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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 ~ Boys and their Toys

 

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Does this beach look familiar?  It should because I just photographed another awesome family here a few weeks ago!  Lida and Kyle  have this amazing beach house that they have set up ready for a party at a moment’s notice.  Whether it is for their own friends for for their boys’!  There are swings, and a hammock and a fire pit and water toys, etc.  Whatever you need to have a great time…they’ve got it!

I love photographing these boys because they are always up for my kooky ideas.  Ty has always been such a climber that he jumped right on his swing and the hammock.  I made poor Justin get in the water so that took about a 1/2 second longer of convincing.  I remember photographing these guys when they were little boys back in elementary school.  Um…they look a little different now.  In fact, they have changed so much I sometimes have to do a double take to recognize them out in the wild.  (Or at school, but that could be considered the same thing.)

Here are a few of my favorites…

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Seattle Family Photographer ~ Jill’s Day Out

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We had to squeeze Jill’s day out between her work schedule and her social schedule.  Good thing we had two weeks in Europe and we have another week coming up.  This kid is so busy we might not see her!

Jill is not a huge fan of shopping and definitely not for shopping for something she doesn’t need. Now that she has stopped growing she doesn’t need much in the way of clothes.  She is perfectly happy with the striped shirts she has for every day of the week.  The one thing she REALLY wanted was underwear and socks.

Seriously?  We were only going for the basics? I tried to convince her to at least get the cute shirt with the camera on it.  No go.

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Well at least we had a yummy lunch and some good time together!  Here are HER answers:

What are you most looking forward to? – Jill: I have no idea!  (I normally don’t let them get away with this but I was distracted by my taco.)

What are you most worried about?  – Jill: Saying goodbye to my friends.

Oh boy.  That’s a tough one.  She said she’d actually been worrying about it since 7th grade.  Wow!  The good news is that she will probably have some of her friends going to the same school.  My advice to her is to focus on the FIRSTS instead of the LASTS but I know that is easier said than done.

This is a big year for this kid.  I personally can’t wait for all that it holds!

 

Seattle Family Photographer ~ Here Comes the Sun

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Anybody that knows me I don’t do weddings.  They are not for the feint of heart.  So, the fact that I just completed an amazing wedding for Mark and his lovely daughters means they hold a special place in my heart.  And now Kelley and her boys do too!

What a lovely evening.  The wedding was almost two weeks ago and I am STILL on an endorphin high from it!  All of the little touches filled with love made the evening magical.  Here are some of the highlights (in no particular order):

  • The wedding was held at DeLille Cellars.  I’d never been there but the gardens are so beautiful and Mother Nature cooperated beautifully!
  • The girls walked Mark down the aisle and Kelley’s boys walked her down the aisle.
  • The ceremony was officiated by Chris Scalzo, the man responsible for them meeting in the first place.  This was his second gig as an officiant and he rocked it.
  • They had a table with polaroid cameras so they would have fun little momentos from the evening. (This makes my photographer heart happy.)
  • Isabelle, Mark’s oldest daughter, gave one of the best toasts of the evening.  So poised and so well spoken.
  • Kelley had some adorable Husky and Seahawks cookies made for the guests…or maybe it was just for Mark!
  • The cake table had candy jars on either side that were a big hit with the kids.

Probably my favorite highlight from the night was the first dance.  Mark and Kelley’s first dance was to ‘Here Comes the Sun’.  That seemed to perfectly sum up exactly what they are for each other.  Sigh!

Here are my favorite pictures from this lovely evening.  Sit back with a lovely beverage because there are a LOT of them!

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Seattle Family Photographer ~ The Gang’s All Here

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This year I have gotten quite a few requests to do pictures for extended families.  I even did my OWN extended family pictures!  These are a challenge for any photographer.  It’s hard to get a large group looking the same way and it’s hard not to lose the interest of younger kids who have no desire to sit still.  But it’s totally worth!  These are the pictures that will be treasured for generations to come.  These pictures are your history!  (Okay, I’m stepping off my soapbox now.)

I have photographed Ariya and Daniel at their school for the last few years so I was thrilled when Alexandra asked me to come and capture her family, her sister’s family and her parents.  What a lovely bunch!  The kids were great listeners and sweet baby Benjamin was so tolerant of us during his nap time.

Katherine was funny while I was photographing Thomas.  She said she needed to remind herself ‘I only need one good picture!’  I set my expectations a bit higher for myself, but I’m suspect she will have a hard time picking when she sees her pictures.  Ha!

Here are my favorites…

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Seattle Family Photographer ~ The J Team

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A month ago Jenell got some devastating news.  During a routine checkup her physician found cancer.  What?  She had no symptoms!  She is too young!  It isn’t fair!  Yes to all of those things, but cancer doesn’t care.  F#$k cancer.

Here’s the thing.  Jenell has a big heart and is always the first in line to help out.  If there is a silver lining at all to the hard year that Jenell has in front of her, it is that finally we all get a chance to show up for her.  It will be hard for her, but we are all hoping she will give us the gift of letting US take care of HER.  I hope the Tamaela family feels the big hug that their community is trying to give them!  We want her to remember that The J Team is here to lift her up and we are ready to serve.

Here are my favorite pictures of this special family…

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