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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 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.
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  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!


I’m sitting here drinking my delicious coffee (with a smidgen of whipping cream… yes, it is sinful, but you should try it!) and jamming out to my Built To Spill Pandora station and am so thankful to be back in Seattle after a rather warm holiday vacation in south Texas.

2010 was a great year for us. Besides opening my business, we saw first words, first steps, first birthdays, the beginnings of a young reader, promotions, and many visits from cherished friends. We almost always head to Texas to spend the holidays with our precious family. My sweet husband decided to take me to Austin for my birthday and we got to spend New Year’s Eve on 6th Street and the following day with some of our wonderful friends and their chubby baby girl.

Not only is it a new year, but it’s a new decade! The new year always is bittersweet for me; I love the holiday season and am always sad to see it go (December is a very busy month for our family as it is filled with birthdays and anniversaries on top of the usual holidays) but I relish the fresh start and the new beginnings. Because my birthday is on New Year’s Eve, I like to think I get an extra slate-wiping since January 1st is always the first day of my next year of life. So I’ve

been doing a lot of thinking about the upcoming year. A lot of new things are happening and 2011 feels like the beginning of a whole new era for us. I have some exciting plans for my business this year (more on that in a minute) and my oldest will be starting kindergarten in the Fall. My wonderful, hard-working husband and I have made the usual “let’s get healthy” resolutions and 2011 brings us one year closer to him finishing his degree at Seattle Pacific University. It’s going to be a good year!

Now on to the exciting stuff…

I’m adding new newborn faces to my portfolio this Winter, so if you or someone you know is pregnant and due January, February, or March 2011, you need to check this awesome special out.

Now that my baby is older, I’m excited to announce two new things that I have been wanting to add to my business for a while now. Beginning this Summer, I will begin offering birth photography at a super low price for the first few births that I photograph (expect a blog post about this with examples soon). So, if you know anyone due this Summer, send ‘em my way!:)

I’m also really excited to announce that I am now offering travel sessions! Are you just dying for me to photograph you but you don’t live anywhere near Seattle? No problem! Get 4 or more of your friends to book a session with me and I’ll fly out for the weekend to photograph all y’all (sorry, did I mention I was just in Texas?) and your session will be on the house. Pretty sweet deal, if you ask me!

Do you like to play around in Photoshop? Do you wish your snapshots looked like mine? I’m planning to sell my personal actions (yep, the very ones I edit almost all of my photos with) to photographers and photo enthusiasts alike. I haven’t figured out how I am going to do the whole online storefront thing yet (maybe etsy? maybe on the blog? who knows?) so for now if this is something you are interested in, email me and we can go from there!

And to top it all off, you can expect to see more personal posts from me (sort of like this one) so we can get to know each other a little better.

This is going to be an exciting new year with lots of happy changes and I can’t wait to share it with you! What new and exciting things (or just plain ol’ resolutions) do you have planned for the year?

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Kelly H - Those eyes those lips. You just want to kiss them. Great pictures.

mary - Beautiful and sweet photographs!

Sam Butler - Beautiful photos.

Beautiful Baby Girl <3

Melissa - Oh, those eyes, those lips, those rolls! Perfection!

Kari Bruck - What a beautiful little one…gorgeous eyes! Great Work!

Mel - Soooo cute! The new year is awesome isn’t it.

brittany fantuz - What a sweet, sweet baby. Adorable.

Amanda - What a cutie pie! I love her eyes!

marla - So cute! Love her CHEEKS!