Jenn Do, Maternity Session- Oak Harbor, WA. Maternity Photographer

Oh my goodness it's been a long time since I've blogged! The baby inside the beautiful belly pictured below is now about 8 months old, so it's safe to say I'm a bit behind. Not without a very good reason, but I'll get to that in another post. Right now it's all about my dear friend Jenn and her glowing beauty in her maternity photos. 

This session will always be near and dear to my heart for two reasons: 1-Jenn was the first friend I made when we moved to Illinois, and my son and her first daughter spent the first three years of their lives together. 2-In this session, Jenn is carrying her Rainbow Baby, and we tried to pay tribute to that while also celebrating the life growing inside. 

I always revel in the beauty of my maternity clients while I have them in front of my lens, but this time the true amazement happened later when I uploaded the photos onto my computer to begin editing. I was scrolling through the hundreds of photos I had taken, trying to decide which to edit, when I noticed something I hadn't seen before in all my time behind the camera: A natural rainbow sun flare! On Jenns belly! Now I mentioned this is Jenns rainbow baby, right? I was immediately moved to tears. It was like God was there, blessing this mother and child, and letting her know that the baby they lost is safe with Him. 

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 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. 

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!?