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2017, a Year of Dangling Conversations

Blogging is something you have to have the time to do if you want to do it well. Apparently, I ran out of time in June. ;0)

Don’t get me wrong, I have a mountain of cool weddings and sweet family work to write about… 2017 was a good year for great clients and it was well paced which should have given me the time, right? Looking back, I’m realizing that there were some dark forces getting in my way… not just the daily run of the mill stuff, either. My husband faced down a major surgery in June… the results were excellent but the early parts of that ride were scary. Ongoing for a couple of years now, my only sister is caught in the rabbit hole that is dementia. We aren’t sure which kind it is yet but it is becoming increasingly evident that she is in trouble… a very bitter pill to swallow considering that she has always been confident, articulate and artistic. Losing those parts of her is heartbreaking and she lives too far away for me to help much. Probably the biggest daily obstacle, though, has been my inability to tear myself away from the headlines this year. The train wreck in our nation’s capitol has been and still is banging around inside my brain and it leaves me no choice but to stay informed and involved.

So.TMI. ;o)
Life goes on. People are still getting married and having beautiful babies, lawns are still getting mowed and the moon rises and sets on her perfect schedule. I plan to blog several weddings in the next month or so… I don’t want any of you to think I have walked away from this work. It’s too much fun to be a part of it.

Say goodbye to 2017 and let’s put our best selves out there for the coming year, ok?

Onward to the New Year

One of the best things about this job is the chance to look back, to look in the rear view mirror. Many of my wedding clients go on to make scrumptious families and I get to watch them grow. It’s a slow process and if I work with someone fairly often, it isn’t as evident to me until I start putting pictures from the different times side by side.

Stephanie and Lee have been a favorite couple of mine… there is such an easy grace to their relationship. I saw it on the wedding day and in the planning beforehand and it continues as they raise their two rambunctious daughters.

The first one laid the groundwork for a couple of years before the second one came along. This latest session was a fine example of fully present parents and charming children with just enough wild in them to make life good.

If you haven’t considered keeping your favorite photographer on hand to document your family every now and then, you might want to think about it. I know this blog has been wedding-centric since it started in 2009 but in 2017, I plan on posting more of the other work here, too. Families and babies, sure, but also head shots and senior portraits and the like. People photography. ;0)

Onward to the New Year… it’s time to leave 2016 in the rear view mirror!

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.

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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