The Holland Family ~ Seattle Family Photographer ~ Only LOVE!

The older I get, the more I truly believe that we meet people in life that we are meant to meet......whether business or personal or by chance.  This family was no different. I'd met Sarah and Danny and their sweet boy a few years back (you can click here HERE for a reminder)! And of course I loved them. Instant friends!

Fast forward a few years, and a verrrrry rainy day, and I got to meet the rest of Danny's family! They were fabulous and loving and hilarious and I'd felt like I'd known them forever. Now, I did say it was rainy, right? Well, it was pouring, true Northwest style! Sixteen family members traveled near and far for this photo shoot. So, we made it happen. You give me a window with pretty natural light, and I can make it happen!!!! Family shoot of 16 all inside!! Success! 

Holland Family - you all are the best! 

I think every grandparent should have this photo!!

Big anniversary, retirement, beautiful life! 

I felt super lucky to capture this day!

Happy 1st day of spring!!!



Almost 12......

She's in 6th grade this year.

She turns 12 in a month.

She's totally smart and kind and beautiful inside and out.

She is so intuitive and aware and observant and articulate and way excellent at problem solving. Her communication skills are out of this world. When she was 3, her preschool teacher said, "Audrey is the quietest person in my class, but she knows everything going on in every corner of the room and with every person in the room." Some things never change!

Watching her with her brother is amazing....I mean, they are really becoming such peers/buddies at age 11 and 9. They love hard and fight hard. I may have found them in her room yesterday playing cards. Quietly. Not kidding.  I remind them all the time that they have to always look out for the other and always be there for one another no matter how annoyed they are! And I remind Nate ALL the time that he has NO idea how lucky he is - because she sees to it that things just run smoothly for him! And watch out if he crosses her line. I mean, WATCH OUT!  **he may have asked me for a lock on his door for such instances**

But back to Audrey. I took this pic of her the other day for her 12th birthday invite. Honestly. Sometimes I'm just plain knocked over by the incredible person she is and is becoming.

I hope your Monday is magnificent.



Some Favorite Moments of 2015

Holy smokes - it's the last night of 2015.  I can't believe we are here already. From around Halloween through Christmas, the hustle and bustle is real.  Ever year I do my best to slow down and enjoy the cheer of every day. Especially with my two peanuts.....I want them to have special traditions.....traditions of family and the little moments that build the holiday cheer.  As I sit here at the cabin watching movies with some of my favorite people in the world, I felt inspired to share some photos of my fav moments of 2015. And let me say, this was not as easy as it sounds.

Between my family and my friends and the amazing Lauren Oliver Photography families that bless my life, there are SO MANY MOMENTS to choose from. So this post is just a sample of the joy, adventure, love and connectedness of our lives. A reminder of what's truly important at the end of the day.

These moments are shining examples of what I love about my life and photography! Real, fun, full of feeling and memories!

Tonight I raise my glass and say cheers to you all! I love sharing life with you!!! And thank you for being an awesome part of my every day!

With all my heart I wish you a 2016 be full of life and love and enjoyment of all the little moments!


Nate is 9!

Today he is 9!heart emoticon 

Nate is the friendliest, most enthusiastic person I've ever known in my life. He finds the fun in everything he does and can make anything an adventure! He makes friends in a flash and enjoys every second of his life from sun up til' sun down! He makes us laugh and is one of the kindest, most caring people I've met. He's a lover of all sports and an athlete at heart. Nate loves life and I love much! 

My sweet son......don't ever lose your zest for life or that light in your eyes! We love you to the moon times a million jillion! Cheers to your last year of being a single digit! xoxo


Happy December.....

Happy December.

My favorite month. 

My birthday, Nate's birthday, tradition, Christmas, family, good food, cheer to last us a lifetime. I love it. 

Tonight I'm wishing you all a month of love. Cozy nights, deep breaths, warm hugs and family and loved ones near. 

Wyatt says happy holidays too. He is so obedient, even when I tell him to sit and wait and he has a santa hat covering his face!!! But God help us all if he steals a sock and we want it back...hello Cujo!


Just a Quick Recent Favorite.....

Geez, do I ever have some things to share on here very soon!

It has been a busy month full of super awesome families, some very cool new collaborations, and fun family time!

Today, however, I just share this image.  I think I might have gasped when I saw it upload. Well, when I took it too!

These three - so meant to be a family! Last year at this time - that gorgeous mom's sweet belly was growing the cutest little boy ever! He's now 7 months old and I'm just SO glad I had the honor of their first official family photo shoot!!!

There are so many more to share - but here's just a taste!

Happy November 10th! Keep lovin' fall!


Halloween 2015

Dinner is cooking, the kids are cleaning their rooms, the dog is looking for something to steal, it's totally dark outside and it's raining. Hello November in Washington. And hello daylight savings. This was definitely the wettest Halloween in a really long time, but the weather gods blessed us with a mid afternoon break and we had a blast.  Cousin time, friend time, awesome grown up time, excellent snacks, wine and mega candy. We loved it!

So tonight, I share some favs from the weekend!!! I hope you all had a spooky, candy filled, fabulous Halloween! And Happy November !

Bestie Cousins!

And we can't leave Wyatt and the mullet wig out!