A different kind of Family Portrait | Seattle Family Photographer - Alec Mills Photography

A different kind of Family Portrait

Seattle Family + Newborn Photographer

August 20th, 2018

Seattle, Washington


Lifestyle photography, documentary photography, candid photography... whatever you call it... I call it capturing moments. There is a stigma around what a family portrait should be. Our parents remember trips to the local Sears with our best clothing on, big smiles and standing up straight. We all have those wonderful portraits to hold and smile at our family's younger selves. But, when I was a child, my favorite thing to do was sort through the boxes and boxes or 4 x 6 prints that my grandmother and parents had accumulated over the years. Each box held more secrets and insights into my family's lives than I could have hoped for.  I had no idea I had such curly hair at a young age, or that my parents EVER looked that young! But these snapshots, usually taken by other family members, were intimate and gave glimpses into their lives. These photographs were my family's way of storytelling, and I gobbled up every single image. Im pretty sure I hoarded my favorites away in a box of my own...shhhh don't tell my parents! ;-)

These days we all have a camera at our fingertips. Cell phone cameras are getting better and better, and I admittedly take many of my family snap shots on my camera phone. But, when there is a moment I really want to remember. I reach for my big girl camera (Sony A7ii), inspired by the light and shadow and I record what is before me. 

With my clients, I want to create an experience that is worth saving and coming back to over and over. We work together to find activities that will fill our time together. Whether we meet at your local park to picnic and let the kids run wild. Or, staying at home to let a normal weekend morning unfold.

Everyone's normal is different, and I want to show you how your normal is beautiful!

We record the connections that make up your day to day life.

I always throw in a classic family portrait to record the time passing, but your family's legacy is how you hold hands, move through a crowded kitchen, watch as your kids run circles and cuddle in the early hours of the weekend.

These were the moments that I was drawn to capture of my own family. And what I hope to capture for yours. Showing you how even the smallest of moments will bring you the greatest of joy when you look back on the life you have built.

Forget what you thought a family portrait needed to be.

Lets document your family and all the little details in between, because those are the images you and your children will look back on and cherish the most.


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