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Let it snow … happy holidays!

Happy holidays! Hope everyone is spending this holiday season with friends, family and loved ones, eating lots of goodies and drinking hot cocoa with extra marshmallows. Can you believe it’s the end of the year? Ahhh, time flies!

While everyone is prepping for their New Year’s celebration, we thought we’d share this portrait session with y’all.

This is Jen and Ray’s first portrait session since they got married a couple years ago. It was a winter wonderland at Seattle’s Discovery Park. We take photographs at this park all the time, especially during the warmer months but don’t often get the chance to shoot here during the winter months. Lucky for us, it had snowed the day prior so we got this beautiful white landscape for the photoshoot.

With our hand warmers in our pockets (yup, gotta love these things) we took a stroll around the park and of course, took some photos along the way.

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Cheers to a fabulous 2014 as we ring in a new year! 2015 … we’re waiting for ya!

Stay warm!

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Baby, it’s cold outside – Family Photos

We live in the Pacific Northwest and outdoor shoots have to be rescheduled. This session was the “rescheduled,” due to heavy rain the week prior. Although rain was not a factor in this session, the temperature sure played quite the role. It was FREEZING! It had snowed the day before but sadly, all the pretty white snow was gone by the time our session started.

Armed with hand warmers (a life saver on chilly days) we went to work. The Jimenez family was so awesome to work with, especially through the piercing cold! Poor Russell (9 mo) was not thrilled with being outside in these temperatures … and he made it known with his sporadic growls. Hahaha. I know I shouldn’t be laughing but this little guy’s growls were so cute and was his signature stamp of disapproval of the cold.

When going into a photo session, I always have a rough idea of what I want to shoot but had to make changes at the last minute and also had to work quickly. Let’s just say I was so glad I remembered to grab a blanket!

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I absolutely adored the Jimenez family. How can you not, with such a beautiful family! I think maybe next time, we’ll aim for slightly warmer temperatures. =)

Happy holidays everyone and stay warm!

 

Location: Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park

 

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Baby Ella — A Sleeping Beauty

Meet the Magno Family. Paul and Sherry wanted to have photos of their growing family, especially with baby Ella’s grandparents. It’s not very often that we have three generations in the same photoshoot. What made it even more special was that both sets of grandparents were visiting from the other side of the world — Guam and China.

How awesome that both sets of grandparents traveled across the globe to meet Ella for the first time! That’s unconditional love.

Ella was a sweet little cutie pie. She probably didn’t know that she was even being photographed since she slept through most of the entire shoot. She’d only wake up when she was hungry, then would fall right back to sleep … twice! Even with five different cameras taking photos of her, Ella slept through everything. Mind you, I only had one camera, but the rest were the proud grandparents clicking away and showing each other their awesome photo skills. Jennifer has proof! How cute are they?

 

This group was so fun and entertaining to photograph. They embraced every moment of it and enjoyed everyone’s company. It definitely made it easy for us and we felt like we were part of their family.

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Congratulations to Paul and Sherry for their new bundle of joy. We know baby Ella will be in great hands and will have tons of love, laughter, and photographs.

 

 

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It’s a Girl! Seattle Maternity & Family Portraits

We meet again. I’ve known Ryan and Jiezel for years. Our first photoshoot together was their engagement session at the University of Washington (Go Huskies!) and over the years, I’ve captured their growing family. I’ve seen Lucas and Zach transform from itty-bitty babies to handsome little boys (with lots of character), and I’ve been lucky to capture some of these special moments through my lenses.

This time around was something different, more unique to their family. This was Jiezel’s first “maternity” session. You could sense the excitement from Ryan and Jiezel as they’re expecting their third child together … and IT’S A GIRL! Yep, their first baby girl, Aria — don’t you just love the name?

Ryan and Jiezel have done a fantastic job with their two boys. They are so excited to meet their new addition to the family and so are we. Can’t wait to meet little Aria!

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AlmedaBlog_08These boys are in their own little world. Boys will be boys. They laugh, play, fight, argue, wrestle, race, challenge, envy, push, hug … most importantly love each other.

In this photo session alone, I think they went through that entire rollercoaster cycle of emotions and bonding. If one got hurt, the other was there to make sure the other was OK.

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AlmedaBlog_25Don’t you just love baby shoes? So cute! The parents are holding the baby shoes of all their children (red/black are Zach’s, black/white are Lucas’, and of course the little Mary Jane shoes are Aria’s).

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And to prove that chivalry still exists, check out Jennifer’s photo of Zach insisting on helping her with the photo equipment. Too cute!!

 

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“Before and After” Photos | What It Takes

Happy Friday! Since everyone’s been working hard, I figured I’d post something to get us through the day and make us smile.

A little back-story: Meet Lucas (4) and Zach (3). I’ve known their family for years and have been taking their photos before they could say my name, or remember my name. Who am I kidding? Lucas still doesn’t know my name, or pretends not to. Every time I see him I get asked, “Who you are?”

Then he’ll smile and run away. But when I have a lollipop or little car toys in my pockets, he will miraculously know my name and want my attention, “Grace … GRACE … GRAAAAAACE!!!”

Kids… gotta love them!

Given all that, these aren’t really “before and after” photos per se but is my version of the concept. It’s more of a, “What it takes to get that shot.”

“Before” is what happens while I’m trying to set up the shot I want.
“After” is finally getting the shot I want or was hoping to capture.

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These boys are a little camera shy.

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“Be quiet Zach!”

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This is one of the reasons why I love working with kids. You never know what is going to happen during the session. And I don’t know about you, but I I love both the “before” and “after” photos. It shows true character of each individual. Kids will be kids.

More images from this session will be coming soon — stay tuned!
 

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Think Pink!

Pink, pink, pink! That was the theme of the day.
Pink flowers, pink pom poms, and pink shoes … oh my! … or more like oh, baby!

It’s always fun working with couples but there is always a bit of extra excitement, mixed with anticipation when working with expectant parents, especially first-time expectant parents.
Faye and RJ are now just a few short weeks away until they get to meet their baby girl.

It was an overcast day in Seattle but that didn’t stop us from making it a picnic day at Magnolia Park. Faye and RJ even brought along their “first child” a.k.a. Timber (their Husky). Don’t you just love his eyes?! [Go Huskies!sorry, it’s automatic that we say that since we’re UW alumni — just can’t help it.] We worked quickly as the clouds rolled in but we got lucky. As soon as we packed everything and drove out of the parking lot, the rain came down … hard!
Talk about perfect timing!

We had so much fun working with Faye and RJ. And to top it off, we got to eat the “props” aka the dessert. I ate 3. Haha — I’d like to think of it as quality control. We can’t wait to meet little Olivia!

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