Such a beautiful and sweet family at La Jolla Shores Beach in San Diego. At one point, I was taking a shot of the whole group when suddenly everyone’s expression dramatically changed and a heard a commotion next to me. A seagull swooped in and pecked at the plastic baggie filled with treats for the kids – you know, the smile bribes. I don’t know who was more concerned – the kids or the parents! I heroically chased the bird away just in time to rescue the treats and, consequently, the rest of the photo shoot.
First San Diego photo shoot (and first shoot post-baby) in the books! Three kids (and MOVING) has made for quite the learning curve. I still feel like I’m barely resurfacing most of the time. Ha!
But look at the Bonds! We’ve known this wonderful family a long time, so imagine our surprise and delight when we discovered we would be moving to their very same street, just a few houses away. We knew so few people in San Diego when we got here exhausted and overwhelmed, but they embraced us from day one and made us feel like family when we needed it most. So so grateful they were placed in our path.
My baby! I’m finally starting to emerge from the newborn fog just enough to edit these pictures I took of my Natalie at just a few days old. Newborn photos are never easy, especially of my own babies! It’s hard to get everything set up and timed perfectly with naps and feeding and sunlight, especially when I’m still trying to recover, but these pictures are SO important to me. It took a few tries to get the pictures I wanted, but we did it! I just love this little peach.
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Mini sessions are shorter and more affordable than standard sessions and are a great way to get wonderful family photos, Christmas cards pictures, senior pictures, engagements, and more. Mini sessions are perfect for families with young children who have shorter attentions spans. Each session will last about 20 minutes and will include a mix of candid and posed shots.
Cost: $150 for at least 20 high-resolution, fully-edited digital images for your to print and post as you please. That’s a $100 savings from a standard shoot.
September 12: Luther Burbank Park on Mercer Island
The perfect backdrop for your photos! This park boasts gorgeous views of Lake Washington, a rocky beach, tree-lined paths with a rustic fence, gorgeous greenery and brick buildings for lots of variety to suit any style.
October 10th: Larsen Lake Blueberry Farm in Bellevue
A beautiful fall setting! The large blueberry bushes become a stunning red color this time of year and make for vibrant holiday photos, perfect for holiday greeting cards.
Shoots are weather permitting. In case of inclement weather, sessions will be rescheduled.
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See below for examples of photos at each locations:
Location 1: Luther Burbank Park
Location 2: Larsen Lake Blueberry Farm:
I love engagement shoots! The lighting was pretty, the location was gorgeous, but mostly it was just refreshing to interact with humans over 3 feet tall. Allie and Vince were so fun, and Luther Burbank Park on Mercer Island always makes for a beautiful backdrop.
This Woodinville Elopement at Cottage Lake Park was not the Florida destination wedding they originally planned, but what is these days? The small ceremony with just their parents (and me!) was so special regardless. I felt honored to capture this beautiful day.
Such a beautiful wedding at the Church of St. Patrick in Tacoma with a gorgeous reception at C. I. Shenanigans.
Downtown Poulsbo is one of my favorite places for senior pictures, and Seth was SO easy to work with. I remember when he was born, but…it’s fine. It’s fine. It’s fine.
The Front Porch Project pictures were so fun, I did more! My neighbors are so creative!
Just like last time, I kept my distance the entire time and most families were on their porches waiting for me. It was a nice break from the Coronavirus craziness.
Nobody would have predicted just a few months ago that the whole world would be thrown into the midst of a global pandemic that would unapologetically disrupt the course of the lives of, well…EVERYONE.
It’s a scary time with so much unknown. Every day, almost hour by hour, the life we used to know fizzles away as the earth feels like it’s coming to a jolting stop.
And it’s unsettling.
So what do I do? Well, aside from hours of blowing bubbles and chalk drawing on the sidewalk with my two toddlers, I wondered to myself, “How can I help? What can I do? How do I serve?”
And then I heard about the Front Porch Project, and instantly the answer came.
“Serve through photos.”
I decided without even much thought I would offer family portraits to my neighbors, on their front porch, for free. No – family pictures won’t stop the virus, and they won’t give jobs to the unemployed, but maybe they could serve in a way that is still just as badly needed.
Pictures give people a reason to smile, a reason to celebrate their family, a reminder that really, they have everything they need – safe at home. I wanted to give families a memento of what they’re working through together, an event to look forward to (if only for 5 minutes), and in the very least, maybe just a reason to put on pants.
It was a lot of work to coordinate the shoots logistically, but work I loved. I made a sign-up form and within just a few days I had 54 families sign up in my little neighborhood in Issaquah, WA. 54 families! I created spreadsheets, mapped out my routes, set up a time (which, amazingly, worked for everyone except the family coming home from the hospital with a new baby), and set out!
I rode my bike around the neighborhood, texting families a few houses before I arrived. In most cases, I didn’t even have to knock on the door as the families were waiting outside for me. I kept a safe distance the entire time (never closer than 10 feet), and took a few pictures of each family before jumping back on my bike to race to the next house.
The photoshoots lasted about 3 minutes. Some families dressed up, some wore their jammies. Others brought props or held signs. Kids squirmed in their parents’ laps and teenagers rolled their eyes. The families laughed, they smiled, and I felt for just a moment like the world was going to be okay.
My cutest support crew (my husband pushing the double stroller with 2 lollipop-coated kids) trailed along with me, texting families as we went and directing me where to go next over the course of two evenings. After 4 hours, 48 houses (and one dog bite!), I came home refreshed, excited (and yeah, with a badly bruised leg…still worth it) and ready to take on whatever this coronavirus is going to throw at us next.
I hope you love looking at the pictures as much as I loved taking them.