Saturday, December 22, 2007

Christmas time in Seattle...and four-legged friends

How fun is to get holiday cards in the mail and see all the pictures of your friends, family and all the kiddos?! It's even more fun to get a card and know that you took the family picture. Tee hee! I loving my photography business!

To enjoy some of the Seattle holidays, I got to spend some time with such an outgoing, energetic and talented photographer (http://www.mcconnellphoto.com/) and I helped her out during her photo shoot with a couple in downtown Seattle. We got to walk around all the holiday lights, ride the carousel horses and even take a horse drawn carriage ride. Other photos were shot in the Fairmont Hotel. I would love to do a photoshoot like this, so if you are interested, let me know. Here are a few pics that Laurel sent me:




Thanks Laurel for letting me join you on this ever-so-fun session! I look forward to working with you again in the near future.

As this month winds down and my special is still being offered. A friend of mine decided that she wanted some pictures of her children... four-legged ones that is. This is going to be an Xmas present to her husband. I love her 'children's' names: Sue (the male, reddish mix) and Cash (the female, black chow mix). Here are couple from our session:






Rose, the proud mommy of her four-legged kiddos. =) Hope your husband loves your Xmas present.

If you have any four-legged kids you would like pictures of...let me know.

Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Rejuvenation for one Hot, Sassy Momma!

What an inspiration...Paula called me up wanting to get a photo session to celebrate a huge milestone...She has LOST 80 LBS!!! Check her out...WOW! I was so impressed with her strength, courage, and her attititude. Paula is a true success story from the ProClub's 20/20 program and her trainer even said she was her 'biggest loser'. Not only does Paula look great now, she's healthy, happy and even starting to date again. Need I say, she's sassy too! Here are some pictures from her photo session. Myself and another photographer (www.sarahrhoadsphoto.com) teamed up to take the pictures. Paula was so willing to step outside of her traditional studio session and go downtown to take some pictures. They turned out great! Thanks Sarah for joining me...I know we all had a great time.

Paula looks so beautiful ...she was so fun to photograph.
Paula has the best smile. She said her son was her best friend and made her smile the most. How awesome is that?!


Paula's favorite car is a mustang, so we found this vintage baby blue mustang to pose with.




So young and so fresh...I love this pic.
Look at this sassy pose. Check her out in her size 6 jeans!
Sarah getting some closeup shots of Paula's gorgeous green eyes. Check out Sarah's site, she's awesome.Thanks gals, I had a wonderful time and hope you did too. Paula, congrats again and best wishes for a hot date soon! ;) LOL

Sunday, December 9, 2007

My aunt is making beads and they are gorgeous. Here's just a sampling of them...she has all sorts and even does custom work. These are custom for a friend of hers. Anyone need any beads? Email Chris at : Clq3@comcast.net
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Sunday, December 2, 2007

Loving family

Saturday was a busy day for me...I had TWO photo sessions. Business is picking up and I love it! The afternoon was spent with the most adorable and loving family, the Erlandsons. Despite not being able to get any outdoor shots (the skies opened up and dumped some white fluffy stuff!), everyone had a fun time gathering in mom and dad's room, bouncing on beds, snuggling up in chairs and giggling at the silly situations I put them in. The photos are proof that they had a great time and that this is a wonderful couple, with 3 outgoing and fun kids.

Stella stole the show with her precious smile and eagerness to be in front of the camera.

She had such fun bouncing on her bed...with her bunny ears. Umm, it Christmas time....
Elizabeth is such a sweet gal and is going to steal some hearts soon.
Happy Birthday to the new 'adult' in the home. Thank you Thomas for humoring us on your 18th birthday to take some family photos. Kudos to you!
Charlie the dog was infatuated with his toy telephone. Tru Wuv!
Wait, no, this is true love. Tom and Joanne were just too cute!

Here's everyone having a 'howling' good time.

A snuggled up bunch ...Happy Holidays!


Thanks Joanne for having me come photograph your loving family. I had a wonderful time and hope to be able to capture some more cherished moments throughout your lives.

cheers.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

This won't last long...

I'm offering a steal of a deal right now on family, pregnancy, new born, or engagement photo session. For a one hour session and a CD with your edited images, it's only $150. Prices won't stay this low for long! Portraits are a great gift for loved ones, for updating your family pictures, or for that special holiday card. I've already got several sessions booked and seeing that the holidays are coming fast, you'll want your pictures taken sooner than later. I hope to be able to work with you soon, and who knows, become your family photographer for years to come!

BTW...I'm already booking weddings for 2008, so if you know anyone needing a wedding photographer, I'm their gal.

Monday, November 26, 2007

I love my new job!

I hope you all enjoyed your long holiday weekend. I sure did! I've gotten quite a bit done on my website and I got to TAKE PICTURES! I love my new job!

Check out the great pictures I took yesterday during a family photo shoot of my dear friends of 10 years. I've seen the transformation of Cathy and Brooks from crazy college graduates, to lifetime partners, to amazing parents. Their kids are just so freakin' adorable!

Devon showing me her lil tootsies

Beautiful Olson family

Owen wanted no part in sitting still to take pictures.

Bubbles were brought out to get the kids interested...LOL...yeah right!

Devon had fun riding her tricycle. Check out those baby blues.

Owen had fun scootin' around on his fire truck

Sweet kisses

I love this picture of Cathy and Devon
The Olson's walking with Tucker (the lab) back home after playing on the golf course
Thanks you guys for letting me spend the day with you. Love you and hope you enjoy your Christmas pictures.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Business Cards...check

Word has already spread and I'm getting requests for photoshoots. This week I have two, one family and one party at the WAC. Very exciting! I've spent some time today making business cards, here's what they look like:
front of card

back of card

If you want any cards to hand out to friends or family, let me know and I will make sure to send you some. When the website is up, I will redo them to include the website address...but for now this is it.

I hope you all had a great time with your friends and family over the holiday. My time was spent with John, my aunt, uncle, grandma and two of her dear friends (like grandparents to me). We had an amazing gourmet turkey dinner and then we all snuggled up near the fire, had our tea/coffee, homemade pumpkin pie and watched 'Ratatoulle'. A lovely evening!

I am definitely blessed and thankful for so much this year, especially everyone's support. Thank you!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Website production has started

I started the process this weekend of putting my website together. Who knew it could take so much time, thought and planning. Kudos to those out there who do it for a living. It will certainly take me a little time to get it going, but I'm hoping to have it 'go live' by the end of the year. In the meantime, I will continue to add a picture here and there on the blog to keep those reading this entertained =). And thank you to those who are reading this.

A couple of fun things I did this weekend... For those of you who know me know that I've participated in Team in Training http://www.teamintraining.com/ with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society http://www.lls.org/ and this season I'm going to do another event with them. In June I will be competing in a Half Iron Man triathlon and I will have to raise thousands of dollars before I get there, as well as train throughout the winter and spring months. It's fun, but hard work. I love it! I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in working out/getting in shape for a good cause (YOU are cause enough, but a society helping others is great too). So, being that I live in Seattle, our practice on Saturday involved a lot of running around on trails in the rain while playing a game. It was so easy to run an hour when it's fun!


Other than that, I was able to get John up and out of the house for dinner out and playing some games. He's getting back to a better self. yeah.


Alright, I have to get some more work done.

Here's a picture of a gorgeous tree in one of my favorite parks in W.Seattle, Lincoln Park.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Harvest Festival

I said to myself that I wantd to write on my blog every other day at least, but this week just took over. John had a life changing surgery on Tuesday...he got a bright, new shiny hip. Yes, I said a new hip. He's doing great now and taking it easy at home for quite a few days. Congrats babe...I hope you're up and running around soon.

Wed and Thursday took me to Montana and Portland for work. Upon my return on Thursday night, my flight got canceled...so my co-worker and I rented a car and drove home. The joys of business travel. Today I had to play catch up with work and help take care of John while he's still recovering and unfortunately, dealing with a fever. But, he got to shower today! Woohoo for showers! LOL

Last Sunday was the 'harvest festival' with John's family. His brother, Bill, and his family came into town from CA. The rest of John's sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins and kids joined in the celebration...that would be around 50+ people. =) woah! My immediate family is about 17...certainly not big. It was great for the picture taking...which of course, I did. So here are a few fun photos that I can share of John's family.

Brothers and Sisters (Katie, Bill, Lisa and John)

Here is Owen and Georgia (John's niece and nephew) hard at work coloring


Look at this face!! I crack up every time I see it. Mason (one of John's second cousin's kid) has a HUGE personality..so freakin cute!



Georgia, John's niece, is just sweet and precious as can be!

Another cute kiddo. Everytime he saw the camera, he said a big 'Cheese' ,with a Chandler Bing-like smile (which really isn't a smile).Too funny!
Steele (Mason's brother) is such a little man. Love his grin. =)
Carey, John's sister in law, was teaching the kids how to play a game.
Westin, John's nephew, got caught looking like a chipmunk. This picture cracks me up!
John's mom's hands with Owen's (the youngest of his nephews). I thought of retaking this photo to have her fingers close together, but John's sister, Katie, said this is exactly how she holds her hands and uses her middle two fingers most often. It was a sweet example of how their mom really is.
The crazy Lucas gang (John's sister's family)
John's brother and his family (The Carpenters)
John's youngest sister and her family (The Wallace gang)
The whole family together. It was amazing we all held still to get a great shot...with everyone smiling too. Way to go guys! We had a great time seeing everyone.
As always, so many more pictures were taken that I could share, but I have to limit myself. ;)
Now on to the fun part of my day....yes, on a Friday night, I'm going to try to finish editing some photos from my family photo shoot and get my website rollin'. I'm super excited.

Big congratulations to my friend Monique Lowe http://www.moniquelowe.com/ for getting her photography business off the ground and launching her website. I'm right behind ya sister!
War Eagle!