The Mahler Family: Atlanta, GA

I spent a week in Atlanta, GA visiting my sister and brother and their families. We decided very last minute to throw together a photo shoot of my sister's family. The only time they could squeeze it in was the day I was leaving in the morning before her husband went to work and her son went to preschool. It was seriously a miracle it even happened, which makes me smile even more when I look at these photos. So much work and craziness happens to pull these shoots off and I sometimes wish I had a second set of arms and camera gear to capture all the behind the scenes action.

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The Turk Family: West Point Lighthouse

After rescheduling due to rain, it was such a relief to wake up the morning of the Turk family shoot to sun pouring through the windows. Little did I know how freezing cold it can be even when it's sunny! This adorable family of five were all troopers and pulled out their best smiles, despite the bone-chilling wind around West Point Lighthouse. Of course, the promise of treats at the end of the shoot didn't hurt either. Never underestimate the power of donuts!

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The Bird Family: Olympic Sculpture Park

This was my first partially indoor family photo shoot! Since the Birds recently had a new baby girl added to the family, we thought we'd play it safe and shoot in a spot with indoor and outdoor options. It was a good thing we did, because it was pouring! Even so, we still ventured outside for some nice huddled under the umbrella shots. So grateful to the Bird family for letting me experiment with a new location and totally different style of photography. Brenda is simply amazing and her husband is my second cousin, so I just love having pseudo-family close by in Seattle. 

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Singing in the rain!

The Twitchell Family: Two + Two

This family. They win the "you're amazing for even showing up to this photo shoot" award. Twins always make things more exciting, but it was also pouring rain that morning and we were scheduled for an outdoor park location. After a few prayers and scouting out a good location, we found a spot where the ground was dry in a small circle for their cute family to stand and pretend like the rain wasn't totally ruining everything. As I look back at these photos, I'm almost upset that you can't even tell it's raining! Almost. It also makes me secretly happy and triumphant. It's just amazing what families and photographers can pull off sometimes. I think all parents who plan and follow through with family photos deserve a gold medal. Period.

The Davis Family: Discovery Park

Seattle weather has been quite precarious as of late, so to get a rainless Saturday morning for the Davis family photo shoot was reason enough to throw some leaves in the air and shout for joy! With our layers on and crunching leaves beneath our feet, fall was most definitely in the air as we romped around Discovery Park. I've known the Davis family since we first moved to Seattle in 2013 and they are seriously a riot. I loved getting to capture their personalities and the beauty that is their family. 

Larsen Family: Pike Place Market

It doesn't get much better than Pike Place Market when it comes to quintessential Seattle photos. The Larsens wanted to capture their experience of raising a family in the city, amidst the hustle and bustle of Seattle. I loved this shoot! Instead of a typically serene nature backdrop with no one in sight, I had the challenge of capturing the essence of their family with people and distractions everywhere. The shoot itself was so authentic and true to the reality of city living. Seattle has so many fun things to offer families, yet we have to learn how to keep each other close and connected in the midst of all the amusements.

Flowers, pigs and sea food, oh my!

Donuts, Please!

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A walk down Post Alley

Public Market Center

The Gum Wall

Bubble Gum Contest Anyone?

Abby: Beehive State of Mind

I met Abby for the first time at our photo shoot, but I knew she had a special story to tell. She had a light in her eyes and a confidence in her demeanor that spoke for her. I wasn't surprised to learn that Abby and her family converted to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints after her mother passed away. She is now valiantly going forth to serve and teach others the gospel that changed her life. She has been called to serve for the next 18 months in the Salt Lake City West Mission in Utah. In the past as a runner, Abby ran races for her mother. As a missionary, she will now serve in honor of her mother's memory and keep her name with her wherever she goes. 

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Meet Sister Martinez

Utah Salt Lake City West Mission

Called to Serve

Full of light

The Beehive State

His word was in my heart

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
— 2 Timothy 1:7

Treasure up the words of life

The Fiorito Family: The Perfect Storm

The day of the Fiorito family's photo shoot started with torrential downpours. This was not your typical Seattle drizzle, but rain coming down at a slant and crazy wind. Leyla (the mom) and I kept texting back and forth trying to decide if we should reschedule or wait and see what happens. Just an hour before the shoot we decided to go for it. Fortunately, the weather turned in our favor and for about an hour, we had rain free, beautiful skies and dry, happy faces to capture on camera. The stormy clouds created a dramatic backdrop and even skin tones, without ruining anyone's hair or outfits. It was truly the perfect storm.

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Iconic Seattle

Family Fun

All together Now

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Hooray for Fall!

Liesl: Peru on the Horizon

Liesl has a smile that can light up the world. Her optimism and generous spirit are contagious and people can't help but gravitate to her goodness. I first met Liesl when she was a student of mine in an early morning seminary class at our church. Even at 6AM, she could whip out her smile and questions and keep me on my toes. She will be leaving very soon to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Arequipa, Peru for 18 months, and will continue to share her smile and much more with the good people of that place. It was an honor to capture her energy and eagerness just before embarking on such an incredible adventure of service and love.

O ye that embark

Called to serve

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A marvelous work

In his strength I can do all things

Then shall your light break forth

With all your heart

That your joy might be full