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  • WELCOME!

    I began photographing children in black and white in 2000, shortly before the birth of my second daughter.

    Since that time, I have upgraded my equipment, refined my technique, and picked up some new tricks for working with children – but my style hasn’t changed. I like to take pictures that are natural, unposed, and informal. I focus on faces and tend to shoot close-ups. My goal is to capture the little things that represent who the child is in this moment, to bring back memories of a silly face, a fit of the giggles, a particular facial expression or hand position, or a spontaneous hug between siblings.

    I have lived in the Seattle area most of my life. I currently live in Issaquah with my husband and our three daughters, who keep me on my toes and give me lots of opportunities to try out new photography ideas!

    Thank you for your interest.

Seattle Family Photographer ~ Spring Break Part 1

 

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The first part of our spring break began on the run.  We arrived at 1:30 in the morning on Saturday because we wanted to maximize our time with the cousins.  For the first time in many years (so many I can’t remember!) our spring break did not sync up with my sister’s family.  Boo!

That’s okay, we had lots of fun on our one day in the pool and out to dinner with those guys.  Did I get any pictures of us all together?  Nope.  In fact, I didn’t take many pictures at all.  It was just a weird year all together.

What we DID do a lot of was reading…and swimming… and playing cards.  And that was awesome!  At least 8 books were demolished amongst the four of us.  (We don’t count Mr. Fun because he’s a magazine guy.)

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We played a ton of cards.  My Mom was so happy because she loves to play games and finally we were into it too!  It only took 46 years.  Sorry Mom!  Our favorites were Wizard and Five Crowns.

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Plenty of pool time.  Mr. Fun and the girls smashed their Pool Olympics record with 62 pools jumped into in a single afternoon.  Every year I get questions about this.  No, they are not running through backyards and jumping into private pools.  (Although that would have been a lot faster!  Ha!)   All of these pools were community pools.  Even though they are just jumping in and out it still took them about 3 hours.  (We know there are even more than that in the neighborhood so next year the record can be broken again.)

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While they were gone I thoroughly enjoyed having our pool all to myself.

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Mom helped us out by taking some family pictures of us and I got a few of the girls.  I love how these turned out!

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At the end of our trip my Mom’s sister, Murielle, arrived.  I am so thankful that we got a chance to hang out with her.  She lives in Montreal so we don’t get to see her very often!

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It’s hard to take a selfie with seven people!

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Here are a few more random pictures of our fun too…

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Stay tuned for our Spring Break Part 2, a totally different kind of fun!

Seattle Family Photographer ~ Enjoy the Tunes

Last week was our annual trek down to Palm Springs for Spring Break.  Not only that, but we came back a bit early so we could celebrate Allen’s sister Deana as she married her lovely Wade.  I have a ton of pictures to pull together this week and then I will share.  Promise!

In the mean time you can enjoy some of the tunes we listened to on our annual PS playlist. We love these playlists because they remind us of all the fun we had on these vacations every year.  Amazing how songs can carry you right back to the fun!

(Plus I want a list of these songs to be in our annual blog book.  That way we can look back many years from now and laugh at ourselves!)

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Seattle Family Photographer | Hiking Story

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This week was my last lesson with the kids from The Hutch School.  I have had such a great time meeting these kids and teaching them about photography.  I also brought in some guest speakers who did a great job sharing their knowledge too!  (Thanks Brady Wolf Photography and Heidi Walker Photography)

Last week Heidi talked to the kids about telling stories with their pictures and the kids had a great time running around the school taking pictures that they though represented their school.  I loved seeing their creativity also seeing them use the information they’d learned from previous lessons.

Last week was also spectacular here weather-wise so it was a great week to get out and hike.  (I did just that…three times!)  I took pictures to tell the story of one of my hikes so I could show the kids.  Unfortunately I am such a technical idiot that I wasn’t able to share it with them so I will share it with YOU!

Can’t wait for the sun to return at the end of the week so I can get back out there.  Cooper and I are definitely in our happy place!

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Seattle Family Photographer – Just for Mom

Moms! Let’s celebrate your special day. I know you’re always the one behind the camera so lets take this opportunity to capture your relationship with your kids.

If you want some photos with just the kids or you want a family photo too…that’s okay!

These special sessions include a mini accordion book to keep the fun memories of your kids close. (And 20% off Collection prices is a rare bonus!)

There are only three sessions left so don’t wait to book!

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Seattle Family Photographer | If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

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Have you ever read the book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie?  It’s about a cute little mouse that innocently asks for a cookie but then he needs a glass of milk to go with it.  And if you give him milk then he is going to need a straw.  And if you give him a straw he is going to need a napkin.  You can see how this can go on and on.

Fixing up your 10 year old house is kind of like that.  A few years ago we finally got around to painting our builder beige walls.  I picked a lovely gray (Thunder by Benjamin Moore) that is nice and warm.  This is important because it’s gray around here a lot so we needed to make sure the color didn’t feel cold!  When I painted the walls I realized how much I loved all my white woodwork with it.  It made everything look so much more bright and modern.

That change ALSO made me realize how much I really disliked my black countertops and backsplash.  Ugh!  They suck all of the light out of the room.  I’d put up with it for 10 years, though, so it was time to finally update that part of the house.  (Merry Christmas to Mr. Fun and me!)  Here are the before pictures…

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I knew I would be keeping my wood cabinets (they match all the woodwork on that side of the house…remember…if you give a mouse a cookie) so the counters and backsplash were the focus.  I picked white quartz with medium sized speckles for interest.  Quartz is awesome because it is super durable and never has to be sealed.  I LOVE maintenance free!

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Because I wanted the backsplash to tie together the counters and the walls I picked carrara marble.  I love the variation in color it offers (this particular batch is Pietra) and the two inch hex tiles really show off that variation and up the hip factor.  I love how random it is.  (I can’t do random myself. My brain just can’t handle it.   I literally have to plan it out.  Good thing these tiles came in 12×12 sheets already randomized!)

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Because the builder must have gotten a great deal on that black granite tile we had it everywhere.  It wasn’t just in the kitchen.  That meant we have a nice fresh looking desk area and fireplace too!

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For the fireplace I decided to do something slightly different and I chose a herringbone carrara marble tile with white grout.  Let me take a moment here to sing the praises of our tile guy Dave. We hired him through NW Stone Fabricators.   (I should give a shout out to Sergio too because the counters with the invisible seams are amazing too!)  Dave was so detail oriented.  I was really clueless about tiling and what we might need so he fabricated border tiles for us that finish the edges perfectly and look amazing.  Seriously, look at that fireplace!

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One of the best things about this remodel was that it really only took six days.  (We had a little snafu and had to order a few more tiles so Dave had to come back for his last day a week later.)  That’s not bad for such a big change!

Now on to the next project…Mr. Fun gave this mouse a cookie…