Dillon Turns 9!

Dillio’s momma was one of the amazing individuals who cared for my little man, Rex, when he went to daycare. She’s funny, warm, sweet, and hardworking. She reached out to me to photograph Dil in celebration of his 9th birthday.

She wanted to keep it simple and classic, and keep the focus on her little man. He’ll only be single digits for one last year! We used the awesome brick walls in my Tacoma studio. And we did a second set using a great neutral backdrop.

Dillon loves my jumbo fuzzy carpet - I think I know exactly what he needs for his 10th birthday next year!

The Bjelland Family

A Snowy Mount Rainier Family Session

Shannon and her husband Jordan run the cutest little Christmas tree farm called Oh My Back Acres, located in Graham Washington. Several years ago I reached out and asked if they would be okay if I booked a set of holiday sessions at their farm. They said yes, and a beautiful friendship was born.

Over the years I’ve photographed their awesome kiddo’s birthday sessions, as well as family photos. This year we patiently waited…and waited… and rescheduled… and FINALLY we got a bit of the magical fluffy snow we were hoping for.

We drove up to Longmire, in the Mt. Rainier National Forest. Due to the government shutdown we couldn’t get any farther, but it still worked out perfectly. Colton is such a great big brother - and I just love the photos of the boys together.

Teddy

A 6 Month Sitter Session

Oh my goodness Teddy is a dream to photograph. He’s happy, and smiles all the time! I met his beautiful momma when I photographed her wedding years ago - we share the same name, so we instantly had something to bond over I’ve come to love this whole little family as I’ve photographed them over the years.

Today Teddy came in for a six month “sitter session” as a milestone session. I just love being able to catch up with my littlest clients while they grow and change. We gave Teddy’s session a little bit of a Valentine’s feel, and used lots of Aqua, since his little bow tie matched so perfectly.

When I first opened my Tacoma Studio I wasn’t really sure how often I would use it. I had no idea how much it would change my shooting style, my client’s experience, and my business as a whole. I can offer so many different kinds of sessions, and prop options. It’s just so much fun to have a space of my own that my clients can come and enjoy. I feel so creative in this space.

Even though we kept it pretty simple for this session i just love how it turned out. Before leaving I made sure to take a few portraits of Teddy with his Mom and Auntie!

Twyla and Tiffany have been besties since childhood, and it super special that we could get a few photos of the two of them with Baby Teddy

The Markline Family

A Winter Family Session at Point Defiance Park

If I’ve said it once, I’ll say it a couple thousand more times….and typically loudly…what can I say?! I just LOVE it when my friends, family, and former clients refer me to other families who are looking for professional portraits. When they trust me enough to refer me to friends it' means something. I appreciate that trust, more than you know!

When someone is so in love with their wedding portraits that they want others to experience that joy it makes all the long hours and time and money spent in classes and practice - all the failed attempts that eventually lead to successes, everything…it’s all worth it!

Machiko and her family met me for a fast, fun little session at Point Defiance Park in Tacoma. Our weather this January has been beyond phenomenal. We even broke a record I think with a 60 degree day…when does that happen here in the Rainy State? Never I tell ya, never!

We couldn’t have asked for a better day. The kids were shy at first, as kids tend to be, but they warmed up quickly to the camera and we got some really wonderful, candid and posed photographs. Point Defiance Park is everything you could want for a session. There are ponds, blossoming trees, bridges, wildlife, greenery, a rose garden. It’s the perfect location for a family session.

Skylar, Jordan and Anthony

A Retro Tacoma Family Session

I just love these amazing humans! Jordan, her boyfriend Anthony, and Jordan’s crazy, sassy little girl Skylar are pretty awesome! They agreed to come play in Tacoma so I could take some updated family photos. We went for a cool toned, retro look since we used a fantastic little alley I found full of graffiti - something a little different than your typical pretty park location.

Not that I don’t love pretty park locations, but mixing it up is rather awesome if I do say so myself.

Since we chose a colorful urban location we kept Anthony, Jordan, and Skylar simply dressed in black and denim. It’s a timeless look that was perfect for this graffiti strewn city alleyway. We went for a casual, non posed lifestyle session. These sessions are typically more fun, and less stressful for families with small children. We all know that getting a toddler to stand still, smile, look at the camera, and not be a wiggly bundle of energy can be frustrating and sometimes just plain old impossible…. I’m all for capturing your little one’s unique personality in a playful, casual manner instead of a stiff formal one.

Skylars giant dimples never fail to make an appearance when she’s got that big happy smile rockin’. I’m so happy with how this family session turned out.

Katie, Tom & Baby Ellie

A Yelm Washington Maternity Session

Katie and Tom are the cutest…seriously… don’t try to argue. They are just the most in love, sweet, fun couple you could hope to meet. After meeting up and being hired to shoot their amazing wedding at North West Trek last year I was overjoyed (seriously, there was squealing like a kid on Christmas morning) when they told me they were going to have a baby!

Fast forward a couple months - and here we are! A new house, two busy pups and getting ready to meet baby Ellie soon! Nothing like a few major life changes at once right? I’ll be shooting Katie’s Fresh 48 in the hospital as well as a traditional newborn session in my Tacoma studio once this sweet girl is Earth side! Katie was a glowing, gorgeous bride for her Autumn Wedding…and she’s just as pretty in the full bloom of pregnancy - check out that hair! Ohh laa laa!

We got together at Cochran Memorial Park in Yelm - a sweet little gem hidden in this rural residential community. It boasts a great pond, some trails, and lots of various plants and trees - so it’s a great spot year round for photos. It was definitely chilly, being January in Washington - but we got so lucky with a beautiful dry, and sunny late afternoon.

I am so beyond excited to meet this sweet girl in another few weeks! The countdown is on!

The Manley Family

An Eatonville Family Session

I am blessed to be able to call this wonderful family my neighbor as well as my friend. Our youngest daughters are cohorts and slumber party buddies. When I found out that they hadn’t had family photos in years I knew if was high time we got together in town for a fun mini session!

The Manley Family decided to keep it casual and true to who they are with cozy flannels and jeans. While it’s fun to dress up now and then, I think it’s incredibly important to be authentic to who you are as a family when choosing your wardrobe for your photo session.

I knew just the right location for their session. We stayed close to home and headed to one of my favorite little parks in Eatonville. Smallwood boasts a sweet little kid’s fishing pond, a simple bridge, walking trails, and open fields. It’s a great spot for a family photography session. As the sun started to set we caught some of last rays of Autumn light before winter truly hit us here in the Pacific Northwest.

As I’ve said before, I love the in between moments during a family photography session. The jokes and laughter, the genuine smiles and hugs. I think those images say so much about who you are as a family. We got a nice mix of posed and unposed images for this fun family session.

Ruby

Flashback Friday - A Retro 1970’s Session

For today’s Flashback Friday I’m super stoked to share Ruby’s vintage 1970’s styled session. Ruby provided the clothing, authentic 1970’s pieces she has lovingly curated from Ebay, Etsy, and various vintage markets. I provided the vintage 1960’s camera and a few of the fun accessories. Together, we created something super cool and retro!

Ruby’s gorgeous coloring was set off perfectly by the warm, rosy pallet she chose for her wardrobe. The leather jacket and bell bottom pants are just fun - and getting to incorporate one of my favorite vintage cameras was a big bonus!

We chose Freeway Park, located in the heart of downtown Seattle for this session. The multiple levels, open fountain, textured concrete, and urban feel were perfect for the aesthetic we were going for. We wanted to find a location that didn’t scream 2017 - instead it looks like Ruby could have stepped back in time and she really was having her photos taken in 1975. This is honestly one of my favorite locations to shoot at. It seems there’s always a cool new corner to discover, and the various levels are always eye catching.

I’m really hoping that I get the opportunity to shoot more styled session with vintage clothing from various eras. I can just see an amazing 80’s session… big hair and jelly shoes anyone?

Flashback Friday

Chelsea’s Alder Lake Maternity Session

For today’s Flashback Friday I am showcasing one of my favorite Maternity sessions from August 2017. Chelsea is such a pretty and vibrant momma to be, and her personality totally shined during her session. We decided to stick close to home, and headed out to one of my favorite hidden little spots along Alder Lake, just outside of Eatonville Washington where we live.

We did a few photos in her regular clothing, with and without her spouse and kids, and then we did a few more in one of my maternity gowns. I have always loved how this session turned out, and I think it’s perfect for my first ever Flashback Friday post!

I’m just loving this warm summer light, and these darker tones. I think mixing in a casual outfit with the use of a special maternity gown gave Chelsea several options when choosing images to print and display in her home.