Aug 30 2016
So if you remember – back when I launched my new branding for Evoke, we did a session give away – a Day in the Life family photography session to be exact! And the winners of my launch contest were SO much fun! We had a lovely summer morning to photograph their beautiful family routine at their Anchorage home.
I’ve had the pleasure of photographing this family a few times in the past – so it was awesome to get the opportunity to hang with them in their element and create some memories for them just doing their thing.
We started out with breakfast (obviously the start of most family days!) and then moved to getting dressed – and since it was such a beautiful morning, a little play in the yard, with their CHICKENS! They have chickens. I love it. So Alaskan!
The kids were definitely in their zone. They had a blast really putting on a show for me – which was adorable and provided some amazing photographic moments.
This is what I love about Day in the Life sessions – the opportunity to document the life of a family – in their own element – and create beautiful, meaningful photographs of the honest, and simple moments of life. Nothing fake – nothing posed. Just play. routine – and the magic of the smallest moments.
I LOVE the beautiful signature album we created from their images! I know the kids will enjoy looking through this for years – and hopefully the don’t fight too much over who gets it someday!
Aug 23 2016
This year my parents, after living for almost 40 years in Chugiak, Alaska – finally decided it was time to do the snow-bird thing. My mom retired in 2015 from the Anchorage School District, where she worked as a speech therapist for years, and rather than hang out in Alaska to enjoy our beautiful summers, they decided to find some farmland in the middle of Oregon and spend their summer getting settled in.
And when I discovered that their place is in the middle of the best Oregon wine country, OBVIOUSLY we needed to visit! And what kind of photographer would I be if I didn’t pack a few dresses for my littles with the express purpose of capturing the incredible golden sunsets that actually occur at bedtime (rather than midnight, like they do in Anchorage…)
What I loved about this was that we spent no time getting ready – I don’t even think I brushed the kids hair – we tossed their dresses on, ran out into the backyard and photographed for maybe 15 minutes.
They were relaxed – and I just let them be free to play and explore. Portraits don’t have to be painful. Photography truly can be fun and wild and free. Kids bring the magic, I just capture them doing their thing.
This is my absolute favorite way to do children’s photography. Let the kids be kids.
Luckily, we do have a magical time of year in Anchorage when we have this light available. It’s usually September/fall. The sun set is early enough that we have golden light right before bedtime, and often, we get some beautiful sunny (albeit cold/crips!) days to send us into winter.
But also – I travel 🙂
Aug 01 2016
When I was growing up we always hated having to go out in the yard and letting my mom take our pictures. And to be fair – the pictures were always terrible.
BUT – they are a fantastic memories – even if they are blurry, underexposed, and half of us are rolling our eyes. The images definitely captured the reality of the moment – and I love them for that!
Fast forward to 2016. I have met with so many families who don’t have any lasting photographs together! So whenever a family contacts me about photographing them, I’m so excited!
This absolutely beautiful family incorporated 4 generations into their family photography session!
With little ones, it can be so much easier to photograph close to home. Anchorage is such a lovely city – its easy to find a place that is not only scenic, but also where kids a comfortable to play and be themselves.
May 17 2016
I always love getting the opportunity to catch up with clients that have left Alaska. I am so often in Seattle, I mean, Anchorage is basically a suburb of Seattle… so I love that I can pop down for a quick session to take advantage of the gorgeous spring!
The weather could not have worked out better for this session. Obviously the Seattle rains can be unpredictable, and a bit of a gamble for an outdoor cake smash – but all worked out perfectly and we had a gorgeous spring day – full of sun!
I loved how sweet the girls were with the cake – sharing and just happy to be having cake! Who doesn’t love cake?
It was an absolutely perfect shoot from start to finish! I’m ready to head back!