I simply love this family.  They are the kind of people that put a smile on your face just by being in the same room.  I was thrilled when they announced they were adding to their family.  I have been photographing their older son since he was about a year old, and now I would get the chance to be their west Seattle newborn photographer too.  It started with a maternity session in my cozy natural light studio in Sumner, and it wasn’t too long before they were back for their posed newborn session with cute baby Carter. We kept things classic with a neutral color palette. And those macros! Oh I love the little details; fingers, toes, eyelashes, and hair swirls….what precious keepsakes to remember these little things as baby grows.

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Curled up sleeping or awake, I love photographing Seattle Tacoma and Olympia area newborns and their families!

Are you expecting?  Want to capture beautiful photos like these for your little one? Please get in touch via the contact form or email to find out more.

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This has got to be one of the cutest baby’s first year cake smash photoshoots I have ever done! When her family chose me to be their Bonney Lake baby photographer I was so excited to be able to capture sweet Charlie at her newborn session and for each milestone during her first year.  Mom shared that her first birthday theme was light pink and magenta, and I found the perfect spring Primroses to add a special touch to her cake smash set up.  If you are looking for a quick and easy cake for your own cake smash session, this vanilla one was from Safeway. Of course I had to capture a few sweet photos of this cutie before we got her cake out.  My favorite is this first one with that dainty Goodnightmoon Props headband in mint.  Mint and aqua are her colors too!  Please enjoy this cake “before and after” and all the cuteness in between.

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Is your little one’s first birthday coming up? Don’t forget to schedule your Watch Me Grow session and cake smash to capture these fleeting moments.

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I am so excited to share this sneak peek of little baby Penelope, who surprised her mama by deciding to arrive 3 weeks early! If you are looking for Tacoma newborn baby photography this is why I suggest booking in your second trimester. If baby does decide to arrive before his or her due date you can rest easy knowing that your newborn session is already handled. Please enjoy this little peek at sweet baby “P” as her family affectionately calls her.

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She even graced us with a few baby smiles! Penelope couldn’t be cuter.  I look forward to editing the rest of her images and sharing them all soon.

In case you are searching for Tacoma newborn baby photography, or in Seattle, Puyallup, Bonney Lake, and the surrounding areas, please get in touch via the contact form or email to find out more.

 

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Mom was so excited for this little girl to arrive. She chose me to take her Bonney Lake newborn baby photos when she was in her second trimester, which is always a good idea since I only have limited availability each month.  We spoke on the phone about what to expect during her newborn session at my Sumner photography studio.  She talked about incorporating nature and the outdoors, as well as girly touches into her session.  I was more than happy to oblige!  Mom was also so kind to share the story of Elliot’s birth with us below.

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I found out I was pregnant a few days before Father’s Day. I quickly ordered a #1 Dad Seahawks t-shirt and had every intention to gift it to John for Father’s Day. Of course, I was overcome with excitement and I was only able to keep the news a secret for a day. We were elated!!!

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Aside from a little nausea in the beginning and my regular cravings for fried chicken, pregnancy was an easy transition. With it being so uneventful, I knew a baby girl had to come along with more dramatics. Boy, was I right! Bonney Lake Newborn Photographer Baby Elliot and momBonney Lake Newborn Photographer Baby Elliot and mom

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Valentine’s Day morning my water broke. This marked our third visit to the hospital in 4 days, the first of which had an ambulance escort (here’s the theatrics I mentioned). We started Valentine’s morning at 2cm dilated, contracting every 1-2 minutes, and 50% effaced. After nearly 24 hours of labor, Elliot May was born – Wednesday, February 15th at 7:45am. She was 7lbs 14oz of pure bliss and we’ve been in a state of euphoria ever since.

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Thank you so much for sharing your story with us!

Are you expecting a little girl or boy in the coming months?  The best time to book is while you are still pregnant, to ensure availability. Check out all the details HERE and contact me to check availability for your due date.

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They had me at Huck. Seriously, with a Sawyer of my own at home, I knew we were going to be a good fit. (Did you read The Adventures of Tom Sawyer as a kid?)  Being a Seattle newborn photographer I always try to incorporate the Pacific Northwest environment into my baby sessions; being the adventurers that they are, Huck’s family not only embraced my PNW love but also inspired me to take it even further.  I used my brand new garden box to create this baby sized forest scene perfect for this nature loving family right inside my Sumner studio!

Mom kindly shared her birth story with us too, so read on to find out if Huck was a Christmas baby after all.

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“Aww, a Christmas baby!” Given our baby’s December 21st due date, this proclamation became all too common in our conversation with family, friends and colleagues. We’d be lying if we said we weren’t a little apprehensive of sharing a birthday overshadowed with deep tradition. I kept telling him to hold out as long as he could, and sure enough, we just made it.

I woke up on December 26th around 5:00 AM having contractions. Though they were weak, something was happening. We spent the day lounging, cleaning up from Christmas, doing a puzzle and loosely tracking contraction activity. The contractions remained inconsistent all day, spanning from 10 up to 40 minutes apart. By evening, I started working through the contractions. I would get up from my puzzle to climb the stairs or get on all fours while Andy applied pressure to my tailbone. We went to bed still not worrying too much about what was to come.

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As soon as I closed my book to get some rest, the contractions really kicked into gear. After laying there for 20 minutes I decided to start timing them. They ended up being about 6 1/2 minutes apart. Soon I couldn’t cope with them in bed anymore, but told Andy to get some rest and I’d wake him if I needed him. About 30 minutes later, now 1:30 AM, I let him know I needed his support. Contractions were now 4 1/2 to 5 minutes apart. Over the next 5 hours we cycled through increasingly uncomfortable contractions, nausea and movements to help the baby get in ready position. Andy was terrific at coaching me through breathing and keeping me moving. Looking back now, I’m amazed at how well he kept it all together and how selfless he was. He definitely showed up for his job that day! We let our Doula know around 3:30 AM that we were in labor and shortly after, paged the midwives. The contractions intensified tremendously the last hour we were home, and we knew it was time to go to the Birth Center.

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After a very animated drive to the Center for Birth, we were met by the midwives around 7:15 AM who were already filling the bathtub. Music to my ears! I was relieved a second time to hear that I was already dilated to 7 cm….Andy and I had done so much work on our own! The next couple of hours we labored in the bathtub, the birthing stool, the bed, back to the stool, back to the bed. All of this movement supported by two midwives, a student midwife, my Doula and my brave husband, Andy. Sometime in the bath, my breathing mantra of “Oh, wow, wow” started to become harder to get out and the words began to come from a deeper place within my body. It was time to begin pushing.

Just as I started to feel I didn’t have another push in me, my body was exhausted, my mind was fuzzy and I started to feel like I couldn’t do this any longer, I was on the bed, on all fours when suddenly I saw my baby boy’s head emerging from me. One more push and it would be over and we’d officially be a family of three….there he came! They placed him on the bed under me, where I stroked his pale, wrinkled body, telling him hello. It’s amazing how fast I went from an exhausted, primal animal to a gentle, thankful mom.

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Huck James McLain was born on December 27th, 2016 at 11:15 AM. He weighed 7 lbs 4 oz and was 21 inches long. After being cleaned up a bit, our families joined us around 1:30 PM to meet the newest family member. We walked in our door that night around 6:00 PM, ready for more food and much needed rest. We had done it. It wasn’t easy. Although it was actually quite painful, we kept to our plan by avoiding intervention, medication and most importantly we now have a healthy baby boy.

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Thank you so much for sharing your story with us!

Are you looking for a  Seattle newborn photographer?  If you are expecting in the Seattle Tacoma Olympia and surrounding aread, I would be honored to capture beautiful photos for your family to cherish forever. Check out all the details HERE and contact me to check availability for your due date.

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A baby is a blessing….and twins are twice as nice! I really enjoy working with families to photograph multiples, like these Olympia newborn twins.  They had a bit of a car ride to my natural light studio near Tacoma. I thought they might wake up and stretch out a bit….nope! These two boys surprised us by snoozing away their entire newborn session.  Since they were so sleepy and curly (just 10 days old) I was able to get a bunch of really cute poses and set ups photographed with them.  You might notice the photos have a nod to the Pacific Northwest. Our beautiful surroundings are the biggest inspiration for all my work.  I love incorporating the greens, earth tones and natural elements that we enjoy here in Washington state. The earthy feel is the perfect compliment to brand new babies.

Owen and Dean also happen to be the first grandbabies for the lovely family behind South Sound Solar. South Sound Solar is a family run business in Olympia which provides solar panel systems and installations. They are experts in renewable energy.  Anybody with little ones at home knows, energy is important, no matter which kind we are talking about! These Olympia newborn twins are sure to be full of energy.

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I am an expert photographing twins and multiples in Seattle, Tacoma, and Olympia.  Whether your twins were spontaneous, hereditary, and/or result of fertility treatments, I know how hard you have worked to bring them into this world. I would be thrilled to photograph your growing family. If you are looking for a newborn twin photographer get in touch HERE. I can show you more twins from my portfolio and check availability for your estimated due date.

 

 

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Once Upon a Time…

You have worked hard to bring this new life into the world. Celebrate your story by capturing these first fleeting moments together - You have earned it!

Sometimes the smallest things

take up the most room in your heart

- Winnie the Pooh

Butterfly Kiss Photography is a Tacoma Newborn Photographer with a studio located in Sumner Washington, near Seattle, Tacoma, Bonney Lake, Puyallup, Olympia and the surrounding areas. Tami Brundage specializes in beautiful organic newborn photography, baby photos up to age one, and outdoor family sessions.

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