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silas turns one | seattle family photographer

Almost a year ago, I met Silas and his lovely parents, Allecia and Seth. Silas was just three weeks old and as sweet as can be.  I was thrilled to photograph them again last weekend and I can safely say that Silas is still as sweet as can be. Allecia and Seth wanted some photos of Silas at a year old (his birthday is next month) and to get some photos for their holiday card. So that is what we did! After a week of downpours and rain in the forecast that morning, the clouds miraculously parted revealing a crisp autumn morning, perfect for a photo session at the park. But first, breakfast and coffee! These folks definitely have their priorities straight.

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.