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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.

Join me at ClickAway 2014!

Come join me and a whole horde of other fabulous photographers (Brooke Shaden, Sue Bryce, Jesh de Rox, Bre Thurston, and Joy Prouty just to name a few!) at this innovative photography conference!  It’s a steal of a deal and there truly is something for everyone of all skill levels.

If you’ve ever wanted to learn how I create my concepts, you’re going to want to join in my interactive classes at ClickAway.  I’ll also be teaching about pricing for profit and posing children.  You don’t want to miss it!

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Have yourself a merry little Christmas… | Seattle Lifestyle Photography

I was excited to join this fun Seattle family for a lifestyle session in their home! We baked cookies for Santa Claus, had a ridiculously fun flour fight while the cookies baked, and drank some hot cocoa. All while snuggled in their favorite cozy Christmas pajamas.

I love lifestyle sessions because they are absolutely perfect during the cold and wet months and are totally different and very personal for each family. It’s a great chance to spend some time with your family without all the stress of looking perfect for your photos (c’mon moms, I know you know what I am talking about… and I am SO guilty of this when it comes to my personal pictures, so no judgement here!)… great photos AND memory making. That’s my favorite kind of multitasking.
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Seattle lifestyle photography, lifestyle photographer, Seattle family photographer, Seattle children

Seattle lifestyle photography, lifestyle photographer, Seattle family photographer, Seattle children

Seattle lifestyle photography, lifestyle photographer, Seattle family photographer, Seattle children

Seattle lifestyle photography, lifestyle photographer, Seattle family photographer, Seattle children

Seattle lifestyle photography, lifestyle photographer, Seattle family photographer, Seattle children

Seattle lifestyle photography, lifestyle photographer, Seattle family photographer, Seattle children

Did you miss out on holiday photos this year?  No worries, you can have your cake and eat it too.  The Winter months are a great time to schedule a lifestyle session!  

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Welcome to the world, Ellieanna! | Olympia Baby Photographer

I’m right in the middle of busy season and am so behind on blogging all these lovely images. Hitting busy season directly after coming back from maternity leave (while caring for 3 kids!) has proven to be a wee bit more difficult than I anticipated, but I am counting my blessings and pressing on ever forward. As such, I am combining a few of my favorite maternity photos from this momma’s session with her newborn photos that I shot this past weekend. Instant gratification (if only pregnancy went by so fast)!

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Olympia maternity photographer

Olympia maternity photographer

And here is beautiful baby Ellieanna! Welcome to the world, precious little one! And to her lovely sleep deprived parents, I am so

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honored you chose me to document this wonderful yet fleeting time as you begin your life as a new family.

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Midsummer Night’s Dream | Seattle Children’s Photographer

I am in LOVE with this session. It is a top contender for my all time favorite. Of course, my sessions are like children and I could never really pick a favorite… but this one is right up there at the top for sure and is my current golden child!;)I’ve had such a hard time finishing this sweet gallery because I took a zillion photos and am having a very hard time narrowing it down. They are just all so wonderful and

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dreamy. However, I shared this sneak peek on Facebook the other day and knew I just had to get it up here and quit procrastinating until I found the perfect set to show you. I may share more later, I may not. But these are so lovely and so very much fun. And did I mention the parents made ALL these amazing props?! I just adore you Pinterest moms. ^_^ Oh, and in case you were wondering, this was the winning Pin It to Win It entry this year. I do this every May so start planning now because each year just keeps getting better and better!
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Get Totally Rad with Replichrome Lightroom and ACR Presets!

I have been a fan of Totally Rad Actions for a long time… as in, I don’t ever remember not being a fan for as long as I’ve been a photographer. Today they are releasing the newest addition to the TRA family: Replichrome! I started out as a digital photographer and I am at the point now that my camera comes so naturally to me that it just feels like an extension of my arm. Film, on the other hand, is still very overwhelming to me. I’m working on it, but it just doesn’t feel as natural as digital does. However, I love love love the look of film. There is just something special about it. And this, my friends, is why I am so very excited about Replichrome. I was one of the lucky testers so I’ve been getting to play with all these different amazing Lightroom presets for the past couple weeks. I reprocessed some of my favorite images so you could see how versatile they are. I made it a point to use different presets on all but 2 of them so you could get a sense of the variety.

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So, what is Replichrome?

From the creators of Raplichrome: “In short, Replichrome is Film for Lightroom.  We’ve spent the last year+ shooting digital and film test shots, with 19 cameras and over 100 rolls of film in every kind of light imaginable.  Then we took the images from our test sessions and had them scanned at the country’s best photo labs, on both Noritsu and Frontier scanners.  Next, we painstakingly crunched numbers and hacked pixels until we developed near-exact replicas of your favorite film stocks. We conducted a HUGE science experiment, all in the name of making the best and most authentic film emulation tools available.  We know we aren’t the first to tackle this problem, so we knew we had to be the best.  I am excited to say, we think we were more than successful.”replichrome sample, seattle children
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Do you know what I love about Replichrome?  Even the Lightroom beginner could use these successfully and they are still of the utmost professional quality.  There are several “helper presets” in order to help tweak the presets to fit your style.  Too much contrast?  Skin too orange?  Highlights too bright?  Fix it with a simple click.  So very simple and it makes editing a breeze!

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