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  • I help clients capture their child’s personality. Oh, and I’m really good at acting (I used to be a performer in a former life), terrific at eating dessert (my fat jeans would definitely agree), and my Russian accent is stellar (Russians have confused me for an actual Russian until I give them a blank face when my Russian vocabulary runs out). Clients love my creative whimsical photos and are always commenting on how I’ve captured them in such a unique and beautiful way. Personally, I think my ability to return emails faster than Superman’s flight speed is pretty impressive. My Momma thinks I’m determined and that I have great hair and beautiful eyes. My friends envy my ability to balance everything on my overly full plate (they should be envying my husband because I certainly couldn’t do it without him). My clients love that I effectively capture their family and bottle moments in time for them to savor for years to come; I help them hold on to their memories.

William | Seattle Newborn Photographer

There is something so very special to me about photographing brand new babies. They are so untouched, so pure, so perfect. I love lifestyle photography, especially for newborns, and feel it is my creative balance to my popular styled concept sessions and editorial portraits. Photographing the blossoming relationship between parents, siblings, and this new little soul is so precious beyond words. I’ve had 3 babies… I know how fleeting those first few weeks, days, and months are. As much as you think you will never forget the smell of their perfect little heads, the wrinkles on their sides as they curl up, those fuzzy ears, and heavenly little mouths… you will. And you won’t remember those moments as siblings begin to develop their bond either. Yes, photographing new babies is a special thing indeed. My hope is that these parents will look back on these photos and feel that deep surge of love they felt as they welcomed their new son into the world and that they will remember fondly how precious their older children were in loving sweet baby William.SafarliNB_11262014-9.jpg

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Want to preserve your family’s memories with your new baby?
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2014 Black Friday and Cyber Monday Specials

Hope and Memory Photography will be debuting two new services for Black Friday and Cyber Monday that we are very excited about!

A Year With Your Family
4 sessions for the price of two! This is the best way to document your family on an annual basis. You can use your 4 sessions (with digital images included!) any way you like, but we recommend kicking off your year with us with a session in our stunning Pioneer Square loft, a lifestyle session in your own space in the Spring, followed by an outdoor session during the Summer, and wrapped up with a holiday session and custom holiday cards. However you choose to use your sessions, we will select the highlights that best tell your family’s unique story and place them in a beautiful professionally designed album just for you. For $1895 (retail $4850) The Year With Your Family collection will include four sessions to be used as you choose and all the fully edited digital images from each of your sessions, a custom mobile album for each session, and a professionally designed and printed album ($395 to book, remaining $1500 to be paid in $500 installments before each session). The first 3 families to book their Year With Your Family will receive $300 off their session!


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Curated Albums
As much as we wish we could be your everyday photographer, we can’t be there to capture every memory for you. How many pictures do you actually print each year? Not as many as you take, that’s for certain! Let us help you get those images off of your phone and hard drive and into your hands with a professionally designed and printed album! Send us your favorites and we will design a 20-30 page album, delivered right to your door! Is the idea of actually sorting through all those images too daunting? Send us ALL your images and we will sort through the best for you. This service will debut at $300. The first 5 orders are guaranteed delivery by Christmas.

Your personal snapshots in a professionally designed and printed album.

Your personal snapshots in a professionally designed and printed album.




 

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Pioneer Square | Seattle Children’s Photographer

Seattle Child Photographer

This handsome little man’s momma was inspired by my Pioneer Square loft studio and wanted some vintage themed photos in and around my studio. This is (quite literally, ha!) right up my alley and I was immediately on board.

There’s a Starbucks a hop, skip, and a jump from my studio which I frequent pretty regularly when I am working. There is a series of photos hanging in there from Pioneer Square in the 1900′s; in fact, they were taken in the exact location Starbucks now resides. Seeing the old and the new mixed like that, the history, Americana… this is what gets my creative heart pumping and fills me with inspiration. This is one of the photographs hanging in Starbucks and I just couldn’t get it out of my head while shooting this Seattle child session. I wanted to show the connection between old and new, historic and modern. I think we succeeded. Looking at both sets of photos feels like a seamless thread through time and have left me feeling a connection to all those that have walked the streets of Seattle before me.
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Seattle Holiday Mini Sessions | Seattle Santa Mini Sessions

With the addition of the studio this year, I am so excited to be able to offer some themed Seattle holiday mini sessions!  I’ve got a couple options for you.  The first one is a a simple day of Seattle family mini sessions with a holiday scene (think Christmas tree and “presents” next to our lovely white couch and maybe even some stockings hung nearby). These are going to be beautiful and warm and everything that Christmas is to me.  I really can’t wait for you to see what we have in store for you.

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I only have 6 appointments available for these lovely little Seattle holiday mini sessions.  Want one?  Convenient online booking saves the day!

 

I am SO SO SO SO SO excited for what I have planned for my last official shooting day of the year…

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Can you believe it?!  This is something I have always wanted to do and I am utterly thrilled we are bringing a bit of Christmas magic to the studio!  Join us for an intimate and magical experience for our day with Santa!  Trust me, you don’t want to miss these Seattle Santa mini sessions.  Skip the lines at the mall (or out in the cold December wind) and forego the cheesy stereotypical Santa photos.  Instead, come grab 20 minutes of solo time with your kids and Santa.  Go over their Christmas list, whether they’ve been naughty or nice, share a cookie or some hot cocoa, and take home a very special bell from Santa’s sleigh.  These sessions will be styled simply so the focus is on the magic happening between Santa and your babies.

There are only a handful of session times available, so go book your Seattle Santa session now!

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DIY Decor | Make your own diy holiday candle!

With 3 kids, a business to run, a very busy life, and trying to maintain a shred of sanity, I am not the best at updating my home decor. I tend to grab a few pieces here and there and then update them as the seasons change… sometimes. You will never see my house looking like it leapt off the pages of the holiday issue of Better Homes and Gardens or Southern Living. I also have a bit of a weird and eclectic whimsical, rustic, and vintage style. It’s difficult for me to find items that suit my taste unless I make them. And that takes even more time that I don’t have a ton of to spare, so when they can carry over for multiple seasons or holidays, it’s a complete win in my book! This is exactly why I am so in love with this diy holiday candle! It’s something that will work on it’s own in my house throughout the year but also lends itself well to both Autumn and Winter! Even better? It took me just over an hour to complete it. You can do this! Make one for every room of your house or to give as (cheap yet fabulous and possibly last minute) gifts with the rapidly approaching holiday season.

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You’ll need this stuff.

You’ll need a glue gun – I use the low temp glue guns because I am a clumsy person and I don’t like pain, they run about $3-$5 at most craft stores – and a handful of spare glue sticks, some scissors (they don’t have to be child scissors, but these were all I could find since my children wander off with all my good scissors, leaving me their crappy cutting kid scissors… they must know I am accident prone),  a bundle o’ sticks (I bought these from a craft store for like $4 because I was too lazy to go picking up sticks like a chump… and I had a lot leftover so you could totally make multiple candles from one bundle), a glass candle holder (either square or round, but it needs to have straight sides and not be sloped, most craft stores carry them for a couple bucks), and a delicious smelling candle of your choosing.  Sidenote: I’m mildly obsessed with the scent of this spice cupboard candle from Yankee Candles.

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Break those sticks in half, girl.

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Squeeze a strip of glue on the back of your broken sticks and glue it to the side of your glass jar. Repeat all the way around until you have no space left. If your sticks are kind of curvy like mine were and leave glass showing, just break more sticks and glue them in the empty spaces. You kind of have to eyeball it, but I promise it isn’t difficult. You can do it! And? This is the hardest part, which really isn’t hard, so if you make it past this, you’re golden.

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Grab your twine and scissors. Measure out enough to wrap around your sticks twice (and by measure, I think we all know I mean eyeball it because this girl does NOT measure things…) plus enough to tie a cute little bow in the front.

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You can’t fail. It looks awesome no matter what you do or how you style it. Enjoy your handy work all year long!

See?!  It looks amazing by itself… but then I threw those cute little ghost pumpkins next to it and it looks even more adorable.  Add some Christmas-y greenery and it looks all elegant and lovely, ready for entertaining.  Now you have one less thing to worry about for the holidays.  See?  I just styled your table centerpiece for you!

 

Speaking of holidays… have you booked your holiday session yet?  No?!  What are you waiting for?!  My weekends are filling up, which means I’ve got just a few more full session appointments available for the weekends.  Book yours now!

I’ll be announcing holiday minis later this week, but newsletter peeps get first dibs.  Not on my VIP list?  Remedy that now by signing up here.  Newsletter subscribers also get super cool tutorials like this one, so you really don’t want to miss out!

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