Allen Welsch Photography: Blog en-us (C) Allen Welsch Photography Seattle, WA (Allen Welsch Photography) Thu, 16 Jul 2015 01:08:00 GMT Thu, 16 Jul 2015 01:08:00 GMT Allen Welsch Photography: Blog 120 57 It's a Beautiful Summer Day! Summer afternoons are a great time for a family portrait session!

Family with three teenagersTeige-Sullivan FamilyA family with loving teens. Yes, its possible!

These kids were the nicest kids! Both moms swear that they've never seen them behave so well, but I bet they get along like this on more than one occasion. Maybe it was the lovely sunny afternoon or maybe they were just on good behavior. Either way, the whole family made for a fun, and relaxing portrait session. Thanks Holly & Selena!

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Eli is Three Years Old We had a terrific Mother's day helping Rhonda and Danni celebrate Eli's third birthday! Eli really understands what a camera is and what it does, so it was fun trying to capture the innocent moments. I think Allen succeeded:

Eli is Three!Eli is three years oldEli is three years old

What a great kid and what a great family! Thanks for letting us in to watch Eli grow!

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Another Year and Eli is Three! We can't believe we have had the good fortune to follow Eli from birth to now three years old.  Eli birth to twoEli Birth to TwoHere's Eli from his newborn shots to last year's two-year old portraits.

Here he is at 3 weeks, 1 year, and 2 years old. Today we'll be having a great time in Grandma's yard seeing what Eli gets up to at 3 years.

Stay tuned!

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Holland in the Pacific Northwest We went to Mount Vernon this weekend to catch the tulips in bloom. It can get awfully crowded and is very family friendly as well as tour-bus friendly. If you go early in the morning, the traffic is less but that's when the buses show up. By lunch time, the buses are leaving, but the traffic slows to a crawl as people tour the various tulip fields around the Skagit Valley.

Your other choice is to go later, which is what we did. The buses and the many people on the buses are gone, but lines are still long and the flower beds and borders are crowded with families. But it's so beautiful, you have patience with all the selfies and family shots and video recording in order to take your shot. And then you get this:

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Family Love on Valentine's Day How did you spend Valentine's Day? We spent it working in the sunshine on a lovely Seattle waterfront park.

Family Love

 The Coburn family is an easy-going family of four. Mom, Dad and two boys: Clyde and Beau.  We met the family when Allen took Clyde's picture on a whim one day, long before Beau was in the picture:

Clyde disguised as a frog

Clyde looks the same to me, I think. A big boy now, but still just a little shy of the camera. No, not really shy, slow to warm up I'd say. But then, what a kid! Clyde found all kinds of weathered pieces of wood and sea-washed stones and then set to collecting them all up together. I wonder how Shane and Rachel managed to leave it all at the beach?

And Beau is always smiling. I mean always. He took a face-plant into the sand that left an impression of his face and he came up smiling, mouth full of sand!

A real loving family. It was a pleasure to capture them on a sunny afternoon.

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Playing in the January Sunshine It's been a while since we've had a blog post. The best laid plans...right? But, it's always good to get back into it without excuses.

We went to visit with some very good friends who just happen to be very good clients as well. And a favorite muse of ours too. 

Capturing the 3-year in his elementCapturing the 3-year in his element

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Captivating We been photographing Danni's son, Eli since he was a newborn. She's been involved with all of his sessions, but often in a supporting role. As parents, we totally understand. Parents love their kids, and tend to make sacrifices all the time for them. That includes portrait photography. Parents usually want to be in the family portrait, and maybe they were pleased to have some wedding or engagement portraits a while back, but a camera focusing on them, right now, is the farthest thing from their mind.

That's where Allen's technique comes into play. He's never demanding nor provoking people into uncomfortable poses. He just waits for the right moment, when you're relaxed and comfortable, and then...Click!


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Halloween Photo Tips Plan on capturing some Halloween photos of your trick or treatin' critters? We've got some tips for you to get your best shot (see what I did there?) on a dark and possibly rainy night. Grey Halloween KittyAm I amused or just bored?

  • Set your ISO on your camera to a higher setting. This will result in a "noisier" photo but it will increase your odds of getting a sharp photo.

  • Get close enough so your subject fills the frame.

  • If your camera has a night mode select it.

  • Start early, to get the last of the daylight. Photographers call this time the golden hour, because the low angle of the light is very forgiving.

  • Capture the preparation, especially if your kiddos created the costume themselves.

  • Bend down or kneel so you’re at the child’s level.

  • Remember this is a time for the kids so don’t go for perfection.

  • Take a lot of shots.

  • Go for actions shots, kids ringing the door bell, holding out their bucket, checking out their loot etc.

  • Using your camera flash doesn’t provide the most flattering lighting, so try to be creative. You can use street lights, porch lights or for a dramatic scene, shine a flashlight on them.

  • Group shots, show the kids interacting with each other.

  • After, use your phone's fun filters to make pictures look even spookier.

  • Have fun! 

]]> (Allen Welsch Photography) Halloween children family portraits holidays trick or treat Mon, 27 Oct 2014 22:15:32 GMT
First Cars Do you remember your first car? Of course you do. Mustang!James & Zach hanging out with their Mustang

Allen's first car was a sky blue '72 Mustang with a 302 v8. He was 17 and it meant freedom.  Suzanne's first car was a butter yellow '74 Chevy Nova named Baby. And she didn't know how to drive it!

James and Zach have this pretty cool '83 Mustang kitted out for drag racing.

Tell us in the comments below what was your first car and what did it mean to you?

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Call Backs are Validating It makes us feel all gushy when clients refer us or call us back to do more portraits. We were honored with a "call back" this month when a mom booked us for senior portraits again. Two years ago, we shot James' senior portraits, and his younger brother came along for some brother scenes. Last week, we went back to the same park because Zach is a senior now! Zach, Senior PortraitThis is one handsome guy!

Zach is taking photography at school, and confessed that he is more comfortable behind the camera that in front of it. Maybe, but Allen is terrific at bringing out the best in people. Suzanne think's it's because Allen was once a HS boy more comfortable behind the camera than in front if it as well.

What do you think?

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Good, Better, Best I know you've got loads of photos on your phone, your hard drive, and probably "in the cloud." But did you know that all those shots don't really exist? Yes, it's true. Unless you print them, they only exist as electrical impulses. And they can disappear in a flash - when you brick your phone, your hard drive crashes, or the cloud is breached. So I'm going walk you through the 3 ways you can ensure your memories are preserved.

  • Good:  Get your images printed. Honestly, even Walgreens will at least give you an envelope of prints that you can toss in a drawer so future generations can wonder who the heck those people were.
  • Better: Organize your images and send them to an online printer for an archival-quality book. We like but there are others out there - do a search on Google to find one you like.
  • Best: You know what I'm going to say is best! Yes, hire a professional photographer, but there's a caveat. Hire one who offers professional prints and products. If you go cheap, and just get the digital files you'll be back at square one.

Here's my neat segue to our Fall/Winter mini session special!

Holiday Portrait Mini SessionPortrait Mini Sessions are Back!

We love to do greeting cards, and we're not limited to the traditional holiday themes either. But if you don't send cards, you can use your print credit to get prints and products. See what I did here? We are indeed a photography business that does professional prints and products. Want to see some of them?

Okay, now here's your chance to do something good, better, or best. Let us know what you decide!

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Oh Baby! Do you remember the lovely family with a (very) pregnant mom we photographed a few weeks ago? Matter of fact, Lina made her debut a little more than 24 hours later! so this past weekend, we got to met the impatient girl. May I introduce you?

Newborn Baby GirlWelcome Lina!

Mom, Bette writes a blog chronicling her family's daily life called Adventures of the House Wolf; check it out if you want the details of Lina's unexpected arrival. 

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Top Ten Animal Portraits We know Allen has a special way with animal portraits. I still don't how he doesn't hurt himself getting down and into all those contorted positions (and back up again!) to get the best shot. 

The photographer at workDown with the dogs The photographer at workDown with the dogs

 So what are Allen's top ten animal portraits?

10. Sheep


9. Goats


8. Cattle

CalfWhatchoo lookin'at?

7. Chickens

Proud RoosterCockadoodle-do!

6. Turkeys


5. Parrots

MacawI'm a Macaw!

4. Ducks

Momma DuckMomma Duck

3. Tigers

Royal Bengal TigerBagheera, Royal Bengal Tiger

2. Cats

Sharga KittenSharge coming atcha!

and of course...

1. Dogs!

RitaLovely, lovey Rita

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Look What's New: Signature Albums! Allen Welsch Photography is proud to present our Signature Albums: Allen Welsch Photography Signature AlbumsAllen Welsch Photography Signature Albums

We have long thought about offering a premium album to our clients.  The problem was, we couldn't find a quality product around the price point at which we felt our clients would be comfortable spending.  Actually, we were sick to our stomachs at the thought of some of the WHOLESALE prices of the selection available.

We’re particularly proud of our Photo Books and think they’re an incredible value for your money. We wanted to offer the same value in a premium album. We’re pleased to say we’ve found the quality product for you!

Our Signature Albums are a gorgeous keepsake and have:

  • Flush Mounted Pages
  • Panoramic Spreads
  • Professional printing on Kodak Professional Lustre photo paper
  • 6 Genuine Italian Leather cover Options (Black, Midnight Blue, Sterling Gray, Cardinal Red, White, Mocha, Distressed) or
  • photo wrapped in canvas or lustre photo page
  • Front Cover Foil Stamping on Leather Covers or
  • Blind Embossing on Leather Covers
  • Up to 15 pages (add pages in groups of 5 for $30 each group)
  • Up to 12x12 inches

The regular price for this top-quality album will be $300, but we want you to have this beauty in your hands to see for yourself what a brilliant keepsake it is, so for a limited time only our Signature Album can be yours for $195! Close-up ViewA close-up view of our Signature Album

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Welcome Baby! Want to see more of baby Parkson?

Welcome Baby ParksonWelcome Baby Parkson

Parkson's parents tried really hard to get him to sleep. He had been awake most of the morning, so we though he'd stay asleep after Lan (mom) and Daniel (dad) cuddled and rocked and hushed him. We got a few sleepy baby shots, but then the excitement was too much and Parkson stayed awake for the rest of the session. No crying until the very end though, even though the ratio of 6 adults to 1 baby (Gramma and Grandpa came to watch) could have spelled disaster. Not to mention big "brother" Tanner. The best behaved German Rottweiler I have ever seen. He stayed behind this ridiculously small gate and could have jumped it or even walked around it at any moment. I think he just knows he's got a new playmate and is patiently waiting for Parkson to grow a little.

German RottweilerTanner is the best behaved dog! Yes you are!

Who's a good dog? Yes you are!

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Sneak Peek of Parkson O.M.G. Have you see such a beautiful boy?

Baby Boy ParksonIntroducing Parkson

We'll show you more of Parkson's newborn session tomorrow. Just couldn't wait with this one, though. Enjoy!

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And Baby Makes 4 - Almost We had a beautiful evening session with the Wolf family - Bette, Erich, and Jack. Lina was still in momma's tummy, but not for long! More on that later. Take a look at this special family:

Maternity family photo sessionCharming family of 3 soon to be 4!

It was a lovely evening and Ronald Bog Park is a quiet and pleasant space to photograph a busy 3-year old. Bette was feeling a few contractions, but was certain Lina was still days away from making her appearance. Little did we know how impatient Lina actually was. A little bit more than 24 hours later, Bette and Erich were racing down I-5 to the hospital! I'll let Bette tell it in her own words:

"...we pulled in to the valet parking in front of the hospital. I couldn't get out of the car, needing to sit there and scream a little more. Mike, the super awesome security guard who happened to be out front, ran to get a wheel chair and a doctor. I tumbled out of the car, and felt Lina crowning. I swear I wasn't even pushing. Erich came just in time to catch her head, then her shoulders, then the rest of her. The hospital staff showed up about two minutes later. And since that point, things have gone pretty well according to plan! Everybody's healthy, happy, and tired.


Allen Welsch Photography would like to welcome to this earth Paulina Averill Wolf (Lina) - may you be blessed with health, joyous adventure, and abundant happiness.

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How the World Sees YOU Project FascinationThe greatest gift you can give is to show someone their highest value

Dear Readers,

Today's post isn’t about us. It’s about YOU.

Branding expert and leading authority on the science of fascination, Sally Hogshead, published her new book How the World Sees You on July 1.

To celebrate the insights gained from a decade of research, she is launching Project Fascination  with the goal of showing 100,000 people how their personalities add value.

As a part of this project, she’s given us a special code (BL-AWPhotos) to share with to you. The first 100 people who use it to take her Fascination Advantage® assessment will receive the assessment for free! This has never been done before, and will only last until August 31.

The best part is, you will trigger a chain reaction—a pay it forward situation. When you take the assessment using BL_AWPhotos, you will receive 100 assessments to share with your circle for free, too!

That’s $3700 of free market research at your fingertips!

So how do you take the assessment? Simple.
1. Go to How The World Sees You .com/you  and use code BL-AWPhotos .
2. Once you’ve taken the assessment, Sally’s team will load 100 assessments into your new account. Rinse and repeat.

That’s it. Now you’re ready to discover how your personality is custom built for certain situations, and which situations you should learn to avoid. And it only takes 5 minutes (you can even do it on your phone!)

28 questions. 5 minutes. A whole new way to communicate your value.

Your Fascination Advantage® Report is the first big step towards knowing how your personality can be heard and remembered in an overcrowded market. Sharing the assessment will help others do the same. Find everything you need to put this knowledge
into practice with your co-workers, close friends and significant other in Sally’s new book, How the World Sees You.

Remember that your code will expire August 31. Don’t let this $3700 value go to waste!
Take the Assessment today and encourage your friends and followers to do the same.

How the World See YouHow the World See You by Sally Hogshead

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Hang On! It's Atlas! We shared a sneak peak of Atlas yesterday on our Facebook page, but I think you'd like to see more of this happy 11-month old, so enjoy!

AtlasWhat a tongue!

What a tongue! We like to get high engery dogs running around right away, so after a bit they're ready to sit and take pretty pictures.

Atlas sitting stillAtlas is ready for his close up

Atlas makes friends so easily. We met Calvin at the park, and believe it or not, they're both the same breed - Australian Cattle Dogs.

Australian Cattle DogCalvin

Calvin's the more traditional Cattle Dog, smaller and the beautiful blue coat. Atlas is still young and growing out his white coat, and will end up with a more red and tan coat. 


One more of Atlas for today: Oh That Tongue!Oh That tongue!

Oh! That tongue!! ♥

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Budding Photog Curiosity is a wonder to watch, especially in young kids. Quinn was one year old when he first showed an interest in my camera. By 20 months old, that interest had increased and I found it difficult to photograph him. He would walk right up to the camera to check out this magical device that kept flashing at him. By the time he was two he knew where to look at the back of his toy camera, just like the pros. Budding PhotographerHow does it look?

 A few weeks ago we visited Quinn and his family to deliver the photo books they ordered. I brought along a Canon rangefinder that I thought Quinn would find interesting. Budding PhotographerSay Cheese!

He was, so I showed him how to look through the viewfinder and click the shutter. Pretty soon he was enjoying himself, but after a while, he realized that I was holding the “special” camera. 1st camera lessonCamera lessopn #ThroughGlass

While hold the bottom of the heavy camera, I showed Quinn where to put his finger on shutter release and how to look through the view finder. In a flash, we were off taking photos of everything that caught his eye - mom and dad, a basket of books, a basketball hoop, his train set. Quinn's PhotosImages by Quinn

I think in a few short years, Quinn’s curiosity may be kindled into a budding career or at least a satisfying hobby. Who knows, I may have some competition!

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