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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.

See Kai Run and Ses Petites Mains | Seattle Commercial Photography

I adore children’s fashion. I especially adore Ses Petites Mains, a tiny chic clothing line out of San Francisco. I’ve been lusting after their dresses for several years now and was thrilled when I was commissioned to photograph their new Spring line. Their clothes have always evoked a French feel (which I suppose is very apt, given their name) to me and I immediately knew exactly where and how I would photograph their gorgeous creations. See Kai Run‘s Spring 2014 Kai shoes made for a perfect pairing. It’s always a treat to work with brands that have products that are strong enough to stand on their own, but versatile enough to pair with just about anything. See Kai Run is especially good at this. All of their shoes are able to be dressed up or down with ease to match any outfit. As a parent, this is a huge standout feature as the last thing you want when trying to run out the door is to fight with a kid about their favorite shoes not being appropriate for your outting. Bravo to these two wonderful companies I love! They’ve both knocked it out of the park yet again with fabulous children’s fashion.

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Vintage Cowboy Brothers | Seattle Child Concept Photography

I love thrift stores. With the opening of the new studio I’ve been finding myself spending more and more time in them. Usually when I go thrifting I have a certain item in mind that I am on the hunt for. Unless I am bored. And then I just go thrift shopping to see what I can find. Sometimes I discover some real gems and sometimes the trip is a dud. Either way, I have to go frequently since there is such a high turnover rate of goodies to pick through. A week or so ago I was on the hunt for a bed frame for the studio. I didn’t find anything, but I did stumble upon the most charming stick pony. There was no way that guy was not coming home with me. The problem is that I have a rule: when I buy a prop I have to immediately know what I am going to do with it or it has to double as something functional in my home. That meant I had to come up with something to do with this green pony… which took me exactly 3.57 seconds. A bit more perusing and I found the perfectly worn in straw hat. I put out a model call on my Facebook page to find the perfect 1950s style cowboy. I lucked out and got two of the cutest brothers I’ve ever seen, along with gorgeous local photographer momma Brea Bursch (who totally has that Mad Men thing going on, by the way!) and sweet baby Gwen. They already had everything else on hand so we were able to shoot this session pretty quickly. I am totally in love with the results! It’s always such a rush when your vision is perfectly executed and even more amazing when minimal effort is involved in the styling search. Aren’t they precious?!

Got some cowboys of your own? How about a princess, an astronaut, or a mermaid? Let’s capture that special magic.

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See Kai Run and The Measure | Seattle Commercial Photography

The Measure loved my Strawberry Shortcake shoot so much that they commissioned me to photograph another one of their precious vintage style sun suits. It was the perfect opportunity to pair them with the new yellow Shauna sandals from See Kai Run. This was the first client shoot in the new studio and I can’t imagine a better way to have the first inaugural client shot here.




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The “Celebrate The Studio” Sale!

Words fail me when I try to explain the joy this new adventure brings me. I never thought I would be a studio photographer. In fact, I always said I would definitely not be a studio photographer (you’d think I would have learned to never say never after the whole wedding thing) because I get bored so easily and must continue shooting different things. So, what changed? Aside from my frustration of being seriously limited in the number of months I could actually photograph clients (and personal projects) because, well, I’m in the Pacific Northwest where it is cold and rainy half the year, I’m not really sure. But I can tell you that my studio is the most inspiring space I’ve ever been in. It’s like a blank canvas to me with infinite possibilities. It’s a total creative space and constantly keeps me dreaming. It’s a gorgeous 1200 square foot loft with 20 foot ceilings, 3 10 foot windows, hardwoods, gorgeous historic exposed brick, and all white walls so the light can bounce around. Not to mention it is located in the heart of Pioneer Square in Seattle on the corner of 1st Ave and Yesler Way, which means it is a block from the waterfront and 2 blocks from Occidental Park, which happen to be the two loveliest places to shoot in downtown Seattle. This space really is a dream come true and I can’t wait to share it with you!

Over the last week I’ve been shooting friends and family in here to get a feel for the light and the space. I am happy to say that because the windows are north facing we have plenty of beautiful light (without being direct sunlight) all day long. I shot these photos of my husband and his brother literally right before sunset.2014-03-31_0005.jpg

Because this is such a joyous and unprecedented occasion for me, I wanted to pass along all this happy to you because YOU are what made this happen, my friends. Without you, I would not be living my dream right now. So, from the bottom of my heart, consider this my sincerest thank you to all of you who have supported me, my art, and my business over the past 4 years.

Beginning April 1st, 2014 through April 6th, 2014 all inclusive sessions (session fee and digital images included in one price) will be on sale for $600 (valued at $1725).

You must book your session (to take place during the months of April or May) during this time frame to take advantage of this savings of over 65% before everything goes back to full price on April 7th, 2014.

As a special thank you to returning clients, you will receive an additional $50 knocked off of your session fee. Book with a friend and you both receive a complimentary 11×14 print.

Seriously, I have never ever priced my sessions so low and honestly can’t see myself ever doing this again so take advantage of these huge savings while you can.

And, I just can’t resist throwing a bit more eye candy your way…

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