Hannah Nielsen » Documentary Family Photographer Seattle Portland and Worldwide

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Little Miss Elaina was one of Bennett’s very first friends. And Erin an Austin have been some of our first “parent friends”. We met in our PEPS group when the kiddos were just about 3 months old and have met up at least once a week ever since. This is one of the hardest things and hardest groups of people to leave as we moved away from Seattle. I was so excited when Erin told me she wanted to book a session before we left. It is always an honor to capture a family, but capturing a friend is just a little bit extra special. Thank you Wentz family for being there for us in the first year and a half of our kiddos’ lives, and for trusting me to document your family. We miss you guys already! Come visit us in Portland soon!

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I have been asked so many times, “Do you do holiday mini-sessions?” And my answer has almost always been, “No”…because I want to shoot your family being who they are, not trying their hardest to get relaxed enough to get one great holiday card shot. But that “No” is about to change.

Does your family have a special holiday tradition? Maybe baking Christmas cookies, or picking out a tree, decorating a gingerbread house, or lighting the menorah? Maybe new Christmas pajamas, a holiday story, and a bowl of popcorn? I have the perfect sessions for you. Short Story Sessions are 45 minutes long, purely documentary (no posing), you doing what you. Whatever your tradition may be, I will capture it for you (or just a regular day routine if that’s what you prefer). Sessions are $275 and include all of the best edited high resolution digital images. I am only offering 10 of these this holiday season. First come, first served. They will fill up quickly, so if you’re interested, contact me right away!

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Now, on to the other good stuff, the winners of the giveaway! Yes, I said winners. I did a random draw, but I also couldn’t stand only giving one away…so besides the grand prize, I’m also giving away two Short Story Sessions to people who filled in the blank, “I want to remember my family ________” in a way that moved me. It was SO HARD to choose. I really wish I could give away sessions to everyone, but I can’t, so without further ado…

Short Story Session winners:

Anne Buck – I would be honored to capture your generations of women!

Brianna Swan – I would love to capture your family “gently getting through the day-to-day”. I love that phrasing!

And the big winner…

April Barratt!!

Email me for more information and to collect your prize! I’m so excited to photograph your families!!


I had the honor of spending the afternoon with fellow photographer, Joanna, and her sweet family the other day. They live on a hobby farm with chickens, a dog, a cat, a huge garden, and a river (oh, the river!!). I followed them around while they did their thing, and really loved how slowed the pace was compared to my crazy life — even with two young boys! There’s something about being on a bit of land, with space to just be. I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed being able to take our time and just hang out. Now I sort of want a river…

Joanna, thank you for trusting me to capture your family! I hope you love these. I could’ve shared 100 images, but I made myself narrow it down. I promise you lots more in your gallery!

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  • October 9, 2015 - 1:23 pm

    Melissa - I LOVE this family. What a great job capturing them and the sweet souls of this family.ReplyCancel

  • October 9, 2015 - 4:05 pm

    Christine - Love this session! The family looks so happy together and the light was amazing.ReplyCancel

  • October 9, 2015 - 8:53 pm

    Gretchen - What a great collection of images. An album of these images would be a great heirloom for generations!ReplyCancel

  • October 12, 2015 - 2:48 pm

    Melissa - I absolutely love your style of capturing families in their element and routine – simply stunning!ReplyCancel

Stories in Seven is a blog circle made up of documentary family photographers who have committed to telling a story in 7 images on the 7th of each month. This is the story of pretzels. Almost our entire social life consists of visits to the local breweries. The Northwest is full of really good beer and we are beer drinkers. Our friends mostly are too. And most of the breweries around here are kid friendly. Everyone wins! Including Bennett since it means he gets to have pretzels while we have beers! Here is a story of pretzels.


And one more just to prove I was there too 🙂


Be sure to follow the Stories in Seven circle to see other photographers’ October! You can start by clicking here: Sandi Farrell | Documentary Family Photography


  • October 7, 2015 - 2:11 pm

    Amy Jay Photo - This little Converse! I’d say that little Bennet is pretty pleased with the pretzels-for-beer arrangement.ReplyCancel

  • October 8, 2015 - 2:37 am

    Alex - So nice that this place is kid-friendly! I love your diaper bag, btw! Lovely set of images!ReplyCancel

  • October 8, 2015 - 5:53 am

    Cynthia - I love these!! The reflection image is AMAZING!ReplyCancel

  • October 8, 2015 - 7:41 am

    Tiffany Roberts - Oh my goodness, I want come hang out with you guys! A baby in a bar, yeah, you’re my kind of people. I’m so happy to see you in this story, perfect ending!ReplyCancel

  • October 8, 2015 - 9:10 am

    Arica - What an adorable genuine session!ReplyCancel

  • October 13, 2015 - 9:23 am

    Jana - Pretzels and beer – perfect 😀 My favourite is his little feet hanging down – but that last shot with you in it is priceless <3ReplyCancel

Another photographer session, another nervous me! But Kendall was so laid back and fun to work with and her boys aren’t so bad themselves. I love shooting at Olympic Sculpture Park because of all of the colors and textures, and I was so happy to see the added pops of color Kendall chose for her sweet family. Kendall and Lars, thanks for trusting me to photograph you and your little one! He is adorable!! I hope to see all of you for beers soon. 🙂


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  • September 21, 2015 - 5:52 pm

    Laura - Fun family session!ReplyCancel

  • September 21, 2015 - 7:57 pm

    Alex - So adorable, Hannah! I always love how genuine your images are!ReplyCancel

  • September 22, 2015 - 2:52 am

    Andrea - Beautiful lifestyle family portraits, I love how you captured the sweet boy’s expressionsReplyCancel

  • September 22, 2015 - 5:26 am

    Vaughn Barry - Crazy-cute oh my! Beautiful family keepsake memories, wonderful work!ReplyCancel