Favorite Family Photographer
Winner: Hardie Photography
Seattle-based artist Whitney Hardie specializes in the unique service of birth photography. Inviting someone into your birthing space is a big decision, and incredibly personal. Hardie remains on call for her clients and stays with them from labor through the first hour or two of the baby’s life, quietly capturing the moments of strength and emotion that are a part of every unique labor. In a few weeks, the new family receives about 120 photos and a 20-page photo book.
Forget the department store photography studio; Puget Sound–area families want truly memorable portraits. That’s why you voted Kiley Riffell Photography, run by a photojournalist whose work has been used by BBC Nature, NPR and “Science” magazine, among your favorite family photographers. One mom says, “Kiley is so talented and fun to be around. She managed to really capture my children’s personalities through the pictures.” Book early — especially for those time-sensitive maternity photos — to guarantee an appointment with this popular photographer.
With more than 20 years of both child-care and photography experience, Lydia Brewer Photography, the “punk rock Mary Poppins,” captures unforgettable moments and true character. One happy customer said, “Somehow, with the camera lens, you strip away pretense and catch the raw emotion … you captured a secret, beautiful peek at who we are together.”
Poulsbo-based Whitney Coudray Photography specializes in family adventure and lifestyle sessions on the Olympic Peninsula. Instead of stiff poses and studio lighting, Coudray uses natural light and outdoor settings to capture the unique flavor of family life in the Pacific Northwest.
All family photographers need to be good with kids, but Anne Young of Young Reflections Photography has the special gift of connecting with kids with autism, putting them at ease and catching their smiles and glances at the camera in images that capture the beautiful spirits their parents know. Young is based in Kirkland and the Methow Valley, where she offers both full and mini sessions.