Take Me Somewhere Meaningful

photo of family of four holding hands by Dannie Melissa Wit Abeille Photography

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.

image of family of four walking down path from behind black and white by Dannie Melissa Wit Abeille Photography

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.

picture of family of four holding hands next to tree By Dannie Melissa Bit Abeille Photgoraphr

“Hey, this spot looks great! Look at that swoony light! This would make a nice spot for a picnic!” ~ Dannie Wit

photograph of child holding mother dress hands faceless by Dannie Melissa Wit Abeille Photography

picture of father laughing giving child piggy back ride mother watching black and white by Dannie Melissa Wit Abeille Photography

photo of father giving son piggy back ride black and white by Dannie Melissa Wit Abeille Photography

photo of family of four getting ready for picnic by Dannie Melissa Wit Abeille Photography

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.

image of family of four faceless walking black and white by Dannie Melissa Wit Abeille Photography

picture of woman holding child black and white faceless by Dannie Melissa Wit Abeille Photography

photo of mother holding son father walking ahead by Dannie Melissa Wit Abeille Photography

photo of family of four holding hands by Dannie Melissa Wit Abeille Photography

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.

image of husband and wife close up black and white smiling by Dannie Melissa Wit Abeille Photography

picture of husband hugging pregnant wife faceless by Dannie Melissa Wit Abeille Photography

“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

picture of husband and pregnant wife touching hands smiling black and white by Dannie Melissa Wit Abeille Photography

photo of husband kissing pregnant wife forehead holding belly by Dannie Melissa Wit Abeille Photography

The Weinhausens were delighted with the experience and the resulting images.

picture of a pregnant woman holding her belly white dress color by dannie melissa wit abeille photography

“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

photo of brother sister carrying bag together black and white by Dannie Melissa Wit Abeille Photography

image of son helping family set up for picnic black and white by Dannie Melissa Wit Abeille Photography

photo of family of four on blanket picnic park by Dannie Melissa Wit Abeille Photography

“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

picture of family of four spreading out blanket for picnic by Dannie Melissa Wit Abeille Photography

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.

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