Best Places to see Fall Color Around Washington State

Are you a leaf peeper looking for the most amazing fall color spots in and around Washington State? Here are some resources you might find helpful!

Leaf Locator

We’ve created our own leaf locator map so you can easily see where the hottest spots are for color near Washington. Do you know of a place that should be added to the map? Email it to us at

Fall Foliage Prediction Map has created this interactive map that forecasts the fall color within ever county of the US. Just move the slider to find the optimal date for the location you intend to go leaf peeping.

Fall Foliage Hotline

Yes, Washington State has a fall leaf hotline! Just call (800) 354-4595 to get the most accurate information about the color status of any region you want to visit.

Happy Leaf Peeping!

Jared M. Burns Photography

Snohomish County Family, Senior, and Business Photographer | 206.659.7468 |

8 Reasons Autumn is Best for Family Portraits

Why schedule your family portrait in Autumn? Here are eight reasons you should consider that are unlike any other time of the year.

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1 - Fall is the most visually stunning time of year, but very short

Fall in the Northwest with all the glorious color is the most desirable time of year to be photographed and everyone knows it! The leaf color normally peaks around the second week of October. About a week after that, all the leaves are on the ground.

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2 - An opportunity to focus on natural family moments

Imagine walking through the leaves or sitting in a ocean of color. My favorite with the younger kids is to throw leaves in the air or at each other because of the natural smiles and joy that bursts out.

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3 - Images will be warm and engaging

The warm summer glow that creates amazing atmosphere is at its best during the transition from summer to fall. Dressing for the season means wonderful, rich tones, that match the colors of nature.

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4 - Beautiful locations unlike any other

Do you have a favorite fall location? If not, we know of many around the area and can recommend some that would be perfect for your family!

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5 - Freedom to be more creative

Great portraits any other time of year have limitations on clothing that will work. However, fall is the one time of year you have options! Some people dress on the casual side, some really dress it up, and some choose to include scarves, sweaters, pea coats, knit hats, and other fun accessories that show off a little color flair.

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6 - A timeless look that transcends the season

Displaying a fall portrait in your home will look always look wonderful, no matter the time of year. It is also an eye-catching statement to visitors about what is most important in your home.

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7 - Best holiday cards ever!

Yes, now is the time to plan ahead on your holiday cards. You’ll show family and friends you don’t just drop a few cell photos into an online card template. Your family puts thought and care into creating something special and unique! Cards like this will live on the fridge long after the holiday season!

8 - Book before November 10th and receive complimentary holiday cards!

This is one of a select few specials we run each year! When you book your photography session before 11/10/18, we will gift a 24/pk of 5x7 flat, press-printed, holiday cards with envelopes with your session!

© 2018 Jared M. Burns Photography

Snohomish Family Photographer | 206.659.7468 |

5 Reasons Summer is the Best Time to Get Your Family Portraits

When was your last family portrait? If you are like most people, you did it when the kids were little, but now years have passed and important stages have been missed. You don't have to let that happen again this summer! Here are 5 reasons that prove this summer is the BEST time for your family portraits!

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1. Best Weather!

This is when the Northwest is at its very best with the lush green of the land and vibrant blue skies and water.  You don't have to worry about the winds and rain that can ruin hair and clothes any other time of year.

2. Best Creative Potential!

When the weather is so good, you have options for more diverse locations. You get to take advantage of the amazing outdoor lighting. You can build sessions around summer themes or activities your family identifies with. From the mountains to the water, all the parks and natural areas have been manicured and are waiting for you. 

3. Best Flexibility!

You already know it's hard to get the family together the rest of the year, but summer is a time when everyone's schedules open up and life slows down just a little. It's easier to take time off work during the week. The days are longer meaning families can still do portraits after work in the beautiful golden light of evening.

4. Best Moments!

Yes, the best moments happen in summer. Everyone is more relaxed, the days come a little easier. The family is together more and creating quality memories that last a lifetime. Portraits can persevere and commemorate this unique stage in your family.

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5. Best time is before it's too late!

One thing I have learned in photography is that summer is the easiest season to let slip past you. People start with dreams like "This will be the year we finally get the family portrait done!" but, year after year the summer BBQ's, kids sports, travel, yard projects, and big work events steal every last bit of your time...and the family is yet another year older with nothing to show.

The best time is now. Once summer slips away everyone else will be calling us frantically, saying, "Oh my goodness, where did the season go? Is there any way you can STILL fit me in!?" 

© 2018 Jared M. Burns Photography | Snohomish, Mill Creek, and Mukilteo Family Photographer | 206.659.7468 |

What does your headshot say about you?

Recently, I presented to a group of business networkers and asked a key question in a way most had never thought about. The question was, "Who would you want to do business with?" On the projection screen, I featured the headshots of several actual people doing business. Some of those images were not mine so I can only describe them to you...

  1. A sloppily dressed CEO with head shaded by an oversized hat
  2. A real estate agent in an awkward stance holding a "Sold" sign
  3. A receptionist in front of the office ficus tree
  4. A sales woman with her husband and daughter's faces half cropped out
  5. A professionally dressed, well-poised woman with a confident look and engaging smile

Which of these do you think people said they wanted to buy from?
Of course, 100% of the people in the room raised their hand for #5 with the professional, friendly, confident woman.

The "Ah-ha" moment came next as they realized "This is how their customers are shopping for them!" We are all human and, like it or not, we judge a book by its cover before we choose to read it. In the same way, potential clients are evaluating you right now by the way you present yourself online. They first want to see how much you believe in what you do before working with you.

In the online world, you have only one second to make a first impression. Your image precedes you like a digital handshake showing you are confident and capable.

Who needs a great headshot?

  • Are you in a business that works directly with customers?
  • Could your first impression be improved?
  • Are your "about me" page or social profiles lacking?
  • Do you want people in your area to see you as confident and capable?
  • Would you like customers to feel a connection to you?
  • Do you want more online customers contacting you?

Do any of these questions resonate with you? The number one thing to remember is clients are going to buy from people they feel they could like and trust. 81% of them will check you out online before they ever contact or visit your business...and that number is growing every year!

So what does your headshot say about you?

Contact us today to learn how we can help...

© 2017 Jared M. Burns Photography | King County & Snohomish County Headshot and Business Photographer | 206.659.7468 |

Holiday Special: Give one, get one

This only happens once a year during the special season of giving. Gift a $250 photography sitting to a friend or your family and get one for yourself free! This would normally be $500 for both. Giving one to you is our way of saying thank you for passing the gift of photography to someone you love!

Get this certificate today!

Promotion ends 12/24/17Certificates will be mailed. Photography products and digitals sold separately.

March 2017 Canvas Contest

It's Contest Time!!

You come up with a creative name for this image and post it in the comments on our Facebook Page. On March 20th, we'll review the name suggestions and the person we think has the most creative one will win this 30"x48" Gallery Wrap Canvas of Horseshoe Bend in Marble Canyon. (The photo doesn't do it justice...this canvas is beautiful!)

(The photo doesn't do it justice...this canvas of Horseshoe Bend at Marble Canyon Arizona is beautiful!)

(The photo doesn't do it justice...this canvas of Horseshoe Bend at Marble Canyon Arizona is beautiful!)

The RULES are simple:

  1. You can be a business or individual to play, but no more than 2 posts per person
  2. You also must be local to Snohomish County or North King County so I can deliver and install the canvas
  3. You must also respond within 7 days when we contact you about winning or the prize goes to the next runner up