jared and karen 2015

Me and Karen spent the day of her shoot going back and forth trying to decide if  we could trust the breaks in the rain enough to get some photos. We canceled (twice) then from out of nowhere the clouds disappeared and we were blessed with some beautiful golden afternoon light. She had about 10 minutes to get herself and four kids ready and I think she nailed it! Then I had about 30 minutes to shoot before it got to dark. I am so glad we decided to go for it!

zac and sara

Could these kids be any cuter!? Sweet little troopers braved a cold day at the park to get a few photos. We kept it short and sweet and thankfully got all we needed quickly. Such a sweet family.

Jason and Brooke

Whoo-hoo finally found a day (actually late night) to catch up on blogging. Ahh, I am going to sit back and relax in this comfy office chair and get to work... 
Wait what's that I hear? Oh yes, the familiar sound of a child waking up in the middle of the night with a surprise stomach flu....ok I'm back. Baby is cleaned up and back to bed. 

I have been working hard trying to sneak shoots into every available second of sunshine we get here in the PNW. It's been cold, grey, and rainy (which to be honest I would be totally enjoying right now if it weren't for my desire to shoot sunny, warm photos) most of the time lately. Thankfully Brooke was able to switch her shoot day last minute and we got these great bright, cheery and so very fall family photos!  I'll leave you to enjoy them while I go patrol my
                                                                  house armed with essential oils, prayer, and clorox. 

the gift of boredom

My favorite kind of day with my kids is not a well planned out home school day, it's not an elaborate art project day, not even a day at the park or pool. It's the kind of day where we turn off the screens and distractions and I leave my kids to their own devices to seek out some fun. If we've had too much screen time that day it can take thirty minutes to an hour of moping around complaining "there is nothing to do", "We're bored" (yes I know some moms have strict screen time schedules or just don't allow it at all, good for them but that's not me:). Most of the time within minutes they are building blanket forts, planning American Ninja Warrior obstacle courses, playing restaurant, pretending to be stranded on a desert Island with nothing but duct tape as a survival tool. You get the picture.
  Looking back at my own childhood I am realizing I slowly, gradually went from feeling like I missed out, to understanding what I did gain when we never had the option to go to Disneyland, Seaworld or on elaborate vacations. That we didn't own a television or have the latest and greatest toys to play with.  Of course there is nothing wrong with those things but to learn to be content without the extras is a tough thing to do when they are always there. I am thankful for my childhood. I am so thankful that my mom gave me the gift of a love of reading, a great imagination, and free time to just be a kid and play.
 One of my favorite childhood memories is a crisp cool fall morning, I was about five. I am outside playing by the creek in our front yard pretending to make a potion in a giant pickle jar. Adding plenty of green slime, Pebbles a perfect substitute for eye of newt ingredient I was lacking, crunching up dried leaves to serve as powdered pixie brain  (I'm sure I had just read a book about a witch and her potions). I am not sure why it stands out in my mind but I clearly remember the feeling of playing pretend. Totally, completely submersed in my imaginary world. With no embarrassment, no deadlines or bills looming, just pure make-believe play. Now as an adult I think I only get a bit of that feeling when I'm reading a good book and I miss it. So kiddos for now I'm gonna be the mean mom who tells you go outside and play and don't come in til dinner. No I'm not buying you a toy at every store we run into and sorry no more movies for the day. You'll thank me later.

the "h" family

Met up with this beautiful family at the wildlife refuge a few weeks ago to shoot photos of each family and of course the big family photo. I have known all these great siblings for many years and was honored to capture this stage of life for them. Greg and Carmelle you raised some great kids and I have loved watching your family grow through the years. 

john and naomi

John and Naomi got married on a slightly wet and blustery day. Naomi was a bride who had her priorities straight though, she wasn't phased a bit by the weather. All she had on her mind was the main event, the marriage! She smiled and glowed happiness the whole day and her groom couldn't keep his eyes off his beautiful bride. The wedding was planned out perfectly especially all the details that make an event extra special. A gourmet coffee bar, a touching memorial to her late father, delicious treats made with love by her and her family, so many beautiful handmade touches everywhere. Congratulations to the new family John, Naomi and Rylee!

family of 5

I have shot photos for this sweet family for the past few years, I have loved watching these girls grow and of course meeting sweet baby brother Max. 
We met for photos around officers row in Vancouver which has no shortage of great spots for photos. Hope you love your sneak peek Nikki!