Fanelli Family - Golden Gardens

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Team Fanelli always shows up looking cute for a photo shoot and this year was no different. Little Scarlett dawned a fuzzy cozy pink vest and sweet bow for her hair while her teeny tiny sister Lorelai had an amazing headwrap on. It was inspo for me too on these chilly morning shoots. I think it’s officially beanie season. This is our third session together and we always shoot during Seattle’s most unpredictable weather months and somehow every time, we luck out with weather.

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November and December can bring lots of fog, rain, and even sometimes snow to the Emerald City. On this morning, we had a beautiful blanket of Pacific NW clouds and not a single drop of rain (a first for us). The gals were extra interested in being cozy and held by their parents so we kept it easy. The little ones enjoyed exploring the park area on shoulder-tops and snuggled up in welcoming arms.

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Ulusarac Family - Discovery Park

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How do you prepare for a fall photo shoot with completely unknown weather variables in the Pacific Northwest? As a general rule, just prepare for any and all of it. Coats, vests, blankets, whatever is necessary for the elements. Will it rain? Probably. Is that ok? It all depends on you, but generally, I like some rain. Some. The day before I met the Ulusarac family for our Discovery Park session it had been absolutely pouring. I remained hopeful for our photo shoot as I looked at the forecast. There appeared to be a little window just after the time we were going to meet that looked good.  At 6:30am, I emailed to try to scoot us out 30-60 minutes to buy us a little more time. No dice. They already had a full calendar so our time would have to stick. Cut to our start time, it was perfection. The fog had just barely started to lift, and there was a break in Seattle’s grey and overcast sky just long enough for us to have one of my most memorable shoots to date. It was autumn at its finest. Fallen colorful leaves and moody skies made for the perfect backdrop for our session.

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When I first met little Ela (with one “L,” she was very clear), she turned away shyly. I’m pretty accustomed to this initial reaction from most kiddos, and I anticipated we’d be looking at about 20 minutes or so before she’d warm up to me. Wrong again. Within about 5 minutes, she had discussed her Halloween plans with me, told me all about her pretty dress, and most importantly told me about the Snickers that was in her pocket that her mom said she could have once we were done at the end of our photo shoot. Did we photograph that? You bet we did. In addition to being a little actress slash model in the making, she’s a big sister now, and that brought a variety of precious moments as I tried to capture along with snippets of the full family and some couplings. Mom and Dad had to get in on the fun after all.

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As we were finishing up with the photographs, we were perched over in the field overlooking the Puget Sound. I saw a couple of drops hit my lens and looked over towards the Olympic Peninsula. Rain was definitely headed our way.  Little did I know it would be so fast. We walked back to our cars and said our goodbyes and within a minute of shutting my door and turning on my engine a complete deluge of rain hit us. If we had changed our time even 15 minutes, we would have been soaked through. It’s never a dull moment around here capturing family photos in the fall and winter.

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Windemuth Family - Washington Arboretum

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Team Windemuth wanted fall foliage for this year’s family session.  Additionally, mom (Gina) had a very specific request given we’d be photographing her two wild and adorable boys, please give them room to run around.  Thankfully I had just the place, and the autumn leaves and weather cooperated with our shoot date. We ended up tucked away at the Washington Park Arboretum for a vibrant and carefree family photo shoot.

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As all Seattle folks know, getting a decent fall day to get outside is always challenging, especially on the weekend but we lucked out, and I chased these kids (and their parents) around the park until the bathroom gods called and we had to high tail it back to the visitor’s center. Exploring with this crew never gets old and is always full of the best silly faces and glimpses of brotherly love.

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Burns Family - Volunteer Park

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I’ve photographed this awesome family since their first kiddo, and now they’ve blossomed into a powerhouse party of 5. Beth and James always crack me up with their humor every session we have, and it’s clear that they’ve passed on that silliness to their 3 girls. These ladies didn’t keep still for more than a second as we ran all around Capitol Hill’s Volunteer Park. I was lucky if I even caught the blurs they were that fast.

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This go around we had our beautiful family session in the fall so the dahlia garden was in full bloom and there were some autumn leaves in various parts of the park. Generally speaking though, the lush greens were the perfect backdrop for these sweet sister moments.  Watching the dynamics between siblings and also with their parents was hilarious. All personalities were in full display, including the newbie to the bunch, Chloe who kept her cool under pressure the entire time.

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Bowe Family - Washington Arboretum

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Being a twin must be such an interesting experience. You were born together, you know each other better than anyone else and you probably at times think that you have telepathy. What about when you’re a toddler and a twin? I recently photographed little Brooklyn and Lucy and their awesome parents for a fall family photo session over at the Washington Park Arboretum, and I just kept thinking, what is going on in your sweet little minds? Do you have some kind of radar on one another?

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I was especially struck by how much they had grown since last year and how their personalities were on a new level. Little Lucy kept smiling for the camera and pausing to spend time with all the leaves and twigs, and Brooklyn was clearly very adventurous and just wanted to go explore the park. She revealed her smiles quickly and sneakily as though she knew I wanted nothing but to catch one in action.

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For those who live in Seattle, if you haven’t been over to the arboretum yet, I highly recommend it for a little autumn fun with beautiful fall foliage.  I recently learned they have these fantastic seasonal tour maps (scroll down a bit on the page) of the park that are broken out by month so you can know what the plants, leaves, and trees are up to at any given time. Very helpful and made the experience that much more enjoyable.

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Peterson Family - San Mateo

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Hello world! Meet little Elliott! He’s the little sweetheart belonging to proud parents Sarah and Alexander. Earlier this year I got to have a maternity shoot with them and hear all about their plans for parenthood. I remember how much they were brimming with excitement and ready for this transformative moment. Fast forward to our newborn session and we came full circle. It was beautiful to see them taking on their new roles with so much love and exuberance. They read Elliott books, sang nursery rhymes and smiled at him with such bright eyes. Naturally, he beamed right back. This little hugger is a sweet pea with such a gentle disposition. Can't wait to watch him grow and grow. Congrats to the Peterson family.

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