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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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{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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{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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{Baby R. 10 days new} Eastside Area Newborn Photographer

March 24th, 2014

Have you heard of the Buy Nothing project? They are community based groups (usually on Facebook) where, instead of throwing away or trashing stuff you don’t need, you donate it, or give it away to your local community. My local Buy Nothing community is so much more than that, though. It’s a community of people […]

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Have you heard of the Buy Nothing project? They are community based groups (usually on Facebook) where, instead of throwing away or trashing stuff you don’t need, you donate it, or give it away to your local community. My local Buy Nothing community is so much more than that, though. It’s a community of people who give to those in need, who lead a helping hand, who create an atmosphere and environment where random acts of kindness and good deeds are done every day. It’s pretty special, I have to say, to be both on the receiving and giving end of the Buy Nothing community. It was within this community that I met this special family, who welcomed their new baby boy into their lives, Baby R. They excited came over to capture his first few days, complete with adorable props and some family mementos. I enjoyed meeting mom, dad, and Baby R., and hope that they enjoy the lovely photos!

 

Meet Baby R. His mom brought over the cute little crowns as props, aren’t they precious?

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Beautiful momma and beautiful baby.

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This sock monkey was handmade by great-grandma. I love it when families bring special toys like this.

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We got some awake shots of him as well, here he is on a blanket also made by great-grandma.

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Another cute crown. And look at those lips! So squishy!

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Being held by dad, one of my favorite poses.

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Welcome to the world, Baby R.! You are blessed and loved.

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{Camping at Diablo Lake} North Cascades Lifestyle Photographer

August 16th, 2013

If you’re a regular visitor to my blog, you’ll know that my family and I are pretty active, and love doing activities outside. From playing in the tree house, to hiking in the national parks, to rock climbing; anything outdoors is a grand adventure in our family.  A few months ago I ran across this […]

 

If you’re a regular visitor to my blog, you’ll know that my family and I are pretty active, and love doing activities outside. From playing in the tree house, to hiking in the national parks, to rock climbing; anything outdoors is a grand adventure in our family.  A few months ago I ran across this great blog post called “10 Tips for Raising Outdoors Loving Kids”, which really resonated with me. The blog itself, The  Big Outside, is choke full is GREAT tips for introducing and keeping your kids of ALL ages (from infant on up!) interested in outdoor travels and recreation! I would definitely recommend it, as it’s now one of my favorite new blogs.  My husband and I love living in the Pacific Northwest, and are grateful for all the wonderful outdoor and nature opportunities we’re able to provide for the boys.

Recently, we took our first family canoe camping trip to Diablo Lake up in the North Cascades. My husband had gone last year with some other dads and their kids, and my  boys had enjoyed it so much, they wanted me to come up as well. Correction: my youngest enjoyed it so much he pretty much asked about going back every single time we talked about family camping, so we planned it out. It took a bit of planning since we were staying  at a  backcountry campsite, which was only accessible by boat. Which meant we had to pack everything in and out by kayak or canoe. Overall though, it was a SUPER fun, a great trip, and even I, the person who isn’t thrilled with camping, had a really nice time. I would definitely recommend going up there and spending some time on the water, and just hiking around the North Cascades. The boys even got to become Junior Rangers from the Forest Service, which was one of their highlights. 🙂 And most important of all, we got to create some great family memories!

 

This is Thunder Point, our camp site.

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The astonishing view from our camp site. Diablo Lake is this shade of green due to some sort of mineral composition from the glacier run off. It’s really this green in real life. It is unreal. I spent so much time just staring at it.

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There was a trail right next to our campsite to the top of the little hill. My little adventurers!

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When we were there, it was super windy. The boys had a blast trying to outshout the wind. 

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We are so incredibly lucky to live in such a gorgeous area.

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We tried for a family portrait, you can see from my hair how windy it was up there. My youngest was not for the family portrait.

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We canoed to nearby Ross Dam and hiked up to the top of the dam.

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Dad and kiddos hiking up the trail.

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On the top of Ross Dam. You can see Ross Lake on the right, and see how it is much more blue it is than Diablo Lake.

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Canoeing! Our youngest was in front of of me in the canoe, he loves being in the boat. That mountain is actually named  Sourdough Mountain. 

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The canoe master. 

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Don’t let the pictures fool you, this was during the more serene waters. It got pretty choppy shortly after this and there were white caps forming when the wind picked up. I put the camera away and rowed for dear life. 🙂

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This is the view from the top of Ross Dam, the channel you see below is where we canoed through.

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Chilling at the camp site.

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My kids were a little sad we didn’t bring any “toys” since we had to pack light for the canoe. So we made our own  boats (which really floated!) out of driftwood and vines, and sails from leaves! We even kept them and took them home with us.

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Happy little camper!

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Happy big(ger) camper!

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We had to tie the canoe on top of the dock because the wind kept hitting and bumping it around.

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My view of paradise.

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 I think these faces say it all. North Cascades canoe camping, it may be an annual family tradition from now on! 🙂

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{The G. Family} Oregon Coast Area Family Portrait Photography

February 28th, 2013

Last month, my husband’s cousin needed some family portraits done and I offered to drive down to Oregon to meet up and capture their family for them. For my boys, it was a fun weekend road trip, a visit to the real Pacific coast, and bonus! Playtime with their cousins. For me, it was a […]

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Last month, my husband’s cousin needed some family portraits done and I offered to drive down to Oregon to meet up and capture their family for them. For my boys, it was a fun weekend road trip, a visit to the real Pacific coast, and bonus! Playtime with their cousins. For me, it was a chance to help family come closer to fulfilling their dream of returning to Ethiopia and their ministry. Their journey began with a dream to expand their family through adoption, and they added their sweet daughter to swell their family up to five. Currently, they are setting their hearts and prayers towards working their way back to Ethiopia. Read more about their ministry journey, in their own words, here in their newsletter: Gerards February 2013. If you are moved by their story, their newsletter also provides information on how to donate to their cause, or the information is also at the bottom of this post! Now, onto their beautiful pictures!

 

Meet the lovely Gerards family!

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Everyone was such a trooper to pose outside in the freezing cold for these family portraits.

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I love this one of mama and her sweet little girl.

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Such a beautiful family, inside and out.

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I love how all the kids are holding hands in this picture. And I can’t resist some sunflare.

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Some sweet moments between daddy and daughter. 

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Please consider supporting them in their ministry goals!

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You can give online at: www.sim.org/giveusa. Click on “Support A Missionary“, missionary #040410. 

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{Happy Spring Equinox!} Seattle Lifestyle Photographer

March 28th, 2012

Last week was the Spring Equinox! In the PNW, we had a gorgeous weekend full of sunshine and temperatures reaching almost 60! But then, the real Seattle spring set in, with grey skies, lots of wind, and intermittent showers. So bring up my mood, here are some pictures I took last year at the Skagit […]

 

Last week was the Spring Equinox! In the PNW, we had a gorgeous weekend full of sunshine and temperatures reaching almost 60! But then, the real Seattle spring set in, with grey skies, lots of wind, and intermittent showers. So bring up my mood, here are some pictures I took last year at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. We go every year since it around our oldest’s birthday, and I love getting a picture of him in the tulips. These bright, colorful flowers would cheer up anyone’s mood and put you in the mood for spring. Happy Equinox!

 

 There are so many varieties of tulips, I couldn’t pick one as a favorite!

Fields of tulips

 

It was a wee bit cold and windy when we went up, hence the layered scarf and hat look he’s sporting.

 

It had been raining all spring, so there were lots of mud puddles. I saw a lot of this.

 

Accompanied by a lot more of this.

 

I love this – a perspective of my oldest throughout the years. That first year, he was barely taller than a tulip!

 

My, how times have changed.

 

I think the kids were way more interested in the mud than the tulips.

 

So. Much. Mud!

 

We adults spent time checking out the beautiful fields and fields of flowers.

 

The kids spent time checking out the really big tractor. Flower vs. Tractor? TRACTOR WINS!

 

See? It was a pretty impressive tractor, i do have to say.

 

We were able to get a family shot out in the flowers, however!

 

But by the end of the day, most everyone looked like this.

 

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{Baby A. Two Weeks Old} Redmond Area Newborn Photographer

February 21st, 2012

I’m very behind on my blog posting! This sweet family was actually shot back in September 2010. Baby A was adorable and so alert for a newborn. I have to admit, all the baby girl newborn sessions end up with very alert and sweet babies. Baby boy newborns tend to be sleepier. I guess girls […]

 

I’m very behind on my blog posting! This sweet family was actually shot back in September 2010. Baby A was adorable and so alert for a newborn. I have to admit, all the baby girl newborn sessions end up with very alert and sweet babies. Baby boy newborns tend to be sleepier. I guess girls really do want to have fun!

 

Meet Baby A.

Hello, pleased to meet you sweetness! Look at that eye contact for a newborn, so alert!

Taking a moment with dad

I love how little she looks in dad’s hands here.

I did manage to capture some sleeping shots as well.

Hello Miss A!

Big brother snuck in for a shot or two as well.

So much cuteness in one family.

Once outside she did cooperate to fall asleep

Mom and Baby A

The entire family. Thank you for letting me capture this moment for you!