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  • WELCOME!

    I began photographing children in black and white in 2000, shortly before the birth of my second daughter.

    Since that time, I have upgraded my equipment, refined my technique, and picked up some new tricks for working with children – but my style hasn’t changed. I like to take pictures that are natural, unposed, and informal. I focus on faces and tend to shoot close-ups. My goal is to capture the little things that represent who the child is in this moment, to bring back memories of a silly face, a fit of the giggles, a particular facial expression or hand position, or a spontaneous hug between siblings.

    I have lived in the Seattle area most of my life. I currently live in Issaquah with my husband and our three daughters, who keep me on my toes and give me lots of opportunities to try out new photography ideas!

    Thank you for your interest.

A Walk in the Park

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A couple of weeks ago I met up with Dashiell and his parents for a little walk in the park.  I photographed originally at his school but those are so quick that it was fun to get to know him better.  I got to see a neat structure he was building for school out of newspaper and tape.  (It has to be big enough for him to sit inside it.  It’s cool!)  I also got to see his dog Messi, named after his favorite soccer player, and we had a chance to run down to the park right down the street.

A lot of times boys want nothing to do with me and my camera but he was up for anything and he was the perfect model!  We got really lucky because this session had been rescheduled from a rainy day and this day was spectacular.  That is spring in the Northwest for you!

Here are my favorites…

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Hail Hail The Gang’s All Here

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I can’t tell you how much I appreciate my kids and their willingness to indulge my ideas when it comes to photography.  I knew I was going to need some images for my new studio promotion so they let me dress them up and order them around.  Of course there was ice cream promised and friends who came along to make it more fun.

I loved show off my new space to them and they had a good time goofing around.  I have to say a big thank you to Madelyn and Annie for dressing up and joining us.  We told those girls what we were wearing and they Facetimed us the night before to show me different outfit options.  They even let me make suggestions!  What they came up with was perfect!

I also need to say a big thank you to Judith for bringing her girls down and even allowing me to shove my camera in her hands to take a few shots of our whole family.

Here are my favorites…that didn’t make the promotional ad.

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And couple of outtakes because they are just good fun…

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I Spoke Too Soon

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Last month our school had it’s annual Science Fair.  It had been advertised for weeks, including a sign out in front of the school.  While I was driving past I secretly congratulated myself that I had somehow managed to have three kids go through that school without a single one wanting to do the science fair.

It’s not that I don’t like science…it was my favorite subject in school, it’s that I PERSONALLY did not want to do the science fair.  It seems like there would be a lot of pushing and pulling and gnashing of teeth to get a project pulled together and I just didn’t want that.  Not to mention the fact that our school is so big that it’s overwhelming to go and see the science fair.  Too.  Much. Going. On.  It could drive a person to drink.

So what happens when I get home from this self congratulatory car ride?  You guessed it.  Kate met me at the door exclaiming ‘I want to do the science fair!’  Seriously?  SERIOUSLY?!?  My knee jerk reaction was ‘Ask your father!’.  (Essentially that was a parent’s version of  ’Not it!’)

The ever patient Mr. Fun was an excellent mentor.  He helped guide Kate by asking the questions she would need to answer.  She had to do all the research (she studied earthquakes), make her own seismograph, and do her own poster.  There were a few tears but all in all it was a positive experience.  (For Kate too!)

I have no idea what other surprises Kate has waiting for me but I am going to stop counting my chickens before they hatch.  Hey, maybe that will be next year’s science fair project…

March Madness

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Mr. Fun loves March Madness.  He loves to study the teams and carefully make his picks.  He loves it so much that is has filled out brackets for at least six different pools.

He loves it so much that he was thrilled with the arrival of our third child.  She was born on the first day of March Madness in 2004.  That means that he got to see all of the games (with the exception of the 20 minutes I was pushing our bundle of joy out) for the first two weeks of the tourney during his paternity leave.

He loves it so much that he worked hard to figure out how to make this time of year relevant for his non-sports loving daughters.  He encouraged all of them to fill out a bracket however they wanted.  Jill picked the school names she liked, Kate picked the mascots she liked and I really have no idea what Ellie’s strategy was.  We are all playing for an ice cream date with Mr. Fun.  (And bragging rights.  I am in a pool too but I only care about beating Mr. Fun.  It’s not looking good this year…)

It’s working too.  The girls have been coming home from school and asking how they are doing.  Ellie, in particular, has been a big surprise for us.  She is actually sitting and watching games.  That is unheard of for our girls!  (I do have to say that Ellie watched a lot of football with us too this year.  Awesome!)

I’m wondering if there is a way to get this to translate into other activities we want to encourage.  Like, could we have a bracket for chores where there could be competitions to get them done the fastest?  Maybe we could use the bracket to study multiplication tables?  Clearly I don’t have the details worked out but there must be a way to capitalize on this new enthusiasm.

March Madness indeed!

A Long Time Coming

I have a studio.  Me!  A studio!  I’ve been researching and looking at studios for about six months but I couldn’t find what I wanted so I’d pretty much given up.  That is when I saw a little notice on Facebook asking if there was any interest in a co-op studio.  Sounded intruiging but I really needed to see it in person to know if it was going to be right.

The location could not be better.  Right in the heart of old Seattle in Pioneer Square.  There are tons of interesting alleys and parks to photograph families in.  So far so good.  Then I saw the space.  I swear I heard angels singing.  There are three huge sets of windows that go almost floor to ceiling.  It faces north so it gets great light but I never have to worry about direct sunlight.  It has an awesome beat up brick wall lining one side of the studio and lovely hard wood floors full of character.  There are even some neat spots in the hallway on the way up to the studio that will be great in photographs.  Pretty much the exact spot I’d been seeking for so long!

To break in the new studio I thought it would be fun to have a day of mini sessions.  I also thought since I have gotten a shiny new set of keys that it would be fun to pass that on to you guys.  The mini session collection will include a silver custom photo key chain in square or oval.  I just ordered one of these with my girls to hold my new keys.  Very cute!

Since these are happening all on one morning there are a limited number of sessions.  Don’t wait!

New Studios Minis