The Glow of Life | Seattle Maternity Photographer

As the warm days continue, I have been privileged to photograph some stunning women during an especially wondrous time for them.  The soft glow of a new life, is evident in every photo.

You deserve to look and feel like a Queen during your pregnancy.  Together, we will go to majestic or hidden places to create jaw-dropping images that will forever leave you breathless.
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Trekking Through the Forest… Beginning with Ice Cream!

I spent a lovely afternoon with my favorite little boy.  He is a spitfire, adorable, and oh so sweet.  We found sticks, water bugs, snails, and beautiful flowers along the way.

The forests near Seattle, WA are truly some of the most beautiful.  This location was just a short drive from Redmond, WA, so I will be utilizing it for clients in the future!  🙂

Redmond, WA Family Photographer

Forest Photo Session -Redmond, WA Family Photographer

Forest Photo Session -Redmond, WA Family Photographer

Forest Photo Session -Redmond, WA Family Photographer

Forest Photo Session -Redmond, WA Family Photographer

Forest Photo Session -Redmond, WA Family Photographer

Forest Photo Session -Redmond, WA Family Photographer

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.

Perkins Family Preview

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

Sometimes, Bribery Is Worth It.

Last night, the sky was simply beautiful.  My “spidey” sense was tingling, so I grabbed my camera and my daughter and drove around the corner to one of our favorite spots.  Most photographers with children will know about PCS, but in case you don’t, it’s called “Photographer’s Child Syndrome.”  It’s when your children turn into blank stared zombies, or crying banshees, at the mere mention of your camera.  My daughter, being nearly 9 years old (how did that happen!?!?), is typically the staring zombie type.  Last night, I bribed her with Starbucks and a movie date this weekend.  Yep.  That’s what I have to do to get quality photos of my child.  These photos were well worth the bribe.