Seattle Summers: Easy Tips for Relaxed Family Photos


Hello, Seattle families! As a local family photographer, I’m happy to share some easy tips and ideas to capture relaxed family photos this Summer. Today, I’m sharing a beach family session from last Summer with a family of three. Here’s what made their photoshoot successful and how to apply it to your family.

Set the Mood

Seattle summers are unique with their mild weather and stunning natural beauty. Choose locations that showcase our city’s charm, such as waterfront parks, lush green spaces, or iconic city views. Let the backdrop compliment your family’s relaxed style.

Choose Comfortable Outfits

Keep it casual and comfortable! Opt for outfits that reflect your family’s personality while allowing everyone to move freely. Light layers, breathable fabrics, and comfortable shoes are perfect for exploring Seattle’s picturesque spots.

Timing is Key

Schedule your photoshoot during the golden hours of early morning or late afternoon to capture that soft, flattering light. Avoid midday sun to prevent harsh shadows and squinting. Seattle’s gentle sunlight adds a natural glow to your photos.

Capture Candid Moments

The best moments are often unplanned. As an experienced candid Seattle family photographer, this is my area of expertise. Encourage genuine interactions among your family members with relaxed, and easy activities. Consider incorporating something easy like paper planes, a simple picnic, frisbee throwing, etc. to reflect the true essence of your family’s personality.

Keep It Relaxed

A relaxed atmosphere leads to natural smiles and genuine expressions – this is so important! Bring along snacks, water, or your favorite music to keep everyone comfortable and in a relaxed mood. I always have a variety of songs on my phone that I’m happy to share and play during your family session.

As a Seattle family photographer, I believe that the magic of summer photos lies in the easygoing moments and genuine connections. By following these tips, you’ll create beautiful memories that reflect the spirit of our vibrant city.

Cheers to a summer filled with laughter, love, and unforgettable photos! If you’re interested in capturing unposed, relaxed family photos this year, book a session with me online.

view on mount rainier from bainbridge island
with love,
Maria Alcantara