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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.

Suncadia Family Photographer ~ Smile for the Camera!

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Many years ago I photographed a family who wanted to have their dog in the pictures with their toddler.  They kept saying ‘Is the dog smiling?’ while their toddler was having a complete meltdown.  That made me gun shy for many years about including family pets in family portraits but I eventually changed my tune because pets are such a BIG part of families.  I know mine are!

When Gwen asked if we could take a few pictures with Gus I was happy to include him.  We didn’t have any treats with us but one of my favorite pet tricks is to suddenly make a high pitched squeal, just when I am ready to take the shot.  With Gus this trick worked to perfection.  Is the dog smiling?  Yes…yes he is!

It was fun to meet this family for a quick family session and then go off with Annika and her team to take her senior pictures.  Annika didn’t want to have her senior pictures taken in all the same locations that her classmates were going to so she met me in Suncadia for a lovely evening shoot.  Annika was not afraid of a little elk poop or of climbing up on a hay wagon which was perfect for this beautiful rural location.

Here are my favorites…

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Seattle Family Photographer ~ Kate Date

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Monday was Kate’s night out.   This year’s date was much different that those in the past.  First of all we had to go early because she wanted to get home early to have game night with there friends.  Just call me chopped liver.

The second reason was because Kate ACTUALLY wanted to shop.  Normally this kid gets her shopping done as quickly so she can move on to the fun stuff…picking out her treat.  This year we actually bought more for Kate than any of the other girls.  This kid finally has a strong opinion about what she will be wearing and now that her body is starting to change it’s time for us to realize that all three of our girls have vastly different body shapes.  That means that hand me downs just aren’t going to work any more!  (Well, at least we had a good run.  11 years of mostly enjoying the things her sister passed on is pretty darn good!)

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I’m thinking this is all pointing to the fact that we have three teenagers in the house now.  Lord help us!

Here are Kate’s answers to our annual questions:

What are you most looking forward to?  Kate is most looking forward to going back to middle school.  She loves moving from class to class and seeing friends all through the day.

What are you most worried about?  Nothing!  According to Kate school is awesome and she fears nothing.

All of this is pointing to an exciting, fashionable, fearless year.  Well at least that part is still the same!

Seattle Family Photographer ~ A Man with a Plan

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Don’t be fooled by little man Cameron.  He might only be three but he is mighty!  Just like any three year old I photograph, I somehow have to make everything his idea.  ‘Wouldn’t it be fun to sit on the fence like your brothers?’ or ‘Let’s run over to THIS field!’  Often this works well…

‘How about lying on this blanket?  Look how much fun your brothers are having!’  Apparently this question wasn’t specific enough.  OR, Cameron is a typical third born who has plans of his own.  It’s his world and we are just living in it!  We did get him to swing around and join his brothers but I love how this picture captures him and what I bet is a pretty typical reaction.  (My older two girls are often in unison and my third girlie has a mind of her own and WANTS to be different!)

Sarah was worried that he would not cooperate because his latest trick is hide behind his hands.  The key for me is to have MORE tricks than Cameron.  Done!

Here are my favorites…

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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!