Eatonville

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.

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!

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.

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.

Cassidy

Eatonville High School Senior Session

Cassidy is truly a ray of sunshine. Her smile is infectious, and beyond being beautiful, her personality and wit are warm and genuine. She makes everyone who spends time with her feel welcomed and valued. Next up for Cassidy is Whitworth University in Spokane Washington. As a member of their cheerleading squad - along side her older sister - Cassidy is excited to live on campus and explore all that this small, private University has to offer. this girl is SMART too… don’t you go thinking she’s just a pretty face. She’s going places fast, and she is unstoppable!

Cassidy’s family lives near a wonderful little lake, and we took advantage of the warm weather, and clear sunny day to take some casual senior portraits with and without her cap and gown. The soft rose color in her first outfit is beautiful against her olive complexion and dark hair. The classically feminine white dress she chose for her second outfit was great against the flowering bushes that were growing around the lake.

Cassidy was voted Prom Queen, and it’s not hard to see why! We made sure to get a couple keepsake shots of her in her sash and crown. It’s so important to memorialize those important moments in your seniors life - these things are a big deal and should be celebrated. Having a professional portrait taken is so much better than only having a few cell phone shots to look back on!

We finished up Cassidy’s session with a few images in her cap and gown. It’s hard to make a polyester sack look good, but some how Cassidy managed to make it work!

Nick & Nikki

An Eatonville Wedding on Horseback

When Nikki first contacted me asking if I was available to photograph her wedding, I had no idea what kind of surprise she had in store for me. I am beyond thrilled to have accepted the challenge of photographing her beautiful intimate wedding - on horseback!

To say that Nikki’s horses are important to her would be a huge understatement. They play an important roll in the couple’s life, and it was natural that they wanted to include their equine family members in their special day!
Not only were the couple on horseback. So was their officiant. The ring barer was their new colt (and he’s very handsome!) and the ceremony was held on a friend’s property, a short distance from their home. With a bubbly creek nearby and blue skies above it was a perfect day.

One of my favorite features of this unique wedding are NIkki’s amazing boots and her beautiful choice of jewelry and cream lace dress.

After the ceremony we all gathered at their home for a sweet, simple front porch reception to celebrate the newlyweds.

Alaina & Fiona

A Cap & Gown Senior Mini Session

One of these beauties is my very own daughter. The other is a family friend. Fiona and Alaina, class of 2017, Eatonville High School. These girls both have big dreams and bigger goals. We got together for a quick little mini session when their caps and gowns arrived in the Spring. We are very lucky to have such a gorgeous school to use as backdrop. So many newer schools look like kiddie prisons - all cold concrete and steel beams. Our community has decided to preserve the original brick from the old school, and add on in a way that acknowledges the future while celebrating the beauty of the past.


I never had a chance to share these photos on the blog… and I thought, well - better late than never! I love how my talented girl painted the Starry Night on the top of her grad cap, and I wanted to make sure I captured a photo as a keepsake for her. I know I’m totally biased, but I think she’s not only beautiful but crazy talented as well!