. we wandered through all the nooks and crannies and found some magic along the way. We explored Shadows and Light and didn't let a little bit of rain get in our way. Enjoy this beautiful family!

Family photography should be fun and a true representation of who your family is right now. Nothing forced or fake. just authentic love and connection. I look forward to all of the families I have coming up this year.

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A Rainy Day Maternity Session | Seattle Maternity & Newborn Photographer

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A Rainy Day Maternity Session | Seattle Maternity & Newborn Photographer

I know I mentioned it in my last post, but I have had many maternity sessions this past few months. I think often we as women feel self conscious about our pregnant bodies. I know I did. So much change and so much out of our control. It can seem strange to want to document it. But what I have found is that you may regret not having maternity photos taken but you will never regret having them done. I love capturing mothers during this time in their lives. It goes so fast and is a time she will surely look back on and want to remember. 

This mother and I met in her home on a rainy Sunday afternoon. Just she and I as her family had other engagements. We spoke about motherhood and birth, challenges and triumphs, and simply got to know each other, which I am always so grateful for before a newborn session as there is already so much going on when you have a new baby. I so enjoyed meeting this calm and peaceful mama and I can't wait to meet her little one when he arrives. 

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