Seattle Family Photographer | Michelle Enebo Photography Blog bio picture

    I began photographing children in black and white in 2000, shortly before the birth of my second daughter.

    Since that time, I have upgraded my equipment, refined my technique, and picked up some new tricks for working with children – but my style hasn’t changed. I like to take pictures that are natural, unposed, and informal. I focus on faces and tend to shoot close-ups. My goal is to capture the little things that represent who the child is in this moment, to bring back memories of a silly face, a fit of the giggles, a particular facial expression or hand position, or a spontaneous hug between siblings.

    I have lived in the Seattle area most of my life. I currently live in Issaquah with my husband and our three daughters, who keep me on my toes and give me lots of opportunities to try out new photography ideas!

    Thank you for your interest.

See? They DO like each other!

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Sometimes I joke with my clients ‘Could you hug your brother?  Pretend like you like them!’  This usually gets a laugh out of parents but often the kids aren’t sure.

When Jordan and Josh did EXACTLY that their mom was thrilled.  ‘I’m so glad you got that!’  I’m kind of surprised because I have been photographing these boys since they were newborns and they have always seemed like they are best buds.

I guess sometimes it’s just good to have photographic evidence that our kids do, indeed, love each other.  Ha!

Here are my favorites…

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Family Michelle Enebo Photography Seattle Issaquah Joy-5Jill’s good friend Colin has an awesome cabin on a beautiful lake called Lake Joy.  One of the best things about this cabin is that you feel like you are away on vacation while you are there but it is really only 45 minutes away.  That means Colin and his family spend most of the summer and a lot of weekends the rest of the year there.

Lynne and Thomas are so welcoming to their friends and so willing to share their space.  There is a constant revolving door of friends and family visiting the lake and they are fantastic hosts.

We’ve been lucky enough to spend time out at their cabin for two summers now and I’ve always had a vision for a picture I wanted to take but I needed just the right time.  It had to be on a slightly overcast day and I needed all the right characters willing and able to take the leap.

A few weeks ago the stars aligned and I got exactly what I was looking for.  I thought I was going to have to do some serious photoshop because the characters were having trouble syncing up their jumps.  Some would be up, some would be down.  It wasn’t good.  But sure enough, on the last jump, we got it done.

It was like Christmas when I got to my computer and opened up my images.  Woo hoo!

I love that I have finally captured the feel of Jill’s happy place and I hope Colin and his family love the pictures as much as we love our time out there with them!  (Happy Birthday Colin!)

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This is the year


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This is the year where I have been photographing seniors that I’ve known since they were itty bitty…and it’s just killing me!  Jake is a busy guy so I’ve only seen him in passing lately.  Mostly him passing me on the road or running past me on the trails!  That is why I am shocked every time I see him.  He is so big and adult now.  (I know I sound like an idiot here, sorry!)  Not only has he grown into what seems like a kind, caring man, but he brought along his adorable girlfriend.  And this girlfriend’s parents went to high school and college with me thus further reminding me how old I am.  Ugh.

I don’t like these sessions one bit…not one bit.  But I do like how these pictures turned out.  We decided to do a quick mini session for the yearbook photo and do a much longer session in the spring because his Mama fears he will keep changing throughout the year (he will) and she wants to capture him just as he is taking off for his new adventure in college.

Here are my favorites…

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In a Flash

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In a flash things can be captured.  (Although if you are a regular read here you know that I would NEVER use an actual flash, just a metaphor.)  Mr. Mason is one tough cookie.

When I took his pictures a few years ago he really made me work hard and his mama, Jen, said that this year was going to be even harder.  Harder, eh?  I’m up for the challenge!

Boy did I ever have to be ready.  We would somehow talk him into being near his siblings (who were ready with awesome smiles) and I’d fire off five quick shots and he’d run away.  Or we’d get his whole family on the floor, but a really cool car in the middle and as soon as he put his bottom on the seat I’d fire off three more quick shots…and then he would cover his face.  Forget about pictures by himself because he was super crafty about turning his head or raising his hands.

Ah ha, but Mason had met his match because I am super quick and somewhat stealthy.  I’d pretend I was talking to his family and fire off some pictures.  They are not posed at all but I am willing to be they capture HIM more than a pretty sitting picture!

In a flash things can be turned upside down too.  In July Jen was diagnosed with breast cancer.  One of the reasons we did a quick family photo session is because she was starting treatment pronto.  (In fact, she’d had her first chemo the day before.  Such a trooper!)  I am so honored that she called me to do this session for her and I look forward to doing an ‘after’ session too.  She’s got THIS!  (If you want to follow Jen’s heartfelt and beautifully written blog you can find it here.)

Here are my favorites…

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Fast and furious pretty much describes Kate’s shopping technique.  That girl knows what she wants and we enter a store we go Bam Bam Bam and we are done.  The first store we went to we browsed, she tried on 9 different items, we bought five, paid all within 20 minutes.  Not bad.

It took longer to drive to the next store than it did to try on and buy our items.  We did, however, spend a bit of time picking out new sneakers for PE.  You can’t be too careful there!

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Finally, we ended up at Target where she picked up a rockin’ pair of silver shoes to complete her look.  Silver clearly goes with blue hair!

Now the answers to the key questions:

What are you most looking forward to?  Having a locker of her own.

What are you most worried about?  Friends – She is worried about not having friends in her classes, not having friends near her locker and not having friends at lunch.

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Knowing this kid and how the school works Kate is going to be just fine.  She will fit right in and even thrive the fast and furious pace of middle school.  It’s going to be a good year!