The Buker Family | {Tacoma-Seattle Family Photography}

I love it when I hear from the Buker Family!!  I have been photographing this cute little family since Alaina’s first birthday and now we get to celebrate Caleb turning one…and they do it they way they do everything…together!I met them up in Seattle on a warm and overcast morning….it was one of those crazy days lately that you just don’t know whether the sun will pop out or the rain will start….or both!  :) But, we still had some fun exploring the park and hanging out!  This was actually the same place that Jennifer and Daniel did their engagement photos years ago…so, thought we would relive the moment!….with kissing……and laughing!  And…love…which led to…Their beautiful children…Alaina is getting so big so quick!…and Mr. Caleb…he’s on the move already, too!!!  Can’t believe we were just doing his newborn photos yesterday!  (ok, maybe not literally!)Siblings!  One of my favorites!  The whole family on a little walk…with Caleb keeping an eye on me!  Not because he loves me yet (although he will), but because I was holding the snacks!!!  :)Alaina is a great big sister!Love this little spot!  Aren’t’ they just beautiful?Jennifer and Daniel….as always I just love hanging out with you guys!!  THANKS so much for bringing me along on your family’s journey!  


Cristina Firme - Wow, awesome shots of this beautiful family:)

Jennifer Lewis Buker - Thank you so much, Chelle! You are so, so amazing!

Linda Hannigan - Love love love

Dawn Duncan-Lewis - These are so awesome! I especially love the expressions of the children. As I was looking at them, I was imagining how important they will be to
, not only the children as they grow older, but to subsequent generations. So precious.

Jackie Lee Photography - These are beautiful!

The Cameron Family on Ventura Beach | {Destination Family Photography}

Pretty rough job I have, isn’t it?  Photographing the most beautiful people on a California beach….yep, I am loving it!!!  I miss the beach and the palm trees already!  The Cameron Family decided to do a family session the morning that I left and so we met super early at the beach…and it was still gorgeous!Magazine perfect family!!  They are so beautiful!  And, I have to say that if I can have a tween boy laughing so much he has to cover his face….I feel like I did my job!  But, it was a group effort on this shoot…I have to say it was my gorgeous daughter that was probably making the laughter at this particular time…at my expense, maybe!  haha!!!Josh and Ella…. These two are not only beautiful but they are great people to hang around with!  I have known Ella forever and have always loved her wit and humor, and she’s like a little sister to me….so, this session was extra fun for me!I love to see how they love each other……and how he makes her laugh!That love has made this amazing family!Liam!  He is a smart guy and he LOVES electronics!  So…the beach was a bit of stretch for him…but, he did it like a pro!And….again…I LOVE LOVE LOVE his laughter!The beautiful Kaela!  She is also quite intelligent and has a personality on her that is not fearful of any conversation with anyone!  She’s growing up as a confident girl!  Good job, Ella and Josh!She has an amazing laugh that takes over her whole face, too!Mom and daughter times are so special!And…so are those rare moments when your brother is willing to put his arm around you…Doesn’t he look like he would protect her if ever needed!And, my favorite of the two of them….Just can’t get over how they laugh with their whole selves!  Love it!Obviously laughing is not a new concept to the family….they must practice it often!
A little walk on the beach……with a little kiss or two!Then we headed up for a big surprise for Liam.  It was his birthday the next day and they were making a surprise detour to Disneyland on the way home to celebrate…..Both kids were excited about the gift!!  Disneyland is one of my favorite places to be and I know he had the best birthday ever!!!  Happy Birthday, Liam!Ella and Josh…I am so glad we snuck this session in…and I love you guys!  Super glad you are back in Washington…where you belong!  :)


Tara Q Brenner - Love em!!!

Alandra Murphy English - Beautiful family photos! They are amazing and capture the family so well.

Kathryn Smith - Beautiful pictures, love this family. I know I’ve said it before but when we are in Washington I would love love love for you to take some pics of my family. Xxx

Linda Hoban-Largent - Fun pics!

My Jesse Donovan | {Tacoma Teen Photography}

This handsome boy is celebrating his birthday today!!  Fourteen years old came quickly for Jesse Donovan…at least to me, his Mama!  I have featured my daughters on here quite a bit, and I laugh when I hear people say, “Oh, you have 3 kids?”  or, “What?  You have a boy, too?”  YEP!  Three kids…this handsome guy is my baby…although he towers over all of us girls already and I have a sneaking suspicion that his growth spurt hasn’t even started yet.  But, Jesse, up until last night, has preferred to stay out of the line of sight of my camera!  Not that he would ever really say no…but, when given a choice he would bow out.  I asked the obligatory, “Hey..want to do a birthday session?” to which I expected to hear, “Nah, I am good”…but, heard, “Sure” instead….so we jumped at the chance and ran out in HOT weather to capture this boy that I love so much!Jesse is SO different than the girls…and yet so much the same, too!  He is intelligent…far beyond what I can comprehend.  He can sit and do math problems in his head while I do them on a calculator…and he is almost always right!  He is good looking!  I can’t help but see my dad and my brother in him all the time!  And, he is pretty musical!  But, he is different in small ways like….he is in constant motion, he LOVES to talk but would rather stay home than go out.  He is content with a block of time to just play video games.  And, he uses his love for music in more technological ways…hoping to even take some A/V classes soon, and he loves playing around with garage band and mixing up songs.
He is sensitive and serious at times, and I think he would make a TON of money as an attorney someday due to the fact that he can make an argument about whether or not you are breathing air.  He loves me with such a sweetness that my heart melts!  And…mostly, he is one big goofball!His laughter and joy are one of the best parts of Jesse!  He has had some challenging years through middle school…and there was some time in there where we seemed to lose the Joy Boy that we were so used to.  Middle school is hard and can be cruel!  But, over the last year…I feel like he is back!  He is laughing and joking around and being HIM!  And, I am so happy to see it!This, of course, was his idea and I took the shot to appease him….but, honestly, I think it might be my favorite of the bunch!  It is SO my boy!I love that even though he doesn’t spend as much time in front of my camera, that he is in no way intimidated by it….even having me stand still so he can fix his hair in the reflection of the lens.  (another favorite!)Jesse LOVES skateboards and wanted to make sure we got his new penny board in some of the images….he doesn’t leave home without it these days!There’s that laughter again!LOVE!So….Jesse has also had the blessing of a great friend for several years now!  Keegan and Jesse couldn’t be more different and yet…the differences work!  Keegan is quiet and when he comes over I can barely get three or four words out of him for a whole weekend…where as Jesse can barely go three or four minutes without talking!  But, they have a lot of fun together!And…he is a handsome guy, too!He doesn’t seem to mind Jesse’s goofiness and often he and I shake our heads together at Jesse’s antics!!  Jesse is heading to SAMI in the fall.  For those of you who don’t know, SAMI stands for Science and Math Institute.  It’s a public school still in a non traditional form…and we are SO EXCITED!!!  Like I said, he is brilliant…but, in a traditional classroom setting has been challenged and stifled!  So…we are looking forward to a new school, fresh start, and a different perspective!!!! Love that boy!Happy Birthday, Jesse!!!  We are all SO incredibly proud of you and so happy to have you and your joy in our lives!  Just think of how dull and boring life would be without you!!!!!!  Live it up, today!  It’s YOUR day!!!!  LOVE YOU!


Melissa Turner Moss - Love love love!!!!! I never get my boy to sit in front of a camera! Thank you Chelle for including my sweet little man in the shoot. You made my year!!!!

Margaret Mayberry - What a wunderful post!!!!! One that will definitely make you smile!!!!

Jessica Tichy - I could relate to every word. Wonderful opportunity to capture the essence of our young men in the making. Hopefully some day my son will allow a photo shoot as well. :) . Keegan has really grown up MM!

Jill Velez - Amazing Pictures Chelle!!! WOW! Very handsome, that Jesse :) I was totally laughing about the attorney comment, because I have said that too, at least a few times–so funny!! Thank you for sharing these, Loved them and Love him! So grateful to be a part of his life, thanks! Hope your 14th year is the best yet Jesse!!!

Dana Morrison - Awesome post Chelle! Time has flown! He is so grown up and i see all your family in him as well. You have been a great mom to him and he has always adored you, for good reason. You are his cheerleader!

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