Thursday, November 20, 2014

Point Defiance with the Dickson Family ~ Tacoma Family Photographer

Just in time for the unmistakable arrival of fall, I had the honor of meeting and photographing the Dickson Family at Tacoma's beautiful Point Defiance Park.  For those of you who have been there before, you know how dramatic and enveloping this landscape can be.  For our shoot, we chose a colorful basin of fallen leaves, a lush evergreen-lined trail, and a Puget Sound overlook at the "golden hour" of the afternoon.  All three settings were lovely, and reminded me all the more of why I love being a photographer in Western Washington.

Vanessa and Doug and their sweet little Harlan were a breeze to photograph.  And not only were they easy-going, they were enthusiastic about getting great shots (which I always appreciate).  Toward the end, as we were chasing the afternoon light, they were even game to pose standing on a picnic table so that we could avoid having a pesky chain-link fence in the background.  Now, that's the kind of commitment to the cause that I like in a client!

Scroll down for a peek at their session, and click on any photo to see it larger.  Enjoy!

This little boy has so much love directed at him!

Some of my favorite shots in most family sessions are taken when parents and children are just interacting as they normally would, with no interference from me.

We finally got him smiling!

I just LOVE this light.  (And the love in the photo, too!)

What a sweet family, am I right?  Vanessa and Doug, I am so glad to have met you guys, and I hope these photos are a blessing to you for years to come!  :)

~ Kathryn

Monday, November 10, 2014

An Afternoon with Beautiful Breah ~ Tacoma Senior Photographer

Just one short month ago, I had the distinct honor of photographing Breah, the lovely eldest daughter of a family I have worked with on many previous occasions.  She is a beautiful young woman, inside and out, and now she's almost an adult!  And since she's been watching my kids for years and making other people's lives better for even longer, I was excited to make this a really great senior session for her.  She certainly deserves it, and then some.

In preparation for our shoot, Breah and I planned out several details, not the least of which was the location for her session.  We both agreed right away that the run-down, 120 year-old mansion behind my house, with nearly 3 acres of overgrown fruit trees and tall grasses would be the perfect spot for her shoot.  I brought my antique armchair and vintage parasol, and she brought two changes of clothes, and we set about making some lovely photos!

At various points, we had rain to contend with, and the light starting fading early, but I am pleased as punch with the end result.  Breah's classic beauty and playful spirit shine through in every photo.  I know you'll be able to see it, too.  Go ahead- scroll down and see for yourself!

 I did this pull-back to really capture the character of the house we were shooting at.  I can just imagine its former glory!

Perhaps my favorite shot from this session.  Classic.

For those who follow my business page on FB, you may have seen this one compared with a photo of Snow White from ABC's "Once Upon A Time."  Isn't the similarity uncanny?

I think she's smiling at her future, way out there...  ;)

Believe it or not, this one was taken just 30 feet from the last one.  Just an outfit change and a willow tree made all the difference!

It was such a treat for me to photograph Breah.  What a joy it is to photograph a person at an age when the future is just around the bend: intimidating, enticing, exciting, mysterious- and (of course) probably feels like it's taking forever to arrive.  (You're doing great, Breah!  Can't wait to see what God has in store for you!)

~ Kathryn