Courteney | {Pinnacle High School Senior-Class of 2017}

Tacoma Senior Photos0001How ironic that our next senior up is this gorgeous girl from Phoenix, Arizona!  Tacoma Senior Photos0002Courteney is a senior at Pinnacle High School in Phoenix, Arizona with the Class of 2017…and I am proud to call her my niece!Tacoma Senior Photos0003I guess in technical terms…we are really not related at all, but, since her mom and I have been friends since we were 11 and her mom’s twin sister is married to my brother (ya…try and work that one out for second in your head)….it is just easier  to be Auntie to this pretty girl (and her brothers, too)Tacoma Senior Photos0004I love getting to fly down to Phoenix and do some shoots…and this week while I am in Gilbert with my brother and his family the weather is going to be pretty the 80’s.  But, when I was there to do Courteney’s photos…it was not mild at all…and at 8pm in the evening we were shooting in 104 degrees!  And, yet….look how gorgeous she still looks!!!Tacoma Senior Photos0005We split her session up a tad bit…the night before her real session date we were in a different part of Phoenix, so we did some there at the end of the evening….and then the next day we did her real session on the other side of Phoenix!Tacoma Senior Photos0006Look at her beautiful eyes!Tacoma Senior Photos0007Courteney is a fun energetic soul and loves to be social!Tacoma Senior Photos0008She also lettered in badminton in school and is actually REALLY good at it!  I was kinda bummed she wasn’t playing a game while I was there.Tacoma Senior Photos0009We ended her session at one of my favorite places that I have visited while I am there.  It’s a preserve that has a ton of beautiful cacti and rocks and red trails…if it wasn’t burning hot, I would go there and just hang out, it’s that beautiful!Tacoma Senior Photos0010So pretty!Tacoma Senior Photos0011Most seniors need a little bit of time to get used to having this big camera pointed at them and to get to know me…but, Courteney loves being in front of the camera..and she already knows me, so right off the bat we were getting so many great shots that it really was not working for me at all..just hanging out with my niece and having fun…and sweating my face off!Tacoma Senior Photos0012Tacoma Senior Photos0013Tacoma Senior Photos0014I love LOVE love Arizona’s light!  My brother and his wife keep trying to get me to move down there…and don’t think I am not tempted as the rain falls and falls and…falls…here.  But, as much as I love the light…my body doesn’t love the heat.  So, getting to go down and visit and shoot while I am there is me getting the best of both worlds!  I think I will be the perfect snowbird…except I am not going to retire there..I just want to fly down and work for a couple of weeks while the rain is falling here!  Sounds like perfection to me!Tacoma Senior Photos0015My sweet friend, Angela!  I forgot to warn her that she would be in some of the photos…but, then, I made her take some with her oldest son last year when I did his senior photos…so, she might have known…but, I still made her get in a few!  I love to see a mother daughter relationship!Tacoma Senior Photos0016As the last moments of sun warmed us…we started back to the car.Tacoma Senior Photos0017LOVE!!!!! Isn’t it just a sunny dream?Tacoma Senior Photos0018Tacoma Senior Photos0019Funny little tidbit…Courteney’s high school does a fun “challenge during the beginning of school…kind of like our Nerf Wars here in Tacoma.  They carry around squirt guns and you have teams and if you get shot you are eliminated!  The winner of the challenge gets a pretty hefty sum of, this gets pretty serious!  The only way to stay safe is to wear pool floaties…you know, like on your arms or around your waist!  It’s a sight to see walking around where she lives to see all these kids fully dressed with a big penguin floatation around their waist or little ducky floats on their arms!  Their is a rule though that while you are doing your senior photos you are safe….so, luckily you don’t see floaties in all of these shots…cause other than when we were shooting I never saw Courteney without them!  Serious business!!!Tacoma Senior Photos0020Tacoma Senior Photos0021I can see so much of both of her parents in her…so beautiful!Tacoma Senior Photos0022Courteney!  I am so glad we were able to get these done..even in the heat and without you having to wear floaties!!!!  haha!  Have a great senior year and I just know you are going to do awesome things with your future!Tacoma Senior Photos0023


Kyle | {Bellarmine Prep High School Senior}

Tacoma Senior Photos0001This is Kyle!  He’s a senior at Bellarmine Prep with the Class of 2017 and I can pretty much guarantee that he is ecstatic that it’s almost over!Tacoma Senior Photos0002I am in Arizona this week helping my family and I figured it was the perfect time to get caught up on some of my seniors that I haven’t had the time to blog!  Kyle and I shot his session around the late summer/fall time.  We started our session at Bellarmine where he has spent the last four  years!  He has been very involved in sports at Bellarmine..through the years playing basketball, football, and lacrosse.  As a senior he has focused more on lacrosse and has committed to Colorado Mesa University to play and study in the environmental sciences.Tacoma Senior Photos0003Kyle also wants to then train to be a firefighter/EMT and would love to go to Airborne school, then retire and teach people how to free fall!  Wow!  I love that he has so many goals and dreams…and doesn’t seem limited in achieving them!
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Tacoma Senior Photos0016During the winter this particular part of the dock isn’t accessible…I do love it though!Tacoma Senior Photos0017We soaked up the last rays of the sun…Tacoma Senior Photos0018Tacoma Senior Photos0019Tacoma Senior Photos0020Thanks, Kyle!  What a great sport you were!  I wish you all the best in your future endeavors and I hope you do all the things you dream of doing!Tacoma Senior Photos0021


Nick and Heather | {Roche Harbor Wedding Photography}

I wish sometimes that there was a magic wand that would make it easy to show you all the amazing memories captured from a wedding.  There are just so many…and yet, so little space to share them all.  It really is my greatest challenge when it comes to my weddings.  So…this post is long…but, not nearly as long as I could’ve made it with all the beauty, joy and love that was shared through out the day!

Nick and Heather waited a long time to have their dream weddding…and it was so perfect!  We had a little bit of drizzle throughout the day, but then when it really mattered…the sun came out in full force and gave Roche Harbor the warm glow that it thrives in.  I met Heather years ago when we worked together briefly.  It wasn’t a long time but I knew instantly she was the most amazing person with a huge heart…and I wasn’t wrong!  We have remained close via Facebook and I was able to see her love with Nick bloom and then watch as they started a family together with their first son and then some little curly haired twin boy…so, I was so excited when she emailed me that they were ready to have their wedding and wanted me to come capture it!

Roche Harbor is a gorgeous little village in the San Juan Islands…and it was a beautiful backdrop for their special day!  I hope you enjoy some of the highlights!!

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