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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.

Replichrome II | Slide Film Emulation

 You already know how much I love Replichrome, but now those creative geniuses over at Totally Rad have knocked it out of the park with a new set.  I was very excited and honored to be asked to beta test the new Replichrome II slide film emulation presets.

Here’s the thing, as much as I want to be a film photographer, I am not (at least not at this time).  Totally Rad has made it possible for anyone to achieve an accurate film look without having to shoot film (which, let’s face it, is significantly more pricey over time than it’s digital counterpart).  I’ve edited (and re-edited) a few photos with my favorites from the new Replichrome II presets.  Check ‘em out and then go grab a copy of these bad boys for yourself!

From Totally Rad’s desciption:
“Replichrome II includes presets for Fuji™, Agfa™ and Kodak™ slide films. This set contains multiple versions of each slide film, using both Nortitsu™ and Epson™ scanners. Slide films are known for their exceptional color quality and high contrast and are particularly well-suited for landscape, fashion and reportage photography.”


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Ice Cream Concept Planning | Seattle Commercial Photographer

My Strawberry Shortcake inspired commercial shoot had such a great response that I’ve been in talks with partners to create that same vintage Americana vibe… but with ice cream!  Think old ice cream trucks and the Good Humor man, soda jerks and sundaes, children and vintage prints. Gorgeous, fun stuff!

I’ve been wanting to plan an ice cream concept for a while now but have just never gotten around to actually doing it.  With so many amazing ice cream options in Seattle, there is no reason not to!  I’ve been dreaming up something wonderful filled with all this vintage Americana, nostalgia, pops of muted color, clean lines, and the juxtaposition of elegance and peeling paint.

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When I think “vintage Americana” the picture that enters my mind consists of all the best parts of several decades, spanning the lifetime of my grandparents.  I think of picket fences, soda shops, farms with red barns and cows, pigtails, mary janes, blue jeans, wooden pails, old cars, etc.  I think of mixing the fashion and decor of the 1930s with the culture of the 1950s.  It’s idealism and kitsch.  It’s shabby chic and natural bright clean lines.  It’s apple pies and ice cream, baseball and peanuts.  It’s the magic of Summer evenings and catching fireflies. Top it off with the magic of childhood and timeless elementary school Summers. Think ice cream sundaes after a baseball game, running through sprinklers and perking up when you hear that magical jovial tinkling music box sound from the ice cream truck, sticky hands and melting ice cream cones.  It’s the idealism of a smiling milk man delivering milk in glass bottles, homemade pies, the excitement of a county fair, sparklers and fireworks.  It’s a mix of modern trends and a bygone era.  Follow Hope and Memory Photography’s board Ice Cream on Pinterest.

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Ice Cream Campaign Planning | Eureka Faction! - […] Materials have been distributed to our partners, and planning for our ice cream campaign us underway! We can’t say much, but we’re oh so excited to see the end results! Check out this super secret sneak peek blog post on planning the photo session by Sarah Vasquez over at Hope and Memory Photography. […]

Pin It to Win It 2014 | Win your dream concept session with Seattle’s Premier Child Photographer!

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Pin your absolute dream concept session with me. We all have those childhood daydreams that we wish were a reality… here is your opportunity to turn them into a reality for your children, even if it is just an experience one afternoon, the photos they have will last them a lifetime of dreaming and remembering. I do this by combining some posing and many candid shots to marry my vision as an artist to who your child is so that I can tell their unique and beautiful story. You know your child best… the things they obsess over and adore; use this as your inspiration and get to pinning!

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If any of these steps are not followed, your entry will not qualify to win.

  • Create a new pinboard on Pinterest with the title “Pin It to Win It 2014 – Hope and Memory Photography.”
  • Pin the above image.
  • Leave a comment with a link to your pinboard.
  • Start pinning your heart out!


  • your favorite photos from my website
  • textures and colors that inspire you
  • clothing, outfits, shoes, etc. that you adore
  • locations that evoke the feel you want in your photos (or locations you actually want to use!)
  • props that help to tell your story (especially fun DIY projects and crafts
  • songs, books, plays, etc. that speak to you (just make sure they are all relevant to your concept)


  • The winning session will take place in Seattle, WA during the month of August 2014 (the only caveat to this would be if I am already travelling to your area or you are willing to pay travel costs for me to travel to you… please email me to discuss this if you do not live in the Seattle area).
  • Your session must be a concept session.
  • Winner will ultimately be responsible for acquiring props, but I am more than happy to help create and shop online for props.
  • Winner will be determined by the most creative and well thought out pinboard.
  • Contest will run from May 12,2014 until May 26, 2014. Winner will be announced on Tuesday, May 27, 2014.

Need some inspiration? Check out last year’s winner: Midsummer Night’s Dream.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me!

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Jill Zelizer - Here’s my pinboard! We’re moving to the north Oregon Coast in a month, so I’ll be much closer than I am now! Can’t wait for beachy photos! http://www.pinterest.com/jillz7/pin-it-to-win-it-2014-hope-and-memory-photography/

Christina - Here’s my pinboard! A party for a bunch of fun ladies I know to have some summer fun! http://www.pinterest.com/cmmeyer/pin-it-to-win-it-2014-hope-and-memory-photography/

Sarah Vasquez - Please email me at sarah @ hopeandmemoryphotography.com to claim your session.

Come party with us!

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It’s finally here! We are all moved in and I am thrilled to invite you to view my beautiful space.  Please join us for a studio open house on Saturday, May 10th, 2014 from 1-3:30 pm.  There will be opportunities for renting the studio (think parties, small events, baby showers, etc. or for shooting time if you are a photographer!) as well as some rockin’ specials when you book your session that day.  We will have wine (as well as non-alcoholic beverages), snacks, and cupcakes… because who doesn’t love cupcakes?!  Planning to attend (of course, you are!)?  Please RSVP here so we know how many goodies to plan for.

wine and Couture portraits

Have you ever dreamed about looking like you just stepped off the pages of a magazine?  Or maybe you just want to feel like a pretty pretty princess for a day?  Now you can have both.

I am introducing a new type of session called Couture Portraits.  With hair and makeup included (as well as a few wardrobe options), this is the perfect “girl’s day out.”  Ideal for a day out with your girlfriends, mothers and adult or teen daughters, bridal parties, etc.  The possibilities are endless and  the feedback we have already received from the promos I have shot is that they are FABULOUS.  Spend a day being pampered with the ladies you love most and then – since you’ll already be dolled up and looking hot – head out on the town for a girl’s night out or a hot date.

To kick it off, I will be hosting an introductory (and ultra exclusive) Couture Portrait event at the studio, co-hosted by Vin: Wine and Events.  Think of this as a “Couture Portrait tasting” to wet your palate for the real deal.  Vin will be on hand to let you sample some amazing boutique wines.  It’s really going to be a wonderful afternoon.

So, you’re in, right?  Because how could you say no to pretty dresses, wine, and jaw dropping portraits of yourself?

Here’s the nitty gritty:

* hair and makeup by the ultra talented Lis Krebs (studied makeup at the LA Cinema Makeup school)
* access to studio wardrobe (that gorgeous aqua tulle dress you see up there?  It’s adjustable and fits all sizes from a 4 year old to around a size 22)
* boutique wine tasting by Vin
* bottle of wine to take home with you
* 10 minute portrait sitting
* 1 digital image
 (prints and additional images available for purchase separately)


Ready to snatch yours up?  Hurry, because there are only 5 available openings.
Reserve your seat today!


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See Kai Run and Ses Petites Mains | Seattle Commercial Photography

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I especially adore Ses Petites Mains, a tiny chic clothing line out of San Francisco. I’ve been lusting after their dresses for several years now and was thrilled when I was commissioned to photograph their new Spring line. Their clothes have always evoked a French feel (which I suppose is very apt, given their name) to me and I immediately knew exactly where and how I would photograph their gorgeous creations. See Kai Run‘s Spring 2014 Kai shoes made for a perfect pairing. It’s always a treat to

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work with brands that have products that are strong enough to stand on their own, but versatile enough to pair with just about anything. See Kai Run is especially good at this. All of their shoes are able to be dressed up or down with ease to match any outfit. As a parent, this is a huge standout feature as the last thing you want when trying to run out the door is to fight with a kid about their favorite shoes not being appropriate for your outting. Bravo to these two wonderful companies I love! They’ve both knocked it out of the park yet again with fabulous children’s fashion.

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