Category Archives: Kids

Catch Them While you Can

Take some time to catch the moments. The littles in your life will change faster than you can imagine and the history of your family will depend on how often you train a camera and a mindful eye on your day to day life. Yes, there is always another load of laundry to do and I’m sure the dog needs a bath but that will be ongoing… your children will be differently little every day. There are some dear friends on Facebook who are on it. They post charming snippets of their kids and will no doubt have photographs to share with them later in their lives. Get your pictures off of your devices and put them in a safe place… you don’t get a Do-Over. That is incredibly important.

If you can, you should hire a pro every now and then to cover your family in a way that you can’t. I love it when my phone rings for a family session. It could be a walkabout in the Pearl District with an ice cream cone or it could be an hour or two spent hanging out at your home… the goal is to put real people in front of my camera and catch what happens. Let me sit on the floor and get to know the kids well enough that they are just themselves when the camera is out… the less direction from me or from you, the better.

I was lucky to have parents who took lots of pictures. The photographs from my childhood were rarely posed. Instead, I can look back through them and remember the houses we lived in, the cats and dog who were part of our tribe and even some pictures of my parents when they were young and beautiful, before time wore into them. That was a gift to me. ;0)

If you’d like to see more pictures of people, young and old, this will take you to my Studio portfolio. Let’s make some history! ;0)

Half an Hour of Hilarity for a Good Cause

An auction designed to help the kids

On a very soggy weekend before Spring Break, several sets of Montessori parents and small children gathered on the muddy slopes of Gabriel Park… our mission was to create an art piece to frame and offer at auction for a good cause. The annual Pathways Auction was established to generate Tuition Assistance funds for qualified applicants. The Auction is held yearly in the spring and the proceeds are used to fund tuition assistance, special programs and to supplement the educational environments.

This is all a volunteer effort… if you’d like to get involved, there is more information at Montessori Pathways Spring Fete.

Back to the muddy hill… imagine a dozen three to five year olds on one hill, about the same number of parents on a slope right behind me and the feat of directing this small circus! The rain was spotting my lens and the little girls wearing dresses were reluctant to sit all the way down. It devolved rapidly into sword fights with brandished mums and lots of laughing. We all got muddy and when I left, most of the kids were running up and down the slopes of the park waving their tattered mums… laughter ringing in the air.

I love my job!

Fiona Has Two Moms

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The furry bookends on the bed are Science and Literature and Fiona is the cutie in the jumper. We started this conversation about a year ago when Alexis was 31 weeks pregnant… she and Kim were so excited! They asked if I might consider coming to Seattle to do baby pictures and I was thrilled to say yes. We decided to wait until she was about 6 months old. Newborns are beautiful but I really like it when babies are a little more able to sit up and connect… anywhere between 5 and 12 months is a great time to get them in front of the camera. Fiona was a trooper… we spent a little over two hours before she got tired of the whole thing.

One of the best things about a home portrait session is that it gives you a way, as parents, to share the early history of your lives together. When I look through the pictures of my childhood, I can see where I grew up… and in a few of them, I can see my parents younger than I ever remember them. That’s what I want my clients to have… that full sense of history with the most important people they will know.

Marriage almost always goes forward into family… don’t ever stop making pictures.

Just in Time for Christmas

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I have to laugh every year about this time… there is always a somewhat frantic scramble to get a Christmas card put together and out to the mailbox in time. Sometimes my people call me for a summer session or maybe a September sort of thing but mostly, they wait until pretty much the last minute. By then, the ‘last minute’ part becomes a dance with the weather… I always advise putting a few dates on the calendar so that when it rains, we have a second chance already set aside.

We had a cold, sunny day at the end of November for this session… this favorite of mine was sort of between the takes and I love the way it shows a real, fine family working together to get it done. ;0)

The art of babies

“Babies are such a nice way to start people.”

Don Herrold

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Kate is traveling rapidly to the shores of adulthood. This photo was taken in October of 2004… she was 9 at the time. Her parents had me come take pictures every few years so I have had the pleasure of seeing her grow up through the lens of my camera… we started when she was a tiny and spunky red head, maybe 9 months old. She has blossomed into this level eyed, sharp young lady and I hope I get to see where she goes from here.  Of course, I am getting older just like she is, like we all are, but time moves differently for each of us and I don’t think anyone ever gets used to how fast it goes.

Most of my baby sessions are done at my client’s home… I offer that service because I  think it’s important to be able to look back and get a sense of where you grew up.

My folks did that for me… I can go through all the old California pictures and see the rental house in Alameda with the fake leopard skin chair or Grandpa’s ranch in Gilroy where my sister and I finger painted on the patio. There was the paradise 1/4 acre in Santa Rosa with the little house and cabin connected by two bridges over the creek… deer and skunks and hummingbirds in the honeysuckle.

When I do babies I also include the parents as much as possible. Think about it… many years later  your kids get to see how good you looked in your younger skins. It frosts me to realize how many of the pictures of me and my sister have just the arms or knees of an otherwise whole and beautiful parent.

So, this is what I am after: working at your house and trying to make the session as comfortable and natural as possible… the goal being images that live beyond the years. Images that look like your life.

What follows is a  sizable folio of different kids… mostly on location but a few in studio settings.

I hope you enjoy the parade.

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mike_flys_calvinmike_calvin_and_sarahank_and_gretchen1hank1“Spread the diaper in the position of the diamond with you at bat. Then fold second base down to home and set the baby on the pitcher’s mound. Put first base and third together, bring up home plate and pin the three together. Of course, in case of rain, you gotta call the game and start all over again.” —Jimmy Piersal

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