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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.

She Had a Vision

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Laurie called me all the way back in April to set up her session.  She had a clear vision for what she wanted and she even sent me pictures of the dresses way back when.  I love that she knew exactly what she wanted and she was really good about communicating it.  Of course best laid plans…fast forward to the session and it looked like Mother Nature was going to rain on our parade.  Literally!  Seriously, after having this session planned for months?

We set a back up plan to move our session to a different day but the weather ended up being perfect.  Since it was not sunny we could use all parts of the park and I didn’t have to worry about which angle to photograph the frolicking girls.  We could just be creative!

Here are my favorites…

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This one was one of my favorites.   The girls were ‘helping’ me by making funny faces for their parents.  Thanks girls!

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Octonauts!

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A couple of weeks ago Henry turned five.  I can’t believe it!  He’s the baby of the crew, he is not supposed to be that old.

I was honored to be invited to his awesome Octonauts party.  Don’t know what that is?  You can check out the website here.  The Octonauts is a cartoon that the boys have watched for years.  So cute.  Joelle always does an amazing job pulling together all sorts of creative ideas.  I have to admit that I did not understand the significance of all of the cute touches but I am going to share them because maybe YOU will understand her brilliance!

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When the kids first arrived they chose a hat and decorated an Octocompas.  (Apparently this is used to call for help when the characters are away from the pods.)  Then Joelle told them all a story about how they needed to prove that they could be could Octonauts by helping four different sea creatures.  The first one was a crocodile who was injured and needed to be bandaged.  The kids took turns wrapping crepe paper bandages all around him.  (This turned out to be Henry’s favorite and he came back and did it three more times!)

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Next the call went out to help some poor fishies that were lost in the kelp forest.  Each child needed to swim in and find a fish to bring back out.

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The next time they heard the alarm the kids all needed to climb to the top of the play house where they found jelly boosters.  (Silly string) These needed to be squirted at the jelly fish that was in distress.  This looked like so much fun that I wanted to join in too!

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The last call was for a shark in the front yard.  He was in shallow water with no food so the Octonauts in training needed to try to throw fish nuggets into his mouth.

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The kids all did such a great job with all of their tasks that they were given a map that led them to their final treasure.  They all took turns breaking open the treasure chest and inside they found gold coins and swedish fish.  Yum!

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The party ended with the traditional cake and presents.  More than half of the party goers were girls this year and Joelle kept remarking on how quiet and orderly the party was.  The kids all had a great time but it wasn’t a crazy free for all which made it great for everybody!

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Thanks for inviting me to your party Henry.  And congratulations on becoming an Octonaut!

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The Wild Card

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In the summer I love that I can do family sessions in the evening to capture the lovely light.  The only question is whether the kids I am photographing will be in a good mood after dinner.  My own kids are morning people so it was hit and miss with them.

Add that question to the fact that Miss Logan is two and we have a total wild card.  But I need not worry because both Logan and her big sister Olivia were in excellent moods and Logan was perfectly happy to have me chase her around the park.  (Thank goodness Olivia was happy to stand still for me because it was 85 degrees when we were taking these pictures!)  She was having so much fun that she stripped down to her Superman panties (yes they make them for girls) and ran around half naked at the end.  Adorable!

Here are my favorites…

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24 Hours in the Woods

photo1-15Remember when your kids were little and you would drop them off at preschool (or child care)?  They would give you the big doe eyes and crocodile tears?  Some would even grab onto your leg and beg you not to go.  I don’t know about you, but if that happened when I dropped of one of my girls I would think about it the WHOLE time I was gone.  For the three or four hours they were at preschool I would worry about their day and if they were okay.  Inevitably I would come back to pick them up only to find the tears only lasted five minutes and they had a great day with their friends and teachers.  I, on the other hand, had a miserable morning worrying about them.

Well don’t think that that goes away just because they get older!  I know nothing about camping and backpacking.  NOTHING.  When Jill had the opportunity to go backpacking with our church we thought this would be a fun adventure for her.  She planned for it (with her Dad and Aunt because I am useless here), trained for it (carrying backpacks of books on our hikes) and stressed over it.  She was set.

The weather had been hot and dry all month.  So much so that three of the four trails the group could have taken were covered in wild fire.  There was a forecast of a bit of rain but, in all the years that the church had been taking senior high kids into the woods it had never rained more than a day.  No big deal.

I helped drive all of the backpackers into the woods and to the trailhead.  Boy was that rustic!  No cell service, no structures, no nothing.  But they were eager.  We dropped Jill’s group off first and after some confusion and a quick prayer they were off.  (I didn’t want to embarrass her by singling her out and giving her a big hug, but I regretted that decision after she left because all I could remember was the stressed/worried look on her face as she anticipated her departure.)  I dropped off the other group at a different trail head an hour later and was off.

When I left the backpackers they all had their rain covers and garbage bags covering their packs.  The groups set up camps (separately as they were to meet up on the trail the second full day) and had a fun evening.

The weather report was not good and Mother Nature delivered a wallop.  Record setting rains hit the area that first night and brought thunder and lightening storms intermittently through the area.  This is where the scared Mama comes in.  When it started pouring at 3am here I was immediately awake thinking about how miserable it must be up at the camp site.  When the rain and thunder swept through at 6:30am (mind you all of these storms took a few hours to get to the backpackers) I could not wrap my mind around where they would go to stay out of danger.  Into the trees?  Is that safe?  How would they dry out?  There was a burn ban in the whole area so no camp fires to get warm and dry their wet sleeping bags.  Remember, this is just the first full day of four out in the woods.

When the group leaders made the tough call to cancel the rest of the trip (due to safety concerns) I was relieved.  But also sad and disappointed for my girl.  I know how much she had been looking forward to this and how much planning she had put into it.  All for just 24 hours in the woods.  Bummer!

When Jill came home with her camping buddies they spent over an hour sharing all of the fun and funny times they had on their short adventure.  Yes they were wet, but not as much as we thought.  (Although one kid was taller than his tent so his head definitely got wet!) There was a lot of thunder and lightening but it wasn’t scary, just annoying.  Jill never had a chance to get cold either because she was perfectly prepared.  My girl is a big optimist so she made the best of the worst and had a good time.  She is ready to go again.  (She was in the minority on this though and there are a lot of kids, especially from the other group, that claimed they would never go again.)

Here’s the lesson I learned in HER adventure.  It doesn’t get easier for us parents just because our kids are older.  We want the best for our kids and we want them to be happy!  We see our kids off for their adventures and are left with that picture in our minds.  Jill was stressed and worried when I dropped her off and that is how I pictured her the whole time dealing with those adverse conditions.  But just like with preschool, five minutes after I drove away she was fine.  She had a good time growing in her adventure.   She proved to herself that she could carry that heavy pack, take care of herself in the woods and enjoy herself in the process.

I’m off to call my Mom.  Just in case I have left her with the impression that I am stressed or worried about something I need to make are she knows that I am good.  (Great, in fact, now that I have all my little ducks under one roof!)  I don’t want HER worrying about ME!

 

 

Camps for All My Friends

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This week is the last of the official camps for the girls.  Jill was supposed to be off backpacking in the Central Cascades this week with church.  There were 26 students (only 5 girls) and 8 leaders leading two groups of kids out in the woods.  Picking the trail turned out to be harder than the leaders thought.  There were four possible choices at the beginning of the month and those quickly got whittled down to one when forest fires burned through the other three trails.  It turns out that fire was not going to be the real issue.  Stay tuned for more on that…

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Kate went to the same camp she went to last year.  This Christian camp has been around since 1919.  What an amazing history!  Kate had a great time riding the banana boats, climbing the iceberg in the lake and spending the night on Carnival Night.

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Ellie went back for a second year at Campbell Farms.  She spent the mornings working hard (at a food bank, planting a garden for an elderly woman, and at a recycling plant) on the Yakima Indian Reservation and having fun with friends in the afternoon.  (This year she even had the courage to jump off the cliff into the Yakima River!)

Finally, the girls and Allen join his parents and sister on Mount Rainier for their annual camping trip.  They had a fun time hiking, and making s’mores and hanging out together.  That is a fun tradition that the girls are so lucky to have.  (No, I do not feel left out.  They ask me to come every year but I so enjoy this weekend of silence in the middle of crazy summers that I can’t give it up!)  Thank you Deana for the picture!

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The girls have one more camp this summer.  Camp DDD where they spend a week with Allen’s family.  My how summer is speeding by!