You also chose some unusual background elements which really add to the photos, the purple hammock in the trees and the dusty garage door. My daughter says that the latter makes her look “really urban” which is good I think. We also liked the fact that everyone got a look in; Wuffy the dog, Tabs the cat and even the prized Hydrangeas – all brought to life by your lens.
“We have worked with Elena for three years and have trusted her to capture some of the most important moments in our children’s lives. She truly cares about her clients and her passion shows through her beautiful work. She has the perfect combination of personal and professional experience to ensure your family is captured the way you would like.” -Natalie Flocchini
“Hiring a photographer is a big expense, but Mim was a great investment. During our brief stint in Oxford, we could think of no better way to capture our time in this magical place then with family photos. Mim had a relaxed demeanor that put everyone at ease. The resulting photographs captured both the beauty of the surrounding environment and our family. I highly recommend Mim. She does an exceptional job of documenting the details. The details that create memories.” Kara Mattini & family
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“A dear friend of mine referred me to Elena S Blair Photography for my newborn shoot. My friend’s shoot was so beautiful and captured her family and newborn so gracefully. To be honest, I was a bit afraid of the outcome. The birth of my son was traumatic, to say the least, and we lost a big chunk of newborn time to the hospital. I was crushed thinking I’d lost the opportunity to capture his smallness. I know the moments Elena was able to capture, won’t return those weeks, but I’m eternally grateful to her for capturing,in her magical way, the newborn life we so fortunately were able to return home with from the hospital. She entered what was at the time our recuperating, grief stricken home and seamlessly captured our tiny new boy in the most beautiful way. Elena is skilled inter-personally and technically – such as making an new encounter with a stranger seem like meeting an old friend, or using just light to capture a special moment. Since her pictures speak for themselves, what you may not see behind the pictures is that she’s a caring and wonderful person. She’s a delight to let into your family to capture you, comfortably, in a raw and vulnerable way. I now also have the pleasure of calling her a friend and my only regret at this moment, is that we’ve moved away from Seattle and can’t have her continue capturing these breathtaking moments of my family.” – Annabelle Mathieu
“Mim created a relaxed and informal setting for our photo shoot with our baby daughter and created images that we will treasure for ever. Thank you!” Leigh Purdie
“I contacted Mim with the hopes of arranging a family photoshoot taking place over the Christmas holidays. My dad was working abroad at the time and it left us with very little time to arrange a shoot with all four of us together. Thankfully, Mim was incredibly flexible and kept in close contact with me in the weeks before the shoot to ensure that we were both clear on what would be happening on the day. The shoot itself was a lot of fun for all involved and myself and my family were so impressed with the results. We have Mim to thank for that not only through her abilities with a camera, but also through her professionalism as she was able to suggest a variety of different poses and combinations for us to try out. This made our experience both fun and relaxing. It brought our family together and gave us plenty of memories to look back on!” Andy Phelan
“We enjoyed the shoot with Mim and are so happy with the images. The perfect keepsake of our baby at such a precious and young age. We were seeking some casual and relaxed photos that reflected our family and home. We didn’t want it to look or feel staged or set up. Mim’s creative style and informal approach meant we felt really comfortable and the images all reflect this. Mim came to our home for the shoot and made us feel at ease. After the shoot, Mim quickly provided proofs and then edited pictures. There was clear communication all the way through the process. I’d definitely recommend Mim to friends who are looking for a professional to capture them on film in a relaxed and informal way.” Alison Holloway
“Mim has a relaxed presence that makes the process of having photos taken enjoyable and fun. I loved the pictures of my son. and the fact that she used natural light in my house and garden, rather than formal studio shots – and will be back for more.” Sara Jansson
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“We had a fun and exciting hour with Mim at our house and are delighted with the results! Mim was friendly and professional and got the best smiles out of our little boy. We thoroughly recommend Mim to anyone looking for a family photoshoot” Marita & Matt Ford
Testimonials from clients who had their family photos in Seattle with Elena S Blair.
“Thank you so much for taking our family shots. The photos were way better than we’d hoped they would be, which I put down largely to your professional, yet friendly and reassuring manner as well as your knack for eliciting the sunny side of the kids and making us all feel at ease and unselfconcious. You brought out the best in us as a family group and captured some wonderful moments of tenderness and humour. I’d definitely recommend your photography service to others.” Al Chisholm
So thank you for coping with all the challenges we presented you with, and for coming up with some really good and well loved shots. We will be recommending you to friends looking for a family photographer.” Mark Bannister
“She could not be more fabulous….Not only is she an amazing, patient, sweet, darling person. She is also a talented, thoughtful, creative, and attentive photographer. She managed the whole shoot, and the chaos that goes with photographing 3 young children, with grace, and an easy going professionalism. My kids loved her and opened up to her instantly. But most importantly, she was able to capture the true spirit of my children in every single shot. I don’t know how she does it. The true essence of my little munchkins shines through in every photograph. These are not your standard family photographs. They are beautiful, wonderful, meaningful works of art that are created around me and my family. Love love love love love. Cannot say it often enough. Love.” – Stephanie Rancourt-Richardson
‘’As a Christmas present for my family, I asked Mim to come round to my parents’ house and shoot a group portrait session. We were all absolutely delighted with the shots – Mim managed to capture lots of natural moments of warmth and humour between the four of us, made everyone feel at ease and was extremely friendly and professional. Mim is a talented and creative photographer and I would highly recommend her to anyone.’’ Jesse Lister
“We were delighted with our photos. Mim was good at getting the girls to look natural and relaxed – quite an achievement with teenagers! We were particularly pleased to have the photo shoot outdoors at Shotover park, and Mim has used the winter light with stunning results.” Katie McMillan
“We wanted to get some professional photos to commemorate our son’s first birthday. We don’t really like the traditional photo studio stuff, and were concerned that our son might not “be in the mood” so portraits might be a waste of time. after some research found Mim’s site. We wanted some natural shots outdoors, with natural light, so it seemed like a good fit. Not only did we have a fun day out, at a beautiful local garden with Mim, but the photos turned out amazing. We used them for Christmas gifts, and on our Christmas card, and have some on our wall. It was amazing value and I know we will look back on the photos, well, forever probably! we will definitely get back in touch with Mim and do it again soon.” Leslie Morris-Iveson
“Mim was great with our baby. She put us all at easy, and got some wonderful natural looking shots. After speaking to some other photographers, I was really worried about hidden extras. This was not a problem with Mim – everything was exactly as we agreed, with no surprises or pressure to upgrade to a bigger package. She puts a high value on running an ethical business, and it is also nice to support a local small business when possible. I have already recommended Mim to our friends, as she is both talented and reasonably priced” Neil Yager
“My husband and I are so grateful that we choose Elena S Blair Photography to do our maternity and newborn photoshoots and are blessed to now also call her our friend! My journey to motherhood was difficult and painful (first with infertility and miscarriage and then with a hard pregnancy). It was so important to me to capture this season of life on camera yet I was so self-conscience and uncertain. I have had bad experiences in the past with photographers who cared more about the “job” than about me as a person. Meeting with Elena for the first time all the nervousness melted away; it was like meeting an old friend again. Instead of feeling awkward and silly while posing for my maternity shoot, I felt confident and beautiful and you can tell by looking at my photos! Elena was a magician, knowing just how to use every landcape (including my awkward house for our newborn shoot) and ray of light to produce beautiful pictures. Her sweet smile, happy disposition, and kind words put us so at ease that the pictures she took weren’t stiff or posed but instead were snapshots of authentic intimate moments that perfectly captured who we are as a family. We won’t be going anywhere else for our family photos in the future. We could never find a better photographer or have a better experience than with Elena!” – Hannah Ruth Cournoyer
“Dear Mim, I would like to thank you for the photo session you did with my family in August this year. We enjoyed the session because of your relaxed friendly approach, which was enough to put the most apprehensive subject at ease. On that particular morning our autistic son was not in the best frame of mind and I rather feared we might not get any good shots of him. He was only composed and cooperative for about 30 seconds out of the hour and a half – but we were amazed that you managed to capture some great images of him. The one of him looking down through the conservatory roof whilst attempting to climb out of his bedroom window is a particular favourite. Seriously, you caught his pleasure in his mischief.
“Working with Mim was effortless and refreshing. From her first contact she was friendly, transparent, and open to suggestions, while being clear on her style and what she was bringing to the shot. Our photo day with Mim was equally effortless and refreshing. Our family felt relaxed and able to play while Mim apparently effortlessly captured beautiful moments and great portraits that were later enhanced by her excellent editing skills. Having worked and struggled with other photographers I am specially appreciative of Mim’s skills, effort and open communication. She is unassuming and kind, efficient and talented, a pleasure to work with!” Karem Roitman
“For the newborn shoot, I had no fears or reservations – I knew I needed a photographer, and that I wanted you! This time, my favourite part was watching you take pictures of my husband and son together. It was so cool to know we were going to have a record of those moments. Again, looking through all those photos was a highlight – they are just gorgeous, and we had so much trouble deciding which ones to have you edit because there were so many wonderful shots. I would definitely recommend you to friends – and have! You’re a sensitive, creative photographer who catches real moments in the lives of real people.” Elizabeth Bakalyar Friedman
“Elena made my family feel so comfortable and we loved our session! She captured each of my kids personalities in every photo. She’s truly talented and her work is captivating – which is what I loved when I stumbled across her photos on Pinterest. Our photos turned out amazing and I’ll cherish them forever.” – Heather Field
“Our session with Mim was everything I hoped it’d be. We have never had one like this before, and my partner and I were not sure what to expect. What it proved to be was thoroughly relaxed, stress-less and pleasant experience. Photos look amazing. You can appreciate a professional eye behind the lens, colours, quality are spot-on. It was a family photo-shoot, to celebrate our daughter’s first birthday, we wanted the shoot to be summery, warm, a bit lazy and mellow and Mim caught on with what we were going for straight away. With another baby on the way, we’re looking forward to taking another shoot with Mim, and would wholeheartedly recommend her to everyone.” Maciej Grabowski