The Halse family was such a fun shoot. A bunch of cousins, siblings, aunts and uncles and barely a sprinkle!
Maui Vacation 2017
I haven't been able to take very many vacations in the past few years, but this last year I got to spend 13 days on Maui, Hawaii, with my family.
My brother and sister-in-law and their four beautiful children live right at the start to the road to Hana. For those that don't know it, it's quite the death defying drive! The waterfalls and views are well worth it. We did a lot of playing "Tourist" the first half of each day, as we had kids to pick up from school in the afternoon. I got to go to the West Maui Mountains, Haleakala, Hana, Black Sand Beaches, Lava tubes, watch international kite surfers, swim with sharks and turtles, attend the Old Lahaina Luau, shop in Lahaina and more.
I can't wait to go back!
Hammer Family 2017
Our annual photo shoot. Usually I only take pictures of my nieces, nephew, and my mom, but this year we all jumped in including myself. I made the girls' dresses. Our theme this year was Mod Squad.
Grams Rau Family
I had a lot of fun spending time with these two beautiful children and their amazing mom, Katrina...we spent the day at the Lucky 13 Ranch in Arlington, WA. Katrina brought a lot of different props and we just let the kids go...the best kind of settings. It was a very sunny day and her daughter is light sensitive so had to wear her sunglasses...love watching these two grow up...
Erickson Spring 2017 Shoot
Children, flowers and sunshine. What more can a photographer ask for? I joined the Erickson family at the Skagit valley tulip fields just shy of 6 months after their son, Eli, was born....He has those same amazing blue eyes as the girls...what a charmer!
Last spring I got a chance to head over the mountains to one of my favorite little towns, Cle Elum, WA. Kim Basterrechea and her beau, Cody arranged some stunning places to do a shoot. We started at an abandoned farm way up in the mountain that was over 100 years old. There was fresh evidence of elk living in the barn along with a very annoyed great barn owl. We then headed down to the Cle Elum River to do some more pictures....
I've been blessed to have some amazing friends, and Tammy Mock is one of my best! She and her husband, Dave, moved to Florida shortly after this shoot and I miss having her within driving range every day!
Hammer Family 2016
Every year my three nieces and nephew tolerate their aunt and let me do a photo shoot. We spend the whole day together and end up at my oldest niece's favorite restaurant, Red Robin. This year's theme was a Rockabilly vibe. My amazing sister-in-law, Renee, did their hair and makeup. I did their tatoos with sharpees. They all wanted to honor my grandfather decorated Navy WWII hero, Commander Donald McPherson.
McPherson Wedding 2016
My cousin, US Army 2nd Lieutenant Blake McPherson, married his high school sweetheart, Lauryl Hettinger, the day after he graduated from West Point Academy. Being family oriented, Blake and Lauryl had a second ceremony July 23, 2016 on the west coast for their family and friends that couldn't attend the May 2016 ceremony in New York.
So they had a great fun ceremony that was officiated by my cousin Tracy, Blake's oldest sister. It was full of love and humor. I love Lauryl as she totally let me play to my heart's content with my camera. She did have another photographer and I was very careful to not interfere with her photos. I want to make that disclaimer. The ceremony was very bright and sunny and went long past the sunset.
Blake and Lauryl are now in Germany where he's been stationed. God bless our troops and god bless this beautiful couple.
Tulips and love...what better combination could there be? Super bright day, but we suffered through it! The tulip fields in the Skagit Valley are reknowned around the world. Best thing is they are only a 15 minute drive normally from my home. Every year nature shows off. The local farmers and residents suffer the millions of tourists come through, but take great pride in the daffodil and tulip selections they produce.
White Wedding 2016
I wasn't the photographer for my beautiful friend Jacinda White's wedding, but they indulged me playing with my camera. This was at Stocker Farms in Snohomish, WA. It was definitely a fun and creative atmosphere. Congratulations Jacinda and Brandon!
White Family Newborn 2017
Ryden White is an amazing miracle. Born April 28, 2017, weighing 4 lbs. 6 oz. and 18 inches long. His beautiful parents are Brandon and Jacinda White. I've know Jacinda since she was 13 years old. She's an inspiration to many in her kindness and strength. Ryden's shoot was very special as he was in the NICU at Seattle Children's Hospital for quite a few weeks. He is such a happy and curious baby. He's still got a long road ahead, but he's got a massive family and friends support system to help him...
Erickson Maternity 2016
I adore doing maternity shoots. Jaimie and Mitchell Erickson were great at this. We did this shoot at the Kayak Point Park in Marysville, WA. Their two beautiful little girls had a blast on the beach. The sun gave a kiss of warmth through all of the wind...
Ball Maternity 2017
This year was a blessing as I got to photography Cherie Ball's upcoming 2nd baby's maternity pictures. we got to do them in the beautiful Skagit Valley's Tulip Fields with her fiance, Travis, her first born child, Emma, and nephew, Aiden.