Family: Svetleachni

If there's any set of pictures to convince you to book a fall mini session, this is the one. Granted, we were given absolutely PERFECT Seattle fall weather that day - crisp air, crunchy leaves, golden sunshine... but weather aside, I think this shows just how fabulous fall can be in our gorgeous city. We spent our time wandering about Volunteer Park's giant trees and soaking up the last sun rays of the afternoon, while Emmy giggled as she shuffled through the large orange leaves.

Yelena is also a total superstar at planning the most beautiful outfits for her family. I need to take tips from her when I plan outfits for my own family photos! I might have to do a roundup of all their mini sessions over the years at some point - they're all seriously so gorgeous, and they show off Yelena's fashion skills!

Enjoy these perfectly golden family pictures!

Senior: Grace

I don't have the opportunity to photograph many seniors, so when I am asked, it's always an exciting adventure! I've had the pleasure of capturing two of Grace's sisters' weddings, so it was extra fun documenting this exciting life event for her!

Grace is full of kindness and creativity, and I feel that these photos capture those qualities in her. She brought her guitar along and serenaded us with "Stairway to Heaven" as I snapped away. I certainly enjoy watching a girl's connection with her guitar, since I also learned to play in high school!

The cool fall air and looming clouds gave us a moody feel to the session, and we only had to hide undercover for five minutes as the rain passed through! Grace was such a good sport as we navigated the weather and outfit changes, but I think we were all glad to cozy up inside once our time together was finished!

Best wishes, Grace, as you finish up high school, and I am excited to find out where your journey takes you after you graduate!

Family: Westcott

This golden fall afternoon was the perfect backdrop for a quick mini-shoot with some of our dearest friends! It was also just warm enough to merit skirts and rolled up sleeves, as opposed to puffy vests and boots. Sometimes all you need to capture the essence of a family is ten minutes, soft, lazy sunshine and a path scattered with crispy leaves and fading summer grasses. The kids were in silly, smiley moods that kept us all giggling and brought such life to my camera!

I'm so thankful for these five wonderful people and the joy and love they've brought to each member of my family!