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The Hoover Family Portraits {Seattle Family Photographer}

After seeing her daughters’ portraits from earlier this summer, Bea decided it was time to update the family pictures! She knew the location that was right for her family – Pike Place Market! It was a beautiful Saturday, so it was packed! But the setting was perfect for this family! We traveled all over the market, and even made a stop for doughnuts! Only she could make eating this adorable!

I just love these mother-daughter shots!

Nate and Bea, thanks for showing me around Pike Place! I can’t believe I had never seen the gum wall.

Friends and family, click here to view the entire gallery.

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Summer Deal

Summer time is in full swing which means that it is a perfect time of year to update those family portraits! Since we appreciate everyone who follows the blog, we thought we would offer a special gift to all of you! Receive 20% off of any package when your photo session takes place before September 5th, 2011. Please mention the blog to receive the discount! Times will fill quickly, so be sure to contact me soon at


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4th of July Weekend – Part II

The 4th of July can be tricky when you have young children (or adults who go to bed early). Since I have both, I had to realize that photographing a big fireworks show was out. So, I had two main goals – spend the day with family, and do a sparkler photograph of Milo’s name. I was successful at both, so it was a great holiday! The family headed over to my parents where we relaxed in the hammock, barbecued grain dogs (yep, everyone tried them and liked them!), and played croquet.

Grandpa Bob just loves to tickle Milo!

Milo ate too much and fell asleep on the table!

I had always wanted to try one of the “sparkler” pictures that I have seen others photographers do. The only problem was that when you have a baby (or a husband who starts work at 5:30 am) you can’t stay up late enough to have it dark enough to do the shot. So we faked it. I’m pretty happy with how the shot turned out. What do you think?


Issaquah Artwalk {Upcoming Events}

This year Issaquah celebrates its 10th year of Artwalk. Artwalk is a free event with live music and entertainment! We are excited to be a part of the celebration at this Friday’s artwalk, located on Front Street and in Gilman Village. Come visit Derek and I in Gilman Village by the children’s bookstore. We will be there from 5-9pm. We will have landscapes available to purchase. Also, if you book a portrait session while at the show, you will receive an additional $25 print credit on a collection of your choice! It is a great time of year for senior and family portraits, which means that times are booking up. If you are unable to make it Friday, but would like to schedule an appointment, you may contact me at!

See you on Friday!

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Baby Sean {Bellevue Infant Photographer}

I was so excited for Carrie and Nate when I had learned that they would be having a baby boy in mid-May. This would be their second child, but even more exciting, he would be just a few months younger than Milo! On our recent play date, I took the opportunity to take a few pictures of Sean. He is such a sweet boy, with eyes that make me melt.

Congratulations, Nate and Carrie, he is a beautiful addition to your family!


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Settings with a Purpose – A SOAR Photography Challenge

If you’re not reading Me Ra Koh’s blog, you are missing out. If you’re a parent, you can find invaluable tips for photographing your children. If you’re a woman, you will find stories of other amazing women. Me Ra offers me not only inspiration for photography, but for life. It was through her blog that I learned about the SOAR program. Each year 3 women receive a scholarship to help them on their photography journeys. As a part of the program, there are “challenges” posted each month. Me Ra encourages everyone to participate on  the SOAR by posting challenge images and commenting on those of others. This month I took on the challenge of Settings with a purpose.

I found this challenge to be, well, challenging. I love taking pictures of people, getting close, capturing their expression, the details, or the connection between a family. However, I realize how setting is important to capture as well. Seeing where things were taking place, what was important helps illustrate the story of the lives of the subject along with the detail shots. I chose to focus on the settings that are a part of Milo’s life.

Each morning as I get ready for the day, Milo sits in his bouncer outside of the bathroom. It is here that I can look over and watch my boy as he smiles and coos at the world around him. It is a part of my day that I love, and that I want to remember, not just his expressions, but how small he looked in his bouncer in the long hallway of our home.

The other setting I chose to capture was that of Derek rocking him to sleep. This is another part of the day that I love. I can sneak into the nursery and there are my two favorite people, sharing special moment. It is “daddy-baby time.”  The love that I see between the two of them pulls at my heart. 

Thanks, Me Ra for the challenge! It was a great opportunity for me to spread my wings!

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