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Family Photos - Finding Treasure at Richmond Beach SaltWater Park

Seattle Lifestyle Family Photographer

June 2nd, 2022


Located just north of Seattle in Shoreline is a fantastic beach park by the name Richmond Beach Saltwater Park. The entrance is at the end of a neighborhood road, which opens up to a large bluff with trails, playground and winding road down to the main parking lot. The beach is accessible after a short walk from the parking lot, over the railway and down a short easy path. The upper beach has bbq pits and picnic structures as well as a couple tetherball courts to get competitive with each other.

I get to see this family ever few years, and always love our time together. Their first family photos with me was pouring rain, but we grabbed umbrellas and went for it anyways. Stomping in puddles and rocking their Pacific Northwest rain gear. We have played in their garden, read books on the floor, jumped off high surfaces and generally play. They were ready for a beach they hadn't visited yet, and we found the perfect one.

The beach is long and usually has several drift wood "play forts" constructed along it. Big and strong enough for adults to climb too. On one of these forts, this family's 9 year old found a treasure box. A small hand made ceramic box filled with found treasures. We opened it, explored it contents and added our own little found treasure from this special beach. After closing the box and tucking it away in it's hiding spot, we were on our way. Leaving that beautiful treasure for the next curious mind to find.

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Our time together can go in any direction. As we connect and change topics, so do the photographs we create together. We climb and jump with your pre-teen, or sit and discuss your last project. I love when your hobbies and interests align with the space we choose to photograph you in.

Your photographs should represent you and your interest just as much as a representation of your physical body. I love seeing your passions come through as we can actually act on them. 

Richmond Beach is lined with wild Rose bushes. We didn't realize the rose hips on the bushes were so plentiful and ended up harvesting enough for my client to take home and use for her own creations. 

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The Rose hip is the part of the rose flower,

just below the petals that contains the rose plant seeds.

After flowering they turn bright red, and can be harvested.

Rose hips are known to be high in Vitamin C, and can be used in many teas, jams and sauces.  If you do want to harvest and use Rose Hips for yourself, please do your research and make sure the plant you are harvesting from has NOT be treated with pesticides. 

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Richmond Beach Saltwater Park is a local park for me, and we are so lucky to have such a beautiful beach and park in the Shoreline and Edmonds area! If you and your family are looking for a fun and accessible beach for your next family session, consider this fantastic location! 

While you are in the area, check out some of my favorite local shops and cafes:

Sweet Pearl Bakery: I go for the incredible cinnamon rolls.

Beach House Greetings: Amazing local gift shop + Post Office.

BlackBird Cafe + Bar: Closest to the park + does Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner!


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