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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!

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!

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.



M & J

A Traditional Twist to a Modern Wedding

Megan and Lupe have been sweethearts in the truest sense of the word for years. Their long awaited wedding was a modern, colorful, family affair with a side of traditional glamour.  When I met with Megan she asked me if I was comfortable shooting a large wedding party - little did I know she meant a wedding party of 31!

I knew I was up for the challenge, and I was so excited when I got the call from her that said I was the photographer who best fit their needs and I was hired.  I admit there may have been a little celebratory dance off in my kitchen that night. (okay so the secret is there’s a celebratory dance in my kitchen each time we book a wedding because I freaking LOVE what I do, and when a couple trusts us to photograph their wedding it gives me all the feels!)

Fast forward to the wedding day - I show up at the gorgeous church in Tacoma where they are having their wedding, and I’m thrilled to see such an open, modern space with amazing colored lights and clean lines.  Add in a gorgeous gazebo in the back for portraits and the sweetest first look with her dad, and it was just a winner of a wedding venue all around.

I’m especially fond of the gorgeous bridesmaid dresses that Megan chose - the dresses were flattering on everyone, even her cousin’s sweet baby bump! And can we talk about  the shimmery, fairytale perfect wedding dress she chose for herself? In some kind of magical material voodoo the bottom of her gown shimmered in the light as though there was a fine dusting of glitter all over the bottom half.  I have dress envy to this day! The dusty purple color the couple chose was carried throughout the wedding decor, and the dahlias and florals were a wonderful accent in their darker purple tones.

There were so many wonderful parts of this wedding celebration.  From the touching first look with Megan’s father, to the exchange of letters before they walk down the aisle - there was so much love to love.  It really was a perfect wedding!

After a beautiful Traditional Christian ceremony the couple took off for Pioneer Park Pavilion in Puyallup Washington.  While family was arriving we took some extra time, and got a few more romantic portraits in the park before their grand entrance - with an exuberant and rowdy greeting from all of their family and friends.

The couple included several traditional Samoan dances into their wedding reception, and Lupe - more commonly referred to as Junior - surprised Megan with the most amazing choreographed dance that he and his groomsmen secretly planned, practiced, and performed for her!  
After the traditional dances, the toasting, and cake cutting this large combined family danced the night away and took advantage of the photo booth and fun props we set up for the reception.  Overall this wedding was a wonderful combination of time honored Samoan traditions, a beautiful faith based Christian ceremony, and plain old F-U-N and playfulness. These two high school sweethearts gave everyone a wedding to remember. They combined all of the things that meant the most to them and made a grand exit by taking off into the night after a magical sparkler exit under the stars!