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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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Avery is One {Auburn Family Portraits}

I had the best time last week with this beautiful family! Andrea came to my photography class a few months ago and I was delighted when she asked me to do a family session around the time that their daughter was turning one.  The golden light was creamy and Jeff and Andrea were so easygoing.  Avery was one perfect and flexible little lady and let me shoot to my heart's content.  I love their connection, the way you can see Andrea's beautiful smile and laugh in so many pictures, Jeff's humor, Avery's lovely little personality. At the end we finished with some silhouettes. Happy me!

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Dennis and Lillian's Family {Maple Valley Family Photography}

What a blessing it was to photograph this wonderful family.  They literally came in from around the world for this time and the smiles tell the story of how fun they were together. The smiles also tell the story of genetics....lots of family resemblance going on here!  We started pretty quickly since we had sunshine but big black clouds were rolling in, and by the time I was driving in my car home, it began to pour...love it when we are lucky like that! Big thanks to Joy who organized us all.  I loved seeing Kyle and Cathryn so grown up since Cathryn's newborn pictures!

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Newborn Edith and the Daisies

What a treat it was to photograph this dollbaby.   Little Edith made this session a piece of cake. She just snoozed and looked adorable the whole time!  We started out in her bedroom and got some fun closeups of her and then popped over to the park across the street for some pictures in the daisies and all cozied up with her parents.  Shane and Tina are in love with their sweetheart and sure impressed me with their easygoing approach. Parenthood looks good on them!

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My Beautiful Girl is Twelve

I had a lot of dolls when I was a girl. I loved dressing them in clothes my mum made and it was so fun to actually have real baby diapers to use, and a bottle that  looked like the baby was drinking the milk. I carted them around in the doll pram and carried them with me. I imagined one day being a mom to real babies.

For the last few days, Ruby and I have been talking about the days before she was born, when I was on absolute bed rest, trying to make it to 37 weeks so I could have a homebirth.  I showed her the first picture I have of me holding her, where she was probably seconds old and I was crying (big, weepy, messy crying). Ruby laughed and said, "You must have been crying because you were so glad the pain was over." I told her that wasn't it at all.  As long as I live, I'll never forget being overwhelmed by that tidal wave of crazy love that crashed over on me as I held those six pounds and eight ounces of  baby girl that I'd waited for my whole life.

And now for twelve years, she's been mine, and I still and always will love her with all my heart.  I can see her beautiful long fingers that play the trumpet and remember when they were chubby and clutching her bunny.  I love her big, unreserved smile which used to be filled with baby teeth.  I remember all the sweetness of her being little but I'm so very proud of the young woman she's growing to be. I'm thankful that not only have I had the blessing of being her mom when she was small but now I get to watch her grow right up to be a woman.

She's outgoing and vibrant. She's clever and creative. She's friendly and inclusive. She's loving and filled with faith. She's funny and delightful. She's our treasure and we will always, always be grateful that God gave her to us.

We took a few portraits the other day after dinner.  I see some lingering reminders of her as a little girl and glimpses of the young woman she'll be. But I'm glad that I get to watch her now be twelve years old. It's a gift to be her mama.

Happy birthday, Ruby.

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So Happy Together {Bonney Lake Family Photography}

What a treat it was to spend some time with this family. Joyce and Don (Oma and Opa) had been gifted this family session for Christmas by their family and we were so glad we had gorgeous weather for the weekend when everyone was in town.  There were snacks and sunscreen and lots of laughs as we did portraits together.  We did the session in the back yard and it was so fun to use a space that had a lot of family memories. I had to laugh, when we started at the tree house and the guys were considering just tossing up the littles. Thank goodness for the moms, auntie and Oma who told them it wasn't a good idea! Ayla, Blake and Cooper were amazing little stars....though they were done at the end and I had to add in that last picture of the craziness...

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Forever Four Hearts {A Mother's Day Tribute}

I have thought of and prayed for Amanda daily, often hourly, for the last eleven months.  At the end of June last year, their family received the devastating news that their spunky, happy, vibrant, creative girl, Avery, had an inoperable brain tumor. Like hundreds and thousands of others, I read updates and prayed for healing and a miracle for Avery, for love and covering for the other precious three children, and for wisdom and comfort for Brandon and Amanda.

Throughout this journey, Amanda has given every ounce of her strength, heart and life to her daughter and her whole family. She has clung to her faith and truth, even when completely heartbroken. She has loved fiercely, beautifully, overwhelmingly.

Avery received her healing in the arms of Jesus, when she went to heaven in February, after fighting DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma) bravely.  We have heard the message of her life, loud and clear, and we will never be the same. Her family who so very deeply loved their girl, so very keenly are grieving her loss. Yet they share their hope in Jesus, who is their Anchor.

We had the opportunity to take some family portraits last fall which you can see HERE.  Knowing that their grief was so deep and hearts so very tender as we approached Mother's Day, I shared with Amanda that when she was ready  I would love to do some special portraits of her with Alex, Cade and Addison and some special ones to always honor Avery, who will be forever her girl and forever be loved. 

One of my favorite memories when we did family pictures with Avery in the fall was when she and Amanda were cuddled up on the bench, and she beamed at me and said, "Everyone always tells me I look like my mom."  All four of the kids deeply resemble Amanda.  When we did these mother's day portraits and were chatting and laughing through questions I was asking them, Alex told me her mom is "caring, creative, and loving."  It was such a clear statement that all  her kids resemble her in their hearts and characters too. Her mother's imprint is deep.

So this Mother's Day, I want to honor this loving, compassionate, generous, faith filled woman. Amanda, as you have cared for your children as a mother, may you receive that care from the Lord. Isaiah 66:13 promises As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you.

My hope is that in these portraits you would see the blessing of the Lord in your relationships with each of the three children that you can wrap your arms around here and the precious girl who will be forever in your heart until you can wrap her in your arms in heaven.  Alex, Cade, Avery and Addison will forever be your legacy.

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Ready to Graduate {Tacoma Senior Photography}

I spent a fun evening in the gritty part of Tacoma with Noah and Brett last weekend.  There's so much cool texture and neat lines and light in that area and the guys were  easygoing and great to hang out with.  The funny part was that Tricia, who is Brett's mom and Noah's stepmom, was texting pictures of the shoot to Noah's mom who was doing a "mock" photo shoot by some gritty walls with Noah's little sister and Brett's little brother.  Good practice for them in another 10-13 years!

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A Legacy of Faith {Tacoma Family Photography}

Wade texted me the day after Christmas last year, telling me he'd nailed it with giving a photo session to his beautiful wife.  Lorrie told me that her mama heart was full as their sons had both married wonderful ladies and they were so thankful for the legacy of faith that they were seeing being built in their family. It took us a while to get together but we ended up with just a perfect morning.  They were such a fun group to hang out with and I so enjoyed myself!  The last picture was Lorrie's idea and it's clear that they truly all love the Lord and love each other.

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A Spring Update {Auburn, WA Family Photography}

It's always a treat to take portraits of this wonderful family.  The kids were so awesome and Jack and Mindi were easygoing even when our session got interrupted by a snake (which Zane happily picked up) and a wee bit of rain (so we dashed under the trees for a few minutes!).  Hope you enjoy this mini session update!

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Silhouette Mini Sessions Open

I'm delighted to announce the dates and times for my 2016 silhouette sessions. I absolutely love the connection, personality and action that can be communicated through silhouettes and it makes my heart so happy to see people blow them up big and use them as centerpieces in their homes. This year, I'll be teaming up with Designs by Dazzle again to create necklaces or keychains of your favorite image.  These were big hits last year!

May 30, May 31 and June 1 (backup dates June 6-8)

Times: 7:45, 8:00, 8:15, 8:30

10 images plus one necklace with your choice of image

$170 including tax

Auburn, WA

To register: email me at cassandra@cassandrahamiltonphotography.com with your top three picks for dates and times. Money is due within two weeks of booking.

Gift certificates available for Mother's Day gifts.

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Eight is Great- Tymen's Birthday Portraits

God knew that our family needed Tymen.  This kid runs the extreme of needing to move, play, jump, run, bike and bounce....or else he starts to monkey around too much and get into things. I give him mandatory trampoline and outside time each day  to avoid having him ricocheting around the house.  On the other hand, he has the very softest heart. Recently, without my knowledge,  he brought all of his months of saving, spending,  and giving money (around $80) to the food drive at school because it made his heart hurt to think of people being hungry. He cares for people, is enthusiastic about the little stuff and leans in for a hug or squeeze when he's standing nearby.  He's not complicated and when I ask what's on his mind, it's usually something like wondering when his next meal is coming along (hopefully mac and cheese). He flies a bit under the radar but he's a bright little guy, always thinking about how things fit together. He recently was talking about an app on his kindle (which he gets to use 30 precious minutes a day). He was telling me how they wanted his birthday and information. He told me there's no way he'd give it to them and he was feeding them fake birthday information. I had to laugh, as his computer security dad would be mighty proud. I said, "Whose son are you?", sure that he'd say "Dad's" as they all know that mama is not the technical expert around here. He grinned and responded, "God's." Oh boy, he's right and we are so thankful that God has given us the privilege of raising him. What a treasure he is.

Happy birthday, Tymie.

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Family Photography and Golden Light Photography Classes Open for Registration

Family Photography Class

Saturday, May 14 (backup May 21) from 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. $125. Auburn, WA

Family photography is so rewarding but can be challenging!  Nobody wants stiff and stressful family portraits and as a photographer, you can set the tone and have  plans to engage with a variety of families to capture their relationships.  Light and love is where it's at!

In this class we will:

  • talk about solutions to challenges with family photography, including: working with different ages, making photos fun and engaging, being flexible and making connections.
  • we'll shoot 3-4 different family mini sessions with varying ages and dynamics.
  • I'll share how I think through and approach a session from beginning to end. A game plan helps a ton and there's a reason why I shoot in the pattern that I do.

To register, contact cassandra@cassandrahamiltonphotography.com!

 

Golden Hour Photography Class

Saturday, June 4 (backup June 11)  from 5:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. $125. Auburn, WA

Golden light is absolutely gorgeous to shoot in and is a favorite of photographers for good reason. 

In this class we cover:

  • challenges of shooting in golden light like inaccurately exposed images, positioning of people, finding spots that work well.  
  • the benefits of the golden hour: warmth, back lighting, dimension.
  • I run you through edits of a color and a black and white golden hour image in Lightroom.
  • we'll shoot together for an hour in a gorgeous location using several spots to play with the light. With our model, I'll talk about positioning, interaction and lighting techniques. We'll finish by shooting silhouettes at sunset together.

I think you will get much more out of the class if you are shooting in manual mode.

To register, contact cassandra@cassandrahamiltonphotography.com!

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Full Hands and Hearts {Seattle Family Photography}

What a pleasure it was to meet up with these wonderful twins brothers and their parents. Ty and Carson are two happy guys with two fabulous heads of hair.  They are busy little men and keeping Kate and Scott's hands and hearts very full. What a treat is was to see how much they look at and interact with each other too. 

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