She gave me 20 minutes

My sweetest girl, she's always up for a collaboration.  On our recent trip to the Washington Coast, I asked if she would accompany me down to the beach grasses at sunset for some pictures and she said she would, for 20 minutes.  She picked out the dress, an itchy, vintage, wool nightgown with a broken button from home, and the plaits in her hair were her beach style for the whole week, left over from that morning's session of wave jumping with her brother and cousin.

She is so natural in front of the camera, due to the fact that she's had one pointed at her her whole life.  But she's not just my muse, she's a participant in the process, she is my collaborator.  She makes suggestions and knows what to do.  

It was a little chilly so she didn't last long without her jacket.  Of course I wanted more, I always want more time with her, but she sets the limits and I respect that.  I also reward her with cookies.

I look forward to our next collaboration.

Clara & Adam ~ Newborn & Lifestyle Session ~ Seattle

There's something about a family lifestyle session.  We have all the comforts of home, with a newborn, this is key.  And on a nice day, we can take a walk around your neighborhood.  I love capturing families in their natural habitats.

This was a combination Newborn/Family Lifestyle session.  Mom wanted creative and authentic images of the family.  We chose to start indoors to document their family routine as well as newborn portraits of  the baby.

We then chose to walk the neighborhood.  They live a few blocks from Seattle's Center for Urban Horticulture which provided a lovely backdrop for our adventure.

My clients are adventurous, playful and creative, so naturally our sessions tend to be relaxed, fun and inspired.  They get to be their natural selves and I get to let the muse take over and create unique, artful images.

All the Best Locations For Your Family Photography Session

Location, location, location!  I'm lucky in that my job takes me to some pretty spectacular places!  As a family photographer with out a studio, the locations can play a big role in our final product.  But living in the PNW, we have some of the most amazing scenic places to choose from.  I love that there is always something new and exciting on the horizon, also, I get to hang out with really cool people and cute kids!

I definitely have my favorite places to shoot, and I'll share a few just in case you are stumped on where to schedule your next session.

Beaches

From North Seattle, to South Tacoma, and with many lakes all around.  Shooting near water is a favorite of mine.  I show up to most shoots year round in my rain boots and I'm not afraid to play in the water if you aren't.

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Wooded Areas

#ihavethisthingwithtrees.  Perhaps it comes from growing up in the woods of Northern California near the redwoods.  I feel a real affinity with trees and very much at home in the woods.  Warn me if you are afraid of heights though because I will probably ask you to get in the tree.  Who wants to climb with me?

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Wide Open Spaces

Let's breathe some fresh air, take a walk, and find some spectacular light.  Wide open spaces enable me to find the best light and not have to worry about the backdrop.  This allows us the freedom to play, and I'm all about the play!

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Your Home

We can relax without worrying about packing up the kids and getting in the car.  A leisurely in-home lifestyle shoot can sometimes be the best way for your kids to get into the groove of things.  They love showing me their rooms and all their favorite toys.  If it's nice out, a walk around the block is always a also great way to shake the sillies off.

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Rain Plan, I've got you covered!

Let's be honest, it rains a lot here.  As a lifestyle photographer, I don't provide a studio but I have collected a long list of covered places to shoot, and if you don't mind a little drizzle, I am happy to shoot in the weather as well.  I always bring 2 clear domed umbrellas along with me, or we can reschedule to your home.  Regardless, the main focus of any shoot is you, your family, your love, and your connection.  That is what I want to capture!

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Contact me to find the perfect location in your neighbornood!

Kelly ~ Maternity Session ~ Maple Valley

I met Kelly in our kids Co-op preschool.  Co-op is a wonderful way to make mama friends as you are all bonding over shared experiences.  I was so excited when she became pregnant with her 2nd daughter and it meant I got to document the whole experience for her family.  Maternity, Birth and Newborn sessions were to follow.

They lived in a round house in Maple Valley, or as her engineer husband, Chris liked to remind us it was a heptadecadon, as it actually has 17 sides.  The wooded area behind the house was perfect for some frolicking with nature.  So this, the first of three shoots, was a classic in-home lifestyle session with a twist, in that we basically had the woods surrounding the property all to ourselves.

Ayla, their daughter had no trouble warming up to me and my camera, since I always brought it to pre-school, she knew me well, and was very comfortable.  These are my favorite kind of lifestyle sessions, just friends, hanging out in their natural habitat.

Sadly, these friends have moved out of state, but i count myself lucky that I got to document a small slice of their family journey.

The month of May ~ Personal Work

We are coming off the rainiest spring in 122 years here in the Seattle.  Spring has actually been kind of amazing.  The light is crazy between storms.  I'd love to bottle that.  But it's been hard to get outside to shoot with all the crazy weather.  

I made an effort this month to get out there whenever possible.  A few outings have involved hiding under trees for storms to pass, but it's been fun to shoot on a regular basis, all personal work, mostly of my kids, which has been hard to find the time since they started kindergarten in the fall.

Here is a few of my faves from May, a month of inspiration.  Oh and hey, the month is not over yet.

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