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Maggie | {Stadium High School Senior-Class of 2017}

tacoma-senior-photos0001This is Maggie!  She is a senior at Stadium High School with the Class of 2017…and she happens to be an extra special senior to me!
tacoma-senior-photos0002I have had the pleasure of knowing her for a while now as her mom is my best friend….and she’s the third kid of four to get their senior photos done with me!  Maggie is a joy and a half and she is the light of any room she is in…and it’s not an act!  She’s the most genuine teenager I have met!  I look forward to seeing her!tacoma-senior-photos0003Maggie has modeled for me before…so there was no need for a warm up time in her session…she was just ready to go!  But, she threw me a curve ball when she told me she didn’t want her session to have much light in it!  WHAT?!  Don’t you know who I am ?  Anyone that knows me…and she does…knows I live for light!  But, she knew what she wanted…so we had some fun finding places that didn’t necessarily show off the light…and instead played with some shadows….but, then we got a gorgeous surprise at the end of our session…and we all were giddy with excitement!tacoma-senior-photos0004But, first…this dimpled green eyed beauty and I, and her mom and dad, went downtown and started with an urban feel!tacoma-senior-photos0005It was so difficult to weed her photos down to a workable amount because every shot she takes is gorgeous!  And, she works her expressions like no other!  It’s a toss up for me…cause I do love her dimples..but, her serious face is on point!tacoma-senior-photos0006 My beautiful friend, Traci, loves her family fiercely, and I know that the photos that we capture with each of her kids as they hit this milestone is so special to her!  We got so many great shots of these three..but, I had to cut it short cause we had SO many images that this post would be way too long!….So, Back to Maggie!tacoma-senior-photos0007Maggie doesn’t need to do much to be gorgeous….she threw her hair up on the way to this spot….easy and elegant!tacoma-senior-photos0008She is a character…if you can’t tell!tacoma-senior-photos0009Her heart is the most beautiful though!  I can’t tell you how many times I have seen her walk across a room to talk to someone who might not necessarily be feeling comfortable!  My own dad has commented a couple of times that Maggie is the one teenager at church that will just come up and start talking to him!  He loves it!tacoma-senior-photos0010It won’t surprise you then to hear that she is planning on going into a field that will help young people as they navigate life with special needs!  And, I know she is going to have so many people who love her for her heart of service!tacoma-senior-photos0011Btw…the one above is one of my favs!  But, then…they kinda all are!tacoma-senior-photos0012LOVE!tacoma-senior-photos0013Again….her idea for a non traditional pose…and we all loved it!tacoma-senior-photos0014When I get to write these posts, I have the fun of reliving the session…and it was sure fun!  She might look super serious…but she was cracking jokes even as she laid there!
tacoma-senior-photos0015So beautiful!tacoma-senior-photos0016Another favorite!  Different and dark….exactly what she wanted!tacoma-senior-photos0017tacoma-senior-photos0018But, you just can’t capture Maggie without her laugh!tacoma-senior-photos0019We did one last change and headed down to Ruston….and, as we drove the sky started to turn pink and the sun sunk behind the hill…faster than we had expected…but, totally fit her desire to not really feature the light….but, rather use it to light her up!tacoma-senior-photos0020And, that it did!  It gave us a warm glow that I am still in awe of!tacoma-senior-photos0021She was even willing to do some climbing…all for the shot, right?!tacoma-senior-photos0022I am so glad she did!tacoma-senior-photos0023tacoma-senior-photos0024And, then this happened!  I mean, WOW!  God’s beauty on display…in the mountain, the sunrise…and the beautiful woman that He created!tacoma-senior-photos0025Maggie….I am so grateful for the joy that you bring to the people you come in contact with!  You have been blessed with a beautiful gift…and you use it well!  Happy senior year!tacoma-senior-photos0026

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Hannah | {Stadium High School Senior-Class of 2017}

tacoma-senior-photos0001Hannah is a Stadium High School Senior with the Class of 2017!tacoma-senior-photos0002And, not only is she gorgeous..but, she has a sweet heart and a gentle smile!  tacoma-senior-photos0003She loves photography and is considering taking it up…in fact, she knows my daughter because they were both in photography together at Stadium!tacoma-senior-photos0004She’s unsure what she is going to do after high school but is considering Western Washington University or another local school!  I love it when I hear the seniors they want to stay local…it means we are keeping these bright kids close to home to be leaders in Tacoma later on!tacoma-senior-photos0005Hannah brought along two of her favorite people!  Her sweet friend….who of course jumped in a few shots!tacoma-senior-photos0006Just a simple portrait…but, breathtaking!tacoma-senior-photos0007We had some amazing light for her session..even if it was just a tad windy!tacoma-senior-photos0008LOVE!tacoma-senior-photos0009And, her second favorite?  Her mom!tacoma-senior-photos0010I do love a mom and daughter photo!
tacoma-senior-photos0011It has been so fun to sit with each of the seniors and look through their photos and see which ones make their eyes light up!  I find myself saying “it’s one of my favorite things about my job…” a lot….so maybe it’s all my favorite!tacoma-senior-photos0012tacoma-senior-photos0013Look at all the texture and color in her eyes!  So beautiful!
tacoma-senior-photos0014We made one last change and headed for Ruston Way!tacoma-senior-photos0015A Tacoma favorite!
tacoma-senior-photos0016Again…just classic beauty right there!tacoma-senior-photos0017tacoma-senior-photos0018I loved this shot the second I took it and it still is my number one of the session!
tacoma-senior-photos0019Hannah has been involved in sports and Younglife throughout high school…and I am sure it has been a great place for her to find community and friends and to have such a secure place!  That is important cause it helps you to walk in confidence…which I see in her!tacoma-senior-photos0020WOW!tacoma-senior-photos0021Hannah…It was such a pleasure to meet and photograph you!  THANKS for choosing me to share in your senior year!  I hope it is a great year for you!tacoma-senior-photos0022

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Liam turns THREE! | {Tacoma Family Photography}

tacoma-family-photos0001This dapper little guy is Liam…and he was turning three, which is the perfect time to schedule a session!tacoma-family-photos0002I love this little guy and have had so much fun watching him grow up…tacoma-family-photos0003…and I love watching his family grow, too!  Of course, gratefully, since we are all close friends I don’t have to wait for sessions to hang out with these guys…but, that friendship makes the sessions extra special to me!tacoma-family-photos0004Steve and Yuri have their blessing buckets full with these two…and, I am sure once they get a little older and everyone is sleeping through the night, they will look back on this time with fond memories!tacoma-family-photos0005Liam is an exceptional little boy!  He LOVES music!tacoma-family-photos0006And…he has perfect pitch!  You should hear this kid sing…or better yet, you should watch him as he watches and recites, sings, and acts out every scene from “The Sound Of Music”.  It’s impressive!tacoma-family-photos0007You can see how he thought this was a microphone!  His dad is one of our worship leaders at church, so he isn’t a stranger to a mic!tacoma-family-photos0008We didn’t forget about Charlie…she was not exactly in the mood to be photographed…but, she was in the mood to explore!
tacoma-family-photos0009Liam, too, really just wanted to run around and have some fun….
tacoma-family-photos0010..which after we took a few family photos for the books…tacoma-family-photos0011…and attempted a photo with Charlie….tacoma-family-photos0012….is what we let him do!  Run…play in the water…tacoma-family-photos0013…find out what’s under the grate…tacoma-family-photos0014…sit up on the wall and flash me those incredible dimples!tacoma-family-photos0015Look at his cuteness!tacoma-family-photos0016The Boys….tacoma-family-photos0017Mom and Dad…tacoma-family-photos0018tacoma-family-photos0019,,,The girls!tacoma-family-photos0020We did it all!  Three has never looked so good!  Happy Birthday to Liam…and I can’t wait to shoot and share Charlie’s 100 day celebration!  It’s going to be so fun!tacoma-family-photos0021

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