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Robert and Mary Kate | {Baltimore Wedding Photography}

Tacoma Wedding Photos0001In December I boarded an airplane along with my friend and fellow photographer, Devon of Devon Michelle Photographer.  We left the wet and rainy PNW for Maryland, Baltimore…which we found out quickly was in a cold spell and was just 13 degrees when we landed.  It did warm up by the day of the wedding…to a balmy 18 degrees…but, it only enhanced the beauty of the city and the wedding!Tacoma Wedding Photos0002Everything was so beautiful and every detail was in place!Tacoma Wedding Photos0003Mary Kate was a calm and sweet bride to be…even taking some quiet time in the midst of all the preparations to write her husband to be a note!Tacoma Wedding Photos0004She was surrounded by six gorgeous and sweet girls!  Each one was so nice to get to know and I always love seeing the bridesmaids support and celebrate their friend!Tacoma Wedding Photos0005Tacoma Wedding Photos0006In another part of the hotel, Devon was hanging out with the guys as Robert got ready….  I have to just say, I believe it is such an honor that I have such amazing second shooters that come to my weddings with me.  I know that I can just send them off and I am comfortable that the all the parts of the day will be documented perfectly, even when I can’t be everywhere at one time!Tacoma Wedding Photos0007Tacoma Wedding Photos0008Tacoma Wedding Photos0009Robert and Mary Kate chose not to see each other before the wedding…so, Devon took the guys out on the town to do their photos…..
Tacoma Wedding Photos0010…while Mary Kate finished up getting ready with the girls!Tacoma Wedding Photos0011Tacoma Wedding Photos0012Tacoma Wedding Photos0013Back to the streets….Tacoma Wedding Photos0014Aren’t they handsome!  Don’t let this calm photo fool you…they were a handful of crazy!  haha!Tacoma Wedding Photos0015Tacoma Wedding Photos0016We tucked the boys away in a nearby pub for some refreshments and to warm up…and we ran the girls out for some quick shots!  Can you see all the ice hanging from the trees?!  It was so cold…and these girls were amazing through the frozen photos!Tacoma Wedding Photos0017Gorgeous!Tacoma Wedding Photos0018
Tacoma Wedding Photos0019I mean…really?  My job couldn’t get any easier with such beauty to work with!
Tacoma Wedding Photos0020They all knew each other so there was a sweet spirit in the whole group.Tacoma Wedding Photos0021Now…just because they chose to not see each other, didn’t mean they didn’t want a special moment before the ceremony….so we hid them on each side of the stacks in the library…and they passed notes!Tacoma Wedding Photos0022Tacoma Wedding Photos0023Tacoma Wedding Photos0024So fun.  And here is where I have to abbreviate the story…..when I blog my weddings, I literally sit for way too long trying to shorten how many photos I add.  I want to show you all of them….but, then my tech guy would give me a huge lecture about slowing down the blog and space in the cloud and all that fun techy stuff….so, you will have to trust me that the whole ceremony was so touching and beautiful…..and it was in this incredibly venue…the George Peabody Library!  Absolutely stunning!  And, the family was all beautiful and supportive and hugging and kissing…and celebrations!  So fun….Tacoma Wedding Photos0025Then after the ceremony we ran outside to soak in the last bits of sun as it was setting…to get everyone together for some photos!Tacoma Wedding Photos0026It was a fun and joyful time….lots of laughing and congratulations and did I say, laughing?!  They were happy!Tacoma Wedding Photos0027Beautiful!Tacoma Wedding Photos0028Tacoma Wedding Photos0029The whole wedding party…behaving themselves….Tacoma Wedding Photos0030…but really it was more like this most of the time!Tacoma Wedding Photos0031Tacoma Wedding Photos0032We sent the bridal party in to warm up and stole a couple more moments under the streetlights with the new Mr. & Mrs….Tacoma Wedding Photos0033I was in pants and a big coat and scarf…and I was freezing…I can only imagine how Mary Kate was feeling!Tacoma Wedding Photos0034We were walking in and saw this door….and had to stop.  I am so glad we did…they are my favorite shots from the night!Tacoma Wedding Photos0035Tacoma Wedding Photos0036But, then it was time to go in and party!!!  Again…there was a beautiful dinner and this gorgeous cake!Tacoma Wedding Photos0037The happy couple came….Tacoma Wedding Photos0038they danced….Tacoma Wedding Photos0039….they kissed…..Tacoma Wedding Photos0040and they toasted….Tacoma Wedding Photos0041and…Tacoma Wedding Photos0042that ate cake!Tacoma Wedding Photos0043Then the whole place erupted in celebration and dancing!  These people know how to celebrate!Tacoma Wedding Photos0044Congratulations, Mary Kate and Robert!  Thanks so much for bringing me along for the fun!  It was an honor to celebrate with you!  And, thanks, Devon for all your help!!!!  It was a wedding to remember!Tacoma Wedding Photos0045Venue:  George Peabody Library

Wedding Coordinators:  Stephanie Bradshaw

Hair and Make-up:  The Brushing Bride

Flowers:  Wicked Willow Florist

Cake:  Fiona’s Cakes

 

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Meg - I can’t handle all this gorgeousness!!!! Brb – need to go look at it alllllll over again!!

Sophia’s Snow Day | {Tacoma Portrait Photographer}

I have to be honest….I saw and heard all this talk of snow yesterday…and looked out my window and saw the green grass with a very small dusting of snow….Apparently, when you live close to the water you get gypped out of seeing a winter wonderland from your window!  But, since I get to see the beautiful Puget Sound…I think I will be just fine!  I drove out of my neighborhood today though and saw all the winter that happened!  I am not a fan of driving in the snow..but, I do love the blanket of peace that it seems to bring over the world!  When I took Sophia and another photographer friend of mine, Jenn, up to Alpental last week, it was SO peaceful and quiet that it was almost eerie…but, we got over it and had some fun!!!Tacoma Snow Photos0001What could be better than some freckles in the snow? Right?Tacoma Snow Photos0002Sophia and I have been shooting together now for years.. She has modeled for many of the classes that I teach, and I have had the honor of photographing her family on several occasions, and she was a senior a couple of years ago….but, after her senior session…we have had less time to have fun together.  So, when we saw each other recently we decided it was time for a “just fun” shoot.  And, since we had never done a snow session…we made a date to find some snow!  It made a great opportunity for me to get to know a new photographer who is new to the business as well!  Sophia is the perfect person to learn on!Tacoma Snow Photos0003So…we headed up.  We didn’t know that on Mondays the ski resort is closed…so we had the entire place to ourselves!  It was beautiful!  As we drove in Jenn and I learned that this was Sophia’s first time ever really being in the snow!  WHAT?!Tacoma Snow Photos0004It made for some great comedy for the afternoon!  But, then, Sophia can make me laugh in any situation!Tacoma Snow Photos0005January and February are usually slower months for me…so, it’s the perfect time for doing a fun session just because!  I did have a couple weddings this last month..so, it was busier than usual, but I always feel a little energized after doing a session with no pressure but to just create and have fun!Tacoma Snow Photos0006Tacoma Snow Photos0007Sophia was ready for some fun, too!Tacoma Snow Photos0008WOW!  Don’t we live in a gorgeous place?!Tacoma Snow Photos0009Tacoma Snow Photos0010Love her freckles!!!Tacoma Snow Photos0011She brought this fun blanket along…and was grateful for the warmth it brought her, too!Tacoma Snow Photos0012Tacoma Snow Photos0013Sophia is an impressive girl!  I have watched her grow up and go through all the phases of her life.  She has done with a confidence and a firm opinion on how she was going to walk it.  And, now, seeing her do the start of her adult life with that same determination and goals is great.  She laughs easy…Tacoma Snow Photos0014But, when you hear her talk about the work she is doing with youth..you see her passion come out!  This made us all laugh….she took my phone for the afternoon to help out my Instagram Story life…cause I am pretty bad at the social media game!  🙂Tacoma Snow Photos0015“Keep going….keep going….till the snow falls on you!”  haha!Tacoma Snow Photos0016We didn’t make her lay there too long…but, long enough…..Tacoma Snow Photos0017I loved her cute boots!  (pretty sure we get to thank her mom for that fashion choice!!)Tacoma Snow Photos0018I love the sun.  I love being warm…not hot, but warm.  But, I LOVE the beauty that the snow creates…and I can venture out into the cold for a little bit to capture that beauty!Tacoma Snow Photos0019That girl!Tacoma Snow Photos0020Always love a great black and white with Sophia!  Those freckles just make the photo!Tacoma Snow Photos0021Tacoma Snow Photos0022Thanks, Sophia!  It was so fun to hang out with you and hear about your world…and watch you “experience” snow!  haha! Keep on walking your life out like you are!  God is going to honor it!Tacoma Snow Photos0023

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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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