Class of 2019

Destoni and I hit Wapato Park in Tacoma Washington this winter for her senior portrait session. She did a great job and she’s just as sweet and spunky as can be. Destoni’s mom, aunt, and even her best friend tagged along, and we had the greatest time - even though it was pretty freaking cold out! She was a good sport and we were able to get so many great shots.

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!

Rachel & Micah

A Colorful In Home, Lifestyle Session

I met Rachel when she was the Maid of Honor is the first ever wedding that I photographed. Since that time I’ve been blessed to develop the most lovely friendship with her, and her husband Micah. Their children are just such a bright, happy light and watching them grow up is really a joy. I just love seeing these faces pop up on my social media feed. I love working with them yearly to photograph their family as it grows.

On a nice warm sunny day I hopped over to their adorable cottage style home for a fun, colorful session to help celebrate the birth of their newest addition Aowen. This little girl is such a ray of sunshine, just like her two big bothers. All three of the men in her life, her daddy Micah and her two big brothers just adore her!

We decided to do a casual family style newborn session, in lieu of a traditional posed session in my Tacoma studio - and I must say, I’m so pleased with how these images turned out. I love the organic flow of an in home lifestyle session. The little in between moments mean so much, and will really be treasured in the years to come.

Some of my all time favorite images from my own childhood are the ones that showcase our weird home decor, my then-fashionable clothing, and my parents amazing hairdos. Those little glimpses into my childhood are treasured keepsakes now that I’m older. That’s one of the reasons I’m so passionate about shooting families in their own environment. There something really magical about capturing that specific moment in time, in the intimacy of your own home.

If you’re interested in an in home, lifestyle session use the contact me link on the web page! No you don’t have to make your house sparkle, and you don’t have to decorate or plan something special to do - the point of an in home session is to capture a day in your life. Who you are as a family. Family game night maybe? Baking cookies? Gardening, or just snuggling on your couch while you all read your favorite books. Playing, loving, laughing, eating… living your life. That’s what I want to help you document!

Fun & Fabulous Date Night Ideas

As your wedding approaches it’s easy to get caught up not only in the details of wedding preparation, but also in your ever expanding budget.  At Wink Wedding Co we are all about having fun - isn’t that what life is all about? We also believe in the importance of date night!

It’s extremely important to continue to date your love - not just before the wedding, but during the planning stages, and well into the long years of your marriage.  Date nights should have rules. Which rules? Well that’s up to you - but here are a few suggestions:

  1. Don’t discuss wedding planning (or the kids, or money trouble…. Basically this isn’t a couple’s therapy session, it’s a date.  It’s fun, sexy, romantic time. Not “let’s discuss why I hate your Aunt Edna and can’t sit her next to my Uncle Bob at the wedding.” That’s not fun - necessary perhaps, but better left for another time.

  2. Take turns planning date nights.  Spontaneity is really hard when you’re working and planning something as big as a wedding.  Especially if there are kids in your home and you need to arrange for their care. But it helps to share the burden and trade back and forth when planning dates.  Plus, many of us like a little surprise in life - it’s nice to just go out and enjoy an evening without being the one who made the calls, bought the tickets, packed the snacks, or arranged the child care.

  3. Mix it up - don’t get stuck in a rut by taking the easy way out and going to the same old bar, or same bowling alley, or same restaurant each time.  Variety, as they say, is the spice of life.

With that in mind, here are a few of my favorite date night ideas.  Some take a bit of planning, some can be done spur of the moment. These locations are local to me in Tacoma Washington - but these ideas can be used anywhere.

Date Night Idea List:

Teatro ZinZanni is part circus, part cabaret, and dinner with flair. You can’t help but smile during this dinner show. The immensely talented cast are a total delight, and the meal is always top notch. This is a chance to dress up and hit the town. Teatro ZinZannie is totally unique, sexy, fun, and funny! Find our more info online at https://zinzanni.com/seattle/

Dorkey’s Arcade is located on Pacific Ave in Tacoma (psst… it’s one block from my studio!) This great hangout offers pizza, beer, and snack foods to enjoy while you toss quarters into old school - and next gen - arcade games.  There’s also pinball and air hockey. So let your competitive side out and maybe place a sexy bet or two on who will be the ultimate champion on your next round of Pin Ball or Street Fighter.

Wellspring Spa is located in gorgeous Alder Washington, on the edges of the National Forest entrance to Mount Rainier.  This gorgeous get away takes some planning - but it’s totally worth is. You can rent intimate bungalows, cabins, yurts… even a two person tree house to sleep in the stars.  Amenities include a hot tub nestled in the woods… and best of all - there’s no cell service in this area. You can spend 24 hours connecting, and canoodling with no interruptions from the outside world.  

A sunset picnic in Kerry Park.  Kerry Park is one of those well loved Seattle locations.  You get amazing views of the Seattle skyline. Pack up a picnic, grab a blanket (or two if you want to spend some time snuggling under the stars) and spend an evening really connecting with each other.  Talk about your future, talk about your honeymoon - just talk. This low cost date night is perfect for those long, warm summer nights.

Hit up the Kent Valley Ice Center, located in Kent Washington, or Sprinker Ice Arena in Spanaway Washington. These easy to get to arenas are a fantastic date night.  Even if you’ve never gone ice skating before, it’s fun and often hilarious to try it together.  The Ice Center in Kent offers other enjoyments at well, such as mini - golf and a cafe for snacking. I’m sure you’ll be able to think of a way to warm yourselves up when you’re done on the ice!

Can Can Cabaret, Pike Place Market, Seattle Washington.  Talk about a sexy date night. The Can Can is an intimate theater showcasing burlesque dancers.  Themed, seasonal offerings are always changing - but the one thing that doesn’t change is the stunning meal and drink options - which are only outclassed by the funny, sexy MC Johnny Boy and the crazy talented, and gorgeous, troup of burlesque dancers.  Hit up an evening showing with your lover and prepare for a very fun, very funny, and very sexy date night. Tickets purchased here: http://www.thecancan.com/

For the adventure seekers I think a fantastic date night should include a visit to iFly Indoor Sky Diving. Get your hearts racing (other than for each other!) and share a little adrenaline rush before you say “I do”. You can find multiple locations nation wide on their website at https://www.iflyworld.com/

Are you an animal lover? Why not plan a day at Point Defiance Park and Zoo. Wander the rose garden, picnic by Olsen Beach, and take in the exhibits at the best zoo and aquarium in the south sound area. You can spend an entire day together hiking the trails along the five mile loop, exploring the Nisqually Fort, and Kayaking at Olsen Beach. Dinner is just a short drive away on Ruston Way - Seafood, Steak, Burgers or Italian, anything you could want. And after dinner - maybe an oceanfront, moonlit walk along Ruston Way is the perfect way to end your awesome day together.

I just love the Rat City Roller Derby.  Key Arena in Seattle Washington is the place to be if you want to take in a kick ass night of roller derby.  Not sure what roller derby is? It’s a blend of roller skating and female wrestling - hot chicks with tattoos and epic blocking moves… It’s pretty awesome!  Check out their link here: http://ratcityrollergirls.com/ and get your tickets.  Plan on a casual, exciting, sexy night of rowdy girls and loud spectators.  Then maybe pick up a burger at Dicks and head home.

Do you have other favorite date suggestions?  Is there a hidden gem in the city you would like to share with other couples?  Leave me a comment, and let us know what you like to do together to blow off steam and where you go on your favorite date night.