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. 

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!? 

The most wonderful time of the year...

This year my son was two and a half at Christmastime, which means he was finally able to really GET it! It was so magical sharing this time of year with him and seeing the look on his face as he experienced all the fun traditions that Christmas brings. Decorating the tree, our advent calendar, driving around on Christmas Eve and looking at all the "tismas tee yights" as my son calls them :) And of course, using him and his "girlfriend" as test models for my Christmas Mini set up.

Congratulations Shane and Brooke!

This time of year is the perfect time to make sure your loved ones know how you feel about them. I think that's why it's such a popular time to get engaged. You get in the Christmas spirit, and you just want to shout from the roof tops that you're in love!

Back in 2010 my husband and I were so caught up in the romance of the holidays, that we got engaged on December 12th...and married on the 31st! So my session with Brooke and Shane really took me back, and made me reminisce about my own engagement and wedding. 

I hope I was able to capture for them the love they share, just like my photographer on my wedding day was able to freeze our love forever in our photos(and I say that quite literally, because it was only 23 degrees out when we got married...outside!).

Maybe one of these days soon i'll post some of my favorite photos from my wedding day...but for now, lets bask in the love that shines through in these photos of Brooke and Shane. Congratulations!

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.