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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.

Ellie Takes Manhattan

Since I wasn’t on this awesome trip I asked Ellie to write a blog post about her adventures.  Here are her words and pictures…


If you could describe The weekend in one word what would it be?


Ellie: Cold

Daddio: Amazing

Our Weekend was both amazing and cold all at the same time! It was amazing because of all of the things you had a choice of doing in New York, plus my dad and I got some one on one time that included of goofing off and breaking into hotels, but that is another story for another time. I described my weekend pretty well. It was record breakingly cold outside we were having to constantly go inside random shops. I mean look at this!

Apparently it hadn’t been this cold in New York since 1888. Anyway, the first night we just scouted out the place which included going to a pizza place to make a plan and going to Times Square.


While walking through Times Square we saw and met someone, who I count as famous. By the way the only reason we actually met him was because I was with my dad (I would have never walked up to him by myself, meaning that I would have been the “Stalker Ellie” and pretended to be on my phone when really I was taking a picture of him…).


The next day we did New York from visiting the World Trade Center…


To seeing wax superheroes!


We also went to see Wicked that night! It was wicked!

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On the final day in New York we visited the today show and I shook Al Roker hand! Like FRENCH THE LLAMA! We did not make it on TV but we did make it onto the Today radio…I didn’t even know there was such a thing!


(Oh the stories Allen and Ellie had to tell about this trip.  Sounds like a fabulous time and I can hardly wait to go back to New York myself.  Lucky Allen that Kate has already declared that she would like to go someplace warm for her Father/Daughter trip in three years!)

This Girl

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What to say about this quiet funny girl?  She loves math (yeah), superheros, orange (the color), fashion, wombats, twix bars and soccer.  She often disappears into her room after she gets home from school.  I used to worry about this teenagery behavior but have since realized the introvert in her needs decompression time and she is often drawing or has her nose in a book.

She has managed to find a group of friends that are just like her. Sporty, bookish and almost as quiet.  At her birthday party I remarked at how silent the group was during dinner and she said ‘ Just wait.  Even at lunch we are quiet while we are eating.  We will get louder.’  Sure enough the chatter started up as soon as the pizza was finished…and then it didn’t stop for the rest of the night.  (Even during the 2.5 movies they watched!)

We had to squeeze this photoshoot into a lunch date with her cousins but I always appreciate her indulging my crazy ideas. (And yes, this girl is now embracing her curly hair.  Her hair looks great straight AND girl – lucky dog!)

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Happy birthday kid!  We love you!

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Spoiler alert – those amazing Wonder Woman Converse were her favorite purchase of her big birthday present.  This year Allen took her on her special Father/Daughter trip to New York.  Stay tuned for her guest blog post next week.  So fun!


Super Party

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This year Ellie has been into all sorts of Super Heros.  She wore a Spider Man shirt for the first day of school and was Batman for Halloween.  We also gave the girls Superman, Ironman3 and Guardians of the Galaxy for Christmas.  (The movies, not the actual people.)  So, yeah, it was pretty easy to pick a theme for her birthday party!

This was a fun one to pull together.  I love the bright primary colors that are normally associated with super heros so it was easy to find different patterns to set the table.  I also love little milk bottles so when they popped up in the Target dollar section I jumped on them.  To help them fit the theme I added a cape.  If only it were that easy to become a super hero!

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Since this is  a popular party theme there are a lot of free printables available online.  We used those to help decorate the cake and some of the candy bowls.  I also searched Google images to find comic book pages.  I printed them on cardstock, rolled them into cones and filled them with popcorn.

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Before the girls fired up the super hero movies (they managed to watch Guardians of the Galaxy and parts of Thor AND Spider Man) we sent them out on the scavenger hunt.  Allen did an excellent job with the clues.  Here are a few:

The green lantern… A super hero or something used for camping. You decide which the enebo’s may have in their house to find your next clue.  (Found in the camping supplies in the garage.)

For your next clue you need to head back to the home base before the dessert thaws. Speaking of thawing, captain america went through a special process which saved his life and prevented aging. Your next clue may be found where humans prevent things from getting warm. (Found in the ice maker.)

Almost done.  Nick Fury and the Avengers are headed to dinner … beef shwarma anyone? Your final clue can be found where this would be prepared. (The girls found their treasure in the BBQ.)

This last clue we all find particularly funny because we text pictures of beef shwarma whenever we see it.


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Ellie has this great group of friends and I love that she has really expanded her group this year.  So good to go into high school with a great network!

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Ellie’s real birthday is next week during winter break so stay tuned for her birthday portraits…

Where I’m at


Posts around here have been unusually light (even for January!) around here because of the ACL surgery I had back on January 8th.  Even though I am an uber researcher and I’d read up as much as I could about this surgery and recovery I still was surprised by many things.

1.  I asked for a spinal block instead of opting for general anesthesia. I was hoping to avoid some of the well known side affects of general but I still expected to be asleep during the whole surgery.  I’m not sure how that whole sleeping part was miscommunicated but they let me wake up part way through the surgery.  I’m fairly certain they regretted that decision very quickly because when I woke up I could not see them working directly on my knee (there was a sheet up) but there was a screen right by my head so I could see what was going on INSIDE my knee.  This control freak thought that was really cool and I proceeded to ask questions through the rest of the surgery.  (‘Will those screws you are so enthusiastically installing in my knee set of the alarms at the airport?’  or ‘Are you threading the new ACL through the drill holes?  Cool!’)  They told Mr. Fun I would not remember…I do!


2.  My knee was completely numb for more than two days, and even when the feeling started to come back (one month later I still have numb patches) the pain wasn’t that bad…at first.  Actually, the pain was never really that bad in my knee but my shin was a whole different story.  The way this surgery is performed is they take take the center portion of your patellar tendon along with some of the bone it is attached to at the top and bottom.  Then they drill a hole through your tibia and femur, thread the new ACL through and screw the bone blocks to those bones.  Kind of barbaric right?  Well my shin was not so happy with all of the work that was done to it and had some pretty nasty bruising.  The problem was that every time I stood up the blood would rush to my lower legs and I literally would have to stand there for minutes using my labor breathing techniques until the pain subsided enough for me to start moving.  Excruciating!  That lasted for more than a week.  Yeah, didn’t expect that.

3.  Surgery wreaks havoc with your body and mind.  Besides the obvious trauma of the wound site I was shocked at how terrible my body felt for at least two weeks.  Everything hurt, nausea reigned, my mind was a total fuzz, yuck.  (Fuzz brain is why there have not been many blog posts.) I still find that I need naps, especially if I’m dragging my leg around doing errands.  I am also ridiculously emotional.  Ready to cry at the drop of a hat over the dumbest stuff.  I have a good friend (Hi Tracie!) who had abdominal surgery a week after me and she is dealing with the same stuff.  At least I’m not alone in this but my research has shown this could last for three months.  So please don’t share any touching FB posts with me until April.  I just can’t handle it!

4.  The worst part about PT is not the exercises but the massage.  I’ve always disliked massages (I’m too uptight, big surprise there!) but this takes it to a whole other level.  The massages are used to make sure scar tissue does not lay down in the wrong places or cause my knee cap to freeze up.  (Did you know your knee caps float?)  I flat out told my PT that if he touched my shin (at least during my bad week) that I would throw up on his table, but everywhere else was fair game.  It’s pretty amazing how well it works.  If he massages a sore area (which is no fun at the time) it stops hurting when I bend my knee.  I can put up with the pain if I get that kind of reward!

Why yes, my leg IS slightly blue.  That was the disinfectant.

5.  It’s surprising how quickly I can resort to sailor like behavior.  For the most part I’ve been smart enough and have moved slow enough that I’m keeping myself under control.  The stairs are a bit of a wild card for me though.  Between the over enthusiastic pets (‘The woman is up, I must run down he stairs as close to her feet as possible!’) and my own forgetfulness, I’ve had a few hiccups.  Most recently I was trying to get down the stairs and I somehow bent my knee way too far in the process.  This led me to drop a HUGE F-Bomb.  It just slipped right out…at a loud volume.  You should have seen my middle schooler’s face.  Either she was completely shocked to hear her mother yell that or she was terrified that she would have to catch me because I was still three stairs from the bottom.  I thought I was going to have to pick her jaw up off the floor for her!

6.  I am very bendy.  Most people can bend their knee to 140 degrees.  (Think of your compass from 5th grade.)  For comparison sake my PT measured my good leg the other day.  I can bend it to 155 degrees.  Seriously?  That means I need to try to get my bad leg to go an extra 15 degrees past what normal humans do.  The good news is that at 3 weeks I was already bending it to 130 degrees.  That is amazingly good because most doctors are hoping for 110 degrees at that point.  It doesn’t sound like much but 20 degrees is huge!  I like to think I’m an overachiever in this realm.


One thing I am NOT surprised about?  How awesome my family is.  Thank goodness Mr. Fun works from home!  I didn’t even come down stairs for the first five days so he was bringing me a steady stream of food, drugs and ice.  My girls were also great about bringing me anything I needed too.  I was set up in our playroom so it was a great spot to have family movie nights and to watch the Seahawks.  It was nice to know everybody was just a text away!

Wondering why I posted a 16 Candles picture for the top of this post?  I’m totally dating myself here but the church lady from this movie had a distinctive squeak with every step she took.  My brace is doing that now too but I think my knee feels like it should make that noise even without the brace!  Every day is better and I can see the light at the end of the tunnel though.  Hopefully there are no more surprises left for me!