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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.

Seattle Holiday Mini Sessions | Seattle Santa Mini Sessions

With the addition of the studio this year, I am so excited to be able to offer some themed Seattle holiday mini sessions!  I’ve got a couple options for you.  The first one is a a simple day of Seattle family mini sessions with a holiday scene (think Christmas tree and “presents” next to our lovely white couch and maybe even some stockings hung nearby). These are going to be beautiful and warm and everything that Christmas is to me.  I really can’t wait for you to see what we have in store for you.

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I only have 6 appointments available for these lovely little Seattle holiday mini sessions.  Want one?  Convenient online booking saves the day!

 

I am SO SO SO SO SO excited for what I have planned for my last official shooting day of the year…

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Can you believe it?!  This is something I have always wanted to do and I am utterly thrilled we are bringing a bit of Christmas magic to the studio!  Join us for an intimate and magical experience for our day with Santa!  Trust me, you don’t want to miss these Seattle Santa mini sessions.  Skip the lines at the mall (or out in the cold December wind) and forego the cheesy stereotypical Santa photos.  Instead, come grab 20 minutes of solo time with your kids and Santa.  Go over their Christmas list, whether they’ve been naughty or nice, share a cookie or some hot cocoa, and take home a very special bell from Santa’s sleigh.  These sessions will be styled simply so the focus is on the magic happening between Santa and your babies.

There are only a handful of session times available, so go book your Seattle Santa session now!

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DIY Decor | Make your own diy holiday candle!

With 3 kids, a business to run, a very busy life, and trying to maintain a shred of sanity, I am not the best at updating my home decor. I tend to grab a few pieces here and there and then update them as the seasons change… sometimes. You will never see my house looking like it leapt off the pages of the holiday issue of Better Homes and Gardens or Southern Living. I also have a bit of a weird and eclectic whimsical, rustic, and vintage style. It’s difficult for me to find items that suit my taste unless I make them. And that takes even more time that I don’t have a ton of to spare, so when they can carry over for multiple seasons or holidays, it’s a complete win in my book! This is exactly why I am so in love with this diy holiday candle! It’s something that will work on it’s own in my house throughout the year but also lends itself well to both Autumn and Winter! Even better? It took me just over an hour to complete it. You can do this! Make one for every room of your house or to give as (cheap yet fabulous and possibly last minute) gifts with the rapidly approaching holiday season.

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You’ll need this stuff.

You’ll need a glue gun – I use the low temp glue guns because I am a clumsy person and I don’t like pain, they run about $3-$5 at most craft stores – and a handful of spare glue sticks, some scissors (they don’t have to be child scissors, but these were all I could find since my children wander off with all my good scissors, leaving me their crappy cutting kid scissors… they must know I am accident prone),  a bundle o’ sticks (I bought these from a craft store for like $4 because I was too lazy to go picking up sticks like a chump… and I had a lot leftover so you could totally make multiple candles from one bundle), a glass candle holder (either square or round, but it needs to have straight sides and not be sloped, most craft stores carry them for a couple bucks), and a delicious smelling candle of your choosing.  Sidenote: I’m mildly obsessed with the scent of this spice cupboard candle from Yankee Candles.

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Break those sticks in half, girl.

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Squeeze a strip of glue on the back of your broken sticks and glue it to the side of your glass jar. Repeat all the way around until you have no space left. If your sticks are kind of curvy like mine were and leave glass showing, just break more sticks and glue them in the empty spaces. You kind of have to eyeball it, but I promise it isn’t difficult. You can do it! And? This is the hardest part, which really isn’t hard, so if you make it past this, you’re golden.

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Grab your twine and scissors. Measure out enough to wrap around your sticks twice (and by measure, I think we all know I mean eyeball it because this girl does NOT measure things…) plus enough to tie a cute little bow in the front.

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You can’t fail. It looks awesome no matter what you do or how you style it. Enjoy your handy work all year long!

See?!  It looks amazing by itself… but then I threw those cute little ghost pumpkins next to it and it looks even more adorable.  Add some Christmas-y greenery and it looks all elegant and lovely, ready for entertaining.  Now you have one less thing to worry about for the holidays.  See?  I just styled your table centerpiece for you!

 

Speaking of holidays… have you booked your holiday session yet?  No?!  What are you waiting for?!  My weekends are filling up, which means I’ve got just a few more full session appointments available for the weekends.  Book yours now!

I’ll be announcing holiday minis later this week, but newsletter peeps get first dibs.  Not on my VIP list?  Remedy that now by signing up here.  Newsletter subscribers also get super cool tutorials like this one, so you really don’t want to miss out!

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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.

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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.

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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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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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Sisters | Seattle Children’s Photographer

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full of daylight so we don’t need any additional lighting, but it was fun to be able to shoot some after dark!

I absolutely love photographing my own children and I’m kind of in love with every single one of these photos. Especially that last set. <3
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