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My Golden Girl

My golden girl is 

growing

shining

maturing

igniting

glowing

changing

lighting up my world.

Ruby came with me when I did a couple mini sessions last week.  At the end we shot a few of her into the sunset. I'm so glad she came along.

On the way home, I told her that I think she is really lovely and that it's her beautiful heart that truly shines through.


She responded with this quote:
“If a person has ugly thoughts, it begins to show on the face. And when that person has ugly thoughts every day, every week, every year, the face gets uglier and uglier until you can hardly bear to look at it.

A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts it will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” Roald Dahl.


Right on...makes my mama heart so happy

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Golden Light Minis with Pink and Smiling Girls

These friends have a special place in my heart.  These little ladies are so warm and sugary that it makes me feel like I get to play when I have the chance to photograph them.  They met me for a golden hour mini session and I love the warmth as a backdrop for the love they have in their sweet family.

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Golden Light Mini Session with a Stephanie and Will and Their Boys

Give me some great light and a wonderful family and I am in heaven.  I so enjoyed my time with this family.  I know how crazy life with three boys can be and these guys were amazing!  We played and laughed and kept things moving along  because that's how we have to roll with boys.  I loved William's tongue in cheek humor, Oliver's big laughs and Sebastian's giggles as he was tossed around.  

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Lots of Girliness {Bonney Lake Family Photography}

I was really looking forward to meeting up with their family again after the fun we had LAST YEAR. These girls are charming and the littles keep us running and we do a lot of laughing which end up being a recipe for my favorite family photos which always involve a little bit of crazy and a lot of love.  Merry and Markus are awesome as they laugh and encourage and play and appropriately bribe!

Thank you for a very fun morning and the opportunity to photograph your delightful family.


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Around the Campfire

We haven't camped in a couple of summers.  It was a lot of fun, but when I found Tymen licking his fruit rollup hands as he was coming out of the camping potties, I knew we needed to grow up a little more for my own camping sanity.

We had a great time away this past week!  We drove up to Kalaloch and were blissfully happy at the beach in the beautiful light.  The kids worked hard at building and digging and it was fun seeing them crash through the waves.  We had a wee visit with Kate Densmore and her family.  It was talking to her as she did our "Day in the Life" in April which twigged our interest in heading to that neck of the woods.  We roasted marshmallows, the kids build fires with Ben, and I got to preside over the campfire popcorn popper which I've had since I was little and had to get the knack of again! The kids were ecstatic to help with everything and having Auntie Meghan there made it all the sweeter.


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Fourth of July Happiness

This was the third year that we've done the fourth with friends from our lifegroup (small group from church!).  We started out the day a little slowly as we're all trying to slog through this unseasonable heat but it didn't take the kids long before they were biking around the loop, digging in bags of chips with friends and blowing off the water bottle rocket.  We had a groaning table of really good food, plenty of bbq everything and did a little family flag waving. As the sun went down we dashed up to the hill for a last minute patriotic silhouette and then headed back to our house.  I'd been concerned about the family fireworks show with the dry grass and had asked Ben for just sparklers. Welllllll, there were a few more things involved but the dad-pyros were cautious and had soaked down the front lawn and had buckets of water ready to go if needed.  It was a fun day! Makes me happy to see our kids growing up with friends like these.

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Sisters in the Sunshine

I was delighted when wee Harper swung open the door and chirped in her two year old voice that she was "Elsa"!  Her big sister, Hadley, was right behind her and let me know that Frozen was her thing. I had a great evening with these gorgeous sisters, who had the prettiest blue eyes, and are obviously crazy about each other.  Taking pictures in the evening sunshine was so fun and I think I was smiling and laughing the whole time.  What a lovely family!

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Summer Mini Sessions Open

I'm excited to do my first ever mini sessions in the summer!  I'll do a few in the fall as well but I can't resist the golden light of the summer, when we don't have to keep our eyes out for rain forecasts. I know that for many of you, your fall schedule is packed with sports and commitments and I thought this might be an easier way to do a family update.

 

Saturday, July 18 or Saturday, August 8

Tacoma

20 minutes

evening 

15 images

$210 (including tax)

This type of session is perfect for a quick family update, a smaller senior set, or would be perfect for a couple as well!

If you are interested, email me at cassandra@cassandrahamiltonphotography.  Your $100 deposit will secure your spot.

If you are not quite sure that 15 images will be enough for you, I'll remind you that my regular sessions can be done with your timing (golden hour also available) and at any location.  Regular sessions are $400 and include 60+ images, definitely a value.  In these ones we have plenty of time and space to get several portraits of everyone, including all kinds of different combinations.

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Silhouette Mini Sessions

There's just something pretty magical about silhouettes that have me hooked.  I love the negative space of the skies, the interaction of families, the warmth of the setting sun. The skies were different as the light changed.  This is my second year doing silhouette mini sessions and I was so thrilled with the  fantastic families that came out.  I crawled around happily on the ground, yelling out instructions and we had so much fun.  Easy peasy.  It was making me happy to hear a lot of the moms who got this gift for mother's day tell me they wanted to blow up their images big.  They also all get a necklace with their favorite image as the charm.  

If you weren't able to be a part of these mini sessions but would like to do some, you can ask me about including silhouettes in your golden hour session this summer.  I'd be happy to do more.

Here are just a few of my favorites!

 

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Macallister is One

I had a great time with this sweet boy, taking his one year old portraits!  What a laid back and happy personality Macallister has!  He's a chunk of love and has some serious thighs.  He rocked the fedora but sure wasn't sure about the birthday cake. 

What was also fun was when  I got home and his mama and I made the connection on facebook and  I realized that I knew some of her family from the days I worked with our church district's children's ministries when I lived in Texas.  Small world!

Happy birthday, Macallister!  It was so nice to meet you and your mama!

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So Happy Together

I was thrilled when Paula contacted me about doing family portraits.  There's a graduation and a move coming up shortly and they wanted pictures of everyone together.  What a fun bunch and a gorgeous group of grandchildren.  I had to add in a few extras of the littlest....because that's what happens when you are the smallest!  The light was so very beautiful that evening too.

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Evening Walk

It feels like it's been a long stretch through this last bit of school.  There's been a ton of good things going on: end of year parties, talent shows, field days, band concerts,spelling bees, field trips, plays, graduations ...but we are cooked (like every other family we know, especially the ones with teachers!).  There's just  a few days to go. 

Even though tonight we needed to go to bed, we walked to the park in the sunshine instead.  Our friends were there and the kids were thrilled to play together.  Looking forward to many golden nights at the park this summer.

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Double the Love

What a special morning it was to spend time with this beautiful family!  I met Kate at one of my photography classes but I'd already seen her cute twin boys on her sisters' posts on Facebook of her darling nephews.  Ty and Carson were born early and they spent weeks and weeks at the hospital.  What a joy it is to see these precious boys thriving and so full of joy at seven months.  They are so loved by Scott and Kate who were made to be these boys' parents.  I can't even guess how many kisses these babies get constantly, and especially on the tummy now that they are chubbing up so much!

We spent the first part of our time together in their home with them cuddling and after a quick little nap we popped in the backyard for a few more family pictures.  My heart was very full by the end of the morning.  Kate and Scott, thank you for letting me document your little treasures!

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Mother’s Day Portraits with My Crazies

If you’ve been around me for 10 minutes when I talk about family photography, you know I beat the drum pretty hard about parents being in pictures with their kids.  My kids don’t care if I don’t look like I did when I was 25, if my hair is a mess or I have a few extra pounds on me.  They care about ME being with THEM. I can’t even tell you how much I value the pictures of us together.

On Mother’s Day, after eating a wonderful dinner, we ran to the fields for 20 minutes of light.  All I wanted was a few simple portraits of me with each kid and all of us together.  My sweet sister-in-law shot these portraits for me which I LOVE.  So worth the crazy drive over.

There’s no gift like the gift of being a mama.

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Happy Together in the Golden Light {Tacoma Family Photography}

I’ve gotten to know this awesome family through our church during the last year.  Brandon and his oldest son, Josiah, were cabin leaders at kids’ camp with Caleb in their cabin and I remember seeing their pack of guys having a blast.  There was a game on the last day of the week where all the cabins in our rotation were stealthing around the grounds with plates of shaving cream, strategizing abut how to get past the dinosaurs, fairies and mad scientists.  You bond over those kinds of experiences and Caleb tells me he’s ready for camp again! 

They are a good crew.  Their warmth, affection for each other, and prizing of the baby was so fun on our night together.  We had gorgeous evening light and they were easy.  Believe me, I know what it’s like for a family of many moving targets to be photographed and they were laid back and fun.

One of my goals when I group families is to really make an effort to get images of each parent with each of their children.  I just think it’s good for those one on one pictures.  We also do some put together shots and then stir the pot and get some fun ones too.

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Cole and Family

I had a great time wandering around some of my favorite areas and some new spots in Tacoma on Saturday with Cole and his family.  In a few months, Cole heads off to university in Colorado, so it was a great time to swing in some family pictures at the same time.  On Mother’s Day weekend, I know that Tina was happy to have some pictures of their whole family together.  Thanks for a fun morning!

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Drumming and Graduating {Tacoma Senior Photography}

I had the best time taking senior portraits of Dylan last week.  I’ve done portraits with his whole-awesome-noisy-cool-hilarious family but it was fun to have time with just him on this day.  I always see Dylan on worship bands at church, drumming his heart out, or caring for people.  He has a strong heart for the Lord, a passion for worship,  and loves really well. He’s about to finish high school, taking classes at church, and also learning job skills in construction. Solid guy. He told me when he was about seven, he and his dad were around a musician who saw little Dylan pounding and drumming on everything and he told his dad he should get him a set of drums.  Man, is he good.  We met up and he set up his awesome set in a parking garage and then just went for it.  We were in a quieter area of Tacoma and every once in a while people would walk by and peek in to see where the awesome rhythm was coming from.  I was in heaven, photographing him from all kinds of angles and loving listening to him.  My adrenaline was pumping for sure.  Then at the end, we took a walk around and got a few more portraits.

I am grateful that my sons are growing up in community with fine young men like him as examples in their lives.

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Mama Love

I met up with my friend, Jacquelyn, a few days ago to do some head shots.  I asked her to bring along her kiddos for some pictures with her too. These little crazies have some amazing personalities I wanted to capture and I also wanted to document the love that she has for these precious kids. It’s a big and warm love and they are nuts about her too.  I was so happy with the golden light and the fun these guys had out there messing around.

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Shooting in Manual- Jessica Modeling Portraits

I teach a Shooting in Manual class for those who have been through my first class and want to learn how to really take control of their cameras.  It’s always very fun for me to talk with them and then spend  several hours shooting with a small group.  This time around I had my sweet friend, Jessica, modeling for us.  It’s not an easy job.  I do a whole lot of talking with everyone and she was super engaging  with me and the class for a few hours.  As a little thank you, I always give my models a little gallery that I take along the way.

Jessica was a cabin leader with me at kids’ camp last summer  and by the end of the week I loved her even more than I did at the beginning. She has a heart for the Lord, loves people and has strong character.  Plus she’s fun and has the best laugh.  The night before the kids came, I quizzed her on all the things her parents obviously did right, wanting to take some mental notes!!  She is clearly a gorgeous girl and that light you see shining in her eyes are not just catch lights (which I talk about!) but also a beautiful heart. Thanks, Jess, for a great morning!

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Ellie and Her Family

Loved my time with this family the other night.  We did a few family  updates as they hadn’t had a family portrait since Chase grew up to be the tallest one.  Then I walked their lovely property with Ellie who’s a senior and we took some portraits of her.  What a beautiful girl, so smart and articulate and fun. I so enjoyed visiting with her as we went along.  She just smiled at some of my ideas but went for it and the ones of her perched on the logs and then in the forest with the amazing light turned out to be my favorites.  She looks like a gorgeous model….and you’d never know that we were trying to keep her away from the stinging nettles….anything to be just where the perfect light can be found!

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