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Jaelin | {Tacoma Teen Photography}

Mondays are my Sabbath.  Wow…that’s such an outdated word….Sabbath.  I think when some people hear that it they just roll their eyes and think it’s some super religious thing.  Well, for me..it’s a lifeline.  Resting is something I have to WORK at and I struggle to guard time to rest and focus on things that don’t have to do with work.  Now, I consider work and photography to be two separate things that end up meshing together into my career…but, I love photography even when it’s not going to make me a cent.  How does this apply to the Sabbath…well, I will quickly try to explain cause I know you came for the pretty photos!  On Mondays I don’t rest in the sense of the word that I sit around all day and do nothing.  I rest from the rat race of trying to figure out how to pay my bills and keep my clients happy.  I focus on the things that I love the most…God, my kids, my home, and I try to do something that I love doing as a way to recharge my batteries.  This is not an easy day for me because I can so easily fill it with things that NEED to get done instead of taking a slow paced approach to the day.  Ok….so, this applies how?  Well, last Monday I was cleaning the house and the Natalie Kaye said, “Hey Mama…I have to go shoot my friend, Jaelin, for a photography project…would you come along to help me?”  I am not going to lie…my first thought was, “No…I am too busy cleaning!” (something I rarely ever even whisper in real life)…but, I stopped myself and said, “Sure….”  So we hopped in the car with our cameras and headed out.  It wasn’t until we were in the car that I even noticed what a gorgeous day it was….I guess I need to do a little more work on my Sabbath!  haha!!

In the end….I had such a blast with Natalie Kaye and Jaelin…and I came home feeling recharged, inspired, and like I had a huge fresh breath of oxygen in my lungs to get me through the rest of the week!  THAT is exactly what my Mondays are supposed to be like!  And…bonus…we got some amazing images of Jaelin that I get to share with you!

Senior photos, Chelle Nicole Photography, Tacoma PhotographyI hadn’t met Jaelin before this session with her….and I found her to be so sweet and charming!  It’s no wonder Natalie Kaye likes hanging out with her!
Senior photos, Chelle Nicole Photography, Tacoma PhotographyAnd…oh the gorgeous light we had when we got down to Tacoma’s waterfront!!!  For January it was quite impressive!  Senior photos, Chelle Nicole Photography, Tacoma PhotographyOf course, with Jaelin’s gorgeous smile, beautiful red hair, and creamy skin….we could’ve shot anywhere at anytime and had stunning images!Senior photos, Chelle Nicole Photography, Tacoma PhotographySenior photos, Chelle Nicole Photography, Tacoma PhotographyLOVE!Senior photos, Chelle Nicole Photography, Tacoma PhotographyNatalie Kaye is taking photography in school and I am pleased to know that another photographer that I admire, Jeremy Leffel, is teaching her the basics of film photography!!  It’s a whole different genre…and she is loving it!Senior photos, Chelle Nicole Photography, Tacoma PhotographySenior photos, Chelle Nicole Photography, Tacoma PhotographyThe beauty of her shooting film is that she only has 24 images to take…so, that means lots of time for me to sneak in some shots!!!! haha!!!
Senior photos, Chelle Nicole Photography, Tacoma PhotographyJaelin is going to be a senior next year…so, hopefully (fingers crossed) you will see her again for her senior session with me!!! Senior photos, Chelle Nicole Photography, Tacoma PhotographyThe beach in January!  So great!Senior photos, Chelle Nicole Photography, Tacoma PhotographySenior photos, Chelle Nicole Photography, Tacoma PhotographyThose eyes!Senior photos, Chelle Nicole Photography, Tacoma PhotographyThis is one of my favorites….Senior photos, Chelle Nicole Photography, Tacoma PhotographyBut, I am always a sucker for a laugh!Senior photos, Chelle Nicole Photography, Tacoma PhotographyNatie Kaye used up all her shots….so she swapped sides of the camera for a few quick friend shots!Senior photos, Chelle Nicole Photography, Tacoma PhotographyThey are so opposite….but, they have so much fun!Senior photos, Chelle Nicole Photography, Tacoma PhotographyGorgeous!
Senior photos, Chelle Nicole Photography, Tacoma PhotographyOf course we had to do the classic jumping shot!Senior photos, Chelle Nicole Photography, Tacoma PhotographySo…just a few more before we had to get back to our daily stuff……Senior photos, Chelle Nicole Photography, Tacoma PhotographyJaelin….you were a great model and even more important to me…a great friend to Natalie to take time to help her with her photography assignment!!!  THANKS!!!!!  Senior photos, Chelle Nicole Photography, Tacoma Photography

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Erin Randle - These are gorgeous! I love the combination of her red hair and the light!

The Miracle of a Baby | {Tacoma Birth Photography}

Hospitals!  I feel so much different about them these days.  I feel like more of my December was spent in the hospital while caring for my dad than was spent at home…but, if in the end my dad is doing better…it will all have been worth it!  But, not all hospital visits this December have been about my dad….I have had a few births as well…and I have two more coming up in the next month!!  The miracle of a birth balances out the stresses of the daily.  I am so honored to be invited into these families worlds during such a special time in their lives!
Almost all of the births that I have had the privilege to photograph have been in the middle of the night or early hours of the morning….it makes it all so exciting!  David and Elizabeth gave me a heads up before bedtime…but, it didn’t take long for the next text to be …”It’s time!”  These two work together as an amazing team!  If you have followed my blog..you may remember their maternity session..and their story.  This was not their first birth…they had a beautiful son named Samuel, but he went home to be with the Lord shortly after he was born.  David and Elizabeth kept him close in their minds as they worked to bring his little sibling (it was a surprise still at this point!) into the world!  Their strength is inspirational!We walked from triage to the birthing room….and that was it cause it was almost time to push by the time we got there!Finally….SHE arrived!!!  Baby Kristin came out beautiful and perfect!…and very very hungry!!  She’s a great eater!Already holding tight to Daddy…..What a gorgeous family!!!  A new adventure ahead!!!! I went home for a few hours of sleep and came back in the morning to see this cutie….Fresh 24 sessions are so much fun!!  Look at that beautiful princess!!!Congratulations, David and Elizabeth!  I am praying for you as you embark on this new journey with your family!

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Baby Hayden | {Tacoma Newborn Photography}

Chelle Nicole Photography, Tacoma Photography, Newborn PhotographyThis beautiful little girl is Hayden…and she is incredibly loved from here in Tacoma…to Tennessee!  If you know Lauren and Kyle, or maybe if you follow this blog closely…you might remember that Lauren accented her wedding with peacock feathers…and we even added some accents in her maternity session from the wedding.  So, it was only perfect that we used her wedding garter as Miss Hayden’s headband in at least one shot….It’s perfect!Chelle Nicole Photography, Tacoma Photography, Newborn PhotographyI am not completely sure Hayden agreed!  haha!  To be honest…Hayden just wasn’t “feeling” a photo shoot on the day of our session….but they didn’t mean we couldn’t capture some beautiful moments in life!Chelle Nicole Photography, Tacoma Photography, Newborn PhotographyShe loves her to hear her mom and dad’s voices…and she loves to be warm!Chelle Nicole Photography, Tacoma Photography, Newborn Photography…and she had no intention of taking her eyes of the big black camera!Chelle Nicole Photography, Tacoma Photography, Newborn PhotographySo cute!Chelle Nicole Photography, Tacoma Photography, Newborn PhotographyLauren has said on many occasions how amazed with her husband in his new role as daddy.  Hayden has stolen his daddy’s heart, for sure!Chelle Nicole Photography, Tacoma Photography, Newborn PhotographyAnd, Lauren has stepped in to mom role with some genuine and typically funny quips from a tired mom who is in love with her little girl!  And, as always…she takes a gorgeous photo!Chelle Nicole Photography, Tacoma Photography, Newborn PhotographyBaby Hayden just wanted her mom to cuddle her….so, we did that!Chelle Nicole Photography, Tacoma Photography, Newborn PhotographyOf course, they did some laughing….I think this family will do a lot of this!Chelle Nicole Photography, Tacoma Photography, Newborn PhotographyEven though right now there is just a lot of staring in adoration!
Chelle Nicole Photography, Tacoma Photography, Newborn PhotographyChelle Nicole Photography, Tacoma Photography, Newborn PhotographyChelle Nicole Photography, Tacoma Photography, Newborn PhotographyChelle Nicole Photography, Tacoma Photography, Newborn PhotographyChelle Nicole Photography, Tacoma Photography, Newborn PhotographyKyle and Lauren…she is beautiful and I am so excited to watch you all grow as a family!  CONGRATS!!!  Chelle Nicole Photography, Tacoma Photography, Newborn PhotographyChelle Nicole Photography, Tacoma Photography, Newborn Photography

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Susan Lauer - Beautiful family.

Gail Webb West - Beautiful pictures of a beautiful family! Love, love, love from Aunt Gail in Tennessee!!!

Kathy Whitehead - Just a beautiful story in pictures,I look forward to more….. Kathy and Ben

Judy Roark - Just wonderful! Enjoyed seeing these!

Phyllis Taylor - Love the narration with those beautiful pictures!

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