Twas the Night Before School Starts - Gig Harbor Photographer

It's 9:05, the kids were out an hour ago, backpacks are ready, first day of school outfits laid out carefully on bedroom floors, lunch boxes out and prepped.....all is right in the world! 

So tonight, my thoughts are with my local fams and friends, many of whom I have been so blessed to photograph. 

This blog post is for you! 

I'm always grateful at this time of the year - so grateful to have enjoyed one of the most beautiful summers. And also grateful that they are going back tomorrow. Our schools are filled to the brim with some of the most awesome, dedicated, hard working, loving teachers and staff. Our kids (and we) are so lucky!  I mean - they truly just go above and beyond all the time! A's teacher from last year sent her class the sweetest well wishes this week for our about to be middle-schoolers.  Just kind - all the time! And don't even get me started on how excited I am that Natester landed in the very perfect placement for 3rd grade. Happy reunion for mom and teacher there! Sigh, it's just going to be a good year! I'm so excited for them!

So on this eve of transition, I wish all my friends and families that I adore, the best first morning of school! 

I was just thinking of you all and then started digging for some perfect photos for this post!!! 




Sometimes, what is celebrated by one, is grieved by another! As we toasted the last night of summer, we looked over and saw this! Tomorrow his people leave him all day :( 

Cheers to new beginnings and homecomings around 3 that will make this little guy light up the sky!

11 Year Walking Pinterest Boards For Fun Photo Ideas!!!

When you are 11, and you have one of your best buddies over, it is never ever boring!

These two decided they were going to get creative and they invited me into the fun to help capture it. I take no credit for any of this, only clicking the shutter. These girls figured it all out and set it all up!

I swear, they are like a walking Pinterest board for 11 year old girls and fun photo ideas!

And all he kept screaming was, "Mom,  I need an action shot of me catching my football....PPPPLLLLEEEAAAASSSEE!"

Boys. Girls. So different. Equally as fun!

Happy Saturday, 


“Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud.” ― Maya Angelou

I was digging through a drawer tonight and found an old book full of some great quotes. I loved this little gem.

“Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud.”  ― Maya Angelou

So simple and so profound. I think I was meant to be reminded of this tonight. The past week, I have been dealing with some serious cloud action between my kids.  I mean, watch out when their clouds collide! And I'm the first to admit my response was not the most helpful at times! But, we live and learn and we stumble upon old books that remind us of simple ways to make change. It is a new day!

So tonight I'm spreading the love of parent and child. I have been blessed with some seriously awesome families the past month!!!! And in 20-30 years when these kids look back at these moments I hope they feel the love of their family. Because each of them is loved, seen, valued and cherished. It doesn't matter if they are having a cloudy or sunny day (because we all have them), they are loved all the same. 

I'm gonna be doing my best to bust out my rainbow next week!

Thanks Maya Angelou for the reminder tonight!



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!!!