Maurers~Farrel-McWhirter Farm Park, Redmond

You probably recognized this beautiful family from earlier posts last year.  They are the best.  I love the kid’s energy and Dad’s jokes.  He kept me laughing the whole time.  This was their first time to this park, which I grew up coming too.  There are animals and trails that are all free of charge.  If it’s a nice day it’s the best for young kids to explore and have a picnic at.  I highly recommend going.  They also have a great outdoor focused preschool.  More information can be found here .  I’d say it’s a hidden gem in Redmond.

I recently bought a new lens to add to my collection.  With the costs of brand new equipment out there.  I wanted to share how I saved some money.  I bought a like new model of the 85mm 1.2 prime lens at B&H Photo video here.  There is no shipping or tax like amazon may have on used items.  So I was able to save hundreds and their customer support was excellent.  I love to shop online and love finding deals.  So I wanted to pass on that nugget of information to you guys.

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Meet Wylder~Newborn Photography, WA

This gorgeous boy was 9 days new on this day.  He is precious and perfect in every way.  As you can see he has many looks.  All of them a delight.  He was almost named Sprinkles which is the cutest story ever.  Big brother may still call him that.

Watching these tiny humans grow up is surreal.  Just the other day his brother was this tiny and bam he’s all of a sudden telling me all kinds of things.  They bring me deep joy that I couldn’t possibly put into words.  I hope to have this job for a very long time.

Allergies are hitting me hard this year, but I’m making it through with a cocktail of Zyrtech and essential oils.  I’m ready for all the outdoor sessions.  If you are interested in booking a Saturday session I have one opening at the end of May free otherwise we are into June now.

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Emma ~ McCormick Park, Duvall

It’s been a year since I saw this beauty.  She and her mom braved the rain with me.  We were even lucky enough that the rain eased up and took a break.  Imagine that in the PNW.  An empty park surrounded us with wild dandelions, sticks, birds flying over head, and my pretty cool flamingo umbrella.

I got lost editing with the sound track to the movie the Greatest Showman.  The words of each song are so touching and magical.  I got lost in her moments of inquisitive imagination.  Capturing the two-year old toddler is everything you want…real, messy, and always moving.  These moments will never be enough.  The time goes so quick.  Try to bottle it up if you can.  My own daughter is now five and I have no idea how that happened so fast.  If I could time travel back for a day I would.  I guess that’s why I day-dream.

“I’m tryin’ to hold my breath
Let it stay this way
Can’t let this moment end
You set off a dream in me
Gettin’ louder now
Can you hear it echoing?
Take my hand
Will you share this with me?
‘Cause darling without you

All the shine of a thousand spotlights
All the stars we steal from the night sky
Will never be enough
Never be enough
Towers of gold are still too little
These hands could hold the world but it’ll
Never be enough” ~Lauren Allred

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Goodbye 2017~Hello 2018

I just wanted to express to all my clients of 2017 how much I adore each of you and appreciate your kind words.  Some of your sessions weren’t posted and kept private, but I still look at your images and think of the time spent on each face.  Supporting me in this creative outlet brings me so much joy.  I couldn’t share so much love in the world without you all.

For me personally, life has been rough this year.  I’m really looking to 2018 for further growth in all aspects of life and with this passion.  Bring me your challenges and any crazy ideas you have.  I love them all.  I hope to venture to new locations, meet new faces, see new tiny lives, and connect with all of you from the past sessions.

I hope you fill your homes with all of these images.  I actually need more wall space myself.  I want to see the people I love plastered all over it.  If you come to my house that’s what you’ll see.  I’m ready for more adventures like the road trip we took to Disneyland and back along the coast.  Who’s with me?!

Thank you so much everyone!

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Meet the McFalls~Carnation Photographer

I thought I’d switch things up and post the images without the dynamic grid.  Let me know which format you like better. I personally think this showcases the images better. If I could figure out how to make the grid larger, then it would be a close tie for me

Our fabulous fall didn’t disappoint for this sunset session at my clients home.  They have an amazing view of the valley and had pastel pink skies with a clear cloudless sky.  My little friend here showed me all the around the property and inside their gorgeous home. They have the best pantry door and cool lighting that I might have been drooling.

I also found out this little beauty’s favorite super hero is Superman just like her daddy.  I watched her amazing moves on the trampoline, swinging like superman, and met all her chickens.  Oh and her new little kitten.  I can’t wait to see her again.  It’s a pretty awesome time photographing friends.

Up next are some more families session.  Just in time for mailing out cards.√

~Now for your little preview ~

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This Stud is One~ McCormick Park, Duvall

This is the second session for this adorable family.  Their son was a newborn the last time I saw him.  And now such a big boy who is about to turn the big 1!  They had a vibrant day with gorgeous sun and fall color here in our small town.  It was actually 70* here.  Such an amazing October in the pacific Northwest.  Of course we had their pup, Penny join in the fun and had a cake smash at the end.

I never know how one year olds will enjoy cake.  Some like my son, never had a drop of sugar and don’t even like the sugary dessert.  I tried not to let him have much sugar due to having gestational diabetes during my pregnancy.  Others cry when they can’t have anymore.  So I’m eager to watch how they react.  This little guy was very pleased with the frosting.

I love getting to know these guys and all the ones from our town in the past few years.  Some of the parks around are becoming very familiar.  Duvall has so much for offer.  We used the trail and the big park in downtown for our session.  If you get a chance to come here make sure to stop at CCs Espresso for amazing ice cream and the awesome umbrella alley they put up.  Also they had a great pumpkin patch with an awesome corn maze at the local Muddy Boots.

I have so many great recommendations to share. So here is one more.  Your precious pup can be pampered at Best Buddy Dog wash.  We have a high maintenance pooch and they calm her down and make her look like all fresh and posh.  We LOVE them!

Here are my favorites from this session.

Waverly is One~ Kirkland Children’s Photography

This little joy just turned One.  It’s the second time I’ve take her pictures and she is a doll.  She’s much more mobile now, but always smiling and happy.  Now she really is a little barre baby climbing like her siblings.  You can see that in one of these images below.

She LOVED her cake and devoured as much as she could.  She wasn’t very happy to part with it.  It was so cute.  And sharing is caring.  I watched her share quite nicely. What a sweetiepie! 

We did this shoot even though the weather was less than ideal.  The cabana used was covered and some shots were indoors.  So don’t worry about dark rainy days.  Window light is the best!  And I see that next week the sun is coming back out.  A great time to get your fall photos or your yearly card photos for the end of the year.

Meet Katie~21 days~Duvall Newborn Photographer

Another new life arrived for photographs this week.  She was 21 days new.  She brought along her adorable big sister who enjoyed all of Olivia’s toys and patiently waited her turn.  We started at Lake Rasmussen which is a close to my place.  It was as beautiful as ever there.  This was also the first time big sis (she is two) got to hold her sister.  It was very sweet to watch.  She was very gentle and loving as you can see.

I used some very precious tie backs from Carli.  The white fawn and the green ones are from her shop.  If you are local and make newborn props message me.  I’d love to add some more pretties to my collection.

Here are just a few of my favorites of this darling family.

Lozanos are back~Carnation Family Photography

It’s so great to photograph friends.  This is my third session with these guys and these kiddos are just beaming ear to ear with smiles and giggles and energy.  I love these ages.  they can rock a pose without even a flinch.  We can climb trees and play games and harass mom and dad.  They can tell me jokes and family secrets.  So what is there not to love.

We had Grandma is town so she got to join in the fun.  And a little snake photo bomber came out at just the right time.  I love the outfit colors too.

I hope that you guys are having a great summer.  If you are considering a fall session for your family call or email me soon.  The weekends are filling up.  I’m also happy to book winter and spring now as well.  Up next are families, a newborn session, and an intimate wedding.

Here are my favorites of these cuties~

 

Meet the Woodards~Duvall Family Photographer

I got a call from this adorable family living in Texas who were going to be visiting their parents and wanted to have pictures done while they were here.  What a fabulous idea in case you were wondering how to make your next trip memorable for yourselves.

They were fun and the kids definitely knew what to do.  They were quite the pros.  We are back at one of my favorite spots.  And as many times as I shoot here we never run of out backdrops!

I hope you all are having a fabulous summer!  We just came back from Portland and ate our way through town.  And the no tax shopping wasn’t bad either.  Next up with be our “Don’t Give Up!” regional convention, a spiritual three-day feast.  It will be a time to meditate, pray, and self examine myself.  I look forward to this time of the year with my family and close friends. If you’re curious about this check it out here.

Here are my favorites images of my favorite Texans~