Fall is very much upon us in the PNW. Leaves are changing and beanies are becoming more necessary. We can’t wait for some beautiful sessions with yellow, orange and red leaves flooding the backdrop of our photos.
Hiking and exploring this mountain with two of the sweetest humans is an experience we will never ever forget. So many amazing memories were made. True love spoke the most genuine words on the mountain peak as they renewed their vows.
A moment between daughter and daddy with those mountains in the backdrop at sunset was the perfect recipe to make any mama melt.
We have literally sat in this spot one time together and it was for this photo that @marierickson.photo
captured of us right after we bought the house in May 😂
I’m not always that smiley when I think about our house because it needs a LOT of love... but this man is by my side doing the work, and I am all smiles when I remember that.
Since we got our windows replaced, I’ll need to paint the trim. I was thinking white. What do you think? We want to paint the house a pretty dark blue eventually! Right now it’s this green & grey/green combo.
We’re currently driving on the L.A. freeway, in a rental van with music playing, while half of our kids are asleep in the back after a long day of traveling.
We picked them up early today from school with Mickey and Minnie Mouse ears on, holding our tickets to Disneyland. This is something we’ve been talking about and dreaming of being able to do for them for several years.
Thanks to saving every extra penny combined with the generosity of some really amazing friends, it’s happened and we are here. I do not take their generosity or this opportunity lightly, it’s brought me to tears several times.
There are moments in my life I’ve felt strongly to take note of while I’m in them, this feels like one of them. A reminder to be consciously aware we’re making memories and living our dreams. Details are different than we imagined, but the bones and structure are here; a car full of love and thankful hearts, a happy marriage and healthy children.
Sometimes fear or insecurities from my past tell me this is more than I deserve, I’m not Enough to receive this. But I learned years ago to recognize those lies, separate them and silence them. Sometimes it takes me a minute or two to realize they’re going on, but it’s become easier as I’ve worked at it.
The truth is, we are all Enough to receive happiness, love, respect and kindness. Sometimes we have to walk through fire to find this place, sometimes we have to tear down our own walls to be open enough to receive it. The experiences I’ve been through at a young age have brought me here. I’ve processed and grieved the pain of those experiences, and probably always will to some degree. But I also feel extreme gratitude for them, because they have shaped me to sit present in this moment with my family, holding my husband’s hand, not taking it for granted.
Here’s to making memories this weekend.❤️ @benseyleb
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different twist on back to school photos 📝
Yesterday I woke up and decided to take a little day trip to lake Wenatchee. I’m not one to be spontaneous. Like at all...... Planning makes me feel so much better but sometimes it can really get in the way of good adventures. I drove all the way up to the lake and got out of my car and immediately froze my butt off. I was just going to head back home but on the way back I decided to stop at several spots on the side of the road to take some pictures. Then I stopped at the iconic Tumwater bridge and I sat on the beach, read my book, and relaxed. It’s not at all what I planned but it was so amazing. I needed a little spontaneity in my life and I had no idea ☀️ Also the mountains are turning to fall and it’s getting me so psyched 🍂🙌🏼🎉
Raise your hand if the last photos you have with your partner (and just your partner) that weren’t taken on a phone are from your wedding!
Let’s change that!
One of my favorite parts of family sessions is grabbing a couple quick snaps of the parents without kiddos. 💕💕💕
Ember threw her shoe in the river.. but she owned it.
Re-worded my entire boudoir website today, added photos, sassed it up and its good. Heres a little bitty for you, “This is a place for the bodies.
A place where any man or women can be themselves and find love and appreciation for their body again. A place where re-touching does not exist. A place where we strip down and showing a lot of skin is always encouraged. A place where self-love is fostered and empowerment is felt. A place where confidence lives and fear of flaws die. A place where you are encouraged to be you above everything else.”
Smart Royal Solano, aka “Moose,” is a very loved, very athletic drill team horse in western WA. If you live in the area, look for him at all Velocity Drill Team performances. ❤️
Happy Friday y'all! The first round of Fall Mini Sessions are a week away and I can't wait!
Fall Mini Sessions have been booking fast! I do have a few spots available for next weekend's mini sessions, so message me to snag a time slot before they're gone.
Traipsing through woods and fields with Josh and Amanda made a perfect end of summer memory!
I've been blessed to know these two since the beginning of this year, and it has been so sweet watching them walk towards parenthood together. They give so much to their community and to following God, but they are so sweet together. I feel so seen and valued when I'm around both of them, and I'm so thankful for all of our conversations. They carry so much Godliness in their marriage, and as their family is growing, you just know that they will be creating a legacy of hope and faith!
It was so exciting when they announced their pregnancy, and it was even more exciting to shoot them a couple of weeks ago! They were so sweet together. Josh took such good care of Amanda and was so gentle with her, and Amanda was so loving to Josh. They had such a great intimacy with each other and a beautiful gentle joy and excitement for their baby girl!
Pregnancy is such a holy work for Mama's, and I loved spending time with this family and seeing the grace and strength Amanda has as she grows her sweet baby!
I know so many women who have been bullied online. Why is it we feel “safe” to say such cruel things about people we don’t know while hiding behind a screen? I feel grateful to share stories like hers, because her words can help make someone else going through this feel less alone.
From her interview:
I was on OKCupid, and they had forums and you could start a thread about whatever, and people would comment. I randomly stumbled upon a thread about myself, that some guy who I had never met or spoken to—ever—started about me that was basically like, “Yeah, you could almost pass for okay until you start looking at your pictures and you can see how fat and ugly and gross you are. And your teeth are so crooked, you should be ashamed to smile.” And I was like okay, that was one random jerk and people will comment and defend me, or tell him he’s an asshole. But then I read all the comments and everybody was like, “Yeah he’s right. You do look pretty horrible and fat and your first pictures are misleading and makes people think you’re better looking than you are,” and basically just bashing my physical appearance. A bunch of strangers. So, I deleted my profile, and I went and got braces, and lost like 75 pounds, and then I went back on to find the guy and be like, “Hah!” and he was gone. It’s always stuck with me, and been a thought in my head; If people would say something like that, so horrible, knowing the person’s going to hear it and react to it, then the things people might be thinking of me and not saying out loud might be even worse.
Stick up for one another. Because we all have a story. And we all want to be loved and accepted.
Moments that make my heart smile. 💛
Sometimes I take it for granted where I live. Also, when I get to photograph weddings in my hometown with backdrops like this one! 😍 ⛰