Meet the Christensens~Cottage Lake Park

Here is another gorgeous family!  And they included their parents this day.  Which just melts my heart.  It makes me think of my grandparents who I miss deeply.  They always told me that they were ornery.  Which was far from the truth.  Maybe a little fiery, but sweet as pie.  And these adorable two were just like them.

I loved all the one liners from Austin Powers, Princess Bride, and Zoolander movies.  I know there were a ton more because I was constantly laughing.  Yes, you are ridiculously good-looking.  Thanks for all the smiles and laughs you guys.

Here are my favorites~

Meet the Anotonsens~Duvall Family Photography

What a lovely family.  How can I have the most amazing clients?!  I think kind, amazing families stick close to other kind, amazing families.  So I want to say THANK YOU for the referrals everyone!  You are sending me such wonderful friends and family.  I am forever grateful!  I leave with a gigantic smile each time feeling renewed with joy and passion in my craft.

These angelic littles were so beautiful and adored each other.  We played and giggled and I loved how the parents made them belly laugh.  We explored a few different areas of my favorite location.

I hope you all are having a fabulous vacation.  Between all my sessions you can find me at the beach or on the water.

Here are my favorites~

Meet Natalie~In studio Newborn, Duvall

Summer has started at our house with a mean dose of allergies.  But we press on through swim class, water balloon fights, and trampoline jumping.  More to come for sure.  So stay tuned!  Maybe I’ll do a personal blog here soon.

A sweet beautiful baby girl came in the studio this past week.  She preferred being awake which is fine by me.  There is nothing like some eye contact from a new little baby.  I could stare at newborns for hours.  However, I have to be a busy bee if they snooze for a few minutes.  And that’s what happened so I moved quickly during that few minutes.  And at the end we did some headshots for her Dad.

I want to wish this family the best.  They came to me before a move back to the islands.  ~Aloha~ I’m glad we met before you left.  You have such a beautiful little princess.

Here are my favs~

Meet the Pletchers~Tolt McDonald River Park

Somehow I booked four sessions in a week.  So I’ve been non stop editing everyday.  That’s the most I’ve ever done in one week.  But I thought, how is that different from a wedding?  It’s still less photos to edit.  A typical wedding can be around 800 photos to edit.

It’s been a whirlwind, but I wouldn’t change a thing.  Olivia is out already, but now we are brushing up on some swim classes so we are ready for all that summer has to bring.  I’m currently making our bucket list of things to do.  Dylan asked if we could go to Amazon to have lunch with Grammy.  I thought that was super cute.  We used to visit often at Microsoft, but we haven’t been to amazon yet. He must be curious about all the packages I buy from there.

This adorable family came to me for their son’s graduation pictures back in the fall.  I love how playful and fun they are together.  The kids (well they are both adults) remind me a lot of my brother and I.  The same distance apart and I was older just like them.   I just told them to do what I would do to my brother.  🙂

Here are my favorites!  They promised me a fun pic would be over the mantel so I’m hoping it’s the jumping shot!

Meet Jazlyn~Duvall Newborn Photographer

♥Sweet baby love on the blog this lovely Saturday♥

Baby number three in her family arrived and has been showered with love by her family and friends.  Isn’t she just precious!  I had so much fun playing with her and she looks so adorable in all her outfit changes.  All the outfits are a collaboration her mother and I put together.  The board with her name on it was an etsy find and I just adore it!  Someday I’d like to craft one myself.

This was my sixth session I’ve had with this awesome family.  I love seeing all the kids grow up.  It’s a special part of my job.  And all the baby snuggles are a fantastic part as well.

I hope you’ll enjoy these images with the same love I have for them.

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.