Hello world! Meet little Elliott! He’s the little sweetheart belonging to proud parents Sarah and Alexander. Earlier this year I got to have a maternity shoot with them and hear all about their plans for parenthood. I remember how much they were brimming with excitement and ready for this transformative moment. Fast forward to our newborn session and we came full circle. It was beautiful to see them taking on their new roles with so much love and exuberance. They read Elliott books, sang nursery rhymes and smiled at him with such bright eyes. Naturally, he beamed right back. This little hugger is a sweet pea with such a gentle disposition. Can't wait to watch him grow and grow. Congrats to the Peterson family.
Photographing with Andrew and Dyana over at Lands End in San Francisco was such a moody and beautiful treat. Across town it was sunny and warm, but over in the city near the coast, it was overcast and downright chilly. Dru used to be my desk-mate way back in the day at an ad agency in Seattle. And by chance we all moved to San Francisco close to the same time and I got super lucky and they trusted me to shoot their engagement photos and their wedding (in wine country, omg). Now, they’ve put down Bay Area roots and brought little Grey into the world. He just turned 2 and he was running around like a lightning bolt during our entire session. As any parent with a toddler knows, getting them to be still for a millisecond is not a thing. For me, a non-parent, it is an entertaining challenge to be presented with to say the least. How do you capture moments when the moment is streaking past you at the speed of light? Or worse, refusing to come near you at all. Thankfully, there are tricks and lots of them. Trick #1, bring a diversion (or twelve) in the form of bubbles and toys or anything that will hold their attention for even a fraction of a second (shutter speeds y’all, that’s all you need). Trick #2, have incredible and chill parents that know letting their kid loose in a park will keep him the most happy. Trick #3, high fives and flowers forever. There’s no simpler way I’ve found to get a little one to engage with you than to have them pick a flower for you or give you a high five. It works 99.9% of the time! I can’t express how fun it is to watch friends go through life phases and to be alongside to help capture the memories just makes me one of the luckiest peeps around. Thank you amazing Lovold family. Love you guys.
I had a super fun photo session with the vibrant and funny Tricia a couple of weeks back. We were super lucky to get a break from the heat and the smoke from the fires plaguing the area last month. We picked Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood to provide the backdrop. It was a perfect fit. Tricia wanted a look that said savvy and fresh and represented the tech background she has. We found beautiful glass buildings and reflections, a bit of cement, and clean wood to use as texture and we even got to shoot a few at one of my favorite coffee shops in the area, Cafe An‘Clair. I loved getting to know Tricia and seeing her vision come to life.
When it comes to the Rossilli Family, there's so much to love, there aren't enough words. I love these guys so much. This is our second shoot together and it did not disappoint. We adventured out to Snohomish to Bailey Farms to snag some amazing u-pick vegetables and flowers and we were treated to the most beautiful morning. The sisterhood bonds are strong with these ones.
I've known the Rittenmyer crew for years now and I have to say I appreciate them in so many ways. They're the kind of friends who are just there for you. Geo has let me borrow lenses from time to time and has offered some much needed advice on my photography path and Chelsea has been an absolute rock of a friend both at work and outside of the office. When it comes to knowing where I'll be during the end of the world, it's settled that I'll be in the general vicinity of their basement, which thankfully is a mere 5 blocks away from my place. So it shouldn't come as a shock that I had an absolute blast photographing their family at Discovery Park. We opted for another early morning shoot to capture the magical light of summer sunrise in the Pacific Northwest. Our call time? 5:30am. Who knew this would lead to a quiet and rather sleepy little boy who typically has no problem smiling and hamming it up. Thankfully it took a little time, a couple of snacks, and a pinecone gathering to wake him right up and make our session incredibly memorable. I'm so lucky to call them friends. Bah! Summer shoots are the best y'all.
Every once in a while you meet a little one who has such a defined personality already it's shocking and absolutely captivating. I first met Ashley and JJ years ago down in San Francisco when we were all recent Seattle-transplants. After lots of park time and a lot of plane trips we eventually all found ourselves back in the Pacific Northwest and I was so excited when they reached out for photos to document their family. We landed on Gasworks park in Fremont as the perfect backdrop to make some new memories. These two have made the sweetest and kindest little human imaginable. Ciaran was a bit shy at first, as many two year olds can be but by the end of our shoot together he was sharing his goldfish crackers with me, inviting me to join in on group hugs, and encouraging me to blow bubbles with them. I kid you not - this little dude is going to grow up and work for world peace. It's just who he is. He was very keen on inclusiveness, hugs, and sharing. We could all take a page from his wonderful and bright-eyed book.