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  • I help clients capture their child’s personality. Oh, and I’m really good at acting (I used to be a performer in a former life), terrific at eating dessert (my fat jeans would definitely agree), and my Russian accent is stellar (Russians have confused me for an actual Russian until I give them a blank face when my Russian vocabulary runs out). Clients love my creative whimsical photos and are always commenting on how I’ve captured them in such a unique and beautiful way. Personally, I think my ability to return emails faster than Superman’s flight speed is pretty impressive. My Momma thinks I’m determined and that I have great hair and beautiful eyes. My friends envy my ability to balance everything on my overly full plate (they should be envying my husband because I certainly couldn’t do it without him). My clients love that I effectively capture their family and bottle moments in time for them to savor for years to come; I help them hold on to their memories.

Think Tank Airport Roller Derby | Review

If you are a klutz like me, walking around with ALL your camera gear can be a bit nerve wracking.  I’ve been known to literally trip over my own two feet – in fact, that’s the exact scenario in which I broke my foot last December – when going about my daily business.  Introduce thousands of dollars worth of gear into that scenario and, well, I am sure you can see where I am going with this.  Usually, I have my camera with a lens attached and maybe one additional lens in my everyday camera bag/purse.  I’ve made countless road trips and flights this way, but it’s really really heavy when you load it up to it’s full capacity.  On top of that, if I am flying, I then lose my purse capacity… and since I always travel with my laptop, that means I have to have an additional carry on bag or risk putting my laptop in my suitcase.  Neither or these are a good option, especially if you are travelling with a herd of children, which I usually am.  I knew I was going to need a better solution when I was prepping for speaking at Click Away since I’d be hauling all my gear with me.

Enter Think Tank’s Airport Roller Derby.


This bag is amazing.  Can you even call it a bag?  It’s more like a suitcase for your camera stuff, but it’s utterly amazing.  I couldn’t stop raving about it!  With 4 dual wheels this is an ideal bag for rolling upright, tilted back, or tilted to the side depending upon your preference.  I probably had upwards of 50lbs being lugged around in this sucker and yet those four tiny wheels made it feel like it was just floating through the airport, down the sidewalk, around the city.  I was able to push it with just one finger to show someone how easily it rolled.  As you can see below, I really took advantage of this little work horse and made it my pack mule.  I piled on a heavy signature album (that in itself weighed about 6 lbs, which is a lot for a book!), my overfull Kelly Moore bag (filled with everything from discount cards to snacks to notebooks to my knitting), and a full water bottle.  It still rolled along or stood upright perfectly.  Just look at all the gear I fit in there!  I had two camera bodies (a Canon 5DM2 and a 5DM3), four lenses, 2 flashes, my computer charger, my camera charger, my film camera with a lens attached (a Nikon f2 Photomic and boy, is that sucker heavy!) and two other lenses plus a few rolls of film.  You can’t see it, but I also have my laptop and a bunch of press print cards and the like in the top flap.  And if I wanted to, I could fit a few other bits and bobbles in there too!  Y’all, that is an insane amount of heavy and expensive equipment loaded into one carry-on sized container.


As if this wasn’t enough, Think Tank has also managed to cram in additional features like interior zippered pockets, outside pockets for easy access stuff like your phone, a tripod mount, cable and lock tethers so people can’t snatch your gear in the event you have to leave it somewhere, and even a little raincoat for your entire Airport Roller Derby.  If you are one of those that has to transport lighting on location, they’ve just rolled out (ha! no pun intended!) a new  bag just for you, the Production Manager 40.

All in all, I can not express how much I love my Think Tank.  I’ve known about them for a while but never really had the foresight to purchase a bag before my trips.  I can’t believe I didn’t because now all I can think is how did I get along without this bag before?!  The customer service is great, the product is of utmost quality, and their reputation is stellar with good reason!  Two thumbs way way up, Siskel and Ebert style.

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What is birth photography? | Seattle birth photography

Last week when I announced that I am now offering birth photography I promised a more in depth post on what birth photography is. Birth photography isn’t as popular as family portraiture so not everyone knows what to expect so I wanted to share with you a slideshow from one of my favorite birth photographers.

I know I talk a lot about my kids and how having them has shaped my view on photography and the world in general, but this little section of photography has a special place in my heart – yes, probably because I am a mother. Like I do about so many events in my life, I wish I had thought to have a photographer there for the births of my children (especially the youngest since she was born in a birth center and it was just such a beautiful experience). Births are magical. Seeing a new life come into the world, a baby taking her first breath, the moment when an only child becomes a sibling, a couple gazing upon the tangible culmination of their love for the first time… all these moments are truly once-in-a-lifetime moments and are worth photographing.

I want to be there to experience this

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Fall Family Session Specials | Seattle family photographer


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How about some free holiday cards?

It’s that time of year again! Summer is coming to an end, school is starting, and the holiday season looms just ahead. For many families this also marks the time for their annual family portrait session! Whether you’re longing for photos brimming with that beautiful Autumn foliage or prefer a cozy session in our Pioneer Square loft studio, I’ve got you covered. Mention this post when you book your Fall session by October 31st and receive a complimentary set of beautiful holiday cards (up to a $200 value) as a special thank you! There’s a limited number of appointments available as Fall is my busiest season and I will be travelling for Click Away, so don’t wait! Make sure you snag your preferred date by booking early. I’ve made it easy on you with convenient online booking.

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A Freshly Picked Giveaway

Freshly Picked (the adorable moccasin supplier for celebrity baby feet!) sent me some precious moccasins for a couple shoots and agreed to let me give a pair away for one of you lucky people!  There are SO many options for everything from neons, metallics, prints, pastels, and more.  I just love them.  And they are made of the softest leather, sure to delight even the tiniest of toes. Each pair of moccasins, whether being shipped to the rich and famous (or at least their kids), or shipped across town, are made with care, perfection and a love for the little feet they are intended for.


Just follow the directions on the Rafflecopter below.  Winner will be contacted on August 15, 2014.

All the stunning moccasins can be found at Freshly Picked.
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Kat - Love Freshly Picked and love the photos!! So fun with all the colors!

Stacy Ebstyne - These are adorable

Deana Lesco - Love these!! The colors are amazing!

Jessie Shriber - Love love love these moccasins !

Melanie - Ohhhh these are uber adorable little moccs… & your little luv bugs are beyond precious! LOVE LOVE these photos! Thanks for the sweet chance! I would LOVE to have a pair of these waiting for our little bug on the way!!

Sarah Vasquez - Ahhh thanks! Only the baby is mine actually. The little one with the llama belongs to one of my beloved clients!