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The H Family | Seattle Family Portraits

I first took photos of this family last summer, when baby Nuwa was QUITE new (just a few weeks old!) and Rowan was rambunctiously playing in the sprinkler. When their mom called me to schedule a family portrait session for Christmas, I wasn’t surprised to see that Rowan was just as rowdy… but Nuwa, even though she’d grown so much was still quiet, contemplative, and serene. Two siblings can be so different!

A soggy day kept us from the park where I’d hoped to play with the girls (sensibly, so they wouldn’t take a mud bath) but they are such a gorgeous family and they have such a gorgeous house that I couldn’t have asked for better.

Meet the family:  Proud parents to two little girls…

The whole family stands for a family portrait photographed on their front porch in Seattle, Washington

Oldest daughter, Rowan, a vivacious and energetic, sometimes a troublemaker. Code name: “The Destroyer”…

Rowan is only a child, but she can look so devious! She smiles and looks at something out of the corner of her eye.Rowan looking smug about her portrait being taken

Rowan has a lollipop as a reward for her good behavior during the family photo session

Rowan reaches up toward the camera as if to touch itRowan shows child-like delight

Rowan doesnRowan lays her cheek on her hand as if she

Youngest daughter, Nuwa, master of stare-downs and a very “old soul.” Code name: “Pork Chop”…

Nuwa is held for a portrait by her dadBaby portrait of Nuwa in a red dress


Baby nuwa looks captivated by the mobile in her cribNuwa reaches for the mobile hanging in her crib, looking fascinated

Virany lifts Nuwa in the air and smiles at her as Nuwa looks at the photographerBaby Nuwa laughs out loud as VIrany is photographed holding her up in the air and laughing

They’re both sweetie pies and so much fun to play with and–

HEEEYYYYY… Did you forget about ME?

Rowan looks dubious of her portrait photographer and purses her lips with hands on hips

No, no, of course not, Rowan. It’s just that Nuwa was nomming something and drooling so cutely…

Close-up portrait of bright-eyed baby Nuwa blowing bubbles

HEY! I’m still over here!

Rowan being sassy to the camera during portraits

Of course you are! And you’re a very lucky girl. Your momma loves you both so very much!

Virany holds her daughter Nuwa next to her face and shows the resemblanceVirany is photographed holding Nuwa and smiling

Virany smiles brightly in this portrait with her daughter, RowanRowan kisses her mother in a touching black and white portrait

Laura, Tim, and Van | Bellevue Family Portraits

Meet Laura, Tim, and Van. One rainy weekend last month, I spent the morning with them and a few of their extended family taking some fun Christmas portraits. We had big plans to use the gorgeous landscape at Lewis Creek Park in Bellevue… and were completely rained out. But, lucky me! Because they’re the most bee-you-ti-ful family ever, it didn’t matter where we photographed.

The Chilton family photographed on their couch at their Bellevue home

Little Van was a BIG explorer, and very curious. Look at those eyes! He was crawling everywhere he could (his newest accomplishment is being mobile!) and putting strange things into his mouth. We took a bunch of baby portraits at the Lewis Creek visitor’s center where there were all sorts of fun tactile things to explore, like the bear skin rug below.

VanBaby Van is confused by the black bear rug at the Lewis Creek Park discovery center in Bellevue, WA

After a good cry thanks to the bearskin rug, Van grins at the photographer with a hand in his mouthBaby Van

After a short session with Laura, Tim, and Van, we were joined at the family’s home by Laura’s parents for some photos with grandma and grandpa. They’re all so photogenic!

Laura, her parents, and Van are photographed on the couch in their Bellevue home

These two were the most wonderful couple and so very American Gothic.


At home, Van showed off some of his favorite things. Picture books! A man after my own heart…

Three photographs show baby Van choosing, reading, and sharing one of his favorite picture books

He’s also well on his way to becoming a walker. Who knows what sort of cute mischief he’ll get into then.

Baby Van takes a few steps while his mom holds his hands

It’s hard work being a model– for little and big people– especially when there are bright lights involved. But Van was a total star! He’s a darling young man, in part because he’s surrounded by lovely people who absolutely adore him. Mwah!

Mom and dad smooch their child on both cheeks while he grins in the middle

Seneviratne Family | Portraits at the Olympic Sculpture Park

I first met the Seneviratnes while photographing their daughter Catherine’s rehearsal dinner. Catherine and I knew each other from Wedding Bee. We were both Seattle bloggers–she was Mrs. Joey and I was Mrs. Cherry Pie– but she was actually married in Seattle. I photographed her awesome wedding reception at the Lake Union Cafe while building my portfolio.

I thought that’d be the last I’d see of Catherine through my lens for a bit, but she contacted me shortly after her wedding to ask if I’d take some family portraits. Her family didn’t have the chance to pose for formals with her primary photographer at the wedding, but she told me that they enjoyed the candid portraits I’d taken so much that they wanted to have more. (Thanks, guys!!) Plus, the timing was perfect– Catherine’s sister and her husband were briefly visiting Seattle from Italy prior to his next military deployment. I’m so flattered that they took time out of their visit to have photos with the whole family together.

Everyone lines up for a family portrait under the pavillion overhang at the Seattle Sculpture Park

The Seneviratne family had their pictures taken at Seattle’s Olympic Sculpture Park, which is one of the city’s most versatile location for portraits. I mean, there’s a grassy knoll, several beaches, a (seasonal) rose garden, a fountain, tons of abstract sculptures, railways and cityscapes all stretched through a lovely landscaped layout. What more can you ask for?

In our hour-long session we barely meandered through a quarter of the park and I still found new locations to photograph.

Here’s Catherine’s sister and her husband. He was a super stoic soldier, and a tough guy to get to crack a smile. That’s why I loved him!

A happy couple, except he doesn

Catherine and her sister were cute and affectionate with their mother, while the guys all posed like they were from GQ. Love. It.

The Seneviratne family men pose opposite the women at the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle

A picture of the whole family together, in black and white

We had a lot of fun using this sculpture, “Wake,” for different kinds of framing, posing, and backdrops.

The Seneviratne family poses in the center of a sculpture at the Olympic Sculpture Park

At the end of the day, though, I think this sculpture below (Untitled) was my favorite. It’s a cluster of seating elements that look normal but are really quite unique. The double concrete bench (described in the brochure as “awkward,” though I’m not sure why) sits next to a plastic lawn chair and cardboard bankers box… except that both are, in fact, cast in bronze. It makes for a really cool multi-level group shot.

Lots of places for a family to sit on this scupture at the Olympic Sculpture park in Seattle

Thanks for the great shoot, guys! I’m so happy you thought of me, and it was wonderful to see you again.

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