Saturday, February 18, 2017

STILL Keeping up with the Joneses ~ Tacoma Family Photographer

Last year, you may remember that I shared with you all a photo shoot I did waaaay out in Fort Collins, Colorado for my brother and his beautiful family.  Well, they must have liked my work, because they asked me to do another shoot for them!  And of course, I was eager to do it.  How could I resist another chance to photograph a beautiful family, whom I love, in a picturesque location- which also happens to be right in their backyard?

Because of the shortened days of winter, we started our session racing against the setting sun.  We did get some lovely shots while the sun was still above the horizon; in the first few photos you can see that golden sunlight just lighting up the whole sky.  And for the shots that took place after sunset, we caught the blues and pinks and purples that followed.  They made a really nice frame for my subjects!

All the locations you see in the photos are in a protected wilderness area right behind my brother's house, which means that I didn't have to worry about random structures or vehicles or roads ending up in the background of their photos.  We also didn't see any other humans along the entire route.  By the time the light ran out, we were almost frozen anyway, and their dog had decided to take off into a lake after some wildlife.  It was quite the exciting end to an otherwise peaceful photo session.  Amusingly, their dog ran right through the corner of the frame as I was taking some of the last shots, so we have photo proof of her misbehavior!

Cutest little nephew award!  :)

He did that "Mr. Cool" pose all by himself.  No prompting needed!

What a beautiful family!

Excellent choice on the leg, Sarah!  ;)

Here it is!  The moment she made that fateful choice to run into the lake, while her owners were yet unaware!

This was one of the best smiles of the session.  I believe his Daddy was asking him which flavor of ice cream he wanted when they got home.

We took the opportunity to do a little baby #2 announcement photo during our session, too!

I'll end with this adorable mother-and-son shot.  So sweet.  :)

Well, thanks for looking, everybody!  Stay tuned for more photos from my Colorado trip in a few weeks, and stay warm out there!

~ Kathryn

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Waiting for Baby: Yadon Maternity Shoot ~ Tacoma Family Photographer

Around Thanksgiving time, 2016, I had the unique opportunity to do three photo shoots in the span of one week- all while on vacation in Northern Colorado.  It may sound stressful, but really, it was a fun challenge.  One of those three shoots was a maternity mini session for the Yadon family- an adorable couple about to welcome their first child into the world.

Maternity shoots are always a good time, because we're all very clear about the reason for the excitement that's being documented.  Mom and Dad are feeling a lot of lovey feelings for each other, Mom is glowing, and there's an underlying anticipation that permeates every shot.  We all know that something amazing is going to happen in the next few weeks, but the details remain a mystery.  And I get to capture all of those feelings on "film!"  It's quite an honor.

On this particular day, it was bitterly cold (says this maritime climate gal) and the wind made our ears numb by about five minutes into the shoot.  Thankfully, my shutter finger still worked.  We chose a rustic little location called Jessup Farm and found a few well-positioned barn doors and brick walls to use as our backdrops.  The Yadons were great sports- going along with all my ideas and bringing changes of clothes, a few perfect little props, and willing (if frozen) smiles.  I could not have asked for more!

Scroll down and check out these two lovebirds at less than a month out from meeting their baby!  (Click on a photo to view it larger.)

By now, of course, their adorable baby girl has made her appearance!  If the love between her Mom and Dad in these photos is any indication, I'm going to say that she is one lucky little lady.  And hopefully, she'll be very well documented!

Stay tuned for more Colorado shoots!
~ Kathryn

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Newborn Days with the Callahan Family ~ Tacoma Family Photographer

Last month I had the opportunity to work with new clients, which is always exciting!  The Callahan Family had just welcomed their first child, a sweet little boy, but they wanted something a little different from the typical newborn shoot.  I suggested we take a cue from photojournalists and try what is sometimes called lifestyle photography, in the form of a combination Newborn/ Family photo shoot in the comfort of their own home.  As the days got closer to our session, I was super excited!  Planning out a photo shoot "shot-for-shot" (as I usually do) offers me a greater sense of confidence and control going into the shoot, but the photo-journalistic approach was really fun, and all the possibilities were definitely exciting.  Plus, there is a sense of familiarity and honesty in the shots that definitely comes through in the finished product.

The newest little Callahan was such a sweetheart during our session- quietly gazing at windows, consenting to lots of changes in position, and enduring many kisses from his doting parents.  He even let me set him up in a little faux-studio shot with some pumpkins, fall foliage, and a vintage wash basin- and fell asleep that way!  Well done, little man!  I will mention that it was just as sweet to see the love his parents have for each other and for him.  I was encouraged as I finished up our shoot, and reminded of the freshness of life with a new baby.  In those first days and weeks, everything is new and real and life-changing.  What an honor for me to be part of it- even if only for a few hours!

As the final piece of the session, we trekked out to their local pumpkin patch and braved the cold wind for a few timely fall-themed photos.  We even got in free to the corn maze!  Their little guy was such a trooper throughout, and we finished our last photo just as the skies broke open and the rain started pelting down (of course, I took a picture even then...).

But enough of my blathering.  You want to see these photos!  Scroll down, take a look, and click on the photo if you want to see it larger.  Enjoy!

The classic baby-in-crib shot.  A good place to start.

For a little comic relief...

His face just strikes me as so friendly.  Like, what a personable little guy!

Oh, the kisses.  So many kisses!

Little man being soothed by his Mama.  Just a little bit of real life.

Baby toes!  I can never pass up an opportunity to focus in on those.

Mom and Dad Callahan celebrated their first anniversary a few days after our shoot, so we included that wedding photo of them in the foreground for a little perspective of what their first year has brought!

You can't tell very much here, but the wind was whipping those corn stalks around like crazy!  This must have been a brief moment of calm.

One of my favorites.  Holding hands, holding their baby.  So in love!

Standing in a field of pumpkins with a baby, laughing at a joke.  Oh the funny things we photographers make people do!

Parting shot.  The rain was coming down hard!

Adorable, am I right?  Now you all want to get in line for lifestyle portrait sessions, right?  ;)

Have a great weekend, folks, and stay tuned for more shoots coming up!

~ Kathryn

Monday, September 26, 2016

Mair's Debut: A Seaside Session ~ Tacoma Family Photographer

Blog friends, I am honored to introduce you to a lovely little lady by the name of Mair.  She wins the award for furthest distance flown (over 4,000 miles!) to have a photo shoot with me, AND the award for best back-story among my photo clients.

You see, this beautiful, thriving toddler pictured below came into the world weighing a mere 1 pound 11 ounces.  My husband and I have been praying for this sweet girl since before she was born, and fervently afterward.  We looked forward to every e-mail update we received about her successes, and we felt the weight of worry when she had setbacks, as so many micro-preemies do.  But God was faithful to Mair, and He brought her through that rocky start with flying colors!  She has been such an encouragement to me, and when her Mama asked me to do a photo shoot for her last month, to say I was honored would be an understatement.

When the day finally came, it was hot and sunny, with clear blue skies, so we chose a seaside park at evening time in the hopes that those factors would counteract the intense heat.  Thankfully (for the most part), they did!  By the time that Mair started to wear down, we had moved down to the shoreline, where the tide was coming in.  As a last resort, her Mama plunked her down right at the water's edge to see what she might do.  Quite surprisingly, she loved it!  She sat there contentedly playing, splashing, and grinning at us as the tide came up and soaked the whole bottom part of her dress.  Even after about 20 minutes, she still hadn't had her fill, and complained loudly as she was removed from the water.  What a funny girl.  :)

I really had such a lovely time photographing Mair, and I still consider it such an honor that I got the chance!  I hope to bring you photos of this sweet little lady for years to come!

She was very focused on her book.  Go Dog Go- of course!

When the puppy's string wouldn't cooperate, she improvised!

That light... that breeze... what a dreamy setting!

Mair's grandparents came along for the shoot, and her grandpa was the only one who could make her smile.  He was also the blessed recipient of this sweet hug!

Pure childlike wonder.  I never get tired of capturing expressions like this!

Isn't her dress adorable?  Yes.  It is.

Grandpa was standing behind me, making her laugh!  AND she did love that water.

By the end, she was one tuckered-out toddler.  Not too tired to flash those beautiful blue eyes, though!

Well, friends- thanks for looking!  Stay tuned for future sessions this fall, and enjoy the last bits of "summer" weather if you're lucky enough to have some!  Until next time...

~ Kathryn

Friday, July 8, 2016

Welcome Baby Rosie! ~ Tacoma Newborn Photographer

It is my great honor to introduce you, dear blog-readers, to a very sweet, very well-loved, and absolutely adorable little girl by the equally adorable name of Rosie.  You might remember seeing her parents' maternity shoot a few weeks ago.  Isn't it neat to think that this lovely little person was in there the whole time, just waiting to make her debut on the outside world?  Ah, what a miracle life is.  :)

Anyway, I , for one, was really excited to meet her.  I think Rosie's newborn shoot takes the prize for "most stuff in my car."  Not only did I pack all of my typical equipment, but I also brought extra throws, extra blankets, extra props, AND THEN I stopped by Hobby Lobby for more baskets on my way to the shoot.  (Doing this all with a 3 year old and an 11 month-old in tow was probably one of my crazier ideas.)  Of course, it all turned out very well.  With each "set," Rosie waited until I had at least gotten a few good shots before she peed on things, which I think was pretty decent of her.  She even gave me some delightfully sleepy periods, some sleep smiles, a yawn, and (of course) she elicited expressions of pure joy from her parents- which always looks great on camera.

As always with the Turner family, I left the session feeling grateful to be a part of their lives, grateful to be trusted with the job of capturing such precious memories on camera, and (this time, specifically), grateful to watch my good friends entering this new and exciting world of parenthood.  I already know they're going to do an amazing job (they already are doing an amazing job), and Rosie is blessed to have them.  I know they say the same of her.  :)

(Pssst... you can click on the individual photos to see them larger.  Do it!)

Don't you just love that little newborn-sized tutu?  Her Mama found that for the shoot.  :)

My good friend Lillie, of  Flourish by Lillie, custom made this sweet rose headband for Rosie's session.  Thank you, Lillie- you do great work!

She looks like a baby bird, hatching out of a little white egg!  So cute.

Oh, those baby yawns; they are so cute!  I try to catch one with every newborn I photograph, but they can be tricky!

Daddy and daughter.  What could be sweeter?

I could not have asked for a more beautiful nursery to photograph!

This shot almost didn't happen.  But she fell asleep again right as I was packing up the rest of my props.  I had to take advantage of the moment!

The simple sweetness of a newborn baby holding hands with her Mommy.  It gets me.

Thank you for taking the time to peruse these adorable photos of Rosie, and I hope to bring you many more in the years to come!  Goodnight, internet!

~ Kathryn