Thursday, August 27, 2009

Watch Her Grow, Brooke Is Six Months Old!

Summer is almost over. It has flown by! Before I had a kiddo in school...spring, summer and fall would all sort of over lap and some how it seemed to last longer. We are off on our last summer camping trip this weekend, but before we go, I wanted to share images from little Brooke and her family at her 6 month session. We had such a great morning doing this shoot. They could not have selected a better location for the session. I can not wait for you to see the images.We got some beautiful shots of Brooke and her parents. I am a third child just like Brooke, and I am really proud of these guys for getting out there and taking all of these images of this little cutie.
Beautiful family.... I do not need to say anything else...

This family is just amazing, and I am all ready looking forward to seeing them again at Brooke's one year session!!! Thank you again for allowing me to share this time with your family, and I hope you enjoy the slide show!!! If you would like to hear music during the slide show, click on the speaker!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Watching A Family Grow Through The First Year

Last weekend I had the opportunity to go to a beautiful place for a photo shoot. Have you been to the Tumwater Falls? I have been to Olympia COUNTLESS times, and I was shocked to find this amazing place just seconds off of the freeway. I am going to have some serious talks with my family (since many of them live there) as to why I had never been there before!

I was there for a 6 month session for beautiful baby Brooke. Brooke's parents selected the Watch Me Grow package . The Watch Me Grow package is quite possibly my favorite thing to do with photography. I have the opportunity to meet a family with a newborn and come back two more times during the first year to document all of the "firsts" and amazing changes that occur during those precious 12 months. I love being able to spend all of this time with the same family and the same children. With three sessions in one year, I feel like I really get the chance to bond with these families and I consider them friends of mine. What an honor it is for me to do this! I am a lucky gal!

So.... the teaser photo for the 6 month session is behind my blog title.... it is one of my favorites. I will tell you the story about that image in the next post. I could NOT post any other photos of this 6 month session before I shared images from little Brooke and her gorgeous family when she was a newborn.
This family is just amazing, and we had a great spring day for this first session...
We started indoors in the master bedroom... the light was beautiful in their bedroom, and I just loved watching Brooke all snuggled up on that big bed!This image is one of my favorites.... I just love how new she looks. I feel like she still could be inside her mama's tummy.... not a care in the world.... totally relaxed..... totally safe.

No one could get enough of this new little addition to the family. She is so tiny, so perfect, what a blessing.... I wonder what Brooke's big brother and sister are thinking?
How amazing is it that these kiddos watched little Brooke grow inside their mama's tummy and them wham!... there she was in their home.... they could touch her, hold her, hug and kiss her. They were so accepting and loving towards her, you would have thought Brooke had always been a part of their lives....Thank you to Brooke's family for allowing me into your life and your home! It has been a lot of fun. I can not wait to share the new images from the six month session in the next week!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Do you remember Miss Zoey?

Miss Zoey is two now.... do you remember Miss Zoey?
Who can forget those cheeks and those big brown eyes. I have been fortunate enough to take photos of her all the way back to the day she was born. I was at the hospital to document her birth, and I have taken her photo on numerous occasions since then. It has been so much fun to watch her grow. *** Click Here *** to see photos of Zoey when she was just a few months old.One of Zoey's favorite things to do is to pick strawberries. I love these images of her picking out her favorite strawberry. This is exactly what I was talking about in my previous post about trying to capture those things that happen daily that we sometimes take for granted. Her parents will always want to remember her squatting down to pick out the best berry.Hopefully they will be able to look back on these images and remember the smile on her face as those strawberries dripped down her chin and squished between her fingers.

Zoey has a great yard with soft blue flowers that cover a little walkway where she runs and plays.
There was a tiny rock wall where she sat and pondered all of the things that are most important to a two year old. Don't you wonder what they are thinking about? Oh... wait, that deep thought was fleeting, soon she was smiling up a storm again...Happy birthday Miss Zoey!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

A Bucket Of Memories

Wow... July is gone. Just like that, we are in the second half of the year. It is amazing how time flies. Sometimes, when I feel like time is passing me by, I purposefully pull out my camera. I do something with the girls that is totally normal. An activity that we do every day, something that I often take for granted and I try to capture it on my camera. This past weekend, we pulled out the chalk. Coloring with sidewalk chalk has been a favorite activity at our home since the kids could hold on to it.We now have an entire bucket that holds our chalk. We have to have every shade available. Olivia really felt like doing some sidewalk art this day, and I LOVE the memories that I captured of her.I love that I can tell she picked out her outfit. She has been doing this every day. I can not even be in the room when she is selecting her attire. She selects everything, from her undies to her hair clips. It is always a surprise when she comes out. Some days her fashion sense is better than others. Luckily, this was one of her better days.

I love that her hair is falling out of her ponytail and that she has her trusty elephant with her...I love that she is barefoot. I will always remember the sound of her little feet slapping the pavement and the print she leaves once she has covered them in chalk.I love that she accidentally dumped the entire bucket of chalk and instead of tipping it back up to see her color options, she would lean as far over as possible to select her next color.I know these are simple things, but these are the simple things as a mom that I want to remember about her.

If you are thinking about taking some photos, try not to get worked up too much about the setting, the clothing or the smiles. Think about the memories you want to save forever, the moments in time you would like to freeze. No matter if it is those pudgy fingers holding a crayon, messy hair, a time out chair.... keep your camera handy. Don't let the moment pass you by!