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The McDonald Family is Growing! | {Tacoma Maternity Photography}

Tacoma Maternity Photos0001I have said this so many times…and I never tire of saying it again because it’s not something I take lightly.  I photograph some of the most amazing people and I am so honored to be part of the special moments in their lives!  This family certainly falls into that category!Tacoma Maternity Photos0002I met Ryan and Kate when they were pregnant with their first little one…who, as you can see, is not so little anymore!  I loved being a part of the maternity, birth, and newborn photos for each of the girls …and now for this little one!
Tacoma Maternity Photos0003At the time we did the session (which as you can tell was done during warmer days…)they had not found out the gender of this little one.  It was so exciting!Tacoma Maternity Photos0004They were convinced that they were going to add another little sister to their beautiful brood….Tacoma Maternity Photos0005….and they were perfectly happy to do that!  But….since this is a delayed post, and the cat is out of the bag now…it was so fun to see the surprise on their faces when their little boy was born!Tacoma Maternity Photos0006We were so excited to get to do this maternity session with some golden light!  The other two were in the fall and were both rainy and “PNW” style!Tacoma Maternity Photos0007Kate!  This woman is beautiful…all around!  Inside and out!  I am so blessed to now be able to not only call her a favorite client…but, a friend!Tacoma Maternity Photos0008Ryan and Kate LOVE being parents and it shows!Tacoma Maternity Photos0009Tacoma Maternity Photos0010What a beautiful family!Tacoma Maternity Photos0011We have done this shot with each of the kids!  Always with pink bows…but, this time she chose mint green cause it would go for either boy or girl!!!Tacoma Maternity Photos0012Ryan….These girls LOVE their daddy!  Tacoma Maternity Photos0013Penny and Phoebe were having a little dance party in the golden light!Tacoma Maternity Photos0014Phoebe is a great big sister…and just loves Penny and now Archer!Tacoma Maternity Photos0015The girls!Tacoma Maternity Photos0016Love that light!Tacoma Maternity Photos0017Tacoma Maternity Photos0018So cute!Tacoma Maternity Photos0019Congratulations, McDonald’s!  I am so excited for the next family photo session time!  Tacoma Maternity Photos0020

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Wade and Mary Karen get Married! | {Tacoma Wedding Photography}

Weddings…such a sacred beautiful day full of all the emotions that we could possibly feel….excitement, nerves, love, fun, celebrating, love, anxiety, some fears, and even more love.  They are so full of special moments…that I find blogging them so hard!  Especially when the bride is my best friends’ daughter and all the moments are extra special to me…and when there TONS of lovely people there to celebrate with them!  It makes for a very very long post!  Something I really try to avoid!  So instead I just handpicked some favorite highlights of this beautiful couple to share!  And, since I have quite a few weddings to share…I know the blog will thank me for not overloading it with too many photos!  tacoma-wedding-photos0001Wade and Mary got married this past summer on a day that was full of light and HEAT!  It reached 100 degrees this day..which honestly is a little unusual for us PNW types!  tacoma-wedding-photos0002The wedding was held at The Pickering Barn in Issaquah and all the special decor details were just perfect!  I know a lot of people pitched in and helped make this day happen…too many to count, really!  Mary and Wade are not only very much in love…but, they are very much loved!tacoma-wedding-photos0003This beautiful woman…and this handsome man were practically giddy as we got closer to the time!tacoma-wedding-photos0004tacoma-wedding-photos0005Best first look of 2016!!!  How cute is his reaction to seeing his bride for the first time?!tacoma-wedding-photos0006From that moment on…they were completely focused on each other!tacoma-wedding-photos0007tacoma-wedding-photos0008tacoma-wedding-photos0009tacoma-wedding-photos0010We took a little time away to have some special shots of them….and you can’t even tell that we were all melting!  tacoma-wedding-photos0011Love that smile!tacoma-wedding-photos0012
Of course, there was a lot of kissing being done throughout the whole day!tacoma-wedding-photos0014Mary has surrounded herself with some beautiful women that are just as sweet as they are pretty!tacoma-wedding-photos0015And, Wade…well, his guys came with a lot of character!tacoma-wedding-photos0016They might get the award for my largest bridal party for the 2016 season….and, boy were they fun!tacoma-wedding-photos0017Even in the hot sun!tacoma-wedding-photos0018When it was finally time for the ceremony, Mary was ready to take that walk with her dad…who also was the pastor!  How special is that?tacoma-wedding-photos0019They started the ceremony by inviting all the guests to join in while singing a worship song welcoming the Lord into the center of their lives together.  Very touching!tacoma-wedding-photos0020tacoma-wedding-photos0021tacoma-wedding-photos0022Their lives and relationship has had a lot of prayer put into it…and I know that will never stop!tacoma-wedding-photos0023THE KISS!tacoma-wedding-photos0024Introducing Mr. and Mrs. Reynolds!
tacoma-wedding-photos0025Here is where I apologize for skipping stuff….it was a gorgeous reception and fun dance party…even I got to put my camera down and join the fun…but, there’s just not enough time to share it all!  So…we will end with a couple of shots that we grabbed just as that golden light came out blessed us with it’s rays!tacoma-wedding-photos0026CONGRATULATIONS, Wade and Mary!  You are both so special and I know that keeping your eyes on the Lord, you are going to walk through life together loving, learning, and encouraging each other to be who God wants you to be!  tacoma-wedding-photos0027

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Joe | {Bellarmine Prep School Senior-Class of 2017}

tacoma-senior-photos0001Joe-Bellarmine Prep School Senior-Class of 2017tacoma-senior-photos0002This senior season has been so fun….as I probably say every year!  I do just love what I do…
tacoma-senior-photos0003But, this year I have seen a big surge in guys coming to have their senior photos done..and not just to make their moms happy.  They are invested and we have so much fun!tacoma-senior-photos0004I had the fun of meeting Joe about a month before his session when I photographed him and his brothers together.  Their mom said they hadn’t had any professional photos taken in YEARS and she was making up for lost time!  I think I will see these guys a few more times over the next few years!  I look forward to it!tacoma-senior-photos0005Joe, or Joseph, came ready to knock it out of the park…and he did!  He’s a good guy and so confident!  tacoma-senior-photos0006tacoma-senior-photos0007Joe is ready for school to be done with …but, he has a specific plan for his future and he’s gonna head off to college and then come back and stay in the family business!  A business that he genuinely likes being a part of!tacoma-senior-photos0008Look at that light?!  Anyone missing the sun and warmth these days?tacoma-senior-photos0009tacoma-senior-photos0010We did most of our session in the Port…one of my favorite places to take the guys!tacoma-senior-photos0011His mom mentioned a bridge being something she would like….this one is the perfect backdrop!tacoma-senior-photos0012tacoma-senior-photos0013One of my favs!tacoma-senior-photos0014I always love a strong portrait from a guy!tacoma-senior-photos0015We decided to end his session down at the beach!  tacoma-senior-photos0016The light came with us and made the perfect end to our session!  I do love our PNW fall light!tacoma-senior-photos0017tacoma-senior-photos0019I know this guy is going to do great things!tacoma-senior-photos0020Congrats, Joseph!  Have a great senior year and go out there and conquer!tacoma-senior-photos0021

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