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Babies are always adorable!  But this little baby is just straight-up hilarious!

These images are the first eight photos I took on this roll of film.  I lined them up in the exact order they were shot.  And each photo was taken just seconds apart from the previous photo.

Happy.  Sad.  Happy.  Sad.  Happy.  Yes!  Happy.  Wait, not sure.  Okay… sad.

Too funny!

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Images taken in studio on a Contax 645 with Fuji 400h and a strobe.  Processed and scanned by Richard Photo Lab.


Hello! And happy July!

I’m finding it hard to believe we are already half way through the year. And although I am thoroughly enjoying this weather and spending time summering it up with my family, I can’t help but think Fall is just around the corner and for me, that means the busy season.

September and October are always crazy busy as families start to plan for their holiday photos. But to me, July and August are the best times to come in for a session. Summer in the Northwest is gorgeous! Why not take advantage of it and beat the Fall rush?

And, if you are wondering where to schedule your summer photo session, let me tell you a bit about one of my favorite Seattle locations, Golden Gardens.

Golden Gardens is the quintessential summer spot. It’s tall sea-grass, sandy beach and water and mountain views make it a favorite of mine.

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Things to keep in mind when booking a summer session here:

  • If you want water/mountain views, be sure to book your session in the late afternoon to ensure the best light!
  • Parking can be tricky, especially in the summer, so plan a little extra time. And if you don’t mind a bit of a hike, consider parking up the hill at the dog park and walking down. The parking spots are in the shade, and the walk through the trees to the beach is quite lovely.
  • Remember you are at the beach, so plan your outfits accordingly (not all shoes are sand friendly). For clothing inspiration visit my “what to wear” board on Pinterest.

When finished with your session I recommend heading over to Little Coney for a soft-serve ice-cream cone, or to Ray’s Boathouse for dinner and a beer! Fun!

And don’t forget, if you do want a fall photos session, it’s best to book early! Send me an email and get on the books today!

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I’m so grateful that the editors of Click Magazine asked me to talk about about my work and why I love to shoot film .  It is such an honor to be featured in their beautiful publication, and to see my images in print!  Thank you Clickin’ Moms!!

To order a copy of the magazine, or to get your hands on the digital version, visit their website here.

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0082_familyPINIMAGEAll month long, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite Seattle locations for family photos.

Last week I talked about the Ballard Locks.

This week I’m featuring the Olympic Sculpture Park.

The Olympic Sculpture Park is a new favorite of mine.

I love it for several reasons.

  • Diversity. The abundance of art, mixed with beautiful trees and water views, makes this location such fun. It’s the only park in Seattle that can look both super urban and super “naturey”. The best of both worlds!
  • Indoor space. As we north-westerners know, the wether is not always suitable for an outdoor session. The PACCAR pavilion at the the OSP is bight and airy and photographs beautifully. I’ve done entire shoots in this building. It’s lovely, modern and full of light, even on a dark rainy day!
  • Ease of access. The OSP is surprisingly easy to get to, despite it’s proximity to the waterfront and downtown. It has a huge parking garage and plenty of street parking!

Planning a summer photo-shoot at the OSP? Why not make a day of it! Here are some fun things to do when your session is over.

  • Visit the Great Wheel. This is something I do with my boys a few times a year. Always a hit!
  • Go to the Aquarium. We really do have a great Aquarium, and it’s a short and lovely walk from the OSP.
  • Go out for a meal. My family usually hits up The Old Spaghetti Factory when we visit the Sculpture Park. Or, if you’re in the mood for seafood, Anthony’s is just down the street.

Remember, July, August and September are the best months for outdoor photos (and my weekends fill up fast!).  So call or send me an email and get on the books today!


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