What a year, WHAT A YEAR! Can you believe 2020 is almost over (finally!)? This season was so crazy with masking up, wiping down, keeping apart. I can’t believe we successfully completed five days of socially distanced mini-sessions in October and November! That’s over 60 families for minis ALONE. I can’t thank you enough for booking your session with me, for being supportive, and for being beautiful and kind humans. You are truly the best. Below are some of my favorites from Day One of my Holiday Tree Farm Mini-Sessions.
If you missed out on this year’s Fall, Halloween, or Holiday minis, I hope you book next year! Make sure you’re on my VIP List so you’ll have FIRST access to sign-ups, giveaways, and discounts. A Better Than School Portraits day is in the works for February 20th and Motherhood Minis will be announced mid-winter. I can’t wait!
I hope you have a wonderful, joyous weekend and a Happy Happy Happy New Year!
All my lovin’,
The COVID-19 crisis has impacted us all and I truly hope this message finds you healthy and secure. I know how hard it is to be home with kids, working, homeschooling, house chores and projects all while trying to nurture our mental and physical health.
We all have a strong desire to get back to the new normal slowly and safely. I anticipate that I can start photographing families soon. And by soon, I mean June 1st!
THE OFFICIAL WORD IS THAT PHOTOGRAPHERS CAN START OPERATING AGAIN ONCE WE ENTER PHASE 2 OF THE WASHINGTON REOPEN PLAN!
If you have already booked a session between June 1st-September 1st you can assume that we won’t need to reschedule. I highly encourage those of you that love fall sessions to consider taking a summer spot just in case the virus spikes again in September. My annual Holiday Tree Minis will likely be scheduled for late summer/early fall. I’ll be sending out a newsletter to all my VIPs for first pick at time slots then posting to my Facebook and Instagram.
Only you know how much family portraits mean to you. Don’t miss the opportunity to capture your photos this year. The best part? Your holiday photos will be done wayyyyy ahead of time!
SAFETY WILL BE NUMBER ONE PRIORITY! HERE IS WHAT WE PLAN TO DO TO MAKE SURE YOUR FAMILY STAYS HEALTHY:
I will be wearing a mask to all outdoor Family Photography Sessions. For Newborn Sessions, I’ll wear a mask and gloves.
If I or ANYONE in my household has been sick in any way within a two-week span of your session date, I’ll contact you to reschedule. I ask that you do the same. I promise to make room for all rescheduling needs.
I will practice extreme hygiene and minimize touching you and your family during the session.
I will use longer focal length lenses so we can stay six feet away as much as possible which will still allow us to capture images that seem like we are closer.
I will schedule one photo session a day.
Family Photography is an investment in your family. It is an absolute privilege to be able to capture your family and I don’t take that privilege lightly ESPECIALLY after this crisis. This global experience has really shined a light on what matters: our loved ones. And after that, maybe toilet paper.
Motherhood is so much more than I ever imagined it to be. It’s exhausting, exasperating, exciting, wild. It makes me laugh and cry, often at the same time. Some days it’s too much for my brain, heart, and body to handle and I want to take it all back. But I know I’d miss my kids too much and I’d miss being their mom. Their laugher, creativity, brilliance, hugs, love, and even their arguing gets me through even my hardest days, especially in quarantine. Despite how frustrated I get when I’ve been asked for a snack for the 523rd time in a single day, I enjoy being a momma.
Happy mother’s day to the moms of one and to moms of many, to moms who have lost children, to children who have lost their moms, to those with strained relationships, and to those who want to be a mom. Happy mother’s day to grandmas and aunties and extra and bonus moms, mama bears, fur moms, mamas, mimis, gigis, and nanas. You are strong, you are special, you are loved.
In honor of Pride Month! 🏳️🌈
You know how you just know you’ve met some super fun people within the first 2 minutes? That’s Kris and Arie. We had our session one gorgeous morning at Wright Park in Tacoma. They told me stories of how they first met each other and how their wedding on the Vashon Ferry went completely wrong and half of the people didn’t make it on the boat including their officiant. Which then inspired to Kris becoming ordained on her phone at a wedding just in case someone’s officiant fails to show at a friend’s wedding.
Sometimes you have these expectations of how things are going to be, but they often don’t go as planned. Kris and Arie shrug and go with the flow. (I had to do that too when a dog peed on my blanket in the middle of our session!)
We strolled through the sun-dappled park and grabbed a cup of coffee at Anthem. It was so chill. I felt like I was hanging out with some new friends!
Happy Pride, Kris and Arie! And Happy Pride to all folks celebrating this month! You are loved!
As a reminder: I do not accept or endorse any type of racism, sexism, religious discrimination, homophobia, transphobia, or any other form of discrimination. Also, I am body positive! My business and home is a safe place and I will love and accept you as long as your ideals do not discriminate against others.
Last year, Gina found my post advertising for Modern School Portraits when she was working at a local preschool and looking for a new photographer. I’ve been their Picture Day photographer for two years and the school is now my biggest client. I’m so grateful that we connected!
Then earlier this year I sent out a model call looking for diverse Tacoma families to add to my portfolio and she responded with an exciting request. She and her husband, Moses, wanted to surprise their 6-year-old with some news. They had already told their daughter, Kayden, that they were expecting a baby in September… but what they didn’t tell her is how many babies! See if you can guess…
Gina brought the ultrasound pictures in an envelope and had Kayden open it during our session. Her reaction was priceless! I’m so glad I was there to document it!
She facepalmed when she found out all three are BOYS!
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.
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.
With each session, I realize more and more why I love what I do. I mean, I already knew that photography is a way for me to be creative and to capture life’s fleeting moments. That’s cliché, of course. Important, but nearly every photographer’s slogan. But now that I’ve stepped back from the ultra-posed, Photoshopped, “put your hand here, move your chin there, smile REALLY big”, I’ve started to feel more comfortable in my work. Letting things happen naturally (for the most part) makes everyone look good and gets even dad to loosen up. Sometimes being in front of the camera, we tense up and go for the “cheese.” So to combat that, I offer some poses and minor suggestions, like “push your family off the bench” which gets photos like the featured one above. One of my favorites!
You may recognize a few of these faces from my post last year with the McClain Family. Corissa wanted to make sure she had some photos with her oldest daughter. Another redhead? Absolutely! In the rain? Let’s do it! We took to Tacoma’s Chinese Reconciliation Park on Ruston Way hoping for some nice weather, but May didn’t bring us anything but grey clouds and rain. No problem for this Seahawks loving family. We’re all used to it and the kids didn’t mind getting a little rained on. We even got to cuddle on the beach before the clouds opened up.