Spring Mini Sessions: Seattle Family Photographer

little girl lays in her mothers lap

Before last week, I hadn’t really considered Mini Sessions. But after setting up an impromptu studio in the front room of my home… well I might be hooked.

Stephanie and her family visited me for 30 minutes on Monday morning. I shot for about 24 minutes of that time. It was quick, but it was calm and warm. We enjoyed some coffee and watched her 11 month old baby girl chew on her fingers and check out my camera.

mother picks up daughter little girl teething little girl peers through a sheer cloth teething baby little girl lays in her mothers lap little girl laughs mother and child look out the window mother and child snuggle

I was worried that I wouldn’t get the type of intimacy and connection I do with my normal sessions.

But I find that connection happens wether you ask for it or not, you just have to settle and take deep breaths, and witness what unfolds in front of you.

mom and child in home studio Mother sits with child on her lap mother comforts her daughter Mother holds her baby's feet

ANNNNDDDD… as a bonus… dad stepped in the join us for the last 5 minutes! And when you only have dad for 5 minutes… you make it count!

Dad holds his daughter upside down Father and child silly family portrait Family portrait with a baby mother and father with child playful family portrait Fun family picture

I am doing my first run of Mini Sessions this March and cannot wait to share! Sign up for my Newsletter community to receive information on my next Mini Session run!


10+ Ideas for your family session | Seattle Family Photographer

Location, location, location!

Every session starts with the same question… Where do you want to take your pictures? At your home, a favorite park … or go on a new adventure?
Here are a few places I love to take my clients in and around the Seattle area …

When it rains!

Because, lets face it, rain is always a possibility in the Pacific Northwest. Of course, if weather is bad enough we can always reschedule. But rainy weather isn’t always bad news. We can make incredible images that tell your story in any weather. Here are a few of my favorite spots to have your family session when the weather gets tough.

Your home

Nothing is cozier or more familiar to you and your children than your home. We cuddle in bed, play board games, and bake cookies.

Volunteer Park Conservatory + Your Local Garden Store or Nursery

A great alternative to being outside, while still having lots of greenery and texture.

Makes for great filtered light with lots of green during the grey months in the North West.

Pikes Place Market or Cafe with Big windows

Get comfy sharing dessert and coffee or wandering the passageways of your favorite urban spot.

Seattle Tourist Locations

Unlimited spaces to be inspired by!

The Seattle Art Museum,  The Aquarium, The Woodland Park Zoo or The Seattle Wheel…the possibilities are endless.

Just get Wet!

Or… bring your Boots and your jackets and lets go splash around!


When the Sun is out!

We all want the perfect sunny day in Seattle for our session… and when the sun is out… nothing is better. Seattle has so much to offer in terms of places to enjoy the sunshine, and here are a list of mine;

Golden Gardens Park, Seattle

One of my favorite places to be in Seattle… and where my husband and I celebrated our wedding day!

I don’t hesitate to take my clients to this wonderful Seattle Park anytime they ask. It holds a special place in my heart.

Carkeek Park, Seattle

Beautiful waterfront park with hiking trails… great for a hike, playground, picnic and low-tide water play.

Seattle Center

For amazing texture, color, and backdrops…. maybe a cafe, or some ice-cream too.

Ballard + really any local neighborhood…

Anytime I can take clients to incredible local spots… I am a happy lady with a camera (Hot Cakes in Ballard is pictured below).

Anywhere with low Tides…literally anywhere
A place with water access and enough shallow water to play in is ideal.

Your Garden + Home

You will be surprised what small corners can look like through my lens. Reimagined colors and light.

Have an idea of where you would like to take your next session? Reach out and lets make it happen!

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Seattle Newborn Photographer: Baby Reed

I became an auntie last year… and it is sublime! We first met little Reed at 1 day new, in the hospital room at Swedish Issaquah. That day was so quiet, the first snow of the year was falling outside and the air seemed to stand still. I remember entering the room, and it was so cozy. Warm with the new babe, but a big window to watch the snowfall. After that, we did an in-home session at 1 week old and it was the calmest and most beautiful morning with our family. You would never know it, but there are 3 kids, grandparents, aunts and uncles in this house while we took pictures ;-)…oh and four chickens running around outside! But all we needed was one window, a couch, and some baby cuddles!
Here is my sweet Reed…

And one week later, at their home. I will never tire of newborn sessions at home. They are so relaxed. We don’t do anything at all, and there is no pressure, because life with a newborn or baby follows the normal routine of the everyday… snuggles… naps… feeding… changing… staring into eachother’s eyes… all the good stuff. But these moments are fleeting, and in a blink they are crawling, then walking… then running!  Savor these moments, and wear your pajamas and fuzzy fleece!

Super champion auntie… attending her newborn AND giving my little 10 month old (now 1 Year) some attention too 😉

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Seattle Newborn Photographer: Welcome baby Remi

This family has a special place in my heart xo. When I first started taking on wedding clients, they were the first to trust me with their big day… and now here we are! Welcoming their first baby into their family. I cannot truly express the honor it is to document and watch my clients grow over the years. To see them first with their closest family and friends, and then a couple of years later I see both of them reflected in this tiny person.

I arrived with pastries from a local bakery and we enjoyed some coffee while we caught up and marveled over their beautiful baby girl. Remi is as sweet as she looks and we loved on her all morning. Newborn sessions in your home have such an easy flow… we do what you do with a baby… we try to make her smile, change her diaper, nurse/feed, hold her and stare at her… then repeat 😉 And as a special treat… see mom and dad on their wedding day at the very bottom of this post!

* Their session included a hand designed album… an heirloom meant to be flipped through, remembered and felt. Stay tuned for more information on albums included with your session packages!

Kat and Tony on their Wedding Day!

More on my website from their Wedding Day!

Seattle Wedding at the Palladian

I walked into the lobby of The Palladian Seattle to see Jimi Hendrix and Dave Mathews… huge floor to ceiling portraits, painted in full military uniforms. Black walls, bronze accents and velvet furniture. I instantly knew that the night was going to be amazing!

The style and mood of the day was a photographers dream, and I just couldn’t have had a better time!
It was raining outside all day, but we found little pockets of natural light and lots of dark shadows to play in 🙂 If you are ever looking for a beautiful, fun and unique event location… look up The Palladian Hotel… I mean… claw foot tubs, brass and Leonardo DiCaprio pillows! It was all a dream, and I loved every moment celebrating with them. Here is Nicole and Zack ….

Seattle Family Photographer: Poyraz turns One

I arrived on a fall morning that was threatening rain (feels like forever ago—I barely remember what rain feels like), at their lovely apartment on Capitol Hill. We celebrated their hilarious and joyous little boy, dodging the splatters while he destroyed his yogurt-frosted cake! Afterwards, everyone headed to the Volunteer Park Conservatory to hide from the cold and enjoy the warmth and beauty of the space. The Conservatory has always been one of my favorites places to take clients… no matter how many people are there we can always find a corner to ourselves.  Here is sweet Poyraz and his family in Seattle!

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Find more about me, my take on Family Lifestyle photography and lots and lots of pictures of my amazing clients…on my website: www.alecmillsphotography.com




Rhodes Family: Seattle Family Photographer

Last year, I met the Rhodes family when I photographed their newborn boy Beau. I brought them pastries that morning, and went about our session. When we came back downstairs to the kitchen, we discovered that the family’s two Blue Healer pups had devoured all the treats from the bakery that we had left on the counter! Whoops. Later that same year, I returned to document how fun it is to have a 9 month old and all the joys of that first year of their babe’s life! Even better… it was mom and dad’s wedding anniversary! What fun we had! First playing on the floor at home…(as a parent… I think I spend a good 50% of my time playing on the floor with the kids), and then heading to their secret neighborhood beach/park for a little sunshine. This family is one of my favorites to photograph… we chat and laugh and I am honored to call them my friends! Here is the Rhodes family and their sweet sweet baby Beau.

You can see Beau’s newborn session Featured on my website: Baby Beau, Seattle Newborn Photographer

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Baby Dalton: Seattle Newborn Photographer

Last fall, I photographed sweet baby Dalton in the Phinney Ridge neighborhood of Seattle.  When I arrived, it was so warm and cozy I felt right at home… we even had a few of the same pieces of art hanging on our walls. We talked, we drank coffee and hung out on their front porch to watch the neighborhood wake up.

Dalton’s parents were at complete ease with their new little babe, and it was amazing to watch. Mama is a postpartum doula, and swaddled and soothed her baby like a pro! I was connected with their family by another client, and have watched Tobin work as a doula at a newborn session last year…she is magic 🙂 Find her website here: www.doulatobin.com

Here is little Dalton with her parents on a cozy fall morning in Seattle

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