Wild Hearts Farm is a photographer’s wonderland! It’s a tucked away gem in Tacoma and I’m so glad I found it. When Jami was looking to do a one year shoot for her baby girl, she had visions of a pumpkin patch session since Ellia was born just before Halloween. In our search for just the right spot, Jami found Wild Hearts Farm and suggested we book the shoot there. It was the perfect spot! Not only was there a mini pumpkin patch, but a cute garden area, a sweet little truck bed set up and crispy fall leaves! It was just right for the fall vibe we were going for and we had fantastic weather also! Ellia looked adorable in her one-year-old onesie and tutu. Then a quick outfit change, and we fit in some great family photos as well, all in only 30 minutes!
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In another round of mini sessions, I had the privilege to photograph Rachel and her sweet family of four! Earlier in the day, it was chilly and overcast, but after 3 sessions in, the sun decided to peek through at the perfect time. We got some pretty filtered rim light through the beautiful forest and I’d say got some adorable shots! Hoping to get some more shoots in before the weather is chronically overcast!
God has shown up in so many ways this year, I just feel so grateful all the time! One big blessing has been this neighborhood that we moved to. Growing up in California, I lived in the same house for over 23 years and sadly, hardly knew my neighbors. Something I definitely made an effort to change once I moved out on my own, yet it felt so forced. No friendships ever blossomed beyond the friendly hellos passing to the laundry room! Moving up to Tehaleh in Washington has been such a different experience. It’s not an exaggeration when I say meeting Stacie Wallace changed everything and has meant more to me than she probably knows! My next door neighborhood turned amazing friend! She’s extended more invites than I can count to many playdates, walks and girls hang outs all within the neighborhood. There are so many young families and wonderful moms who live here who have welcomed me with open arms. Stacie has been the ring leader and kind soul who always thinks of me when there’s a get-together. It’s been a unique experience to actually have neighbors as friends and I’m so glad it came at a time when I really needed it. Stacie’s family is SO sweet as well and we had a great mini session just minutes from our house. Here are some of my favorites below!
What a treat it was to meet up with the Barker family in Bonney Lake and photograph their sweet Amelia! Just a day after her official one year birthday, we shot some adorable pictures of her nestled in the beautiful Tehaleh neighborhood. After getting to know Megan and her husband Kenton through our life group at church, I was so excited when Megan asked me to do these photos for them! Their family has been wonderful to get to know and I'm so glad to call them friends! They have such sweet girls too and they looked so cute in their new dresses and hair bows. Megan completed the pictures with her pretty coral pink dress and matching flower garland in her hair! I'm really enjoying these one year old shoots and am excited to do more in the future. Here are some of my favorites below!
I'm baaaack! Maternity leave has been wonderful with my daughter and I'm loving being her mommy, but I'm finally back in the saddle (or more precisely, behind the camera)! It's been a big change to move from the Bay Area California up to Bonney Lake, Washington and then another big change becoming a parent. I thought this was going to be all too overwhelming, but God has been a faithful provider! The biggest thing I was leaving behind in California was my community of dear friends. It hasn't been easy to be away from them, especially since none of them have even met my daughter yet, but this move has also been a testament to how God carries me every. single. day! He knew what I needed when I got here and has been more than gracious to pave the way for me to meet new friends!
After having my baby girl, I knew I wanted to get involved in mom groups to meet new people in the same stage of life as me. It couldn't have been more perfect to find a church not far from us in Sumner that had exactly that: a mom group that welcomed me with open arms! That's where I met sweet Sarah and her adorable kids! It's been so fun getting to know her over the past couple months and seeing her little boy grow. Now, with his one year birthday in just a few days, it was perfect timing for me to start shooting again. We set up this mini shoot in the beautiful community of Tehaleh. Luckily, the weather was just perfect and we caught some of that pretty golden light that I love! I was so happy during this shoot and it was a good reminder of how much I enjoy my job!
It's that time of the year again! Family photo sessions are all the rage right now to get that perfect photo for the annual holiday card. I was happy to start the season off with one of my favorite families...the Browns! It's been so awesome to photograph them from engagement shoot to wedding and now to annual family photos with their sweet baby girl, Emma. With her 2nd birthday around the corner, she was all smiles! Quite the improvement from last year. I even got multiple hugs at the end of the shoot as we said good bye...d'aww! We really had fun during our shoot. It was natural, carefree and nothing felt forced, which are always the best of shoots. I sure hope we can keep these up as the years go on. Thanks Monica & Brian for trusting me with so many special memories in your life!
I love that so many of my dear friends had babies this year and I had the privilege of documenting these precious babes in their first days of life! To round out the year of newborns, my best friend Amanda brought a second baby boy into the world! Needless to say I couldn’t be happier for her and her new family of four. She’s in pure mom heaven. Every time I’ve seen her since Jason was born, I can just tell this is where she wants to be: home with her two precious boys. I think she was meant for motherhood, no doubt. I’ve already witnessed how amazing she has been with her first son, Noah, and how he has turned into the sweetest three-year-old I know!! He is obsessed with his new baby brother and can’t stop kissing, hugging and holding him. It was really special to see the bond he already has with Jason during our shoot. He just wanted to be near him the whole time! Of course we had to get some photos of just the two of them together to capture that brotherly love. We had a whole variety of shots for this at home session, including a nod to Noah's newborn session when we put him in a baseball bat! This time Jason got a football shot, just for daddy! I’m hoping 2017 will bring in some more opportunities for newborn photo sessions because it’s been lots of fun!
Wow, it's been a busy past month. I can't believe it's already December! After a wonderful family vacation and a mission trip out of the country, I'm getting back into the swing of things! My first shoot back was with the lovely Brown family at Shinn Historical Park. I couldn't have been more excited to see them! The last time I saw Monica and Brian, they had just said "I do" and were dancing the rest of the night away. Fast forward two years and they have an adorable baby girl who just turned one and their loyal pup Duke. Time really does fly! I can't say enough how special it is for me to have clients who have trusted me not only with their wedding day, but also with capturing special family memories as the years go on. Really, what an honor!
Having just met their daughter, I think she was being a little shy with me, but nevertheless we were determined to get some smiles out of her! She of course was cute as can be. It was pretty funny, being a one-year-old, naturally anything and everything is a toy. So for the majority of the shoot, she was so fascinated with the rocks on the ground, it held her attention even more than Elmo videos! But I'm a strong believer that sometimes the best photos are simply the candid action shots and the in between moments when the kids don't know you're still shooting! Overall, it was a successful shoot. It was so great to catch up and provide Monica and Brian with more memorable photos to add to their collection!
It's been such a joy to witness so many close friends journey into parenthood this year. Not only have I been able to keep up with their pregnancies but I've been honored to document their maternity and then their brand new babies once they come into the world. You may recognize some familiar faces if you saw my recent maternity shoot back in August. I know Shanay has been ready for Lincoln for a long time, but baby boy had a plan of his own. After nearly two weeks waiting past the due date, he finally made his arrival! I was very excited to meet him and even more excited to capture these photos for the happy family. I'm looking forward to watching him grow and hope for many more family photos in the future!
If you're looking to get updated photos for that holiday card this year, email me for more information on a mini session this October 9th! Still booking spots :-)
I've been thoroughly enjoying taking on more and more newborn shoots recently. It's such a joy to see friends bring new lives into the world and to witness that sweet bond between parent and child! It wasn't long ago that I got to photograph Jackie for her maternity shoot and here we are again with baby Nolan now with us, just a few weeks later. He came a bit early, but Jackie had no complaints! Thank goodness she made it to the hospital in time though. Nolan was more than ready and wasted no time gracing the world with his presence. Within only 5 minutes of getting to the hospital, Jackie and Brian welcomed him into their arms! Now with two little ones under two years old, the Gomez family will definitely have their hands full, but they are such wonderful parents already, I know they've got this under control! Here's a peek at some of darling photos from the in-home session :-)
Say what you will about Facebook, but personally, it's been a great way for me to connect with friends, family and even clients! Thanks to my lovely sister being friends with various ladies from our high school, Lyra reached out to me for a family photo shoot because she had seen lots of photos of my work that had been posted over the years. Thanks social media! For the shoot, we found a spot just off the beaten path that had these beautiful eucalyptus trees. We had originally planned the shoot for Coyote Hills Regional Park in Fremont, but Lyra found a picture of this location about 10 minutes from the park that looked great. I came a little early to see if I could find the same patch of trees she had seen in the photo (since it was literally just a trail off the road) and to my surprise, I found it! The backdrop of the trees, the dirt path and the light at just the right time of day was perfect for this shoot. Little Aiden had a blast running back and forth on this trail and it kept his spirits high. I bet he slept real well that night after all his running! Enjoy my favorites from the shoot below!
In the final set of images from my mini shoots this year, I've got another darling family of three with SUCH a cute little one year old girl! Emily was so stinkin' adorable, I could have photographed her all evening! She was a mover and shaker and loved my dinosaur friend from Shutter Huggers. She mostly wanted grab it off my lens and play with it though, haha! I had a wonderful time with the Smolen family and just kept shooting till we lost our last bit of sun behind the horizon. I met so many friendly, fun and loving families this year and I'm so grateful to have made new connections with them all. I'm definitely looking forward to next year's round of mini shoots! Follow my blog to be the first to find out when they'll be!
Here's my second session of the week that I shot at Holbrook Palmer Park! Such a cute family with the sweetest little girls. I can tell Addy is a great big sister already to her 6 month-old sister Emily. It was darling watching her try to get her to smile for the photos, even though baby Emily seemed a little camera shy. I love big sisters, since I have two amazing ones of my own! Both of them had such beautiful blue eyes and blonde, blonde hair. Darling girls and I hope I get to photograph them more over the years as they grow up. It was another quick session, but full of giggles and big smiles. Glad I had the opportunity to meet another wonderful family during the holiday season. Big thanks to the Hughes family for connecting us!
When Erin and Aaron first reached out to me looking for photographer for family photos, I was honored! I mean, I'm ALWAYS flattered when any client asks me to photograph them, but this was even more special to me because they had just moved from Arizona and were in the market for a new photographer. And if anyone knows, there are SO many photographers in this area and lots with great talent! They could have contacted any one of them, but I'm so happy they reached out to me! Such a sweet couple and a darling one-year-old baby boy! And if you're curious like I was, red hair runs in the extended part of the family :-) I wish I could have spent more time with them, but being that it was a mini session series I had to cut it off and meet the next family (which will be featured tomorrow)! I think we got some great shots of the happy family of three, although I do hope for many more sessions with them in the future!
The second installment of fall mini shoots is here today! I can't get enough of this hidden gem just outside of Alum Rock in San Jose. I wish this trail had a proper name, but maybe it's best I keep it as my own little secret :D It's the perfect spot for some fall foliage and has enough space to roam around to mix up the background. It was a great location for my session with the Hughes family! They were such a loving bunch with the sweetest little kids. Tanner was full of life and Allie has the brightest blue eyes! Loved our shoot and hope we can do another next year!
I just love fall. The colors, the brisk air, the excuse to wear boots and scarves! Now I have a new favorite thing to add to my list... fall mini sessions! This was my second year offering them to clients and it turned out to be a hit! It was such a great way to meet so many new families and their adorable little kids. Hopefully I'll be able to photograph these families for years to come! First in this week's series of mini sessions, I'm featuring Kate, Mike and Greyson: A fun-loving couple with their sweet little 2 year-old boy. Greyson was a bit of a tough shell to crack at first, but he sure did love when his daddy threw him up in the air! We got the timing down just right...throw him a couple times, laugh and giggle and then click! It's always funny how when I put my camera down, the real smiles always come out. Sometimes I get lucky when we call it a wrap, but then I keep taking shots on the way back to the car. I have my tricks ;-) Big thanks to Kate for setting up this shoot with me. Hope to do more with you guys in the new year!
If you know me at all, you know I love kids. Enough to have worked as a tutor for all ages of elementary school, as a preschool aide, and as a nanny for a family of three! I find my experience with young children has been more than helpful when it comes to photo shoots with little ones! I'm no guru, that's for sure, but I know how to let my guard down, have fun and downright be silly in order to get genuine smiles during my shoots. It's not always easy, especially if the kiddos are fussy or really have no desire to take pictures whatsoever, but it's fulfilling when I finally get those true moments when they crack a smile and open up to the camera for me. The best moments are the giggles, the kisses for mommy or daddy and when they are truly just having a good time!
The next installment of fall mini sessions is here! I got the pleasure of photographing this adorable family last fall and now a year later, I get to see these little boys grow into...taller little boys! :P I love their spunk and energy and those cute little faces melt me! So maybe it was hard for them to sit still, but I just used it as an opportunity for them to run free and play. Grabbed my telephoto lens and snapped a few quick shots! I love working with this family. Nate and Diane are such sweet people and great parents and I can't wait to do more shoots in the coming years with them!
The first round of mini sessions went off without a hitch! Had a great time with the families shooting up at Spring Valley Pond in Milpitas, CA. I've shot there many times before and it's usually pretty open and empty, which is perfect for photo shoots. I guess I missed the memo that there were multiple parties and games planned for that very spot on the same day! Luckily, it just forced me to find a new area of the park that I hadn't really explored before and it worked out beautifully. Tara, her husband and two little kids were wonderful to work with. I don't think I've ever done a shoot with such patient kids! It does help that it was only 30 minutes worth of shooting...just the right amount of time for youngin's to pose and then play!