Mary Tullamora

Remember how careful and cautious you were with your first baby? You’ve had all this time to prepare and the nursery is just perfect and then comes baby #2 and everything changes! Your hands are now full with your toddler and suddenly you don’t have the time to worry quite as much as you did the first time around. You let your guard down just a bit because you know in your heart that everything will work out  just fine. I think this session beautifully captures some of that transition of having just 1 child and adding a second…many real and authentic moments of love and patience and play. Mary Tullamora is baby #2 and the first girl for the Diede family. It’s safe to say that everyone is in love with her, especially big brother, Harrison (2 ½)! Mary was 2 months at this session and was quite content watching her brother as he kept busy with playdough, snacks, Madagascar, and watering plants…you know, just regular stuff you do when your parents are in the middle of a photo shoot with your brand new baby sister. There may have been a few M + M’s involved with this session…just to keep us all happy and cooperating. :-)

Congratulations Diede family! Mary completes your family just perfectly!

See more of this sweet family here. 

Newborn Sessions at Home

Having a baby is such a special and unique time for all families. It doesn't matter if it's your 1st, your 2nd, or your 6th! Your baby arrives and all of a sudden you are in a new role with new routines and new responsibilities. It's emotional and crazy, and oh so perfectly chaotic in the beginning. But the very best part is that you are so deeply in love with this new little life. I remember looking at my own children and the tears would just flow out of pure joy that this tiny human being actually belonged to me. Thank you God for the gift of motherhood! After having 3 children of my own, I know this time passes way too fast. This is why I consider it such a gift to be invited into a client's home for a newborn session. Home sessions truly provide a real and authentic backdrop to capture this most precious period of time. 

Here are my top four reasons why I think you will love home newborn sessions as much as I do! 

  1. The odds of forgetting something will be in your favor. You can't possibly forget something because you don't have to leave the comfort of your own home! No packing up and running into the house for that last minute thing. No rushing to leave on time. No fussing with those crazy car seat buckles that are 3x the size of your newborn!

  2. The details that make up your story will be captured. Home sessions allow the photographer to photograph nursery details like board books, mobiles, framed art, favorite stuffed animals, a closet full of baby clothes, and priceless family heirlooms. All the tiny little details that make up the beautiful and special place that you created for your newborn will be captured forever.

  3. It's easy to take breaks. Newborn sessions can last 2-3 hours! This is a LONG time for siblings (and for Dads!) to wait. Snacks help, but it's still a long time. Dads and siblings can take breaks while baby and mom are in the spotlight. Being at home makes this a little easier on everyone resulting in beautiful images.

  4. There is no place like home. New parents are generally most comfortable at home. It's easier to nurse at home and extra outfits will be right at your fingertips. This is your chance to get a photograph in the most authentic and natural setting. Remember, your home is an amazing representation of your family story and holds so many priceless memories.

So when your child is a little bit older and asks all about what he/she was like when they were a baby, you will have amazing photographs to share with them!

Newborn sessions take place year round and are not dependent on weather. If you are expecting a baby I would love to hear from you. Discounts available when booking a maternity session with your newborn session. Learn more about newborn sessions here

L Family

This family initially found me on Instagram! Tara booked the session several months in advance and I could feel the excitement in her words…this would be their very first family photography session. Their little girl was turning ONE and they couldn’t wait to capture this milestone. The entire session took place on their property – so beautiful!

Thank you Dee, Tara, and little Miss Ruby!

Everyday Life | June

Little by little I am working my way through personal edits which always seem to take a back seat to client images, but still SO important to me to capture bits and pieces of our everyday life! And just when I need a little encouragement to keep moving ahead with this project I find out a friend of mine and amazing photographer in Western Washington, Lisa Jump, is joining me in capturing and posting her Everyday Life as well! Take a moment and check out her blog here

A few of my favorite moments from June...first nail polish for Emily, summer evenings in our backyard, band concert, Twins turned 13 (how in the world is that possible?!), playing in the Spokane River, celebrating with my Dad on Father's Day, a Frozen Princess Party (thanks Jill!), and a weekend at the cabin.

I started Everyday Life, a monthly blog post, in January 2014 as a personal commitment to keep shooting, editing, and sharing my family photos. Follow along on Instagram too at @leavingamarkphoto or #oureverydaylife2014.


Clara Jane

Clara Jane is the 4th baby girl I have photographed this Spring/Summer! So many sweet little girls this season and I have loved every minute with these precious newborns. Clara’s session was double the fun since she has a big sister, 3 year old, Evelyn. As you can imagine, baby Clara is receiving most of the attention at the moment and Evelyn was so good during the session. Mama planned small little gifts for Evelyn to open during the session which kept her very busy! :-) Miss Clara did not want to miss any part of her newborn session and was wide awake for most of it...I love the photo where her hand is up near her mouth, almost as if she is telling her Mama a secret!

Congratulations Hill family! Thank you for inviting me into your home to capture these precious moments!!

Harper Grace

Remember all the darling handmade outfits from this maternity session in May? (If Grandma ever opens an Etsy shop, I will be the first in line!). Little Harper Grace arrived 15 days early with lots of white blonde hair and she is perfect! I think it's quite special to photograph a couple at their maternity session and then to capture them again as parents at their newborn session. There is this awesome transformation of "us" to "we" that I am able to witness, especially when photographing families in their homes. Thank you Mandi & Brandon for the opportunity to capture those early "we" moments with your precious baby girl. I know you will enjoy every minute with her. I am so excited for you to be a family of 3!