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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.

Spring Mini Sessions | Seattle Child Photographer

Basically, I am trying something a little bit different this time. I am offering the usual 20-30 minute mini session with 10-15 photos to choose from, but rather than including a set of prints or digital collections or whatever with it, I am offering two very different options.  There will be 6 appointments available and they are going to go fast, so if you want one, you better email me for more information ASAP!

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Generations | Seattle family photography

A sweet baby boy cuddles his momma in the beautiful morning sunshine.

Olivia is a knitter.  We met through a mutual group of friends on Ravelry while she was still pregnant with the adorable Mr.Enzo.  She knit him that gorgeous sweater, by the way.  As much as I hate to admit it, even my photos don’t do it justice.  It is so soft and the texture of the yarn is just lovely.  When I complimented her on it she totally took the attitude of “oh that old thing.” Perhaps it is just something only a knitter can truly appreciate… especially a procrastinating, I-purposely-never-knit-for-me-and-only-knit-for-my-kids-and-hats-and-other-small-projects-because-I-must-have-it-right-now-or-I-get-bored-and/or-too-busy, instant gratification kind of knitter like I am.  Anyway, Olivia is a knitter.  And as sweet as pie.

Proud grandparents look on as their lovely daughter holds their baby grandson with rays of sunshine at their backs.

This is her mum, Maria (I feel so cute saying “mum”), and dad, Ted; they joined in for a generational shoot.  Funny story: I’ve heard Olivia use the word “mum” before.  I’ve got a weird quirk about the word mum.  It’s a love/hate relationship, really.  I love the word.  I think it is adorable when the right people use it (as in, the people who culturally were brought up to use it) but I loathe when people use it because they think they are being cute or cool (case in point, the term “yummy mummy” came into vogue about 5 years ago and it drove me crazy).  I’ll admit now that I thought Olivia fell into the second category.  Of course, I would never say anything… I just made a mental note of it.:) And then I met her mom.  Who is from New Zealand.  Guess who felt like a horse’s rear?  :)

Mother and baby cuddle and share a sweet moment while breastfeeding.

As I’ve said before, the beauty about custom photography (well, one of the many beauties…) is that your photographer understands that babies need to eat.  And Enzo needed a snack.  So we hung out for a while and he ate.

A family relaxes by a beautiful fountain in a serene outdoor setting while mom stops to feed baby and dad lovingly looks on.

This was one of my favorites from the session.  They had no idea I was photographing them and it is such a sweet, beautiful moment.

baby in an aqua blue hand knit sweater

How precious is he?!

dad and baby playing outside in Seattle

Adorable.  Daddies and babies melt me every time.

Seattle family picture

Alright y’all, leave ‘em some love!  They had a beautiful session, so let them know what you think!

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Valerie - So wonderful! I just love them. It is easy to see who is in charge in this family.

LeighAnn - These are BEAUTIFUL pictures, Sarah!

aubrey - Everybody in this family is adorable. congrats to baby and mama!

stephanie - look at them babeh toes!!

Susan - That baby is fierce. He would totally get best photo on Top Model.

Gail - It looks like the kind of picture that would come with the frame… you know, the kind you leave in the frame so visitors will think you have really great looking friends with beautiful babies.

Ken Pacquer - Such a beautiful family!

Kai - That is an amazing sweater! The texture looks all snuggly. That must be one happy baby.

Seth - Wow – great pics!

Maria - Love the New Zealand paua buttons on Enzo’s cardigan.

Kristi - This whole shoot is gorgeous! I love how you processed them. If you haven’t already done so, I’d love to see a blog post about your post processing and any actions or presets you might use. Very nice work.

Kristi - Oops – I scrolled down farther on the page and found an editing post. Sorry! I’m a new reader, but am really enjoying your blog so far.

Sarah - Thanks for the kind words!

I actually just posted the action I used to process this shoot in my Etsy shop last night!

Facebook Giveaway! | Seattle Photography Giveaway

All you have to do is head over to facebook and like me (if you haven’t already, but, of course, you have, right?!;)) and leave  me a note on my wall and you’ll be entered to win!  The contest ends next Saturday, April 16, 2011, so be sure you get your entries in before then.  And don’t forget I am coming to Texas this Summer and anyone and everyone can enter (and I do travel, so don’t think that your limited to just Texas or Seattle!) so please do enter and tell your friends!

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Project 52: Week Fourteen | Seattle Children’s Photography

This is our last week with my sweet Momma until we go to Texas in August (which I am now booking sessions for, by the way).  She extended her stay by two whole weeks to take care of me and my girls (and, let’s face it, my husband too) while I wasn’t feeling well and I am sure going to miss her when she goes home this weekend!  We were able to check out some pretty sweet locations and she (unknowingly) helped me plan for my Spring Mini Sessions this week.  You get a sneaky little taste of the gorgeous spot that I’ve chosen for the Spring Minis.  I can’t wait to announce the details in the next few days.  Stay tuned!

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Project 52: Playing Catch-up!

As if I weren’t already a week behind.  Add to that the fact that I tend to procrastinate save my awesomeness until the last minute on top of some unexpected personal stuff coming up over the past couple weeks AND my sweet Momma is visiting and ended up extending her trip… let’s just say I am feeling like a bit of a slacker!  I have managed to continue capturing my kids each week, but I haven’t posted them.  So, prepare to be flooded with 3 weeks of photos!:)

Week 11

This week’s capture was from our very first gardening experience (for both girls) at a lovely friend‘s home.  She has a beautiful, whimsical yard and invited us over on a lazy Sunday to play in the dirt with her and her little boy and their neighbor’s.  Who could say no to that?!

Week 12

I was so inspired by my friend’s garden, that I decided I needed to try and rejuvenate my brown thumb.  I am notorious for killing every plant I touch, but have never tried my hand at actual gardening.  With my mother here, I decided we were going to take the perfect 3×5 plot next to our home and turn it into our own little patch.  So we did!  After weeding and spreading compost, we planted raspberries, strawberries, and red cabbage.  We put blueberries in pots and more strawberries in other containers.  I decided I also had to have a mini herb garden.  There are plans for baby carrots, lettuce, and mint in the next few days (as well as transplanting Juliet’s little flowers from the previous week’s planting extravaganza).  I’m going to get a couple more blueberry bushes as well since the lady at Swanson’s Nursery told me that causes them to yield a far better crop (who knew?!) and when it gets a little warmer we will be planting cucumbers, zucchini, and tomatoes!  I am fully prepared for everything to die, but I’m okay with that.  I’m beginning to learn that life isn’t just about the results but about the experience and this is an experience that I want myself and my children to have.  This week Juliet’s compost-y hands took center stage and Ophelia, unintentionally dressed in her most boyish outfit, ripped out her bow as she sports a perfect mud print on left cheek.

Week 13

Before we knew my Momma was going to be staying longer, I was feeling the rush to get her to see the cherry blossoms at the University of Washington.  Being from Texas, she has never seen anything like this.  The wildflowers in Texas are breathtaking in their own right and there is nothing like them and nothing will ever replace the bluebonnets and Indian paintbrushes in my heart, but cherry blossoms are just so special.  So I had to take her to see them.  With all the rainy and gross weather we’ve had lately, I was not confident that this was going to happen, so we made a run over there at the drop of a hat when the sun came out.  Juliet decided to climb trees and Ophelia, being at the “I must copy every single tiny thing my big sister does” stage, decided to climb her Mimi instead.  I’m hoping this week we can go back and get some real photos instead of just snapshots, but in the absence of that happening, these’ll do just fine! <3

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