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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 Five | Seattle Family photography

I’m beginning to think I will never post a week’s photos on the actual week it belongs to.  Partially because I don’t always get the photos done until Sunday night and mostly because I’m really good at procrastinating.:)

I’ll admit it, I’ve been feeling un-inspired this week and was really struggling with getting shots that aren’t repetitive.  Everyone is always commenting on my girls’ eyes (even though they are so starkly different) so I thought I would do a couple headshots because they are easy to show off those eyeballs that get so much attention.  I’m kinda sad that I put them in black and white because I would love for you to see the depth of color but the lighting was so very very different (and bad) in these that I didn’t really have a choice without spending far too long fixing them, so black and white it is (plus, I secretly love playing with new black and white conversions)!  There are still 47 weeks left to get their eyes in color so I’m not to worried about it.  Here’s hoping next week brings me some inspiration – maybe in the form of some gorgeous flowers… are you listening, my darling husband? 😉

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Project 52: Week Four | Seattle baby photography

Man, this week went by fast!  It has been a busy week for me and since this is from the week of 1/23/11 – 1/29/11 I am WAY behind.  So, rather than really attempt to do along schpiel, I’ll simply show you this week’s (and by this week I think we all know I really mean last week) set.

Juliet has been very into the Star Wars Lego Xbox game recently.  This picture shows her defeating the evil AT-ATs on Hoth.  She was excited.:) The goal for Ophelia this week was to catch a smile.  She smiles a LOT but Momma is always the one making her smile.  Or Juliet.  But there is no way I would show you a photo of our perpetually toy and laundry laden abode, so that really cuts down on the times I can catch Juliet getting Ophelia to smile.  Instead, we went to the park and swang (swung? swinged?) hit the swings.  That was a surefire smile-getter.  So, here she is, with a coy little half smile.  It isn’t ideal, but it proves she does make more than one facial expression.   Until next time…

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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!