Photographer Dannie Wit invites her clients to bring her somewhere significant to their history. It was this kind of attention to detail and Dannie’s portfolio full of soulful, raw images that prompted Samantha Weinhausen to hire Dannie for family portraits. The Weinhausens chose Volunteer Park in Seattle for their family session because of the beautiful surroundings, the greenery and the massive trees.
On this spring evening, the park was busy and Samantha was glowing at thirty weeks pregnant. Together they found a cove of with grass where the sun snuck through bushes just so. Without directing her clients, Dannie nudged them towards the light and location.
“Hey, this spot looks great! Look at that swoony light! This would make a nice spot for a picnic!” ~ Dannie Wit
From there, Dannie took a back seat and let the family be themselves. She observed their personalities and connections aiming to document it all. In this case, that was easy.
Dannie was even able to sneak off and get images of just the couple with the help of Samantha’s sister who had come along to help wrangle the kids during the session.
“The lighting was just setting behind the Conservatory which added to their natural, warm glow. It felt special to give them a few moments of just “them” as I knew having two kids already that often doesn’t happen. I asked them to just take a minute to think about this new life that they were waiting in excitement to meet. Genuine adoration and anticipation fell over their faces and we got some of my favorite photographs of the session.” ~ Dannie Wit
The Weinhausens were delighted with the experience and the resulting images.
“We were hoping to capture life happening. Hoping to sneak in my daughters infectious laugh as she ran through the park or my sons soft gentle soul as he helped me set up our picnic. The way our children adoringly look at their daddy. My big round belly about to burst with love & our newborn son we’d be meeting so soon. The tiny details that I hope to remember when I’m old and gray in my rocking chair.” ~ Samantha Weinhausen
“The experience was very natural, only kinda like having a little paparazzi following us. Dannie encouraged us to do and be what is most natural or what would put the children at ease. Telling my daughter Paige, to run over to see that squirrel or my son Noah, can you go pick a flower and give it to your mama? Small things that really allowed her to capture us in our natural element, together.” ~ Samantha Weinhausen
Because Dannie gave the Weinhausens room to personalize their location and activity during the session, the results are intimate and personal to their family history. May the Weinhausens enjoy these fantastic portraits in all the rocking chairs they find themselves in between now and forever.