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Family photos are the BEST! And, I got to spend Sunday afternoon with some of my own family (brother, sister-in-law and nephew) as we did Christmas photos at the park. And, my little nephew just celebrated his 1-year birthday on December 4th. Enjoy the photos, xoxo.

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  • Laura - OMG Tara. Your family is soooo beautiful. You all look so happy.ReplyCancel

I was so excited to hear that this beautiful family would be having an addition arriving this November! We planned their newborn shoot in advance, knowing the approximate date. And, this new little mini is so happy to be in the world. He’s incredibly calm and content with life. You can already tell he’s going to be an amazing baby for mommy and daddy! I had so much fun working with the natural light they had in their beautiful home (and I seriously wish this mom would come decorate my house – she had mad skills!). We did this shoot a day before Thanksgiving and it made my heart melt as I rejoiced with them over the miracle of life. Hug the ones you love and tell them daily how thankful you are that they’re a part of your lives, xoxo.

 

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If I haven’t said it before, engagement shoots are one of my most favorite things to do, ever. There’s something magical about having a couple look into each other’s eyes, kiss, dance, laugh and tell fun stories about their plans for the future, for their wedding. Tyler + Sarah are a beautiful couple, not just on the outside but on the inside. Originally from Wisconsin, this lovebird couple is planning a destination wedding to Jamaica! They said they decided to move to Seattle because it was something different, and because they could! Sometimes I wish I could live life like that…just making a change because I can!?

Take a look at their SUPER-cute dog, Maverick! Oh my gosh, he was such a playful sweetheart! I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day…it was rain-free and full of fun colors.

Happy fall – enjoy this shoot, xoxo.

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There is something uniquely beautiful about fall and all the gorgeous colors it brings!? I had a ton of fun with this special family! Who can blame me, you can tell just by the photos how sweet they all are. I’ve done 4 shoots with them now and I cannot believe how much these children have grown over the years. I feel so blessed to work with such a special family.

Enjoy and happy fall, xoxo.

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This story will make you melt: Erin is a really close friend of mine, a best friend. But, I would have never met Erin if our husband’s were not on the same ship. My husband has been on many deployments, but this one was different. I was pregnant and so scared to do this on my own. But, I was being watched over by God when I met a couple of spouses on his ship that were also due while on the deployment. Erin was one of those incredible spouses! We share a love for the Navy (she served 10 years herself), a love for Jesus and a overall zeal for life. We both chose to look at the positives, even when life is filled with the negatives. So, we instantly bonded.

Our men were deployed for nearly 8 months. They came home a little over a week ago. And, her husband not only was away from their two sons, but missed his daughter’s birth. Erin captured some photos of their first meeting, but after settling into being back home (and before they move on to their next set of orders) we had to capture this family’s photos.

Saturday was more than a photoshoot to me; it was photographing one of my best friends, a sister. We share an experience that most people will never understand, but that’s what makes our friendship so special. I’m grateful to God for this friendship and for our husbands being home.

Enjoy the photos. Kiss and hug your family. Those of us who are military families know how fortunate we are to have them around, even though it doesn’t last.

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