Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Love and Dirty Jeans

Jimmy Shier … He was born a bitter rival of my husband's and turned out to be one of his best friends. From arch baseball nemesis, to teammate, to cherished friend. What can I say about Jimmy...

When my husband had his head injury Jimmy was a familiar and much loved face to see show up at our hospital door. He brought with him a wonderful spirit and humor, matched by his incredible support and generosity. Jimmy brought bracelets to the hospital that said "KB Keep The Faith & Be Strong". There are friends and family still wearing those bracelets now 6 years later. They have vowed to leave them on as a reminder of the miracle of Kyle's life, and in faith that someday he will be 100% again.

In this short life of ours there are many people that cross our paths. Some are fleeting and some endure. Jimmy has been one that has endured. He is kind and loving and will make the most wonderful husband. Life hasn't always been a walk in the park for Jimmy. He has had more than his share of hardships … but I truly believe this is what has made him into the amazing man he is today.

The engagement shoot was my first opportunity to meet Emily. She was nothing short of amazing.

On our first communication Emily shared the following with me … 

"I would like to take a moment to tell you about the most amazing man I know.  Jim was introduced to me by my younger brother, a baseball player at Blanchet High School. Coach Shier is a great guy, he reassured me, but little did I know just how special he would be. Jim has persevered through many obstacles, including the loss of his mom and uncle, some of the only family he has. As a business owner, coach, mentor, friend, nephew and much more, Jim has touched many lives, including mine. 

I am proud to say that Jim and I are taking the next step in our lives and are getting married! About a year ago, Jim shared with me the project you had done about Kyle's accident and the effect on your family. I was truly moved and have thought about this request ever since."

Jim and Emily drove up from Oregon and we met in Seattle with Kyle as our chauffeur. We headed out in the city to capture the love that these two so clearly share.

It was clearly engagement picture day in Seattle because every where we went there was another engaged couple and another photographer. I teased them that had they just showed up in Seattle that day they could have joined any number of engagement sessions.  

I drug them from James Street...

To Pikes Place Market...

All the way out to Discovery Park...

All along the way we laughed and joked. Jimmy complained only a smidgen, when I made him kneel, thus getting his jeans wet and a bit dirty in the knees. Emily later informed me that all signs of kneeling in the park were easily remedied by "WASHING" them ; ). 

I think that the pictures speak for themselves in showing what an incredibly fun and in love couple they are. Click here to view all of the images from the shoot!!

Thank you both!! I can't wait for the wedding, I can only imagine how amazing that will be!! 

{Shine On}


Monday, November 14, 2011


Firsts are special. Not to say seconds and thirds aren't as good, but there is just something about the first time you do anything. Often we are nervous or apprehensive. Many of us fight experiencing certain firsts, and some embrace them with eyes wide "shut". You might not be the best the first time you do something, but goodness knows you will try with gusto. 

The first I'm talking about in this instance is our first child.

Those little beings have no idea how clueless we truly are. No one can prepare you for it, and nothing can compare to it. 

I was nervous and scared and wanted to hold my daughter so tight you would need to pry her with crowbars from my arms. You try to do everything perfect, not yet realizing there is no being perfect in this job. They get our good and our bad. They are so special ... but they are also our test dummies. 

Typically when I photograph a first born child the parent is so on edge I can barely touch the child. I was amazed and impressed by the relaxed nature that Kayden's mom Kim showed. 

She was sweet and attentive, but never overbearing. This bodes well for the little man seeing as he was the easiest baby I could have asked for. He was a dream especially since he was two weeks old by the time we were able to photograph him.

I had the room toasty warm, and sweet little Kayden was a dream come true. His little legs still went into frog position, and with time I was able to lull him to sleep. 

I even had his mom convinced I was some sort of baby muse. Really I think her ease and calmness with me is what did the trick. 

Kim's easy nature is what allowed me to comfort him and position him without the promise of Mommy's milk. 

It is my honor and pleasure to introduce the charming and adorable little man!! I am so happy and so thankful for how these pictures turned out. I owe so much of it to Kim. Kayden was such a doll. I am so hopeful that I will be blessed enough to photograph him again. Call me anytime Kim!! Click here to see all the photos from the shoot.

{Shine On}


Monday, October 31, 2011

Teach Me!!

I don't know if they are writing a "How To" book, or offering seminars on parenting ... but I would be the first in line to purchase either from Susan and Tom Guthrie!! This is the second Guthrie child I have had the pleasure of photographing. Two years ago I photographed Emma's brother Joel. Joel and Emma are two of the most outgoing and down to earth High School Seniors that I have come across. I seriously need to spend some time with Susan and Tom to pick their brains on how to raise amazing kids like them. 

So often we come across people that are good looking, beautiful actually, and that's where it ends.  I think it is a pretty special thing to find someone that possesses incredible outward beauty with an inward beauty that matches or exceeds it. Emma was just that. An outward beauty that was matched by an incredible inward beauty and spirit.

From the moment that I picked Emma up for her shoot it was fun and easy. She hopped in my car and quickly fell in pace with her humor and easy going nature.

It was so much fun to photograph her that I didn't even bat an eye when we exceeded our shooting time by an hour. We had fun, and before I knew it we were driving her home.

It's with great pleasure and pride in this crazy gift God has given me that I am able to share these images with you. Thank you Susan and Tom for sharing your wonderful children with me!! Te see the rest of the images from this shoot ... click here.

{Shine On}


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Montagues and The Capulets

Oooops ... I mean The Baumgartner's and The Garguile's.  Close, but thankfully Noah and Kristi did not have to die in a lovers suicide in order for me to write this Blog : ).

I love it when people don't take themselves too seriously!!  What is better than that ... a bride that doesn't take herself too seriously!!  I think this among many other things is why I think my bride Kristi "formerly Baumgartner" Garguile is so stinking gorgeous. I might be biased seeing as she is one of my best friends, and my family, but who cares!!  Just ask my husband ... I am ALWAYS right ; )!

Kristi and Noah are such a fun couple.  They are an absolute joy to be around, and they are both just fine specimens of God's handy work both inside and out. I have never had so much fun being a part of a wedding.  Thanks to my dear friend Jennifer Armstrong I was able to enjoy being in the wedding as well as photographing the day along side her.

Kristi wanted to start her wedding day off showing the true beauty that each member of her wedding party possessed ... 

I don't know about you ... but that just might be the best-worst looking wedding party I have ever seen.

I wasn't able to capture all to many of the important images the day of the wedding, but my right hand (wo)man Jennifer Armstrong was there to fill in the blanks.  I was however, able to capture a couple on the wedding day along with the Monday after.  Thankfully Kristi and Noah were game for getting all dolled up for me.  Here are a few of my favorites.

Here's to you Kristi and Noah as you embark on this journey of love and happiness!!  I pray that each day you laugh more than you cry, you make more than you spend, and may you never forget moments like these...

Thank you both for allowing me to be a part of your special day. I don't know what I would do without you two. Please hurry home so more than less of my days are filled with those amazing smiles.  I love you both!!

{Shine On}


P.S. To all of you that have patiently waited for the Photo Booth pictures it will be another month.

P.P.S.  Just kidding ... click here to see them all!!

Monday, October 10, 2011

We Meet Again Friend

Photographing the Mitchell family was such an honor. 

There is always an ease to my job when I know someone before a shoot. Years ago Mom "Sherod" and I worked together at Silver City Brewery. Sherod was always one of my favorite people to work with.  She is funny, positive and kind. I must say years ago she won herself a very special spot in my little ole heart. 

So you could understand how flattered and excited I was when she contacted me to photograph her sweet little family.  


They were a pleasure to work with, and I adored the open and fun relationship that they share.  

The shoot ended near the water and by this time all family member were doing all they could to hold it together. Thankfully they were able to take a quiet moment on the waters edge. It's those little moments where they let their guard down and let the real magic happen. This one tender moment between Dad and daughter just melts my heart.  

To me the shoot was a success. I smiled all the way through the shoot ... making it a very good day for me. We had some laughs, we took some pictures, and we captured those fleeting moments in our children's lives that pass in a blink of an eye.  

Thank you Sherod and Randy for allowing me to capture this time in your life!!  Please click here to see the rest of the images from your shoot!!

{Shine On}


Thursday, October 6, 2011

Happy Birthday Ella!!

7 years ago I was checking into the hospital in excruciating pain.  I had no idea what was in store for me. As the saying doesn't go, "this was my first time at the rodeo"!!  I was scared and excited waiting to see who this little person growing inside me would be. 

25 hours later after a miserable delivery and quite possibly the most pain I have ever experienced, I sat face to face with my bundle of joy.

Our Ella was beautiful beyond measure, I loved her more than I ever knew possible. I wanted to protect her and keep her all to myself. Thankfully that was never a possibility. Our Ella has grown into her very own person.

She has her own style...

Her own flair...

... and certainly her own ideas. She is loving, and kind, headstrong, and thoughtful. She always comes to the defense of someone in need, and her sensitivity and gentle heart melt me. 

So tonight as I tucked my girl in I realized how truly blessed I am. My sweet little girl who dreams of becoming a singer. She loves dresses, and shoes, and smiles like an angel.  

I have no idea where this life will take her ... but I sure do hope it takes its time getting her there. She is my little partner and I simply adore her!!

Happy Birthday Ella Bean!!  Thank you for all you have taught me my little love bug.  Thank you for loving me like you do.  Thank you for being you!! 


{Shine On}