Discovery Park Wildflower Minis | Seattle Baby Photographer

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Summertime is one of the best times to capture family photos with your loved ones. There are so many reasons why this time of year in Seattle is best for photos, but here’s a few of my favorite: the weather is consistent, the kids are out of school, Fall is an extremely busy time for photographers due to people wanting photos for their Holiday cards, and the most popular reason: avoid reschedules when the rain comes back.

Family sitting in wildflower field kissing baby Discovery Park

Rescheduling your family photo session due to rainy weather in the Fall can be a total bummer. Seattle photographers dislike reschedules just as much as families and couples do. We sincerely wish we could do photoshoots outside all year ’round. It can be disappointing, and trust me when I say that your family photographer wants to hold your session in the best light and the best weather possible. If you’re hesitating or waiting for a Fall spot, I highly encourage you to contact me as soon as possible to reserve your desired time and day before the rush of new clients finds me on Google and social media. The mantra for every Seattle photographer is: book now, pay your deposit to hold your date, and schedule later.

Mother smiling at camera holding baby in wildflower field Discovery Park

Discovery Park located in the Magnolia neighborhood in Seattle, is a lovely spot to capture your family photos or to schedule a session with your loved ones. I can’t emphasize enough how much I’m enjoying photographing couples right now, so please reach out to me if you’re considering some meaningful photos. Last Summer, I ran an online education session for Unraveled Academy to discuss how I run a family session. I discussed creative composition, framing your subjects, and camera settings for new family photographers. It was great fun with this adorable family that brought their baby all the way from Bainbridge Island – they were one of my first families that hired me for family photos. These pictures are a lovely preview of what your family session could look like. Be yourself in the front of the camera and interact with each other as much as possible, and you’ll get the same results as this family did. As always, clothing is such an important factor as to what makes beautiful classic photos. The theme for this shoot was casual summer. I requested they wear jeans with pops of soft neutral colors so that they would stand out against the bright pink wildflowers.

Baby walking in field holding sweet pea flowers Discovery Park

Comfortable clothing for kids is so crucial for a successful and relaxed outdoor family photography session. As you can see, this adorable soft romper was the perfect out and about walking outfit for this baby – isn’t she the sweetest? It kept her comfortable and the material is breathable. Cotton, linen or any other soft blend material is great for kids, babies, and children. I try to steer clients away from having their babies and smaller children wear jeans during sessions. Kids move so much that inevitably their jeans will show the top of their diaper or they will slip down as they bend over. Think aesthetically pleasing play clothes that kids can run, jump, and walk in – or strut!

Family sitting in wildflower field with baby Discovery Park

The sweet pea wildflowers at Discovery Park begin coming in around late July, but with the warmer temperatures we’ve been having, they could show up earlier. This patch of wild flowers is one of my favorite spots to photograph family or couple sessions. It feels special, and captured at the right time, very much like a storybook moment. Every year, I get asked where this is, so visit my website online and look for announcements for this location. Better yet, sign up to my On the List email newsletter and be the first to know about seasonal discounts and special announcements.

with love,
Maria Alcantara

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