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The Photo Session that Almost Didn’t Happen …

It started out like any other day: checking emails, sipping (more like gulping) coffee and checking phone messages. I return a call from Heather who wants a session with her siblings. We’re having a lovely chat on the phone and I find out that she needs a session right in the middle of one of my busiest weeks. Immediately, I’m thinking that it’s going to be hard to get them on my schedule but as we keep talking, I just couldn’t say no. Not only is the session a gift for their parents but the tight time frame was due to Heather’s deployment. Yup, this session must happen!

We meet on a Sunday at Gas Works Park and the forecast calls for rain but this session will happen, rain or shine! Jennifer sees the group and introduces herself first. I’m a little distracted since I’m running my shot list in my head and I introduce myself to Heather and then to Cameron. He grabs my hands, looks me in the eye with a big smile and says, “Hi Grace, remember me? You shot us before.”

I look at Cameron and then to the rest of group and it slowly (like REAL slow) hits me that I’ve shot these kids before! I shot them over 3 years ago at our old studio location. I can’t even explain the things that were running through my head. I was totally shocked, but in the best way. They wanted to surprise me and see my reaction and they totally did just that. I couldn’t believe how “these kids,” Heather, Cameron, Henry and Becky, had matured — especially Henry. I think he grew like 2 feet since the last time I saw him.

This was Cameron, Henry and Heather over three years ago!!!
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See how they’re all dressed up? They told their parents that they’re having dinner at the Space Needle — prom-style. Nice work, “kids.” See how they’re all grown up!
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It’s a bird … it’s a plane … no, it’s Superman, Batman and Captain America!

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Thinking back, I honestly don’t know how I didn’t put the pieces together. All the clues were there but I think I was just too busy with work, editing, shooting, and editing some more, that I had tunnel vision and somehow ignored all the clues.

Sometimes, you just need to slow down and enjoy the things and people around you. And after this special experience, it holds even more true. I drove home with a huge smile on my face and sometimes, that’s all I need — a simple reminder of why I do what I do. Days like these make all the stress and deadlines all worthwhile.

To this beautiful family, thanks for the surprise and memories and for letting us capture such milestone events. And thanks for serving our country — you’re definitely a superhero in our book. XoXo

 

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Where did the time go?

I can’t believe how quickly May has gone by! Can you?! We’ve been so busy that we haven’t had time to blog, instagram … nothing! We’ll try and be better…

You know I’ve been working long hours when I have a giggle-fit because my coffee cup has ears.

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Baby Bump: Maternity Photos

We’ve known Michelleanne and Arch for years and they are such a sweet couple. We’ve literally watched their family grow and continue to be part of their family milestones. We were lucky enough to capture their wedding day and birthday parties, along with other memorable events. This time around, it was for family and maternity photos.

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This little girl, Camilleava, just wanted to run around in the park. But who could blame her?
It was a gorgeous morning!

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She likes to read with her feet. =)

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Say hello to Zeus! Probably the most well behaved dog we’ve ever photographed.

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We can’t wait to meet baby PeytonMarie. Cheers to the beautiful family!

 

 

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New Baby = Big Smiles

Meet Anastasia Reign Ramirez. Born Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 5:36 AM.
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Yesterday, I became a new Tita (Aunt) again. It’s always exciting to welcome new family members into this hi-tech world we live in. I got a call late Friday evening saying my sister-in-law was having contractions.

“Is she going to the hospital now? Did her water break?”

My bro responds with, “No, not yet.”

My sister and I contemplated on taking the next available Seattle-Bremerton ferry but decided it’d be best to leave the next morning.

Saturday afternoon, my sister and I grabbed some Chinese food to-go to feed the “minions” a.k.a. our nieces and nephews meeting us on the other side of Puget Sound. And off we went on an hour long ferry ride.

We quickly become tourists and had to take the typical Seattle skyline pictures.

It wasn’t until Sunday morning I received an exciting text, “Baby Anastasia Reign” is healthy, happy, and has a full head of hair!”

My five nieces and nephews. This was their first brothers and sisters photo together.

Proud grandparents with their grandkids.

It was a full day of family members visiting this cute little munchkin, a new minion to spoil.

I’m so happy to be these kiddos’ awesome “Master.” Yes, brainwashing is allowed when you’re an awesome Auntie.
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To family, friends and loved ones. Hugs and kisses to all. Life is short so make it count.

 

 

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Family Portraits – Feel the Warmth on this Winter Day

Meet the Klippert family. We were honored to take photos of their beautiful family in their gorgeous home on a chilly winter day. You could feel the crisp air through multiple layers of clothing but that didn’t stop this family from smiling, laughing and posing for us.

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Baby Levi was the most relaxed, chillaxed 3-month old kid in town. He stared, smiled, giggled, and didn’t mind a big camera inches from his face. We moved him, changed him and fussed all around him but he hardly made a single peep. He even fell asleep on us for awhile!

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Two-year old Jakob had lots of energy and was very excited to have company over so he could showcase his awesome dancing skills. It didn’t take much for him to warm up to us. We played, he copied everything we said, and gave us a tour of his home. Then of course, he danced.

Once in a while, we’d catch him sitting down so he could tell us a story about his baby brother. He loves his brother.

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Can they be any cuter?!

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These family photos were simple to capture. This is probably the smallest room in the house but we just loved the light streaming through the windows. And then we found out it was the room where they spend most of their family time together. How perfect is that? They had their family snuggle time, and we just snapped photos along the way.

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Love ♥ Love ♥ Love

 

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