I had a great time with this family the other evening, documenting their family and we even got to include grandma in the pictures too which is always a treat. These boys were fun and did a great job, even staying mostly clean while they explored! There was one point at the river, where an interesting man strolled out in knee socks and what looked to be underwear or a very small swimsuit so we all were trying not to laugh too much! It was fun to create some silhouettes at the end with their hockey sticks and also they showed me their amazing jumping skills.
I had such a lovely evening with this awesome family a few days ago. I have to say, these kids were amazing but the fact that I did their session the day after I was wrangling my own kids for a few pictures made them seem pretty PERFECT. Even Astro was rocking the family pictures, even when I called "him" a "her" too many times! It was fun to visit and get to know them as we did their session and I left, reminded of why I love family photography so much!
I admire this family so much. A little over two years ago, they received the devastating news that their beautiful daughter, Avery, was diagnosed with the worst childhood cancer, DIPG, which presently has a 0% cure rate. They fought fiercely and tenderly cared for their girl who passed away seven months later. They have grieved deeply and still chosen to honor her by working hard to raise funding for other children and families who have and will be receiving this terrible diagnosis as well. They have raised awareness and invested compassion and friendship towards those in this community that deeply need to be cared for by those who understand.
They have honored Avery in so many ways. They have loved each other well, been honest and raw with their pain, and even in the middle of feeling shaken to the core they have reflected the love of Christ and have shared the legacy of their daughter.
Like school milestones and family trips and a hundred other things, family pictures are a very real reminder that they should have their sparkly girl standing with them. She should be showing off her fresh summer dress, and grinning with her siblings. Yet, even in the loss of her being with them physically, I believe that they honor her in documenting their family love, her amazing siblings, and the fact that she is and always will be so much a part of them. I think it's brave.
I also believe that if Avery had a little window from heaven to see her family, she would be delighted to see them all together and she probably would have had a good laugh too at her little sister striking her modeling poses for me!
I'm glad Nana and G-pa (Brenda and Tom) could come too as they are pretty special grandparents. Alex, you are so lovely and growing into a young woman. You are smart and thoughtful and amazing! Cade, your kind heart is easy to see and I love to hear about your talent in sports. You are a good friend to many. Addison, you are sparkly and full of a million questions. Your joy is a blessing. Brandon and Amanda, you are loving and leading your family so well. God has good things ahead for you all.
I had such a fun time with Robyn taking her senior portraits last week! She was so easygoing and great to be with. One of my favorite parts of taking portraits of seniors is trying some creative compositions and using the architecture available. Robyn was game for it all. What a gorgeous girl!
I had the best time with these cousins, siblings and spouses and parents the other day. The light was gorgeous and while extended family sessions have the possibility to turn a bit crazy, this one was easygoing and full of laughs. It's a treat for me to document families together and my friend, Keri, said that the last pictures they'd had as an extended family were before the youngest members were around.
Here's a peek of some favorites! Mine *might* be of the cousins and light sabers at the end of the night!
I had the best time with Mathis and his family recently. This sweet little boy has grown so much since his newborn pictures and is soaking up all the love that's around him. What a special photo shoot to document this season, especially with one set of grandparents visiting from England. They were all such a fun and easygoing bunch and I laughed through most of it.
It was a great honor to photograph Connor and Ellie's wedding! It was the Saturday that was running in the mid 90's but you'd never know from their happy smiles and the good spirits of their most amazing families and wedding party. There were lovely details and touches which added to the day but the real focus was on Connor and Ellie and the commitment they made. They were so full of joy and love for each other but also surrounded by friends and family who were celebrating them.
My deep thanks to Shannon Addison Photography for second shooting with me.
Here are some highlights....
I loved the idea of coming to Lauren and Andy's home to document them hanging out with their little boys. The season of life is so very busy and hands on at these ages that it will be so fun to look back and see what their life looked like. Their house was so charming and decorated with thoughtful pieces and art and then we played a bit in the back and then walked in their neighborhood and caught a few portraits near the local university. Lots of hugs, tickling, running, a wee meltdown and lots of love...
I had a great evening with Evan the other evening. He's just graduated high school and is looking forward to studying at the UW in the fall. First, though, he's doing some awesome trips. He just came back from Alaska with his dad and now is heading on a European cruise with his mom. That's a fantastic way to celebrate. Evan, good luck in the fall!
It's been a while since we've had a chance to do a family update and it was clear that it's time as these girls are growing into gorgeous young ladies! In fact, mom was getting teary as we were doing their portraits. So glad I had the opportunity to document this wonderful family!
I was so thrilled to meet up with these friends from our community. They received this session as a gift from grandparents and we were happy to have found a date and a sunny evening at one of their favorite places, the beach.
I'm not quite sure how they bribed their kids to be absolute superstars all evening but they were pretty much perfect....and really fun to hang out with.
Here are some favorites...
I had so much fun with this awesome family the other night. With littles we do a lot of playing, snacks, moving and laughing and it's always the craziest that are my favorites. It is a treat for me to do extended family sessions, especially when there's a grandma smiling this big.
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!
What a treat it was to meet up with Isabella and her mom. This beautiful girl is sparkly, smart and funny and it was a joy to document her.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!