SEATTLE FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER | SEATTLE NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY

CANDID MOMENTS. TIMELESS PHOTOS.

A family photography session should produce not just beautiful images, but an enjoyable and stress-free experience as well. Online booking, relaxed sessions, and digital photo downloads make everything easy and simple. Let’s have some fun!

I welcome all races, all religions, all countries of origin,
all gender identities, all sexual orientations, all abilities, all people.
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HOLIDAY MINIS COMING SOON!

If you’ve followed me a while you know my holiday minis are one of the most popular packages! Quick and easy, they’re 20 minute sessions set on specific dates in Fall to get you “a handful of images for the holiday card”. They’re offered to return clients first, via my newsletter (sign up here), but anyone can be added to the waitlist. Because Fall is cold and flu season, I often have cancelations and spots open up. Minis will be released via newsletter very soon!


SUMMER SUNSET SESSIONS

Now booking outdoor Summer sunset sessions at the beach, Discovery Park, Magnuson Park, and other beautiful locations around Seattle. Golden hour light is the prettiest of the day, and guaranteed to get you beautiful family portraits. Family photography is busiest between June and November, so I recommend scheduling your photo shoot soon.

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FALL NOW BOOKING!

Fall is my busiest season for family photography, as many clients want current family photos for their holiday card. I’ve released about 70% of Fall dates, with the rest opening in late Summer. This approach will hopefully give the early birds ample appointments now, but leave some options for those families that need more time to organize their calendar. September through mid October is best for weather and Autumn colors. Late October sees more wind and rainouts. The studio is a bright and cozy option in November and early December!


MOUNTAIN SESSIONS

They’re back! Mountain photo shoots are some of my most popular sessions for Seattle family photography. This gorgeous spot is just an hour from the city and offers stunning PNW backdrops for your family portraits. Offered in July and August, these sessions are sold out but the waitlist is open. Magical!

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WHAT CLIENTS ARE SAYING

  • Erin came to Thailand to photograph our destination wedding. From capturing candid moments, putting even complete strangers at ease, she was thorough, kind and did an amazing job. In the months leading up to the wedding, brought a sense of enthusiasm and her post-wedding followup was just as friendly and dedicated. Erin is that perfect combination of talent, thoughtful professionalism, and grace.
    Elle + Brendan
    Elle + Brendan
  • For our newborn session, we were amazed at how patient and gentle Erin was with our little one. She skillfully worked with the baby's natural movements and moods, resulting in breathtakingly beautiful images that we will cherish forever. Erin was also very flexible and understanding about rescheduling the newborn photography session due to our child spending the first six weeks of her life in the hospital.
    Christopher + Julia
    Christopher + Julia
  • Beyond being incredibly talented, Erin showed us how professional and dedicated a photographer she is. At one point during our time with Erin and her team -- she literally stood on an active fire pit to work a better angle for a shot. She blew us away with her professionalism, constantly being present but giving us time together and room to breather, she kept us apprised with timelines and had an unbelievable work ethic to achieve our goals. It is obvious she cares deeply about her craft and we cannot overstate how highly we recommend her.
    Maya + Liam
    Maya + Liam
  • Erin is a master at getting great family photos with a toddler who cannot sit still! We got the mini session for our holiday photos and our son was running all over the studio for much of the session. Somehow Erin got tons of awesome photos in the few minutes he was on our lap or in our arms in addition to great action shots. In addition, the lighting and framing were awesome. We’re so happy with our photos and so glad to have a great documentation of our son at this age. We will definitely be repeat customers. Thank you, Erin!
    Claire + Colin
    Claire + Colin
  • Erin is the cream of the crop as far as photographers go. She's actually a magician - lots of tricks up her sleeve to make you feel comfortable. We recently had a work photo shoot and she was brilliant. You won't be disappointed!
    Sunnyside Social Media
    Sunnyside Social Media
  • We love Erin. She made us feel really comfortable, and the outcomes are always great with minimal fuss. She will always be my go-to for family moments we need captured.
    The M Family
    The M Family
  • My family isn’t great at taking photos, and this was a great experience! Erin was fantastic in working with our newborn (2 weeks old) and our 4 year old. I was hoping for a good Christmas card and received a full album of photos I want to keep. Thank you, Erin!!
    The A Family
    The A Family
  • I’ve had the privilege of doing photos with Erin a couple times and each time I am amazed at how effortlessly comfortable it is and the beautiful photos that come out of it. The sessions just feel like catching up with a friend and when she sends the gallery I can’t believe the natural moments she was able to capture. I can’t wait for our next session with our newest family member!
    The M Family
    The M Family
  • We had family pictures taken with Erin last summer and had the absolute best experience! It was a special time for our family because my brothers who live internationally were both back in Seattle for just a few days. In total, there were nine people in the pictures! Erin handled the large group with such a calmness that made everyone feel at ease and the whole experience so pleasant. Erin captured each relationship and family dynamic perfectly. I can not recommend Erin enough!
    The P Family
    The P Family
  • Fantastic experience with Erin from start to finish. Communication was timely and it was super easy to set up our session. She provided lots of helpful information before the session which we really appreciated. The shoot itself was fantastic. The studio is gorgeous and equipped with plenty of props and areas for a variety of images. We had a toddler with a cold and Erin worked so well with her. These are some of my favorite photos ever. Got our pictures back super quickly and the image selection/print ordering process was a breeze. Can’t wait to do another session!
    The J Family
    The J Family
  • We arranged with Erin for our son's first birthday. We are very happy working with Erin. She arrived exactly at the agreed time. She kept our son beautifully entertained with the toys she brought for him and took wonderful pictures. We are very pleased with the photos she took and would love to work with Erin again.
    The A Family
    The A Family
 
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Seattle Family Photography Behind the Scenes

ERIN'S PHOTO SHOOT APPROACH

RELAXED AND NATURAL POSING

“I don’t love having my photo taken, will you tell me what to do?” Of course! While I’m not a super-posed family photographer, I will give you some light direction and avoid awkward poses. I’ll encourage you to relax, play and snuggle with your children. I’ll set up tickle fights, ask kids to run into your arms, give each other giant bear hugs, or say “boogers!” as loud as they can. When kids (and grown-ups) are truly having fun, we get their genuine smiles and the best candid photography. Don’t worry, I’ll let you know if you’re making goofy faces, have a double chin, or are standing in an awkward way. I’ll make you look good!

LOOK-AT-THE-CAMERA AND CANDID

I adore lifestyle imagery and lots of candid moments, but understand clients want classic look-at-the-camera family portraits too. We’ll do a mix of both styles, along with a number of backgrounds, so you have a variety of images to choose from in your final gallery. If you prefer candid more than posed, or vice versa, just let me know and I’ll shoot accordingly.

BEAUTY IN THE CHAOS

After 20 years as a Seattle family photographer, one of three things often happens on photo day: kids get sick, skip their nap, or scratch their face. Please don’t stress! Imperfect is normal (and I can edit out scratches)! If your child starts to fuss, we stop for a snack, snuggle, or go for a little walk. Usually after a “reset” they’re ready to jump back into the photo shoot. My camera fires 6 frames a second – if children only give me a few good minutes of smiles, that’s an entire gallery of good images. Beauty in the chaos is my motto.


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ERIN SCHEDLER


my philosophy
Think of your favorite photo. My guess is it wasn’t taken by saying cheese or posing awkwardly for the camera. So why should a photographer ask you to do either? A good photographer doesn’t force a shot. They set their subject at ease, evoke a feeling, or prompt a candid moment and photograph the result. I design and direct my family photo sessions around this concept. Fun, connected sessions produce fun, connected photos. Simple as that.

about me
While attending college at UW 20 years ago, I apprenticed under a fantastic Seattle family photographer, shooting weddings and learning the trade. Committed to my “plan”, however, I completed my masters in business and spent a decade in sales and marketing, keeping photography a side hustle on weekends.
After my son was born in 2012, I could no longer ignore my calling. I quit my job and became a full-time Seattle photographer. Photography never ceases to challenge or excite me. I love this work, love growing my art, and will undoubtedly still have a camera in my hand when I’m 90.