Autumn

Landon's Fall Mini Session

Landon has been in front of my camera three tines now, and each time he’s been funnier and more lively. He’s a kid with a big heart and a big imagination. Just check out that amazing scarf! It’s so fun! And don’t even get me started on the epic dance moves! He tried his best to teach me how to Floss… it’s just not happening! I’ll just have to be envious of his skills in that department.

Another Eatonville local… woot woot, I just love photographing people from my home town!! Landon and his momma met me at my favorite little local kids fishing pond for a fast and fabulous mini session.

The only hard part about photographing Landon, is that I can’t choose which images I like the best! He’s kinda, sorta, awesome like that!

Fort Steilacoom Family of Three

Aki, Miles and Vincent are near and dear to my heart. Aki was my children’t child care provider for years. She’s been there for several of our youngest children - and we all just love her to pieces. When she met Miles it was a match made in heaven…and together, they started a family.

Vincent arrived 9 weeks before he was due, and I had the pleasure of photographing him in the NICU though a program called Capturing Hopes. After his newborn NICU session I photographed Vincent when he left the hospital, on his due date, and every month for the first year of his life!

We now get together a couple times per year for updated family photos - and it couldn’t make me happier to see him changing more and more each time we are together. He’s talking and sharing, and developing the funniest little personality!

We decided to mix things up this time and head out to the historic barns at Fort Steilacoom park. It was a bright and sunny autumn day - which can present some challenges, but I just love how bold and vibrant a sunny photo session looks when I’m done with my editing.

My theory is to let toddlers be themselves. Let them run, play, sit in the leaves. Let them say no and turn away if they want to… follow their lead. I promise you, where they lead you on their own is SO much better than whatever happens when you try to force them to sit still and look at the camera. Organic happiness and laughter are where it’s at!

Fall Family Mini Sessions

Point Defiance Park, Tacoma Washington

Autumn is my favorite time of year. November is my birthday month - yay me! The weather is cooling off, and the leaves are changing. This is also the perfect time for family photos.  Right in time for holiday gift giving and creating Christmas cards, I feel like late October and early November are the perfect months for annual family photos.  We have a really short season here in Washington when the leaves are glorious shades of gold and yellow, but the rain and wind haven’t blown them all off the trees.  So when the weather is fair - it’s time to take advantage of it!

For this year we went to Point Defiance Park in Tacoma Washington.  This is a very popular destinations for sightseers and photographers alike.  And there’s good reason - it’s gorgeous there! The fall color was in full display, and everyone looked great.  While I’m always happy to provide a wardrobe consultation, this year none of the families needed it - their wardrobe game was on point!

We got very lucky, the weather was extremely mild, and there was no rain! Mini sessions are ideal for busy families. Kids have short attention spans, and you don’t have to dedicate a full day to a long portrait session. You’ll walk away with a nice assortment of images as well  - 7-10 typically, that you can use for your Christmas cards, wall art, gifts, and on your social media accounts.

Below are just a few of my favorite images from Autumn mini sessions!

The Lenhart Family

Smallwood Park Family Session

Another family I just love to catch up with for their yearly family photo! Then Lenhart family are Eatonville locals. I’ve photographed their family, birthday, and maternity sessions. I just love getting to catch up with the kids each year, and see how much they’ve grown and changed since I saw them last.

These four little ones are spunky and have more personality in their pinky fingers than a lot of people have in their whole bodies… and the older kids sure do loooove their baby sister! Little Abby is one adored little sister!

This year we decided to brave the brisk PNW weather and meet at Smallwood Park in town. It was chilly, but sunny and the kids were good sports. We made sure to get plenty of photos with Grandma and Grandpa who were in town visiting before the holidays. I just love a good generational photo…those are the ones that are truly special later on.

The Forysiak Family

An Autumn Eatonville Family Session

Kari is one cool chick… she’s also my Lularoe Lady! And I’m not going to lie, I love myself some leggings and tunics - so she holds a special place in my life!

Kari is a boy’s mom… these rough and rowdy boys just love their momma though! They humored mom, and we all got together at Smallwood Park, a local kid’s fishing pond in Eatonville. This fast paced mini session (it was a little cold) allowed us to capture the kid’s authentic personalities - and their sweet affection for each other and their mom and dad.

I just love these warm colors, and even though most of the leaves had shed from the trees, there was still plenty of texture and color to take advantage of. We live in such a gorgeous little town, and it always makes me happy when local families want to stay close to home for their photo session.

A great family photo can be taken in nearly any location… fields and parks are great, but even a wonderful parking lot, graffiti, or the side of a neat old building can give your photos a unique look. As a photographer I love finding places close to my client’s homes for their sessions. It’s more personal, and it creates a fun memory for them each time they go back to that location.

Lilly at the Pumpkin Patch

Lilly is not the biggest fan of the camera… she’s two, what can I say?! That doesn’t mean that her momma and I don’t keep trying.

I love Autumn. I love pumpkin patches, and apple cider. I love the corn mazes, and carving pumpkins. I love the hay bales and the scarecrows. I just LOVE everything about about Autumn, and when a family is willing to meet me at the patch for some family fall fun I bring my camera for sure…. even if the two year old gives me the side eye the whole time.

The Galbraith Family

A Wright Park Family Session

I’ve had the pleasure of knowing the Galbraith family ever since Rachel was the maid of honor in the very first wedding I ever photographed. She, and her wonderful husband are the kind of genuine, warm, compassionate people that you can’t help but like. They are gentle souls… and as their family grew with two boys and a gorgeous little girl I ‘ve had the pleasure of seeing them once or twice a year to capture their family photos.

This year we met at Wright Park in Tacoma with their extended family, including Micah’s twin brother! While photographing the family I found out that Micha’s dad - the Senior Mr. Galbraith was the actor who played the original Aqua Velva Man! How amazing is that? I just think that’s so cool!

It was a great time getting to know Micha’s twin brother, and all of his sisters, their spouses and kids. This is one full, charismatic group - you just have to smile when you’re with them!

The fall color at Wright Park in October can’t be beat… it’s really gorgeous, and the mature trees and surrounding architecture make this one of my favorite locations to photograph families. There’s room to roam, and you can take advantage of the gorgeous conservatory as well as a charming metal gazebo, and a small pond area.



An Eatonville Family Session

Tricia and her family met me at the most amazing piece of property in Eatonville. A family friend of Tricia’s generously allowed us to use their acreage for her autumn family photography session. I love the vintage barn, and the warm colors in the outfits that Tricia expertly put together.

The tall grasses, warm autumn colors, vintage quilt and custom bench made this family session unique. I really love being able to incorporate my collection of vintage quilts in your family sessions. There is something homey and comforting about an heirloom quilt.

This bench was a gift from Tricia’s future son in law. The back of the bench is the tailgate of Tricia’s son’s Chevy truck. Sadly Tricia lost her son in an accident, and this incredibly meaningful gift was incorporated into her session to honor him.