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{Apples in Autumn} Seattle/Eastside Lifestyle Photographer

October 20th, 2016

We’re very lucky to have quite a few apple trees in our backyard. Every year when we have a harvest, I take a few dozen apples and do a mini-photo session with my boys. It’s been fun looking back on past pictures, seeing how little they once were (we started when my youngest was a […]

 

We’re very lucky to have quite a few apple trees in our backyard. Every year when we have a harvest, I take a few dozen apples and do a mini-photo session with my boys. It’s been fun looking back on past pictures, seeing how little they once were (we started when my youngest was a wee baby at a month old!), and also, how far I’ve come in my photography. As my boys have grown older, it’s also made me get much more creative in capturing their true personalities on the camera. My oldest was born to be in front of an audience, and shines for any sort of spotlight. My youngest son is much trickier to try to coax a real smile, and not a cheesy, stiff smile, out of his little face. And then, there is the age old struggle of getting them to not to team up in brother solidarity and give me the two brother smirk of death. ­čÖé I think every parent knows the struggle of trying to get a good sibling photo, without any tears from mom or children, at the end of the day. Overall, it’s a pretty fun time, and I know that we’ll all appreciate these memories. I hope that I have a lot more apples in autumn pictures in the upcoming years.

 

Apples, boys, and this year, our dog!

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They can be pretty cute, and they know it.

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Such handsome fellows, but goodness, STOP GROWING UP BOYS!

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Most of my photos of them look like this. I admit, I enjoy the laughter photos the best.

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Not exactly what I had in mind when I asked them to pose together…

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Double smirk mode, on!
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My youngest son is definitely a character. I could fill an entire album with all his fun, facial expressions.

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Why yes mom? You said to look at you. You didn’t say anything about smiling.

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An apple a day keeps the mom photographer at bay.

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Love these two. <3

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{Baby C. 20 Days New} – Eastside/Seattle Newborn Photographer

October 10th, 2016

I always love getting calls from clients when they have a new addition to their family. I had done a newborn session with this family for their previous daughter a few years ago, and they called up me again to do a newborn session for their second daughter. It was fun to reconnect, see how […]

 

I always love getting calls from clients when they have a new addition to their family. I had done a newborn session with this family for their previous daughter a few years ago, and they called up me again to do a newborn session for their second daughter. It was fun to reconnect, see how big the babies have grown, and capture their growing family for them. To include brother and sister in the session, they got to pick out fun hats for their new baby sister for me to photograph her in, plus I brought along some coordinating tutus that big sister adored as well. Introducing, Baby C., 20 days new to the world!

Meet the cutest sock monkey in town!

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Someone left a baby! In a basket!

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Sweet sister kisses

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It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s…Wonder Woman!┬áclar_179pswm

Sleeping baby alert! Squishy cheeks alert!

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Brother kisses. Everyone now – awwwwwwwwwww.

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Sweetest cupcake in town

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Hi mommy, what’s shaking?

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I always love these shots with dad, showing how tiny newborns *really* are in comparison to real people ­čÖé

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I don’t know about you, photographer lady…I’ll keep my eye on you!

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Three kids! One camera!

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I call this, pensive baby and dad

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Oh no, she turned her family into pumpkins!

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Twirl, sissy, twirl!

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Congratulations on your newest addition, and welcome to the world, Baby C.!

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{Wordless Wednesday} – Seattle Area Lifestyle Photographer

September 20th, 2016

A puppy at rest, stays at rest.

 

A puppy at rest, stays at rest.

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{ExCy – Portable Exercise Bike} – Seattle Area Product Photographer

September 19th, 2016

I had the great fortune to try out Excy, which stands for exercise cycle. It is small (less than 10 lbs!), folds up compact, flat, and portable, and you can take it and use it anywhere. In full disclosure, I am friends with the co-founder, Michele Mehl, and took the product photos below. But I […]

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I had the great fortune to try out Excy, which stands for exercise cycle. It is small (less than 10 lbs!), folds up compact, flat, and portable, and you can take it and use it anywhere. In full disclosure, I am friends with the co-founder, Michele Mehl, and took the product photos below. But I do own an Excy of my own, and believe in the exercise machine. Being a busy mom myself, I know how difficult it is to find time in my schedule to fit in exercise. I’m often at school, at photo shoots, at taekwondo or soccer practices, meets, or games. Plus, I live in a small house, and space is a premium. Excy is sincerely the best exercise equipment for my busy lifestyle, hands down. I use it on my arms and legs, but mostly legs. It’s easy to set up, and I can use it laying down on the floor, or sitting up on a chair or couch. Did I mention that I live in a small house? Since the Excy folds up flat, it is SO COMPACT it takes up a minimum amount of space in my home. Also, since it is compact, it takes up little space in my (small) car, along with the kids, soccer gear, camping chairs to watch the soccer practices, and taekwondo gear that I cart around as well. It’s just a brilliant invention, and I’m happy to share it with you.

Excy excellence points:

  • portable and compact
  • can use on arms or legs
  • do cardio or strength training
  • less than 10 lbs
  • easy to use for anyone!

For a limited time, blog readers can get a 20% discount on Excy! Just use discount code, Alexrocks. Please, go check it out, and enjoy exercising for once!

 

 

Meet Michele Mehl, co-founder of ExCy, and all around exciting human being.

 

 

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This is Excy, the small, portable, workout machine.

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Watch your favorite show and get in your exercise as well! (or do as I do, and make your kids get in 20 minutes before they get any screen time ­čśë )

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Since it’s so portable, you can work it inside, or outside!

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Work your lower body, or upper body! 

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Work out anywhere! Floor, table, chair! At home, at your kids’ soccer practice (personal favorite of mine), at work, watching t.v., at the park with your dog!

 

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Easy to take outside and get in a quick work-out!

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Set up on a chair (or bench), watch your kids play, practice, or goof off, and get in your exercise for the day!

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Work out slow and steady, to strength train and work out your core.

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Build up your arm muscles, or your leg muscles!

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Indoors or outdoors, portable Excy is the perfect exercise machine for the on-the-go person!

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So go, check out Excy, and don’t forget about the 20% discount code!

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Enjoy!

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Batter Up!

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{Family Reunion} – Eastside Family Photographer

September 13th, 2016

Meet Grandma D. She lives up here on the Eastside, and her family surprised her with an impromptu family reunion last weekend. Both her kids, and the grandkids, and extended family. I was fortunate enough to be asked to photograph them while they were here for the afternoon. We met up at Juanita Beach Park […]

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Meet Grandma D. She lives up here on the Eastside, and her family surprised her with an impromptu family reunion last weekend. Both her kids, and the grandkids, and extended family. I was fortunate enough to be asked to photograph them while they were here for the afternoon. We met up at Juanita Beach Park in Kirkland, where we had a fun afternoon with some great, cooperative September weather. Thank you for letting me capture your family moments, and I hope you enjoy the memories!

Meet Grandma D.!

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The whole, photogenic family

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Mom and her kids

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Grandma D. and the grandkiddos

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Grandma D., daughter, and family

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Grandma D., son, and family

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The whole family against Lake Washington. 

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Three generations of women

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Grandma D. and the men of the family

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Everyone together, again!

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Thanks for the fun afternoon!

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{T. in Seattle} – Eastside Senior Photographer

September 4th, 2016

Welcome! My friend’s daughter, T., ┬ágraciously agreed to be my senior model guinea pig this last week. ┬áAfter talking to her for a bit, I learned that she was a geek ( like me! ), loved the Avengers, reading, music, and was up for anything I would subject her to in the photoshoot. What a […]

 

Welcome! My friend’s daughter, T., ┬ágraciously agreed to be my senior model guinea pig this last week. ┬áAfter talking to her for a bit, I learned that she was a geek ( like me! ), loved the Avengers, reading, music, and was up for anything I would subject her to in the photoshoot. What a willing model! We decided to go to Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle as our location, since she had never been there, and it had a great, funky vibe that seemed to go with her personality. One thing we did not count on was the unpredictability of Seattle weather! Within half an hour, it started to rain. Then, the rain turned to a downpour. Still, she was up for more photos, so we continued onward at the Seattle Public Library downtown. It ended up being pretty fun, and I hope that the pictures showcase her personality. ┬áThank you again for the great time, T.!

Meet T! She has the best smile.

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Working the catwalk poses.

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She made that Attack on Titan cosplay jacket, herself, I was impressed!

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By this time, it had been pouring rain on us for almost 45 minutes, but still, she’s all smiles!

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It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a…giraffe?

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I love how laid back she was for anything I asked her to do, and always with a smile.

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And always, her personality shines through! 

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Look at that smile!

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Work it!

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Here we are inside the downtown Seattle Public Library.

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We found Harry Potter!

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Just reading with some superheroes.

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Always be Loki.

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You can see the rain here, it never put a damper on her spirits, though!

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Thanks for the great morning, T.!

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{The S. Family} Eastside Family Lifestyle Photography

November 19th, 2014

I had such a fun time documenting this family last week. They wanted to take advantage of some of the beautiful scenery we have around our area, and also incorporate their new puppy into the family pictures as well. Oh, and their new seven month old puppy is a Great Dane, who I’m pretty sure […]

 

I had such a fun time documenting this family last week. They wanted to take advantage of some of the beautiful scenery we have around our area, and also incorporate their new puppy into the family pictures as well. Oh, and their new seven month old puppy is a Great Dane, who I’m pretty sure is almost as big as me. ­čÖé I had a great time following the family around, running myself ragged while boy chased dog and vice versa, and also just capturing the family interaction. They were also super great in posing in fun and creative ways to bring out their personalities! I hope the pictures convey what a loving and great family they were, and how much they love each other and the outdoors.

 

Hello, Washington State!

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Look at this kid, so handsome and smiley!

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I’m not sure what I love more, the kid’s laugh in this picture, or the puppy’s smile, or the size of the stick the pup’s holding.

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Boy, in portrait, and caught mid-run in sillouette.

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What a handsome family I found in the forest.

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Most of the time, we just hung around the park.

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This was the most playful family, I just had the best time following them around and capturing them interacting with each other.

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We’re lucky to live in an area where we have such amazing natural backdrops, such as these gorgeous evergreen trees.

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Turning around, we have stunning mountains such as Mt. Rainier in the Cascades overlooking Lake Washington, as well.

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Playful, fun, gorgeous and goofy, all rolled up into one picture! ­čÖé

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{The A. Family} Eastside Lifestyle Photographer

November 12th, 2014

It’s fall in the Pacific Northwest, and we’re incredibly lucky to be able to have access to beautiful trees, changing leaves, and water views of Lake Washington. All of which adds up to make for some gorgeous scenery. I met up with this fun family who had two high energy boys of their own for […]

 

It’s fall in the Pacific Northwest, and we’re incredibly lucky to be able to have access to beautiful trees, changing leaves, and water views of Lake Washington. All of which adds up to make for some gorgeous scenery. I met up with this fun family who had two high energy boys of their own for a photoshoot this past weekend. I was lucky enough to capture some shots of their lovely family, big brother hi jinks, little brother smiles, and some very sweet moments between mom, dad, and their sons. I hope you enjoy the sneak peek, as much as I enjoyed capturing these moments!

 

Little brother was all smiles. He gave me a workout, chasing him around for all those smiles!

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Big brother giving me his best Blue Steel. Eat your heart out, Zoolander!

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They got to burn some energy off at the playground.

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Beautiful family, and a beautiful backdrop.

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It was a gorgeous afternoon with just a dad, a little boy, and a big wide lake to themselves.

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I loved this moment between dad and littlest son. It’s like he’s asking, where’d it go?

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I love these candids with mom and her little boys as well. I especially love the way her oldest is looking at her. <3

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Little brother had a grand time swinging and smiling.

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I promise, I did not pose him. He came up with these all on his own. Aren’t they great? SO full of personality! I could have followed this kid around all day!

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Thank you for letting me hang out and capture some sweet memories of your life!

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{The P. Family} Eastside Lifestyle Photographer

September 11th, 2014

My favorite subjects to photograph are hands down, kids. Especially siblings, in unguarded moments when they aren’t cheesing for the camera. ┬áThis brother and sister set was such fun to photograph, as the little brother built a bow from a stick and some string his mom scrounged up for him. ┬áSeeing them work together to […]

 

My favorite subjects to photograph are hands down, kids. Especially siblings, in unguarded moments when they aren’t cheesing for the camera. ┬áThis brother and sister set was such fun to photograph, as the little brother built a bow from a stick and some string his mom scrounged up for him. ┬áSeeing them work together to create something, and the looks of intensity from both of them, and then the joy in playing with his new creation, was really exciting for me to capture. Thank you, P. family for coming out and letting me into this ┬ámoment of your life! Enjoy the pictures.

 

Sweet older sister and little brother.

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Working in sync to build their new masterpiece.

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Playing together! So adorable.

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I got some individual pictures as well, here is Big Sister with a sweet smile for me.

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Big smile!

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A beautiful capture of mom and daughter, as well.

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Little Brother

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Working hard on his bow. It even shot a twig arrow, I was super impressed!

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Modern day Robin Hood.

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Thank you, awesome P. Family, for letting me capture this moment for you!

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