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The Perfect Location For Your Portrait Session

February 7th, 2017

Choosing a photo shoot location might seem like a big deal but it really doesn’t have to be difficult. A location usually drives some of the other decisions you will need to make about your shoot so it’s important to choose the right place. Here are a few questions to ask yourself before you decide on a location:

  1. What kind of theme do I want? If a particular building or natural backdrop would work well with your theme, look around your area for spots that meet your requirements. If you don’t know what kind of backdrop you want, take an afternoon drive around your city for inspiration. It’s easy to overlook beautiful spots that are practically in your backyard. I have a lot of different locations that I like to shoot at so I can help. I do love when clients choose something unique and important to them. Ask family or friends for ideas too.

 

  1. Are you allowed to take pictures there? Make sure that you can legally take pictures at the location that you have in mind. If it’s not public property or available to the public you will need to get permission first. Tree farms or pumpkin patches are very popular in the fall and winter, but keep in mind those are private properties and permission must be acquired before shooting. There are so many beautiful parks and trails around the Pacific Northwest that have free access. However, there are some that require entry fees or parking passes so keep that in mind!

 

  1. Is it accessible? Consider that not all outdoor locations may be available all year round or you might not be able to get to them at all. Your safety is also an important aspect to think about before you decide on a location. Taking pictures on a mountain ledge may look neat but it’s best not to put yourself in harm’s way.

 

  1. How do you get to your location? Will it be easy to walk to the session location and if not, are you able to change your clothing and touch up your hair and makeup before the shoot? You should also find out whether there is a restroom that’s close enough in case you need it.

 

  1. Will the photo session be in a public place? If the location you have chosen has a lot of foot traffic, you need to ask yourself whether you are comfortable being photographed in front of others. If not, you might want to rethink your choice in location
  2. How will the weather effect the location? We have some beautiful beaches in the Puget Sound. However, the beach in the winter is not a great idea. In the fall we have amazing colorful leaves on trees, but once they fall off the whole look of the location changes. In the spring many flowers are starting to bloom, but timing of that changes every year depending on weather. Keep in mind how a location will look and change depending on the season you are booking.

Make sure that your location doesn’t become a distraction and that there is shelter nearby if you need it. Your location tells a story so it’s worthwhile to choose a meaningful spot.

Here are a few of my favorite spots to shoot.

This maternity session was done in the city to give some texture and then we drove to a field nearby to do some more natural shots.

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The beach is a great choice for any type of session. I always keep an eye on the weather, especially the wind. No one wants the wind blowing their hair all over the place. If you’re session includes children, an extra pair of shoes and clothes is highly recommended!

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This family session took place in downtown Snohomish. Snohomish offers so many different options including great greenery, the river, and rustic buildings and textures.

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Walking along trails through woods is a fun option too. If it’s drizzly out the tree cover keeps us dry for the most part. They are usually dog friendly too!

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Fall time in the Northwest is my all time favorite time to shoot. I have gone to this next location in every different season of the year, and fall is by far the best time to visit!

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We know how unreliable our weather is. When the rain (or snow in this family’s case) is coming down, but there’s no option for a reschedule there are several undercover options that still offer a fun backdrop for families.

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Preparing For A Maternity Session

January 31st, 2017

Tips on Preparing for Your Maternity Photo Session

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Bringing a baby into the world is a wonderful life event that should be captured. Many pregnant women are on the fence about booking a maternity session. I get it. We are typically not thrilled with our appearance, and we don’t necessarily feel comfortable in any of our cute clothing. Trust me, you look amazing. There is nothing more beautiful than a body that is carrying a baby, it’s one of life’s greatest miracles. You may not think it right now, but your pregnant body is something you are going to want to remember and share with your little one once they are a bit older.  It’s not just your body that you are going to want to remember. Maternity photos will capture the connection and love between you and your partner. I will pose you lightly, but I really feed off of the interaction between the two of you. If this is your first child, these will be the last photos before you become parents and start a family. Being able to look back and see how happy and full of love you are is priceless. If you are thinking about or have recently booked a maternity photo session then the below tips should come in handy as your prepare for your session, and hopefully ease the worry of getting them done.

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-Schedule your session between 33 and 36 weeks as your tummy should have popped and have a beautiful shape. By booking your maternity session during this time you are also past the discomfort and bloating that happens earlier in the pregnancy.

-We know how important it is to moisturize those knees, elbows and belly but we recommend you do so 1 – 2 hours before the session to avoid any shininess or sticky clothes. You should also avoid wearing any tight fitting watches or bracelets that might leave marks on your skin. Don’t forget about hair ties! I see more black rubber bands on wrists than anything else! ;)

-Treat yourself to a neutral or light colored manicure 1 – 2 days prior to your maternity session so that you can take some beautiful shots with your hands on your tummy. I love to get close up photos of the belly and will usually have mom and dad’s hands visible. Make sure your partner also has nice, clean fingernails and hands.

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– My style of shooting is pretty simple. I don’t typically use a lot of props, but if there is something special you would like to include, make sure to give me a heads up so we can plan for it.

-Take the time to pick the right outfit for the maternity shoot. You should of course be comfortable but make sure that your clothing doesn’t detract from your tummy’s shape and your natural glow. Avoid large, bold patterns or clothing that is too loose. Empire waists, drawstrings, flowing tops and wrap dresses are perfect for enhancing your shape. I am slowly building my own maternity gown collection. You are more than welcome to come to the studio and check out my options.

-Choosing the right location for your maternity session is important. You need to think about what kind of portraits you are after. Outdoor sessions are very popular, but studio sessions are also an option. If your session will include additional children, outdoors might be a good fit. If you are wanting to show off more of your belly and body, a studio setting would be more appropriate. This is something that is heavily discussed in your pre session consultation.

-Above all else…HAVE FUN! Being pregnant is such a blessing!

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-Meghan

 

{KIDDOS} MY kids! Everett Family Photographer

January 30th, 2017

I wanted to share these little faces with everyone! I took these photos in the middle of December as gifts for our parents, and now that the holidays are over I can finally share them!

As many of you know, I am the mama to 4 amazing kids. I thought I’d get a little personal today and share a little piece of our lives. Our children have always been in love with soccer. They all started playing at very young ages with organizations like the YMCA and the Mukilteo Youth Soccer Club. For years my husband coached the boys and we both coached our daughter. We enjoyed teaching our kids and being involved. A year ago our two youngest joined the end of the season for Washington Rush. The club year only had a few months left so we got to taste a little of what the Premier Soccer Life looks like. Once try outs came around in the Spring our two oldest decided they wanted to leave their team (#misfitforlife) and try out for premier as well. All four made teams and were thrilled to take on this new year round, competitive,  soccer adventure.

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Makayla joined the A team for her age group and her team is full of wonderful girls. She really has had a great time getting to know these girls and bonding over a game she loves to play and is REALLY good at! It amazes me how much she has learned. Makayla has been playing soccer for as long as she could walk. You have to understand that all our kids do when I scoot them outside to play is SOCCER. When I ask if they want to go to a park, they ask if there’s a soccer goal there, if there’s not they bring a ball and their goalie gloves just in case.  Makayla has definitely benefited from having 3 older brothers to learn from. I love to watch her play and I hope she continues to love the game.

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Aidan also joined the A team for his age group. His coach played him as a defender, which is the first we have seen from him. He’s always been a striker because of his finishing skills. Watching him learn a new position has been great. He is very fast and isn’t afraid to tackle. He makes very good decisions and has made a lot of goal line saves this year. If you ask Aidan what he wants to be when he grows up, he will tell you a professional soccer player. This kid has dreams!

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Michael made the B team for his age group. I couldn’t be more proud of this kid. He is the happiest and most easy going 12 year old I know. He so willingly just goes with the flow. His team went through a coaching change in the middle of the year and it didn’t seem to phase him one bit. He was just happy to be playing! He’s another one of our very technically smart players. He knows where to go, when to go, and executes it flawlessly.

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Austin made the A team for his age group. His team did by far the most traveling for tournaments over the summer. I flew with him to Utah where their team took home first place. It was very hot, but our team of Washingtonians pushed through it! We had a nice time on our trip, without his siblings. We did some sight seeing as well as some major Pokemon Go hunting. His team also traveled to Bend, OR. This was a first for all of us. We decided to go camping while there instead of staying in a hotel. It’s beautiful there and our campsite was great, we just need to make sure we have power for an AC while in Bend in the dead of summer next time!! Austin has been challenged to learn many of the different player positions on the field. His coach expects him to master every one and be able to play wherever he is put. This is typically forward or midfield. He has a couple goals this year and I can’t wait to watch him play for his high school this spring!

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Washington Rush has been quite the adventure for us. I don’t think Travis and I really knew what we were signing up for when we signed up all four of our kids. It’s been a constant learning experience trying to keep our schedules organized so we don’t go crazy. This summer we spent most of our weekends traveling. We went to Puyallup, Bellingham, Tukwila, Renton, Redmond, Monroe, Utah, Oregon, Preston, and Issaquah for tournaments.  We put lots of miles on our cars and saw places we’ve never been. I learned that a good umbrella, fold up wagon, and folding chairs will be life savers for a tournament weekend. During the regular season we spent our weekends traveling to Mount Vernon, Seattle, Spokane, Yakima, Redmond, Tri Cities, Bellingham, Preston, Issaquah, Silverdale, and Federal Way!  We got very lucky with the coaches for our children. All of them were great and our kids really respect them and look up to them. The parents and families we have met have also been great. We were pleased with the organization as a whole and look forward to the next few years!

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If you want to learn more about Washington Rush, check out www.washingtonrush.com.

 

-Meghan

{Newborn} Everett Photographer: Oakley

January 23rd, 2017

Meet baby Oakley! Oakley decided 2016 was a good year and wanted to make his appearance before it ended. His mom and dad spent New Years Eve welcoming him into the world, and came to visit me just 12 days later. I will never get tired of holding these tiny little miracles in my arms! Babies are my favorite, but watching new parents with their child is also a huge plus of my job. I remember the nerves and worries of the unknown with my first babe. I also remember the absolute joy of doing something as simple as watching my child sleep, I could do it all day. Oakley has some pretty rad parents. We had an awesome session and I am so glad to have met this family!

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Oakley was awake for most of our parent posing, but it was totally fine since he was super content in is parent’s arms.I encourage babies to be sleepy in photos only because when they are that young they tend to fuss when awake. It’s hard to get beautiful images when babes are flailing their arms and legs.  Oakley was completely chill and was happy just hanging out. Look at those little back rolls!

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Wrapping babies during a newborn session is really helpful in getting them to sleep. They feel super secure and warm just like they were in the womb and we get to see how tiny they really are! It’s hard to imagine Oakley being in his momma’s belly just 12 days earlier.

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I have been playing around with different lighting techniques lately. Oakley’s mom and dad were so sweet in letting me mix things up and play around.  I love this profile shot. It’s something completely different than my norm, but I really dig it.

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Isn’t he perfect? He makes my ovaries ache…I mean, not enough to have ANOTHER one (4 is plenty for me), but enough to make me miss it! Enjoy every minute of him A & L!

 

-Meghan

{Newborn} Everett Photographer: Aria

January 20th, 2017

Meet baby Aria! This little peanut came to visit me just after the new year at just 20 days old. I typically like to schedule newborn sessions within 10 days, but Aria did really well! She was awake for some shots, but was totally content!

I actually went to school with Aria’s mama and was the photographer at her mom and dad’s amazing wedding! I remember that day being so laid back and fun. Here’s a link to refresh your memory. Jessica and Phil

I’m in love with these sweet mommy and baby shots. There is something so peaceful and serene about a mama and babe. Moms are not always open to wanting their photos taken so soon after giving birth, but they typically end up being the favorites of most parents. They are definitely my favorites.

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One of Jessica’s favorite things from our session was capturing how little Aria is. She was just 6 pounds when she was born and being able to freeze time and see her this little will be something Jessica and Phil can hold onto forever. I love being able to give these memories to parents and families. <3

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The little scowl on Aria’s face is her signature look! Gaaaaaaahhhh melts my heart. Get some rest guys, I hope to see you and Aria again soon!

 

-Meghan

Tips for Making a Photo Session With Little Ones Easier

October 3rd, 2016

Top 5 Tips for Making a Photo Session with Kids Easier

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If you’re preparing for a photo session with your children, you may be feeling a bit apprehensive. Children aren’t always easy to deal with, (let’s be honest they can be down right stubborn when we want them to do something) which is why the below tips will definitely come in handy before your upcoming photo session.

  1. Don’t make a huge deal out of it. If you’re stressed out and cranky, your kids will usually pick up on it and act accordingly. Let me say it again, if you’re stressed out and cranky, your kids will usually pick up on it and act accordingly. Their behavior will usually be better if you are relaxed and having fun. You may have to make some compromises to keep the peace such as letting your energetic daughter’s hair stay straight instead of curling it because she won’t sit still. Focus on the big picture and don’t sweat the small stuff. For personal experience, my children listen way better to people they don’t know than to my husband or I. Let me take charge and deal with the kids, I will let you know if I need you to step in and help.
  2. Make it fun. Let the kids have a couple “fun pictures” where they get to pick their own pose or props. You get to keep the more serious photos while they get to keep their silly photos. This way everyone wins. If you are struggling to get your kids to sit still, turn the photo session into a game. I typically let kids run the show. If they want to be silly for some, I let them. Don’t worry, I make sure to get the majority of the photos when they aren’t being crazy.
  3. Be prepared. If you’re going to be out for several hours, ensure that your children are well rested and have had their nap. Bringing some snacks and activities along is also a great idea. If you are having your own photos taken too then you might want to bring a babysitter or family member along to watch the kids. If you happen to be shooting in a remote location, you never know when you might need something like bug spray, tissues or a first aid kit so bring that along too.
  4. Be patient. Save your sanity by trying not to control the photo session too much. Sometimes the best photos come from kids just doing their own thing. Relax and have fun and your photos will look fantastic.
  5. Have a chat. Get your children talking to you and I about topics such as school or their favorite songs. This allows them to feel more comfortable around someone they just met and will also give me a chance to capture a few candid and cute expressions.

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Ready to book your session? Email Meghan@melifephotography for more info!

{Newborn} Everett Photographer

September 9th, 2016

Photographing newborns is number one on my favorite things to do at work. To have a job where I get to snuggle, rock,  and watch newborns sleep is amazing. I love to watch newborns while they are sleeping. Their little noises, squeaks, and facial expressions are the best. I would love to know what the dreams are behind all those noises.

Another thing I love about my job is that I get to see families grow. I first met mama, Carly, in high school. When her and her husband, Matt, where pregnant with their daughter, Olivia, I was so honored that they chose me to capture Olivia’s first year. It was a blast watching her grow up over the course of her first twelve months. I was so excited to hear that they were having another baby. They are such a sweet couple, and come on, their kids are ridiculously adorable. Meet baby Ace, congratulations Donnelly family!!

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{FAMILY} Gohl Family-Snohomish Child Photographer

August 8th, 2016

Q. Why didn’t the toilet paper cross the road?

A. Because it got stuck in a crack.

Thanks for the new joke Carter, I haven’t heard that one before! I instantly came home from this session and told my family. We all got a good laugh out of it. Thank you Gohl family for a great evening of laughter and cuteness overload. I am so thankful we FINALLY made it happen!

Email Meghan@melifephotography.com to book your family session today!

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{NEWBORN} Everett Newborn Photographer

June 7th, 2016

Little Judah is such a special baby. He is beautiful, perfect, and so very loved. He has an super adorable big brother who I am sure will be amazing. Judah is also blessed with some pretty awesome parents. I am so incredibly happy for this couple and their family. Congratulations Powell family!

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To schedule a newborn session with M.E. Life Photography, email Meghan@melifephotography.com.

{BIRTH} Everett Birth Photographer

May 28th, 2016

Birth photography has been at the top of my ‘to do’  list for quite some time now. I love the raw emotion, vulnerability, and tenderness involved in giving birth. I am so grateful that this lovely couple invited me to document this miracle at Providence Hospital Women’s Pavilion back in January. Katie had a smile on her face the entire night, I couldn’t get over it. She was totally calm and just excited and completely overjoyed to be meeting her son.  Katie and her husband Steve didn’t unlock their hands after the baby was born for quite some time.  It’s the sweet little things like this that make me so grateful to be able to capture this for the couple. They probably didn’t even realize it was happening.

Welcome to the world little Ethan!

XOXO

Meghan

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If you would like more information on Birth Photography email Meghan@melifephotography.com