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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.

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

Murphy’s Law

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A few weeks ago I had Lynn scheduled to come see me on a Sunday.  According to The Weather Channel it was supposed to be a complete downpour.  Wind, rain..the whole nine yards.  So a couple of days before the session we decided to reschedule.  The day before our original session I was patting myself on the back because it WAS a complete downpour.  Of course you can guess what happened.  We woke up to a beautiful, clear Sunday.

And, because Murphy’s Law is real (and likes to bite me in the booty), it was rainy and windy on the day we reschedule the session for.  No matter because Ethan and Summer brought their sunny smiles.  It was also good that this was a mini session and that I am super fast so they only had to give up their coats for a few minutes.  Whew!

Here are my favorites…

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Overachiever

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Kate has been waiting for YEARS for music in 4th grade.  This is the year that their under appreciated music teacher, Ms. Badgley, teaches 190 (ish) squirrelly 4th graders how to play the recorder.  Each 4th grader had to earn a belt (a ribbon tied at the end of the recorder) for nine different songs (like Hot Cross Buns and Old McDonald and Ode to Joy).

The kids have been working hard at home (just wait for their parent’s to take out their earplugs before you ask them) but clearly some instruction has to happen at school too AND all of these kids have to be tested.  One by one.  Assuming each child only has to play a song once to pass (it is often more than once) that is 1710 different songs Ms. Badgley has to listen to.  Seriously, this woman is a saint!

Not only that but there were a lot of kids, like Kate, who learned all nine songs very quickly and they hungered for more.  Because Ms. Badgley is a saint, and possibly certifiable, she gave the overachievers four MORE songs to learn.  Wow!

I was so impressed with Kate’s enthusiasm and drive to learn all those songs.  A big thanks to Ms. Badgley for making it all possible.