Duck Feeding, Jersey Wearing, Swinging Family Session {Tacoma Family Photography}

I was so pleased when my friend, Desiree, asked at Christmas about a gift certificate for her mom, Audrey.  I was at her home about a year and  a half ago for an adoption celebration for little Isaac, and I remember seeing many, many frames of her family on the walls.  It didn’t take much to see what she values the most.  It’s a real treat for me to photograph grandparents with families, to capture the special love that they have for their littlest loves and the connections they have with their adult children.

This is a fun way to do family pictures, a  mix of  groups and then playing together.  After we took some pictures of different combinations of the family (with me acting like a crazy woman and balancing balls on my head and the moms digging for snack rewards), we played.  The family (hard core fans of the Green Bay Packers) put on their jerseys and I let the kids heave the ball at me, then we walked to the park where we had a great time climbing all over the equipment.

Audrey, I hope these pictures always remind you of this fun season in your life!

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Silhouette Mini Sessions {Auburn Family Photography}

I’ve fallen in love with silhouettes.  There’s something about the dynamic between the negative space and the shapes that I just love (LOVE!!!).  I think they also highlight personality in the stances, and movement that are more subtle in other portraits.  Even without facial detail they show relationship and emotion.

I’ve been sneaking a few into regular sessions when I can (and if you book a regular session with me, we can talk about times and locations that are most conducive to taking a few of these along with your regular portraits).  I’ve been making my kids do them.  This was the first time I did them as mini sessions and I was so thrilled with the families that went for this artsy look.  We had so much fun playing and trying to get the balloons to cooperate in the wind, and wrangling a few littles….but it’s always worth the effort.  Thank you all for trying this with me!

I have all the families in this post, including the first family who used these images already to announce a baby on the way (so fun!).

I might be willing to do these minis again in the future if there’s enough interest.

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Pink Polka Dot Shoes {Federal Way Maternity Photography}

The baby girl who is on the way and due to arrive this month will be very, very loved. There’s a host of grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins who can’t wait to see her too. She’ll be welcomed most warmly into the fold.  Janine and Matthew are going to be wonderful parents.  The deep love they have for each other and the excitement they share over their baby girl was spilling out just like the sunshine on the evening we got together for their maternity pictures.  It was a gorgeous night and a bit warm but the light was gorgeous and I loved the warmth of it over them.  Janine started the session in a darling dress and Matthew casually walked around with his hands in his pockets, smiling at his pretty wife.

Two and soon to be three. Thank you for having my document this special time.

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25 Years-Kevin and Corinne’s Anniversary

I love a good family party.  My cousin, Kevin, and his beautiful wife, Corinne, put on a fabulous party to mark 25 years!  Twenty-five years are worth celebrating and they did it in style with gorgeous food, lots of fun for the kids in the pool and on the trampoline, dancing and lots of conversation.

One of the most meaningful parts to me was when their four kids did a speech for their parents.  They recalled the funny stuff and had everyone laughing with stories of mom yelling, “That’s my boy!!!” at sports games and dad fining them for adding “like” into random conversations.  Then they talked about the things that meant the most to them over the years: trips serving in Mexico together on missions trips, having one on one dates with their parents and how they shared their  faith and character. To raise kids with such strong hearts, ethic, and a love for each other is a tremendous legacy and one that is an example to me and countless others.   I had the opportunity to chat with one of their daughter’s friends and she shared how being folded into the family and loved like she was changed her life.  I love that.  That, to me, is what a real marriage does.  It brings life and blessing to many people.

I was very happy to have the opportunity to pop out with Kevin and Corinne and their kids before the party for some family pictures and then to document some of the party.  They are all so much fun and you can tell that they were laughing through much of it.  Like me, they have a girl and then three boys and being with them always feels like a foreshadowing of what I hope our family will be like as our kids grow.

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Kevin and Corinne, thank you for sharing this special milestone.

Fourth of July-Another Year on the Hill Waving Flags

Until last year, we never really did a lot for the fourth of July.  I’d grill something and we’d make some devilled eggs. I think we took a walk through a few city celebrations.  Last year, we did our first celebration with our lifegroup (small group from church) and we had such a fantastic time that the kids were wanting our pledge that we’d do it again before we left the parking lot.

So this year was part deux, and now it’s just a given that we’ll do it every year for the rest of our lives, according to the kids.  The only thing we don’t want to repeat are the broken arms (Sophia’s last year on the bike ramps, and Eli’s this year on the playground).  Next year we’ll have someone sign up to bring a big roll of bubble wrap to the potluck.

We scarfed down snacks and watched the kids on the playground.  The moms did the wave every time the kids cycled by on the loop.  The guys crammed meat on the grill and cooked happily together.  Lucky the dog was not so luckily kid handled.  Baby Adalynn was passed around.  Shawn let everyone give the water bottle rockets a whirl. The volleyball net was put to good use.

At the end, we packed up and went back to our house where the kids were served hot chocolate with whip and patriotic sprinkles (thanks to Auntie Meghan, of course!).  The dads (big boys playing with fire) had a grand show of the goodies they picked up that morning and the kids got to do a few rounds of sparklers, which somehow look more like torches in the pictures than sparklers.

It makes me immeasurably happy to see our kids growing up with good family friends and the sweet camaraderie at the end of days like this warms my heart.

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