In Home Newborn Session Normandy Park Seattle

I am in awe of childbirth. I don’t think it’s just because I don’t have kids myself, I think it’s because it is nothing short of freakin amazing. I am so grateful when I am asked to come into someones home and capture this feeling. The feelings of utter happiness, bliss, excitement, fear, and exhaustion. The realest shit you will ever feel.

These family portraits are a gift of love, a gift to your future self- and your future children. And my jaw drops a little at the thought that I get to do this as a passion ( I won’t call it a job)

Congratulations to Lacey, Eric, little Lincoln and Marley the kitty on your newest addition to your family, baby Zane. He is nothing short of a miracle.

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Mother Daughter Session, Mother's Day Lincoln Park West Seattle

It was really hard to choose the images for this post. I truly loved everything about this mother daughter family photo session at Lincoln Park in West Seattle.

Erin is a single mamma (Insert crowd cheering) She plays music and also founded Mode Music and Performing Arts Mode offers year round private and group music lessons to both kids and adults. So yeah, I love her. She works so hard a a single mom, I’m so glad she rewarded herself with this portrait session.

Right away it was obvious to me the special bond between this mother and daughter, and I set out to capture the love. And she told me to get weird! YAY! It did not hurt that their pooch Camille was also an amazing addition to this photo shoot.

I recommended they get their dresses from Joyfolie and to my delight they did! All of the planets aligned and Erin decided to make this a family tradition every year.

I already am looking forward to next year.

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And we ended with a little smoke bomb and an outfit change! LOVE!

And we ended with a little smoke bomb and an outfit change! LOVE!

A month in the life!

Holy Smokes you guys - I had such a crazy 25 days I had to write about it.

One San Diego wedding, two newborn shoots, one maternity shoot, three family photo shoots, one fun conceptual shoot at Goldcreek Pond with a dear friend, one walk around the block with my friend visiting from Australia, one weekend photography retreat at Cannon Beach full of crazy photos and newfound friends.

As I sit and recover, editing through photographs for days and sipping Kombucha and tea, I honestly could not be happier with any of this work. I AM SO GRATEFUL my heart could just explode. Like everywhere into a million pieces. Is every month like this? Heck no. But it will be.

Thank you for listening. Thank you to anyone involved or even reading this for allowing me to express myself through my work.

Have a great day, and I hope your not watching Game of Thrones because it’s literally taking years off my life.

XOXO

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Learning and Growing With my Photography, and why I do what I do

I thought I would write a personal post, why the heck not?

I am learning and growing, so I will dive right into my brainwaves and tell you what’s up.

Time to get real. I have always told myself that “I suck at business, I have an artist brain, I’m bad with money”

OMG how rude is that to myself? And also if you say something like that to yourself for years and years, THEN SO IT SHALL BE. Am I right? So I am diving deep into my brain to figure out how to retrain it. And you guys it’s working! I read a couple of books in the last two years that have already and are helping me out with retraining my brain on some bad habits.

This Naked Mind I read this book when I wanted to curb the booze intake 2 years ago. and unexpectedly just QUIT and have never ever been so happy and grateful.

You are a Bad Ass books

I have only read “You are a Badass” and “You are a badass at making money” so far and I can’t get to the next one because I keep listening to these AGAIN~ dog walks, whatever. They are a game changer for me.

Phsycho-Cybernetics This book is a little dry to be honest, probably because Jen Sincero cusses and makes jokes the whole time…..BUT stick with it. It’s about your brain and why we do the things we do. I have been thinking about it non stop!

FORKS OVER KNIVES I am not going to tell you what to put in your body or what I put in mine. But I will say that changing my diet over the years has been a giant work in progress and this documentary just blew my mind.

Health is wealth my friends.

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It’s always wild to me how my photographs can LATER convey to me what is going on in my life. It’s my diary and is always telling me a story or teaching me.

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Epiphany!!

WHY DO I DO WHAT I DO?

Ok, why do I love family photos? Is it for the money? Is it something I fell into because I found people just need them and I have a camera? HECK NO!

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I love empowering MOTHERS! And making them feel beautiful. I love creating family heirlooms for people. I love the thought of you sharing and smiling at the portraits I make for you for years and years. I LOVE the thought of giving you FUTURE happiness. And the thought of your kids enjoying them as they get older- that is HUGE to me! I feel so grateful to know this is one of my purposes in life!

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And why the heck do I LOVE shooting with couples for engagement, just for love’s sake, weddings or otherwise? Because people ask me to? HECK NO!

Because this is part of YOUR story! I am a storyteller you guys, I love that shit!

It goes right along with what I said about photographing families. Maybe the kids came before, maybe after, maybe you already have them. Maybe you just have pets. I love SHOWING people feel like their story is important and beautiful. I truly believe LOVE is the answer to so many problems you guys. Love and Gratitude. So if I can help people feel importance, love, and gratitude for their story….. sign me up!

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I will end this rambling here! I am so happy to be able to share with you. Thank you!!! XOXOXOXOXO

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Why you need ALL of the photographs made at your family portrait session. Because your family is a ART.

I was recently talking to an mom who was interested in having a family photo session. After she wrapped her head the price tag (she told me that it’s totally worth it) she said she does not need more than a few family photographs, and definitely does not need 70-100 images to sort through, too overwhelming. I can see how this would seem so you guys, but it is not the case.

I thought about this for a minute. I know the answer to this because of shooting mini sessions. Every photographer stresses about mini sessions because we always end up shoot more than the 20- 30 minutes. And if the family don’t buy all of the photos- IT KILLS us to just toss them. So we either are sad and throw them away never to be appreciated by anyone, or we give them away at a price that we are not proud of. We end up rushing and only getting the posed shots.

WHY do I need so many? Because you just might love those family portraits later. Imagine you will look back at your 35 year old face when your 80, you won’t be so bummed on your imperfections then.

Because what your kids don’t know how appreciate now - they certainly will later. These are also for them and their kids.

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Your family is a piece of art. Why? Because your the only one like you. There is none other.

Because often the magic happens deeper into the hour session, or at the very end.

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Embrace the Beautiful Chaos

How do you do it moms and dads? All I can say is that I am IMPRESSED by you and you need to know that you amazing for the work you do.

These are the thoughts that I left this family session thinking. Your day includes (but is not limited to) patience, perseverance, love, hard work, sleepless nights, respect. You work so hard. You deserve beautiful images to preserve this time in your life, no matter how exhausted you feel. Your kids will enjoy these photographs. Your grandchildren will enjoy these photographs. EMBRACE the chaos. Your family is a piece of art, there is not another like you out there.

Now how do we make your family session FUN and not more work for you? First of all, let go. Take a deep breath. Let me be in charge of posing you. If your toddler acts up, we just take a break and you deal with it as you normally would. Trust that you will get beautiful family photos, you are here in this beautiful chaos. You’ve emailed, looked for family photographers, trusted and choose one, bought new outfits, got your hair done, now let’s enjoy this moment, and let go of all of the stress.

Trust me, and breath… we got this!

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Rattlesnake Ledge Engagement Session

This couple is one of my favorites and I cannot wait to travel to New York to shoot this wedding!

This engagement session at the top of Rattlesnake Ledge was obviously quite WINDY and very cold. Hot tea and big coats were a necessity. We would shoot for maybe 10 minutes and take a break. all of our hard work and freezing paid off - as we got some beautiful and dramatic images.

I live for shoots like this!!!

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Adrienne + Justin. A Washington Winter Wedding

I love this couple. They make me happy and give me hope in the world. Adrienne wanted a winter wedding, she even wanted the snow. The snow just missed this date, but they did get married on the night of the Super Wolf Moon which is so exciting! They got hitched at Brown’s Point Improvement Club right on the water.

Make up by Anne Times and she is AMAZING! Flowers were made by this Seattle Grooms grandma - EEEEK I love that.

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Boutique Style Pre School Portraits!

Once a year, I bust out my little-people-studio kit and head to Bella Mente Pre School and childcare.

I look forward to seeing how much the kiddos have changed and grown, or if they recognize me from doing some of their family photos. I love their silly faces, the outfits they sometimes put together themselves, and just watching them be kids. I love the grumpy faces and the look in their eyes. Here is a preview of this years Pre School photo shoot.

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Engagement Session Rattlesnake Lake, Washington

Sometimes the universe brings me couples like this and I pretty much jump for joy. They are fun, sweet, adventurous, and in love!

I feel like I could photograph couples all the day long, and at Rattlesnake Lake no less. I clearly am obsessed with that place. This North Bend Engagement session has me over the moon with joy.

And these two let me get my weird on, thank you for that! Congrats on your engagement you two. And may you have many kitties in your future!

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Wedding Moments

A lot of people ask to see some wedding moments that are not featured on my website. To be honest, I just want my wedding photographs to capture a certain mood for my site, but I would love to show you more! There are plenty of silly, playful, hilarious, chaotic and sweet moments throughout the day to be captured. Believe me, I do not want to miss them. I’m bouncing around on too much coffee all day long for you!

This Seattle Wedding photographer has got your back on the moments to be remembered. Here are just a few… Enjoy!

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Family Photo Session when your all grown up- HECK YEAH

I love this idea.

Erin’s parents are divorced and they both live in Minnesota. They were both set for a Pacific Northwest visit at two different times around Christmas, so Erin booked two family shoots at some awesome PNW locations. I love this idea, again and again.

Why not have some special photographs taken with your parents when your all grown up? The first shoot we did in the freezing pouring rain up at Rattlesnake Lake in North Bend, Washington. We toughed it out and it was well worth it.

Now Erin’s mom is not a fan of the cold, so we went to the Volunteer Park Conservatory. This place is GORGEOUS and so is Erin’s love for her parents.

This Seattle family photographer is up for any Pacific Northwest Adventure with you!

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What to expect from your in-home newborn session.

What should you expect when preparing for me to come to your home to photograph your new baby?

Well I love to photograph the newborn sleeping if possible, but I don’t go as far as some others with that. I like the more organic feel of the new baby at home. So if we get sleepy, yay!

I love a good simple swaddle with not a lot of pattern (depends on the pattern)

I don’t usually photograph a newborn in clothes, but if someone knitted something, by all means.

YES I would love mom and dad to be in the photos. A simple tank top is my favorite. I love the feels of lots of skin.

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SPACEHEATER - if you don’t have one I will bring one. We will keep the baby nice and warm by whichever window light I find to use.

I don’t bring props- minus a few simple blankets and sometimes a bean bag. If you have a girl and want bows or headbands just make sure they fit. Those can be huge, awkward or distract from the cute baby face.

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I love pretty blankets so keep that in mind as the months come to our shoot- feel free to send photos. And yes, I do edit skin on everyone where needed.

I expect lots of feeding/changing to happen so don’t sweat that part.

Let’s allow two hours max on the shoot- but I often get done in one hour depending on the mood of our little one. Don’t worry about a messy kitchen or anything like that- I usually shoot in a small space by a window and I MAY ASK TO MOVE THINGS :)

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Also- the sooner they are here the better! They change fast so lets try to get them before 8 days old if possible.

Most of all- no stress!

What’s next? 6 month shoot of course!

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And yes grandma can pop in for a photo! And I love adding sibling moments.

And yes grandma can pop in for a photo! And I love adding sibling moments.

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Seattle Engagement Session Discovery Park

I am so excited to photograph this wedding! And it’s SOON!

I have done family photos for them in the past, and their family includes amazing dogs… if you know me, I love that! This engagement session took place on a beautiful day at Discovery Park. I miss that warm weather Seattle.

All I can say is that I am one happy wedding photographer when I get awesome people in love like this. I cannot wait to photograph this wedding. I love love!

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Seattle Family Session Evans Creek Preserve

I love working with this family. They have a photography business themselves, so they totally know the drill. It doesn’t hurt that they are sweet as pie.

This year we met at Evans Creek Preserve to brave the cold and document some family lovin’.

As they looked over their gallery, they were amazed at the different personalities their children have, and just how much of a ham little Faye is. It’s as if you get little glimpses of the older version of them, which must freaky!

This family session went by in what seemed like 10 minutes, and then they got a gallery of over 100 family photographs to cherish. They are wonder how they will all of these images on the wall… maybe a book this year, or a bigger wall.

Ali had a great idea, WALLPAPER! Who makes that?

Thank you Josh, Ali, Faye, and Luke!

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Lifestyle Portraits of Energy Healing with Yoli from from Panama

A lifestyle session with a Reiki Master from Panama…. the perfect portrait session for me!

She also does holistic counseling and Shamanic healing.

Yoli likes traveling, books, healing, animals, magic. She asked for her images to be soft and dreamy. We were made to work together.

We photographed our way around West Seattle, and made plans during the shoot to get me to Panama. She brought her mother to the shoot, who also practices healing among other things. It was a dream photo shoot.

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Senior Photos-Lincoln Park, West Seattle

People inquire if I do senior photos quite often. Although they are not showcased on my website - I certainly do! Why do I not put them on my site? Only because I need to simplify the things I showcase (so as not to confuse people)

Meet Spencer. He is an illusionist and hopes to one day make a career out of it. His mother is an amazing supporter and I connected with her right away. He amazed me with his glowing personality and his passion for magic. He even performed a few mind- blowing tricks after the shoot.

Thank you for coming over from Idaho for a visit and a walk through Lincoln Park with me Spencer- It was a blast.

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Outdoor Maternity & Indoor Newborn Shoot

Words cannot explain the joy that documenting the process of bringing life into the world brings me. Maternity and newborn shoots are just that.

Emily and Mike tried for many years to start a family. Just when they were about to give up,….TWINS!!

This is an example of an outdoor maternity photo shoot bundled with an in-home newborn session.

We hiked Rattlesnake Ledge, North Bend WA, when Emily was six months pregnant (she was a little bigger due to twins so we did it earlier than usual)

As soon as the family of FOUR got home and settled in, I popped over with my camera, found some good window light, and I fell in love with some babies.

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A beautiful Seattle Wedding, Gasworks Park.

I love nothing more than photographing an adventurous pacific northwest couple.

These two are absolutely lovely. We had such a blast at Gasworks Park here in Seattle making these memories. They were very nervous they would not know how to pose. I told them, relax and let me do the work. Have fun and snuggle, just be you. Take a walk and enjoy the moment.

This part of the wedding is my favorite, capturing the couple in all of their love glory.

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