Darrah Parker » Slice of Life Photography

fall foliage family photos | seattle family photographer

It’s been almost a year since my last session with this sweet family. This time, the youngest kiddo is on the move so we met at a park so both kids could get the wiggles out. It didn’t hurt that the park was filled with the most gorgeous fall foliage. This is really my favorite time of year for family photos! Here are a few of my favorite photos from our playground-playing, leaf-jumping, pretzel-eating session!

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There are a few weeks left of fall weather before Seattle turns into a soggy mess for the winter. I have a limited number of spots left for fall sessions. Please contact me if you’d like set something up!

four years later

When I was first starting my business, I had an idea. A crazy idea. I wanted to photograph one family – the same family – once a month for an entire year. The photo sessions would take place in their home and be documentary style. I would call the project One Year, One Family. I started putting feelers out and a friend of mine happened to know a family that was into the idea. And so, in January of 2010, I made my first visit to their home. I met Debbie and Tom, their children Ellery (10 years old) and Benjamin (13 years old), and Pushkin, the dog. What started out as a crazy idea turned into so much more. I grew to really adore this family and learn so much about the meaning of family in the process.

Four years later, Debbie contacted me because she wanted family photos. I agreed but only under one condition: I wanted to come back to their home and take some photos there, just like the old days. So that’s what we did. We spent the first part of our session at Discovery Park, the same park we went to on Mother’s Day four years ago, and the second part at their home.

As you can see, the kids are older and MUCH taller. Ellery is now 14 and Benjamin is 17 and about to graduate from high school. Almost as astonishing as how much the kids have grown since I first photographed them is how much my photography has grown since then. It’s been so much looking back at their photos, reminiscing about how far I’ve come since then and and being reminded of what an honor it is to do this work – connecting with families and capturing their lives in such an intimate way.

One of the goals of my original project was to mark the passage of time using photography and to celebrate the ordinary moments that make up a life. Having the opportunity to photograph this lovely family four years later was a full-circle moment. I am so grateful that their story is now a part of my life.

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I am still madly in love with doing in-home lifestyle photography sessions. For single session details and rates, click here. If you’re interested in booking a series of sessions similar to the one I talked about in this post, please contact me. I’d love to tailor something to your specific family.

the lattas | seattle maternity photographer

Katy and West have been friends of mine for years. I will always remember visiting them after they had their first child, Deva, and taking some of my first photos for my new photography business. A lot has happened since then. Katy and West moved with their newborn to Ireland and then back to Seattle. Deva is now four years old (and proud of it!) and their family is about to add a fourth very lucky member.

When I asked them where they like to spend time as a family, they told me Carkeek Park in Seattle. So that is where we did our photo session. I find it is always more comfortable for people to take photos where they feel at home and this family clearly feels at home by the water. And it doesn’t hurt that the Bubble Man showed up at the end of our session, which made for a very happy four-year-old (and a very happy photographer)!

I loved spending this magical morning with Katy, West, and Deva. I loved watching Deva build fairy gardens and imaginary worlds. And I LOVED when she directed one of our photos (see if you can guess which one was her idea.) Clearly, she is going to be an amazing big sister.

And can we just talk about Katy’s amazing henna tattoo on her belly? Seriously gorgeous.

Congrats, friends. I can’t wait to meet the newest family member. It was an honor photographing your family at this most precious time. xo

Expecting a baby soon? Visit my Maternity + Newborn page to view the gallery and learn about my First Days sessions.