Wyatt Antics

Wyatt is 11 months old. I can't believe it. This past year with him has FLOWN by.

He literally is the most hilarious dog ever.

Here is the Wyatt summary:
1. He loves his family - like so much he suddenly hates his kennel during the day because it means we are leaving.
2. He loves the kids - in fact he is one of the kids.
3. He grazes on his food and forgets to eat all the time.
4. He loves to steal socks. I mean, I've never seen him run so fast as when he has stolen one!
5. Thank goodness he quit eating flip flops.
6. He loves to fall asleep on his back with arms and feet straight up in the air - funniest thing I've ever seen.
7. He LOVES cheese.
8. He is so stinkin' smart. He and I have stare downs sometimes because he's talking back to me silently.
9. The bus stop at 3:45 is the best part of his day.
10. Wyatt is our person/dog :)

But seriously, puppyhood with kids is an adventure. Trying to be consistent, teaching calm (ay yi yi). It has its ups and downs - but mostly up for sure. I mean, hello - look at them! Unconditional love across the board. He adores her. And when I take him out at night he totally grumbles at me. Soon enough buddy, soon enough.

And let's not forget why he's banned from our back yard/woods right now! 
He's enjoying his life. 

I found this little gem today - Wyatt - 7 weeks old. 
SO cute! 

Tonight I love Wyatt.

So he gets his own blogpost :)



Marie + Josh { I love them so much }

It's time for these photos to come out! 

Marie (super sweet, so strong, incredibly kind, loving, does the best hair EVER) and Josh (clearly handsome, equally kind, completely loving and absolutely hysterical) have to be one of my favorite couples ever. They have the greatest love, hilarious banter, he adores her (so much),  they are as real as real can be and they are just my people! 

I don't know how its possible, but these two have never had photos taken together. Until, of course, this special day happened. 

Let's start with one of my favorite photos of all time! 

I mean, every ounce of love between them can be felt in this moment. 
Babes. Period. 

We hit up a couple local hot spots in Gig Harbor and just had some fun. 

I think he could have canoodled her all day long! 

Josh and Marie - your love is something else!!!  I loved this day! 



Nate the Great Turned 8.....

Holy smokes - it's 2015. 

I've been taking it easy on social media and blogging the past month. December is my favorite month of the year and I did my best to be present throughout it! That meant a little time away from all this!!!!! 

So tonight, I'll start with this little important moment. It's official. Nate the Great is 8!!!!! My sweet boy, who I swear was born yesterday. He is a bundle of excited energy and is basically the most friendly and enthusiastic human being I know!  He makes me laugh every day, and his joy and love for the 'every day' is one of the best parts of his personality. We love you Mr. Happy! May you always find super fantastic things in life to expend that boundless energy!!!

Nate Stats:
1. Fav thing to do - skateboard, eat
2. Fav color - orange
3. Fav sport - soccer
4. Fav team - GO HAWKS
5. Fav sister - Audrey :)
6. Fav subject in school - math
7. Fav friend - can't pick one 
8. Fav drink - root beer (and milk)
9. Fav food - candy (not kidding)
10. Fav game - dice, Mancala



Things I Think About.....

So, the other day I was photographing a family, stopped to look at the back of my camera and gasped. And then I thought, "In 20 years, he is going to be so happy to have this photo with his mom and dad".  They may be silly moments, or non traditional moments, or crazy moments....but man, they are the real moments. Because those....those are what we remember. It's being connected and feeling love and having fun! 

My fabulous friend Jami and I have a tradition of photographing each others family every year. This was our third year and as I perused my beautiful photos last week, I noticed a million things......like how big my kids are, how awesome my husband is, how much I love my puppy, and the silly and totally outrageous antics that are so typical of my family.  I felt completely grateful. So grateful to have this time of our life documented, but 10000 times more grateful that my kids and grandkids will someday look back at these photos and get a sense of what our family was like. Jami took a photo of us a few years back in front of a window with the etching, "Perfectly Imperfect". I swear I think of that all the time and remind myself that those "imperfect moments" are the ones filled with the most texture and story!!!! 

So tonight, I'm posting some recent photos.......photos that I am so glad I took. Because they are those moments! Documenting people's lives is awesome. 

Happy Almost Thanksgiving!!!



P.S.....you do not have to be a professional photographer to capture these moments. They happen around us all the time. The breakfast table....walking to the bus....playing outside after school....during game night....making dinner.....during the bedtime routine (you can call me crazy, I know...but it can happen).....after they are asleep and so cuddly and cute tucked in their beds. Just keep your camera out !!!!! Trust me, you'll start noticing! 


Today, I'm just savoring a moment.

She assisted me on a shoot last week and we were testing the light.

Honestly, she stops me in my tracks sometimes.

Love you Audrey!

Bailey and Her Awesome Family.....

                                                   This is Bailey and her awesome family. I think they like her!

She has the most beautiful soul as a mama

The most loving and kind dad..... (look at those smiles)


She basically has everything going right in her life so far! 

I'm so glad we had this day you guys! I just adore you all so much! 

Big sis just turned 10. Major milestones happening in this house. 
Special moments with dad are priceless.

Nothing but love here. Nothing but love!!!

Happy Sunday!


Halloween 2014

Seriously - I think Halloween photos are my 2nd favorite after the first day of school photos!

This year did not disappoint.

Here is what I'm grateful for this Halloween!

1. A super fun town that goes all out for our kids.
2. A beautiful afternoon after a morning of torrential downpours.
3. Awesome schools that create the most fun celebrations.
4. GREAT friends. The greatest, really!
5. Traditions.
6. Family.
7. Kids that totally bring their hilarious character when it's time for mama to take some photos.
8. My 9 month old labradoodle. I mean, he's the CUTEST!
9. My husband who was at home this year recovering from foot surgery watching horror movies all night long.
10. Just grateful. Period.

I hope you had a fabulous Halloween this year.

Happy November!