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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.

Kate’s Night

Next up for school shopping was Kate.  Before we could start our adventure, though, Kate attended a special karate class.  She has been going since the beginning of the summer but this class was taught by a national instructor.  Pretty cool!

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Next we stopped for dinner and to plot out our stops.  We had to be efficient with our time!

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Kate is a super quick shopper and she didn’t need much given that she has a huge box of hand me downs.  (But it’s nice to get a few new things too!)  So Old Navy hooked us up for almost everything on her list.

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Kate knew she wanted to shop at Justice for her treat for the evening so we snuck in there 10 minutes before closing.  That was probably a good move for me because that girl could peruse all those sparkles and feathers for hours!  She picked a cute little clipboard that holds pens and a notebook.  That girl LOVES notebooks!

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We ended our night with a quick stop for PE shoes.  Seems like all my girls need them this year.  Stop growing people!

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Kate is most looking forward to seeing who her teacher is this year and she is most worried that she won’t have her best friend Annie in her class.  (Unfortunately the chances aren’t great that she will get Annie in her class.  There are seven fifth grade classes!)

Oh, and one last purchase that was just for me.  Actually, it is more for my clients in the fall.  I saw this umbrella and I just couldn’t pass it up!

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Ellie’s Night

It hardly seems like it is time for school shopping.  That always signals the impending end of summer and I can’t believe it is time already!  We started the annual school shopping nights with Ellie this year.

Our evening began with dinner and a quick stop for PE shoes.  Let’s get the boring stuff out of the way!

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Next we stopped at the Goodwill on Ellie’s request.  We were hoping for a deal but only found a ring for me.  We did NOT go home with this gem!

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Next we hit the mall for some real shopping.  Very specifically Ellie was looking for red jeans (she needed blue too) so we needed to hit quite a few stores to find just the right pair.  I spent a lot of the evening watching Ellie do this:

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I guess her jeans will be perpetually rolled so we had to make sure they looked just right before we got them!  Ellie also needed a few new shirts.  Given our new obsession with all things superheros this was a no brainer.

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As is our regular tradition, the girls also get to pick out a little treat too.  Ellie was looking at the necklaces but only until she found this ring.  If she hadn’t gotten it I might have!

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Finally, since dinner was so early we had to stop for a quick hit of this.

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I asked Ellie what she was most looking forward to and said it was being in yearbook class.  She is most worried about her science teacher.  It’s going to be a good year!

Ho Ho Ho!

Yes, it is that time of year again.  Time for roaring fires and roasting chestnuts.  No?  Well I did spend a day in July listening to nothing but Christmas music.  We like to get into the spirit early around here!

Just as I did last year, I am offering a very limited number of session for the fall.  14 to be exact and half of them have already been booked.  If you are interested in coming to see me now is the time to book.

To get you guys into the spirit now too I am going to share the Christmas card templates I’ll be offering this year.  Each client that comes for a session after Labor Day will receive a complimentary set of 25 custom holiday cards.

Happy Holidays!

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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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