THE FOURTH TRIMESTER || A SMATTERING OF LITTLE NOELLE

Through this lovely fourth trimester with our little Noelle, I have had the opportunity to practice the art of Infant Photography.  I like it simple.  No pretzely positions and big bows and flowers.  Baby and baby's features.  That's about it.  They move a lot, spastically.  They are blotchy and splotchy, often with acne.  They get tired after being awake for five minutes.  They get hungry.  A lot.  They eat FREQUENTLY.  So in the midst of mama life that involves two HIGHLY active boys, I managed to get a few photos of our babe that I think I like.  I tried to capture her rolls and her little highlights in her hair that has begun to turn curly.  Although I love the snuggly newborn phase, I think I love watching her personality come through even more.  Stay tuned... But in the meantime....  XOXO

PORTRAIT || CHERINA || BOSS LADY

Meet Cherina.  Boss Lady.   ‎New Business Developer for Estee Lauder Professional Brands and Personal Coach.  We took a walk, took some portraits, dodged the rain, watched some eagles fly.  It was a good morning.  Enjoy!

 

THE WORLD ONLY EXISTS IN YOUR EYES.  

YOU CAN MAKE IT AS SMALL OR AS BIG AS YOU WANT.

-F. SCOTT FITZGERALD-

Three + Pup

I am you parent; you are my child.

I am your quiet place; you are my wild.

I am your lullaby; you are my peekaboo.

I am your goodnight kiss; you are my I love you.

-Maryann K. Cusmano from You Are My I Love You

SHOP FOR A CAUSE with JOIE + HEY PRETTY THING

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I had the opportunity to team up with my sister-in-law, Carolyn, the mastermind behind the fashion + travel + lifestyle blog, hey pretty thing, and Joie to raise some money for The Pink Fund.  Come shop with us on Thursday evening, October 27, at University Village and find your holiday attire while sipping some bubbly and munching on some goodies.  

In preparation for the event, Carolyn and I got our hands on Joie's winter line and took some outfits into the world.  We chose a blush fur jacket in honor of the month theme, and I am in love with the velvet joggers!  Check out the outfits below!

Leavenworth Wedding

 

Jeremy and Jaime were joined in marriage on a late summer afternoon in Leavenworth, WA.  A couple full of energy and laughter, their joy on this day was clear to all who attended.  During their ceremony, the scripture, "What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate" was highlighted.  Friends and family told story after story about their good natures and expressed their excitement for these two.  They are going to be a dynamic husband and wife!  Enjoy!

Mama, Papa & 3 Sisters

These 3 young sisters and their lovely parents were a perfect blend into the late summer grasses and trees of Western Washington.  Oh how I love the long grass.  Give me an unmanicured field of grass, and I am a HAPPY CAMPER. 

I also recently had modified the way I post-process my photos, and this family was a beautiful showcase of this change.  Enjoy this little shoot with the Richmon family!

 

 

“For there is no friend like a sister

In calm or stormy weather; 

To cheer one on the tedious way, 

To fetch one if one goes astray,

To lift one if one totters down, 

To strengthen whilst one stands” 

-Christina Rossetti

 

James and Kaitlyn

I began this journey with James and Kaitlyn about 10 months... a couple who could karaoke to the Paula Abdul song "Opposites Attract," and all their friends would hold up a glass and nod in agreement.  Kaitlyn is full of fire and passion and James is logical and level-headed.  But also, from what I observed over the months, they share a common respect and love for each other and value for unique ways the other thinks.  They also both are ready for a fun adventure which most certainly characterized their wedding day.  This day arrived in a whirl of rain and sun with both clouds and blue sky on a Saturday in March.  We didn't know if it would be down-pouring rain or drizzling or hurricaning or sunny.  I think, in the end, we got a little of all of it. 

We began the day at a lake house where James was staying with some friends.  Then we moved onto Kaitlyn and James' home where Kaitlyn was preparing for the day.  She had a gang of friends there in support and to help celebrate.  The first-look happened at a local beach cove, and then we transitioned to a park for portraits where we made our way to cliffs overlooking the Puget Sound.  And all the while, James and Kaitlyn took in the moments together and gladly went wherever I thought we might get a good shot.  Although it was cold and Kaitlyn's hair was no longer perfect by the end, she continued to smile, laugh, and make the most of every opportunity.  As soon as we got in the car, the hurricane kicked in.  The ceremony and reception took place on a boat overlooking Seattle.  If I were to assign one word to summarize their evening with their family and friends, I would use "laughter."  Between their good friend who officiated the wedding, James' family's legitimate comedic genes, and a light-hearted atmosphere, everyone was excited for this couple.  And I am so excited for them and the future that lies ahead. 

Enjoy the story of their wedding day!

 

Introducing my new, short and sweet Snapshot Session

This abbreviated session is suited perfectly for headshots or to fill in the gaps
between more in-depth shoots, such as a family seasonal photo or to capture a
growing baby several times within his first year of life. I aim for natural and relaxed
images while providing a bit more posing directives to get the job done efficiently
and effectively.   On April 23, I am hosting a Snapshot day at Magnuson Park in Seattle for $25 off the normal rate.  Book now to get the time that works best for you!  Email me or submit an inquiry form off my contact page.  Can't wait for some spring photos!!

Snowy Elopement

On a Sunday afternoon, I took a walk with Nattalie and Ryan on an elopement wedding inspiration shoot.  We tromped through the snow, braved the cold, and marveled at the majestic mountains surrounding us.  With elopement weddings becoming an increasingly popular desirable to avoid the wedding planning stress, winter provides a beautiful backdrop. 

Tim and Aubrey's Rustic Wedding

A barn in the fields during a rainy day in November rang the wedding bells for Tim and Aubrey.  After preparing for the day in century-old farmhouses, the couple met up in an intimate moment and made their way to the barn where the would exchange vows in front of God, family, and friends.  We stole away for bride and groom portraits in the pouring rain- we ran for cover at times while ventured out into the mist at other moments.  This couple- they giggled, kissed passionately, made silly faces, and whispered their hopes of the future.  I love them dearly, and I am so thankful that I was able to share such a special day with them.  Big thanks to my partner Kristin Hallak of Kristin Hallak Photography and Makayla O. Designs for such amazing styling and flowers!

Red October Engagement

I took a walk with Katie and James on a sunny and warm evening in October.  And let me tell you, Red October is no joke!  As the sun went down, we were engulfed in warm reds, oranges, and yellows.  We ran to catch the sunset and landed out in the Sound.  Katie danced- and got James to dance too!  We laughed and got to know each other.  I can't wait for their wedding!  Enjoy this glimpse of our time together!