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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.

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.

 

Much Better

Family Michelle Enebo Photography Seattle Issaquah OcGirl-1Last week Chris brought her girls back for a redo and I’m so glad she did.  No tantrums this time.  Just giggles and laughs.  Miss Jane was in fine form and while we were tickling and playing with her to elicit giggles here sister Kate was playing games of her own.  When we finally looked to see what she was up to here heard her saying ‘Make Up!’  Her back was to us so when she turned to us we were surprised to see that she had taken a pen and put ‘make up’ all over her face.  Thank goodness it wasn’t at Sharpie!

I had a good time hanging out with these girlies and I love that I got my baby snuggles and kisses in.  (It’s okay, we are good friends and Chris doesn’t mind me snuggling her babes!)

Here are my favorites…

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The Dream Team

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These are some good buddies and three of them have birthdays in March.  That means tons of parties with these same girls all month long.  Fun!

This year Kate wanted a Minecraft themed party.  Since I don’t play this game on my own I had to turn to Pinterest to get some ideas.  We knew we needed some cool table/decorations, a fun cake and an awesome scavenger hunt.  In fact, we were informed by the birthday girl that expectations were running high for this scavenger hunt because Mr. Fun and done such a good one last year the girls could talk of nothing else.  Talk about pressure!

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Pinterest had a ton of good ideas and printables and here is what I came up with.  A grass tablecloth for the table and Creeper glasses made from electrical tape.  (Green Powerade helped complete the glass!)  We pulled together all of the movie snacks into the decorations too.  Good thing we were able to incorporate Kate’s favorite candies.  (Rolos and Swedish fish.)

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I originally though it would be fun to have cows (burgers), pigs (hot dogs) and chicken (nuggets) since they all play key parts in Minecraft but two of the four girls were vegetarians so that would not do.  Instead we did square shaped cheese pizza.  Good enough!

The cake did not seem like it was going to come together.  The brownies represented the dirt blocks, the rice crispy treats were sand blocks and the blue jello was the water blocks.  I was not sure they would all stack together but they did.  I still think it looked a bit goofy but all of the girls (even my olders ones) thought it was really cool.   Really?  Okay, no Pintrocity here!

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Once the girls arrived they started out by making their treasure boxes.  In Minecraft this is where you save all of your special goods.  We thought this would be a good place to keep their scavenger hunt treasure and movie snacks for the movie.

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After dinner we started the much anticipated scavenger hunt.  It was a big hit.  Mr. Fun had them running all over the house, Facetiming with the Stevie (he’s a main character) that we have in our family (my brother in law Stephen) and then tackling the big clue that Jill and Ellie made for the game.  Jill and Ellie were actually gone for the party because they were doing the 30 Hour famine at church but they worked on a maze clue for the party all week.  The party girls airplayed the maze on our big TV so they could all see what was happening and they could all have input about what direction they should go.  It was HARD!  There were multiple levels and many different directions to go.

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Finally they found the clue!

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After the scavenger hunt the girls had cake and then went upstairs for their jammies and movies.  It was a late night but an even earlier morning.  The girls just couldn’t wait to have more fun!

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The smartest thing I did at this party, though, was to wait until Saturday morning to give the girls some mini recorders as parting gifts.  The big recorder concert for the 4th grade is coming up next week and I thought they would really like them.  They did…and played them nonstop…until I sent them outside.  I apologize right now to their parents!

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It was a good birthday season this year.  A fun time had by all!