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Film Friday: Mother

Happy May! I don’t know about you, but I’m already thinking about Mother’s Day…

That’s why I’m sharing this photography today – my first award winning photograph I took of my Mom, when I was 6. I won a ribbon at the Fair and was delighted. My Mom has been my number one fan and has helped encourage my creative growth. I am forever grateful!

A portrait of my Mom taken at age 6.
Won a ribbon at the fair for this, a portrait of my Mom taken at age 6.

In honor of Mother’s Day…

Mother’s Day Special: Through May 30th, book your session at the Portrait Package rate – $175, which will include your children, 10 -4×6 photographs in a keepsake box, and images on a memory stick. Additional images available for purchase at $25 each. Let’s plan a fun session that reflects what you enjoy doing with your kids or your favorite spot in Seattle.

p.s. I LOVE to use Pinterest to brainstorm ideas!

Seattle Mother-Daughter Beauty Walk

What do you do to capture a sweet, energetic 3-year-old and her Mom? Take a walk, of course! Meet Rio and her Mom, Melanie, a fellow photographer

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On Seattle’s rare summery spring day, we adventured from the University Village to the Arboretum. These two are such fun, sweet souls, it was fun to capture their beautiful personalities.

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Photographing little Rio as she explored the gardens and snuck across the bridge with her Mom trying to not wake the sleeping dragon underneath was simply adorable.

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I know how easy it is to never be in photographs with my own children. That’s why I was so happy to do this session with Melanie and Rio. Some day Rio can look back and see photos of herself with her Mommy!

Mother’s Day Special: Through May 30th, book your session at the Portrait Package rate – $175, which will include your children, 10 -4×6 photographs in a keepsake box, and images on a memory stick. Additional images available for purchase at $25 each. Let’s plan a fun session that reflects what you enjoy doing with your kids or your favorite spot in Seattle.

p.s. I LOVE to use Pinterest to brainstorm ideas!

p.s.s. Melanie does stunning work: check out her beauty portraiture!

 

2 Easy Ways To Take Better Mother’s Day Photos!

I love Mothers Day. I know it seems like a Hallmark holiday, but really, it’s a good excuse to stop and thank our mothers. And, I have a couple easy tips to make the most of your events full of snap shots…

1. Look At The Light

If you’re snapping photos in the sunshine outside, keep the sun at your back. This will eliminate harsh shadows and prevent such squinty eyes that you can’t see them anymore!

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2. Eye Level

If you want to avoid the double chin that happens to the best of us, keep the camera pointed at eye level. The only exception to this is children, the model thin folks, or people who want to look taller than they really are. For example, I shot this of my daughter aiming at her belly button. She looks taller and bigger than she really is. And, if you look closely, she’s got a tiny double chin going on, which in my mind adds to her cuteness;)

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I hope you have a wonderful time celebrating your Mother whether you see her on Mother’s Day or not!

xo,

Holli

p.s. Shameless plug:

MDPostcard2Now that I’m expanding my photography business to include modern portraiture with a photojournalistic twist, I wanted to do something fun to debut my portraits. This Saturday, May 11th, I’ll be offering 30 minute, mini-portrait sessions for $50 at my favorite Nursery in White Center. Details here: Garden Mini Photos!

There are only 4 sessions available until Wednesday, May 8th.

A note on Mother’s Day

Happy Mother's Day!

I was eating lunch with my childless friend and her husband recently, and I found myself venting about the rough week I’d had with my 3 and nearly 5-year-old. At the end of my rant, the husband said, “It must be kinda neat to be a part of something bigger than yourself.”  At that, I felt a slap of guilt for venting about a few bad days when there are so many good days to appreciate on the road of Motherhood.

Being a Mother has taught me more about myself than any other experience. Even if I need to vent once in a while, I love every unpredictable moment of it. Motherhood is truly a privilege to be such an integral part of the future.

So, dear Mothers, no matter where you are or what kind of day you’ve had, enjoy it. You are doing the most important job in the world.