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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.

Project 52: Week Three | Seattle children’s photography

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hard to get different photos for each week. I guess that is sort of the point of this (well, one of the points anyway). It is so easy to just go to my old standby shots that I know will work, but I already have 9,781 photos of Juliet’s face – I love close-ups, if you hadn’t noticed;)– so it is good to push myself to find more interesting other perspectives with my own children. That being said, this week

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(read: “last week,” yes… still catching up!) finds Ophelia sharing a special moment with her Daddy during supper – I swear, she isn’t naked all the time… just during most meals, and she seems to eat constantly – and Juliet showing off a cut in her Irish step dancing class. Someone asked me “Does Ophelia ever smile?!” the other day. To which, I responded, “All the time! Why?” And that’s when she pointed out that Ophelia is not smiling in any of my recent photos of her. Next (this) week’s goal: get an Ophie smile!

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Project 52: Week Two | Seattle Child Photographer

I know, I know.  I’m still behind in posting.  Will this be the week I catch up?  Who knows!  I’m awfully good at procrastinating.:)

I guess I have a very artistic mindset when it comes to my photos because I think they should mean something so even with snapshots I try to capture something real, even if I am the only person who sees the meaning in it.  Silly?  Maybe.  I’m a little neurotic like that though.  This photo of Juliet (as normal and everyday as it is) completely shows her personality and what is important to her.  She is so so so proud of her little sister and would rather play with her and her baby toys than with her own stuff (check out her “big sister” shirt).  This kid is crazy about books, stories, and imagination in general; we are working on reading but she isn’t quite there yet on her own so she loves playing with her Leapfrog Tag pen (we are also a technofile family and you can see that here with the headphones and Tag… surprisingly, the ipod was cast aside for the moment).  You can also see her beloved garage-sale-find princess couch (she looooooooooves the Disney princesses).  Ophelia is still pretty young and we are just starting to see her personality really emerge and figure out what she favors, so there isn’t a whole lot to say about this picture of her, but I do love it so it made it.:) I know all this sounds pretty ridiculous, but my whole goal for this project was to capture who my kids are right now and observe how that changes over the course of the year.

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Project 52: Week One | Seattle Child Photographer

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to going to succeed in taking 52 photos of each of my girls. I will display one for each week of the year. The goal is to document our everyday life while watching them change and grow (and hopefully help me to become a better photographer since I will have to get creative with a lot of situations). I want to put them all in an album at the end of the year. So, yes, I am a little late in posting because we have had a lot going on since getting back from Texas and I was backlogged with editing, but I’ve caught up so I am finally able to post week one!

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Amanda - Your girls are beautiful! Look at their eyes! I love them! I bet your one proud momma!

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Ten on Tuesday | Seattle Child Photographer

Ready for ten random things?  Here we go…

  1. Thanks to my 5 year old, my 1 year old now thinks burping is hilarious.
  2. I’m definitely a transplanted Seattleite because I think drip coffee (which is what I am drinking right now) is super awesome.  Baristas have made fun of me for this on more than one occasion.
  3. Is the correct spelling of one who dwells in Seattle S-e-a-t-t-l-e-i-t-e or S-e-a-t-t-l-i-t-e?  I never know and they both look weird to me.  I’ve seen it both ways.  Thoughts?
  4. I’m officially planning a super epic road trip (with an old high school friend that visits us regularly in Seattle) for this Summer.  We’ll be travelling from Seattle to Houston (well, technicallythrough Houston and on to Lake Jackson, TX) by way of California with a pit stop at Disneyland.
  5. I’m doing a Project 52 this year so we can see how our girls change over the course of 52 weeks and then putting all those photos in a special album.  This is the goal anyway.
  6. We had family photos taken (this time WITH my husband!) over the holidays and we swapped sessions with Brit Bentine (of Locked Illusions Photography) and her family.   See?
  7. Speaking of Brit, she has created a new forum for photographers and their clients to come together.  If you’ve ever wondered why custom photographers cost more and why you don’t see all the photos we take or if you are looking for a photographer, this is the place for you.
  8. I’m making this for dinner tonight.
  9. Today is 1-11-11.  Just think how cool 11-11-11 is going to be.
  10. A margarita sounds fabulous right now.
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Michele K - Love this capture! So adorable!