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!
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
$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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
Being a photographer in the Pacific Northwest, I’m constantly watching weather reports and making calls with my clients on whether to go ahead or to postpone, especially at certain times of year. A year and a half ago, in the fall, I made one of the worst calls ever and ended up with torrential-bucketing-overflowing-the-sidewalk rain. While we used big overhangs and found some great spaces, it wasn’t the most ideal. Ryan, Erin and Emma were cheerful and flexible and made it work with me and at the end Ryan picked up Emma and carried her to the car so the water wouldn’t go over her ankles!
Well, this year was the total opposite and I couldn’t be happier with the warm sunshine and light. Their warmth, affection for each other, and teasing made it pure fun for me. They are so easy to be with and I was happy to get some images of who they are. What a pleasure!
In photography there are some variables that can contribute to me having to eat my Wheaties and work hard: big families, littles I have to chase and engage, crazy weather. I love it all (well, except for gnarly weather!). However, once in a while, photography feels just way too easy: fantastic weather, a great location, amazing light and a gorgeous girl to photograph as I chatted with her and her mom. Amelia was such a pleasure to be with and her beautiful smile was radiant. What a treat to take her senior pictures as she is heading towards a whole new season!
I adore silhouettes and if you’ve seen any of my work, you’ve seen them float along frequently. There’s something about the shadows that draws attention to shape, movement, size and relationship in a powerful way. This year will be the second year that I am offering silhouette mini sessions. A mini session will include seven images and as a very special extra: a handmade necklace pendant or keychain of your favorite image. I know several moms and grandmas who would love to have such a special gift (and it’s okay to buy it for yourself!!) I will have three dates open (with three backup dates the next week in case of rain or heavy overcast skies). They will take place between 7:45-8:45 as per our sunset times during those dates.
Monday, May 25, Tuesday, May 26, Thursday, May 28 (with back up dates being June1, 2, 3)
Lakeland Hills, Auburn
7 full resolution images with print release for print and gift making
Necklace or keychain pendant
Gift certificates available for Mother’s Day.
1. To register, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know what day you’d like and whether you’d like a gift certificate.
2. You can mail in a check to save your spot.
Here’s a mother’s day set of seven images I did with my friend and her lovely girls.
This is what the silhouette necklaces look like (so fun!!!)
I have a stack of 12 by 12 albums on a table in our family room. It pleases me to no end to see our kids picking these up and paging through them. I do it fairly frequently too and find myself savouring the details of every day life, the stuff that feels so ordinary and yet as the years go by, mark these seasons so distinctly. Here’s a peek at our March.
Maybe because he’s my busiest one during the day, he’s also my sleepiest one in the mornings. Often when I go to get him out of bed he tucks his blanket right over his head and if I have time, I crawl in bed beside him, smell his sleepy, little boys smell and savour that even though he’s growing, he’s still my little boy. He’s loud and kind of ricochets around the house at full speed. He makes animal howls and wrestles his brothers, flashes grins at goofy jokes and likes to play with his buddies. He prefers books like Geronimo Stilton and loves to be read to when we cuddle together. He has about a dozen stray socks under his bed and builds legos. He’s generous and quick to respond,enjoys a good laugh, and runs fast when I try to pinch his skinny bum when I walk up the stairs behind him. He’s easily content and got a happy heart. He loves his family and knows that God has made him special.
He’s our gift. Seven years of loving this boy, and a lifetime ahead of us…how blessed are we?
Tymie and I headed off the other night for some birthday pictures, the kind that require rubber boots so I could let him just play and muck around, climb things, get in the mud and throw a few rocks. I love that in these pictures I can see the monkey, wild child, and sweetheart that he is.
I made the seven hour drive to Montana to see my friend, Lenore. I arrived at her darling apartment, curled up on her couch and we talked for hours. There was the weave of easy conversation, gasping for air because we were laughing so hard, and digging into the heart stuff. We finally peeled ourselves off to bed at 2 a.m. and for the rest of the weekend, the ongoing conversation continued, between eating, driving, walking. It was what I needed, to be with an old friend who’s walked many,many miles with me. To know and be known is a great gift. She’s a beauty, clearly. Her inner light clearly shines and she’s a magnet. I pestered her to take some pictures as we did our hanging out, and she laughed and let me. I got a couple of us together too, though I forgot my darn remote and had to do the old set-the-timer-and-run-like-crazy-into-the-picture routine.