I LOVE LOVE LOVE taking photos of first time expectant parents. I don’t know how to put it into words, but I think it’s because when couples are expecting their first child, they feel so many things. Excitement, nervousness, fear, love, joy…and the list goes on and on. I think a woman’s most beautiful when she’s pregnant and excited. She smiles with such conviction because she’s truly happy to be soon holding a little creation she’s made with her loving husband.
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I love photographing families because it’s a great opportunity for me to play with kids. Every child is different and each and one of their personalities cracks me up. Theresa+Serimon are great parents, not because they’re personal friends of mine, but because I can see it through their kids. You can tell Chloe wants to be like her beautiful mom in every way. Anywhere from posing photos like her mom, to having matching boots and a mini scarf. She’s on her way to being a beautiful classy little lady…just like her mother. Christian thinks so highly of his daddy. He told me his dad is stronger than Marshawn Lynch and can lift a whole house. Now that’s a hero!
On a rare sunny Seattle fall afternoon, we went out to the park and took these lovely photos of the Strong family. Enjoy!
Chris and I have been getting into the habit of shopping most of our weekly meat and produce at the Ballard Farmer’s Market. It’s just so great to grab some coffee then stroll around with nice people from stand to stand picking through beautiful locally grown vegetables and fruit. But what better way to spend a Sunday morning before the market than photographing a beautiful family? Well, that just is the icing on the cake. Check out the Bass Family!
Jean and I have been friends since high school. And I’ve said this before, but I don’t remember ever meeting her. And she doesn’t remember meeting me either. In our memories, we were just in each others’ lives since around 1995 or so. In high school, I was not one of the popular ones. I had a little bit more than a handful of good girl friends I talked on the phone with and wrote notes to. Those friendships lasted through college and to this day, we’re just as close as we’ve ever been.
Jean and I literally chat every single day. If a day goes by without chatting with her, it feels like something’s misaligned. I was in her wedding when she married her high school sweetheart, Jun, and she was my maid of honor when Chris and I got hitched. A friendship like this doesn’t come by very often and I’m truly blessed for woman like Jean in my life.
Throughout the years of chatting daily with Jean, I’ve noticed our conversations take their slow turns, depending on where we are in our lives. Currently, we chat a lot about babies and motherhood. I’m blessed to be able to share with her in this, probably one of the happiest times of her life, and I truly can not wait to meet her and Jun’s little baby boy. It was a long journey to get here, but a really good one. I can’t be more happy for these two parents-to-be’s. Enjoy their recent baby bump stroll through the park below and I’ll be excited to post photos of the little boy when he arrives.
Hello world! Please say hi to my newest love…Max! While my husband was out of the country on business, I fell in love with another man…and that little man is baby Max. Max’s father and I used to work together. He used to be the Yin to my Yang as we slaved hours on end at our jobs. When I heard he became a dad, I was so excited to get to meet his baby boy. And oh my, did I fall head over heels for him.
Max is probably the sweetest little 6 week old I’ve ever met. His mommy told me that he was on his best behavior that day because not one tear ran down those cute little cheeks. He was happy as a clam…but definitely cuter than a clam. His parents are new at doing the whole…well…parenting thing. But I can tell they’re a great team. They both kept telling me about how great it feels to be a parent and the overpowering joy that Max brought to their lives. Max is very lucky to have such awesome parents and will grow up to be a fine young man. I just know it! But for now, enjoy this sneak peek of Max below!
Emily is a small lady with a great personality. A baby that don’t fuss or cry when forced to wake up and look cute for the cameras in the freezing fall weather. Emily just turned one year old about a month ago and we hope she learns to walk soon. Can you imagine this cutie pie running around clumsily? It would be the cutest thing. Enjoy Emily with her Mom+Pop in their sneak peek below. Oh and one more thing, I think Mom resembles a certain famous Chinese movie/pop star. What do you think? Enjoy!
Today Chris and I had a chance to meet one of the cutest little things in the world, Baby Zoey! Wai+Tats are our dear friends and I’ve known Wai since high school. It’s hard to believe that life has brought us here and we’re now welcoming her first little baby girl to the world. Zoey was born yesterday morning. She made a grand entrance, surprising both her mommy and daddy by arriving earlier than expected. But it was a great surprise indeed because it allowed Chris and I the opportunity to meet her just that much earlier.
Just last weekend though, some of us friends threw Wai+Tats (and Zoey) a baby shower. Little did we know at the time that it would just be one short week before she’d arrive. Nonetheless, the then to-be parents had a great time and here’s some pics for them (and you) to enjoy!
“What’s the worst that could happen?”
That’s what we asked ourselves when we first decided to “officially” take the plunge together into photography. I think I read once that a little over 50% of new ventures fail within the first year, and something crazy like 95% within 5. I never felt inclined enough to dig up solid statistics to see if it’s true, but looking back, I don’t think we ever thought we could “fail.”
What’s the worst that could happen? — we’d end up with thousands of photos, bear witness to (and become a part of) some of life’s to some of life’s most intimate and treasured moments, amass some fun toys and hopefully a handful of new friends. All while doing what we love, with our most loved.
Hard to find a downside when you look at it like that.
One year ago tomorrow, we had the honor of capturing SLM+Ryan’s big day. And other than remembering it as a beautiful occasion shared amongst some of the most fabulous and loving people we’ve met, we’ll also remember it as when we were proven right.
SLM+Ryan are cut from that certain kind of amazing that makes you glad you have them in your life. And we blessed to now be able to count them amongst our friends. One year later, we’re even able to add +1 to that list with their heartmelting baby boy, Reese. So it only felt fitting that we kick-off our 2012 shoots with sharing more from the family that reminds us, every time we see them, why we love doing what we do so much.
Happy Anniversary SLM+Ryan, and cheers to your first full year of being awesome, baby Reese!
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Location: Sorrento Hotel, Capitol Hill, Seattle
Song: Joseph Vincent – Bumblebee
It was probably one of the coldest mornings we’ve had this winter in Seattle. The air was crisp, the leaves had almost all fallen onto the ground…leaving the trees bare, and our photoshoot miniature models (Natalie, Nadia, and MacKenzie) were quivering out of their socks from being so cold. These twin girls and little baby Natalie were such good sports, even on the cold early morning, they of course had to be rewarded with Starbucks hot chocolates after the shoot.
Megan+Stefan wanted a family shoot at Mercer Island’s Luther Burbank Park with their three girls. Although it was a little bit of a challenge to get the girls to focus on solely taking pictures, having them be in their natural element gave us a chance to capture them at their best! Natalie, Nadia, and MacKenzie were so much fun to be around. By the end of the shoot, I gave the shivering Nadia a huge hug goodbye. I think I’ve just made three new girl friends!
Megan, Stefan, and girls…it was so much fun spending a chilly morning with you guys. We hope you enjoy your slideshow below!