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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.

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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I found myself pretty partial to a few of them rather quickly.  But, as you can see, a variety of presets can still be used to fit any editing style.  And, to be quite frank, the thing that absolutely sold me on Replichrome (even over some other popular film presets) is that I am finally able to achieve the look I want without feeling like I’ve compromised any of my artistic vision without having to open a single image in Photoshop.  Being able to edit every image in a set with a few simple clicks means I am spending less time in front of my computer and more time with my kids, or more realistically, spending more of my kid-less time doing something relaxing).  This really blew me away because I had long ago given up hope on being able to get the exact look I wanted using only Lightroom.  Replichrome has changed my game.replichrome sample, urban hippie farmers, seattle children


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Irina & Dustin Photography - Love this new set! Would like to try.

Strawberry Shortcake Inspired Commercial Shoot

This one started out as a personal project.  I used to have large panels of a gorgeous unnaturally red color in my hair and my Ophelia girl was obsessed with it.  Last Summer when I was in Texas shooting the Crane Wife, I put some of my red color depositing conditioner in her hair on a whim.  The child went crazy over her (very slightly) red hair.  This was also shortly after her obsession with Strawberry Shortcake began.  When you were a kid, did you ever play that game where you were watching a movie and everyone called characters (“I’m Pocahontas!”)?  I played it a lot with my friends and now I am seeing my girls playing it with each other.  Remembering this game is what initially started this concept brewing in my head.  As it began to take shape and I started the process of figuring out the perfect styling and props, I wondered what Strawberry Shortcake would look like if she were just a little girl with a grandiose imagination.  I wanted a strong sense of vintage Americana and a feeling of dreamy nostalgia.  The absolutely precious strawberry sun suit by The Measure embodied this perfectly with the vintage strawberry print, ric-rac straps, and gingham ruffles.  The shoes… oh, those shoes!  Livie & Luca hit the nail on the head with these pretty little green petal sandals!  Anthropologie’s blue farmers market basket was the icing on the cake.  The props and the location fit together perfectly to evoke the feelings of a bygone era and nostalgic American childhood.  This whole shoot was just pure bliss for me!strawberry shortcake, commercial child photographer, editorial child photographer, seattle child photographer, seattle children strawberry shortcake, commercial child photographer, editorial child photographer, seattle child photographer, seattle children
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Amanda Brendle - I am so in love with this! I remember listening to my strawberry shortcake LP when I was a little girl, and reading along to my SS children’s books. This is such a sweet group of images that will positively remain priceless memories! Wonderful job!

Melody Serrano - simply stunning!!! I have a knew favorite photog to start following for inspiration! ;)

Winnie Forbes - Stumbled across your blog and this most adorable photo session. Like…WOW! Love your work.

Kelly - I love love love these! Also love how your daughrers hair turned out! :)

2013 Pin It to Win It Winner!

Are you ready for the Pin It to Win It 2013 winner?!  This is truly one of the highlights of my year; I can not express to you how much I absolutely love going through the entries.  The downside is that it is so very hard for me to pick a winner!  There were a couple I kept going back and forth between, but, ultimately, this one by Christina Martini stole my heart.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is my very favorite Shakespeare play (if I thought I could get away with naming this impending baby Titania, I probably would!) and has always captured my imagination in a really big way.  If you couldn’t tell, I am a big sucker for fantasy and whimsy and this just totally fits the bill.  If I were creating this session for myself, this is very likely what my own pin board would look like and I am really excited to create this session for someone that so closely matches my own vision (like I said, I seriously considered naming this girl Titania… just so I could do a Midsummer Night’s Dream newborn concept… priorities, right?!).


If you didn’t win but would still like your dream session to happen, I want to help you create it!  Book your concept session by June 10th and enjoy a complimentary $150 print credit (that’s like TWO free 8×10 prints!) on me.


And with that, ladies and gentleman, I have to tell you I am officially on maternity leave (I’ll still be available via email, just expect a likely delayed response time) for June and July.  I just got this sneak peek from my maternity photos a few weeks ago by the fabulous Sarah Cornish at My Four Hens Photography and I couldn’t help but share it with you here.  She made me feel so very pretty, which is quite an accomplishment since I almost always refuse to step in front of the camera.  Check her out if you are in the Ft. Collins, CO area!

A maternity portrait taken for me by Sarah Cornish of My Four Hens Photography


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Christina Martini - Wow! Thank you SO much! I’m absolutely thrilled to have won a session with you! I’ve long admired your work hanging in Twirl Cafe :) Fabulous!

Sarah Vasquez - Christina, email me so we can get this set up and some details going! I already have some resources for you to check out for props. :)

Pin It to Win It 2013 | Win a FREE concept session with Seattle children’s photographer

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You may remember that last year I held my first annual Pin It to Win It contest. It was SO much fun and I absolutely loved seeing all your dream concepts. For reference, this was the winner announcement and here was her completed session. LOVED it. And now, now it is time to do it all over again; I am just giddy with excitement to see what the entries will bring this year!

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

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as your inspiration and get to pinning!

Read the rules carefully. 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 2013 – 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 2013 (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 April 25, 2013 until May 26, 2013. Winner will be announced on Tuesday, May 28, 2013.

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

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Martine - Hi Sarah, Here’s a link to my board: http://pinterest.com/mzoer/pin-it-to-win-it-2013-hope-and-memory-photography/

I had so much fun putting this Twinkle Little Star inspired session together. I am still nursing my 2 1/2 year old son. Since my nursling is no longer little and since he’s probably my last baby, I would love a session to celebrate and always remember this special time. I chose the Twinkle Little Star theme because that’s the song I sing as I nurse him to sleep at bedtime.

Brigitte - Hi Sarah, better late then never!! I better get to pining, what a great prize!!
Here’s my pinterest board http://pinterest.com/sunsine1123/pin-it-to-win-it-2013-hope-and-memory-photography/
I have my fingers crossed!! Thank you for this opportunity :)

Christina Martini - Hi! Here is the link to my pinboard for the competition :)
I’m a pinterest newbie, it was a learning experience putting this together! Thanks for looking :)

eve - thanks for your generosity in putting up this contest! It’s my first try at pinterest and there are just so much thoughts & concepts in my mind!

Christina - Hi Sarah, My board is here: http://pinterest.com/christinasonja/pin-it-to-win-it-2013-hope-and-memory-photography/ I started off thinking of a tea party theme for my daughter, and then started thinking about including more fairy/outdoor woodland influences. It’s been fun to dream about this, thanks for the opportunity!

Spring! – Seattle Child Photographer

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merry-go-round, kid umbrellas, curly headed cuties, Spring in the park, creative kid photos, lifestyle images, outdoors with kids, rain boots and ballet outfits, wellies, red and yellow, april showers bring may flowersI’ve been busy making some internal changes and external tweaks to my website (feel free to poke around and check it out!) and handling back end business stuff… and doing taxes.  Ugggghhhhhh – taxes are the worst part about Spring!  But, I had to pop out of my coccoon and say hello because the sun is shining, the birds are singing outside my office window, and I am able to throw my kids in the backyard to play (and that is a very good thing) and that means Spring is finally here (now, c’moooon Summer)!

I also wanted to remind you that I am going to be on maternity leave during June and July (how is it possible that I will have 3 kids in about 9 weeks?! I still have too much to do!), which means I only have 2 session openings left before baby gets here and a mere 6 session appointments left for the entire Summer, so book yours now to ensure you get a time and date you prefer before the holidays start rolling around again (I know, it sounds crazy to talk about that already, but trust me!).

And lastly, I had to share this photo of my girl from our personal mini session with the cherry blossoms.  I’ll share more later, but this is literally the only one I’ve had time to edit and now that the cherry blossoms are almost gone for the year and my momma heart is feeling so full, it just seems like a good time to share.  The cherry blossoms filling the trees and floating down with the wind always gives me such a sense of peace and some sort of magical element and I am always a bit sad to see them go.

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