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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 ~ Tree Farm 2016

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This year’s trip out to the tree farm was looking wet.  There was a 90% chance of rain so we were prepared to driving onto the farm, possible pick a tree from our seat buckled seats, and go hide under the tent with some hot chocolate.

Boy were we pleasantly surprised!  Because of the weather and the fact that kids are getting lives of their own (darn them) we had a small group this year.  That’s okay, it was big on fun!

Here are my favorite pictures for our holiday tradition..

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Seattle Family Photographer ~ It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

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Actually it wasn’t but I’m humming Mr. Roger’s theme song.  Remember that?  ‘It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood.  A beautiful day for a neighbor.  Would you be mine?  Could you be mine?

Yes…yes they could.  I’d never officially met Theresa before we did our session a few weeks ago.  When we finally met in person we started comparing notes.  So, where do YOU guys live in the neighborhood?  Turns out it is literally just around the corner from us.  We can see their back deck from OUR back deck!  Good lord, we had no idea.  Even though Alex is in high school he is in between my girls so I haven’t run into Theresa before.  Such a funny coincidence.

I’m so glad we were able to sync our schedules between work and school activities and terrible weather.  Sing the rest with me!  ‘So lets make the most of this beautiful day.  Since we’re together we might as well say.  Would you be mine?  Could you be mine?  Won’t you be my neighbor?’  (That is probably now stuck in your head.  You are welcome!)

Here are my favorites…

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Seattle Family Photographer~A Surprise

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I was thrilled to hear from Jeannine when she emailed to book her mini session.  The last time I took their pictures was 2008.  I could only imagine how big Zach and Tori were now!

When they arrived for their session they brought me the best surprise.  They brought along the framed pictures they have had on their walls since 2008!  It was so cool I just had to take a picture of it!

It was a pleasure to spend time with them to see what great teenagers those little people have grown into.  (Mike and Jeannine haven’t changed at all so I’m not mentioning them.  Ha!) Here are my favorites…

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Seattle Family Photographer ~ A Viking with Distinction

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(Brag Alert – There is all sorts of bragging that goes on in this post.  I’m really writing it because i need to make sure this momentous event is included in my annual blog book!)

This time last year Jill was stressed out.  (I know, not a big surprise if you know her at all!) Any time we talked about college she would start to tear up.  I finally asked what all the water works were all about and she said ‘I just can’t picture myself being anywhere but here!’  Oh man, that was supposed to be MY line!

Jill took her standardized tests almost a year before most kids her age.  Her scores were good and her grades were even better so she was all ready to go, but she still had no idea WHERE she wanted to go.  Last February, over mid winter break, we decided to head up north to Bellingham to check out Western Washington University.  The tour was awesome.  We loved hearing about all of the education and recreational opportunities.  Loved seeing the class rooms, art and dorm rooms.   As the tour progressed I could see the stress melting out of Jill’s demeanor.  It was obvious she had found her place.  THIS was the place she could picture herself going.  When the tour guide started talking about their Quidditch team I knew the deal was sealed.  This girl isn’t into sports but she sure is in to Harry Potter!

We went on a campus tour at a small Seattle school the next day but neither one of us were feeling that one and we would have left part way through the tour if we could have.  After that Jill cancelled our trips to Spokane and Oregon for other school tours.  She was happy.  She had found her people and found her place.

Western was the only school she applied to.  Eggs.  Basket.  All in.  With her grades and scores it was mostly a formality but we eagerly awaited that big envelope.

Oh, have I mentioned that her boyfriend Colin and his mom also joined us on the campus tour?  Western was not a school he’d ever considered but he came along for fun.  Turns out he was as impressed as Jill so he applied to Western too.

Last week, while the kids were still at school, Colin’s mom called me.  ‘Have you checked the mail?  The envelopes are here!’  Ack, our mail had not come yet!  But I loved having the heads up.  I had my camera and the mail key all ready for Jill to get home.  When she arrived we innocently asked ‘How was your day?’ before we were going to send her out to get the mail.  Her answer? ‘It was fine, but it was made better by the fact that I got in to Western!’

Wait, what?!?  How did she know?  Apparently Western sent an email out to it’s applicants earlier in the day.  Boo!  How anticlimactic is that?

Oh well, the big envelope was still important.  Inside Jill found a lovely certificate indicating that she had been admitted with Distinction.  She is in the to 20% of applicants and will be considered for merit scholarships.  That was a nice little high five moment for Allen and I!

It felt like it took forever for the acceptance to arrive.  (She applied on September 2nd.)  I think that was just God’s way of getting her more and more excited for her next adventure.  The anticipation replaced much of the trepidation she had been feeling so she is all in for school.

I guess our purple and gold will have to make room for blue and white.  Go Vikings!

Seattle Family Photographer ~ The Prize

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These guys get the prize for the most driving to get to their session.  Not that their home was far from my studio, though.  Not at all.  They live in Seattle and my studio is in Seattle.  The problem was that they drove all the way out to Issaquah, to my HOUSE, because they thought their session was happening there.

Imagine my surprise when I got a call from home saying that Ann-Marie and Sophie were standing in my living room…and I was at my studio.  Eek!  Those guy were such troopers.  They hustled right out to my studio and we had plenty of time to get their mini session done.  (Good thing I had a break right after their originally scheduled session!)

Clearly I’ve been having trouble with my work email address.  (My confirmation to Ann-Marie went to her spam folder.) If you have been expecting something from me and haven’t received it PLEASE check your junk mail.  I’m not being rude.  Honest!  I have so many emails going into junk mail boxes that it is starting to affect my self esteem!

Here are my favorites of these lovely ladies…

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Seattle Family Photographer ~ Thank You Mother Nature

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Finally!  After rescheduling our session three times in the month of October because Mother Nature was throwing her worst at us, we finally had a chance to do our family session.  I’m so glad that Kim was willing to be so flexible because we got the perfect day.  Nice and bright and slightly overcast.  Perfection!

Kallan and Karter are like two peas in a pod.  The last time I saw Kallan she was Karter’s age and Karter was in his mama’s belly.  He came out WAY too soon but you would never know it to look at him.  These guys were so cute together.  Lots of cuddling and giggling!

Here are my favorites…

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