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Amanda is my beautiful daughter and she’s one hard working girl, so for spring break we decided to take a girl’s trip to Las Vegas. I’m allergic to alcohol and she’s too young to drink or gamble. I know not the typical place to go, since it seems that’s what Vegas is all about. Believe it or not, there’s a lot more to do there than those things. Every hotel is special and there is endless shopping and walking. There are also beautiful parks within driving distance. Since I decided to rent a car for the week we hit a couple of the parks, one of them being Red Rock Canyon. We just couldn’t go to Nevada without planning a shoot too. We decided that the 70’s style would compliment the surroundings, so Amanda took much care in finding just the right outfits.

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We started with just a little sun and quickly it all changed to clouds and wind.  
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I really love this image.
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Right when I was taking the middle image a hummingbird came and sat right on the top.  Perfect!
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Gladiators are hot this year we just had to have them for our shoot.  These are from Free People and they were perfect.
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I love the Nevada terrain.  It’s so different than Washington, that’s for sure.  
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As a special tribute to her Nani, Amanda decided to get a tattoo of her Nani’s signature.  She turned 90 this year and she is just one special lady to us all.  
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I’ve always been fond of red rock.  We’ve been able to travel to many wonderful places including Grand Canyon, Canyonlands, and Arches, but it’s been a while. The other park we visited on this trip was the Valley of Fire and it had crazy red rock.  You have to go next time you visit Las Vegas.  It’s only an hour away.
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So beautiful!  
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By this time in the shoot it was a little cold, but Amanda sucked it up and had fun with it anyways.  I can’t believe she will be off to college this Fall!  She’ll be studying Biology at the University of Washington in Seattle and will most likely go on to be a a Physician’s Assistant.  That plan may change, but that’s what she’s thinking right now.  She will already have her Associates Degree, so will be entering with a Junior status.  Remember, I told you she was hard working!
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These is so authentic 70’s!  I actually had those same pants in the 70’s, as did many of my friends.  We called them Rainbow pants.  I can’t believe she found them!
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Amanda is confident and definitely her own person.  She’s not easily influenced by others and when she makes her mind up, she’s full steam ahead.  When this was her decision I have to admit I was not crazy about the idea of a tattoo, but soon that changed and I enjoyed watching her get it and yes, I got an ornament to commemorate it on the tree :).  I posted it on my December tree post of course!
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I hope you enjoyed our little 70’s inspired shoot.  You can see the 50’s shoot here and the 60’s here.  We have one more planned later this spring.
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  • April 10, 2016 - 6:46 am

    Auntie Carmela - Wow!! She is one incredibly beautiful girl!ReplyCancel

Jodi, Michael and 2 yr old Max met me downtown. The plan was to do the shoot rain or shine, well we got rain and that was totally ok with all of us :). We picked our location specifically with the rain in mind. It’s a popular place in Tacoma for photographers since it’s one of the rare places you can do sessions in the rain, especially for a family session.

This is the sweetest family! Really, so easy to be with and Max, can he be any cuter! With all sessions with a 2 year old… they are in charge of what we decide to do. Max did great and even though he was a little unsure of me at times, we still laughed and lot and had so much fun. The hour went by in what seemed minutes. That’s a good sign!

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Katie is a Stadium High School senior who loves to dance and choreograph local musical productions.

She would like to attend a university and study forensics or nurse practitioner.  Her dream school is UW.  She not only loves dancing, but also music, reading, spending time by the water, being with friends and spending lots of time with family.

Someday Katie would love to go to Europe, maybe live in another state for a little bit (just for the experience) and also learn aerial silks.

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Day 6 of LOVE week!

Emma and Lyle made the LONG treck to Tacoma for their engagement session and they will do the same for their wedding in June. They are both teachers on a tiny island in Alaska called Kivalina. Emma’s been there for 5 years now and Lyle 3… yep, that’s where they met :). We were so fortunate to have a beautiful winter day. A little different than the snow and ice they came from.

Emma just wrote me the other day saying that she has her pictures on her desk and her students are alway admiring them. They love them almost as much as she does! How sweet is that! They must love her a lot!

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I always love getting the sun shot!
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A little explanation is needed for this next outfit!  The atikluk is a tradition Eskimo shirt almost with a hood and big pocket in the front. Traditionally women used them to go berry picking because of the pocket. Mostly they are used as dress clothes now and when people get married they wear decorated white ones.  A close friend made them just for their engagement shoot!
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Just when we were ready to wrap up the session Lyle was finally getting into the shoot, haha :).
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And we were able to get some great smiles from him!  Priceless!
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Stay warm in Alaska you two and I’ll see you soon :)!
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Day 5 of LOVE week!

Megan is another of my past seniors and she’s marrying Justin in October at the church her parent’s were married in.

If you look closely you can see the tattoo on Megan’s foot. It says “I love you” in her mom’s handwriting. Unfortunately, Megan’s mom lost her battle with cancer a year ago and this was a way to celebrate her life and love.

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They decided to have their engagement session at Pt. Defiance.  It’s such a treasured park in Tacoma.
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This is where Justin asked Megan to marry him!
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Love the happiness!
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Congrats Megan and Justin!  I’m so happy for you!
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