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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.

One | Seattle Baby Photographer

My baby turned one last Tuesday.  Our plan was to celebrate with cupcakes at Trophy, but then it snowed and since we live on a hill, I was too chicken unable to move my car.  Ok, change of plans… I’ll just make her some cupcakes!  Or not.  I had exactly 4 eggs left and was cooking a big ol’ Thanksgiving feast 2 days later and had no idea if I was going to be able to make it back to the store like I planned.  Luckily, we live a block or so from a 7-11 and sometimes they have eggs.  Even though I am super klutzy, I was determined to have my baby eat cake in some form on her first birthday so I carefully made my way to the convenience store.  They didn’t have eggs, but they did have the nastiest “fresh” cupcakes and the day was saved.  I know, it sounds silly, but this was causing me great stress!  I finally made it back home (after busting my butt 3 times) with cupcakes for my girls and they didn’t even care that I thought those were the grossest cupcakes on the planet because it was the little one’s first real taste of sugar and what 4 year old complains about any type of cupcake?  Our celebration was topped off by a good old fashioned snowball fight with Daddy.  It was definitely a memorable birthday, and I don’t think it could have been better.  Here are a few photos to show off my babies.  We’ll celebrate Ophelia’s birthday with friends at Twirl Cafe this weekend then Juliet’s party is the following weekend at the Children’s Museum!  And, of course, more pictures will follow.:)

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Rainy Days | Seattle Baby Photographer

Audrey’s momma signed her up for my last mini sessions.  Unfortunately, the rains came and she was the only successful mini session that day.  However, she came prepared with a rain jacket and rain boots and so we just shot through the sprinkling and managed to finish right before it started pouring.  I loved photographing her dainty little features and serious expressions.  She is such a pretty baby.

Show them some love!  If they get 15 comments on this post they’ll get a free 5×7!

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Molly Veltz - Kathy, She is so cute, I can hardly stand it. I can’t wait to kiss her and slobber on her. I will babysit her when you guys are in town, if you want to go out with your family!

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%.

Ta-daaaaaaa!

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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