I needed a little end of winter pick-me-up and Emmy was my cure. She's basically a round bundle of smiling cuteness, so I can't help but forget the rain outside and smile when I'm with her. She knows how to work the camera (and the photographer) and make all the magical things happen. I'm usually not a big fan of photoshoots inside people's homes and always prefer the natural light found out of doors, but sometimes you have to work with what mother nature gives you. Between the mother/daughter moments and the big brother Bowser photos at the end, I think it's safe to say this is my favorite indoor photoshoot ever. Sometimes the rain forces you to find beauty within your own walls and create your own sunshine. I'm so thankful for that.
Simple and sweet is pretty much how you sum up an LDS baby blessing. It doesn't take very long, but there is depth and meaning as the father gives his baby an official name in the church and a blessing specifically tailored to the divine nature of that child. I love everything about how personal it is, but it's even sweeter when you know that the baby being blessed is a miracle to that family. The Bosquet family has waited a very long time for Jack Thomas to join them and I feel privileged to have been a part of this special day in even just a small way.
To me, the Ivins family represent everything good about Seattle. They are down-to-earth, real people with big hearts. They also love this city, the donuts, the food and of course, the Seahawks. It just made sense to capture them with the quintessential Seattle city skyline view for their photo shoot this year. The famous Kerry Park view is also part of their neighborhood, so for them it wasn't so much touristy as it was familiar and part of everyday life. But let's be honest, who's looking at the skyline with this cute family in the foreground! I just love them to pieces!
It's alway funny when I explain my relationship to the Green family. Tamanna is indirectly related to me as my sister-in-law's sister, a relationship that wouldn't necessarily warrant frequent contact or interaction, but family nonetheless. Her, Carter and their son live in the Seattle area as well and happen to be the coolest people ever! Our random connection is enough for us to bother them more often than not and consider them good friends. They came with us this last weekend to Wenatchee and we put together a sweet and simple family photo shoot in my mother's backyard. We've since nicknamed them our "framily" (friends + family) because they fall into both categories and we love them so!
Parents and extended family play such an important role in the lives of our immediate families, especially when a new baby is added to the bunch. As a gift, Wendy wanted to capture some photos of her newborn and toddler with the grandparents, so they could remember these sweet days of visiting, holding and cuddling their grandbabies. Each picture reminds me of the strong bond between generations of families and the simple wisdom that passes from one to the other and back again, as we learn to take care of each other.