Monday, September 17, 2012

Drew's Growing Up! ~ University Place Family Photographer

As one of my final shoots before maternity leave, I got to spend part of an afternoon with my good little buddy, Drew (and his lovely parents, of course!).  As always, it was a fun time- and we have the pictures to prove it!

Now, when you've done as many sessions together as this family and I have, it's always a good challenge to find something new and different to distinguish each shoot from the last.  Thankfully, Drew is a growing boy, which means there is always something new being learned or tried in his life.  He's two-and-a-half years old now, and that called for some outdoor fun at the Chambers Bay waterfront to take full advantage of the rocks, gravel, grasses, old pillars, and water!

Since Drew is older now, we also got a chance to snag a photo of his Mom and Dad together- just the two of them.  Unfortunately, not a lot of parents get to have one-on-one photos once there's a little one in the picture, but I was glad to remedy that for these two!

So go ahead- take a glance through the highlights of Drew's two-and-a-half year session and just see if it doesn't make you want to head out to the beach for one last afternoon in the sun before fall!

I love the serious look on Drew's face here.  Very no-nonsense.  

Humorously enough, a toddler trying to weasel his way out of a shot makes a pretty good photo-op!

I'm so glad we had the chance to capture this shot of just the two of them.  It's so romantic with the ocean behind them!

A passing airplane provides a nice "inspirational" shot.  ;)

Thanks for looking, and stay tuned for my next post- a NEW family and my LAST photo shoot before maternity leave!

~ Kathryn

Monday, September 3, 2012

The Pitroffs: One Year Later ~ Seattle Family Photographer

I always love when I get the chance to work with the same family at various points in their lives.  I also love working with people who also happen to be my friends.  So in the case of my good friends, the Pitroffs, this late-summer portrait session was a double-whammy of good times for me!

You may recognize this beautiful couple from their maternity shoot last summer, or perhaps you even recall the "newborn" session I did for their sweet son, Elias (he was actually a month old at the time of the shoot).  Well, with the passing of another year, much has changed in the Pitroff family: Elias has grown into an adorable and energetic one-year-old and there's even another little Pitroff on the way, though it's too early for him/her to make any noticeable appearance yet.  But one thing has not changed at all: the obvious love between Jonathan and Sara, and the way that love has grown to include that charming little boy of theirs!

For their family shoot, Jonathan and Sara wanted to use a location that had a lot of variety- a good mix of urban and natural scenery, which turned out to be a perfect description of Magnuson Park, in Seattle.  Having never been to the location before, I was open to whatever we saw as we drove through the very large grounds of the park.  It ended up being a little like a scavenger hunt; I had certain shots in mind to take, and as we saw locations that looked intriguing, we would turn in, park, pile out, and take some photos!  It was a fun way to approach the shoot, and definitely kept the energy level up, because each new mini-location was a welcome surprise to us!

From the outset, I knew that I wanted this finalized session to communicate the sweet, close bond this family has... AND the fun they have together.  I'd say the finished product captures that pretty well, but I'll let you all be the judge.  Enjoy!

And with that, my friends, I will bid you all goodnight.  I hope you enjoyed looking at these photos as much as I enjoyed working on them!

~ Kathryn