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{New Year Mini Sessions} Seattle Area Lifestyle Photographer

January 29th, 2018

Welcome to 2018! This year is the Year of the Dog in the zodiac calendar. In Viet Nam, we call the lunar new year Tet, and celebrate it with food, festivities, and family. If you are in the area, please check out Tet In Seattle for great fun at the Seattle Center, and a good […]

 

Welcome to 2018! This year is the Year of the Dog in the zodiac calendar. In Viet Nam, we call the lunar new year Tet, and celebrate it with food, festivities, and family. If you are in the area, please check out Tet In Seattle for great fun at the Seattle Center, and a good introduction to Vietnamese culture.  This year, Tet begins on February 16th, and is one of the most fun holidays to celebrate! I’ll be offering mini-sessions for Tet this year, so please book your mini-session today! There are limited slots on each day, come and create a fun memory for the new year!

Email at alex@anportraits.com or call at 425.780.5032 to book your session today! Half of the session fee is due to hold your booking slot.

 

 

Bring your kids, their áo dài , and I’ll have li xi!

 

Start the year off by capturing this moment, and have a lasting memory.

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{Seabrook, WA} Western Washington lifestyle photographer

January 18th, 2018

Happy 2018! Living in the Pacific Northwest, we have an abundance of beautiful places to take a short vacation that are only a few hours away. One of our favorite places to visit is Seabrook, WA on the Washington coast. Seabrook is a planned community located by the beach, which has many beautiful rental homes […]

 

Happy 2018! Living in the Pacific Northwest, we have an abundance of beautiful places to take a short vacation that are only a few hours away. One of our favorite places to visit is Seabrook, WA on the Washington coast. Seabrook is a planned community located by the beach, which has many beautiful rental homes that ranges from cozy one-bedroom cottages, to homes large enough for family reunions. Some are even pet-friendly! We took our goldendoodle pupster on our trip, and a great time was had by all. We rented a little two bedroom cottage, which enabled us to cook our own food, wash away the sand from the beach, and have a cozy place to warm up before our next beach outing.

Most people think, coast = beach = summer, but we also like to visit in the wintertime.  While most people don’t think of the beach in the wintertime, it is the ideal time for razor clam digging. (Click here for razor clam harvest dates: WA state Fish and Shellfish).  My husband was very gung-ho about going razor clam digging, so we took our family for a few days while the razor harvest was open at Moclips beach. It was super fun, my kids got to use a clam gun, and they were very excited about even getting clams out of the sand! It was a very enjoyable and relaxing experience for everyone, and I’d highly recommend Seabrook as a nice little, staycation for anyone.

 

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For my kids, any day is a great beach day. They just need to dress for the weather. 🙂

 

The destroyer comes to stomp his creations.

 

Goldendoodle + beach = pure happiness.

 

My husband found refuge from boy and dog sheninagins in a driftwood fort.

 

Happy family members!

 

We spotted this bald eagle in the dunes by the beach.

 

Not only is Seabrook close to the beach, it’s just a daytrip to Olympic National Park as well! Here we are at the Quinalt Rain Forest trailhead.

 

One of the many trails from Seabrook down to the beach.

 

 

Onto the main event – clam digging! Here is my youngest using the clam gun to dig out razor clams.

 

My husband was like a kid himself.

 

Fresh razor clams!

 

 

Boys + water + stick = happiness.

 

Boys + dog = SO MUCH MESS.

 

We learned our dog loved the water.

 

Races at the beach.

 

Winner! 

 

Winter at the beach often meant rainbows over the ocean, like this one.

 

There were also glorious sunsets.

 

Goodbye, and thanks for the great stay, Seabrook!

 

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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. 🙂 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! clar_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 🙂

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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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Batter Up!

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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. 🙂 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! 🙂

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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.  This 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.  Seeing 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.  This 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.  Seeing 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  moment 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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{The W. Family} Eastside Family Photographer

September 8th, 2014

Being a mom of boys, it’s always fun for me to photography a family of girls. This family has three girls, all with three different personalities. Not only were there three girls, but the two youngest are twins. The mother wanted some sibling shots, but I admit, my favorite thing was getting the girls one […]

 

Being a mom of boys, it’s always fun for me to photography a family of girls. This family has three girls, all with three different personalities. Not only were there three girls, but the two youngest are twins. The mother wanted some sibling shots, but I admit, my favorite thing was getting the girls one on one and letting their indivuality shine through to the camera. We had a quick mini-session outdoors at a local park, they brought their loveys, and overall had a wonderful time. Thanks for hanging out with me, W. family!

 

The oldest, aka Big Sister
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Twin A had no problems posing for my camera. I call this one, Old Hollywood Glamour Stare. Look at those eyes!

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Twin B was trying to convince me she had never heard of any superheroes. Here she is, totally pulling my leg (I was believing her until we got to Batman. Everyone’s heard of Batman!)

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The younger twins, showing off their distinctive styles and smiles for me.

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All three sisters, such sweeties!

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I got one more chance to get all three of them together before the session was up.

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No session is complete without at least one of mom in the picture, too!

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{Wordless Wednesday} Seattle Area Child Photographer

September 11th, 2013

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{Ninja Hello Kitty!} Seattle Area Lifestyle Photographer

September 9th, 2013

My youngest turned FIVE recently. First of all, how did that happen? :sniff: Secondly, he asked for two things for his birthday: a NINJA HELLO KITTY theme, and an obstacle course. I searched around and realized that, of all the Hello Kitty and Sanrio things out there, there wasn’t actually a Ninja based Hello Kitty. […]

 

My youngest turned FIVE recently. First of all, how did that happen? :sniff: Secondly, he asked for two things for his birthday: a NINJA HELLO KITTY theme, and an obstacle course. I searched around and realized that, of all the Hello Kitty and Sanrio things out there, there wasn’t actually a Ninja based Hello Kitty. I found this awesome Ninja Hello  Kitty cake on The Cakerator, and based the party decorations off of that. We did a Ninja training theme for the party, with the games being Sensei Says, a Focus Skills portion that included balancing balloons, and of course, an obstacle course (which included a rope swing, climbing through a tunnel, and climbing through our playset). At the end, all Ninjas in training received as a party prize folded paper ninja stars.  Overall, it was super fun, and my son had a great time!

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The birthday banner! I was pretty pleased with how it turned out, the font was pretty awesome. The dragons I printed from some clip art, and the Ninja Hello Kitties I cut out of black construction paper. The red background was a paper tablecloth we hung on the wall.

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Ninja Hello Kitty is FIERCE!

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I found this awesome vegan shop called Violet Sweet Shoppe near University Village who created this Ninja Hello Kitty cake for us. I have to admit, fondant Ninja Hello Kitty was *almost* too cute to eat.

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The owner even made individual fondant ninja throwing stars for each of the cupcakes. HOW ADORABLE ARE THEY?!

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We decorated the backyard as well with some red and black paper lanterns. I folded all the papers in half, then drew lines for where to cut the lantern slits. It was a really easy craft the boys did themselves, and my husband helped them hang it up with crepe paper.

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Ninja station! Masks, throwing stars, and focus paddles!

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I made the ninja masks out of felt, and sewed an elastic hairband so the kids could put it on themselves (a package of 6 for $1 at the dollar store!) I made half the masks Ninja Hello Kitty masks, and the other half regular Ninja masks for the party ninjas to choose amongst. It also served as a very handy take home party favor.

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The other party favor we had were ninja stars, which we folded the night before. Upon completion of the Ninja Obstacle Course, each ninja-in-training received their choice of two ninja stars as a job well done!

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We had quite the rainbow to choose from, so everyone was happy.  I figured since they were made of paper, they would make the least amount of damage when being thrown.

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One of the other ninja training courses was the “focus skills” portion. All the kids had to balance a balloon on a plate. For the younger kids, I put a big paper plate taped to a long bamboo skewer, and they just had to hold their balloon on their plate without it falling off. For the older kids, I taped a smaller, cake sized plate to a popsicle stick. For them, they had to count how many times they could bounce a balloon up and down without the balloon falling. Fun for all age groups! (shout out to G.McKinley for the awesome picture!)

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We also played a game of “Sensei Says” (like Simon Says), since all good ninjas need to have good listening skills. (shout out to M. Madigan for providing the upcoming awesome pictures!)

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Then came the grand finale that everyone was waiting for – Ninja Obstacle Course! The kids first had to swing across the rope swing.

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Then, they had to be agile and quick and jump over the logs.

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Finally, they climbed through a tunnel, did some monkey bars, and slide down the slide of our play set. The obstacle course was pretty much the highlight of the party, the kids continued to go around and do their favorite part of the course over and over again.

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At the end of the day, my son enjoyed his Ninja Hello Kitty party and obstacle course very much, and I’m glad that we were able to fulfill his birthday party dream for him. Plus, he sincerely enjoyed his cupcake.

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Nom.

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What, does he have something on his face?

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Happy Fifth Birthday, my fierce Ninja Hello Kitty boy!

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