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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.

Exciting announcement… and Bunny Mini Sessions are BACK!

Have you heard the news? We’ll be moving into a gorgeous loft studio in the heart of Pioneer Square next month! Wood floors, high ceilings, exposed brick, big open floor plan… the works! I am so very thrilled

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to have found such a gem of a space to call my first studio home. And did I mention that its perfectly placed to allow for a variety of outdoor shooting as well as indoor shots? I am so utterly in love with this space. I’ve attached a couple photos for eye candy, but we haven’t moved in just yet so I will be sharing more when we do, of course!


My favorite wall!


This is in the stairwell, if you can believe it! And I kind of adore that my girl has her shoes on the wrong feet.


Ok, now on to what you’ve all been waiting for: the highly anticipated Seattle Bunny Mini Sessions! These were a huge hit last year. They sold out within days and there was a waiting list. I use the wonderful Bunnies for Birthdays to provide well socialized and cared for baby (and adult) bunnies for these sessions. They are USDA licensed and very professional. We love working with them. The mini sessions will be held in the new studio on April 13, 2014. You are welcome to stay after your session and hang out in the studio cuddling bunnies to your heart’s content, but we only have space for a total of 6 sessions (and 2 have already booked!) so don’t delay in snatching up your spot! As soon as your session is paid for, your appointment time is locked in. I’ve made it easy for you with the PayPal button below.BunnySessions_blog


Did you miss out on the Seattle bunny sessions last year? Just look how precious these little ones were!

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Exclusive Concept Session: Alice In Wonderland

There are some stores I love. Like, love love love. The kind of stores you just want to be your home (Hello, Anthropologie!). I love them so much I have a hard time when I walk in because I get so overwhelmed with all the gorgeous eye candy and then end up being paralyzed with indecision and walking out empty handed. These are the kind of places I want to just walk in and say “Um, can you just dress me?” or “My bedroom could really use a makeover… Just go ahead and take care of the decor and styling for me.” I just want someone to make all the decisions for me because I know I will love the finished product. And I’m busy. And I get overwhelmed. And then I just don’t ever get around to doing anything about it and that thing just kind of keeps buzzing in the back if my mind “hey, you need to do this thing…” making me feel all anxious and even more overwhelmed.

Frequently clients approach me and express their desire for a concept session followed with something along the lines of “but I’m just not as creative as you are,” or “but I have no idea what I want,” or “I don’t even know where to start…” and various variations thereof.  I always reassure these people that I am here to walk through every step of the way with you to find the absolute perfect dream session for your child that also resonates deeply with you as a parent; after all, that’s why you are hiring me!  But sometimes even that is overwhelming for busy parents (I totally get it… ask me about how far planning has come on my 8 year old’s birthday party… when her birthday was 2 months ago…), so I am very excited to begin offering Exclusive Concept Sessions – editorial style storytelling sessions that have been swimming around in my head, which means I already have the vision planned and ready to go, just waiting for the perfect little girl or boy to star in it!

I’ve been dying to shoot an Alice In Wonderland concept for a while now.  I have some new tricks up my sleeve that I am not quite ready to share yet, but they will work perfectly with such a whimsical and imaginative scene.  Intrigued?  This session could belong to you!  Even more exciting?  Exclusive Concept Sessions will truly be a one stop shop with the session fee and all high res files included in a digital download link at an all inclusive price of $1250 (valued at $1725).  Such a steal!

Check it out. This would be a wonderful option for a sibling shoot with so many quirky characters to be portrayed!  If this resonates with you and you can totally see your child (or yourself!) in this world, let’s talk!




Ready to snatch up this amazing opportunity and end that buzzing in the back of your mind?  Just think Of me as your photographic equivalent of a Nordstrom personal stylist. Book your Exclusive Concept Session now!

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Seeing The Light: A Photographer’s Journey | Part 1

Back in October I mentioned on Facebook that I’d had a lightbulb moment inspiring a blog miniseries of sorts. Now that we are past the craziness of busy season and the holidays, I finally have time to sit down and share the thoughts I’ve penned.

From my personal creative journal:
“I’ve always been a bit bemused that I can tell you the surroundings of every photograph I’ve ever taken. Maybe this is normal? Maybe it’s a photographer thing? I’m not sure but I’ve realized this is because they are all little pieces of me that I share with the world. Though it isn’t frequently at the forefront of my mind, this is probably the biggest reason I find photos to be so magical (especially when thought has been placed into it instead of simply snapping the shutter). If eyes are windows to the soul, what does that make a photograph? The photographer is quite literally showing you how they are viewing the world, even the most tiny and mundane moments become beautiful. I’m continually reminded how becoming a photographer has changed me. Light and the way it dances across the details of its subject is one of the most beautiful things on Earth. Not only can it change moods, it can instantly make anything look like it’s kissed by magic. Learning to see the light is the best gift I’ve ever given myself. It’s a bit paradoxical because it can’t be taught. You just have to keep searching for it until one day everything falls into place and you see it. I’ll never forget my absolute frustration with my photos at the beginning of my photographic journey. Dad use to tell me ‘you have to learn to see the light.’ I never understood what he meant and would beg him to elaborate or, better yet, just teach me. If you know him, you’ll understand the intensity of his response… this is a man that is (affectionately) known for giving far more information than is needed. An old family friend used to say ‘If you ask Joe the time, he’ll tell you how to build a clock.’ For him to simply tell me ‘I can’t. You just have to see it for yourself,’ is a huge indicator of the nature of this sort of thing. Now this is my biggest advice to anyone that ever asks me how to take better photos: learn to see the light and everything else will follow. I also think this is a huge indicator in the development of one’s shooting style. Dad doesn’t see light like I do, I don’t see light like you do, and

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you don’t see light like the man down the street. Once you learn the basics of operating a camera, photography is simply about manipulating the light to be the way you see it in your mind’s eye. ‘Painting with light.’ Anyway, the whole point I was trying to make is that photography has given me the ability to see stunning beauty in the mundane. Something that most would walk on by and not even notice has me stopping and marveling at its beauty… and snapping a photo.”


I wanted to share a couple photos of ordinary every day moments that turned into something magical because of the way the light fell.


This one, my baby was waiting on her lunch. The light in our dining room was so soft and ethereal coming through the sheer curtains. It was one of those moments where I just audibly sighed and ran to grab my camera.3-365web-2
These next two were taken last Summer when we went down to Portland to visit my best friend and her family. We were walking around the Portland Arboretum in the late afternoon and as she stopped to play with her baby, the light just engulfed her and it was a breathtaking sight.Biesman_07272013web-1Biesman_07272013web-8


I was recently volunteering in my oldest daughter’s class. I always have my camera with me these days thanks to my 365 project and, again, I couldn’t help but snap a photo. Warm golden light always makes my heart go pitter pat. It’s kind of addicting.;)Retreat-web


Do you have any stories about seeing the light? Share them in the comments section!

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Kelly - Thank you for this! I have started bringing my camera with me all the time also. April is my first month of my 365 project. After reading this I am going to try and remember to find the light for each of my photographs no matter how small or big!

Week 4 | 365

The hardest part about this project is not the taking a photo everyday as I expected it would be… it’s picking a single photo to tell the story of that day.  So very hard to choose just one to showcase each day!


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Do you have a handsome man serenade you nightly?  Oh, because I do.





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Crane Wife 2.0 | Seattle Child Photographer

I broke one of my cardinal rules.

I spent the majority of 2012 painstakingly making this dress. Ok, that’s a bit of an exaggeration… it was more like 5 or 6 months, but it felt like forevvvvvvvvver. I had to learn a lot of new sewing tricks and pretty much totally winged it as I went since only the base of the dress was from a pattern and the rest of it was just me trying to create the vision I had in my head. By the time I had finished it, my

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oldest daughter had outgrown it. Obviously, I was not going to throw all this hard work away, so I decided to just press forward and packed the dress for our trip to Texas that Summer, which is where the original Crane Wife shoot took place. I ended up compromising on pretty much everything about the shoot except for the dress, so (and this really shouldn’t be a surprise if you know me at all, I am an extreme perfectionist when it comes to this sort of thing) I’ve been secretly super disappointed with it and vowed to one day revisit this concept (a big deal since I try very hard to not shoot the same concept twice; never say never, but…).

And yesterday I did. Ophelia, my middle girl, has finally reached a point where she is fitting into her sister’s hand-me-downs from that age (still shocking to me) and so today, on a whim, I grabbed the dress, threw her and Hero in the car, and trekked down to this gorgeous location. This is where I originally envisioned shooting this concept, but,

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like I said, it didn’t work out that way. It’s funny how different the two sets of photos feel. Same story, same dress, similar posing… totally different atmosphere. Check out the older Crane Wife photos to get a sense of how much the location can change the mood of a photo (and check out how totally different Texas and Washington look).Seattle child photographer, concept photographer, Seattle concept photographer, editorial style portraits, commercial photographer, editorial photographerSeattle child photographer, concept photographer, Seattle concept photographer, editorial style portraits, commercial photographer, editorial photographerSeattle child photographer, concept photographer, Seattle concept photographer, editorial style portraits, commercial photographer, editorial photographerSeattle child photographer, concept photographer, Seattle concept photographer, editorial style portraits, commercial photographer, editorial photographer

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