Thursday, October 18, 2018

Benny Turns One! ~ Tacoma Family Photographer

I am going to admit right off the bat that I am partial to this little guy, because he is my own.  Granted, it has taken me four months to get around to editing his first year portraits, but I'm going to give myself some grace on that one since he keeps me so busy.

Benny is a rough-and-tumble boy by most measures.  He laughs when he falls down, beams when he hears the sound of an engine (the louder, the better), broke a wooden spoon when he was 8 months old by hitting it against the dining room table, makes a beeline for the toilet anytime he sees the bathroom door open, loves to eat dirt, kicks his head back to drink his milk then slams it down with satisfaction, and hits people in the face as a friendly greeting.  The boy lives his life like he's in a mead hall.  All the time.

Despite all this toughness, he has a tender side.  Between bouts of smashing other people's wooden block towers and terrorizing his sisters, he crawls up into my lap and sprawls himself out like a dog asking to be scratched.  When I ask him for a kiss, he sometimes plants the most delicious slobbery baby kisses on me (other times, he slaps me; I never know which response to expect!).  He also loves his stuffed friends (as you will see with his lion below), and his siblings.  And when he loves something, nothing can come between him and the object of his affections (except, sometimes, a baby gate that has seen better days).

Basically, he is a lover AND a fighter.

Since he is my fourth child, I know there will be plenty of times when I am too busy to grab the camera and document his crazy antics or sweet smiles.  But  for now I'm going to take it one year at a time.  I only hope that I can try to keep up with him as he races off into the amazing future I'm sure God has planned for him.

(Oh, and make sure to click on these photos so you can see them larger!)

That gaze!  He looks right into my heart!

He's examining a little flower in his shirt pocket.  Reminds me of the story of Ferdinand the Bull.

Benny loves his bear so much that he picks his nose!

These last 3 shots were taken on the steps of his Grandma's little cottage-style chicken coop.

Such love!!!

I just love his hands in this one, and the way his eyes look- so handsome and dignified!

See?  He is such a handsome little chunk of boy.  I am excited to bring you more photos of him and his adorable dimples as the years go by!

~ Kathryn

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

More Joneses to love! ~ Tacoma Family Photographer

     As has become my custom, during a recent trip out to Northern Colorado, I took the opportunity to photograph one of my all-time favorite families (yes, I am biased, but it's still true!): the Joneses.  My brother and his beautiful wife have gone and had another adorable little blonde-haired baby boy, so I was lucky enough to capture all four of them in their element.

     Taking a cue from our last shoot, we started in their scenic backyard and worked our way along the trail behind their property.  It's such a beautiful landscape, and we were rewarded with perfect photo-shoot not too much sun, interesting clouds, and pops of blue sky.  Their dog was able to join in the fun, too (though without running away after some wildlife like last time).  But she wasn't the only animal who made an appearance; One of their four pigs got her own portrait while being fed by my nephew!  I had never professionally photographed a pig before that.  That's something for my resume!

    Aside from the animals, the only prop we wanted or needed was my sister-in-law's old Radio Flyer wagon, which was also featured in their second session with me back in 2015.  I was glad to see it back, and it was such a useful prop, since both of their adorable boys can ride happily in it.  Of course, I wasn't surprised that these two brothers got along just fine, even in the confines of the wagon, since they come from (as I've said in previous posts) such an easygoing and fun-loving family.  Yup, I think I have enough photographic evidence by now- these Joneses sure know how to have a good time (and look good doing it)!

Ah, the "give your Mommy a kiss on the cheek" prompt.  It's a sweet photo every time!

This must be how they get their exercise!

Brotherly love!

I loved the timing on this one.  A dog and her boy.  (Well, one of them, at least.)

This is one of my favorites.  Little boys grow up so fast.  She won't be able to hold both of them at the same time for much longer!

Double click on this one to see it larger.  I liked how their littlest guy was looking back at me.

After taking all of these sweet photos of my brother and his sons for the past few years, I'm beginning to think he's a pretty great dad...  ;)

Life with kids.  Am I right?

I try to always snap a photo or two of just Mom & Dad at the end of a family session.  Their two little boys are so blessed to have their love to look up to.

Well, there you have it!  Yet another amazing shoot with these wonderful people whom I am honored to call family. 

~ Kathryn

Monday, November 6, 2017

Sweet Sisters: Junie & Enora! ~ Tacoma Family Photographer

This summer I managed to do a long-desired photo shoot of my beautiful daughters- just the two of them, together (without their brothers).  Based on the date of the photos, I did this when my new baby boy was just 10 days old (maybe that's why I have very little memory of the actual session?)- which really makes me question my own sanity.  All that being said, I am so glad I took the time to do it.  I'm sure it was inconvenient and I know there was crying (I have photographic proof), but those unpleasantries are long over and I am left with these lovely photos of my girls!

Special thanks go to my Mom for the girls' wardrobe, and to my husband for undoubtedly holding down the fort while I did this.  All photos were taken in our backyard.  I hope it's the first of many sister-sessions in the years to come!

I hope you enjoyed those shots and were inspired to take pictures of your children- even when you're too busy!  Or you could hire me to do it...  ;)  

~ Kathryn

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Catching up with Mair ~ Tacoma Family Photographer

Some of you may remember the adorable little girl with the inspirational backstory whom I photographed last summer.  In my session-wrap post I wrote that I hoped to be photographing her for years to come.  Well, it looks like I was given at least one more year of that distinct honor, and I am happy to bring some highlights of that shoot to you all today.

Once again, we had lovely weather to work with (though, mercifully, not so hot), and once again Mair's Mama brought some adorable outfits for her little lady to wear.  For a dynamic prop we even used bubbles- a definite winner with the toddler set!

(Speaking of toddlers, I was reminded once again why I really love photographing little ones this age.  They are so busy, sometimes obstinate, but full of wonder and delight at simple fun (bubbles, peek-a-boo, story books, flowers).  The little years are fleeting and they seem to go by in a blur, but pointing the camera toward the blur sometimes yields marvelous results!)


Bubbles and sunshine... I love it!

What a beautiful smile!

It is such a blessing to me to watch this little girl grow.  I hope you feel the same when you see these little glimpses of this sweet and precious girl!

Until next time,
~ Kathryn

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Those Terrific Turners ~ Tacoma Family Photographer

This summer marked my fifth photo shoot with some of my favorite clients, who also happen to be dear friends: the Turner Family.  Each time I've photographed them, I've thought they just couldn't get  any more more endearing and photographically-likeable (a term I'm coining right now to describe that feeling you get when you see strangers in a photo and think to yourself, "I would like to hang out with them.  They look like good people.").  With their maternity shoot last spring, they really upped the ante, and when their beautiful daughter was born, it was clear that things were just going to keep getting cuter at the Turner household.

So when I was called upon to do a family session for the Turners this summer, with their newly one-year-old daughter, I was already excited for the end result.  True to form, the Turners gave me excellent material to work with on our photo shoot day.  Of course, all that means is that an already loving family did all their normal loving stuff- just while wearing especially nice outfits, at a beautiful state park, at the "golden hour" of the afternoon, with me around to photograph them.

For a nice nod to their maternity shoot, we chose the same location and many of the same specific areas of the park to shoot in, and we brought along the same beautiful vintage chair.  And like that session, the love this family has for each other shone through and lit up every photo.  (Even more than that beautiful golden sunlight.  Which is really saying a lot, because... man- that sunlight is amazing!)

The light in these first 3 shots is incredible.  I toned down the warmth and its still so golden!

What a blessed little girl!

That sweet little rocking chair is a family heirloom of theirs.  I love working those kinds of props in to the shoot!

That chair is back!  And so versatile!

See what I mean about the love?

Double click to open this photo larger and you'll see that cute little nose-scrunch smile up close!

This is my favorite photo of the whole shoot!

This was one of those unexpected shots that I ended up really liking.  It's fun to capture the curiosity of small children on camera!

 As always, I love the way these Turner shoots turn out!  I hope you all do, too!

'Till next time,
~ Kathryn

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Sunshine with the Simmons Family ~ Tacoma Family Photographer

I recently had the opportunity to photograph the Simmons family- a lovely bunch with five beautiful and energetic children!  We decided on Fort Steilacoom Park for our session (which you may find familiar since I did the Hayman family's shoot there recently as well!).

What a beautiful and versatile location it is.  With the old farm buildings and the interestingly-shaped trees, we found plenty of natural props for the kids to play on and around.  This family has so much fun together, and so much love for each other, it was a privilege just to be there capturing the magic with my camera!  Scroll down and click on the individual photos to see for yourself.  The Simmons clan is definitely one big happy family!

This might be one of my all-time favorite photos.  Unorthodox posing, but truly a special shot!

Brothers photo!

You all know I am a sucker for the sweet Mom & Dad shot!

Sometimes at the end of a session, tickling is the best bet for a good smile!

Just in time for Father's Day- the Father & Sons shot!

See?  Aren't they just such an adorable group?  These little ones definitely don't lack any fun or love in their lives.  I'm so glad I had the chance to photograph them!

Until next time,
~ Kathryn