The Clark Holiday Family Portraits... some times you have to pivot!

This year we planned to do our holiday family portrait up in the snow but Mother Nature had other plans - bone dry and not a snowflake in sight had us doing a major pivot (think Ross from Friends) so we headed into the city to make memories and a little holiday magic at Enchant Christmas in Seattle. It was chilly and crazy crowded, my husband was the biggest kid of the bunch but as always... we felt blessed in every way. All that being said… I have a confession…

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Every year I wonder - “Geez what the heck are we going to do next year?” but isn’t it funny how something always comes together? I decided a long time ago that my true happiness was going to be in all pieces of the process. YES, I definitely want the photogenic reward but these family portraits for our crew have literally become our tradition together. I pitch concepts to my family, they veto. I pick out clothes and my son refuses to wear the shoes. I want to style the girls hair and darn it if they don’t have an opinion about that too but when all is said and done… we ALWAYS have fun and everyone loves looking at the portraits. So with another year under our belts I ask myself - “What are we going to do next time?” (Pretty sure I’m going to eat another dozen frosted Christmas cookies and figure it out later)

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A final word… I find myself so full of gratitude for this time of year and having wonderful people in my life. I’m thankful for our clients that have grown with us over the last 13 years and to my amazing Studio B Family that makes it a joy to come to work every day and do what I love. Thank you to Erin and Makayla (below) for being so amazing.

 Behind the scenes with Erin and Makayla - could not think of a better Studio B family. You girls are the best!

Behind the scenes with Erin and Makayla - could not think of a better Studio B family. You girls are the best!

This one is for the book.... making memories into a treasured keepsake

“This one is for the book!” - I’m pretty sure I say that phrase at some point during every family shoot. It’s usually when something fun, silly, or maybe even decidedly “un-done’ happens but I wanted to talk a little bit about why these moments are treasured keepsakes. In a word - they are “real” and they become the images later that will make your heart smile.

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You might be wondering what I mean by “book” so let me explain. We design a gorgeous flush-mount album from almost every family session that includes all of your favorite portraits from your family experience. The cover is typically your family in all of your photogenic awesomeness.

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Open the cover and that’s where the real magic unfolds. The in-between moments that are both perfect and un-perfect all presented in one beautiful story that is your family right now.

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I tell Mom’s all of the time - put these moments in your book. You will marvel at how much you enjoy the candid captures later. (And the things that you were critical about yourself… trust me, later all you will see is how young and beautiful you were too!!!)

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Things that we forget about who these little humans were at this time come rushing back with just one turn of the page. Can you believe I’ve been photographing this lovely family since their baby boy was in Mom’s tummy? It’s true… and she has the books to prove it.

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One of the things we hear most from our clients is how much they enjoy having the portraits from their session in one place with no “to do” item… nothing to frame or figure out. Plus — BONUS you have all of the moments socially too for your phone to show/share on Facebook, Instagram and with family. Best of both worlds.

Falala Formal Family Portraits are Fabulous during the holiday season

Falala formal family portraits are oh-so fabulous during the holidays and we loved catching up with the Warshaw Family this season.

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Mom Victoria in her gorgeous floral gown in red and black had us stepping back to ooh and ah. Her twin boy could not have been anymore dapper in their matching Calvin Klein suits. Head to toe handsome.

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Fun fact: We photographed Mom and her twins when they were just newborns. Time flies but how is it that Mom looks like not a day has passed?

 Loving this gorgeous floral gown from  Nordstrom  and swooning over the perfect  Louboutin  heel

Loving this gorgeous floral gown from Nordstrom and swooning over the perfect Louboutin heel

Holiday Order Deadline for Gifts this Season

Need anything else for the holidays?  We are here to help with portraits, gifts and holiday cards! Our Holiday Order Deadline for Gifts this Season is December 7th for guaranteed delivery. We also have gift cards for that perfect personalized picture person in your life.

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Need extra prints or gifts for under the tree?

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Senior Pictures with a model twist

With four awesome wardrobe changes for your Senior Pictures session we know that variety is always fun so say hello to the new chic - light, bright and airy with a decidedly model twist. For this look - no field, no tree - just epically beautiful light, fashion-inspired poses that will have everyone telling you “Wow, you look like you should be in a magazine”

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Shout out to Kayla’s spot-on styling! We love everything about this look…from her textured green dress wrapped in her cream sweater to her short and sassy hairstyle (we may have been so inspired that the Studio B Team might all be rocking short ‘dos now…hehe!).

  We cannot say enough about this Eastlake High School senior - miss Kayla! As sweet as can be, and as fun as she is beautiful! | pc:    StudioBportraits.com

We cannot say enough about this Eastlake High School senior - miss Kayla! As sweet as can be, and as fun as she is beautiful! | pc: StudioBportraits.com

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This is YOUR year!

Are you ready to celebrate?!

Ready for a modern take on a classic style?

Ready for a modern take on a classic style? Meet the Hancock Family. Their mix of dark and denim is the ideal compromise for a family that wants upscale and casual to play perfectly in the same portrait.

 You’re never fully dressed without a smile! The Hancock Family photographed in dark and denim at StudioBportraits.com

You’re never fully dressed without a smile! The Hancock Family photographed in dark and denim at StudioBportraits.com

 Upscale and casual blend beautifully when Mom has both of her kids right where she wants them - in her arms!

Upscale and casual blend beautifully when Mom has both of her kids right where she wants them - in her arms!

 The fellas are happiest when they are comfortable so why fight it? Let emotion and connection be their best accessory when Dad and Son take center stage.

The fellas are happiest when they are comfortable so why fight it? Let emotion and connection be their best accessory when Dad and Son take center stage.

So much sibling love has us all kinds of happy and you know your family portrait is going to be authentically “you” when everyone feels their best.

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Newborn Portraits with Baby Cantalini Day 5

Newborn portraits with Baby Cantalini on her 5th day have us all kinds of happy (and judging by her sweet smile, she’s quite joy-filled too!)

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A little milk break and this mini was ready for her mid-morning rest. Seriously, is there anything sweeter than the blessing of a brand new baby?

 The studio is always warm so that the little ones feel sleepy and oh so snuggly

The studio is always warm so that the little ones feel sleepy and oh so snuggly

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We have never seen such a calm and composed couple of a first born; proud new parents Molly and Kyle are clearly made for this. Fun fact - we photographed Kyle’s Senior Pictures way back in the day and this is the ultimate full circle moment for us getting to welcome his growing family back to the studio.

 And Baby Makes 3. First look at the brand new Cantalini Three. (Click here to see a sneak peak from their outdoor Fall  maternity sessio n.)

And Baby Makes 3. First look at the brand new Cantalini Three. (Click here to see a sneak peak from their outdoor Fall maternity session.)

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Fur just might make everything more fabulous… tips for portraits with your pet.

Fur just might make everything more fabulous… fur-Babies we mean. We love the addition of your best furry friend to your portraits. What better way to make your shoot even more personalized and snuggle-rific right?! Dogs, cats, bunnies… we welcome all of your sweet little family members and we have a few tips for making your experience the best it can be for all of you! Read on.

 Shout out to our stunning model Alyssa and her fur baby for playing with us in the studio, inspired by the amazing  Gigi Hadid .

Shout out to our stunning model Alyssa and her fur baby for playing with us in the studio, inspired by the amazing Gigi Hadid.

TIPS:

  1. Grooming is always encouraged - pampering your pet makes them look and feel their best on camera.

  2. Leash and kennel are an excellent way to make sure that you have a minute to focus on your self before, during and after the session as needed.

  3. Plan for treats and be sure to let the studio know if you have any special needs. Be certain to give us a heads up if your fur baby has any physical restrictions or personality points that we should be aware of in advance of your shoot. ie Likes Mom Best, Teething, Bad Hip.

Finally… do not leave your husband (below) to play with your props, your middle child and your 20 year old cat.

 My husband being funny with our cat, the iPhone and our middle daughter.

My husband being funny with our cat, the iPhone and our middle daughter.

Dream Holiday Family Portraits featured in 425 Magazine

The November issue of 425 Magazine just hit stands and we could not be any more in love with the Dream Holiday Family Portraits featuring the oh-so-beautiful Rose Family.

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Behind the scenes with Mom, Dad and Baby Charlie have us with all of the formal holiday feels that we never knew we were missing in our life!

Can we hear a Fa-La-La for the holidays as the perfect reason to get all dolled up! Special thank you to our Glam Squad, Wesley Kelly | Hair, Tiffany Penton | Make-up and Samila Boutique for Mom’s epic ball gown.

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Are you CEO of your personal brand?

All of us need to understand the importance of branding. We are CEOs of our own companies: Me Inc. To be in business today, our most important job is to be head marketer for the brand called You.
— Tom Peters in Fast Company
 Fun Fact: When we ask prospective clients to give us headshot and personal branding samples that they like in our  Studio B Headshots portfolio , Chief Client Officer and resident “Storytelling Ninja” for  WE Worldwide, Dawn Beauparlant  is at the top of the inspiration list. Her contemporary personal brand communicates confidence, leadership, and warmth.

Fun Fact: When we ask prospective clients to give us headshot and personal branding samples that they like in our Studio B Headshots portfolio, Chief Client Officer and resident “Storytelling Ninja” for WE Worldwide, Dawn Beauparlant is at the top of the inspiration list. Her contemporary personal brand communicates confidence, leadership, and warmth.

It’s no secret that as your career grows and changes, professional images that speak to your expertise and deliver your intended message have never been more important. Whether you are launching or leveling up, your digital handshake in the business world sets the tone for what people can expect from you.

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THINGS TO CONSIDER: What are your core values, skills and objectives with your personal brand? How do you want to be perceived by your ideal client or employer? Thinking about these questions will help you properly prepare and allow you to communicate your vision as head marketer of YOU.

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