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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.

Issaquah Family Photographer ~ I Love you!

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When Gina emailed me to make her photo appointment she had an unusual request.  Would it be okay if we brought Tony’s new motorcycle.  Tony is a big outdoors guy and LOVES his toys.  This motorcycle was a brand new baby for him.  When Gina told him she thought they should get some pictures taken on his new ride he looked at her in total surprised and said ‘I love you!’  You gotta love it when couples just get it.  They understand what is important to their partners!

We met on a sunny day in downtown Issaquah so I knew I could make the request happen.  Tony’s girlies Carly and Hannah seemed thrilled to climb on the bike. In fact, they were enthusiastic about trying anything I suggested.  I love working with this family!

Here are my favorites…

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Mercer Island Family Photographer ~ One Big Happy Family

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I couple of years ago Carrie and Broh had me photograph their wedding.  It was a lovely affair that brought together two neat people and six awesome kids.

Fast forward two years and Carrie and Broh are hosting all of their kids (no easy feat since two of them live out of state) and his mother all the way from San Antonio.  They were all going to be in town to celebrate Passover together and they wanted to mark this rarity with some photographs.

It was fun join them at their house on Mercer Island and to see all of them in a more relaxed setting having fun together!

Here are my favorites…

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And one last one of cute little Lucky.  She is only four months old so she was a bit too squirrelly to sit still with people.  She was more than happy to sit pretty for a treat on her own though!

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Issaquah Family Photographer ~ Happy Mother’s Day

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When Heather contacted me to schedule a Mother’s Day session I was thrilled!  I had not photographed her with her girlies since they were two.  Now they are NINE!

The really neat thing about this session is that not only did I get to capture Heather with her girls but Heather’s Mom, Nancy too.  This was actually Heather’s Mother’s Day present for her mom.  How neat is that?  Is was so much fun to see these girls snuggling up to both their mom AND their grandmother.

It was a beautiful sunny day here in Issaquah when I took these pictures.  It’s been so sunny, in fact, that the cotton wood trees were blooming early and it literally looked like it was snowing at some points during our session.  Little white balls of fluff everywhere.  They thought we should make wishes.  I told them I always wished for chocolate and they thought that was funny.

At the end of the session Grace came over to me with a dandelion fluff ball to make a wish.  Before we made blew on it she whispered to me that she was wishing for chocolate.  Holy smokes that just melted my heart!

Here are my favorites…

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Seattle Family Photographer ~ We Came, We Saw, We Conquered

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But some of us couldn’t keep a straight face.  The girls really wanted to do this uber serious picture for our blog post but SOME of them just couldn’t do it.  They couldn’t stop laughing!

The second part of spring break this year was spent with the Enebos.  Allen’s sister, Deana, was marrying an awesome guy (Hi Wade!) and we were thrilled to come help put the wedding on!  The Enebos are DIY sort of folks so 90% of this wedding was done by them.  It was amazing!

We arrived at the church early on Friday morning to find a whole tribe of people working together to transform the space.  It was incredible how many people were enthusiastically working to build an arch or rearrange the space, or iron the linens or hang lights.  Because Wanda was so organized it only took a couple hours.

After the church we had a chance to hang out with all of the family that was in town for the wedding while we worked on the flowers.  When the bride and groom and Dean and Wanda went to the church for the rehearsal, Mr. Fun, the girls and I took a crew over to the community center to set up for the rehearsal dinner.  We were in charge of decorations while other friends were in charge of the kitchen.  Want to know how DIY this was?  Wade (the groom!) did all the cooking for the rehearsal dinner.  He is a real foodie so it was incredible!

We had it all pulled together by the time everybody arrived.  The food was fantastic, the friends were amazing and the band was incredible.  Seattle Family Photographer Michelle Enebo Photography Wedding-3Seattle Family Photographer Michelle Enebo Photography Wedding-4

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Mr. Fun was the Master of Ceremony.  Let’s be honest folks, his regular volume is so loud that he didn’t even NEED the microphone!  He did a great job getting the stories started.

Here are just a few of the pictures I got from that night.  The bride and groom in the random throne that came with the space…

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Sisters!

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We got our baby fix because Deana’s good friend Melissa brought along her 3 month old baby Cade.  One isn’t a baby person, one was a bit nervous and one was in her happy place!

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Rootbeer Floats were on the menu so the girls manned that station.

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So much dancing…so much ‘white man’s overbite’…

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Saturday was a ‘rinse and repeat’ day.  Back to the church early for more set up and final preparations.  I hardly took my camera out all day because Dean and Wade hired some awesome wedding photographers.  (They had a slideshow of pictures playing by the end of the wedding and they were fantastic!)  Here are the only two pictures I got right before the ceremony.

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I did, however, have to capture my family looking so good all dressed up!  (A big thanks to Uncle Johnny for taking the family pictures for us.)

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Woo hoo!  That was an awesome spring break.  I think we might need a vacation to recover from our vacation.

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!