Family Is Home

(and includes fur-babies)

honest, intimate, and artistic newborn + family sessions

 

seattle family and newborn photographer

serving Seattle, WA and beyond

seattle family and newborn photogapher: mom smiling at camera with her arm wrapped around her standing son

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!

“As the years pass, I am coming more and more to understand that it is the common, everyday blessings of our common, everyday lives for which we should be particularly grateful.” – Laura Ingalls Wilder

WHY?

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.

You have an incredible knack for capturing our family on film.

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 were really hesitant to have our session at our house.

We absolutely loved working with Kim! We were really hesitant to have our session at our house.  I’m busy enough chasing kids around and I was stressed about cleaning the house, but Kim put us at ease.  All of our past family photos had been taken outside.  The home session exceeded our expectations! Our kids were way more comfortable taking pictures since they could incorporate their favorite toys and weren’t in a strange new environment. They acted like themselves.  We had the best time taking photos (who knew you could enjoy pictures with a 2-year-old and 5-year-old). Thank you, Kim!

Lindsay

Let me capture your family in all it’s imperfect, yet authentic and totally beautiful ways

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I was so impressed with how she handled our 3 young, energetic boys.

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

Kim instantly put us at ease – like talking with an old friend.

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.

Rebecca

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