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  • about me…

    i love my husband. he is truly my best friend.
    my daughter, vivian darling, has made my world even bigger & better.
    i love dance.
    i studied graphic design in college.
    seattle is the best. and, i love living here.
    i love music.
    a good cup of coffee can make my day.
    i love food & sharing a meal with friends.
    i love a good story. i am addicted to books & movies.

    i love to photograph people.

sugawara family {seattle family portraits}

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Good gracious I love this family. They are the best. The. Best.

The best of friends. The best of parents. The best of kiddos.

I feel so fortunate to have been a part of the Sugawaras life for so long (I mean… WELL over 20 years at this point). They have brought so much goodness into my life in the form of laughter, good times, creative work, and the rare kind of friendship that is supportive, inspiring and meant to last a lifetime. I think it’s safe to say that we just get each other. I’ve had the privilege of photographing some of the biggest moments in their lives (engagement, wedding, maternity, newborn for both of their beautiful daughters…), so when it was time for our regular shoot this year we decided to do something a little different.

We headed down to Seattle to capture the family in action starting out at their restaurant, Suga, in Fremont. With kids ages 1 and 3, doing something that is fun for everyone is where it’s at for family portraits. Toddlers aren’t into posing for hours, but they are into sunny walks  with mom and dad that end with chocolate ice cream. And, bonus, we even got a few of big sister Madden in her dance costume. Photos like these are my favorite. Unposed, real, and exposing the beauty in our every day lives. It feels more like a time capsule, than a portrait session.

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carrie: class of 2018 {mukilteo senior pictures}

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Class of 2018 Senior: Carrie
Meadowvale High School – Lynnwood, WA
Favorite part of high school: “My favorite part of high school would probably be meeting all the people and learning life lessons in and out of the classrooms.”
Sports/Activities: “I play softball. Softball is basically my whole life, I play year round on a select team as well as varsity softball for Meadowdale High School.  I love softball very much. My dad is also my coach so it makes softball even more special for me.”
In her free time, you’ll likely find her: “…practicing softball, or doing something related to softball.”
Hopes for life after high school: “My hopes after high school are to go to college and play softball while getting a bachelors degree in elementary education.”
Personal style: “My personal style is very laid back, I tend to wear leggings a lot with more loose shirts. A more athletic looking style makes me feel comfortable. On occasions I will dress up.”
A note for Carrie: I had so much fun meeting you (and your pup)! I’m just so impressed with you. The kind of dedication you have to softball is rare, and I know that work ethic will take you far! Enjoy senior year!
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lindsey: class of 2018 {edmonds senior pictures}

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Class of 2018 Senior: Lindsey

Kamiak High School — Mukilteo, WA

Favorite part of high school: “…the experience that it gives because once you leave high school, it won’t ever be the same again.  You will be even more independent and you will be exposed to a larger crowd than you were in high school.”

Activities: “I am currently involved in recreational soccer and ultimate frisbee . I started frisbee my sophomore year and have continued playing since then. I played piano for many years and now I am learning to play the guitar.”

 

In her free time, you’ll likely find her: “snuggled up with a good book and a blanket.”

Hopes for after high school: “…to go to college and maybe study abroad!  I am really excited to explore the many options college offers!”

Personal style: “I would describe my personal style as cozy and casual.  I like to dress more for comfort rather than style.”

A note for Lindsey: It was so fun getting to know you at your shoot! I love that I was able to shoot with both you and your sister over the past two years. You and your family are wonderful!

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class of 2018 bsp senior models: group shoot {part 2}

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The second half of our Class of 2018 Model Team shoot happened out on the Seattle waterfront. It was windy and the sun was starting to get low in the sky. We took the opportunity to get some glowy photos of each individual girl, and just a few of the group. The girls chose a more boho type of look and I love it! It all just goes so perfectly with the breezy summer air coming off the Sound.

If you missed part one of our group shoot, check it out here.

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annika: class of 2018 {seattle senior pictures}

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Class of 2018 Senior: Annika

Kamiak High School – Mukilteo, WA

Favorite thing about high school: “My favorite thing about high school is how being able to watch everybody change from freshman year to senior year because it is such a huge difference & everybody matures so much.”

Activities: “For the past couple of years I have been involved in the orchestra at my school playing the violin. Earlier in April, I took a trip with the orchestra to Germany and it was so amazing to travel to Europe with my friends and meeting new people over there as well!”

In my free time you will likely find me… “hanging out with my friends, or brushing up on my photography and videography skills.”

Hopes for after high school: “… going to community college to save money, or possibly going to Western Washington University for the “build your own major” program at Fairhaven to take film production classes.”

Personal style: “I would describe my personal style as Casual, or sometimes Modern-Throwback style with my high waisted pants, crop tops, and scrunchies. I will also jump on any opportunity to dress up with Heels and a cute/edgy outfit for a night in the city!”
A note for Annika: You are awesome. I have loved getting to know you a bit through shoots (with friends and your own). I can’t wait to see where your creative passions take you!
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