This was my third year doing tree farm mini-sessions and for the third year in a row, we had beautiful weather. It was cold, but the sun was shining and everyone was great spirits! (The hot cocoa and cider helped warm them up a bit.) This year we were at the Glenwood Tree Farm in Tacoma, a wedding venue during summer and tree farm for Christmas. The family that owns the farm is so sweet and gracious for letting a bunch of photographers and our clients use their land!
I had so much fun seeing returning families and meeting new ones. I can’t wait to do this again next year. I do hope to see everyone again. It’s always great to see how much the children have grown!
So to start off this photo blog of Tree Farm Mini-Sessions Day 1, I am sharing my BFF Jessi and her boyfriend Andy in their matching onesie pajamas and their puppers Isla. Don’t they look amazing?!
Thank you to everyone that joined me in the trees this year! YOU are amazing! Happy Holidays!
Would you be interested in doing Mom & Child Spring Minis in the flowers? E-mail me!
I love offering Fine Art School Portraits because it gives me opportunities that I never imagined. Jamie Arrington asked if I could put together a three-session package for her: Children’s mini-session for her daughters in their dance recital costumes, professional headshots for her business, and a Lifestyle Family session. She got a deal!
I met them at Stadium High School where the girls were to be performing later that day. They each had two costumes and so totally rocked their dance moves.
Rose was going back and forth trying to decide between my Lifestyle session or Documentary Session. Then she said, “I really just don’t want to pose.” That resolved it.
I visited the Norbe family at their waterfront home in Gig Harbor. Their property faces Fox Island and gets some pretty amazing views. Rose and Ben love taking their two girls Stevie and Neve on the beach to collect shells and rocks. Their nanny joined us and chatted with the girls about touching clear jellyfish, not the orange ones.
Ben built a fire and they shared s’mores, but I think Neve preferred eating just the chocolate. Same, Neve. Same.
With the documentary sessions, I am hands off. I’m there to capture your every day, playing and loving each other. Some families share a meal, enjoy the beach, have a campfire. Documentary is the realness and rawness of life.
Melissa is a busy mom with two busy girls and a busy husband. She knew her family couldn’t hold on for my full hour session at a park somewhere, so she requested a short, in-home session. I. Love! It. She knows her family’s limits and didn’t want to push it.
I met the Gustafson’s at their beautiful University Place home. They’re near the end of rebuilding the house and Melissa wanted some updated photos to hang on her new walls. We started out on their couch where the family likes to hang out and talk about their day. The girls love their daddy so much. Though he doesn’t wear his heart on his sleeve, Ryan’s affection for the ladies in his life peeked out a little bit during my time with them.
We ended our 20 minute session on the bed with some sweet family snuggles.
Bringing a new baby home can only be described as an out-of-body experience. There are so many questions that run through new parents’ heads: Is this really happening? Am I doing it right? Are we allowed to actually have this baby here? At our house? By ourselves? Where’s the nurse? Is. This. Really. OUR. Person? What do we do now? Should I sleep?
The questions continue.
It takes a few weeks for the mind to return to the body. You know, once the nerves calm, the deliriousness subsides (a little), and the house gets into a rhythm and routine.
When I visited the DuCharmes for a home newborn session, it was a week and a half after Roman was born. They were just easing into their bodies again. The house was calm and quiet, but there were still some questions and uncertainty hanging around. Like I said, it takes a few weeks to make a new normal. Even for the cat.
Thank you to Katie and Keith DuCharme for opening up their lives to me and allowing me to photograph this fantastic new chapter as parents.