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, 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 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


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


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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