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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.

Ollie, Jamie, and Skylar | Seattle Family Photographer

“Babies are such a nice way to start people.”
~ Don Herrold

It was such a pleasure to photograph this family.  I got to shoot them in my current favorite location and they were so easy to work with.  Little Skylar turned one the day before our session and was just a ball of cuteness!  She has such an adorable personality, and who can resist those brand new baby steps?  You know the ones – that deliberate, careful, high step that is standard for the first few months of walking.  Adorable, I say!  Adorable!  Here are some of my favorites from my time with them.  (And aren’t they snazzy dressers?  Future clients, take note!)

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Ridge Meadows Photography - Ohhhh these are ADORABLE. Love them:)

Lauren P. - I love the fall colors in these – great job!

rachael - what a cute family, nice work!

Sarah Cornish - What a gorgeous family! Love all the emotion you captured and what a total cutie!

Julie Campbell - Beautiful family, beautiful setting, and amazing photos!

robin - I love the beautiful Fall colors, these are great captures!

Chocoholic | Photoshop Tips

Do you like chocolate?  I do.  I love chocolate.  A lot.  No, really – like an inordinate amount.  Today I am going to teach you how to make your own chocolate… in Photoshop!

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I’m not really big on the black and whites.  It isn’t really my style.  That being said, I find black and whites much easier to edit than color photos (especially when you’re using an action).  I often convert my personal snapshots into black and white because, well, it’s easier and I don’t want to spend hours editing snapshots.:)  A common plight with photographers is finding a good conversion (that’s the term for turning a color photo into a black and white) that doesn’t look too gray.  This one isn’t the Gucci of conversions, but it’s at least a GAP conversion.;)  So let’s get to my quick and dirty chocolate conversion! (Hint: if you can’t see enough detail, click on the screen capture and it will open up a little bit bigger.)

The first thing you do is create a new hue/saturation layer.

Go ahead and desaturate the image 100%.

Now we are going to duplicate our background layer: select “background” and right-click.

Change the layer mode to “soft light.”  Make sure this layer is under the hue/saturation layer.

Now we are going to create a solid color layer…

…and fill with a nice, rich brown.

Now set your color layer to “color” mode…

…and reduce the opacity to 50%.


I added a slight vignette to this one.  Here’s the finished product!

As a bonus, I’ve created an action for you.  You can download it here.

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Scouting | Seattle Child Photographer

The other day I was exploring and scouting out new locations.  It was rainy and yucky, so I couldn’t get the exact test shots I wanted (instead I just used my handy dandy iphone camera in the off chance hat I forgot where I wanted to shoot) and couldn’t see exactly how the light was going to play, although I had an idea, so we just waited for a sunny day to show up.  Yesterday was that day!  It was pretty soggy still so I just used my 4 year old instead of my baby.  I am in love.  I love Fall photos to begin with (who am I kidding?  I love Fall!) and I love light and bokeh (bokeh is what happens when you shoot with a wide aperture, resulting in the beautiful background blur) so it didn’t even matter to me that Juliet was refusing to cooperate.  For the record, this is where I am holding the last mini sessions this year.  Check them out… I think you’ll love them too!

Check out those yellow leaves!

This makes me swoon.  The colors, the light, the everything…

Holy Bokeh, Batman! This one is by far my favorite.  Bokeh makes my heart sing!

I can’t wait for mini sessions now!

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Sara Welch - beautiful! love this location :)

Hilary - That light is amazing!!! WOW!! Beautiful shots!

JennyO - Wow, absolutely beautiful light. What a great place to hold your mini sessions.

Holly C - Darling! That second and third are my favorite. And I have to add that I am not too far away in Spokane! :)

Beth - Amazing location. Pretty cute girl too :)

Christy F - These are just beautiful – love all three!!!

Lauren P. - What a beautiful location – such pretty images!

Brit - Gorgeous! You rocked this out!

Christene - Such a beautiful location and model! Love the light!

Alison Kay - Holy jealous! What a gorgeous location! Your photos are stunning- beautiful work!

Jackie Clayton - Sarah these pictures are amazing!!! if i’m ever visiting Seattle area with my little boy I’m definitely calling you up! My MIL lives near the area so perhaps its a possibility one day! keep up the awesome work girl, you rock!

Purva - I feel so proud to be a small part of this gorgeous smile. This collection is my favorite one yet!

Holiday In The Park | Seattle Holiday Mini Sessions

Next month I will be doing the very last mini sessions ever in 2010.  I’ve never offered such a great deal on digital files before.  The entire mini session fee is what I normally charge for one digital file and that does not include the minimum purchase.  I’m not requiring any minimum print orders for the mini sessions and I’ll also include low resolution “web ready” files of your two high resolution files.  Sessions will start at 9am and be scheduled every 30 minutes after that.  I have a limited number of slots available, so don’t wait to schedule!

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Scouting | Seattle Child Photographer | hopeandmemoryphotography.com - [...] to me that Juliet was refusing to cooperate.  For the record, this is where I am holding the last mini sessions this year.  Check them out… I think you’ll love them [...]

Rainy Days | Seattle Baby Photographer | hopeandmemoryphotography.com - [...] momma signed her up for my last mini sessions.  Unfortunately, the rains came and she was the only successful mini session that day.  However, [...]