Jack + Heidi~ Elopement

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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~

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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*

Zach + Darcy Celebration ~ West Seattle

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I’m excited to share this gorgeous event that was filled with love and laughter, warm hearts, generous gifts, and mouth watering taco truck food.  This location was at a private home that was remodeled recently with exquisite taste.  Her views are stunning!  I was referred by a previous client.  Thank you so much Heidi for the recommendation.  (Her wedding to quickly approaching.)

Zach and Darcy don’t live here in Seattle so the family had a celebration for them and their engagement.  So this summer they will say their “I dos” in a different state.  They are adorable.  And I really enjoyed meeting all these great people.  Thank you Laurie for your hospitality and kindness.

I hope you guys enjoy my view of the party.

Meet Emma~2 weeks

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I was able to photograph this sweetheart thanks to an online referral on a Facebook  discussion board for Bellevue.  I have no idea who that was, but I am so thankful.  I really want to thank all my clients for all their referrals.  You guys are so appreciated!! I feel like it’s the absolute best way to find the best clients.

I adore these three.  Emma was such a sleepy dream.  I love those wrinkled elbows and shoulders.  LOVE them!  I am really able to get my baby fix with these little tiny humans.  The little cries and facial expressions are so sweet.  I miss that.  So I hope this gives you guys that little “baby fix” as well.

ENJOY

Meet the Strahans ~ Carkeek Park, Seattle

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This family introduced me to this awesome park in North Seattle.  It has a beautiful beach with acres to explore and the trains pass through every hour.  So the kids were mesmerized.  We hiked a little of the trails during our session.  I can’t wait to go back and adventure further up.  We also saw the bubble man getting ready for a show.  So much fun will be had here at Carkeek Park.

What a wonderful family!  I can tell the outdoors are their place of choice.  We found lots of creatures and interesting rocks, moss, leaves, bridges, and watched the mass of sailboats.  My kind of morning!

Here are some of my highlights in the glorious, sunny, Seattle day.

Lincoln//2 weeks

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Welcome to the world this sweet beautiful baby boy.  He’s a dream.  He smiled, he snuggled, he slept so soundly, and he was just too precious.  It was a glorious sunny day in the pacific northwest.  We went outside for some family photos and decided to do some of his portraits outside in the sun.  He loved it and the doggies were digging’ in also.

This was our second session.  In case any expecting mamas are wondering about sessions,  I highly recommend the nesting package so you can have me capture your maternity and the newborn images.  Ask me about it!

What a pleasure to work with this adorable family!  Here are some of my highlights from the session.  <3

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