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John and Tara's Family

I have a big place in my heart for this wonderful family! I love that each child has their own personality and giftings but they are known as a family for being generous, loving, inclusive and fun. John and Tara are raising an incredible bunch!

I loved during our session how the grown up siblings just popped the littles on a hip or wrapped their arms around them.  They're a fun group and I have to say, sometimes families of eleven can be easier than families of four. True that!

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Maya in the Sunshine

What a treat it was to photograph this beautiful family in the most gorgeous light!  Maya's sweet smile was even brighter than the sunshine and it was clear how loved she is by her parents and grandparents who were able to join us as well.

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Cindy and Her Guys {Fall Mini Session}

Cindy is my sweet friend who's shared with me a lot of faith and humor filled mom wisdom through the years as she's a little further down the road of parenting than I am. It was so much fun taking portraits of her family the other evening. You can tell they have a good time together.  I know my friend loves to decorate beautiful mantels every season and I couldn't help but think as I was working on these, how well a framed print or two would fit on it.

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Jeanna, Jason and the Boys {Fall Mini Session}

What a difference  a year makes! Last summer when we did their mini session little Lincoln was a man on the run and I remember us all laughing and chasing him for most of our time together.  That's how the little ones roll but this year he was chatting with me and when he smiled it just lit up his whole face. Luke has always been such a kind, smart and engaging boy and now he's getting tall!  Lots of love in this family.

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Micah and Tia and Their Sweetie Girls {Fall Mini Session}

Big shout out to this wonderful family who showed up ready to jump in with me, despite yucky traffic on the way in and them confessing that they are not great with pictures (ummmm, okay, whatever...we ALL feel like that!). The most important thing for a session is to connect and have fun and they did and we did and I'm loving these pictures. My hope is that these portraits will always remind them of the love that they share and the blessing they live in. (Plus, these cutie pie girls were rocking their own styles and I love that!!)

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Eric and His Girls {Fall Mini Session}

Loved spending time with this fun family again for a fall mini. It was fun hearing from Amorin about what she's loving in school and Lochlan is pure spunkiness.  We had beautiful evening sunshine and a lot of fun together.

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Nicholas' Newborn Portraits {Auburn Family Photography}

My favorite way to photograph babies is within the context of their families.   Big brother, Scott, told me that he's going to teach his brother to be kind and the way he already is loving on him tells me that he's on the right track. Rachel and Dan are so laid back with their little guy and soaking up all the cuddles.   I couldn't get over what a lump of sweetness Nicholas was (with the best hair!!!). Thank you for a fun afternoon!

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Bridger's Newborn Portraits

I was so happy to take Bridger's newborn portraits with his family! Doreen is the first mama I've had who has given me a heads up on the way to the hospital that newborn pictures would be near.  This little guy is cozy and cuddly and happy and his big sister, Addy, and big brother, Eli, are loving him.  We did some closeups of just him at the beginning and he was so chilled out that it went quickly so I could work in some cuddles before the whole family came to the front lawn for some family pics. There was chasing, snuggling, laughing and jostling going on and he snoozed through it all. What a sweetheart! I know Reid and Doreen feel a bit crazy with the business of their three littles but I have to say, they are the most wonderful and loving parents and it filled my heart up to see them with their tribe!

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Senior Portraits with Tristan

Loved my time with Tristan taking senior pictures.  When the rain came at the last minute, we had to change our plans from a local park to doing more of an urban shoot and I loved how it turned out.  What a great heart Tristan has and his easygoing nature made it really fun for me to talk with him as we shot too!

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Shannon, John and Their Girls in the Sunshine {Auburn Family Photography}

Photography has given me some great friendships and I am deeply thankful for the wonderful people who are in my life because of it!  Shannon's friendship is one such gift.  I admire her eye for light and relationships and was so blessed to have her do a mother daughter session for me this summer. What a treat it was to do a session with her family.

After a day of clouds we were about to throw in the towel on our golden light session plans and at the last second decided to go for it anyways. Were we ever glad we did! The light was amazing and the girls are so lovely and charming. I had such fun documenting the love between them, so FUN!

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Jim and Jen's Family

I had the opportunity to meet up with Jen and Jim last year to photograph them and their two youngest girls and this year we did their whole family. What a friendly and fun crowd! We chased the littles, played around, and the smart people brought some candy....which always helps with the little ones!

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Photographing Your Life: First Steps with a D-SLR Class- Fall 2016 Registration Open

 

Saturday, October 22 from 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. $125. Auburn, WA

 

This intro class is for people who want to learn how to use their cameras and most come in either shooting in auto or dabbling in other modes. You will not regret learning how to document your life and the people in it!

We cover:

  • how to use natural and available lighting for the best look, especially including indoor light which can be tricky.

  • how to capture genuine emotion and connections with portraiture by interacting with your subject (I have some fun tricks I’ll tell you about…nobody wants cheese!).

  • things to keep in mind when composing a shot with visual interest and balance.

  • storytelling and  details to include in your daily life.

  • the technical aspects of your camera and learn how to shoot in the different modes beyond auto.

  • the components that go into creating proper exposure and how to adjust them in a variety of settings.

  • the practical experience of shooting together with what we’ve learned and I will send you out with a sound knowledge of how to use aperture priority.

To register: contact cassandra@cassandrahamiltonphotography.com. 

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Eli is Six Months

I'm sure I'm a little overwhelming for cute babies. I gush and laugh and I'm sure Eli was thinking the crazy lady with the black thing in front of her face was losing her mind. However, he beamed at me and then at his parents. His blue eyes, squishy cheeks and gorgeous smile were so endearing. It was so fun to take his six month portraits with his parents, Anna and Eric.  Documenting little people in the context of their families makes me happy because you can see how treasured they are!  

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Family Photography Class Registration

Saturday, October 15 from 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. $125. Auburn, WA

Family photography is so rewarding but can be challenging!  Nobody wants stiff and stressful family portraits and as a photographer, you can set the tone and have  plans to engage with a variety of families to capture their relationships.  Light and love is where it's at!

In this class we will:

  • talk about solutions to challenges with family photography including: working with different ages, making photos fun and engaging, being flexible and making connections, what to do when things go sideways.

  • we'll shoot 3 different family mini sessions with varying ages and dynamics.

  • I'll share how I think through and approach a session from beginning to end. A game plan helps a ton and there's a reason why I shoot in the pattern that I do.

To register, contact cassandra@cassandrahamiltonphotography.com!

Kind words from two photographers who attended the last class:

The family photography class really helped me grow, not only with my clients but also with engaging my own kids. I learned the importance of making a personal connection, while at the same time guiding groups into natural poses. It was so helpful to watch Cassandra interact with the families and she showed us some fun sayings, games, questions and tricks that helped to produce natural smiles from the whole group! I highly recommend this class if you are interested in taking your family sessions to the next level.-Michalina

I really appreciated learning about how vital it is to engage with the family and she gave us ideas of key questions that will bring about authentic reactions and smiles. I learned it’s more powerful to capture the story of who the family is rather than how everyone is sitting perfectly posed, hands folded in their laps with the children squealing “CHEESE”. I used a couple of her techniques the last time I had a family photo session and had, in my opinion, great success!-Janna

 

 

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Seaside or Bust {Our Family Vacation 2016!}

We spent a week in the surf and sand and sunshine last week.  We packed the van with Trader Joe snacks and swimwear and headed south for Seaside and Cannon Beach and had some great family time together.  Tillamook factory, Arcadia Beach, the promenade, shops, Ft. Stevens, Hug Pt., a surrey bike ride, Ecola beach, scooter rides and plenty of ice cream.  We ate at some fabulous restaurants: Pizza A'Fetta, Mo's, The Lazy Susan and a few others. We are all beach people and the huge expanse of water was the best.  Of course there were some crazy moments (picture wrestling brothers wake parents at 6:30 am the first day!) and a sibling tussle or two  ("sorry, if you are rude, you'll miss out on the next ice cream stop!") but thankfully the sunshine covered it all with grace.

Here are a few of my favorite photos of the week.

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In Front of the Camera {Auburn Family Photography}

None of us want to be absent from the family pictures because we were behind the camera all the time. Whether it's an iphone selfie with the kiddos or handing off the big camera to get in a shot, it's so important. It was an extra special treat for me to photograph Prita and her family as Prita is a photographer herself.... Junebug Photography (check her out!)  It was fun to see how much her sweet girls look like her and to document the love that they all share. We ended up with gorgeous light (nothing like another photographer to enthuse about great light with me!) and  I so enjoyed our evening together! 

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Presley's Newborn Portraits

Presley is the third little princess in this family and she's soaking up the love of her big sisters and parents.  She's got a ton of hair, big sweet eyes and is a cuddly doll.  We took some pictures of her by herself and lots of her being loved up by everyone.

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Together {Golden Light Mini Session}

Just the day before I did their mini session I was rummaging through my desk and came across a card that Ada had written me after taking one of my classes this spring. It was one of those cards that made my day and I tucked it away to read again (and maybe again!) because it was so encouraging. I loved meeting up with their family. The colors were so beautiful and it was fun to chat about their summer and plans for the fall.

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Last Bit of Light {Golden Light Mini Session}

One of the things I love about golden light is how quickly it changes as the evening goes on. Weston and Angela and their cute kiddos were my last mini session and I knew it would be a fun session because of how much I enjoyed photographing their family last year.  So warm and engaging and the littles were amazing! I had to laugh at one point when my memory card was almost full and Weston sailed over to my camera bag, dug around for me and handed me a new memory card so we didn't miss a beat with the kiddos.  You can tell he is very aware of the dynamic as his beautiful wife, Angela is the talented photographer at This Little Pic Photography.

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