Coss Family in the “Studio” | Seattle Newborn Photographer

What do you do when your baby is born during a pandemic, but you still want to document his tininess? You take that newborn session outdoors! But what happens if the only day that works for that photo session also happens to have hurricane winds and rain? Your photographer turns her garage into an open air studio.

I’m so glad I’ve known this family for 2 years now and they trusted me enough with this crazy idea. On the day of their session (literally the only day that could work) rain was forecasted and even though we’d planned an outdoor shoot because of their comfort with the pandemic, it didn’t look like we’d be able to do that and stay dry. So with 20 minutes to go until their session (we’d been waiting out the weather to see if it truly was going to rain) I had them come over, threw open the barn doors of our garage, constructed our white backdrop normally reserved for headshots, turned on the heater and voila! There was even a 10 minute window with no rain when we dashed down the driveway to the sidewalk in front of our neighbors house, which happened to have these beautiful yellow leaves. We took a few outdoor shots before the rain started back up and ran back to the “studio” to finish up. It was a whirlwind, but totally worked!

We first met this adorable family when their oldest was a newborn! We’ve done milestone photos to capture all her changes growing up every 6 months, which lined up perfectly with her brother’s birth. Way to go mom and dad! Thank you so much for your trust and flexibility Elina & Ben. I’m so happy we were able to capture your family safely while Danny was a tiny peanut. ~Marissa

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Showers Newborn | Seattle Newborn Photographer

Our first newborn session of the year was full of sweetness. Baby Jack joined a family full of love for him already. The girls each wanted to hold him for photos and kiss his cheeks.

Being a family of 5 ourselves the big, energetic, love of this family is all too familiar (except we’re opposites with 2 boys and a girl!) and so much fun to capture.

Josh & Dana, thank you for letting me meet the newest member of the family, he fits in perfectly. (And those lips! xo) ~Marissa

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Stefania & Phil | Seattle Waterfront Engagement

It’s where they take their daily walks together, planning for the future, talking about upcoming road trips and taco trucks they’d like to try next. It was important for Stefania to make the location feel authentic, truly a place they use often, so the walkway along the waterfront by Pocket Beach was the perfect spot for their engagement session.

The day was a bit spotty in terms of weather, but luckily the one hour we chose for the shoot happened to be dry! We walked along the tracks under the Olympic Sculpture Park, hopped on the bike path to explore the deserted Pocket Beach, and ended up at the pier with some fishermen, braving the storms that day like us.

Stefania & Phil, thank you for such a lovely day capturing your excitement as you enter this next phase of life together. You two certainly make a fun, joyful duo and we’re so happy for you! Congrats! ~Marissa & Erik

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Neda, Ali & Borna | Medina Park Maternity

The best morning sunshine, mixed in with the frosty grass and a beautiful family inside and out made for the perfect winter maternity session.

It was cold, but the sun warmed our backs and as the sun melted the frost, steam rose from the pond, creating some seriously cool foggy backdrops.

Neda & Ali, you two were perfect playing with Borna and chasing him around. I loved that we were able to find a quiet moment at the end for a few shots of just the two of you as well! You all make a beautiful family and Neda, you are positively glowing. Cannot wait to meet the newest addition! ~Marissa

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Jessica & Garrett | TreeHouse Point Maternity

A few years ago I met this couple for their engagement session at the UW Waterfront Activites Center for a super fun paddle on the lake in boats.

I was overjoyed to hear from them again, this time for their next big life moment! Jessica decided to choose another incredible location and we planned their maternity session to include lush greens and a very PNW feel at TreeHouse Point. We lucked out with just a few sprinkles among the moss-covered trees and quaint tree houses. They were even down for a little hike to the waterfront, where the river was roaring after several rainy days.

What a fun shoot! Thank so much Jessica & Garrett for letting me be a part of another big life moment for you all. ~Marissa

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