Why my house is messy- Skagit County Family Photographer

It's so easy to get lost in the mundane routines that make up every day life when you're a stay at home mom. Take care of the children, clean the house, make the meals, do the dishes, do the laundry, schedule a playdate, get the groceries, chauffeur the children to and from this or that activity...the list is virtually endless. 

It's so easy to forget that these are the moments. Right now! This is our time with our kids, with our families. This is IT! Remembering to slow down, and take it all in is something I struggle with every day. So here I am to remind you. 

Slow down. Read just one more book(even though you've already read 3). Make a fort out of blankets and pillows. Notice how tiny and baby-like your child's hands still are when they hold their crayons. Notice the long lashes, and still baby-fat cheeks. Because one day you'll look up from whatever chore is so important, and they will be all grown up. 

This day wasn't altogether picture-worthy...my sons hair is a mess and I'm pretty sure he wasn't wearing pants. But we were hanging out, and having fun just being together. We watched a movie, and played with some beads, and I was inspired to pick up my camera and capture the moment. The little details that make up my toddler right now...because before I know it he will be bigger, older, and so different(yet the same). 

Mays Family- Whidbey Island Family Photographer

It was a very cold and windy day here in North Chicago for this family's session, but you'd never know it looking at the love emanating from their photos. Honestly, have you ever seen a more gorgeous family?! 

This first photo here was the very first shot I took, and it completely captures the relationship between a mother and her children. It wasn't even posed...I just looked over and there they were, beautiful, and real. Those are my absolute favorite shots to get. Yes, it's nice to have the posed photos too...but a good candid photo? There's nothing better. 

Elise, 8 days old- Oak Harbor, Washington, Newborn Photographer

This sweet girl came to visit me in my studio a couple of weeks ago, and she could not have been more perfect. I could tell that her mommy and daddy were already taking amazing care of her, because she was so happy the whole time. She didn't make a peep, slept through her entire session, and didn't poop on anything! That's a win in my book :) 

While they were in my studio, they were kind enough to catch some behind the scenes shots of me working with Elise. It was so cool for me to see it from this perspective, so I thought I would put together some side-by-side images so you can see what it looks like behind the scenes when I'm taking these photos. Enjoy! 

The Do family are expecting!!!

One of my very favorite parts of my job is I get the pleasure of capturing treasured memories for my dear friends. It is an honor to see someone I hold so close to my heart evolve and change as life presents new and exciting adventures. 

The first time I met Jenn, she was glowing, pregnant, and beautiful, while I was deep in the throes of new motherhood. We were attending a 4th of July BBQ, my son was 1 month old, and had chosen this day to educate me on what a "Blowout" was.

A few days later, while attempting to be a good wife and cook dinner, my son was having none of it. Crying and screaming, and I was losing my mind. A quick text to Jenn and she was at my door. She held my baby, played with him, and sang him "Apples and Bananas" while I cooked dinner. And a true friendship was born...

We've been there for each other through new motherhood, the extremely demanding jobs of our husbands, date nights, and play dates. We've been each others workout buddy, drinking buddy, babysitter, and therapist. Even though the Navy will take us in separate directions, I know we will always be friends.

Now they are growing their family, and I couldn't be happier for them! 

My favorite time of year...

I know, I know...everyone says fall is their favorite time of year. Maybe it's the vibrant colors of the trees. Maybe it's the relief from the unrelenting heat of summer. Maybe its the knowledge that soon we will be barricaded in our homes by several feet of snow and -20 temperatures. Maybe it's the holidays. Maybe it's the arrival of Pumpkin Spice Everything littering the isles of every store. Whatever your reason, I think we can all agree that fall is the favorite. 

As much as I love taking photos for others, I think I love capturing my own little family on camera even more. My son loves to be outside and just play with nature. He doesn't even need a playground or toys. He's the happiest when he can find the perfect stick,  collect pinecones, or just run around. I love to watch him discover the world around him, and see the wonder and joy in his eyes.