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    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.

All’s Fair in Love and Basketball


Last year we talked our girls into filling out brackets just to make it more fun for them when we watch basketball non-stop during March Madness.  It was a successful experiment in that there was little complaining and even some interest in the outcome of the games.

This year we did the same thing but we’ve taken it even a bit farther.  We added the element of smack talk.  I picked a ton of upsets this year (just for fun) and did REALLY well on the first day.  Mr. Fun?  Not so much.  So I gleefully spent the day pointing out all of my wins and how I was in third place while he was in 24th.  Woot!

During the Arkansas/Wolford game I was texting Mr. Fun.  (I was rooting for Wolford to get the upset win…Ellie was not.)


Apparently he was happy to share my smack talking with my favorite middle daughter so then we had to send a few love notes…


Of course the next day my bracket went into a severe free fall because there were no upsets until the LAST game.  Oh well, best laid plans.  My team (Villanova) is out and so is Ellie’s but we are still earning points so we will take this duel to the very end.

The important thing, though, is that I beat Mr. Fun, right?  Well he pulled ahead of me late on Sunday.  I only had three good days of bragging.  Ugh!  The good news was that he passed me while we were at the arena watching two round two games and our seats were awesome!

My only hope is to root fervently for all the teams he did NOT pick and hope I get a few more upsets so I can beat him in the end.  (Love you dear!)



WPPI 2015

This was the view from our penthouse room.  Woohoo for upgrades!

This was the view from our penthouse room. Woohoo for upgrades!

Two weeks ago I joined 15,000 of my closest photographer friends in Vegas for the WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Photographers International) Conference and Expo.  I try to go to this conference every couple of years because it is a great way to get inspired and put my hands on all of the latest photography products.

I took some excellent sales classes from some of my favorite photographers.  One I loved and one felt like an infomercial.  So I really learned what NOT to do in THAT class!  After taking those classes, though, I realized I really needed help getting my name out to new families too so the next day I attended classes on social media marketing and how to improve my website’s SEO (Search Engine Optimization).  I came out of them feeling woefully unequipped but at least I have some new directions to go.

The final day I attended a fantastic class on being intentional with my business.  I loved this one because it reminded me that while I love photography and working with my clients, I really need to think about how the business fits into my life with my family and to remember what is most important.  I often find myself reintroducing myself to my kids and husband at the end of my busy season so this was a much needed reminder!

One of my favorite parts of this conference were the two huge ballrooms that were set up with booth after booth of items tailors just for photographers.  Whether it was canvases and metal prints that you could see up close and touch, or websites that were drag and drop (I got one of these so stay tuned for my new improved website!), beautiful albums with matte paper, lovely bags and boxes for packaging, and equipment galore.

There was a definite difference between the ballrooms.  One side was all about beautiful design with reclaimed wood booths and mid-century lounges and even an airstream trailer set up as a photo booth.  The other side was huge equipment booths, slutty bride models and photographers screaming as if they were at the stock exchange.  ’I'll take that lens!  I want the strobes!’  Uh oh, I fear that I am showing some bias here.  Can you tell which ballroom I liked better?

I came away with a new website, a new program for my school photography, some lovely new client gift ideas and some beautiful art prints I can offer my clients.  I also found a neat stool that I can fold up flat and fit in my camera bag.  No I am good to go for photoshoots with my new knee.  (The bonus is I shouldn’t have to have any of the parents pull me up off the ground!  It’s the little things that get me excited people.)

I am so glad I attended this year and I can hardly wait to implement all my new changes.  Be on the lookout!

Spa Day

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This year for Kate’ birthday party she requested a spa party.  Of the three girls she likes surprises the least so she wanted to pick the theme.  That makes my job easier!

I set about planning this party thinking I was good to go, but I found out three days before the party that she had some very specific ideas for this party.  Like she wanted all her guests to wear bathrobes because that would be very spa like.  (Um, SHE doesn’t even have her own robe.)  She also wanted foot baths because what kind of spa doesn’t have foot baths.  Yeah, I had to run out and get those.

I’m fairly certain Kate picked this theme because it allowed her to legally wear her pajamas for a social function.  This kid would wear her jammies all day, every day, if she could!

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Jill and Ellie did a great job decorating the cake (Kate requested a layer cake) and integrating it with our color scheme.  I had fun making edible nail polish and putting together the spa kits which were the scavenger hunt prize.  Yes, OF COURSE there was a scavenger hunt!  It wouldn’t be an Enebo party without one.

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The girls stayed up plenty late and were up at the crack of dawn but a fun time was had by all!


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Superchick is one of Kate’s favorite bands.  On our way out to Seattle to take her birthday pictures we cranked the tunes and sang along at the top of our lungs.  Most of the songs we have from them (Anthem, Rock What You Got and Hey Hey) are girl power songs so I encourage them all the way around.  I love that they speak to my own Superchick Kate, so well!

This girlie has had a great year.  She has an awesome teacher who really gets her and pushes her in all the right ways to be better academically.  He is setting her up so well for middle school next year.  (Gulp!)

Kate has a great group of friends that she loves and tries to spend as much time with as possible.  She loves her critters (sometimes too much), she loves all things flashy and, much to my chagrin, loves brightly colored make-up.  She got a make-up set for her birthday and she could hardly wait to get that blue eye-shadow on.  When I suggested the soft pink eye-shadow because it was more subtle she said ‘Mom, I am not subtle.  I’m sassy!’  Truer words have never been said!

Here are my favorite pictures from her birthday photo shoot.  Happy Birthday kid!

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