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Monday, December 14, 2015

The Millers at Blueberry Park (back and better than ever!) ~ Tacoma Family Photographer

After my last session AND the session before that with the Miller family, I would not have thought I'd ever be able to take more enchanting, lovely, genuinely beautiful photos of them.  (This is just as much a reflection of their love for each other and easygoing personalities as it is of my skills as a photographer.)  They are simply so wonderful to photograph, and we've had such gorgeous locations, that I just didn't think the previous shoots could be topped.  Until...

Last month, these dear friends of mine met up with my camera and I at one of my favorite locations- Blueberry Park, in Tacoma.  At this time of year, the park (comprised of 5 acres of huge blueberry bushes) is aflame with red, orange, and yellow leaves.  It was also perhaps the sunniest day I've seen there, and the combination of these two factors made for a truly vibrant photo shoot.  During the middle of our session, I recall saying to them, "You know, usually, I enhance colors a little bit in the editing process, but I think I may have to actually tone these colors down so they're not distracting!"

The only thing more captivating than the colors that afternoon was the obvious love and tenderness shared by this family.  I am honored to know them not only as clients, but as longtime friends, and I think that familiarity really shows.  I always hope for families to feel comfortable and unencumbered around me (which is difficult when a camera is around, I know!).  But the Millers are a family who really does seem to forget the camera is there and just interact totally naturally with each other.  I am honored that they trust me enough to be real around me (and my camera), and I know they benefit just as much as I do from the result!

Take a look through some of the highlights of our session below and you'll see what I mean.  (It doesn't hurt that by now the Millers have a keen sense of what to wear and what props to bring along- those books, the doll, the splashes of red in their outfits against the fall leaves- oh my!)  Beautiful!

I always love the parents-in-background shot.  This is how it is, am I right?!

This was a shot I almost left out.  But each time I passed it, the movement and the light in her hair just captured me.  Our kids are so often moving, running, playing.  I'm so grateful that cameras can stop time.

Last minute wardrobe change,  I approve!


Brains and beauty.  This girl is a double-threat!  ;)

When the artsy detail-shot presents itself, I go for it!

These two!  Just stunning.  

This little lady started tiring out before we grown-ups did.  But her sweet tiredness made for some really adorable shots.

This photo is one of my all-time favorites.  There's nothing like the stoic American cowboy tenderly holding his little girl.

One of the last photos we took, and a beautiful parting shot.  This photo looked basically like this straight out of camera.  Talk about some amazing light!

See what I mean?  I just can't wait to see what the future holds for this enchanting family and their future photo shoots!

See you next time!
~ Kathryn

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