Hannah Nielsen » Documentary Family Photographer Seattle Portland and Worldwide

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“Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have.” – Eckhart Tolle

Tomorrow every one of your children will be a day older. And things will change slowly without you really noticing them. Maybe Teagan won’t sweetly tuck her baby into the stroller anymore. Kylee may realize sunglasses are meant to be worn outside. Maybe Savannah will decide she’s too big for baths with her sisters. Declan will change the fastest. From newborn to baby to toddler in the blink of an eye. The way your sweet babies were on this day? It’s already different. They’re already older. Changed. I’m grateful to have been allowed into your family to capture the moments that were your reality on this day. To photograph the chaos, the calm, the drama, the silly, the gentleness and the love.



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  • June 10, 2016 - 7:13 am

    Chasity Noel - Savvy Images - All of their little expressions are precious. What special photos for this family!ReplyCancel

  • June 10, 2016 - 8:00 am

    Melanie - Oh my goodness. What a beautiful blog post. Just wow. The family must absolutely love these. Your black and whites are perfect. So completely lovely.ReplyCancel

I remember when my client-turned-friend, Sara, sat on my couch with me discussing newborn life. Bennett was just a week or two old. She had brought me a lemon cake (she’s an amazing baker and witty blogger to boot. Check it out!) and I was as happy as a clam. As she looked around Bennett’s nursery, she casually mentioned that she had bought some swaddle blankets…because she would be needing them in about 6 months. I was SO EXCITED! My then barely pregnant friend is now the amazing mother of a beautiful one and a half year old girl. Kalina is a doll and so loved by her whole family. Sara has trusted me to photograph her sweet family so many times already. I am honored and can’t wait to continue watching her sweet girl grow up.

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Sometimes sessions don’t go perfectly. Sometimes torrential downpours threaten your scheduled time. Sometimes toddlers don’t feel like having their pictures taken. Sometimes the cutest little baby shoes get left at home…but guess what? Sometimes none of that matters and the rain holds off and the love is so obvious and the smiles are so perfect. This family rallied beautifully and were so much fun to work with! Thank you, Reed family, for trusting me despite less than perfect circumstances. I hope you love your sneak peek!



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There’s nothing I can say about this family that I haven’t already said…seeing as this is our sixth session together!! All I can say now is thank you, as always, for trusting me to document your family. It’s been awhile and I enjoyed every minute with you guys (as usual!). I can’t believe what a big boy Sam has become. Nice work, mom and dad. He’s a keeper. I hope you enjoy your sneak peek!

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  • June 2, 2016 - 2:27 pm

    Sara Maximoff - Oh my goodness! What a sweet kid! Also, mom’s hair–SWOON!

    Gorgeous pictures and priceless moments–nice work (as always)!ReplyCancel

I love photographing this family. Seriously. You might recognize them from their Day in the Life session last year. (If not you should take a peek.) This time they purchased one of my mini sessions benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and we spent some more photography-focused time at the park. Elie’s little expressions kill me, and the love her parents show for her in the simplest ways is the best. I am so excited that they’ll be adding another little one to their family this summer. Hopefully you’ll see all four of them right back here on the blog when the time comes! Until then, a sneak peek of their mini session…

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