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  • Celebrating Rory // Anchorage Family Photography

    Family photography doesn’t have to be painful you guys. Sometimes it’s really just an hour of your day – popped into a celebration! Raising a little one to that one year mark is a massive accomplishment – for the whole family! You have sacrificed sleep, attention, and for siblings, probably a lot of your toys to the new baby. And now that new baby is… well… not really a baby anymore! But they are fantastic and fun and we know you’re all looking forward to the next phase of development which usually includes more sleeping through the night!! Hopefully…

    Babies are beginning to stand, some are walking, some are just really good at crawling – but either way – they are mobile and gaining independence!!

    So when the whole family can participate in the party we can make it not only about the littlest one, but also about celebrating siblings and parents and all the work that you have accomplished together surviving the first year.  It’s a big deal!

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    I love to capture an individual portrait of each child at every family session. Did you have these on your walls as a kid? I mean, my parents just had our school portraits on the walls – but I always remember feeling so proud of MY solo picture. When you grow up with 5 siblings though – anything you get on your own is pretty special!

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    Guys – you all know I love a good cake smash session but I always warn parents – 50% of kids actually hate cake at their 1 year and won’t eat it.

    I mean – think about it – have your kids ever eaten frosting before they’re 1? Probably not! We are always trying to hard to give them healthy foods, not processed, etc – and then we shove this sugar filled thing in front of them, and no kidding, half of them taste it and are like ‘Nope!!’

    Sweet little Rory was definitely in that camp. She is a little spit fire – and I adore her – and she was DEFINITELY not having that cake!  But we did convince little miss Rory to take a few pieces of smoked salmon that we stuck in the frosting to at least get her to sit next to her cake! It’s all about tricks friends. I’ve got a few up my sleeve… Also – ninja mom skills. I’ve got those too.

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    Ok – she was NOT happy with us for trying to feed her cake. And she was even more mad about having to be cleaned up! But girl – I can’t send you home covered in frosting!! And honestly – this mad face is my favorite! I think because it captures her personality so well. Did I mention she’s a spit fire? So independent! She reminds me so much of my youngest – everything has to be her way!

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    Meanwhile – big sister was happy to polish off that cake for her. She was oh-so dainty using a spoon rather than her hands! She even shared with dad – which was the most adorable thing ever.

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    Hugs for mom – always the best way to end a session!

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  • Baby Willow // Anchorage Portrait Studio

    Cake smash sessions for 1 year olds are always so much fun. I absolutely love being in the downtown Anchorage studio for these, as we have so much more room! It’s super fun to get a few shots with mom (or dad – or both!) as well – I love having those over the years – to show the progression of growth. Kids grow SO fast!! The first year especially…

    This adorable family came all the way from Valdez to have her portraits made – and being from a coastal city, Little miss Willow has a mermaid theme going on in her room- so of course we needed to incorporate all those delicious colors. The teal/purple combo might be my new favorite. SO pretty!!

    BUT – my favorite part of this session was incorporating a milk bath after the cake smash. I don’t know why I haven’t thought of doing this before – but it was SO adorable! And the perfect way to clean up after smashing frosting all over your face…

    I’ll be including this little after cake option with all my 1 year smashes point forward. And really for all milestones sessions, as long as babies can sit up of course.


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  • A sunny day in Seattle // Family Photographer

    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!