The most important reason for taking family photographs is to create a real life time capsule of your family’s story. Not what you look like, but who you are.

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If you’re looking for a pretty picture in coordinated outfits at sunset at a park that you never actually visit as a family, I’m probably not the photographer for you.

On your best days, you bring grace and humor to this wild job called parenting.

You’re happy when your kids are happy, but you also don’t sweat it when the tears and tantrums make an appearance. You embrace all of it as part of the gig.

You felt a sense of relief when you finally realized that none of us actually know what we’re doing (and any parent who claims they do is either lying or delusional).

You’re allergic to false pretenses and contrived beauty. You believe a pretty picture is worthless if it isn’t honest. You’ll take an honest and authentic record of your family’s life — the deep connections, emotional highs and lows, and all of the little details that make each member of your family unique — instead of a pretty picture any day of the week.

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You’re certain of one thing. Your children are growing older every single day and it. is. going. too. fast. The changes from day to day are imperceptible, but string all of those days together into months and years, and the loss of thigh chub, baby curls, toothless grins, belly laughs, & daddy snuggles are enough to stop you in your tracks.

Here’s the thing. Parenting is the hardest job you’ve ever worked, and some days are a total thrash.

But peel back the layers of sleepless nights, blowout diapers, toddler temper tantrums, endless bickering in the car, and

you’ll find home.

Home is more than an address and four walls.

Home is the strength, stability, comfort, acceptance, and love that you give your child because you embrace your authentic self, which in turn allows them to thrive.

You have never been more exquisitely beautiful than in the moments you embody home to your child.

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He believes in this photograph of you. She needs this photograph of you. You deserve to have this photograph of you. Not next year or when you lose 10 pounds or move to a newer fancier house. Now, because your kids are already home.

Let me make time stand still by documenting your ordinary, beautiful, real, everyday, completely awesome life.

Thank you for visiting. I’m happy you’re here. If this resonates with you, we just might be a match made in photography heaven.

Let’s get in touch!

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Carrie Yuan is photographer and owner of Yi Li Photography Inc, specializing in on-location modern, documentary-style family photojournalism and storytelling sessions for families, kids, babies, moms-to-be, and all the important people in your life.

Carrie is based in Seattle, Washington and serves the greater Seattle area, Shoreline, Edmonds, Lake Forest Park, and the Eastside including Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, Issaquah, and Newcastle. | 206.395.5160