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Presley's Newborn Portraits

Presley is the third little princess in this family and she's soaking up the love of her big sisters and parents.  She's got a ton of hair, big sweet eyes and is a cuddly doll.  We took some pictures of her by herself and lots of her being loved up by everyone.

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Together {Golden Light Mini Session}

Just the day before I did their mini session I was rummaging through my desk and came across a card that Ada had written me after taking one of my classes this spring. It was one of those cards that made my day and I tucked it away to read again (and maybe again!) because it was so encouraging. I loved meeting up with their family. The colors were so beautiful and it was fun to chat about their summer and plans for the fall.

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Last Bit of Light {Golden Light Mini Session}

One of the things I love about golden light is how quickly it changes as the evening goes on. Weston and Angela and their cute kiddos were my last mini session and I knew it would be a fun session because of how much I enjoyed photographing their family last year.  So warm and engaging and the littles were amazing! I had to laugh at one point when my memory card was almost full and Weston sailed over to my camera bag, dug around for me and handed me a new memory card so we didn't miss a beat with the kiddos.  You can tell he is very aware of the dynamic as his beautiful wife, Angela is the talented photographer at This Little Pic Photography.

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Getting in the Pictures {Golden Light Mini Session}

I feel so lucky that so many wonderful people take my classes and then I feel very thankful when they have me take some pictures of their families! Sara is a great photographer and I've so enjoyed seeing her pictures on Facebook as she documents her family's life.  One of the things I preach hard is for the photographer to get in pictures too, whether it's the day to day snapshots or family portraits.  What a treat it was to capture the fun and connection that this beautiful family has.

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Ten Years and a Little More Crazy {Golden Light Mini}

For their family pictures this year, Carmen chose some beautiful colors...the ones they used in their wedding ten years ago.  Things are busier and crazier now than they were ten years ago! Celebrating 10 years of marriage and family is a special thing.  Afterwards they went to the spray park to cool down and splashed around in their dress clothes...they know how to have a good time!

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Sunshine Girls {Golden Light Mini Session}

I was so happy to photograph this beautiful family again! They were the first on my night of August mini sessions and these sunshine girls and their fun parents made it a piece of cake. The warm sunshine was a beautiful highlight for the love the clearly have for each other.

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Happy kids {Tacoma Family Photography}

The last time we met it was freezing cold, as in blowing wind and icy temps.  I remember being so impressed that the littles rolled with it and we still got fun pictures of them.  This time, it was the opposite, a very warm evening and the experienced mom and dad brought along loads of water and snacks.  The kids are so full of joy and their sweet smiles and fun personalities made the whole evening such a pleasure for me.  I think you can see in this set what a fun loving and affectionate family they are!  The kids rocked out their pictures and then at the end we had a little water fight at the fountains...perfect!

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Whistler Fun with The Cousins

Sometimes it's hard to find time with all of our schedules to be together so last Christmas, Kelly and I got out our calendars and blocked out four days in the summer to hang out  and let The Cousins play to their hearts' content.  We took the trip up to meet my parents and sister's family in Whistler at Kelly and Dano's vacation home and had some good times.  The kids played in the pool until they were shriveled like raisins and saturated with chlorine.  We hiked through the woods to a cool spot with old railway cars that had graffiti art for the kids to climb.  We went to the village where Oma and Opa treated the kids to anything they wanted in the candy store....whoa!  The biggest excitement was when my sister, the doctor, couldn't handle her daughter's super wiggly tooth anymore and convinced her to let mummy pull it.  And of course, there was lots of Olympic viewing at night and with the kids all piled on a bed. Good times and happy memories!

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My Sister's Family

We had such a fun time with my family up in Whistler last weekend!  Plenty of cousin shenanigans, hikes, Olympics cheering, pool raisin toes and fingers and good food!  I'll share some of those pictures but today I want to share a few we got of my sister's family one evening when we pried the kids out of the pool for a few minutes.  My nieces had been on a hike, swam all afternoon and I think they did awesome for auntie in the field. Love them!

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Happy Together {Auburn Family Photography}

My wonderful friends, Kaia and Jessa, gave the gift of family pictures last Christmas. It was so fun to do part one with them and capture some great smiles from their awesome family.  The boys rocked their pictures and were happy to hear from me that kids who do great at photo sessions get to have almost unlimited ice cream...on their parents' watch. 

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Plenty of personality.

What a treat it was to spend the evening with this family!  Jacquelyn's kids:  Gracie, Ricky and Spencer, are off the charts in the personality department.  She's shared with me how deeply she adores her parents, Rick and Chris, and how they are incredible grandparents.  And when the mama suggests getting in the river for a little waterfight at the end, I know it's been a great night!

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Dan, Angela, Ellia and Eli in the Golden Light {Auburn Family Photography}

These are our dear friends and  not only did I love photographing them and hanging out during my mini session with their family trying to make the kids laugh,  but as I was editing them, I found myself alternating between grinning and tearing up!  Dan and Angela are loving, faithful, solid, generous (and terribly funny!!) people. We love any excuse to hang out with them and are so grateful for their family. 

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Growing Up {Golden Light Mini Session}

What a joy it is for me to photograph families as they grow.  I love seeing these friends whenever they are ready for updates. The boys are similar in age to my middles, and just like mine they are so different and so the same and magnetic towards each other.  Jen told me that they are both cuddlers too, which does a mom's heart well!  A golden light mini session was fast and easy!

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Keeping Up with the Little Guy {Family Golden Mini Session}

Evening light is my favorite! I was happy to do a few golden light mini sessions last week and Norene and Jacob's family was my first family up.  The big girls were sweet and into photos and I was loving their gorgeous hair and smiles!  Rhys was being a typical little guy and running the opposite direction! Good thing his dad and mom are fast and that they were awesome about playing around with him so we could get some good ones....and I put some funny ones in their gallery too for his wedding slideshow one day! There's one near the end that I just love, out of focus and dreamy but showing his cheeky grin.   

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Getting Ready {Auburn Maternity Photography}

What a treat it was to spend an evening with Rachel, Dan, and Scotty before their little baby arrives in a few weeks. Rachel's dad and brother were also in town and we popped them in a few pictures too.  Rachel is one gorgeous mama and the way Dan made her laugh so easily was fun to watch. Scott is such a sweetheart too. When I asked him what he wanted to teach his brother he told me he'd teach him to be kind. Sounds like he's the best big brother already!  Sunshine, our local river and a beautiful family...love, love, love!

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Sweet Hannah {Puyallup Newborn Photography}

What a treat it was to pop in for a visit with Hannah, who is one month old, and her family.  It was nearing the end of her grandma's visit so I was pleased to be able to take a few shots with Andrea as well.  This little lady was so charming and easygoing the whole time and big brother Jackson buzzed around with a big grin on his face.  John and Deanna, you have a beautiful family.  Thank you for the opportunity to document this special time!

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Nolan's Six Month Portraits

What a treat it was to meet up with Nolan and his mama for his 6 month portraits!  We did a mini session and were laughing and laughing at his cuteness and funny expressions.  The way he's sitting, chomping on his fingers and has a cute belly over his cool jeans are things that his parents will always want to remember.  What a love!!

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Newborn Portraits of Miss Emily

It was such a treat to see how adored this gorgeous little girl is.  Her mom and dad and brother are all taken with her.  She has a girly little face and is a fantastic snuggler (which I can attest to)!  Some of my favorite newborn pictures of my babies are of them being loved by the family because it's such a special time of welcoming a new person who is already overwhelmingly loved!  Zeb is also doing a great job as a big brother and loves his baby.  

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My Nieces in the Golden Hour

Last weekend when we were up visiting in Vancouver, I ran my cute nieces to the park for a sisters session. We needed some birthday pictures for each and I really just wanted to photograph their awesome little selves in the evening sun.  Messy hair, tattoos, dirty feet along with swirly dresses, sparkly eyes and happy smiles.  We love The Cousins!

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