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Good Times with Joe, Kari and the Kids

There's a big, warm, soft spot in my heart for this family.  We met Joe and Kari when they came on staff at our church and a couple years ago they were sent over to be lead pastors in Gig Harbor. Even though we don't get to see them weekly, we do sure love the week that we serve on their team at kids' camp each summer. They are the real deal, as fun as they look and with the faith, character and integrity that we have seen faithfully displayed in their lives. Their kids are so fun too and I had a blast with them taking some family portraits recently. Here are a few favorites!

 

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Big Smiles

I so enjoyed all the personality going on with Bo, Lux and Troy! These three are busy and funny and warm and I hope that the pictures we took together will always help their parents remember the joy of this season!  We did two locations, some dressier at a church and then in a field with beautiful evening light. Here are a few favorites!

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Heather and Her Sweethearts

All summer long I was loving the daily,  pictures my friend, Heather, was posting of her kids: backyard camping, swimming, day trips and Sawyer running around the backyard in his undies. What fun it was for me to photograph this mama on the other side of the camera with her sweeties. Scarlett and Sawyer are fun monkeys and love to tease each other and their mama. Love that we got a bunch of them playing around on our night together.

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Kim's Favorites {Auburn Family Photography}

What a joy it's been to become friends with many of the wonderful people who have taken my photography classes. Over the past few years, I've gotten to know Kim as someone who loves the Lord and loves her family.  It was a joy to me to meet her husband and awesome kids and to document them all together. They were a good time and we laughed at lot and the icing on the cake was when Kim shared that as they got home, her 11 year old commented that it was really fun....I'd call that success!  Here are a few of their portraits and silhouettes that we captured.

 

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Hockey Sticks and Jumping High {Auburn Family Photography}

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.

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Family Portraits with Astro {Auburn Family Photography}

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!

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Family Fun at the Marina

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. 

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Some of Our Favorites {Auburn Family Photography}

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!

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Sunshine Girls {Golden Light Portraits}

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!

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Easy Smiles {Sumner Mini Session}

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!

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Walker's Laugh {Family Spring Mini Session}

Some sessions I feel like we are laughing the whole time. Walker has me wrapped around his little finger. Any boy his age who is keen on thinking of places and ideas for pictures definitely wins some points. Add to that his easy laugh and freckles and I'm his...and his parents are cool too...

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Elijah is Six {Tacoma Family Photography}

I just love doing an update for these friends each year on Elijah's birthday month. This guy is growing so tall and strong and smart but he always has the same big smile and sweet personality.  Each year Ashley brings along a little something to show what he's into and this year it's transformers. What a fun way to remember the ages and stages!

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Home, Sweet Home

Big shout out to Annie and Brad who didn't let the rain stop us from family pictures. They invited me to their beautiful home which still let in amazing light, even when it was pouring outside. They are warm and fun parents who chased, tickled, tossed, cuddled and hugged their three awesome little ones. I have a feeling that's a lot of what goes on in their home anyways.  Thank you for a great morning!

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A Fall Update

I can't even tell you how much fun it is to do family updates each year. When I met up with these friends, Sierra whipped out a little craft that she'd made for me and Kaden seemed so grown up..  We had a wee bit of sunshine and the pretty fall colors looked great.

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Family Portraits and Donuts and Coffee

Big thanks to this family who showed up with umbrellas and big smiles.  It was supposed to pour buckets on us so I had some covered areas picked out but then the rain stopped for an hour so we could move around. Alex and Jess have the best grins and were so easy to hang out with....no warm up time necessary with these friendly kiddos. I loved visiting with Jen and Mark as we did their family session and it was so fun to finish off our time together with coffee/hot chocolate and donuts. Perfect!

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Ethan's Growing {Fall Mini Session}

My heart was overflowing after spending this mini session time together.  I first photographed Ethan when he was four months and he's always been such a tender hearted, engaging boy.  It was so fun to hear him tell me about what's going on in his life and his big words that he tossed into conversation made me smile.  Love this wonderful family!

 

 

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Lucy and Olivia, Growing Up

As I do each year, I LOVED photographing these twin sisters and their parents.  These girls always have the same gorgeous smiles and connection with each other but they sure are growing and it's fun to hear about all they are involved in.  I was so impressed when we took some time to climb and play at the end and they showed me some of their gymnastics moves. They are strong!!  

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Brothers That Monkey Around {Auburn Family Photography}

I literally have been sitting in front of my computer editing and laughing, especially over the sibling portraits from this session. It was so fun to meet up with my friend, Sara, and her beautiful family.  Big sister, Alexandria, was sparkly and engaging and the little brothers were a riot.  Trevor and Sara are wonderful parents and were awesome at engaging with the kids for some portraits that I hope reflect their busy and loving family dynamic. 

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