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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.

Sisters…Sisters….

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Take a guess as to who the sisters are in this picture.  Ha!  Don’t Lucille and Mary look alike?   In all the years I have been photographing Lucille and Emily I have never met Mary.  I am thrilled that I got to this year.  I’m also thrilled that she was willing to jump in a few pictures with all the girls.

I have been photographing Emily for many years and I was worried that it would not work out for us this year but it did and I am honored to continue to document this lovely girl and her relationship with her mom.  So precious!

Here are my favorites…

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Summer…So Far

It seems like it always takes awhile for summer to get rolling.  We like a nice schedule so it takes a bit to get into the new routine of no routine.  We are into it now though.  Lots of hikes, lots of time in the creek and now the girls are starting to roll into their camps.

Rather than waiting until the end of the summer to update our adventures I thought I’d share a bit along the way.  Here is the first installment…

We started the summer with our annual movie day.  It started out rocky because I asked Madison (Jill’s friend) to bring the first Star Wars to start the day.  I meant the REAL first Star Wars, but apparently that is now Star Wars IV (huh?) so Madison naturally brought Star Wars I, the first prequel.  But our neighbor saved the day and we continued on.  We also watched My Big Fat Greek Wedding, The Lego Movie and Batman (with Michael Keaton).  Good stuff!

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We also had a great time following the success of the US Men’s soccer team in the World Cup.  What a pleasant surprise that we were so competitive!  We watched the last game with our good friends and Judith provided some excellent USA snacks.  Red Vines, Popcorn and blue Gatorade.  This was Ellie’s interpretation of our flag, a la snacks.

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For the Fourth of July we went to my parent’s new condo in Kirkland and enjoyed the parade.  The kids walked in the kid portion of the parade and then we went up to their deck to watch the rest of the floats.  Such fun.  We ended our evening hanging out with our neighbors.  Just what we wanted to do!

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We’ve had plenty of creek time too.  This is cheap thrills for us.  I go set up my beach chair and watch the kids splashing back and forth over the small rapids.  They have a great time and so does Cooper!

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We have also gone on a lot of hikes.  Allen and I have dragged the girls on a few hikes on our own but we’ve found that if we bring other knuckleheads with us there is way less complaining.  That’s a win all the way around!

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Last, but definitely not least, Jill and I hiked up to Poo Poo Point this week.  For those of you not familiar with this hike it is only 1.8 miles up (3.6 miles round trip) but the elevation gain is 1700 ft.  So basically it is straight up the side of a mountain.  Not much fun if you ask me but the sense of accomplishment and the view made it worth it!  This is what typical Poo Poo Point picture looks like because you can see the eager face of the intrepid hiker and the awesome view.

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Being the artsy gals we are, though, Jill and I prefer these pictures.  They were Jill’s idea and I LOVE them!  (For you photographer types we simply stood in the dark shade of the tree to the left.  Since it was brilliantly sunny outside the camera picked us up as silhouettes.)

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We are quickly moving into the busy part of summer so stay tuned for more adventures.

Flying by the Seat of My Pants

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Sometimes, in business, you have to just fly by the seat of your pants.  Things might not go as planned and you just have to roll with it.

A couple of weeks ago I had our biannual photo session with Kelli all scheduled.  She was excited to see my new studio and I was thrilled to share it with her!  I decided to go early just to make sure the studio was set up exactly how I wanted it.  Good thing I did.

The Rock and Roll Marathon was happening on that day.  Going early gave me plenty of time to try to get to my studio from three different angle.  No go.  There were roads closed all over the place for the runners I could not get within three blocks of my studio.  Even if we had parked on the other side of the closed streets would would have had to play Frogger to get across all the runners to get to my studio.

I quickly called Kelli and we made a new plan.  I have not been to the Arboretum for years (since college maybe?) but we made a plan to meet there.  It’s always a scary prospect to photograph a client at a location you have not seen before, but I have been taking pictures of these kids since before they were born.  (Yes, it is possible!) They were willing to roll with it too and we had a great time.  So much fun, in fact, that I am going back there with my own kids sometime this summer!

Here are my favorites…

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August Mini Sessions

These will be the last mini sessions of 2014.  (It is so strange to say that!)  I only have a couple of spots left so let me know soon if you want to snap one up!

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The Sister Club

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We have a large group of college friends who hang out together.  We have been together for more than 20 years and try to all get together four or five times a year, en masse.  Now that we all have kids this is a very large undertaking!

Speaking of kids, there are quite a few of us who have all girls.  Chris was the last one to join this club.  She had her girls very close together (18 months apart) and it is fun to see them together.  Chris is so funny about picking our brains too and would love to have a pow wow where we can all get together and share what we have learned along the way.  It takes a village to raise your kids so why not pool your resources?   I love this idea. (And, any excuse to get the ladies together for a glass of wine and bite of chocolate is good with me!)

Here are my favorites from our latest photo session…

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