Girl + Labradoodle = Only LOVE!

I realized a few days ago that the person/animal most happy about summer break is Wyatt.

I mean, hello, his favorite people in the world home ALL. DAY. EVERY. DAY!

I often say that Wyatt and Nate are the same being - just boy and dog. Energy, crazy, happy, joyful, lover of all people! They really are! 

But when Wyatt wants to feel only love he goes and finds her. She trains him to do tricks, she plays (both crazily and lovingly) always, she lets him in every night while she reads (then boots him out before she goes to sleep), she feeds him,  she carries him around everywhere, she snuggles, she gives him treats.....basically she is his person. 

I love them. 

Happy Summer!


Seattle Family Photography - Kieryn + Her Adorable Parents = Mega Snuggles

Happy almost last day of June! I can't believe it's nearly July!  As my son said to me a few days, back....."Mama - it's my half birthday and half way to Christmas"!  Yikes - thanks Nate!

I hope you are all enjoying these warm, summery nights!

First and foremost, tonight is about this awesome, hilarious,  fun-loving, sweet family! I have been blessed to photograph them on several occasions and feel more and more connected each time celebrating all these life phases.

On this particular day, we celebrated their sweet girl's 1 year birthday! Let me just say she was completely 1...full of personality...the best expressions...the most hilarious looks...perfection!!!! I will leave it at that and simply share the major snuggles that happened on this springy Seattle morning. She is one lucky little lady and very loved by two fabulous parents!

Brianne and Mark - you all are the best and I TOTALLY love being your paparazzi!



Blended Families Rule!

This town I live in is so can pretty much find the most awesome locations for photos regardless of your desires....woodsy, beach, waterfront, city-ish vibe. I seriously love it. And I LOVE this little area where my siblings descended on this fabulous day! It's like the best light bubble in the city!

Auntie Stacy was in full swing on this particular day and we were hustling to outrun the scary black clouds!!!

A little back story on my two sisters and brother.....long ago my mom married their dad and we quickly became a family and all these years later we love each other more than ever! They are amazing people in this world, chose partners equally as awesome, and have made some pretty cute babies!!! I adore them to the moon!

So here we go........get ready for some cuteness!!


Kenzie may have sorta stole the show on this day. 
Thus is age 1!!!

Man, he tried everything. 
She just wasn't having this. 
And I proclaim this a classic wedding slideshow photo for you someday Kenzie!

Jason - you truly are the perfect dad for these two. 
Someday I know your sweet boy will look at this photo and feel your love! 

Now, these four.......they are just plain rad! 
He loves his girls - there is NO question about it! 

And this final image! Their mom drove hours to be here for this! 
And this picture is 150% worth it. 
And when my kids are grown I will drive anywhere for grown up pictures with them! 
Legacy all the way! 

Blended families rule!

Love you all!!!



The Jacklin Family + a morning at Eddon Boat Dock = AWESOME!

You guys have to know that when you share nice words about my photography and business I totally, 100% appreciate it. And when you send your fabulous friends my way I am nothing but flattered and so completely grateful. And more times than not, I meet one of your fabulous friends and they leave being one of mine!!!!  That's how I know my clients are exactly perfect for me! I love it!

This particular family was meant to become a LOP client and I just loved meeting them all! The Jacklins are a crew of eight - six kids and the most loving mom and dad! Their story is a very special one. Many anniversaries were being celebrated on this day and they won me over in a heartbeat.

Ava (mom) talked about the importance of having this session with her "core" family. Now, if any of you know me, you know I'm all about the core family photo and how important I think it is (regardless of age) to always have photos with your main people! It's part of the legacy.....

To the Jacklins......I came away from this session knowing this about you love through anything, even when you are annoyed you find humor, you protect one another to the core and your bond is unbreakable.

I think these photos show just that!!!  Enjoy!

Enjoy this beautiful weekend!



Today is Memorial Day! Honestly, how is it the end of May?!!!

We had a friend-filled family weekend away and I was reminded of how grateful I am for the little things. Our freedoms in this country are beyond and I never want to forget that.

Tonight, I'm keeping it short and sweet and I think this quote just sums it up......

"The greatest glory of a free-born people is to transmit that freedom to their children." --William Harvard

Enjoy your days!


The O'Byrne Fam.....Love them!!!!

These four are some of my favs ever! Sometimes you know you were just supposed to meet! This is definitely one of those cases. It started with Krista a few years back. She is the fabulous owner at Hoopla Events and an event coordinator, extraordinaire! Well, then I met the rest of her core people, and I loved them just as much.

So this day, we decided to venture up to my neck of the woods and grab some family photos.

What I love about Krista? So much - but I totally love that in the "thick of it" (which is what I call the phase of life with kids 5 and under...with work....and life....and all that)....she never misses a chance to photograph the heck out of her family! And I am SO glad that I often get to be the photographer!!!!!

Love you O'Byrnes!

Enjoy your weekend!!!!


Since We've Been Home.....

Well, the past six weeks or so since we've been home have been filled with family and friends and school and work and regular life. All good things. It has also been filled with sad tears from kids missing Thailand, feeling so grateful for opportunities to experience cool new things together as a family, some serious photo book making, and some MAJOR research and dreaming of possible future trips. Literally, they will pull out the globe, find the tropic of cancer and tropic of capricorn and spin. This is followed by Google research and subsequent book check outs from the library to further explore options!

I mean, they are on a search for more water like this. I can't blame them, really!

Cooking Club happens here in a few weeks and, no surprise, we will be making Thai food. I best get my cooking hat on and get to planning and practicing. I do not proclaim to be a great Thai cook. But there is no time like the present to start practicing!

I will say this. Travel brings more perspective than anything I've ever done before. I was the girl who hadn't even been to Eastern Washington when I left to college. My travels growing up were minimal. So once I started traveling as an adult, it's like the world became my oyster. I value learning about other parts of the world. I value trying new foods and communicating in other languages and always being humbled. I love the reminder that there is a whole lot going on out there outside my little dot on the map! And I want that for my kids! And I am seeing how it is shaping their perspective of people and the world.

So this blog post is all about the little nuggets of wisdom or a-ha's I've overheard or come upon through discussions since we've been home.

1. Nate learned that not everyone with white skin speaks English. I'm not joking. I don't think this little thought ever even crossed my mind until he said something off the cuff about it. We met lots of travelers from France, the Netherlands, Lithuania, Republic of Georgia, Spain, etc, etc. Some spoke a little English, but some did not! Huh, what a great thing to learn. Awareness!

2. A few nights ago on the way home from somewhere, I quietly drove and listened to Audrey school Nate in the subject of karma. Oh boy, did he get an earful for whatever he did to her! She clearly was paying attention during our temple tours and learnings about Buddhism. Karma has come up many times since our return, and I'm pretty sure it's here to stay!

3. My kids are hilariously open to flying for as many hours as they need to to get anywhere. In fact while researching possible future trips locations, they quickly google flight times. 4, 6, 8 hour easy!

4. My daughter and two of her besties are currently saving for their Thailand trip after graduation. They are a little torn, because they realize they should also be saving for a car and college, but they are just moving along in stride and saving! I'm not joking on this. It's how these girls think. And I love them and love hearing them chat about their plans. If anyone will follow through - it's these three!

5. Experiences. I would much rather experience something together as a family than buy anything. And I am pretty sure that feeling is unanimous in my house!

6. I think the kids may be able to coordinate the details of our next themselves.

7. I thought Nate forgot, but the other day he wai'd a lady (possibly Thai) when we passed by her. A wai is the bow that all Thais do when they greet, give thanks or say goodbye. It made me double take and I didn't say a word to him. So awesome.

8. Thanks to the Thai Hut in Gig Harbor - my kids and husband will always have a place to say, "sawatdi" and "kop kun" (hello and thank you).

9. Elephants. Gendreaus are in love with Elephants. In fact the Easter Bunny even brought an elephant treasure in their Easter baskets. Nate was floored that she (the Easter Bunny is a she in case you didn't know) knew of his new-found love of all things elephant.

10. Before we left - there were a few hot topics/fears that had surfaced with regard to traveling so far away to a place none of us had been before. Things like "will I get malaria?", "what if we get sick from the food?", "what happens if I accidentally drink the water?", "what if there are terrorists?". I'm not kidding....5th graders lay it out on the line. So for my kids....traveling to Thailand, having the time of our life, problem solving when we needed to, not getting Malaria, meeting the coolest people, not getting sick, loving the food, and not running into terrorists was a confidence booster for sure!

I think for me, my take-aways were many. But first and foremost, a reminder to show gratitude and remembering to keep it simple. It's easy to get caught up in the go-go-go and the sometimes crazy 'thing focused' part of our culture. So I have found myself saying on several occasions (more than my usual), "really?.....not there...not interested....don't need it....go play outside....we are good just where we are" a lot.

I love our country. We are a melting pot of so many different cultural influences. We are lucky on so many levels and in so many ways. It's the little things - like turning on the water and drinking from the tap. It's access to medical care. It's being acknowledged by our government as contributors of our country. It's about having good jobs and access to education. I don't want to ever forget to acknowledge those things as blessings,  and I don't ever want to forget the people around this world that don't have access to the same things. They deserve it as much as we do!

So for now, I end. I like letting thoughts simmer after a trip.

I have finished my big-gigantic photo book and it's "in production". The photos are many and the memories will last forever.

To Audrey, Nathan and Todd. You three are my favorites in the world. You rule!

Happy day!


P.S. If you'd like to peruse/find the other Thailand blog you go
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