Thoughts From a Client : Tips for Finding a Photographer and LOVING Your Images!

Okay, I’ve told you OVER and OVER again how I have the very best clients…and HERE is a prime example! Rachael reached out to me a few weeks ago and told me that she would be open to writing a blog about her experience working with me – of course I said “YES”! These are HER words. Unedited…You’re going to love what she has to share with you!

Hi! I’m Rachael, wife to Michael & mom to my sweet Oakley girl. I reached out to Kelsey a little over two years ago to photograph my wedding and here I am –  a forever Kelsey Lynne Photography client! I have now done 7 shoots with her + Kyle since that very first inquiry.

That being said – I have had a lot of major life events happen since then…engagement, wedding, & baby. You’re probably thinking this girl is crazy and REALLY likes to get photos taken of herself…..well actually I do LOVE it! Not because I feel comfortable in front of the camera, or that photoshoots are easy or inexpensive, or even end up being perfectly how I imagined them to turnout…but because they are important and some of the best memories I could every wish to have hanging in my house or have in albums on my bookshelves.

Get out there and get some photos taken! Don’t wait for a birthday or a Christmas card or a wedding, take photos with the people you love. And don’t just do it once!  Do it every year –  or every two years. It’s so easy to be satisfied with iPhone photos, which honestly can turn out great sometimes. But there is something to be said about getting dressed up and spending a half hour or hour once every year and documenting the love and happiness that your growing family is today. 

Don’t get me wrong, getting ready for a photo shoot can be stressful! I always stress about wanting to have the PERFECT outfits for an upcoming shoot, and honestly I’m happy every time if I follow these few simple tips.

  1. I try and find the most over the top outfit for myself (wife/mom) and then coordinate everyone else around me. I don’t think that spending a lot of money on clothes is important as long as it’s a little bit dressier then what you would wear on a daily basis and most importantly that it makes you feel comfortable and beautiful. I believe that starting with the wife/mom’s outfit first is best because it gives you a place to begin and “coordinate” around. 
  2. Men and boys are easy to dress, once I pick out what I’m wearing I just have to find a button up and shoes for my husband to match. Again I always recommend dressing up for the occasion, you can find my husband in dirty jeans and a Carhaart shirt any other day of the week but he is comfortable wearing a button down as well. I usually put my husband in a button down shirt he is comfortable in and honestly if I could convince him to wear a sport coat too I think that look is classic. 
  3. Then, I dress my daughter last because finding kids clothes that are dressy and inexpensive can be quite easy.  
  4. Last, and MOST important don’t try and match each other’s colors/patterns/styles perfectly. That being said, don’t get too crazy but mix it up a little and don’t be too plain…. Kelsey has a great blog post on dressing for a photo shoot (linked here)

Now comes the day of the shoot…. this is where I get stressed if I don’t plan a little ahead the day or two before. It only takes a few minutes to gather everyone’s clothes to iron and hang in one spot and you will thank me for this tip! Shower, do your hair, makeup and you won’t even have to worry about “finding” your outfit….it will all be laying out and ready to go.

If you’re still reading, this right here is the NUMBER ONE most important thing I could possibly recommend to someone when they are thinking about getting photos taken…

Find a compatible photographer that you can be comfortable, calm, and have fun around. Find a photographer that you want to sit and chat with once your pictures are done being taken until it’s too dark to talk anymore. Find a photographer that’s more like a friend and that you can’t pull your husband away from talking too just to actually take the pictures. THIS you guys, this is the most important.

This is why I have done so many shoots with Kelsey and Kyle, because they are this photographer for us. They are our friends and our supporters and give endless encouragement and compliments when getting in front of a camera. My husband HATES taking photos, like ‘beg him to take a selfie on a night out’ kind of hate for photos….but he doesn’t fight me when it comes time for our yearly or occasion shoot with Kelsey. This isn’t a sales pitch for Kelsey Lynne Photography at all (although if I haven’t sold you by now I’m disappointed in myself…haha!) but more a reminder how important it is not to just find the most convenient or inexpensive photographer, but one you are comfortable with. I PROMISE you will like your photos so much more!  

I found Kelsey because I thought her pictures were gorgeous when I saw a friend from high school’s wedding photos she did…but I go back to her because she is my friend and that in turn gives me the most beautiful pictures I could ever ask for! I believe that personal recommendations are the best way to find any type of service so I hope this helps anyone reading!


Best of Portraits : 2017

Best of Portraits : 2017

Am I really writing this blog again? I swear I JUST posted the 2016 year in review post last week….

In 8 years, the best part of the job is not only the photos we take – but the people we meet. As you look through this post, you will see families, baby bumps, kids, couples. You will see some people who we have photographed over and over again. Clients who have become our friends. Couples who had us photograph their wedding & now have us photograph their families. And you will see some people for the first time.

We will never get tired of these portrait sessions, because they are a chance for us to meet new people & see some others year after year!

This year we focused on bright, candid images! We LOVE the outfits our clients chose! Also – if you are planning a session, look at these families! Perfect proof that you don’t all have to wear the same color or pattern for your photos to look good! We also tried more and more to photograph at the times of the days with the most beautiful light in order to allow for even BETTER images!

As I created this post, it put into perspective how much can happen in a year. We are so grateful to the people who trusted us to photograph these moments for their families & in their lives. We know that getting updated photos in each season can feel like an investment, but I promise that it is one that you will be grateful that you have made. Not only do you deserve beautiful images of yourself and your lives, but photos are one of the best things that help us remember. When looking at these, I am instantly back into the moments that happened when I took the photos & I know the feeling is the same for our clients. So, if there is one thing that you can take from this – it’s that you deserve beautiful photos in EVERY season.

Now, let me introduce you to our beautiful clients.


The Families : 

The Kids : 

The Baby Bumps : 

The Couples : 

The Lynch Family : Summertime Family Photos

Matt & Kristina have been together since high school & I remember watching them drive away from school and thought they were just the coolest. They have twin girls and this is the third time I’ve been able to photograph their beautiful family! The first time was in the fall, and the second time was in the winter with snow on the ground. It only made sense to have a summer shoot this time and capture some of the best weather that Washington has to offer. With the winter full of rain that we had this year, I was so ready for some golden sunshine and happy, warm people! The summer is just my fav!

These images are some of my very favorites and I am thinking you will love them as much as I do!


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The Roesch Family : Summer Family Photos

Summer is the best, don’t you agree?

I mean, I also love rainy days at home snuggled up under some blankets with a bowl of popcorn and a good book. But – there is something so magical about warm sunshine that makes smiles bigger and the days longer. Plus, the golden light in summer is perfection.

Being able to photograph The Roesch Family is one of my favorite things. Photographing our best friends is something that makes me feel really happy! It’s so fun to be able to see the changes that happen in Croix between each photo shoot. And this one is definitely my favorite shoot to date.

Summertime Family Photo Shoots are my FAV.

Ready to see some of this cute fam?

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Best of 2016 : Portraits

Over the past 12 months – I have been able to not only pursue my passion of being a wedding & portrait photographer – but I have built some friendships with some of the best clients. We are so grateful for not only a year full of weddings, but also being able to have over 100 portrait shoots in the midst of it all.

These images have been taken over all 12 months of the year – some in the freezing cold, some in the hot sun, some in the midst of a rainstorm – and every shoot has been something I am so grateful for!

Thank you so much for trusting me to capture all of your seasons. From finding out you were expecting a baby and your growing baby bump, to the first days of your baby being home as a newborn, from your family & children growing up, to engagements and couples and even 25 year anniversaries.

Two times this year I hosted mini-sessions and both days were full of back-to-back sessions with beautiful families. Two of my favorite days of the year! They are always such a success – our hope is to do 4 mini-session days in 2017 to allow more people to be in on the action!

Now – for the images.

But first – one more time.



If you are interested in booking a portrait session for 2017, we are now booking for all months of the year!

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