Sleep Head {Newborn Photographer Seattle-Tacoma-Puyallup}

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Sleepy heads sure do make newborn photography sessions  run smoothly.  I caught several of these sweet little yaws from Connor’s session, but this was my favorite.  I feel like it captures his little baby innocence the best.  Babies are such a cleansing balm for the soul.  They are so pure and perfect.  Having these precious gifts from Heaven come to see me is just plain good for my heart.  There is just a special feeling that babies bring to a home.  I am so thankful for parents like Connor’s who share that experience with me.  Truly babies are a little bit of Heaven here on earth!

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Huong Forrest - September 28, 2012 - 9:15 pm

I love baby yawns! This is so precious!

Anya Wait - September 26, 2012 - 4:53 pm

Baby yawns are my favorite!

Jessica - September 26, 2012 - 4:11 pm

Aww! I am a sucker for a baby yawn. So sweet and innocent. Beautiful as always my friend!

Angela - September 25, 2012 - 9:45 pm

So precious! Very sweet and simple, love :)

Grandmas Are Superheros! {Newborn Photographer Seattle Tacoma Puyallup}

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Corey brought his very own personal superhero to his newborn photography session.  She was amazing.  No little detail went unnoticed.  Always alert, every need was attended to.  Who was the superhero?  His Grandma.  I love when Grandma’s get to come to sessions.  They are seasoned pros.  Watching grandma hold and sush little Corey right back to sleep was so touching and sweet (and very helpful).  Every time I turned around to grab a wipe or a burp cloth she was right there, anticipating my needs.    I don’t want to let her return home to Korea.  I think she would make the very best assistant!

When I was having babies I felt like my Mom was a superhero.  I cried after all four kids were born when her stay was over and it was time for her to return.  She had to have had super powers.  How else could one woman do and be it all.  She did all the cleaning, cooking, laundry.  She drove my other children wherever they needed to be and played with them ALL DAY LONG.  She was up in the evening with me to take the babies and rock them back to sleep after she had brought them to me to eat.  She changed the diapers, and cleaned up the toys.  When she left and I knew that all of those things were now my responsibility again I felt hopeless.  I think moms should have soemthing like the bat signal to call their moms back when there is disaster looming.

I know that Corey’s Grandma is going to be separated by a lot of water and several other countries but  something tells me that she will be a superhero grandma even from afar.  Their may be some frequent flies miles adding up on both his Mom’s and Grandma’s account;-)  Corey you are a lucky little boy to have such a wonderful Grandma!

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Jessica Vaughn - September 22, 2012 - 1:02 am

what a sweet baby! i agree grandmas are the best!

Pam - September 21, 2012 - 6:21 pm

Wow, so sweet to feel appreciated! Thanks……….

Huong Forrest - September 21, 2012 - 5:30 pm

Awww, how sweet of her to be so helpful! It’s so true…grandmas are so special and have such a great way of handling babies!

Family {Newborn Photographer Seattle Tacoma Puyallup}

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The greatest responsibilities and opportunities for happiness come from being part of a family.  I love this portrait of this beautiful family.  Families improve your quality of life.  I love this quote by Micheal J. Fox…

“Family is not an important thing, it is everything.”

So much of what we treasure most in life, what makes us happy is bound up in our family.  I have been blessed to know some really amazing families in my life and they all have a few things in common.

They are committed to each other.

They express appreciation.

They spend time together.

They learn to deal with their problems.

They have compassion and understanding for each other.

They have traditions and celebrate.

They forgive each other.

And they HUG……

When I take a family portrait during a newborn session I like to go to this pose.  Everyone hugging.  Because it shows the strength of the family.  A family that hugs together stays together.  The Michals family is a beautiful family.  And as they grow together I am sure they will find deep and plentiful happiness.

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Jessica Vaughn - September 22, 2012 - 1:00 am

gorgeous family!

Huong Forrest - September 21, 2012 - 5:28 pm

Such a stunning family portrait. Beautiful!

Melissa Berg - September 21, 2012 - 1:15 pm

What a great family portrait!! Just beautiful!

It Takes A Village {Baby Photographer Seattle Tacoma Puyallup}

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This is the third time I have gotten to spend time with Zaley, being her photographer.  She came to me for a newborn photography session and then again at three months and now almost eight months.  She is growing into the sweetest little lady.  And how can she not with all the wonderful people that love and care for her.  She is the jewel in her mother’s crown!

While photographing Azalea I decided that I needed to call in the big guns.  Sometimes it is hard for a little person to feel comfortable in the studio.  They have no idea who I am.  I am making them sit all alone and they are in a totally unfamiliar environment.  My ace in the hole is the assistance of my children.  When my kids were young if I wanted to have  a minute hands free to get something done around the house I would sit them in front of the TV (please don’t judge) and turn on “Baby Mugs”.  It was a 30 minute video chalk full of babies and children smiling and laughing.  That’s it… just mugshots of toddlers.  Babies are fascinated by other babies and children.  If my kids are home I almost always will ask them to assist me during a “baby” session (not a newborn session) to help make my little friend comfortable and smiley.  And it almost always works.  With a little help from my 4, 8 and 12 year old assistants I can get brilliant portraits.  Zaley’s mom sent me a message after the session mentioning that it really does take a village to raise a baby – or in our case get amazing portraits!  So true.  Enjoy the outtakes!

PS…Zaley’s awesome Daddy made this new prop for me!  I am in love!!!

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I’ll Be There For You {Newborn Photographer Seattle Tacoma Puyallup}

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Preston the portraits from your newborn photography session kill me.  You are so perfectly precious.  It was all I could do to hold back kissing those chubby cheeks while being your photographer!  This session has been one of my favorites ever.   Not only am I head over heels with your cuteness captured on camera, but it was so much fun to meet your mom and her friend.  As I snuggled you into a sleepy stupor I got to know your Mom and her friend Honey.

Honey and Celeste have been dear friends since school.  And though they are separated now by a few state lines they are still best of friends.  They were there for each other in school, dating, weddings, and now babies!  What a true friend to fly up and celebrate with you the birth of your first born son.  Their love for each other was so beautiful.

I was at a wedding of a wonderful couple this summer where the best man shared a story that brought me to tears.  It was about friendship.  When they were young they both tried out for a basketball team.  It was clear that the more skilled of the pair was going to make the team and the shorter of the two would probably not make the cut.  The groom (then a teenager) went up to the coach and explained that he was a package deal.  If the coach wanted him and the skills and height he brought to the table, his best friend was coming two.  And the two both made the team.  As I sat there with a few tears rolling down my cheek I felt so uplifted.  It is so good to know that there are people in the world that are true friends, like the two men from a summer wedding and the two women that kept me company in the studio.

Preston I hope that there is a friend born just for you.  Someone to have your back and multiply the good in your life while sharing life’s burdens.

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Jessica Vaughn - September 22, 2012 - 12:50 am

gorgeous baby and i love all that hair!

Anya Wait - September 21, 2012 - 1:46 pm

Oh my goodness he is smoochy! And all that hair. *sigh*

Melissa Berg - September 21, 2012 - 1:04 pm

Wow!! Look at that awesome hair!! :)

Jessica Washburn - September 20, 2012 - 2:26 am

Oh, what a little doll! Love that hair:).

Jessica - September 19, 2012 - 5:45 pm

What a cutie! Beautiful work as always.

Huong Forrest - September 19, 2012 - 4:47 pm

Oh how precious!!! I LOVE his hair!!!

Honey - September 17, 2012 - 10:10 pm


It was an honor to witness one of your finest works. Celeste and I could only sit back and watch in awe. You are an artist and lover of our little peanuts. There should be more people like you.


Heather Lickliter - September 17, 2012 - 5:12 pm

Look at all that hair!!