Seattle Newborn-Maternity-Family Photography Blog


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

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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Expecting | Seattle Maternity & Newborn Photographer

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Expecting | Seattle Maternity & Newborn Photographer

I have photographed so many expecting couples this past month which means there will be many newborns ahead. Seems so fitting with it being spring. 

I am always so excited when a family purchases my maternity and newborn package because it means we get to know each other before the newborn session, which is so intimate. This sweet couple is excepting their first baby any day now. I could literally feel their anticipation. You know the feeling, excitement, joy, and let's admit it, fear. But this baby is sure to be loved fiercely, as these two are obviously very much in love. Seattle offers the best scenery for photographs, I am so luck to be a photographer in Seattle. Stay tuned for their newborn session. 

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Seattle University Family | Seattle Family Photographer

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Seattle University Family | Seattle Family Photographer

How can it be that I have know these two for fifteen years? We met when we were all attending college at Seattle University.  Alicia and I were in nursing school together so we got very close. Nursing school is hard and we spent many hours studying and preparing to be a nurse. Thankfully, we have stayed close over the years and we all try and see each other as much as our busy lives allow. We both have three active kiddos so it can be challenging. I have captured their family many times and I was excited when they suggested Seattle University as a location. It holds so much meaning to us all and it was pretty fun to explore with their kiddos. We would never have been able to predict who these kids would be or how rich their lives would be way back when we were living day to day off minimal sleep and maybe a little to much beer. ;) I know what you might be thinking when you look at this family. Are they for real? They are so beautiful it seems unfair.  Well, let me tell you one thing, they are far more beautiful on the inside and these two are some of the most kick ass parents I know.  I am just lucky to know them! 

I can't wait to see where we capture them this year! It just keeps getting better and better! Enjoy. 

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Growing A Family | Seattle Maternity & Newborn Photographer

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Growing A Family | Seattle Maternity & Newborn Photographer

I usually like to give my maternity and newborn session their own blog post, but these two sessions were done so close together that it just feels right to put them together.  Let me explain, Veronica and Jon were expecting their third baby.  I met them three and a half years ago when they were expecting their first baby.  We met at Discovery park on a gorgeous August evening. It was just the two of them then.  When that first baby was born, I captured their sweet baby girl in the town home they lived in.  Just fifteen months later they welcomed their second baby into the world, and I was lucky enough to be invited into their new home to capture their second daughter.  Well, just a little over a year later they were about to welcome their third baby.  They had only scheduled a newborn photography session.  Veronica messages me on Facebook saying "you know, I think I might want to remember this pregnancy, my last, with my two big girls, can you squeeze me in?" Well, of course I said yes!  We had such a sweet little maternity session where the focus was on the two little girls.  Then, I got to come into their home once more to meet their third baby which was a boy! My heart is so full. I have had the privilege of watching this sweet family grow and it has been so much fun!  Our lives move fast, faster when we have little ones.  Of course we will always have memories, but photographs make them tangible.  Enjoy this families story, I know I have.  


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Sunshine In Seattle | Seattle Family Photography

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Sunshine In Seattle | Seattle Family Photography

The best part of my family photography business is that I get to see families grow. I have captured this family many times and we always have a great time.  Carrie, the mama said she has a goal to be photographed at every park in Seattle.  Done!  I am up for that challenge as Seattle has an abundance of parks and beaches.  When she suggested this park I was very excited as it is very Seattle.  It has greenery, views, and beautiful architecture. Seattle is a very special place and it is so much fun to photograph families in all it's beauty. 

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