The Greens: Friends + Family

It's alway funny when I explain my relationship to the Green family. Tamanna is indirectly related to me as my sister-in-law's sister, a relationship that wouldn't necessarily warrant frequent contact or interaction, but family nonetheless. Her, Carter and their son live in the Seattle area as well and happen to be the coolest people ever! Our random connection is enough for us to bother them more often than not and consider them good friends. They came with us this last weekend to Wenatchee and we put together a sweet and simple family photo shoot in my mother's backyard. We've since nicknamed them our "framily" (friends + family) because they fall into both categories and we love them so!

Grandparents & Grandbabies

Parents and extended family play such an important role in the lives of our immediate families, especially when a new baby is added to the bunch. As a gift, Wendy wanted to capture some photos of her newborn and toddler with the grandparents, so they could remember these sweet days of visiting, holding and cuddling their grandbabies. Each picture reminds me of the strong bond between generations of families and the simple wisdom that passes from one to the other and back again, as we learn to take care of each other.

Oma & Opa


Three Generations

Grandma Smith

All together now!

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Big Brother & Little Sister

Four Generations of Womanhood

When I first met Shelley, I knew immediately that she was an incredible mother. She was constantly putting her family first and helping her daughter and granddaughter as much as she could. There's really nothing quite like the mother/daughter/grandmother bond, but when you add the great-grandmother in too, well, it's just simply splendid. To see it all come together in this photoshoot was something of an honor for me to witness. Four generations of strength, wisdom and womanhood. 

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Markell + Jordan: Parents to be

I've collaborated with Markell several times now on various projects, but this is the first time I've had the privilege of capturing her beautiful smile through my lens. Her and Jordan are 1. Incredibly photogenic 2. Literally glowing in some of these shots and 3. Going to be the best parents ever. I can't wait to see their BABY BOY!

Most of the photo shoots I do are just for fun when I have the time, but it's truly a pleasure to be a part of these kinds of moments in my friend's lives. The quote we chose for the shoot says, "Love is making space in your life for someone else" (Neill F. Marriott). Mothers literally make space in their bodies for the children they bring into the world. Here's to making space in our lives for the ones we love.

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.