October is hands-down my favorite month. The air becomes more crisp and the vibrant colors crush out the browns that the dry, hot summer gave us. Senior portraits and family photos dominate the schedule this time of year. I’m so thankful to every family and person who has reached out to keep me busy this year. I first met Kaitlyn and her family 11 years ago shooting a wedding for her aunt. We reconnected several months ago at a baptism and I was elated to be asked to do her senior portraits. We had a lovely time last night and she rocked it. Her wardrobe choices were beautiful and went so well with our backdrop and the weather was perfect. I’m also thankful her mother requested a photo alongside her. I’m a sucker for those mom and daughter photos, for sure. Here is a bit of a peek to hold you over as I cull through all the photos. Many more to come!
Madison’s Senior Photos
“If a flower can flourish in the desert, you can flourish anywhere.” – Matshona Dhliwayo
Madison had a vision for her senior photos and brought me to a place I hadn’t been in the Tri-Cities. Among the growing outstretched edges of Pasco is this beautiful desert landscape with sand dunes. As the city pushes out, this will grow smaller, which makes my heart ache. I’m thankful she brought me here and allowed me to capture her senior photos. Such a beautiful soul who is definitely going places with her life. Cheers to an amazing last year of high school, Madison.
Another family that I have been honored to watch grow are Danya and John Lundberg’s. Sweet Clayton has already grown so much since last year and will be an amazing big brother in the spring. His exited, adventurous energy was contagious and definitely woke me up from my mid-day pregnancy exhaustion. Thanks for the smiles today, kiddo. Much love to you all.
I’ve been photographing for Katie since 2011, when I moved back to Kitsap County. Watching her grow and love her family has been something I cherish. Thank you for the friendship and such a happy family to photograph. Here are a few images from our most recent encounter.
Schmidt Wedding Preview
Yesterday’s wedding was a spectacular adventure with characters who made you laugh from the deepest part of your gut and made your heart swell beyond what you ever thought possible. It was full of nostalgia and fresh beginnings; new friendships, new adventures, new memories.
Big Lake Lodge in Mount Vernon sets an epic, forested and lake view backdrop. Perfection. The weather went overcast just when we needed it and was never unbearably hot.
It was like the day knew exactly what everyone needed and it gave it to us. I wondered why that happened? The logical answer is random chance, luck. The romantic in me tells me it was for Carollee and Casey. Two people who clearly have a deep, passionate, unfailing love for one another. The kind of love that chaos brings together. I’ve known Casey since I was 12 years old, and hearing many of his friends, who he has acquired over the more recent decade, celebrate and toast he and Carollee, describing them in a way I’ve always seen in him… Both he and Carollee are the type of people who bring out the best in those around them. Who encourage others to be better versions of themselves. I took my time to ask dozens of family and friends to reflect on their friendships and memories with the couple, and it was a resounding theme. Both of them drastically improve the lives of those around them. Then Alex, the best man, moves the crowd to tears, articulating it better than anyone else could (Casey, make sure you add that toast to the scrapbook). The day was stuffed to the brim with joy that filled you up and spilled over so much you had no other choice than to share it with everyone around you. Everywhere you looked, there were smiles, so big and genuine (and plenty of tears to balance things out a bit). There was laughter, kissing, hugging, dancing, break dancing, karaoke (my god, I’ve never enjoyed karaoke that much), custom lighting, men doing the ironing, and a bubble bath (more on that later).
When I left last night at 11:30pm and journeyed the 2.5 hours home, my head filled with what to say to reflect on this wonderful day – the drive flew by quickly. I don’t normally do next day previews, but I wanted the night to continue on just a bit longer, thus I give a snippet. Hopefully it is enough to see how much love there was in this day and in these hearts.
Share your love,
Langston’s Journey Earthside
Langston Fox came swiftly earthside via waterbirth on Tuesday, May 29TH at 7:28pm, and I was given the humbling honor of photographing it.
This birth is only the second I have photographed, and due to the nature of my day job as a dental hygienist, I don’t anticipate (m)any more. I give sincere gratitude to Elizabeth and Randall for inviting me into their birth space. Fortunate for me, Langston was very accommodating with his timing, arriving only two hours after myself.
Elizabeth surrounded herself with several amazing, loving women, who, between them all have hundreds (thousands?) of births and perhaps as many tattoos. Jen Watson (doula – Peninsula Birth), April Duggins (birth assistant), Brandy Stuart and Angie Hotz (Student Midwives), and Nikki Coraggio (midwife – Gig Harbor Midwifery ).
Consider playing some Iron and Wine or Bright Eyes while viewing the images below to really take in the essence of this birth.
It was raining just as I was arriving to their home, and Elizabeth’s birth tub filled the living room, just in the doorway, so the fitting initial lyrics of Bright Eyes, “First Day of My Life”…
“This is the first day of my life
Swear I was born right in the doorway
I went out in the rain, suddenly everything changed…”
I hope you enjoy these images as much as I have while processing them. I’m not crying, you’re crying.
Emily and Andre
Last weekend I had the (last minute) pleasure of meeting Emily and Andre. The fates aligned for a spur-of-the-moment maternity photoshoot (thanks to Grandma). This couple is absolutely darling and will be welcoming a baby boy, Bennett, in the not-so-distant future. The PNW is so happy to have your family here! Take a peek at a few images.
Casey and Carollee
I’ve been off the blogging saddle for a hot minute as family raising and my dental hygiene career have had a front seat. I’ve still been doing photography for family and close friends in the background, but now it is time to gear things up again. What better way than with an old friend? Casey and I grew up our awkward teenage years down the street from one another, and he has given several hands in previous wedding photography adventures. He has found an amazing, sweet woman in Carollee. I am so thrilled to be the one to photo document their engagement and then wedding in July. These two are quite the perfect fit for one another and my heart is swollen with excitement for their ongoing life adventure together. Congratulations!