Every year it's a treat to catch up with this family and see how the kids have grown! These three kiddos have so much personality and really easy smiles. Little Violet was such a charmer and made me laugh when she was munching down her snack and telling us she was "eating him" (the snack!). I added in a few pictures that show the fray of life with little kids but you can see they are doing a whole lot of smiling and laughing too. Busy, crazy, happy,messy, and very loving....my favorite to photograph.
I'm used to working a little harder during family sessions, or maybe I've been chasing my own boys a lot lately. At any rate, it sure was an easy session I had with Maddie and Ellie and their parents, Kim and Chris. These girls were fun, clever and had lots of personality. It's such a treat for me to meet new families who feel like such a fit for the style of how I love to photograph. The light was amazing, the girls were rocking their colorful tights, and I think you can clearly catch a glimpse of the love their family has for each other. Thank you for a fun evening!
I love meeting friends of friends as I get to work with the same kind of great people! I was so happy to do a fall mini session with Joel, Carrie and little Talia before their son arrives in a few weeks. Carrie is looking so gorgeous and Talia is such a sweetheart and will be a great big sister, ready to cuddle her brother. I love being able to document a family right before there is the change of adding a new wee person in the mix. Celebrating this season they've had together and anticipating the baby that they'll love so much. What a treat!
I was so happy to take pictures of Callie and Mike's awesome family again. This is the first year that my son is not in the same class as Maddie but then when I rolled up to the first day of preschool, there was Mya in my Theo's class. This morning Callie and I were chatting in the parking lot of preschool long after the other families had gone and our kids were sitting in each of our large family vehicles, periodically calling out,"Mooooooooom!!!!" Mike and Callie are great people, raising awesome kids. Those kids all did great on family picture mini session night and Mya made me want another little girl....just so I could dress her up in a cute pantsuit like she was rocking.
Fall in the northwest can be dicey when planning photos but we've been super lucky to have all these weeks of gorgeous evenings. One of my favorite places to shoot right now is an old golf course five minutes away that gets the best light and I know that there are plans to build warehouses there (noooooooo!), so I'm using the space as much as I can while I can! I did a set of mini sessions the other evening and while the location was perfect, finding me was a bit like finding a needle in a haystack. Glad Amy and Jason and the kids didn't give up searching for me and rolled on in to have some fun together! Amy is an awesome teacher at our school and this family is well loved. Vinny has this winning perma-smile and Siena was sunshiny with her big smile and striking eyes. Amy and Jason, thanks for making it a great night!
This family is one of my favorites. The love that Isaac and Desiree have for each other is a sweet thing to photograph! Isaac is growing and flourishing and Desiree is heavily invested in helping other families with the blessing of adoption.
I was so pleased with the sunshine we had for their fall mini session and Desiree is the best at chasing down Isaac and playing with him so we were rewarded with smiles. She had lots of hugs and kisses for him and he was messing with him mom by trying to lick her back and then laughing like crazy.
“I wished she’d never stop squeezing me. I wished I could spend the rest of my life as a child, being slightly crushed by someone who loved me.”
—Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
I think the first time I met Erin was at a mutual friend's baby shower several years ago that Erin was hosting. I remember her home and the food table looking like a magazine but even more than that, I remember how very warm and gracious she was. I was so thrilled this year at kids' camp to see her as a cabin leader. She is so fun and loving and was always looking for ways to encourage others. And sure enough, while the rest of the cabins were bedecked with streamers and glow in the dark balloons, hers was happily filled with paper lanterns and rosettes to welcome her nest of girls.
Their whole family is wonderful. Ella, Abby and Lily are gorgeous and full of lovely personality and it was so nice to finally meet Ryan after hearing a lot about him. There are some sessions that feel like a treat to shoot beginning to end and this family in the fall sunshine was just that.
I hope you enjoy your portraits half as much as I enjoyed taking them!
I met Shannon when her son, Landon, was in the same kindergarten class as my Tymen. Now Shannon works in our school office and she is so warm and loving that whenever Theo and I are in the building, he asks if he can go to the office to say hi to the "pretty lady". He grins like a Cheshire cat when Shannon beams and tells him how happy she is to see him.
They are a wonderful and generous family. I was so happy to meet up with them the other day for their fall mini session. Landon and Jackson rolled with it and did a fantastic job (yay for the boys!!) . Often when I am taking portraits of kids I have parents describe them with a few words (which always bless me as they are so encouraging!). After Shannon told me about Jackson, Landon said he had words too and told me his brother is smart and awesome. Love that!!
This was the third year of fall mini sessions with this wonderful family and I so look forward to seeing them. Jack and Sophia are so charming and when we get them laughing, I just wish we could bottle that delightful sound. Bill and Julie, you have a wonderful family! Thanks for coming to meet up with me.
Kelly told me it was the first family pictures they've done but I'd have never known. It was fun to hang out with them and I had the chance to pull some kindergarten humor out of my back pocket to get Ian laughing. Ellie is a beauty like her mom and it's pretty clear they all love being together! Kelly is a teacher at our school and I'd heard rave reviews from friends who have had their kids in her class. We are so fortunate to be in such a great community! Thank you for coming out.
Light and connection are my favorite elements in photography. I have been using every opportunity to shoot in the golden light this past season. In fact, it makes me jump up and down on the inside. This was the second Golden Light Class I've taught, instructing photographers how to use this gorgeous but tricky light. We had a awesome group and we had a lot of fun photographing beautiful Jessa, who is such a great model...so engaging and fun and strikingly beautiful. After we shot in the field, we raced up the hill to capture the last light of day and shoot silhouettes together. Bliss. Here are a few of my favorites!
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Almost always with photo sessions there are plenty of factors we are not in control of....weather and kids being big factors. On this day we were supposed to have clouds all evening and the most gorgeous sunshine came out just in time for our time together (wahoo!). As a mom of several kids I know that things can get dicey and Sarah wisely told me beforehand that she'd decided in her heart to have no expectations so she could be pleasantly surprised with anything good we got. Truthfully, these kids were gems and so much fun to play around with. Great personalities and sweet hearts! Naomi kept everyone running after her but one flash of that monkey smile and it was worth all the playing. Morten and Sarah also have a lovely exchange student from Denmark, Maria, who is already fitting in and scooping up littles. She helped me get some laughs out of the kids too.
Thank you for a wonderful evening! The love you all have for each other is very evident.
I drove into the parking lot, knowing this was going to be a good time and we were going to laugh a lot. Marc and Katrin are pure gold. They are friends from our church and I've so appreciated their solid faithfulness and character, and they are always so warm and engaging. They are also so terribly fun to be with and their kids are the same kind of awesome. We walked and talked and soon Annika, the youngest, was helping me with ideas and styling (my kind of girl!). The light was gorgeous and fields were warm and we shot right into sunset. This session was a gift for Katrin's birthday and I think we got a bunch of images for her to put on her walls!
I've been looking forward to this session for a while now. When Cathie asked me about a gift certificate for her mom to do a grandparents and grandchildren shoot, I was delighted. We all know that grandparents love photos of their beautiful grandchildren but I think that these images will also be so meaningful to the kids. With every photo of them together, you can see how much John, Teis and Mielle are cherished. We laughed a lot as we walked and chased Mielle who was keen on running as all good two-year-olds love to do. Another fun part of the night was seeing how Jim could make his wife laugh. Thanks for a fun evening!
I love seeing these sweet twins each year. I think this was the sixth year we've gotten to play together and every time it's a treat. These girls are strong movers, climbers, gymnasts, laughers, teasers, and runners. It's fun seeing how much they are the same but they really have their own personalities and temperaments too. One big difference this time is that Lucy has had a growth spurt and Olivia was constantly positioning herself to make it look like she wasn't a couple inches shorter...so cute! Chatting with their Sally and Ed and ending off with coffees together after a sunny morning along the water made for another happy session!
Family pictures should be fun and not painful. I always have a great time with this family though I m.a.y. have wound up Immy a little extra and she evidently has plenty of fun and crazy going on already! We ended up completely lucking out on the weather and with black clouds and pouring rain just north and west of us, we were moving it along and thankful for all the pretty sunshine!
This family is about to embark on a Parisian adventure: living, working, and going to school there. I told them it wouldn't take much to twist my arm to come over and do family pictures there....the Eiffel Tour, gardens at Notre Dame, Shakespeare and Co....the location possibilities are endless! Thanks for fitting in your family portraits before you head off!
It had been a few moons since we'd been away for a family trip and we were ready for a break and some together time! We'd never been to Disneyland as a family and we figured the kids were at a good age. We caffeinated up, stocked the car organizers with legos, coloring books, and new novels, and implemented snack stop quarters (someone's genius idea that I LOVED!). Six quarters at each full gas up per kid that they could spend at the next fuel up if they hadn't lost any for fighting or disobeying. It was a big incentive as they never get to roam the snack aisle with cash like that.
Disney was hot, busy, happy, exciting, exhausting, thrilling. We started out at a low on our first day (insert screaming headache, disappearing husband with cell phones and backpacks while I was in line to see Mickey with kids, and anxious crowds running in at opening....you'll see us looking less than thrilled in those pictures!). However, it definitely got better from there. We stuck with the plan in the Unofficial Guide to Disneyland and it sure helped prioritize us and we got to do a huge majority of things in the parks. We were glad Theo was 40 inches as it meant he could go with us on the big rides, though for many, he'd look at the attendant frantically and say, "I don't want to do dis!!!" Then he was exulting at the end. It was h.o.t. so we took our breaks at the hotel pool each day. We ate fantastic gourmet pizza right outside the park at Pizza Press each night. We really loved the World of Color show (and did get soaked) and so enjoyed the parade at Disneyland.
We packed up our souvenirs and headed north six hours to Santa Cruz, where Ben grew up and we spent our first year of marriage. It was fun to visit friends, go boogieboarding, travel the boardwalk, eat Pacific Company Cookie Company treats and work hard in the sand and tidepools. Lots of great memories there!
Then we powered back up to home, sweet home, doling out quarters as we went.
I have a boatload of pictures to share so if you want to see a peek of what we did, grab a coffee and start scrolling!
I have limited fall mini sessions available this year. I will be doing a couple weekday evenings with the lovely light that comes at the end of the day, and a Saturday morning. These sessions are perfect for a family update or quick senior or couple session.
15 images. $210. 20 minutes. Auburn, WA
Monday, September 21 (3 openings between 4:20-5:35)
Monday, Sept. 28 (3 openings between 4:00-5:15)
Saturday, October 10 (4 openings between 9:30-11:10)
Email me at cassandra@cassandrahamiltonphotography if you are interested. A $100 deposit will save your spot.
If these times don't work for you or if you want more images, you will find value in a regular session priced at $400 for 60+ images at another time this fall. My calendar is filling so sooner is better than later.
We met at the playground after school as our boys as well as their son, Dawson, need to get some extra wiggles out. Dawson is the sort of boy who needs to get some wiggles out during family pictures too, so the river was a fun place for extra climbing and rock throwing and in between we took pictures (priorities!). We had gorgeous summery light and then at the end we hopped up the hill to squeak in a few silhouettes. Thanks for a fun night!
One of my favorite things about my photography classes is getting to meet such wonderful people through them! Heather has been to two of my classes and is signed up for my Golden Light Class in a few weeks. What a treat it was to do a golden light mini session with her family! One of my mini session nights got stormy so I'm glad we were able to reschedule and follow the last hour of light, all the way to when the warm sun dipped right down at sunset.
Scarlett and Sawyer were an absolute delight. Kids with personality are my favorite and they were pure fun! I think the warmth of the sun is the perfect setting for the love that they all have together. The last one of Heather cuddled up with her sweeties, is one we did just as we were losing the light and it makes my heart so happy. It's so good to get mamas who are behind the camera most of the time, in front of the camera with their kids!