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Some of Our Favorites {Auburn Family Photography}

Sometimes I'm amazed at how God can bring people into our lives. Alana and I met in the nursing moms' room at church. Filled with rockers and a big screen tv to watch the service, most of the moms get chatty instead of watching....surprise, surprise. Alana and I would bump into each other there week after week as we rocked our baby boys. Fast forward a few years and we consider their whole family dear friends. They are our apprentice leaders of our lifegroup and live just a few blocks away. They are funny and generous and loving. What a gift it is to be known and loved.

I was so thrilled when they wanted to do a family film when I started doing them this year and so we did a little package deal. We spent one night filming and I'm still having fun putting their film together (it will be shared in the next little bit!)  Then we spent the next evening doing some family portraits. In the film, you'll see how cute their house is and it will be great to add some updated pictures to their walls and galleries. Yay!

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Looking Forward to Baby {Auburn, WA Maternity Portraits}

I had a wonderful evening with Ilianette and her family, celebrating their anticipation for the little boy that will join them this summer. There's an amazing big sister and brother who are so excited and I know this little one will be very, very loved! Here's a preview of their pictures.

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Janna's Favorites

One of my very favorite parts of teaching photography classes is meeting wonderful people.  I met Janna a few years ago. As a photographer, she is passionate and talented. As a person, she is warm, encouraging and engaging. Through the past years that we've been friends, I've seen her share pictures of her beautiful family and I was very honored when she asked me if I'd capture them together. It was such a treat to meet them and I can see why she is so proud. The kids are so funny and happy and sweet and the whole group made it an easygoing and fun morning. 

Janna, I am thankful for the way you preserve memories and seasons for others and I hope that these photos will be a blessing to you!

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Sunshine Girls {Golden Light Portraits}

Sometimes windows of opportunities open up and this evening was one of them. The weather was finally nice and as I was driving by this field earlier in the day, I saw some of the lupines starting to bloom between the Scotch broom.  I texted my dear friend and her daughter to meet me with Ruby that evening while our boys were on a scouting overnight to take a few pictures in the flowers. 

Alivia has one of the tenderest, loving hearts I know. She loves the Lord and people purely and has a generous personality. She wraps others in her care and thoughtfulness. To know her is to love her and she has a big circle of us around her who are attracted to her warm and sunny heart. She's almost ten and it was so special to take some pictures of her and her mom together to celebrate. What a gift these girls are to us!

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Our Beautiful Girl is Thirteen {Ruby's Birthday}

I don't think it was an accident that I felt like the Lord put the name, Ruby, on my heart for this girl when I was pregnant. My whole life I doodled lists of favorite girl names, dreaming of the day that I'd have a girl of my own. Swirling in my head were pretty favorites like Avalyn, Stella and Rose.  The day I saw the shadows of her moving around on the ultrasound, I knew I was looking at Ruby.

She is a treasure, this beautiful girl-turning-woman. I feel like we are discovering more and more who God has made her to be and she's full of value and light and love and we adore her. It's been a challenging year (it's hard growing up!) but through those challenges, we've seen her choose to mature and turn on the path of wisdom. We are so proud she's our daughter and always will be. 

Some of the things Iove about her at this stage are her easy, big smile and sparkly eyes. When Theo says something kindergarten-ish, she catches my eye and grins at me. She unwinds with her instruments, particularly her ukelele. She is beautiful, yet not focused just on the outward. She had a smart sense of humor. She has this lovely artsy side and I enjoy seeing what she creates with her handlettering.  She has good friends and cares deeply. She is bright and approaches things in a level headed way. She has confidence and way more boldness walking into new situations than I did at this age. She's grown a ton this year but still comes to sit close with Ben and I. She's discovering her own walk with God.

So happy birthday, Ruby! We are so proud of you and so pleased to watch you grow.

Here are a few birthday portraits. I can't resist the wildflowers each May. If you'd like to see her mini birthday film, click HERE. We had fun trooping around Tacoma for these clips. What I wouldn't do for a glimpse of myself at 13! I hope she'll love to look back at it one day.

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Easy Smiles {Sumner Mini Session}

What a treat it was to meet up with my friend, Meg, and her family last week for a mini session update! Meg is a photographer and knows the value of being in pictures with her family. The kids were hilarious and so easy peasy to work with. I think you can feel the love in these pictures! Thanks, Meg and Max!

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Chase's Senior Portraits

Chase told me when we met up that he'd forgotten we were doing his pictures that day until his dad reminded him that he'd better clean up and his mom was calling with clothes opinions. I laughed and told him no senior girl ever forgot she was having pictures done. His whole session was easygoing and fun. We talked as we walked the park and I loved hearing from him about what he was doing and interested in as he finishes his senior year. And I'm always super impressed with any people his age who know how to reciprocate and initiate conversation too. I think it's just who he is but being people smart will take you a long ways!  Thanks, Chase, for such a great evening and for being so patient with me while I went on and on about the light!

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Happy Smile {Sumner Spring Mini Session}

It's crazy how much change happens in the first year of life! When I met Eli and his family, he was just 6 months and a pretty captive audience as he was stuck on a blanket or in his parents' arms. Now, at over a year, he was pretty much wanting to run all around.  What hasn't changed is his crazy, happy little grin and the way his parents play with him. SO fun to see them again!

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Boy Grins {Spring Mini Session}

I always love photographing this family...visiting with Kyle and Janelle and snapping some shots of their awesome boys in between all the running. So fun! We totally indulge in some silly talk to get those great smiles.

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Loving Ezra {Bonney Lake Newborn Portraits}

What a joy it was for me to photograph Ezra with his family, who are SO in love with their newest addition! He was completely mellow the whole time and I didn't hear one squeak of complaint....probably because he knows just how blessed he is! 

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Golden Light Class Open for Registration

Golden Hour Photography Class

Saturday, June 3 (backup June 10)  from 5:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. $150. Auburn, WA

Golden light is absolutely gorgeous to shoot in and is a favorite of photographers for good reason. 

In this class we cover:

  • challenges of shooting in golden light like inaccurately exposed images, positioning of people, finding spots that work well.  
  • the benefits of the golden hour: warmth, back lighting, dimension.
  • I run you through edits of a color and a black and white golden hour image in Lightroom.
  • we'll shoot together in a gorgeous location using several spots to play with the light. With our model, I'll talk about positioning, interaction and lighting techniques. We'll finish by shooting silhouettes at sunset together.

I think you will get much more out of the class if you are shooting in manual mode.

To register, contact cassandra@cassandrahamiltonphotography.com!

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2017 Silhouette Mini Sessions Open

I'm so happy to open registration for my 2017 silhouette mini sessions. I absolutely love the connection, personality and action that can be communicated through silhouettes and it makes my heart so happy to see people blow them up big and use them as centerpieces in their homes. This year, I'll be teaming up with Designs by Dazzle again to create necklaces or keychains of your favorite image.  These are big hits every year!

June 5, 9, 12 (backup dates June 6, 7, 14, 15 )

Times: 7:45, 8:00, 8:15, 8:30

10 images plus one necklace with your choice of image

$225, including tax

Auburn, WA

To register: email me at cassandra@cassandrahamiltonphotography.com with your top three picks for dates and times. Money is due within two weeks of booking (check, please...I'm still in the dinosaur ages).

Gift certificates available for Mother's Day gifts.

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Walker's Laugh {Family Spring Mini Session}

Some sessions I feel like we are laughing the whole time. Walker has me wrapped around his little finger. Any boy his age who is keen on thinking of places and ideas for pictures definitely wins some points. Add to that his easy laugh and freckles and I'm his...and his parents are cool too...

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Sunshiny Spring Session {Auburn Family Photography}

I loved my mini session time with Natasha and Shawn's family. Savannah and Madison were smiley and little Jaxon was a great two year old being chased down and played with by his family! It's always extra fun for me when I know a family hasn't had a family picture in a while.  Thank you for joining me for your mini session!

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Troy at the LeMay Family Collection {Senior Portraits}

I am pretty familiar with a lot of locations in the area after doing photography for the last several years. However, this was the first time I had heard of the LeMay Family Car Collection and I was totally game to try it out for Troy's senior pictures when his mom asked me about it. Troy is a car guy and I hope he had as much fun seeing the cars as we walked the property and museum as I did shooting him around them. What an awesome guy he is. Doing senior portraits can be a great time to talk as we walk around and this guy has a solid head on his shoulders and has a great heart as well.

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Welcoming Emmett {Auburn Newborn Photography}

What a gift it was to me to document some of our dearest friends welcoming their precious baby boy, Emmett. Isn't it amazing how God knows what we need even more than we do?  Angela was talking about how Emmett is so a part of their family unit and now that he's with them, they are realizing they've always loved him and he's just supposed to be there. Eli is a proud big brother and Ellia is just lit up and bubbling with love for her baby brother.  They have extended family that have welcomed him and a host of friends who adore him too.  We are definitely part of that crowd.

I made a little fusion film of some of my favorite film clips and photos from the hospital and home. You can see that HERE (watch in HD for highest quality). He's already changing so much that I'm happy we have this little record of his family loving him right from the beginning.

We love you, Emmett!!

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Catie in the Sunshine {Auburn Senior Portraits}

A sunshiny garden and a gorgeous senior is a recipe for a happy time for me. I just loved visiting with Catie as we took her portraits. Weeks from graduating, she's excited about what's ahead and it looks like Washington State is going to be the lucky university that gets her. So beautiful and smart and with a heart that shines through in every shot.  Catie, thank you for the opportunity to document this special time in your life! (And Annie and Melissa, thanks for letting me pull you into a sister and mom picture too!)

 

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Tom and Patty's Family

My friend, Katie, estimated that it had been over 10 years since her family had portraits done so I was delighted to take some pictures of them all together.  Our session fell on the week that Tom and Patty were celebrating their 33rd anniversary and this milestone and a beautiful family are well worth documenting. We had a lot of fun and they even mucked through the stream to get to my favorite river location. Thank you for a wonderful morning!

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