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In the Sunshine and Flowers

It was a treat to meet up with Mina, Jeff, Jackie and Camille. The girls just sparkled from the moment we met and we didn't need a lot of warm-up time. We lucked out with a sunshiny night at the Pt. Defiance garden and I was soaking up all the gorgeous light on the dahlias and roses.  Here are some favorites of our time together!

 

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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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Together {Auburn Family Photography}

Loved my time taking family portraits with Jen, Greg, Mara and Seth. I found myself grinning at my computer screen as I was editing the kids' laughing faces. It's always a treat photographing families like this. Here are some favorites!

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Joe's Senior Portraits

We had a gorgeous night of light at the marina taking Joe's senior portraits. I had a blast playing with composition and the light and Joe was easygoing and let me shoot away.  It was so fun walking and talking with the whole family as we went.  I loved hearing about the classes and leadership that Joe's involved in this year and know it's going to be a good one for him.

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Photographing Your Life: First Steps with a D-SLR Class

 

Saturday, November 4 from 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. $150. Auburn, WA

This intro class is for people who want to learn how to use their cameras and most come in either shooting in auto or dabbling in other modes. You will not regret learning how to document your life and the people in it!

We cover:

  • how to use natural and available lighting for the best look, especially including indoor light which can be tricky.

  • how to capture genuine emotion and connections with portraiture by interacting with your subject (I have some fun tricks I’ll tell you about…nobody wants cheese!).

  • things to keep in mind when composing a shot with visual interest and balance.

  • storytelling and details to include in your daily life.

  • the technical aspects of your camera and learn how to shoot in the different modes beyond auto.

  • the components that go into creating proper exposure and how to adjust them in a variety of settings.

  • the practical experience of shooting together with what we’ve learned and I will send you out with a sound knowledge of how to use aperture priority.

Please contact me at cassandra@cassandrahamiltonphotography if you'd like to sign up. Your class fee will hold your place.

Here are a few summer favorites of our life!

 

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Seerat's Smile {Auburn Senior Portraits}

Oh my goodness, I had the best time with Seerat taking her senior portraits. She's a smart, sparkly, beautiful girl and it was a treat to document this season for her. She had my creative juices flowing and I loved the variety we got.  Seerat, I hope you have such a great senior year....

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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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Charlee in the Golden Light {Auburn Newborn Photography}

It's no secret that I'm a lover of golden light. The creamy warmth just seems to highlight each subject. It's been a while since I've done a newborn session in the evening light but Miss Charlee slept through the whole thing without a peep, which gave her family the perfect opportunity to cuddle up and snuggle her in the warmth. I'm loving what we got! High fives to big brother Izzy who is such an affectionate fellow and to Daizy and Jacob who are very easygoing and so fun to work with!

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Three Girls in Their Nest {Auburn Family Photography}

I was so thrilled to hear that Shannon and John are going to be adding another beautiful girl to their nest. Sarah and Emma are so ready to love up their baby and this wee girl is already growing in all their hearts!  I'm so thankful for Shannon and her friendship which has come out of photography but now extends to life and family in our conversations. I'm so happy for the gift that's coming their way and can't wait to meet her in a few months!

I hope these maternity portraits will always be a reminder of this sweet season of anticipation...

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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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Growing {Auburn Family Photography}

What a joy it was to meet up with this wonderful family! The light was absolutely perfect as they all sailed in from different directions...lots of schedules to coordinate! It was fun to add in a boyfriend and a fiancee this year and my guess is that this family is going to grow as the years go by....and they are pretty happy about it. I have to say, it's a  special thing to have families like this in our lives who are a few steps ahead with growing amazing families as we are navigating these years. 

We're looking forward to seeing you at Ashlea and Braden's wedding.....next week!!

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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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Together {Auburn Family Photography}

What fun it was to spend time with this family last week! I met Kristie last year and then have been able to get to know her better as she's taken some of my photography classes. She does a gorgeous job documenting her family's life and so it was such a treat to photograph her with the ones that she loves the most! 

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At the Beach {Federal Way Family Photography}

Oh, how I love this family!  Sarah and Shawn and the girls are our heart friends and we are grateful for the gift of their friendship to our family. 

Sarah and I had been talking about beach photos for a while and were happy to make it work on this lovely evening. We started near the trees at the park while the sun was still high and made it all the way out to low tide by the time the sun was setting. I love the variety we got and I also was pleased that Sarah's parents (our dearly loved pastors) were able to come join us for some grandparent shots too.  We laughed and talked and I kept them way too long which is what happens when the light is so beautiful.

Here's a big peek....

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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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Forever a Family of Six

I admire this family so much. A little over two years ago, they received the devastating news that their beautiful daughter, Avery, was diagnosed with the worst childhood cancer, DIPG, which presently has a 0% cure rate.  They fought fiercely and tenderly cared for their girl who passed away seven months later. They have grieved deeply and still chosen to honor her by working hard to raise funding for other children and families who have and will be receiving this terrible diagnosis as well.  They have raised awareness and invested compassion and friendship towards those in this community that deeply need to be cared for by those who understand. 

They have honored Avery in so many ways. They have loved each other well, been honest and raw with their pain, and even in the middle of feeling shaken to the core they have reflected the love of Christ and have shared the legacy of their daughter. 

Like school milestones and family trips and a hundred other things, family pictures are a very real reminder that they should have their sparkly girl standing with them.  She should be showing off her fresh summer dress, and grinning with her siblings. Yet, even in the loss of her being with them physically, I believe that they honor her in documenting their family love, her amazing siblings, and the fact that she is and always will be so much a part of them. I think it's brave.

I also believe that if Avery had a little window from heaven to see her family, she would be delighted to see them all together and she probably would have had a good laugh too at her little sister striking her modeling poses for me!

I'm glad Nana and G-pa (Brenda and Tom) could come too as they are pretty special grandparents. Alex, you are so lovely and growing into a young woman. You are smart and thoughtful and amazing!  Cade, your kind heart is easy to see and I love to hear about your talent in sports. You are a good friend to many. Addison, you are sparkly and full of a million questions. Your joy is a blessing. Brandon and Amanda, you are loving and leading your family so well. God has good things ahead for you all.

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Robyn's Senior Portraits {Tacoma Senior Photography}

I had such a fun time with Robyn taking her senior portraits last week! She was so easygoing and great to be with. One of my favorite parts of taking portraits of seniors is trying some creative compositions and using the architecture available. Robyn was game for it all.  What a gorgeous girl!

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Cousins and Light Sabers

I had the best time with these cousins, siblings and spouses and parents the other day. The light was gorgeous and while extended family sessions have the possibility to turn a bit crazy, this one was easygoing and full of laughs. It's a treat for me to document families together and my friend, Keri, said that the last pictures they'd had as an extended family were before the youngest members were around. 

Here's a peek of some favorites! Mine *might* be of the cousins and light sabers at the end of the night!

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Four Grandparents, Two Parents, One Dog and a Sweet Little Dude

I had the best time with Mathis and his family recently. This sweet little boy has grown so much since his newborn pictures and is soaking up all the love that's around him. What a special photo shoot to document this season, especially with one set of grandparents visiting from England. They were all such a fun and easygoing bunch and I laughed through most of it.

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