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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.

Ten On Tuesday | Seattle Family Photographer

  1. A friend linked these plastic Easter egg tea cups and cupcakes on facebook and I instantly fell in love.  I’m just waiting for someone to make some and email me because I have the perfect location in mind and these would make FABULOUS props.  I’d do it myself, but you’re probably sick of seeing my children by now and we should probably throw yours in the mix.:)
  2. Have you booked your mini session yet?  I’m holding them at my new favorite location, which I lovingly refer to as “Fairytale Hollow” even though it is just the Washington Park Arboretum and I just rock at finding super awesome little secret locations that are right next to where you park your car so you don’t even have to walk very far off the beaten path.
  3. My Summer schedule is starting to fill up and since I only take on a very limited number of sessions a month, you should probably book now if you are wanting a session during the warmer months (yay! Summer!) as I can’t guarantee availability.
  4. Have you discovered ZozoBugBaby yet?  Oh my, I’m in love.  I’m even planning to dust off my sewing machine (and clear off my wobbly kitchen table) when I get some spare time (in 2018) and make my kids some super-freaking-adorable stuff.  Apparently, this is the pattern for the non-seamstress (no patterns, just measurements, she says!) and they are all aimed at beginners.  I’m pretty sure these are the kind of clothes celebrities pay hundreds and hundreds of dollars for and you can get an instant download pattern for a mere $12 or buy some already made awesomeness for a bit more.  Check ‘em out!
  5. I added 2 new actions to my Etsy shop, which you should favorite, bookmark, and share with the world, by the way.  And while we are talking about my actions, I need a couple testers (particularly if you are an experienced Elements user) so if you are interested, please email me a little bit about yourself, why you think you’d be a good tester, and what version you are using.  While we’re at it, check out my fancy new display!
  6. Speaking of Etsy, my super talented and artsy friend, Karen, just opened her very own Etsy store.  It’s a little bit steampunk, a little bit whimsy, and a whole lot of talent.  This one is my favorite but I also really like this one and this one (get it? a “clockwork orange”?!).
  7. We went to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival this past weekend and got some gorgeous shots of my babies.  Juliet was her usual impish self and Ophelia spotted her first kite.

  8. I’m pretty much obsessed with buying daffodils from the grocery store lately.  I mean, who can resist a bunch of gorgeous, Spring-y flowers for $2?  But then I bring them home and while I am instantly cheered every time I see them, this usual non-allergy sufferer is getting the sniffles.  Boo!  I refuse to stop bringing these little rays of sunshine into my life though!
  9. If you don’t follow On The Spot Studio (Tiffany designed my logo and is amazing, by the way!) on Facebook and her blog, you are missing out on some seriously outstanding giveaways that are NOT just for photographers.
  10. I’m starting my second round of this homeopathic hCG diet (I lost 36 lbs and 32″ on the first round, in case you were wondering if it actually works and I kept it off) today and I am not looking forward to the next 3 weeks of restricted eating (but I am looking forward to hopefully being a lot lighter!)

And just because I am in love with this photo from Easter and because I can’t end a blog post with boring weight loss stuff and because my beloved 5D Mark II was sent in to see Dr. Canon yesterday (which means Project 52 is going to be put on hold for a couple weeks, hopefully giving me time to catch up on old posts…) and well, just because…

sisters picking flowers

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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

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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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