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We are offering a special session for a special senior!! It’s a pro bono senior session that includes makeup and  our middle package that has digitals and prints, the Wall Collection. Not only will this be a fun and free session but helps out a deserving senior get amazing senior photos and and an unforgettable experience. This student must be nominated by others to us. We are hoping to help someone out that would love to have senior photos and cannot have the done due to special circumstances.

Please follow these exact steps to make it count! Make your nomination via Instagram and tag the Special Senior you are nominating and tag us in the caption.   Link to our Instagram. Explain in your comments why this senior deserves a Special Senior session from T-elle Photography. Seniors must be graduating in 2015.

 

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We are excited to announce Summer mini photo sessions at Molbak’s are back. This year there going to be two dates. July 12th and July 19th, from 9am-12pm. Gather the family or just bring the kids and capture the moment. Session includes a 10 minute sitting in a semi-private setting. You’ll receive three digital files of your best shots. Space is limited. Click here to register. FEE: $20

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Most kids have a hobby. I love asking my seniors what they like to do for fun or as extra-curricular activities in school. I have taken photos of kids tap dancing, dressed in cosplay outfits, martial arts and of course kids that are into a sport of some kind, whether it’s playing for school or with a local club. Parents and seniors love to incorporate these hobbies and sports in the senior pictures. Getting a cool photo of something you have spent hours practicing, playing, and cheering for is rewarding! It’s something to make you remember those hours and years.

We usually leave these photos for the end of the shoot. That way messy hair won’t be an issue plus then the kids can play as much as they like whilst I take photos. If you book a senior photo session with us then do let us know ahead of time what sport you play so we can plan and have you bring outfits for that sport. Bringing in some gear too like helmets, pads and shoes make the shot more real. We will take some posed and then even some action shots.

Senior sports pictures

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I always get asked this question by clients when they call to book senior photos. Location is important to clients and I usually like to get a sense of what the senior prefers and then select locations based on that. For instance this 2015 senior said “I would prefer more natural settings with bright colors and contrast as well as rural type settings, kind of rustic or old looking, anything wooden.”  So we went to a couple of locations around my studio area that had just that. We found bright pops of wild flowers and then some rustic, abandoned barns. For the soccer shot we landed up at the high school. When at these locations I kept in mind what my client was looking for – backdrops that would look good in black and white and then a areas with bright colors/light in the background. The soccer shot was a bit challenging in finding the perfect location as the ball fields were busy and finding the an empty goal was hard so when we found one we took it. I had to work the shot a bit as the angle of the sun was not ideal and I had to bring out my lights to get the look I wanted. My client plays goalie and she was great at posing and then we tried a few action shots too.

Sometimes seniors have a certain location in mind like a neighborhood park, if they have horses then their property/ranch. Or maybe go downtown for an urban vibe?  We can mix up some urban backdrops with natural to get more variety in the shots. Urban and architectural structures vibe well with the guys.

Because lighting is so important, location always comes second after light for me. Once at a location I am picking spots based on what the light is doing and how that affects the model. So even though location is super important you don’t necessarily have to travel far to get the best locations, they could be around your neighborhood and fortunately for me I have a ton of beautiful, natural as well as urban spots around my studio and within a short drive. Quite often we drive for about 10 minutes and are able to loop around 2-3 locations in the Woodinville, Bothell, Redmond area for our shoot. If the senior wants beach type senior photos then we can head to Edmonds or Kirkland waterfronts. For a more city feel Bellevue or downtown Seattle.  Once I had to scope a location with a forest-vibe for a client and she loved what where we went! Location is important to seniors for their photos and we like to make sure we are taking our clients to some great locations that make their senior photo experience so much more memorable and fun!

senior_holly_soccer_woodinville

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This pose is by far one of my most requested poses. People love it! During the session I usually tackle it when I am sure the baby is in a deep sleep and more towards the end of the session versus the start. The reasons for this are because the pose needs the baby to be still to really work best. It also may awaken the baby and therefore I like to make sure we are almost done with their session.  The stork pose is one of the favorite newborn photography poses because it looks organic, and most people will make that image to make into a canvas or large wall print for their home. It has an artistic quality about it. I would definitely put a large canvas of this one on my wall at home. It’s a show stopper, a conversation starter and it is timeless as far as poses go.

When doing this pose I always take safety precautions. In the images below there is one where I have shown you how I have the parents help me. Quite often the sling is tied to my background pole or Dad is holding the sling and mom has her hands under the baby. The sling is also just a few inches above the beanbag as an extra safety measure. Babies can jerk in their sleep and this can cause them to move shift. When I have baby in the fabric on the bean bag I will lift it just teensy bit first and make sure if the baby is going to shift in there it happens before we lift her up any higher. Typically a baby that is not going to like this pose will let you know at this point and if they do I will most likely move on to something else.  I go slowly and only once I have my assistants in place do I step back to take the shot. I also make sure the lighting and my camera settings are all set-up before I even attempt this so I am not hanging the baby any longer than I need to.  In post I then remove parents’ hands, the beanbag and clean up the photo. I love trying new fabrics, backgrounds and set-ups for this pose. But I also like to keep them simple and clean because I feel the pose just speaks for itself.

Newborn photography poses

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Quite often seniors will ask if they can bring their pets to senior photo shoots. And I always say YES!! Why? Because Senior photos with pets are fun and they help create a fun and relaxing atmosphere for your photos. I think people worry that their pets are unpredictable and may not behave appropriately for the senior shoot but…that’s what makes it memorable! At this shoot I had so much fun laughing at the antics of the horses and the dog. Each showed their own personality and wanted to join in on the action. I am very comfortable around animals and have two dogs of my own and know how crazy and yet sweet they can be. So if you are contemplating whether to include your pets or not don’t hesitate and let’s try and make it work. Your pets will be thrilled to be included and someday when you look back at your senior photos you will be super happy you did include them.

seattle senior photos with pets

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What to wear for family photos can be the biggest stress point for most moms when planning for their family photos. It’s the most common question I get and I hope that by looking at the examples I have posted on this site you have some good guidelines to follow.

First of all decide on a color scheme. Look at my palette in the image below for an example. You can do this is to pick a few colors and put them together and see how they work together. The best way to do this is by getting a few clothes in those colors together or going on the computer and using any basic graphic software to create blocks of colors. If you are planning to buy new clothes then look at what colors are popular and out of these colors decide what work for you. E.g. Emerald green is in but do you even like that color? A good way to gauge what is in season for colors is to go to a few clothing websites and look at the new arrivals category. Those are all the colors you’ll find at the stores too.

If you decide not to buy and just make the best of what you already have then a good place to start is with the adults’ clothes. Look for common colors or a set of two colors in yours(adults) clothing. Select the basic theme here and then move on to the kids’ clothes for coordinating colors. Kids have a lot more variety of colors in their wardrobes typically and are easier to fit in once the adults’ colors are narrowed down.

Pinterest is a great tool for looking for ideas. A great way to use Pinterest is to search for trends styles and then look which stores carry what you like based on where the pins are from. That helps speed up your shopping trip. Large department stores like Nordstrom have personal shoppers that can help and guide you. If you have a busy life and no time to shop then hiring a personal shopper to either shop for you or with you is also a great option.

If you are having a large group with a few families together for the photo session then its good idea to pick two colors and a fabric and let everyone do the best they can. E.g. Green, blue and denim. That way each family can coordinate within themselves around these colors. In the end it always comes out great.

Most important of all remember these are your family photos and have a special meaning to you. So go with what you are most comfortable with.  If you are casual style family then denim, sneakers with some colors would be more natural looking. If you like to dress up then khakis, blazers, heels, accessories fit the look you want to aim for.

I have a few more ideas on Pinterest that you could go through.

What to wear for family photos

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In the Forbes article, 14 Steps To Improve Your LinkedIn Presence In 2014, guess what the number one point is? Have a professional photo as your profile photo! Yes, it matters a lot when someone sees you have a professional headshot because it reflects your desire to make a good first impression. In the business world first impressions are SO important. Professional headshot photos give your profile credibility. Also, Forbes suggests you choose a black and white photo! Since the majority of the photos are in color, by selecting a black and white photo you will help set yourself apart from the crowd.

Your picture should be taken recently, and be recognizable. If you have recently cut your hair, grown a beard, changed hair colors, updated to the latest and greatest in fashion eyeglasses, then it’s time to go in and get your headshot updated with your new look.

CNET states that overall, most employers and recruiters already use social networks to find job candidate. A selfie profile photo will stand out like a sore thumb. Getting your headshot updated is not tough. And we have made this super convenient for you. Each month we offer a headshot event date where you get a discounted rate for your professional headshot, it’s quick, easy and hassle free. For more details visit our headshots page here.

Seattle headshot photographer

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We are setting up a high school senior portrait destination shoot, and are thrilled to announce that we will be your new Anchorage senior photographer. If you live in or around the Anchorage, Alaska area then DO contact us for more details. Here’s how it works. We will set up certain dates that we will be in Anchorage, AK. You get to pick a time on any of these dates for your senior portraits. We will include makeup and hair just like we do in our Seattle sessions and then you get to have you senior photos taken with  Tushna.  You will have your photos presented in a private online gallery and get to pick your package as well as your yearbook photo. All prints and products of your senior portraits will get shipped to you. Our senior photos sessions are fun and make your senior feel beautiful and proud of this milestone she has reached. View more of our senior photos here.

Senior photography Seattle - on a beautiful old bridge

Your senior session includes

  • As many outfit changes as you wish.
  • The photographer’s help with posing, setting up appropriate lighting, and creating a fun, relaxed experience for your senior pictures.
  • Your senior pictures are about you! So you can bring your pets, car, bike, musical instruments, costumes..anything you like!
  • You will receive a gallery of 40-60 images. You will then have the option to purchase prints, albums, and digital files. We also offer several pretty cool collections.
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{We are no longer accepting applications for senior reps graduating in 2014.}

Are you graduating high school in 2015??? Do you love photography and beautiful senior pictures? Then we need you to be a senior rep for us. Having your high school senior pictures taken at T-elle Photography studios is easy, fun, you will look amazing PLUS you get some beautiful portraits to keep forever! We only take on a small number of reps each year so please apply before March 31st 2014 to be considered!!

What does it take to be a senior rep?

Personality, personality, personality!! If you are cool with sharing your senior pictures through social media and at school with your friends – then that’s all we ask from you!

What do you get to look forward too?

You receive a complimentary portrait session with T-elle Photography. The session will take place outdoors on location, and maybe a small part of it in our Studio. With each referral you will receive credit towards your photos. We offer professional hair and make-up too!

How do we help you get referrals for your hard work?

I will arm you with a portfolio of your photos on Facebook and for your phone. Using these you can share your photos with friends and refer other students to T-elle Photography for senior portraits.

How to apply?

Click on the link here.

To see the our full gallery of images click here

 

 

 

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I love the story behind this high school seniors’ photos. She used to love playing at her neighborhood park as a little girl. In fact she even has a favorite dinosaur that she remembers and still loves. So when she called me and said that she wanted her photos to be taken at that very playground I was so excited. This was just the cutest lil neighborhood park. There were a few kids playing who were very curious why we were taking pictures of a bigger kid on a swing. Christina was such a sport she even climbed the rock wall to pose on top. I LOVE how her senior photos turned out and so did she!
To be able to give her senior photos that had so much meaning moved something in me..I guess it’s the mom in me that got emotional, to think that someday my kids would grow up and the swings in our backyard would be outgrown; all we would have of these times would be pictures of them. Someday with my kids I would love to do something similar for their senior photos and make a connection between what they loved doing as kids and tie in some of those memories in their senior photos.

Senior seattle photographer

 

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Gather the family or just bring the kids and capture the moment with a professional, mini-photos at Molbak’s . Session includes a 10 minute sitting in the beautiful Molbak’s store with a set custom designed and created by the Molbak’s visual team.  You’ll receive three digital files of your best shots. Space is limited and online registration required.

July 27, 10am-2pm, FEE: $30

Click here to register

photos at Molbak

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Announcing Seattle boudoir photography studio, T-elle Boudoir Photography

Boudoir Photography – Actually I prefer to call it “Beauty” Photography. Which is exactly what my goal is, to make you feel and look beautiful in a way that you are comfortable with. Most of all I want to make it a fun experience for you and give you some gorgeous photos of yourself, your body and your spirit! beauty, glamour, boudoir, pin-up photography (call it what you will) sessions include hair and make-up always! You can try it with a friend, your partner or just as a special treat for yourself. Boudoir pictures make an intimate, special gift for the man in your life – trust me they will LOVE it!

If you are interested in seeing more of my boudoir work please visit my new website where I showcase only boudoir, glamor, pin-up photography.

T-elle Boudoir Photography

For parties of 3 or more we will have the sessions on-location at a hotel suite. Boudoir parties can work great for bachelorette parties and also for bridal or wedding gifts.
Please make sure to get these booked ahead of time to ensure availability of the photographer and makeup artists.

Please call me for info 206-225-8178

Seattle boudoir beauty photographer

 

 

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This event will be held at T-elle Photography studio Woodinville, WA. A fun, practical and engaging afternoon where you will gain strategies to be more confident and effective as a parent.

Date & time: Sunday June 2nd, 2013 from 2:00 to 3:3:30pm

Photography studio Woodinville hosts Love & Logic parenting class

Topics covered will be:
• Handling misbehavior without breaking sweat
• Teaching kids to listen…the first time
• Avoiding power struggles
• How to set limits
• Create happier parents, happier kids and happier families
• What to do when your kids leave you speechless

This will be taught by Liann Smith, who is a certified Parent Coach and an independent facilitator of the Becoming a Love and Logic Parent® curricula. Liann is certified in Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) from the University of Washington. PCIT teaches parents to interact with their children in a way that encourages positive social behavior as well as a confident and nurturing relationship. Liann is also a fun and inspiring teacher, and I have learned a lot from her.

Liann has an undergraduate degree in Child Development and BiblicalStudies. Not only is Liann a highly trained professional, she is also a mother of three grown children. She has worked with hundreds of families with children as a church ministry director and teacher for over 17 years. More info

No charge for attending. I would appreciate your support of my Facebook page in return :-)  and/or sign up on my mailing list to get notifications of future events.

Babies six months and under are fine otherwise please leave the kids at home for this one.

This event will be held at at T-elle Photography studio Woodinville, WA.  Address and map

RSVP for this event by email

 

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We have a great special this month!

Get a complimentary mini maternity photo session with any newborn photography package. Expires April 30th, 2013. 

What can you get from a mini maternity photo session? This is a thirty minute photo session and can include your significant other and also any children. It typically takes place in my studio or around my property depending on what you want out of your pregnancy pictures.  Pregnancy photos are taken between weeks 30-37 but we can do it later if you are past that time frame. To prepare for your pregnancy photo session I recommend to talk to me ahead of time about the look and style you would like from your photos. Do you want pregnancy silhouettes, pregnancy nude photos or more candid lifestyle type of photos? Once we figure that out we will discuss outfits fabrics etc.

This special is included when you book a newborn baby photography session with me. To see some of my newborn baby packages please visit the baby photography page.

Oh.. and I have one request– head on over and support me by liking my Facebook page.

View more of my pregnancy photos

pregnancy picture of boy kissing mom

 

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