Last summer, I stepped out of my comfort zone. I was working with a videographer to showcase my work as a Seattle family photographer. I felt a bit shy about starring in the eye of the video camera since I am always behind the camera.
As I was getting ready for filming, I spontaneously grabbed a photo off a book shelf to take on location. The photo was taken by my father, a talented amateur photographer. The subject is me, then an eight year old Polish schoolgirl returning from school. I’m wearing a mysterious smile, but all I remember of that moment is that I was so proud of my new book bag.
As the filming begins, the camera focuses on the photograph while I introduce myself and begin to talk about my process.
Sometimes, we act on impulse without knowing why. Since then, I’ve had some time to think about what that photograph means to me. It’s clear now that it was a link to my parents and my heritage. Somehow, that was enough to give me the support I needed to get in front of the camera.
Photographs are important. They provide links to the past and support us on our life journey. As a child, I was indifferent, and even annoyed, when my father was taking photos of me. Today, I can see their significance. Photographs spark memory and help us understand who we were and who we have become. They provide insight into the gifts our parents gave us we were growing up.
I felt I had come full circle when I showed the finished video to my father. We both became emotional when we saw that old photo and he told me few more details about the moment of taking it. Despite our distance, he understood how grateful I was for the impact he had had on my life, a life that has been so grand and fulfilling and that I give thanks for each day.
As a Seattle Family Photographer I often work with Washington Athletic Club photographing their dynamic, inventive, and colorful events. The fun (usually) begins with family participation and a lot of kids!
Recently, WAC families took over the 8th Floor for an evening of pure entertainment! Bounce houses, arts and crafts, a balloon dance party, and more kept participants of all ages happy and hopping:
Lily Temmer is an author (she has written four novels and four collections of short stories, and her prose was deemed, quote, “flawless” by Kirkus Reviews), copywriter, editor and ghost writer. Lily is a dear friend of mine. Recently we talked about my work as a Seattle Family Photographer and this is what Lily wrote after our conversation. Thank you Lily Temmer:
Every family has a unique personality, and when we work together, I strive to bring out the unexpected, humorous, or touching moments that make your family like no other. I call my style directed photojournalism, which is a balance between the carefree and the guided, with attention paid to composition, and the essence of each subject.
My objective in every photo session is to create images that display spontaneity while also expressing the beauty and temperament of the subject. I am not people-shy. I am agile, involved, and active throughout the session. My ultimate goal is to provide you with images you will cherish for years to come.
Family photography is a collaborative process. When we work together I will provide you with location choices that come from our consultation, or that I think will work well for your session. Before the day of the photo session, I will provide you with detailed information about clothing choices, plus any pertinent information you will need to find the location.
Our session will last about 90minutes. It is part of the process to draw you out and make sure everyone is working together smoothly toward the finished product.
Following our session, I will contact you to arrange for a meeting to view the photographs. Here, you will choose your favorites which will then be expertly retouched and polished for the most natural look.
I am happy to accommodate special requests. Here, in this video a bit about me:
This image of a creative family was taken on the last day of the year 2106 (it was very cold and to play guitars meant to have numb fingers). Bye, bye! I welcome a New Year with new plans and excitement for my work as Seattle Family Photographer. Happy New Year Everyone! I look forward to seeing you in front of my lens!
Portrait of a father and the twins. I created this image during recent family photography session. Seth is a comedian from LA. I don’t know when the lemons arrived during the photo session. I think he brought them and nobody questioned it. I did my work and he did his work, holding children lovingly and handing them lemons to hold and be intrigued with. I think, the avocado was introduced first but it did not take. The bottom line is: Happy Father’s Day! Let it be love and light! Happy Solstice as well. With much love from a Seattle Family Photographer!