The more people I get to meet from our community, the more I love my community! It turns out Owen and my Tymen are in the same grade level at our school. I had a fantastic time with him and his brother, Zachary, and parents, Janelle and Kyle. It was chilly out on our morning together and the boys were awesome sports. Usually I let kids do a flying leap off the wall by the glass museum but it was so frosty and I didn't want to interrupt our session with a trip to the ER so they skated along the frost instead. I was so happy to have sunshine this past weekend after a soggy November. Thanks for a fun morning, Janelle and Kyle! I think the laughing ones at the end are my favorites....gotta love that app that always works on boys....
Here's a quick set of pictures of a wonderful family in the sunshine (yay, it does indeed exist after all the rainy days we had in November!!) I always enjoy this family so much. Sierra showed me her cute boots right away but it was all I could do to not hug her in that cozy fuzzy sweater that looked so happy! Kaden was rocking a cool tie too. Thanks for a fun time together!
It's no small feat to find a date and gather up seven people and two dogs (who had the most flexible schedules!) for family pictures. Even with rainy weather predictions, we decided to go for it at one of my favorite locations where we can keep groups dry but also put them in great light. Ebony and Eric and their crew of awesome kids rocked it and made it so fun....and we even got lucky and had some dry time too. We were able to use a gorgeous wall of fall colored leaves and when I went by that location three days later, most of the leaves were down so our timing was great! We laughed, the kids were a.w.e.s.o.m.e. and the dogs even let us put them in pictures. Thanks for a great time!
What a treat it was for me to see this family again! I had the privilege of photographing the birth of Caden and Olivia last February. Sian and Brant have navigated these first months amazingly and it was pretty clear to me that big brother, William, is thriving and feeling very loved, even with his whole world changing. We managed to find a window of dry time, right before all these crazy fall storms stripped the red trees of the leaves and we even got a window of gorgeous light right at the end.
Here are the dates and details about my upcoming winter 2016 classes. This quieter time of year is a great time to learn how to use your camera better.
If you would like to register for either of these classes, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'll put you on my list and tell you where to mail in your class fee. Gift certificates are available if you'd like to give a class as a Christmas present.
PHOTOGRAPHING YOUR LIFE:
FIRST STEPS WITH A D-SLR.
Saturday, January 16 from 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. $125. Auburn, WA
This intro class is for people who want to learn how to use their cameras and most come in either shooting in auto or dabbling in other modes. You will not regret learning how to document your life and the people in it!
how to use natural and available lighting for the best look, especially including indoor light which can be tricky.
how to capture genuine emotion and connections with portraiture by interacting with your subject (I have some fun tricks I’ll tell you about…nobody wants cheese!).
things to keep in mind when composing a shot with visual interest and balance.
storytelling and details to include in your daily life.
the technical aspects of your camera and learn how to shoot in the different modes beyond auto.
the components that go into creating proper exposure and how to adjust them in a variety of settings.
the practical experience of shooting together with what we’ve learned and I will send you out with a sound knowledge of how to use aperture priority.
Looking for Light and Locations Class
Saturday, January 23 from 9:00-12:30. Taught in Tacoma $125.
This class is currently full but I am considering adding another class in February if there is sufficient interest. Email me if you would like to be contacted if I add this class.
I'm very excited to teach this new class! All light is not created equal! We are going to look for the light that will illuminate our subjects for the vision that we have. We'll also be hunting down locations that add to the composition and visual interest to take portraits to the next level.
I'll be teaching this class in an urban environment with a wide span of options for shooting as well as in a natural environment at a local park.
In this class we will be covering:
- how to find spaces with great light for subjects, even on days which can be grey and overcast. Natural reflectors and open space are so important!
- how to look for great places to compose shots with visual interest (framing, rule of thirds, symmetry, leading lines, negative space, using depth of field).
- positioning and engaging with subjects in a variety of settings....no one wants to look awkward, starchy or super posed.
Aaaaaaaand, we'll stop for some good coffees during our morning together, my treat! After all, we are in Washington and caffeine makes everything more fun!
For this class, I'd prefer that you are shooting in manual but if you are comfortably shooting in aperture priority, that will work as well.
For the last couple years my daughter has been involved in the amazing school plays put on by our local elementary school. It was where I met Sarah, who inspired and instructed her singers to shine. Through the productions I met her husband and gorgeous daughters who are highly talented in theater (and a host of other things!) and who were helping behind the scenes to make the productions amazing. Sarah and Raelene have taken a couple of my classes and it's been so fun to get to know them better. I was delighted when Sarah asked if I would take Raelene's senior portraits.
Raelene is just stunning and shiny and engaging and warm. She was a delight to photograph at Ft. Steilacoom and just laughed when we showed up and the whole park was flooded with a track meet and parents who were jogging back and forth across fields. We found quiet areas and had so much fun talking and shooting. She is so natural and I told her she could do a modeling/ posing class for me (and teach me a thing or two!). She is so gorgeous but I feel like it's her heart that shines through so clearly.
Thank you for a FUN morning and I hope you have a wonderful rest of your senior year, Raelene!
It was my privilege to do a very special family shoot with our friends who have been walking the very most difficult path. Their beautiful, creative, funny, loving daughter has been bravely fighting DIPG, a rare and devastating childhood cancer. They have walked with humble grace and honesty as they have shared their journey. The Huffman family has allowed us to walk alongside them, to support them in practical ways and to lift them in prayer to the One who loves their girl more than we could imagine. We stand with them with all the love and support of our hearts.
My hope and prayer for this family photo session was two fold. Though there are obviously physical changes and limitations Avery has now that she didn't just a few months ago, I wanted the focus to be on their love for each other as a family and for Avery's precious heart to shine through. Secondly, I wanted to honor the Lord in whom they have put their trust. At the end of our time together, we handed out the colored sharpies for the kids to draw or write on a balloon. Avery wanted her mama to write that she was seven. Addison drew a picture. Cade honored his sister writing "Averystrong" and "BrAvery". My heart overflowed when I saw that Alex wrote Psalm 121:1-2. "I lift up my eyes to the hills. Where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of Heaven and Earth."
We love you, Avery, Amanda, Brandon, Alex, Cade and Addison! (Also, big thanks to Hoppy Jumpy and Emma, the American Girl doll, who made a family appearance too!)
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He's funny and likes to joke around.
He cuddles and makes dinosaur sounds as he nuzzles into me in the morning.
He does chores like the big kids and hauls laundry up and down stairs for me.
He likes to be the leader when we take bike rides around the neighbourhood.
He tells me he wants all the people in the world to come to his birthday party...except for the bad guys.
He loves to get new clothes and gets squeaky happy about new shirts and the fact that his new fleece has "fum holes " (thumb holes).
He'll lick as many bowls as I'll give him when we bake.
He loves to make people laugh and he has a laugh that makes everyone smile.
He will talk to strangers every where we go.
He's learning letters and sounds and exults when he gets a word in the Flip-A-Word books.
He's daddy's big boy and mama's baby.
He's the icing on the cake.
He's our gift from God, just like his name means and just like the Lord told me he would be when I was expecting him.
Happy birthday, Theo. We are so glad we get to love you every day. What would we do without you?
He and I popped out to do a few portraits the other evening. Love this boy's smile.
I so enjoyed taking senior portraits with Micah last week. He's creative and engaging and was game for anything I suggested. We walked all over Tacoma and I shot at fun angles to my heart's content. Micah, thanks for a great afternoon! I hope you have a wonderful senior year!
I had a great time with Kailey and Vince, taking their senior portraits the other night. They were super easygoing, willing to try anything and we got done in record time. We got some of each of them and then a few of them together as they've been dating a while and it's fun to have some good shots together!
I met Shan and Shauna just about five years ago when they were expecting their first baby and it's been a pleasure to watch their family grow each time I've had the opportunity to photograph them. First came Reagan and then Vivian and now Charlotte is the newest little lady and her laid back disposition was evident when her fun sisters with lathering her with love and kisses. And that little dimple in her chin...eeek!! This was the last of my fall mini sessions and I was loving the gorgeous light we had, and tried to use it in various ways to highlight this lovely family. In each of the portraits of the girls you can see how differently the light was falling....makes me happy!
I always enjoy photographing this awesome family and feel the kinship of solidarity with another mama of three boys. There must be a little messing around...and there always is....and they are awesome guys! We'll always shoot to get a variety of groupings with family photos and I love lots of these but I have to say, the last one on this blog post made me laugh....because I also wear the same look as Marcy has on her face when my boys monkey around. Ha!
I just had the fun opportunity this fall to take annual portraits for Jeff, Daphne and their kiddos. Before they head off on their Parisian family adventure move, they had Daphne's family in town for Canadian Thanksgiving...a perfect opportunity for extended family pictures and I was glad we were able to make it work! The cousins are like peas and carrots and peanut butter and jelly, as the boys and then the girls were born just weeks apart and clearly are crazy about each other. We had fun together and I was so thankful thatthe rainstorms stopped during our time together. It truly could not have been better timing as it was pouring buckets by the time I pulled out of the parking lot. Yay!
I so enjoy this awesome family, whether we are just getting to hang out or to take pictures! They are fun and easygoing and the kids are so charming. Baby Andrew is fitting right in with the rest of them and it is obvious he's soaking up all the affection that they are pouring out on him. Roll that baby in butter and sugar and he could be dessert....he's that sweet!
Carmen and Josh, thanks for coming out for your fall mini session!
Knowing that the fall rain and early evenings are coming, I've been so happy to squeeze in as many sunny evening sessions as I've been able to and so appreciate the families who have made the timing work! I had a great night with Ashly and Kris and their daughters, Avianna and Natalia. These sweet girls were fun and spunky and lovely in their pretty dresses and boots. I have one sister too and have a real soft spot for the dynamic of two girls. The sunshine of the evening was a perfect backdrop for the warmth and love of this family!
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!