Hello friends!! End of February already, huh? Beautiful. Today was a great day. Let me tell you. It. SNOWED. Which always brightens my spirits. There is something so magical in the hush created by the snow. I will admit, after I sent the big kids on their way to school, I
climbed back into stayed in my bed and was mighty cozy. I had opened the blinds and was completely content just looking at the snow from my warm bed, snuggled up to Wren and Ryan. And then the sun rays came through the trees, and it was all golden and beautiful… so I quickly bundled up to document the magic.
So I a just going to sit down and get reeeaal honest with you all. And myself. You are MORE than welcome to just skip to the pretty photos at the bottom of this post 😉
This month was a bit of a rocky start for me, I feel like I let myself get into my own head too much. Not just with my 365 Project, but it pretty much is a reflection on my life, so yeah. This is pretty much my constant inner dialogue: I want to be creative. I want to capture candidly. I want to be inspired. I want to inspire. Do I have too many photos of my kids? Not enough? What do people who come to my feed want to see? Could my outdoor shots be composed differently? Do they all look the same? Do I need a theme? Is anyone even seeing these images? Does it matter?
A couple of years ago, my friend Lorissa and I set up a fun photography project (miss you Lorissa!!) and invited over a couple of local mamas to do this photoshoot. The idea was milk bath sessions, which we had seen pop up here and there in the photography community. The white water with flowers creates a calming, serene setting that is almost magical. It went really well and we all had a lot of fun. Lorissa even took a few of just my daughter Wren and I, when Wren was about 6 months old. The images were so dreamy and magical, I am still so so so in love with mine. Read More
Oh my gosh. So. I’ve been holding onto these images for AGES. I was counting down the days until after the holidays and all Christmas/New Year letters and cards were sent out. Because these images are just… the best. And everyone needs to see them.
My sister Keira is one of a kind. She is generous, beautiful, full of life, and doesn’t let anything hold her down. She is married to Jason who is also all of those things, and keeps everyone around him laughing. I admire their relationship and have always used theirs as an example for my #relationshipgoals. They are also the biggest die-hard Seattle Sounders fans I have ever met! So of course we had to include a few photos in their Sounders gear.
And then there’s Alan. Read More
The last day of 2017 was really special for me, my friend Alyssa messaged asking if I was able to go along to help welcome home her husband from his deployment. Alyssa and I not only share the same name, we were pregnant with our last babies at the same time! We even did a refresher birth class together. She is an incredible teacher at Connor’s school, and I love her sweet kids. I was so excited to be asked to photograph their reuniting with Brian.
The Graves family! I love this family, and this was my 4th family session I have done for them, which just makes my heart happy. I know that’s cheesy. Haha. Kim and I work together with the Island Birth Association, and she teaches a variety of birth classes here locally. I would HIGHLY recommend any of her birth classes, super informative and well taught. I believe she has an online series as well. So, let me know if you want the hook up!
We decided this year to shoot indoors for multiple reasons. First and foremost, it was raining. Second, Brian was leaving and it was the last weekend we could do a shoot. Third, I wanted to check out this local new indoor spot. So really, it all worked out great. We went to a newly renovated building downtown on Fidalgo Ave, called The Loft. It’s an up and coming spot, with some awesome new businesses coming in the spring. The light upstairs is gorgeous, and I was excited to do our shoot there. AND it kept us nice and dry.
Introducing the newest addition to my extended family, my niece Lily! She is the sweetest, and most calm little baby, who loves cuddles with this proud Auntie. I unfortunately was unable to be at her birth, but not for lack of trying! My incredible sister in law went from water breaking to holding a new baby in her arms in an hour and 45 minutes. Isn’t that just amazing? What a whirlwind birth for sure. As soon as I got there I got to give Lily some sweet snuggles and hang out at the hospital. Later that week I was so excited to go back to their home and photograph this new family of 5.
Here are a few of my favorites! The one of her in her daddy’s hands really show how tiny she is. She is an itty bitty little thing, but so perfect. Read More
This was such a great session! I have known Camlynn since I was in middle school. She and my older sister are close friends, and have been forever. I think the earliest memory I have from Camlynn is her going through her closet and giving me hand me downs from WSU, and wearing a sweatshirt from WSU around Oak Harbor Middle School like I was the coolest person ever, and someone might think I was a college student visiting. Pretty much sums me up from middle school, haha. She also has been a great friend to my sister, and I have enjoyed getting to know her and her husband as I’ve gotten older and can hang out with the “cool kids” at family parties now!
I occasionally throw out that I’m available in the early morning for photo sessions, and schedule wise that seemed to be our best option to get these photos done in time for Christmas. That is the one major downside about Washington fall, it’s RAIN rain rain rain rain all the time. So we take what we can get when we can! Read More
Oh the Coulters. I had one of the BEST times with this family. Erica and I are both in the birthing world on Whidbey. She is an INCREDIBLE doula, and very passionate about the work. She is also hilarious, a runner, climber, killer mom, and just badass is general. Actually, her business is in fact called Badass Birthing! Seriously, if you need a doula, you need to get in contact with her.
On to the session! I have photographed the Coulter’s before, when Erica’s husband, Will, came home from his deployment. I’ve also encountered the kids at various parties and events. Erica and Will have 4 boys. And they are the craziest bunch. We knew going into it, that it would be more of a free-for-all and if we came out at the end with a picture of them all together, we would call it good. Luckily, that is typically my shooting style anyway, so with that in mind I crammed as much movement and action into 20 minutes as I could. There was a lot of laughs, maybe some bribery, and ended up with some great images. Read More
I was just doing the math, and I realized that I met Katie, my dear friend in these photographs, 13 years ago. We were young, slightly more innocent than we are now, living in the dorms at college. We became fast friends, and she made my college experience so much more fun. Over the years I have gotten to meet her entire family, and her mom is one of the most thoughtful people on this planet. I was also there when her and Colin were married, and I have rarely felt a couple were more fit for each other than they are. Luckily for me, I’ve been able to photograph Katie and Colin over the years. It’s fun to look back at my older photos of them, because not only is it fun to look at how young we were back then, but to see how much I have grown as a photographer. And to realize how sweet my friends are and always supportive, even in my less-than-stellar photographer times. Anyways, fast forward to the end of 2017, I happened to be in Utah for Salt Lake Comic Con(vention), and Katie and I magically found a break in there for me to do some photos of their growing family! Their kids Phoebe & Jonas are so dang funny. I had a wonderful time chasing them around, and watching Katie and Colin rock the parenthood thing. Read More