outdoor session

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.

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.

Destoni

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.

A Point Defiance Family Session

Nicole and her sweet little family met me at Point Defiance Park in Tacoma for a quick family mini session. Her sweet girl will be turning one soon, and they wanted to celebrate with updated family photos before her first birthday party.

We absolutely lucked out with the weather. With days of rain leading up to the session date we were both stalking the weather channel keeping an eye on the weather. Lucky for us the rain held off and we got to make the best of our cool Pacific Northwest winter… we even managed a little weak sunshine to cheer us up!

The only issue we really had was miss wiggles, Abigail kept managing to kick off just one of her cute little baby boots! That darn thing just didn’t want to stay on for anything! But she made up for it with sweet baby smiles!

Mom and Dad sure love this little bundle of joy, and it’s not hard to see why. She’s just a tiny little firecracker full of energy and smiles for her momma and daddy

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!

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.

Kasie & Hallie

A Twin Sister Senior Session

Hallie and Kasie are so much alike..duh, twins… but also so unique in personality and style. We chose Point Defiance park for their session, which worked out so well because it gave us a lot of diversity so that we could showcase their unique traits and style.

While this wasn’t my first twin session, it was my first twin session with same gender twins who look so much alike. I learned a lot. Keeping track of who was who, and which sister wore which outfit was key! It would have been easy to get confused… as you can see the girls have a very similar look at first glance!

We had perfect fall weather, and I couldn’t be happier with the great outfits that the girls chose for themselves. While I do offer, and recommend a wardrobe consultation for those who need it, it definitely wasn’t necessary for Kasie and Hallie. They totally rocked their dress choice, and their hair and make up were on point as well.

Here is another session where I incorporated one of my vintage quilts. This one was boldly colored and on the smaller size. perfect for one or two people to add some variety to seated poses, and to protect from the ground. Anytime I can use one of my ever growing collection of quilts it makes me a happy photographer!

These girls have one proud momma, and they totally should. Both girls were accepted into Central Washington University, and they’ll be heading off to college together as a team!

Thank you Hallie and Kasie for joining the ranks of Sashem Seniors…it was such a pleasure spending an afternoon with you!

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.