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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.

The Importance of Photos | Seattle Family Photographer

Moms, I want to talk to you for a minute.  We all want gorgeous photos of our family with everyone looking gorgeous and happy and their absolute best.  What is stopping you from making this a reality?  Is it because you can’t find the right photographer (unlikely)?  Is it because you don’t have time (could be, but time can be made)?  Or is it because you are waiting for the perfect moment?

“I need to lose some weight.”
“I’ve got to get my hair cut/dyed first.”
“I don’t have anything to wear.”
“I don’t have time.”
“If I’m going to invest money in this, I might as well wait until my kids are a little older and easier to work with.”
“I just don’t know what I want.”

Does that sound familiar?  These are all my personal excuses for not scheduling my own session.  Hypocritical, I know, but I say this to show you that I am not immune to this insecurity that it seems all women, especially mothers, feel.  I’d like to respond to each of these excuses:

- Sure, we all want to lose a little weight, but trust me, whether you lose weight or not, this time next year you will be glad you had photos taken.
- So, um, make an appointment and do it! Maybe having your session scheduled will be that extra push you need to just pick up the phone and call your favorite stylist.
- Go shopping and find something you love.  Then plan your family’s outfits based on what you are wearing.
- What’d you do last weekend?  Could you have taken an hour out of that and still accomplished the same tasks?
- Kids grow and change everyday. 5 years from now, when they are perfect little models, you are going to wish you had not waited 5 years.
- That’s why I am here.  We work together to find what you love and is meaningful to your family and then to create some amazing photos.

Did you know my oldest child is 6 1/2?  In 6 1/2 years we have not had family photos taken.  I don’t think there are very many actual photos (as in, not cell phone pics) taken of my youngest child that were not taken by me… and the sad fact is that I have not taken near enough photos of her.  Kids grow.  They change.  You think you will never forget the way your babies look or the little details about those you love.  Today Ophelia brought me a snapshot she found of Juliet when she was her age (2 1/2); I was truly shocked at the child in the photo because she didn’t look like the way I remembered Juliet.  If it weren’t for that photo, my mind’s eye might have skipped right over that age and blended my images of a 1 year old and a 3 year old Juliet.  Is this trivial in the scheme of life?  Sure, but it is important to me as a mother, a wife, and a person that cherishes her family to remember every last special little detail about the ones I love because I know that one day they will be older or they may not be with me anymore.

These mommas understand the importance of photos… and more importantly the importance of being in photos with your family. Email me, right now.  Or, better yet, call me (253) 655-7848.  Text me, even!  Don’t wait because you’ll forget or something else will come up and that email you meant to send tomorrow will end up staying in your drafts folder for another 6 months (I’m speaking from experience here:)).  As an extra special incentive, I’ll throw in a complimentary 6×6 mini album if you book your June session before May 31, 2012.

6x6 Mini Album

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Lindy Mowery - Sweet photos, I really love the processing on these! The glow is perfect!

week 10: orange {a shot of inspiration}

I love my 5DM2 cameras.  I really do.  I love the idea of having them with me 24/7 (and I often do), but sometimes it just isn’t practical.  I take tons of personal photos and rarely process more than just a few and I never print them out.  I get tired of editing constantly but I know I won’t do anything with an unedited photo.  So, on my hard drive they sit… hundreds and hundreds of gigabytes of personal memories never to see the light of day.  I decided to really make it a point to find a solution to this.  One way I am doing that is learning to shoot film for my personal stuff (I can’t wait to bust out my toy camera, a Holga 120N).  The other way is using my iPhone 4s and Instagram as a point and shoot for everyday stuff.  As much as my husband loathes it, I love that I can use the blur tool to fake depth of field and those quick little filters remind me of Lightroom.  It just feels more acceptable to me than using an iPhone without Instagram.  I’ve been taking a ton and sharing them and I even have plans to print them out at the end of the year as a canvas collage.

Why am I telling you this, here, now?  Because I’ve been a bit burned out lately and so the idea of picking up my camera when I don’t have to was just a bit much… so I decided to use my iPhone for this assignment.  I also used a frame app to put them together.  As much as I was tempted to, I didn’t even sharpen for web!  This is straight out of the iPhone and onto the screen, folks.  If you are an Instagram-er, leave a link to your profile in the comments so I can find you.:)

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Check out Lindsey Bergstrom’s take on “orange” and follow the link ring to see all the posts!

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Amelia - Wow! Fancy camera or not, you take amazing photos!

Tami - Love all the orange bits, its like a scavenger hunt :)


I am so excited to share the winner of the Pin It to Win It contest!  Laura McMullan, you wowed me with your attention to details.  I can’t wait to create this session with you.

“My Concept will be ‘Children Grown on the Edge of the Ocean’ a lyric from Fleet Foxes song ‘Grown Ocean’.” – Laura

I loved the attention she put into this.  I especially loved the flowing fabrics, texture, and rustic details.  Not to mention how much I adore the Fleet Foxes.

Check out Laura’s board on Pinterest!


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Chris - Super cool. Love the minimalist sea-side aesthetic.

Queen Elizabeth | Seattle Concept Photographer

I’ve been looking forward to this Seattle children’s concept session for quite some time.  The images mostly speak for themselves, so I will just say this: I was really inspired by the movie Elizabeth: The Golden Age and wanted to explore the idea of a young Queen Elizabeth I.  I contacted SINchling by SINched and had her make me this GORGEOUS child-size Elizabethan gown.  I wanted to evoke the feeling of a bold and mischievous little princess; I imagined her in this setting with a governess forcing her to learn while she would rather daydream and play… sort of like an Elizabethan Alice In Wonderland… but decidedly royal as well.  Enjoy!Queen Elizabeth I, young Queen Elizabeth, themed photo shoot, themed photo session, concept photos, concept session, children

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Queen Elizabeth I, young Queen Elizabeth, themed photo shoot, themed photo session, concept photos, concept session, children

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Nichole J - I just had to tell you that I loved these. So adorable! I found you via clickin moms! I adore the idea of concept photography. I wish you lived closer to me or that I traveled up there more. I would love for you to photograph my children.

Sarah Vasquez - Thank you so much, Nichole!

In case you were unaware, I do offer travel sessions. :)

Victoria Hershman - This is so perfect I can barely stand it! I’ve never done conceptual shoots, but they seem like so much fun!

FREE Mother’s Day Photos | Seattle Family Photographer

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Yes, it’s true!  On Saturday, May 5th, 2012 at Discovery Park I am offering a no-strings-attached, absolutely FREE day of mini sessions in honor of Mother’s Day and in support of a cause very dear to my heart.  Spaces will be very limited and will be scheduled back to back for every 15 minutes; I still have a few spots left so it isn’t too late, but hurry and snatch them up before someone else does!  Maybe your a grownup and want some photos of you and your momma and you’re wondering if this applies to you… I’m here to tell ya that ALL ages are welcome!

If this is such a great value (and it IS), why on Earth am I giving this away for free?  Well, it is a charitable endeavor on my part, and who doesn’t love a good cause!  I am planning a humanitarian trip to Russia this September to photograph orphans (please read all about it here).  If you feel like giving back, I welcome donations towards this project, but this really is a no-strings attached celebration of all my clients and followers.  Email me for details on how to sign up or for any questions about my upcoming trip and project!

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