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). 

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! 

What do Photographers do when it's 60 degrees in February?

We will do just about anything to get out and shoot! Including arrange a "shootout". This is when a photographer will find a model, style the shoot, and invite other photographers in the area to join in the fun. The model gets photos from each photographer for her time, and the photographers get new work for their portfolio. Win win! 

Last night was my first time attending a shootout, and I really hope it won't be my last. It was so great to get together, collaborate, and learn.  There were photographers there with all different skill levels, and the atmosphere was one of camaraderie, and friendship. All in all a very lovely experience :) 

P.S. Check out our gorgeous model! This is baby number 5 for her, can you believe it!?