Thursday, October 10, 2013

Watching Eli Grow: 9 Months ~ Tacoma Child Photographer

Well, folks, Eli's back and he's more handsome than ever!  You saw him at three months, then again at six months, and now you get to check in on him at nine months.  As usual with Watch-Me-Grow clients, Eli and I get to hang out and do mini sessions at 3, 6, and 9 months, and we're gearing up for a bigger shoot at twelve months in a few short weeks!

For this session, we actually used my backyard- both for convenience and for a change of scenery.  My son's favorite dump truck proved to be the perfect prop and matched beautifully with Eli's very stylish yellow skinny jeans.  At one point, we even sat (perhaps wedged) Eli into the back of the dump truck and used it as a little seat among the weeds!  Basically, it was a great session, despite the fact that Eli was in a bit of a funk and wasn't giving away any free smiles.  Eli's Mom and I had to work very hard for the smiles we did get, but they were so worth it.  ;)

We finished off the session with a few shots indoors beside some very large picture windows because apparently Eli loves looking out of windows these days.  This is one thing I love about WMG (Watch-Me-Grow) sessions: I get to document the subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) changes that a baby goes through every few months in their first year of life.  Preferences and interests change so quickly at this age that it's an honor to be able to capture what they are interested in- right then.  This was the perfect chance to do just that!

So take a look at some of the highlights from Eli's 9-Month mini session, and see if you don't come away enchanted by this handsome little man...  ;)

Thanks for looking, and watch out for Eli's 12-month shoot later this fall!

~ Kathryn

Friday, September 13, 2013

Katelyn's Huge 8th Grade Grad Shoot! ~ Tacoma Senior Photographer

Earlier this summer I had the exciting opportunity to do a senior shoot (well, actually an 8th grade graduation shoot) for a lovely young lady and nine of her closest friends.  My first thought was, "Ten middle-schoolers in one shoot?  Am I crazy??"  My second thought was, "Yup, I'm just crazy enough to try it!"  I'm glad I went with my second thought.

As with so many shoots in the past, we chose Chambers Bay Golf Course for this session, because I knew we'd need plenty of space, interesting natural landscape, and some beachy shots at the end.  Now all we needed was beautiful weather, a golden sunset, and ten enthusiastic kids.  Thankfully, everything came together for this shoot and we had a great time.  The kids were just energetic enough to keep the shoot fun and lively, but not so energetic that they were unmanageable.  As crazy as it may sound, they were so easy to work with that I might just be willing to take on a shoot this size again someday!  ;)

We spent a solid two hours walking around the ruins of an old sand and gravel quarry, then ended the session on the beach at sunset.  How much more perfect could it have been?  Take a look through some of these highlights and see if you aren't refreshed by the energy and giddiness of these great kids!

Posing ten squirmy middle-schoolers is a challenge only exceeded by posing ten squirmy toddlers.  Thankfully, these kids took it easy on me.  ;)

Don't you love the timing of this random bird?  How unintentionally symbolic!

The guys wanted a couple of their own shots, too, of course.

This shot was their idea, and I love it!  I'm always a fan of spontaneous inspiration during photo shoots.

Katelyn (the "hub" in the center of this group of friends) got some solo portraits by the water during the "golden hour" of our shoot.  You just can't beat that natural backdrop!

What a blessing it was for this beautiful young lady to have a photo shoot that will always remind her of the good friendships she shared during this exciting season of her life!

I know, I know, I'm a portrait photographer.  But sometimes I shoot like a photojournalist.  ;)

These girls needed no direction from me.  ;)

Shooting back-lit against the sunset: not always easy, but always worth it!

And of course, the requisite jumping-in-unison photo.  Perhaps a little overdone, but very cute nonetheless.

Well, I hope you were as refreshed by this portrait session as I was!  What a treat to see these young adults meeting their future with the benefits of enthusiasm and strong friendships.  Cheers to Katelyn, and goodnight, everybody!  :)

~ Kathryn

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Another Cutie for the Coutures ~ Tacoma Family Photographer

For those of you who have been following my blog for even a few months, you will probably recognize this adorable family.  My last shoot for them was a combination maternity/ family shoot, and it was (as I expected) totally beautiful.  In fact, the only thing better than photographing their anticipation for their little bundle of boy would be photographing their family with said boy right in the middle of all the love!

Well, lucky for me, I had that opportunity earlier this summer.  That was when James first caught the adoring attention of my camera.  And now, whenever I see this little guy, I find myself saying gushy-type things like, "Oh, he is such a handsome little man!"  "No, seriously, he is SO cute- I would know; I meet lots of babies!"

One of my favorite aspects of this shoot was seeing how their two daughters interacted with (and sometimes smothered) their bewildered and easy-going little brother.  But he was cool as a cucumber- taking (almost) all the hugs and kisses they dished out, and only shooting his Mama the occasional panicked glance.  It's clear that this having-a-little-boy-in-the-house arrangement is definitely going to work out.  ;)  Scroll down and see some highlights from this very fun shoot!

Unlike most of my family shoots, we did this session indoors.  It involved a little more set-up, but the result was casual and relaxed- which I love!

Laughs always make the best smiles!

This might be my favorite from this session.  So simple, so intimate.  I love it!

Mmmm... yummy hand....  ;)

Oh my goodness, what's not to love about this face??

I don't know why, but this one reads as all-american good-kid to me.  Like he's taking his senior portraits early.  :)

Who knew a blue octopus could be such a cute photo-friend?

Father and son.  Always a good combination!

Another sweet mother-son moment.  Something tells me this little guy isn't going to want for love!

Well, there you have it!  You've now seen a totally adorable baby boy, along with his adoring family, and hopefully they've given you that boost you needed to go about your day!  Stay tuned for more blog posts coming up soon!

~ Kathryn

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Kaylee's First Photo Shoot! ~ Tacoma Newborn Photographer

In my line of work, you might think I occasionally get tired of photographing cute little girls.  I mean, they are just so sweet and precious and wrinkly... you might think I've got some kind of "cuteness-limit."  Well, thankfully, I don't!  I can never get enough of adorable newborn girls (mid-shoot accidents and all!).  And now that I have my own little girl, I can't help but think back to when she was new, and then I am not only smitten, I am also nostalgic on top of that!  Yup, cute baby girls put me in somewhat of a predicament.

Little Kaylee was no exception.  She met all the criteria I look for: cute, small, wrinkly, sleepy, and unable to control her bladder.  Yes, her session was destined for sweetness!  :)

Add to that a set of laid-back first-time parents and you have a recipe for adorable newborn portraits.  So go ahead, scroll down and get to know this perfect example of newborn girl cuteness, and see for yourself!

Arguably, my favorite expression on a baby's face.  It means sleep is coming!

Checking me out...

For a while, Kaylee was content to be wrapped up in this uber-soft knit cocoon.  I mean, who wouldn't be?

Even when she was awake, Kaylee was so calm.  It was great!

Wrinkly fingers? Check.  Pouty lips?  Check and check!

This is about as close as I get to posing newborns.  She seemed to find so many delightful sleeping positions on her own!

It's fun to see what newborns do with their hands before they even realize that they have hands...

Speaking of hands, this girl means business!

And I'll leave you on a sleepy, black-and-white note.  Beautiful.

Well, as always, thank you for checking out what I've been up to lately!  I am sure little Kaylee didn't disappoint; she is such a little sweetheart!  Make sure to stay tuned for more blog posts in the next couple of weeks.  I have a huge back-log of work that I need to share with you all!

~ Kathryn

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Watching Eli Grow: 6 Months ~ Tacoma Child Photographer

After his three-month shoot, I promised you more adorable photos of this adorable boy- and here they are!  Eli was handsome (of course) and animated for our session, and I was glad to capture that in his portraits.  He was able to engage even more with the camera this time (which is always a fun development!) and he even took some very dapper tummy-time portraits as well!

One new feature of Eli's 6-month session was being able to shoot outdoors!  Yes, the combination of warmer weather and an older baby made for some very fun outside shots.  And the beautiful location you see below is none other than the Miller's backyard!

All right, I'll quit blabbing so you can check out this cute little man...

One of those "tummy time" shots I was talking about.  He's so engaged with the camera!
I don't usually do detail shots like this one for older babies, but with legs like these, how could I resist?

Again, so engaging.  What a handsome little guy!
Eli was SO over these sunglasses, but I insisted.  See how his Mom is having to hold them on him?  Muah-ha-ha-ha!

Now he has those sunglasses right where he wants 'em!

I don't usually include mom and dad in these sessions, but what can I say?  Sometimes I throw in a bonus.  ;)

Eli has the most hilarious facial expressions.  I'll just say it was VERY hard to narrow them down.

Showing off those pearly whites while relaxin' on his cool chevron blanket.

Whenever I can, I love to catch serious expressions on children.  There's something quite profound about them.

Well, as I mentioned before, Eli has already booked me for mini sessions at 9 and 12 months (smart kid!), so you'll be seeing more of this dapper little dude- don't you worry!  For now, though, you'll just have to stay tuned for all the other fun things that will pop up on my blog in the next three months...

As always, thanks for looking!
~ Kathryn

Friday, May 17, 2013

The Perfect Mother's Day Gift ~ Tacoma Family Photographer

This year for Mother's Day I had the privilege of giving a truly great Mother's Day gift to my own mom: a photo shoot of her with her two adorable grandchildren.  It was such a fun time, and I know it meant a lot to her, which made it all the more rewarding for me!

Our shooting location was none other than my own backyard, and we kept the session very low-key since it was right before nap time.  During Milo's half of the session, I used a new (and perhaps regrettable) prop: dandelions!  They were super fun at the time, and they made for great photos, but I think I may regret teaching him how to spread these weeds around our yard as a recreational activity...

But enough of that; scroll down to take a look at the sweetness that was this Mother's Day photo shoot!  (Hopefully the first of many!)

For those of you who are thinking to yourselves, "Darn!  Why didn't I give my mom a photo shoot for Mother's Day?" don't worry, there is always next year, or a birthday, or Christmas, or Father's Day.  You can always find a good excuse to make lasting memories for your loved ones!  ;)

~ Kathryn