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You can find full galleries for previous sessions, helpful tips for your session, as well as amazing advice for families and families to be. 

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Knowing when to expect emails and following the guidance is crucial for a smooth photography experience. The provided timeline ensures you stay informed and prepared, from booking and receiving the wardrobe guide to finalizing details and payments. This organized approach helps you focus on enjoying the moment, confident that all details are managed, making the entire process stress-free and enjoyable.


June 2, 2024

What to expect when I’m your photographer

(scroll all the way down to see my latest summer session!) Meet your Seattle Family & Maternity Photographer Hey y’all! I’m Mercae, Seattle Family and Maternity photographer, and mother who adores working with babies, toddlers and big kids too. I used to teach dance to kids two to eight, so I know how to work […]

May 26, 2024

May 26, 2024

The Secret To Summer Photoshoots

Coordinating colors and styles makes everyone look like they belong together, and you can set the mood, whether it’s a relaxed, casual look or something more formal. Make sure your outfit choices match the location and season – you want to be comfy and in tune with the weather. And don’t forget, classic styles and neutral colors never go out of fashion, ensuring your photos will stand the test of time. Follow this guide to get the best possible images from your family portrait session!


May 5, 2024

What to wear – Seattle Family Photoshoot

Hey there, expecting mamas! As you prepare to welcome your little one into the world, capturing the beauty of your pregnancy is a wonderful way to celebrate this special time in your life. One question that often comes up is, “When should I schedule my maternity session?” Well, let me share some insights to help […]

March 21, 2024

March 21, 2024

When to Book Your Maternity Session

Recently, I had the pleasure of photographing a beautiful family of three. They booked my most recent package addition, a petite session, for their maternity photoshoot in Discovery Park. Scroll to view their gallery! A petite session (lasting up to 30 minutes) is perfect for busy families or little ones with short attention spans. I […]


June 29, 2024

Maternity Photoshoot in Discovery Park

maternity photoshoot in Discovery Park

Use this break down of major costs involved in living in Seattle and find out How much it costs families to live in Seattle.

June 23, 2024

June 23, 2024

How much does it cost families to live in Seattle?

Family in Seattle

The Seattle school system boasts a vibrant and diverse educational landscape. This article makes choosing the right school easy.


June 23, 2024

Top-Rated Seattle School Options for Your Kids

Keep your kids cool and entertained with this comprehensive list of free summer activities for kids in Seattle.

June 23, 2024

June 23, 2024

Fun & (Mostly) Free Summer Activities for Seattle Kids 2024

Seattle family in front of the Puget Sound

Looking for the perfect grandmillennial baby shower gift? Check out this guide for 15 chic and sentimental ideas for the modern mom-to-be!


June 21, 2024

Grandmillennial Baby Shower Gift Guide

Read this guide to find the perfect spot to witness this spectacular show – key to a memorable experience.

June 18, 2024

June 18, 2024

Where to see the Seattle 4th of July Fireworks

Seattle 4th of July Fireworks on Lake Union

Use this easy to read guide to plan and prepare so you can enjoy at your next family photoshoot at Discovery Park.


June 16, 2024

Family photoshoot at Discovery Park – how to prepare

As the days grow longer and the weather warms up, it’s the perfect time to explore all the wonderful family-friendly things to do in Seattle! Whether you’re looking for educational experiences, outdoor adventures, or just some family fun, our vibrant city has something for everyone. Here are some fantastic suggestions to make your family outings […]

May 26, 2024

May 26, 2024

16 of the best family-friendly things to do in Seattle

About Mercae

Mercae is a family and maternity photographer in Seattle, WA.

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