Family Is Home
(and includes fur-babies)
honest, intimate, and artistic newborn + family sessions
seattle family and newborn photographer
serving Seattle, WA and beyond
Hello there! I’m Kim Hildebrand. I’m an award-winning newborn and family photographer, instructor and mentor based in Seattle, WA. My passion for film photography started at an early age, spurred by my dad’s love for visual storytelling. I love to incorporate that element of storytelling in my work with newborns, kids, and families, ever since launching my business in 2007.
2018 has been a busy and fulfilling year! Besides photographing amazing newborns and families for professional and editorial work, I became a teacher at Click Away, launched an online course all about flash photography, co-founded a Film Camp photo retreat (it was a blast), and last, I decided to start giving back through Soulumination, a wonderful local organization that provides photos to families of terminally ill children and babies.
When I am not photographing families I can be found eating tacos or planning our next family adventure. If you’d like to learn more about what I’m up to, read more about me here!
There is nothing stronger or more beautiful than the bond a family shares
Why newborn and family photography? I’ve seen my work change a lot over the years, but one thing has stayed the same. I’ve always longed to show genuine connection in my images. No fake smiles here. Not one. I want to give you something real. I want to show you the parts where you’re having fun together and completely forget I am there. The parts where you’ve let your guard down and you’re 100% focused on each other. The parts where your hair is a little messed up and you’re smiling bigger than you normally would (because otherwise your eyes look too squinty and maybe show too many laugh lines). The parts where you’re moving and flowing and breathing in each other. And it’s taken me a long, long while to figure out why. I knew part of it may have been about de-mystifying “the perfect happy family” because I know everyone is not always happy, and I know that no family, and no person, is perfect. There is so much pressure to try to be perfect all the time. But let me tell you a secret: Beauty is not in perfection. Beauty is in being vulnerable, imperfect, and allowing true connection. These snippets of connection, caught forever in a photo, show how amazing & beautiful your families are, imperfections and all.
“It takes a lot of courage to let people hear our hearts speak, but life is way too precious to spend it pretending like we’re super cool and totally in control when we could be laughing, singing, and dancing.” – Brené Brown
Let me capture your family in all it’s imperfect, yet authentic and totally beautiful ways
Photo sessions are laid-back, spontaneous, and YOU
Oh my goodness!! I cannot believe these photos!! They are absolutely perfectly imperfect. I really couldn’t have asked for anything more magical than these. Your work is always stunning and you have an incredible knack for capturing our family on film.Ali
“We’ve done two family photo sessions with Kim and had a great time at both – not to mention getting fabulous photos. Our second session was with 12 extended family members, 4 of whom were 7 years or under, so handling that group is no small feat! Kim is a fun and engaging photographer, and captured the very best moments between us. She’s the best!”Katy
“Kim was fantastic. She got right down on the floor, played and laughed with my kids, got everyone relaxed, and took fantastic photos. I’m so impressed with how she handled our 3 young, energetic boys. It was a VERY dark day, but her skill with film and bounced flash is amazing. The experience and service were outstanding, and we LOVE the photos. She perfectly captured our crazy, wild, chaotic, beautiful life :).”Meghan
We worked with Kim on a newborn photo session. Kim instantly put us at ease – like talking with an old friend. Kim took great care to keep our newborn warm and comfortable as she worked to get great shots of the baby alone or with us. We noticed that Kim did not rush, but took the time she wanted/needed to get the desired shots. The photos from this session are fantastic. We highly recommend checking out Kim’s portfolio and meeting with her to capture this special time after the birth of a baby.Brooke