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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.

Only 165 Days Left!

Now that the weather is finally cooling down it’s time to think about the holidays, right?  Whether you want to get a jump on your holiday cards or capture your family while they still have their summer glow, these August Mini Sessions are the perfect way to do that.  There are only a couple of appointments available on each day so don’t wait to book!

August 2015

Great and Mighty Things

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A few weeks ago Jill and Ellie went down to Tijuana, Mexico to build houses with our church.  After hearing all of their stories I asked them to write a guest blog post to share their experiences in their own words.  I want to capture this for my blog book so I’m happy the indulged me!

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Our trip started off to a little bit of a bumpy ride. Our flight got cancelled and we all had to split up 80 of us into 7 different flights. Some left at 11:30am, some left at 7:30pm. Since some of the flights were super late, all of the early flights (including mine) had to wait for hours at UC San Diego for the rest of the kids to show up. We ended up sleeping at a church near the border. The next morning was eventful. We all had to get up super early so that we were gone by the time the church service started, because it was a Sunday. We all loaded up in the vans and went across the boarder. My entire team was already in the van except Jamie. A few minutes later Jamie walked up to the van and enthusiastically said “Okay green team! What is today for?” There were a series of mumbles telling him what we were supposed to do on the site today. He replied with, “No! Great and mighty things!”  That was pretty much the Green team catch phase the rest of the week.

After we got to the orphanage we put our stuff in our rooms, ate breakfast and headed to the worksites. The first day was for leveling which consisted of all of us shoveling dirt into different places. Day two was concrete day (definitely the hardest). The third day was building the structures of the walls. The fourth day was putting up the paneling. Day five was painting day, which had everyone either painting the house or the trim (some of us started on the roof too). The sixth day was the last work day where we all had to put up the trim, finish the roof and have the key ceremony.  My team didn’t really work together very well the first few days but on Wednesday during lunch we were thinking of nicknames for each other and I think that that was really great bonding time because for the rest of the week we all worked way better together.  That was my favorite part.  The last day we all visited each other’s sites and prayed in front of the houses, then drove off and started our journey back home.

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Last week Ellie and I went with our church youth group on a mission trip to Tijuana, Mexico. This is a place that is widely regarded as impoverished and crime heavy, basically as a bad place you never want to visit (by Americans and people from other places in Mexico alike). However, as we learned in our preparation meetings and viewed first hand on our trip, the people of Tijuana may be materially impoverished and in need of help building a house, but they are spiritually affluent when we look at how close everyone is to their family and friends. Here on the plateau we are rich because of our materials, what we have, but quite often lack the close relationships our mission team got to witness in Tijuana. One of the best parts of my trip was getting to work with the homeowner of my teams house, Sergio, everyday. He was not only a greatly needed member of our team, he was funny (even when we couldn’t understand about half the jokes he was making), and he was always willing to be patient and attempt conversation (even when most of our team couldn’t speak Spanish or didn’t speak it very well). By the end of the week he was kind of like a father figure to us all, and our whole team felt like he was an old friend when we had only really known him for barely a week. Overall, this was a really fantastic week, I met new people from my church got to know old people from my church better, and helped build a house for a family that desperately needed a place were [As Sergio said] they could have enough space to ‘be’.

As you can see, God was doing some Great and Might things in their lives.  A big thanks to all of you who donated to their cause or prayed for their safety and sanity.  The girls felt amazingly loved.  See, you did Great and Mighty things too!

At A Loss

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It’s a good thing a picture is worth a thousand words because I’m having a hard time coming up with any on my own.  My Dad lost his very long battle with cancer last week.  I have so many feelings jumbled up in my heart that I wouldn’t know where to start to share them.  So I will share some of my favorite pictures instead.

Speaking of words, though, some of the favorite ones I received since my father passed are of the four letter variety.  What we have determined is that if people are too nice to us then we might break down crying.  Even just saying ‘I’m so sorry.’ is likely to bring tears to my eyes.  When I told a good friend this she immediately texted back ‘Keep it together Bitch’ with a lovely heart icon after it.  That was the best medicine ever.  It was so unexpected and slightly naughty that it got us laughing instead of crying.  So, if you’d like to tell me you are thinking of me and that you care, feel free to hurl some thoughtful curse words my way and you will bring some much needed levity to my day.  (I’m not kidding!)

Love you Dad!

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She’s Being Promoted

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I can’t believe it, but after 12 awesome years Allen and I are finally graduating from elementary school.  Boy are we slow learners!  But I digress, this blog post is actually about our amazing Kate.  Today she was promoted from 5th grade.  Which I think is another way of saying she is graduating, but I may need to go back to 4th grade to learn that vocabulary word.

Every week at the elementary school the teachers choose a child from their class to be ‘Great Kid’.  Those kids get to have lunch with the principal and they receive a special certificate with kind words from their teacher.  I am going to share Mr. Huttle’s words because they sum up her year in such a lovely way.

My Great Kid this week is Kate Enebo.  Kate has made tremendous growth this year academically and individually.  I have witnessed her taking ownership for herself, and she has stepped up to the plate and made herself proud.  With each passing week she reflects on her learning and progress with honesty, and this has aided in her substantial growth.  She is challenging herself in all that she does, and is making the strides needed to prepare for middle school.  I am continually impressed with Kate and am proud of the person she is.  Her smile has been contagious, and her enthusiasm for learning has broadened all of our minds.  We are grateful for her perspective on life.  Kate, you have great things coming your way.  Keep working hard and don’t stop until you have achieved your dreams.  ~Mr. Huttle

With staff this thoughtful can you see why we will be missing our time at elementary school?  Oh my.

Here is a Kate retrospective for your viewing pleasure.  Look at how much this girlie has changed.  We love you Kate!

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Here are some pictures from graduation.  This is Kate’s beloved Mr. Huttle:

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Here is Kate with her bestie Annie.  These two have been together since they were two!

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You’ve Come a Long Way Baby!

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When Ellie started middle school she was happy to fly under the radar.  Happy to hug the walls and quietly try not to be noticed.  I thought this would be how her whole middle school experience was going to go but I was wrong.  This girl found her confidence this year.  She has a good posse of friends that she has cultivated from soccer and class and she also really enjoyed getting to know her teachers too.  We are so proud of this kid!

I think she is set up to start her high school career on the right foot…especially if that foot is wearing Converse.  She is ready to go!

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