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Really, my memories of this beautiful, carefree, sweet young woman have to do with fresh blackberry birthday cakes.  My family spent many summers in Seattle when we were younger and C’s birthday just so happened to fall during our visits.  Her mom, an amazing cook, would always make these elaborate and delicious birthday treats (and meals, for that matter). What fun — we even picked the delicious fruit for her cakes!  🙂

I can’t believe that C is old enough (aren’t there some people that you remember as little 5 year olds?) to be embarking on her own journey…moving away from the beautiful state of Washington to pursue her dream of becoming an actress in Los Angeles.

She wanted some headshots…I told her she needed to “work it” for some shots for me, too.  🙂  And BOY did we have fun!

Can’t wait to hear about your adventures, C!  Best of luck to you and thanks for choosing me for your headshots.  LOTS more!!!  {mwah!}

Have a spectacular weekend!   ~m

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^ My fav.  Love her hair, the angle, her hands & expression.

^ My sis with the kiddos — this is just a sweet image to me.  Everyone just seems so at peace.  🙂

Gorgeous……………………………………………………check out that killer jump!!!

These images show her quiet side and a bit of her craziness.

Peach’s rendition of Bib’s jump.   Makes me laugh. Only a couple days until we get to see Bib again!  Wahoo!  Cali here we come!

Have one incredible day!  ~m

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^ a little texture! 

^  just being them. 



^ this MIGHT just be my fav.  still haven’t decided yet…

^  YEOW!!! + a little boost of color for ya!

Thanks for being my models, you two!   Now, which one did you want as a biiiiig canvas??????  🙂

Have one terrific day.  ~m

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Yesterday sis and I went picture takin.’  I constantly kidnap her when she’s here because she’s such a fun, fab & waaaaay purty model.  We have tons-o-fun together. 


This pic is TOTALLY her to me.  Love ya, Bib.  🙂

And tomorrow…stay tuned for a *couples* shoot.  Not the norm for me, but FUN for sure.   ~m

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From a workshop last fall.   This young girl (not a professional model, but should be!) came totally ready to work it!  She was gorgeous, took direction well, and was super sweet.  What more could I have asked for?  🙂 

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Just wanted to post something a little different!  My mom and sister (pictured) have the funnest collection of vintage clothes & accessories.


^ Love the colorful kimono paired with the vintage bathing suit. 


^ She looks like some crazy creature here…scorpion?  Tigress?  Must be a sheep!


^ Beautiful == love the back lighting from the sun. 


^  –Bubbly with a Tiara–  She’s gonna be so mad I posted this pic!!! 

{From an older session with my sis, who is in Germany right now.  Miss you, Bib!  Come back for more photo shoots!!!} 

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By Popular Vote…

more images of J for your viewing pleasure!!!  Soooo many people wanted to see more (including me!). 

img_7016ambw1v7x5web.jpg<–she reminds me of a mermaid statue in this one!  🙂  I love her sexy and confident stance and silhouette against the sky and mountains. 

{I’m so used to photographing kids, that all this editing of an adult has been a nice change.  I’m already looking forward to editing and taking more images of kiddos though.}

 img_7187shdefanttextclrpopweb.jpg <–my first time playing around with textures on an image.   What fun!!!  I felt this image really begged for a little more oomph!  This texture stuff is going to be fun.  🙂

img_7163defshexbrnnvltbwweb.jpg <–Lastly, I like how she’s just peeking from behind all that’s going on here.  The diagonal lines are nice, too. 

Still have many more J images, but I can’t spoil them before I meet with her and show her a slideshow.   I have a lot of simple, classy, typical images, too…just want to show you guys some that I think are fun and different. 

Does anyone have a fav here???  My fav is #2 (for now)!  I like the texture of the whole building paired with her skirt, how she’s posed, her look, etc.  It just works!

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I got some props for newborn/baby shoots today.  A SUPER fun, vintage wicker bassinet and a wide vanity chair for placing a newborn on for a fun look.   Also bought a cool mint green chair for some toddler/kid photoshoots.   It’ll give some extra style and color to an image for sure.  Just let me know if any of those interest you before your scheduled shoot!

The blog’s gonna have a *new look* pretty soon here, so be on the lookout! 

Stay tuned for some images with cotton (?), pettiskirts, an adorable baby belly, and MORE!  AAAAnnnd have a great weekend.    ~m

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Took these pics of my sis when she was out here for Christmas.  I’m totally missing her!  🙂 

I’m crazy busy editing, but wanted to leave you with a couple interesting pics…



Accessories can add SO much to a photograph.  I love the look in the above picture.  The hat is terrific (and full of texture!) and her hands are so delicate.  Lovin’ it!

Accessorizing for a photo shoot is fun and you can even get ultra-creative!  Some options are:  hats, scarves, purses, tights, belts, jewelry, etc.  Go colorful, do something different!  It’s amazing how one little thing can change so much about an image.   I can’t imagine what the above pic would look like without the hat…all I know is that it’s SO much better/more dramatic with one.   Off to edit…  ~m

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A real moment.  A spontaneous, gorgeous, in-the-moment smile.  🙂


Maybe some of you remember…a  while ago I asked if a female would be interested in being a model for me.  When I wrote that post, I ALSO said that a *hot* image or two would be a great gift for a husband.  So a week or two went by and then I got an email from J.  She mentioned that if I still needed anyone, she would love to give her husband some photos for Valentine’s.  Hooo-ray!  I was SO excited. 


Fast forward to today…we went out on a photo adventure to a *top secret* location.  🙂  J COMPLETELY shocked me in the daring department… she climbed on dead trees in skirts, jumped over irrigation ditches in heels, squatted down in abandoned buildings (one of which had a beehive!) with random debris everywhere…the list goes on!  She was willing to do anything and everything to get some images that were nontraditional and fun.  She had some killer ideas, too.  Here are just a couple…be on the lookout for many more super fun images from this shoot. 


J-I had SO much fun with you today.  You are quite a gorgeous momma.  I know this was out of your comfort zone and you completely went with it and blew me away!  I can’t wait to show you the rest (there are SOOO many more)!!!   ~m

****If anyone wants some *hot* Valentine’s photos, let’s set up a session!  We need to schedule something this weekend or early next week to get prints by 2/14.  What an awesome treat for a hubby. { J kept saying that her husband was going to be shocked and how NICE it was to be dressed up and doing something so very different! }****

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Stay tuned for the winner(s) of the maternity/newborn sessions!  Check back Thursday for the reveal!!!

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I LOVE taking pictures of kids.  It’s great fun.  I love connecting with them and building a trusting photographer/kiddo relationship.  Kids are just incredibly unpredictable and hilarious –I find it so entertaining and rewarding! 

Throughout this whole photography journey, I have found that I LOVE shooting adults, too.   It’s amazing to see a woman’s comfort and confidence build throughout the session.  It’s fascinating that one intentional move of a woman’s hand or foot can take an image from being average to dramatic.  How one glance can go from peaceful to sultry in a matter of seconds.   {and I get to capture that!}

Anyone watch America’s Next Top Model???  I love watching the transformation of the contestants — they go from young girls to confident models in a matter of weeks.   Of course, there’s all that drama sandwiched in between, but it really is fun to watch these women change. 

I’ve been taking pictures of my sister for several years now.  At first, it was just headshots for dance.  Within the last three months though, we’ve branched out and have done some pretty fun and funky stuff.  Our transformation together has been HUGE!  Even now, it takes a while for the both of us to get comfortable and find that groove, but once we’re there, it’s magical. 

The promotion I have going on for maternity/newborn photos is incredibly exciting for me.  There have been lots of applicants (still have time to apply if you’d like!) and it’s going to be a tough decision.   [Here’s a little secret…I don’t think I’ll be able to pick just one…:) ]  Anyway, as I’m looking through these emails from women all over the valley, I’m looking for a match for my style and/or a story that moves me and/or an appreciation for photography.  I’ve been really impressed and so honored that these moms-to-be want to work as a team.  I can’t wait!!!

Anyway, here are a couple more images taken of my sis in the desert before Christmas…didn’t get to them until now.  


^I think this is one of my favorite pics of her.  I love the curve of her body and how her red hair is just glowing in the sunlight.


^ Her body here is SO different than we’re used to seeing.  The tight jacket and full skirt work so well together.  I like the placement of her hands, making the feel of the image a bit more stiff.  Her focused stare is the best part (IMO) though.

If any of you out there want to rock a photo shoot –pics for you, your husband, etc., let’s set something up!  There’s still time for a Valentine’s present!  🙂   It’s fun to work together and come up with some cool and VERY different stuff.   Can’t wait to show you what I have up my sleeve THIS week.  Have a super day!  ~m

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