The Landry Family in Kirkland, WA

Vibrantly colored sunset by Kirkland family photographer

This past Sunday, I had the pleasure of capturing memories for the Landry family in Kirkland, WA. Their boys were scrumptious and full of smiles.  Juanita Bay park is truly a beautiful place.  It was a gorgeous evening–although bittersweet due to fires in the east.

Our Seattle area skies are currently filled with a slightly smokey haze, due to the record breaking wildfires plaguing our Eastern Washington neighbors.  My prayers are with the firefighters, volunteers, and everyone affected.  

The Perkins Family.

What can I say?  Perfection.  Beautiful subjects, and a stunning location, complete with a breathtaking PNW Sunset!  This family session was SO much fun–as most of them are, but this was was special because I happen to love this beautiful family!  I am truly blessed beyond measure to know them and to be their “Auntie!”

Lifestyle Photography Sessions in Seattle, WA

To date, the most fun I have had on a session was a Lifestyle Session.  If you are located in Redmond, Kirkland, Bellevue, Sammamish, Woodinville, Bothell, or Seattle, and have a naturally well lit home, I would love for us to work together and create these tangible, memorable displays.

A Beautiful Sunday Morning in Kirkland, WA

-Erin DuPree Photography

My Loves

I’m often finding myself in awe over the blessings in my life.  The reasons I live and breathe.  My family.

Life is Hard. But I still find Beauty.

These last 6 months have been harder than I can remember ever enduring before in the past, due to personal events that have occurred in my life.  My camera has, for the most part, been collecting dust.  I hadn’t done any “me” shooting in at least that amount of time.. Perhaps more.  In fact, I had begun withdrawing into myself.  Life had become filled with tears.  If I wasn’t crying, I was numb.  No emotions.  No life.  I was (am still) hurting on a level that I hadn’t fathomed possible.  This has been my life for the last few years, with happy months scattered here and there.  But not the last 6.

After enduring one of the worst few days in my recent memory, I made the very hard decision to seek medical help.  For anyone who has ever known me, they will know that I almost never visit doctors, unless I have tried every single natural remedy I can get my hands on without relief.  I, like probably many others, held a stigma against people who claimed to be depressed and took medications for this supposed affliction.  Surely a little fish oil, Vitamin B12, exercise, sleep, prayer/meditation, whathaveyou, is the wiser choice… right?  I tried all those things.

I made the appointment at least 5 times, that I can recall… and then cancelled them.  I chickened out.  My pride refused to admit that there was a problem within myself that I could not handle on my own.  Finally, after a wake up call, I made a same day appointment and cried to my doctor, nearly begging for help.  He calmly wrote me a RX for medication.

Today is only day 3 of taking this medication, and I am hopeful that changes will appear in my inner most self within the next few weeks.  In the meantime, I have realized that I have to take back at least some of this missing happiness on my own.  The one happy thing I have in my life, outside of my wonderful family, is photography.  I didn’t come to photography as a means of making a quick buck (not knocking those who have).  Photography was, and is, an outlet for me.  I have stunning children and wished to show them off to the world (or mainly, my extended Facebook family, spread across the country) so I poured myself into learning all that I could.  Composition, light, COLOR BALANCE (my bane), mood, etc.  Finally, a hobby that I am not only somewhat good at (we are our own worst critic), but one that truly, deeply made me feel content about a part of my life, however small.

Yesterday I planned a session with my gorgeous 9 year old daughter, as it was a gorgeous 62 degree Seattle day.   I went out and bought her a dress, the flower tiara, and borrowed a neighbor’s curling iron.  It didn’t go as I envisioned, due to the fact that the weather suddenly turned really cold, and we couldn’t figure out how to get to a specific area of this enormous park. But I snapped a few good ones.

She’s a true Beauty.  I can look at her and just relish in the fact that she is Mine.  My Beauty.  My sweet darling girl.  (Okay, her father’s, too!)  Even when I’m in my darkest moods, I can still feel love and happiness when I look into my daughter’s eyes.  Even when she’s scowling at me.

A Dreamy Lifestyle Session (Holly & Nico)

This was a second session that turned into my favorite.  Seriously, my favorite session, ever.  I had so much fun capturing the love and the pure joy you will see in these images.

Sometimes I Just Have Fun.

I was able to spend my Monday afternoon with my best friend (and AMAZING photographer) Tiffany of Tiffany Mae Photography, while she shot a gorgeous couple’s engagement session.  Thankfully I brought my own camera along and was able to play around a bit!  We caught the most beautiful sunsets.  Seattle is simply stunning.

The Palfreyman Crew

Friday morning, I drove to take photos of a beautiful extended family, inside their gorgeous home.  The light was stunning, and the children were happy.  Such joy and laughter!  It melts my heart.

Lovely Family of 3

This family faced the chilly cold weather for a short family session last Sunday.  This sweet baby girl was all smiles!  So hard to believe that it was cold, when looking at the happiness on their faces.

Perkins Family Preview

I spent this last Sunday evening with The Perkins Family.  Talk about some Swoon-Worthy family moments!