Monday, January 23, 2012

Blake–3 months old

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Every three months we have the opportunity to visit Blake to document his growth and changes.  This time he had a hat and bootie set that were lovingly knitted by his grandma. Isn’t the cutest! =)  He kind of reminds me of a gnome.

Babies grow way to fast, don’t you just wish they didn’t grow so darn fast! 

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

JBLM Wedding ~ Shar & Matt

What a wonderful love story Matt & Shar have, and I truly enjoy hearing how people met and fell in love.  Shar flew into Seattle to assist a friend who was expecting twins and had to move.  During the flight she started talking to the soldier sitting next to her who was returning to JBLM.  Once in Seattle the soldier offered to give Shar a much needed ride.

It was the soldiers best friend, Matt who was providing the ride to JBLM.  The rest as they say is history.  The two had an instant connection and here we are later down the road at their wedding.  The soldier she sat by was the best man, the mom of the twins the matron of honor.   You just never know where you will meet that special person in your life!

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                                   And a pinch from the best man … for good luck?
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We hope you enjoyed this peak into Matt & Shar’s wedding at the main chapel on JBLM. 

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Senior Portrait Photography ~ Sydney

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We never know how our customers will find us.  Sydney’s mom had a co-worker recommend us as we did her niece’s senior portrait.  I love when that happens, and it happens frequently.  We appreciate those referrals and votes of confidence.

Sydney met us at the studio recently for her senior portraits, and she needed to get the portraits done and to her school STAT.   Mission accomplished!

The studio sessions are available for our 1 hour non-discounted packages.  Most of our portrait sessions are on location, such as the many beautiful parks within the Tacoma area.  For more information just give us a call at 253-970-5689 or e-mail us at

Friday, January 13, 2012

‘M’ Family–Seattle Family Portrait Photography

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Actually the ‘M’ Family weren’t in Seattle, they all gathered at Camino Island for the Christmas holidays.  They had family who came in from Florida, Wisconsin, Colorado and their son who is serving in the military was recently transferred to Washington from Japan.  It was such a pleasure to meet with the family while they were all together. 

Admittedly, I was a wee bit envious, wishing my family was all together. 
With everyone in one place at one time, these days, that’s the time to get family portraits!  So, if you have a special event that brings the family together, have you considered getting them together for a family portrait?

Those of you coming to visit our blog from the Living Social Special, please check out our ad and a blog entry here - Living Social Q&A

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Jayce–newborn photography

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Jayce was just a bump at his Aunt & Uncle’s wedding (Courtney & Clayton) last September.  When I put out a notice that we needed to ‘borrow’ a newborn for a newborn portrait workshop.  We were blessed with Jayce.  He was such a peaceful little guy who rarely fussed despite having 3-4 photographers aiming their camera’s at him.  The photos above are a few we took.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Living Social ~ Portrait Special

First of all, we want to say congratulations to those of you who purchased your Living Social coupon!  Don’t you just love Living Social?  We do and we are looking forward in having a lot of fun capturing beautiful portraits of your children, your pets, your loved ones and of course, you!!

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Let’s see if we can answer a few of your questions here.  Added are a few photographs from past sessions for your viewing pleasure.

Q: What is the special?  (for those who follow us on Facebook and didn’t see the Living Social Ad)
We are offering our hour portrait session, which normally costs $150.00 for $49.00!  What savings!  This is the time to pre-pay for your portrait session and use later this year. Below are the details straight from the Living Social site:

$49 gets you an hour-long on-location portrait session, a CD with images suitable for use on the web, a password-protected online gallery for easy sharing, one 8x10, two 5x7s, and one set of wallet prints (a $150 value).

Q: Who will be doing the photography?

A: For portraits, it’s generally Monica (who is admittedly greedy with the camera) that will be doing the photography.  However, if Sonny is available he will come along and assist with lighting and he often has his own creative ideas for the portraits.  So, the shooting gets shared during the session. 

Q:  What can we expect from the shoot?
A:  We are very down to earth and casual.  If you haven’t had portraits in a while it might feel a little weird because you probably don't usually have paparazzi following you around snapping cameras, but we promise to be on our best behavior and soon the weirdness wears off and before you know it, your having fun in front of the camera …. Really! It's fun.

Q:  Where can we see most recent samples of your work?

A:  If you scroll to the top of this blog entry, just under our title/header is a tabs bar with different types of sessions: babies, engagements, families, seniors and weddings.  If you click on our header, it will show you everything posted in our blog.
If you click on the specialized tabs, it will take you to blog entries (photographs) dealing with that particular subject.


Q: Where are you located?

A: We are located in Tacoma, and will travel up to 20 miles from 98405 zip code.

Q:  Is this special only good for family portraits?

A:  No, this special is great for any type of portrait session.  It’s perfect for engagements, seniors, pets, children and family portraits. This is a great opportunity to update those portraits on the walls!  While the vouchers technically could be used for newborn or boudoir sessions – those typically require two hours by nature and need a dedicated space that would have to be considered before purchase.  You can use the one hour voucher as partial payment on those sessions.

Q: Will you travel for a session?

A: Yes, included in this price is travel up to 20 miles from our location (98405 zip). Anything further is $25 for up to 60 miles from Tacoma.  (due the day of your shoot).


Q: I see you include prints in this price. What if we want to buy more?
A: You can order additional prints from our gallery, which will remain open for 1 year.  Special prices are as follows:
  • Wallets – $2.00
  • 4x6 – $3.20
  • 5x7 – $5.00
  • 8x10 – $8.20
  • 11x14 – 15.95
Q:  Will my aunt in Spain be able to order prints from the gallery?

A: Anyone, anywhere can order photographs from the gallery.  Not only prints, there are other fun photo products available in the gallery.  The gallery remains open and available for ordering prints for one year.


Q: I see the DVD is for web use only, can we make prints from the D
No, the images on the DVD are low resolution designed for sharing on Facebook, e-mailing, blogging, using on social networks, etc.  However, We do offer a full resolution DVD for $25.00 and you will get the printing rights so you can make as many prints as your heart desires.  And yes, you read that right – $25.00, not $250.00.

Q: I would like to use these for a modeling Portfolio. Is that okay?

A: Yes, totally okay! If you are an aspiring model, or your children model, this is a great way to update your portfolio. I'm okay with you using these photos!


Q: We would like to use this Coupon to shoot a large family photo. We have three families which we would like to combine into one group photo. Is this okay?

A: Unfortunately, no, this is not okay. One family per Coupon. BUT, it’s totally acceptable for each family to purchases a coupon, and you would like to all shoot on the same day, I will include the Photographs from the Large family into one Gallery, so that everyone has the option of having the full family photos on their DVD.

Q: Can we use the voucher for a wedding, party, Quinceanera, Bar/Bat Mitzvah?

No, this voucher is designed for family portrait sessions.   However, if you are planning a wedding or any other event, we do have some awesome wedding packages and you can always check out our monthly specials.

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Q: Will you Photoshop the images so I look 10 years younger or 10 pounds thinner?

We consider ourselves life style photographers – photojournalistic photographers. This means that we like to document people as they really are. We always strive to photograph in the best possible light and from the most flattering angles, where possible, and we will hide pimples and other transitory afflictions but scars, wrinkles, skin, hair... these are who you are. We have no problem however acting goofy to make people look at least 10% happier.

Q:  What is your rescheduling policy?

A:  We require 48 hours to reschedule a shoot. You can call us or shoot us an e-mail to cancel and reschedule your appointment. If you cancel without 48 hours notice there will be a $25 reschedule fee. This is because that time will be blocked out and we will be standing there missing you, probably just taking pictures of each other.  And another Living Social customer will be losing out on the opportunity to have that time slot.  If it rains or snows there will be no fee to reschedule.

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Q: What is the best way to contact you?

A: We can be reached by e-mail at or by phone at  253-970-5689.  Due to the expected volume please leave your name, number and a brief message and we will return your call.  Please speak clearly and slowly when leaving a phone message.

Thank-you for choosing Family Affair Photography, we can’t wait to work with you!

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