The ridiculously huge “Oh, no, I haven’t blogged in FOREVER, I should probably do that” blog.

So, if you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I USED to blog rather frequently. Once, maybe twice a week. Until the last year or so. This crazy business of mine has taken off like a whirlwind, so blogging has taken a backseat. I wanted to do a “catch up” blog for those of you who don’t follow my FACEBOOK page so you can see what I’ve been up to, both professionally AND personally.  It’s so much easier to keep up with albums on my Facebook page, so please, if you want to keep up to date with me, head on over there and FRIEND REQUEST me!

Ok, so go grab a cup of tea and a sandwich and settle in to view the MILLIONTY photos that this blog holds (you should see how many times my blog app has shut down because of all these photos…) No, this isn’t EVERY photoshoot that I’ve done for the last year…there is just no way to post every photo. I apologize if someone got left out. Shoot me an email if you’d like to be posted on here and I missed you.

Also, just to make things more confusing, these photos aren’t in any particular order. Good luck finding yourself in this chaos. Smile

Here’s a pic my daughter took of me writing this blog. I think it took me about 4 and a half hours. Worth it!!!

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Ready? Go…and ENJOY!!!!

 

ARIANNA AND HER BESTIE, ALLIE

Meet Allie, my daughter’s best friend. How cute are these two?

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THE LUNA FAMILY/ XANDER IS 6!

Been photographing this adorable family for a few years now. Can you believe the awesome colors in this shoot?

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I GOT TO FLY A PLANE!

I know what you’re thinking: “They shouldn’t even let Sarah drive a car, let alone a PLANE!”  We have a friend from church who is a pilot, and he took Sam and I up around Mt. Rainier on a gorgeous spring day.

I’m happy to say that I did a great job co-piloting the plane…especially when I was paying attention to flying instead of the pretty scenery outside…

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STEPHANIE AND MATT:: COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORAD0

My best friend Jesse and I had the chance to run off to Colorado for a week to photograph Stephanie and Matt’s wedding. What a sweet couple!

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STREEPY BABY #2!!!
You’ll meet baby Charlotte later on in this blog…somewhere. Smile

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OLIVIA AND ANDREW GOT MARRIED!

We did some of their formals at The Root Beer Store in Redmond, Wa. How fun is THAT?!?!

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BABY CHARLOTTE

Here is the new Streepy baby! Isn’t she a freaking doll? This shoot was in 95 degree weather…no air conditioning in order to keep the baby warm. My assistant and I were sweating BUCKETS. Gross.

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I LOVE THE MCMONIGLE FAMILY!

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MY KIDS STARTED SCHOOL!

I can’t believe I have a 4th and 5th grader. Why do they have to get BIG?!?!

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THE CLINTON FAMILY!

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MY GIRL LACEY IS PREGNANT!

Of course, I did this shoot ages ago, and you’ll get to meet her baby later on in this blog.

You may remember Luke…I was his mom’s BIRTH PHOTOGRAPHER AND DOULA over 4 years ago, and his mommy and I are very good friends!

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THE FREDERICK FAMILY

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ANDREW IS A SENIOR!!!

This photoshoot was surreal…I used to babysit Andrew when he was way little! Like, 6 years old! He’s all grown up, and not only is he a good looking guy, but he is a GOOD PERSON.

Also, I’m getting old.

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JAKE AND JAMIE ARE ENGAGED!

I went to high school with these two…can’t wait to shoot their wedding this summer!

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ADDY IS ONE!

Where the heck does the time go?

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BABY NATHEN

Look at this kids hair! He was such an angel to photograph…slept the entire time!

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THE CHURCH FAMILY

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BABY PORTER

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CHRISTY IS A SENIOR!

Isn’t my cousin GORGEOUS?

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BABY ROBERT IV

Yes, that’s Robert THE FOURTH.  This is one of the sweetest families I’ve ever met. Seriously.

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MY NEW BABY COUSIN, JACKSON

We had a TON of babies born into our family this year. Just wait…you’ll see more later.

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JAKE AND LAUREN GOT MARRIED!

My handsome cousin married his beautiful high school sweetheart Lauren. We love her!!!

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THE MATTER FAMILY

If you’ve been following me for a while, you are familiar with the Matter Family. I met them three years ago through The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Their son, Colton, was diagnosed with Leukemia when he was 9 and then again at 10 1/2. Now, at 12 years old, we has been diagnosed again for a third time. I am happy to announce that after a bone marrow transplant (donated by his own father) there are no more signs of leukemia in his body. He still has many treatments ahead of him, but so far, things look AWESOME! You can keep tabs on Colton’s progress on the COLTON’S ARMY FACEBOOK PAGE.

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MIRRANDA IS A SENIOR!

Ugh, she’s so pretty that she makes my heart ache. She’s a SWEETHEART, too!

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CONNOR :: SENIOR

Connor cracks me up. He’s so talented, so good looking and so sweet…and TOTALLY shy in front of the lens. What a doll!

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JESSICA AND BRIAN ARE PREGNANT!

Some of the photos I did for two of my best friends pregnancy announcements. The baby is currently due ANY DAY NOW. I couldn’t be more happy for them. Keep your eyes open for their birth photos in the next few weeks!

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THE KING FAMILY

It’s sad that even though the King family are dear dear friends of mine, they’ve never made it to my blog. Especially with boys this cute…I am a TERRIBLE friend!

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THE LIEVENESE FAMILY

We did this shoot at their house…in their garden! Isn’t it gorgeous?

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THE MCKINNEY FAMILY

These girls just melt my heart!

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COOPER

Sweet kid, awesome soccer player!

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KATNISS AND PEETA :: HALLOWEEN 2012

Our family is a HUGE Hunger Games fan, so it was natural that the kids went as Katniss and Peeta for Halloween. How amazing are my kids???

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THE HITCHCOCK FAMILY

It’s so much fun watching my families grow through the years!

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THE JARVIS FAMILY

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THE MATTISON FAMILY

Kathryn and Adam’s wedding was such a special day for me to photograph…now here they are with two sweet little girls! LOVE!

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TRUEN IS THREE!

This is the sweetest, smiliest, happiest kiddo ever! I love him!

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VANESSA AND JEREMY GOT MARRIED!

I was so honored to photograph Vanessa and Jeremy’s intimate courthouse wedding. SO SWEET!

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VALENTA FAMILY

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THE GAGNIER FAMILY

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BABY NATALIE IS BORN!!!

I LOVE doing birth photography. But because of the unexpected nature of it, it’s something I mainly do for family and friends. I was so honored to be able to be there for my friends Lacey and Brandon during the birth of their girl! Love you guys!!!

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BABY NATALIE

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DALLAS AND BRIAN ARE ENGAGED!!!

OMG how gorgeous is this couple? Their wedding this summer is gonna be a friggin HOOT!

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BABY KAED

Yup, here’s another cousin born into our family this year. We are so blessed!

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VANESSA AND JEREMY ARE ENGAGED!

You saw their wedding photos earlier. Now here are their engagement photos!

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BABY ISABELLE

Yup, you guessed it…ANOTHER cousin!  The adorable flower headband and pink pixie hat were made by my amazing friend Daisy. Go check out her shop, The Ivory Birdcage.

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THE RAYMOND FAMILY

I’ve been photographing Lily since she was a newborn…she is getting so big. Isn’t she the CUTEST?

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THE BRAY/ PERRIT FAMILY

I did Hannah’s maternity photos and newborn photos within a few months of each other…Little Baby Roxy is SUCH a blessing to this family!

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THE SILLITO FAMILY

Dan and his father have been my chiropractor for YEARS…it was such an honor to be able to photograph his family! Seriously, they are SO SO CUTE!

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HIGLEY FAMILY

I’ve worked with Rus at the Marine Science and Technology Center for about 3 years now. It was great to get out and photograph him and his sweet family. We had so much fun!

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ASA TURNED 10!

Last time I checked, my baby boy was just getting out of diapers. When the heck did he turn TEN? Here he is with his friends at his laser gun birthday party. <3

(He’s the one making the ridiculous face. So typical…)

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BABY NOLAN

He was a sweet little Christmas gift to his mommy and daddy. What a doll baby!

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MEET BOWSER, THE NEWEST MEMBER OF OUR FAMILY!

Bowser is a Mini Musk Turtle, which means that he will always stay this tiny. Isn’t he ADORABLE?!?!?!

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SARAH WENT TO ALASKA!!!!!!!

When my brother and sister in law adopted a brand new baby boy, they asked to fly me up to Alaska to photograph their new addition. I had SO MUCH FUN hanging out with my niece, playing with the new baby, and getting to know the members of the tiny village that they live in. Brevig Mission Alaska has a population of about 300 people, and is full of rich culture and traditions.

I wanted to get more photos of the town itself, but it was –59 degrees outside and so windy you could barley see in front of you for more than a few feet. Kind of made photos for this mild-weathered-Seattle-girl pretty hard!

 

{cute little church in Nome, AK}

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{my home for 2 weeks- Brevig Mission, AK.  Yes, the whole village fit in the screen of my iphone. Smile }

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{me and my adorable niece and nephew}

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{my niece Kaitlyn in her traditional Eskimo Parka}

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{I got to photograph the high school’s basketball teams. So cute!!}

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{check out some of the cutie elders I got to get my camera on!}

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{meet my new nephew Levi! He was born 3 months early and is a SURVIVOR! I love him so much!}

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{Can you even believe this little owl hat made by The Ivory Birdcage?}

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{kaitlyn is so excited to have a little brother! <3 them!}

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{I had the opportunity to try all kinds of traditional Eskimo food while in Brevig Mission.}

 

Reindeer meat (the light brown meat) and seal meat (the black meat)

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Eskimo ice cream: salmonberries, Alaska blackberries, reindeer fat, sugar and seal oil.

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Reindeer soup. SO GOOD!!!!

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I also tried caribou, whale, dried frozen fish, and a caribou soup. All of it was so different and really good!

 

{look at these cute kids around the village!}

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ALEX AND MAD ARE ENGAGED!

I’m stoked to shoot their wedding this summer…we are gonna have such a blast! They are so sweet and have a ton of fun surprises planned for their big day.

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WE DAY, HOSTED BY FREE THE CHILDREN

I was honored to be a part of the We Day media team to help photograph this amazing event. 15,000 school aged kids gathered at Seattle’s Key Arena to kick off a year long project to help social issues around the world. Because the event was geared toward kids, I was able to bring my daughter as my second shooter for the day. We had so much fun photographing the celebrities and wandering the whole stadium. What an incredible day!

{me and my mini-me, Arianna}

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{miss seattle, miss washington, miss auburn, miss thurston county and miss pierce county. what a sweet group of ladies!}

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{it was awesome to listen to jennifer hudson do her thang. that girl has some pipes!}

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{nelly furtado was GREAT!}

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{the kids went crazy when they learned that the surprise guest was MACKLEMORE!}

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“twenty dollas in my pocket!”

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THE VALENTA FAMILY

Yes, I photograph this family a lot. This time, though, they had a special announcement!

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BABY MADDY

Here’s another cousin!  Little Madeline is absolutely precious!

The princess crown, the little lady hat, and the flower hat were all made by my girl Daisy at The Ivory Birdcage. Seriously, go check out her page…she’s awesome!

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AMBER AND MATT ARE ENGAGED!

Amber and I have been Facebook friends for a while. So when she asked me to photograph her wedding this September, I was totally stoked. The best part? HER WEDDING IS IN HAWAII! Heck yes! I’m pumped!

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SAM AND I CELEBRATED OUR 12th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY!

Seriously, twelve years of marriage to the best husband in the world? BLISS.

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SHANNON’S TRASH THE DRESS

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THE VUKICH FAMILY

5 year old Cole has been fighting Leukemia since he was 2  years old. I met him and his family through The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. I’ll tell you what, this sweetheart is a firecracker…no wonder he’s fought cancer with such vigor! I LOVE this family, and I adore Cole!

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ASHLEY AND JOSH

Two of the nicest people I’ve ever met. I work with Ashley on a regular basis at the iPic Theater  in Redmond, so it was fun to hang for a few hours and do a photoshoot with her and her hunny!

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JENNY AND TIMM ARE ENGAGED!!!

Seriously, can you even BELIVE how cute these two are?!!? I had the opportunity to meet up with them at Quest Field…they have some pretty cool connections, huh?

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COLE’S TREATMENT DAY

I had the opportunity to visit Cole during one of his clinic days at Mary Bridge Hospital. He did a blood draw, a round of chemo, and then an IV IG infusion. It’s amazing to me how Cole has a smile on his face during this entire procedure. What an amazing kiddo!

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And I’ll end this mega-gigantic blog with the coolest news of all: my hubby got a new job…AT AMAZON! I’m so proud of him I could SQUEE! He is a software development manager in the Amazon Coins team. (not like I know what any of that means, but it sure sounds cool!) GOOD JOB, HUNNY!!!!!

{sam on his first day of work. they made him wear his “bling” for his entire first week.}

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Thank you to all of my amazing clients for being…well…AMAZING. I don’t know how I got so lucky, but I’m so grateful I did! I am the luckiest girl alive!

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2012 Holiday Mini Sessions…for a GOOD CAUSE!

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I know I said I wasn’t going to be doing Holiday Mini-Sessions this year, but when my buddy Colton Matter’s Leukemia returned for the THIRD time at 12 years old, I knew I had to do something. With the help of my best friend and amazing graphic designer Jesse Phillips , as well as the generosity of Anthem Coffee & Tea in Tacoma, I will be hosting a Holiday Mini-Session event to raise funds for this sweet boy and his hospital costs. Grab a spot before it’s gone to not only get your holiday photos done for 2012, but also to do something good for this deserving family. Every single penny will go to the Matter Family.

I will also be doing a $10.00 raffle drawing at the event to win a framed 16×20 print of this image:

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Please share this link to help get as many bookings as possible!

Here is the current availability:

11:00- Raymond
11:15- Angeline
11:30- Bauer
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12:00-
-Sarah Lunch Break-
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2:45- White
3:00- Ordonia
3:15-
3:30- Streepy
3:45- Escalera/Crosbie
4:00- Holm
4:15- Newbigging

These spots are going to go fast, so shoot me an email right away for a booking!

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Rebecca & Trevor :: Gig Harbor, WA

I’ve never seen a bride quite as radiant on her wedding day as Rebecca. I mean, I knew she was smitten with Trevor. I knew they were in love, and I knew they were meant to be. But when I saw Rebecca for the first time in her dress, she just….GLOWED. She literally took my breath away. I did Rebecca and Trevor’s Engagement Shoot  earlier this year, and we had so much fun. They both kept saying things like “We hate having our photos taken” and “We look awful in pictures.”

I think they were wrong. Very very wrong.

The wedding was held at Kensington Gardens in Gig Harbor, WA. What a gorgeous venue!

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Rebecca chose her brothers to be her Bridesmaids. We called them “Groomsmaids” the whole day.

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They had a moment along after the ceremony and before the reception. That didn’t stop me from sneaking around and catching a few cute candid moments…

I kept hearing them whisper “Hello WIFE!” and “Hello HUSBAND"!” to each other. So sweet.

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Rebecca and Trevor, I adore you guys and I wish you the best of luck. You two are truly a WONDERFUL couple.

Special thanks to my right hand woman, my faithful assistant, and the best second shooter around, Tiffany Cummins of Walk of Love Photography for helping me with this wedding. Love ya, chicka!

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  1. Loverly! The brothers were “BrideBros”. :O)

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