Meet the Garcias~Marymoor Park, Redmond

Bring me all the expecting mamas (maybe not all, but a ton please) …. these sessions are so fun.  And when they show up like a princess I’m just giddy with joy.  She also had her cowboy and her twinning minis with her.  What more could I ask for?!  The only unexpected thing we had to deal with was due to our location choice.  The park was being set up for the Washington Brewers Festival.  There were booths, honeybuckets, and eye sores all over.  Thankfully I knew the place well and we were able to still find the magical places.  We ended up attending that festival and it was awesome.  So check that out too next year.

On my home front school is officially out and we are super excited for all the summer fun to come.  We bought a couple of fun toys for the water and have some trips coming that we’ve been planning for years.  Up next on my work schedule will be a newbie to the world.  I can’t wait to meet this little guy.

~~Here’s some of this beautiful family’s session~ 

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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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Expecting~ Carnation Maternity Photographer

This is a very special maternity session with some dear friends.  I’m so excited to see them journey into parenthood.  They love adventure and I’m sure this little one will be on the mountain tops and in the woods straight away.

All the locations were on a road near their home.  It was fun to see what we would find on the way out there.  The creeping fog was an added bonus.  And as you will see the graffiti was perfect.  Also the pups about stole the show.  They were adorable and loved the camera.

I can’t wait to meet this little bambino and take more pictures of them.  Here are my favorites!~

 

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Meet Amber~Bellevue Headshots

Before the smoke rolled in from the forest fires in Canada, I met up with this ambitious mama of three to take her headshots and photograph her studio and a live massage.  I have had a few massages from her at her studio in Bellevue now and she is amazing.  I highly recommend her.  I’ve also had a few clients of mine who have taken barre classes from her and say she’s the best.  So one day I will have to go myself.  I have so many friends raving about this type of workout.  I have to see what it’s all about!  I will probably die. 😉

Studio: Spa Amber or visit at the Woodmark Hotel

Model: Ari Knight

Here are my favorites from our shoot~

 

 

Bartolettis ~ Tolt McDonald River Park, Carnation

Hello sunshine!  We have been missing you so much!

It’s quite helpful for me when we have great weather.  So sessions are in full force right now.  I’ve opened up a time slot on Sunday mornings to help free up some time on Saturdays.   This may work well for some of you.

I met this adorable family last weekend at one of my favorite parks to shoot at.  It was an overcast day, which I personally love. I have more freedom to stand wherever I want and use up all the pretty backgrounds.  And I thought I loved fall the most.  Spring is just as beautiful.

These two boys sure have grown.  Such polite little ones.  They will be breaking hearts with those blue eyes!

Here’s a sneak peek of their session.

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 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*

Meet Emma~2 weeks

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

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

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.  ❤