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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.

fresh squeezed weddings feature

Brytt and Tater are two of my very favorite people. The are intelligent, hilarious and awesome in every way. And, the thing about them that makes me the happiest is that they are completely head-over-heels in love with each other. A perfect match to be sure.

As you can see from their photos they are fun and quirky, and their engagement session was an absolute blast. So, it was just the icing on the cake to have the photos from their session featured on freshsqueezedweddings.com!

A few of my favorites…

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chris

My husband and I consider Chris to be one of our favorite people. He’s got this sense of humor that’s offbeat, extremely dry, and incredibly hilarious. Think Mitch Hedberg meets Andy Kauffman meets, well, Chris Dean. He’s an original. We always have a great time hanging out with him (I usually end up cackling with laughter…those of you who know me, know that when I laugh, I laugh loudly). And, while he may consider himself the “jester” of our little group, he does have this extremely thoughtful and kind side to his personality that is endearing, and makes him a great gift giver (he seems to pick the perfect thing for everyone).

Chris just happens to be a copy writer, and he needed headshots for his business blog. I was honored that he asked me to take them. Writing about a writer makes me feel a little self-conscious, so I will keep this short, but not without telling you that you should definitely check out his work at deancopy.com.

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baby theodore

One of the very best parts of my job is being able to capture the growing families of friends. Such is the case with the Wanamakers. I’ve known Camarin and Matt since our school days (I think I met Camarin in 6th or 7th grade?)!  They were high school sweethearts, and their love has grown into one of the most adorable families I’ve ever set eyes on.

I was so excited when I heard they were pregnant with their second child. And, completely thrilled to be able to meet baby Theo when he was still only just a few days old!

As you can see in these photos, the entire family is completely in love with Theo.

Theo not only has awesome parents, but also a fantastic big sister. Francesca is all about being an assistant to her mom and giving her baby brother all the love and attention he needs. I loved seeing that big sister sparkle in her eyes when she proudly sported her “big sissy” t-shirt, and theo was wearing his “little brother” onesie that she had made especially for him. You can tell she is going to help Theo figure out all that life has to offer as they grow up together.

As always, it was an absolute joy to hang out with the Wanamaker family. I hope to do so again soon!

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the beginning of our love story (happy valentine’s day)

Valentine’s Day will always and forever be a special day for my husband and I. It’s special to us because it’s the day we had our first “date” (of sorts) eleven years ago.

Garrett and I met the first day of college at The Art Institute of Seattle. Actually before that. It was orientation. I was nervous and shy, and just wanted to get through orientation and get out of there unnoticed. I sat by a girl who looked quiet (like myself) and settled in to listen to the usual orientation info and tour. Then in walks Garrett. Loudly sharing with everyone about his debacle of a commute and making jokes with people he didn’t know yet. And, he sat next to me. I was mortified. He was loud and attention-grabbing and I didn’t want anyone looking my way that day. We received our portfolio bags full of art/design supplies and he immediately started going through his bag enumerating all of the items he already had, and had been using for years (many of which I had never seen before). All I could think was how poorly I was going to do at this school. I didn’t know what anything even was, and here was this guy who had experience with it all (a complete overreaction, to put it mildly).

He doesn’t remember it, but I do.

Flash forward to first quarter. I was in the cafeteria with a few girl friends and we were exchanging phone numbers in hopes of planning a carpool to school. He walks by and says, “Hey ladies! Can I get in on those numbers?!” I still didn’t know him. So, I didn’t know it was a joke. The other girls at the table did know him, and they just rolled her eyes. I thought he was rather forward.

A few quarters into our program I had my first class with Garrett. This is when my opinion of him started to change. Suddenly I started to notice that this “obnoxious” guy was actually pretty funny and talented. He was nice. He’d stop by my desk to talk to me and I would look forward to it. Just goes to show that first impressions aren’t always right!

Finally, Winter quarter 2001, we sat by each other in a class. Alongside one of my best college friends, Jess. We three sat in the back corner and did our best to keep our eyes open during “Art and the Law,” entertaining each other with jokes and notes. Evidently Jess noticed my new found interest in Garrett, because one day on our ride home from school she asked me, “Do you like Garrett?” in her typical matter of fact tone. I told her I did. And, the very next week in class there she was making things happen. She asked Garrett what he was doing for Valentine’s Day, and proposed he hang out with us. Next thing I knew she was giving him my phone number and so it began. We had our very first “date” or whatever you would call it (it was more friendly than dately) on Valentine’s Day 2001.

The date itself was fun, but the important thing was that it was the beginning of a lifelong friendship (and eventually love) for us. We’ve long called Valentine’s Day our “friend-a-versary,” and I am so happy that this Valentine’s Day is the first that I am spending as Garrett’s wife. He is truly my best friend, and my favorite person in the entire world.

A big shout out to Jess for getting things started for us eleven year ago. It pays to have awesome friends.

Hugs and Happy Valentine’s Day to all!

 

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Rustic Wedding Blog Feature!

One of my “business” goals for for 2012 was to get my work featured on a few blogs, and I have been so pleased to have a few of my sessions and weddings accepted so early in the year! Especially when the features are in blogs as great as Rustic Wedding Chic, a blog that is dedicated solely to the couple planning a rustic or country wedding. See the feature here.

Garrett & I absolutely loved shooting Paris & Cody’s wedding! They are an awesome couple, full of energy and fun. Their wedding was stylish, modern, elegant and extremely well thought through. All of the details were just perfect. Their wedding party was tons of fun, and everyone who was there had an amazing time (us included). To see more of their wedding, check out the album on the BSP Facebook page!

Here are a few of my personal favorites from the day…

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