Families & Kids

The "E" Family || Pacific Northwest Family Portraits

I had the honor of photographing this incredible family a few weeks ago. They are wonderful people inside and out and I love their story of how they have grown their family throughout the years. 

The adoption process is an amazing journey. It may not be easy, but it is amazing. I have had the privilege of being surrounded by awesome families like this one who have encouraged us as we continue our process. And I cling to the guidance and wisdom families like this one provides in preparing us to bring our little guy home.

It was a blessing to photograph this wonderful family!

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Sweet Family || Pacific Northwest Family Portraits

What an absolutely sweet family! I had such a wonderful time meeting them and photographing their family portraits and also a special one year cake smash!! Here's a fun little sneak peek from their session!

Pacific Northwest Family Portraits by Michelle Newell
Pacific Northwest Family Portraits by Michelle Newell

Some days, the best place to be is in Mommy's arms...

Pacific Northwest Family Portraits by Michelle Newell
Pacific Northwest Family Portraits by Michelle Newell

Everything is better with cake!

Pacific Northwest Family Portraits by Michelle Newell

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Summer & Chickens || Pacific Northwest Portrait Photographer

I have always wanted chickens. They are funny little animals that I have always wanted walking around my backyard to greet in the morning and collect their fresh eggs... But sadly, that day hasn't come yet. Until then, I shall play with my friend's chickens. LOL

For over a year now I have been wanting to photograph my friend's little boy and their chickens. He is the cutest little dude and what goes better with a red chicken than a cute little man?!?! I mean really, can we say all together now, "ADORABLE?!" So last night, we were headed out the door to their house for dinner and I ran back inside and grabbed my camera. I couldn't resist spending 5 minutes with Silas and his chicken to capture these adorable images! 

Thanks little man for cooperating with a crazy woman and her camera! Hehe!

Summer Portraits by Michelle Newell Photography
Summer Portraits by Michelle Newell Photography
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Snohomish Portraits by Michelle Newell Photography

Maternity to One Year || Pacific Northwest Portrait Photographer

Last spring I had the wonderful opportunity of meeting this sweet family as they prepared to welcome their sweet son. I have absolutely LOVED getting to know them and their sweet baby boy who is oh so precious!

I couldn't help but share this quick teaser from their session! I absolutely love that Mama brought her maternity gown so we could re-create the image over one year later.

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Sienna Turns ONE! || Pacific Northwest Portrait Photographer

I can't believe it has been almost a year since Sienna's newborn portraits and now she is almost ONE!!! Wow! Does time fly by FAST!! She is such a fun spunky baby with an awesome little personality!!! Not to mention, she knew how to pose for my camera! ;) Such a sweet baby!

Happy Almost Birthday Sweet Sienna!

Pacific Northwest Baby Photography by Michelle Newell

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Winter || Pacific Northwest Portrait & Wedding Photographer

I'll be honest, I  love winter, but I hate being cold. I just shivered thinking about it.

I found myself thumbing through our gardening books last night looking forward to spring, wishing it was going to be warmer outside. But I had to make myself stop wishing for spring and enjoy this season for what it is. A time to rest, a time to plan and prepare. It's easy to want to move on to the next big thing or "season." Yet sadly, it doesn't allow us to enjoy the NOW. 

As much as I want to be warm... I am going to enjoy the cold, grab a blanket, and force myself to slow down and enjoy this time.

Spring will be here sooner than we know it... of which my calendar is already beginning to fill with maternity, newborn, and family portraits! Looking forward to meeting all of these wonderful families! 

Until then, stay warm!

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Photography on Display at Home || Pacific Northwest Portrait Photographer

I shared this earlier this year and wanted to re-share! Enjoy!

I love displaying my images in different ways around my house and want them to make an impact and statement, rather than just an after thought.

Often times walls can feel very overwhelming standing there all bare and big. We look at them with mass amounts of intimidation and wonder, "What am I going to hang there?? And HOW?" I think the HOW is the biggest question.

I absolutely LOVE Pinterest  for this very reason. Type in "Photography on Display" and it provide enormous amounts of ideas for how to display photos.

I came across this example on Pinterest and KNEW I had to do it in my house. When we moved 4 years ago, I had this really large hallway wall that needed something dramatic. Remembering the example below, I went BINGO! There's my solution! I purchased square frames from IKEA with mats and printed all of my images in black and white. I love hearing people's expressions when they see our "gallery wall" because it does the trick to not only make an impact, but solve the ever dreaded "big wall" problem.

Photography on Display

I am in a massive gold and brass obsession right now. And when I came across these vintage inspired frames from Anthropolie, I totally drooled! Not really =) I absolutely love them and will be purchasing a few of these to hang with vintage images of my grandparents and childhood photos.

Anthropologie Picture Frames

Clustering images can also feel overwhelming. But I found this awesome little chart on Pinterest that helps those who need the visual help on how to display images.

One little tip when doing clusters is to choose images that are either all shot from the same photo shoot OR to have all of your images in black and white. Often times photo cluster walls can look "messy" when there are a bunch of different images that have different styles in color and lighting. So choosing images that compliment each other in color and tone will help pull your wall display together.

One thing I love to do for my clients is create a visual using THEIR images so they can see and understand how they might display their images at home. Ariana Falerni Wall Guides helps make this quick and easy for me with endless options for my clients!

So then next time your photo shoot, don't fret! I'm here to help you from start to finish from stylizing your shoot to displaying them beautifully at home!