Meet the Maurers~Juanita Bay Park, Kirkland

Have you ever met someone and realized later that you had met previously? Well this happened to me with this beautiful mother.  It had been about 6 years or so when her son was a young toddler.  We met at a mutual friend’s baby shower.  I guess I don’t forget faces.  Especially ones that I’ve photographed.  Names on the other hand I don’t have a clue two seconds after I’m told most of the time.  I’ll have to try the rhyming game to get that down.

We had a great time together at the park running and exploring.  Spring here is just as pretty as the fall with the willow trees and tiny budding flowers among the grass.  Also along the boardwalk were a forest of ferns growing.  It was beautiful.  I want to go back and see more with my family soon.

And this baby with her tongue.  Be still my heart.  What a doll!!!

~Here’s the highlights~

 

 

Emma is One~Duvall Studio

This little cutie was back for her one year photos.  The highlight of course was the cake smash.  It was exploding with cuteness for me to watch her devour her cupcake.  She didn’t hesitate for a second to begin digging in.  Just a few crumbs remained.

Since the weather had been so terrible, dark, and rainy I’ve had many of my sessions  postpone in hopes of the sun making an appearance. But this doll could come hang in the studio.  So we had no problems capturing her curious nature and that million dollar smile (I had that saying said about my daughter so it makes me laugh inside to write it out with the memory attached to her too).

After a year goes by you see this totally different tiny human arrive.  It’s really amazing.  One thing remained the same, however, her sweet happy nature and the joy in her mamas eyes as she watches her.  I’m sure I have the most obnoxious smile on my smile observing. So pay no attention to my expressions while I photograph you.  Inside my head I’m screaming I LOVE MY JOB! Next up are a couple of family sessions.  So make sure to come back for a peek.

Here are some of my favorite images~

 

Meet Jared~Class of 2017~Cedarcrest

If you’ve ever had the joy of scrolling through http://awkwardfamilyphotos.com you will see the inspiration for a few of our photos in this session.  And you may die of laughter after you spend some time on that site.  Sorry, I tried to warn you…

Finding clients with a great sense of humor and their confidence in my creative abilities is my dream.  I found just that with this guy and his family.  Also shooting close to home is always a plus.  The high school here is an excellent choice of location.  I hope to go back there again soon.   And we still had snow there!  I did give them a heads up that models suffer through the cold so that’s what we did.

I wish you all the best after you graduate!

Here are my favorites from the sesh.

Meet Tucker~Newborn in home session

Ahhhh, the day it snowed was this little guy’s afternoon session.  So after sledding, snowman building, snowball fights, and hot cocoa I headed over for my baby fix and met my neighbors.

The little guy was so content and happy.  The moment he started to the fuss his daddy, the baby whisperer, had some amazing tricks that soothed him immediately.  They also had a 10 month old puppy that was smitten by the new edition.  He nuzzled him and laid gently beside him.  It was so sweet to watch.  I don’t think I’ve seen a dog behave with a newborn so well so young.

It was pretty much a perfect day for me.  It was a gift.  I followed up with one more session to close out 2016.  What a wonderful year for my little business.  Not every shoot was blogged, but if you look back I had quite of variety of sessions.  Congratulations to the engagements, babies, weddings, and graduates this past year.  It’s touches me deeply to observe all these life moments and to see your children grow each year.  I’ve met so amazing people from all over our area.  In fact, this was a funny encounter.  As I went in to get my teeth cleaned over the summer I saw a previous coworker and friend who was finishing up her last patient that happened to be her son in law.  She introduced us and I was like…. I know you.  I had taken his headshot, a few months back,  and worked along side him at a wedding a few years back.  What are the chances we would have that connection.  We live in such a small world sometimes. 

Anyways, THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for all your support, kind works, referrals, and the hugs too.  I hope to capture you all again next year.

Peace out 2016!

 

Jack + Heidi~ Elopement

This is a fabulous, Hollywood-glam, intimate elopement that I was honored to capture this month.  All the details were lit by candlelight in this couple’s home with their closest family and friends.  I shed tears, as I do at all my weddings, and even when I attend them those little moments are what get me.  The way her father looked at her while they waited for the cue to walk down the stairs.  The way her mom was overwhelmed at the first sight of her daughter in her dress.  I remember her saying, “Why do you have to take a picture of me crying?”  I chuckled under my breath and mentally gave myself a high-five.

I saw all the details perfectly placed throughout the home.  The garage was replaced with an elegant dining area.  I loved the smell of the food and laughter of the guests.  It all consumes me while I tip toe around and snoop.  The toasts were very touching too.  I won’t forget the sons speech to his dad or the personal vows they wrote to each other.

And then there is the dancing that I love.  I heard singing along with twirls and little girls doing flips as the couple had their first dance.  It was also the night of the Super Moon that lit up the dark sky.  I’d say the day was perfect.  But who am I.  I’m just the person that saw everything with the help of my amazing assistant, my Dad.

Here are some of the highlights from our view.

Meet the Wiggins~

Here is a special session with a family I adore.  These images were taken at their property.  So please don’t hesitate to have me come to your place for sessions.  Parks are great.  But your home has such special meaning and uniqueness.

And what about all those fall colors!!!  We are coming to an end of the fall season of photo sessions.  If you missed out please plan ahead for spring.  It’s the next best time of the year for sessions.

And now time for my favorites.  What a gorgeous family inside and out.  And the most expressive 3 month old I’ve ever photographed.  I just love her.

Meet the Campbells~Juanita Bay Park, Kirkland

I’m very excited to share this session with you guys.  It’s full of joy, laughter, love, energy, and one serious baby.  I met this family through a referral of one of their sisters.  Since they were such a lovely family I was not surprised to find out these guys were also awesome.

We literally had one beautiful sunny pacific northwest fall day that we happened to pick for the session.  At the park there were at least 3 other photo shoots happening at the same time.  I had to ask if I could borrow a tree another group was using.  That’s a first for me.  They were taking a break so we claimed the tree.

And today happens to be another beautiful day so I’m off for another family session.  But first I hope you love my highlights.  I have so many great images these guys received three times my ballpark number promised.  I wish I could share them all but that would take you guys forever to look through.  So here are a few to peruse.

Natasha//Class of 2017//Farrel McWhirter Farm Park

Happy Fall everyone!  It’s my favorite session time of the year and everything pumpkin spice.  It’s also our anniversary this weekend.  So it really is a special time of the year for me.

This session has extra special meaning for me because this is my sister.  We have the age gap of 23 years, so as you could image, she’s like my own.  We share a special bond.  So collaborating ideas and the session was the easy part.  Editing and staring at this beauty was so surreal and emotional.  How did the time go so fast?  I kept remembering myself at this age and how difficult those few teenage years were for me.  But then you come out of it stronger, brighter, more determined to set goals and squash them.

You can do anything right now.  Carry that heart on your sleeve proud and the lives you touch will forever be grateful.

The bombs represented power, strength, and passion.

Thank you for being true to yourself.  I’ve learned a lot and kept thinking what would I tell my seventeen year old self.  I always wanted to please everyone and still do, but I’ve learned that you have to take care of yourself too.  It’s ok to say no.  Keep swimming with your head up.  Attitude is gold.  That with your faith you’ve got this thing called life.  When you stumble refocus.  Stand up again and fight. Pray everyday.  Ok enough of me ranting.

And now for my favorites.

Meet two year old Eva~Gig Harbor

After a few private sessions I have one I can share.  If you are ever wondering about keeping your session private please ask.  I have password protection and can skip the social media and blogging-no problemo!

Look who has turned two!  My little doll faced client and friend.  She has a adorably expressive personality with loads of energy.  I was tired, but I did manage to wear her out enough for a nap afterwards.  Which made her parents very happy and they followed suit and joined her.

I loved meeting their new little kitty who loved the balloons.  He was so sweet and snuggly.  And dad joined in the session today.  What’s sweeter than little girls and their daddies?!

Here are the highlights.  I wish I could share every image.  I just loved them all.

Meet the Williams~Tolt McDonald Campground

Can you even stand how adorable this family is!  I am so happy they came to me for there portraits.  They are some more out-of-towners visiting family and scheduled a shoot.  I photographed the mom some years back before marriage and her adorable baby girl came along.

They brought along the adorable props.  The childhood heirloom chair, the giant pink balloon~I’m obsessed.  I think the 8-12 months age is just heaven.  They can’t run from me yet!  Everything that comes in their path is amazement and wonder.  I wish I could share the entire session!

*But here are my absolute favorites*

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