Pettit Family – Lacey, WA

I found my new favorite location, Nisqually Wildlife Refuge. If you have not gone, drop everything and head there this weekend. It is $3 to park and well worth it. We have been there as a family and enjoyed it. But as a it truly comes alive at sunset. If you are a Pokemon Go player, it is also a location of a ton of pokestops and 3 gyms so I mean, go. No shame for my location plugs. Washington has so many gorgeous locations that are just begging to be shared and enjoyed by all.

You guys, I just love babies. Seriously, I could be the next Duggar’s. I have a baby of my own and 7 month old Sienna still gave me baby fever. I mean those baby blues. How can you not swoon over her? With an outfit that adorable, I even found myself yearning for a little baby girl to dress up as if I don’t already have two girls to dress every day!

But the best part about this session was her parents! I have been so lucky to get joyful moms and friendly dad’s not too upset about the hour of photos they are about to go through. You can see it for yourself in their photos below but the love they share for each other and Sienna was the star of the show. It makes my job so easy when my families can just fall comfortably into guided posing.

A special thank you to the Pettit family for letting me spend an hour with them and adore that little girl of theirs. If you love their session as much as I do then share this post on facebook with your friends! While you are there make sure your swing by my facebook page and check out our summer special!

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Thorson Family – DuPont WA

This was my first time out to Solo Point. I am an avid beach hunter. I thought that I been to all the nearby waterfronts. So when Marissa mentioned somewhere close by that I hadn’t explored yet, I was immediately down.
Solo Point did not disappoint. Getting there is a little questionable. It is technically on Fort Lewis, the roads to the beach are lined with explosive test areas and other types of ranges. But ones you see it, it is so worth it.
A little piece of paradise, an oasis. Clear waters with a stunning view of a cliff side island and distant shores. With the sunset hitting it just right to give it that true summer vibe. Though lets be real, this is the pacific northwest so it was still not warm enough to get in the water.
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I spent my time here with Luka and his parents. Luka was a 2 year old on a mission. He was surrounded by rocks and pebbles with the goal of getting as many into the water as he could. I might have bribed him to look in exchange for a few rocks. Not that we were weren’t able to persuade him to join in on some family fun.

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We were able to capitalize on the rocks to sneak in some shots of mom and dad. Those shots you don’t get many of after a little one joins the family. But are so important to capture that bond that started it all. These two are gorgeous together. They certainly made my job easy.

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Just as I arrived at the beach I noticed these blackberry bushes and knew I wanted to end the session here with the sunlight leaking through. Luka agreed that was a great idea after he discovered they had berries. Most of them were not quite ready yet but there was a few ripe ones in the mix. I think every session needs to end with fresh picked berries. I think all kids would agree that photo sessions would be a lot more fun.
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Thank you to the Thorson family for giving me a fun Sunday evening on the beach! I loved being find special rocks with Luka!
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An Evening with Autumn

 Sometimes paths align and everything works out perfectly. This was one of those times. After a last minute switch, I  get to shoot Autumn and her momma last Friday . It was a superb Washington evening. Warm, angelic sunlight with clouds spotting the skyline. Pair that with a delightful rambunctious almost 3 year old and it was a photographers dream.

Autumn was so outgoing. We let her call the shoots, taking point for her session, allowing the magic to happen. She turned a stick into a magic wand and a tree into a pinata. I am even fortunate to get my own piece of Autumn artwork. She drew my self portrait into a rock pile.

These sessions are my favorite for the love. When you get to chase after a young child and their family, you get to witness their spirit. You see how their relationship unfolds. The adoration it holds. A mother with her daughter playing together. Making memories. Strengthening their bond.

That is my goal as a photographer. My passion is to capture those in front of my camera as they are in that moment. Limited guided posing paired with natural interactions. This is how the magic happens.

For the you get those real smiles from little ones, not the posed fake smiles you can see through a mile away. You give that client images that can bring them back to the fun time they had. Running around this field together at sunset. Instead of remember that stressful hour where they posed unnaturally.

Because that sweet smile right there should be remembered for how it was. A silly piggy back ride with mommy, wearing a party hat for a birthday a few weeks away. Soaking up those moments of our babes being little while it lasts. The cuddles and idolization from our babies is gone all too soon.

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Sierakowski Homecoming

I started out Saturday morning celebrating this family being reunited after a long deployment. I cant think of a better way to come back from maternity leave than with a homecoming. Not only do I love them, but they are so special for the families that get them.
This little boy was so excited to get his daddy back, just remembering his excitement warms my heart. Right after they arrived at the gym, he saw a picture of his daddy on a slideshow playing and his whole face lit up. He passed the time waiting cheesing away at photos of his daddy on his moms phone. But by far the best was his reaction to seeing him for the first time after months apart. All smiles. It isnt uncommon for kids to be shy when their dad finally comes home, but not this boy. I couldn’t be happier for them.

I also did something special for this family. I took video that I’ll include at the bottom of this post! All future homecomings will now include a similar video, I loved it that much.
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Meet Baby Leith

It has been a ghost town around here and my Facebook page the last few months. I have a perfect reason for the silence, this beautiful little boy, Leith Alexander.
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I stopped taking sessions last October due to having difficult pregnancies. It was more than that though, I really wanted the freedom of being able to take the time to savory those last few months of being pregnant and being a family of 2. I was able to really enjoy that time of my life and help make the transition easier on our older children. I am so grateful for being able to take that time. During this time I have really been able to sit back and think about what I wanted for my business and my photography. I am very excited to share these changes with you in the upcoming weeks.
But for now let me tell you more about this precious little boy: Leith Alexander joined our family on January 10th (birth story and photos to come). We could not be more smitten. He is so perfect. We are mesmerized by him. I love watching Lila and Lucy swoon over him the way his father and I do. That is new for us, when we added Lucy to the family, Lila was not old enough to understand and be excited. This time Lila and Lucy both are. They love being big sisters. Leith is so blessed to have siblings that love him so much already.
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Having 3 kids 5 and under all at home on top of 4 pets is a crazy, to say it is a ton of work is an understatement. Our house is full of blissful chaos 90% of the day. We have earned the right to say we thrive in chaos with our houseful of babies, furry and otherwise. Leith is mommy obsessed. I spend all day and all night holding him. He is in my lap right now as I type this. I get maybe an hour combined through out the day where he is not being held by me. I am not complaining, please don’t think I am. I love every second of it. My arms feel empty in the fleeting moments when they are not full with his little body. I don’t know what to do with myself when I try to take a moment for myself and just sit by myself. I want to take in every moment of this stage where all he wants is me. I am already saddened by the thought of his wanting to play and be independent as his babyhood evolves. I spend most of my days just staring at him to memorize him in the current moment as he is today because tomorrow he will be just a little older, a little different.
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I just adore being a mother. Not that it should be a surprise to anyone seeing as how I now have 3 little children, but I am overwhelmed with the love I have for the minions that fill my house. That is really all I can say. I leave you with a flood of Leith photos that I have taken over the past 5 weeks as well as some highlights from our posed newborn and lifestyle newborn session.


The following photos were not taken by me. We were so blessed with the amazing talent we were able to work with to capture the memories of Leith’s first weeks. The amazing Meg Newton Photography is responsible for his newborns. When I say amazing I mean it. I can not say enough good things about her work and our session. I will cherish these forever. If you are pregnant and in the market for newborns, message me right now. You will not regret it.
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We also were lucky enough to be have a lifestyle newborn session of done by Allison Turcotte Photography. These photos mean so much to me because they took the stress of trying to pose Lila and Lucy with Leith from me. They give us family photos with such ease that even my picture hating husband said that it was an easy session. This session sold me on lifestyle. I am converted. If you want those first moments in your house captured or a stress free newborn session in your own home message her now.
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DIY Family Photos

I got this crazy idea to try to do our own family photos. Last weekend we headed out right after dinner to give a go. I was expecting a frustrating experience with rowdy kids that weren’t listening, 5 or so keepers and walking away never wanting to try it again. Haha. At least that is how it has always gone in the past when I have tried something like this.
But this time I came armed with a game plan. We were going to just go with the flow of chaos. Let the kids be rowdy and run away like the little destructive monsters they are. Instead of trying to pose them, we just interacted with them. I held so true to this I didn’t even question Lila bringing baby bear, a .10 thrift store teddy bear she has been in love with for over a year, and Lucy bringing her favorite baby doll of the day. The end result was awesome. I am so happy with these images. I can not wait to put them up on the wall. To give you an idea of how well this went, these images are better and more true to us as a family than the last time we paid a (Very talented so nothing against them!) photographer a few months ago. We just finally found a style that works with our children. It is also the current style of family photos that I am in love with for my own clients. 😉

I also have to give my husband a shout out for not only being a trooper but getting some great shots with me and the girls as well. I have taught him well! Haha.

I hope you enjoy these images of us and the insist into our family they give! We cheated a little on the DIY part and met up with another photographer who was a sorts of “human tripod” as we used to call it in NY! She helped take the shots of the 4 of us with my camera and I am so thankful! So much easier than trying to use a tripod and timer with kids.
Next personal blog post will be with our gender reveal photos done by another photographer!

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A & R Engagement

The game of catch up has began with this darling engagement session. This was a session that I could not wait to edit and could not stop editing once I saw how stunning these photos were. I loved working with Amanda and her Fiancee and future step son! They were a blast with such chemistry between them as you can clearly see in their images.
This was also my first time shooting at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma. I am in love. It is one of my favorite locations for sessions now. If you are a photographer and have not yet checked it out, please do yourself a favor and go walk around.

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Thompson Couple

It has been a crazy couple of weeks in the Conrad household! Part of that was taking 2 weeks off while my husband went on a  “business trip” of sorts then plunging head first into a weekend full of 5 sessions! Add that in with getting our house painted and sprayed this week and normal parenting  duties, I am running a little behind with blogging! Better late than never though!

Jumping back into the swing of thing with the Thompson couple! They drove up form Southern California over the weekend and I was lucky enough to be able to do a session with them while they were in town! This session was a photographers dream. Plan and simple. They rocked their session.  I gave them over 100 images from a 40 minute session! I love every single one of them! It was so hard to choose some highlights to post here! So I included  little more than I normally would. 😉

Enjoy these highlights from their sessions last weekend!

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Washington Adventures Part 2

Skagit Tulip Festival at Mount Vernon.

         It is pretty much a must for a photographer to make the 2 hour drive up north to the tulip fields from what I gather. Not that it wasn’t worth it. We had a lot of fun, especially the girls. Lucy, of course, loves anywhere that allows for her to run like the wild child she is. Lila is your typical 4 year old little girl and was in flower heaven looking at the different colors, patterns and types. We brought some home with us (and some fudge, its great if you are going grab some!)

Last week I got a bunch of new camera toys, one of which was the 105mm macro lens. So prepare yourself for a lot of super up close flower shots. I might have went a little overboard. I went into the tulip fields with the plan on only getting a micro shot of a pink one to hang in Lila’s very pink room and well you can see how it ended up. A lot of these will be making their way to our walls now!
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Snyder Family

Finally, a weekend without having to reschedule on account of rain! I could melt with happiness! It felt so good to get out and shoot this weekend. In some sun too! ❤
I love this “job” of mine! I feel so lucky to be able to do something I enjoy so much! In fact I was so excited, I was able to finish this session in record time! 2 day turn around!
The first of 4 sessions this past weekend is this adorable trio! I absolutely love how smiley mom and dad where. Nothing is going to make your pictures look better than when you give out real emotion like these two. They completely rocked their session! Little Ava was a complete doll. I mean she didn’t let out a single peep until right when we were done shooting and she was about to have to go back into the car.

Enjoy these highlights from their session!
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