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Day 1 of LOVE week!

I am so excited for Joely and Travis and it has nothing to do with the fact that Joely is my niece, haha. Since they live in Chelan and a little vaca sounded fun, we decided to do their shoot there. We picked places that were very special to them. Joely works at a couple of wineries and runs a wine blog, so of course, we had to do some of her session among the grape vines. Our next choice, was more something I wanted with more formal clothing and dramatic images and I love how they turned out and where we found the perfect spot! Our next location was the future spot of their home – how perfect is that… and the last place, a special childhood memory of Joely’s. Every summer her parents would take her to Chelan, along with her cousins (my kids) and they would play on this dock, swim in the pool just above it and jump into the lake. Great memories that deserved a spot in her engagement session.

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Aren’t they adorable!  They think the world of each other.
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We had already walked back to our cars and gotten in, ready to drive to the next location when I noticed this view and stopped them in time to take advantage of it.  
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I found this location when driving to my SIL’s house.  It’s just down the street (also very close to where Joely and Travis will build their first home).  I loved the two tall trees and just had to use them!
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Like I stated before, this outfit change was my vision and I’m so glad they were willing to step out of the norm for them and dress up.  I love what we captured!
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So much fun :).
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This is what I was really after with this outfit!  Drama!  I found this location just down the road from the tall trees.  I wish I would have taken a step back and captured the whole area for you to see.  You might easily pass it and think nothing of it, but I was so excited to create something very special for them.
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This is my favorite one!
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Welcome to Travis and Joely’s future home!  Isn’t the view fabulous!  
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Their first “date” was watching the stars on the roof of this truck.
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I’m so glad they found each other.  They are getting married at Thornewood Castle in August and I can’t wait to be part of her special day, not only as her Auntie, but as her photographer too!  Amanda (my daughter) is a bridesmaid and Joe (my husband and second shooter) will be singing a song for the first dance and helping me capture the day.  It’s a family event for sure!
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We did this shoot over a 2 day period and this was our last location.  My kids have memories at this spot too, since they spent many summers here with their Auntie, Uncle and Joely.
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I love this image so much :).
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I am so happy for you both and look forward to watching you grow as a couple :). xoxoxo
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Amanda’s a 2016 Stadium High School senior, but is also a full time running start student at TCC and will have her AA degree at the same time as her high school diploma. How awesome is that! This is our third senior session together and since Amanda is my daughter, there will be more! She likes to give each one a totally differnt look. The first was a super short mountain session since we got to a late start.  The second was a 50’s look at the WA State Fair grounds and this third one she wanted to experiment with the 60’s and a more city look.  Hair was done by my best bud, Misty Winesberry and the makeup was by Amanda.  It’s just one of her many passions and she’s so great at it!  Since I’ve talked about all of the normal senior stuff in past posts, with this one let’s just talk about Amanda and the images.

Amanda is a very confident girl.  She takes risks, which I really admire, since at her age I was definitely not much of a risk taker.  Don’t get me wrong, I did some very hard things that seemed risky, but only because I was forced to.  Amanda takes them on all on her own.  She tries new things and doesn’t consider failing.  She went from a 12 year “career” in ballet to being a Corporal in the Explorer’s Program with the Tacoma Police Department.  She still wears a bun haha, but now she can shoot a gun, defend herself, slap some handcuffs on a bad guy and has completed 2 boot camps scoring the top score in academics.

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My favorite image is the one on the far left.  I love the look with wide eyes.  Very 60’s!  Usually when we plan a session there is the want of new clothes, but for this one, she just pulled out items she already owned.  We didn’t put a lot of pressure on ourselves either.  We just took our time with preparing and when it started getting a little cloudy before we anticipated we didn’t let it stress us.  We found a great spot, the light was perfect and it just all flowed.  
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With this season we knew we wanted something different.  I usually approach senior sessions with a type of formula in my head, but with this session I put that aside and had the freedom of experimenting with expressions, poses, atmosphere and editing style.  I try to stay very consistent in my sessions, but when asked, I love to try things that are out of the box for me and Amanda always requests that of me!  If you are a senior and want something different, just ask!  Art is art and should not be limited!
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Another favorite of mine.  I love the outfits she picked out!  Those knee high boots just takes it to that next level.
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Amanda loves to read.  She has stacks of books in her room and I know she dreams of reading them all.  She’s an intellectual like her brother, but uses it in a different way.  She loves to debate (also like her brother) and loves to talk politics and current affairs.  
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Amanda also loves fashion and glamour.  She doesn’t always get to use it in her daily life, but when she gets the chance to dress up and take time on the makeup, she loves it!  This girl has more makeup than anyone I know!  
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Amanda is also an awesome writer and I know as she goes through life it will be a great skill to have.  She is constantly told by teachers and professors that she is one of the best writers in the class.  She must get that from her daddy, since he writes for a magazine and can whip out an article in no time with no edits required.
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Another set of my favorites.  I loved the color tones we achieved in this whole series of images.
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Oh yes, and another favorite!  I wanted a more vintage color palette for this session so I kept that in mind when editing.  I wanted a little warmth, a little on the matte side and a darker, deeper black and white finish for some.
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I have to say, that of all the sessions Amanda and I have done together, this one is my favorite.  We were relaxed and just had fun together.  That sets the mood of the whole session.  Now I’m looking forward to our next one.  We haven’t decided what we are going to do just yet, but I’m excited already!
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  • January 18, 2016 - 3:22 am

    Philip Floyd - Got the 60s on the 1st photo. Great work. Gave your name to a new artist today. Needs to have the work photograph. Lots of great charcoal and pencil work.ReplyCancel

I wasn’t going to do a Christmas post this year, but after lots of interest I thought I would once again share my love of Christmas Trees with you. Be sure to see all the past posts, since they all give a different perspective.  Here’s the link to last year’s post and from there you can link to the others :).  I hope you enjoy!

My parlor tree was a new one last year and with a 1 year old puppy I’m surprised it survived the season. I originally bought the tree to make it into a snowman. I have the top hat and the red scarf and was going to fill it with snowman ornaments. I quickly changed my mind though and decided on a woodland creature tree instead. I love the look of this tree, even though it’s artifical and flocked it has a very natural woodsy feeling.

I continually add ornaments to the trees that have some sort of significance in our lives and this year I added a nest – we had a bird build a nest right outside our back door this past year (but the babies were stolen by a crow). The other new one was a white kitty ornament, since we are getting a kitty this next year and I was afraid I might not find the right ornament next year.

This is the room and tree we have Christmas morning in.

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We also did a craft for this tree last year. I bought the wood rounds and Joe wood burned our initials in a heart on one side, and we tried adding pictures to the backs… but that didn’t turn out so great, haha. We tried!  We have one for Joe and I, Nick and his Amanda and our Amanda and Aidan.

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This star is a little different that the other trees. I wanted it more rustic and overly big.

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Trees aren’t the only decorations in the house, even though they are the prominant ones. Last year I added 3 more Christmas stockings! One for our dog (aka Ketters) and one for Amanda’s boyfriend, Aidan and Nick’s girlfriend, Amanda.  I love filling the socks and I challenge myself every year to make them extra awesome!  Both of my kids agree, it’s their favorite part of opening gifts :).

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The next tree is the living room tree (which used to be in the diningroom). It’s our “memory” tree for the most part. Every year I add an ornament from either a vacation or an event that happened in the year. This year we added the record player to signify that Joe started a little side business in stereo equipment. It’s really just based off of a passion of his. We also opened the guitar paint shop but we already have so many guitars I didn’t add another one (the entire basement tree is full of them).

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Amanda got a moon tattoo for her 18th birthday and Nick turned 21! Two new ornaments…

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Ketters was excited as I took these photos of the trees and if you look closely at some of the upcoming photos you’ll spot him :). You can see white flock on his sweater from hanging too closely to the parlor tree :).

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Our dining room has some decorations too. I added more glass balls to the wreath last year, since I needed to thin the ornaments out on the living room to make room for memory ones.

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The kitchen nook has a little tree too. I got this one at The Home Depot a few years ago and it’s the perfect size for a small area. I changed out the star and got a Christopher Radko topper instead. I love the retro feel and the perfect colors! It’s the only tree without a star now.

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The basement tree is dedicated to music. The only thing added to this tree this year was more of the red berries embelishing it. You can never have too many embelishments and if you look closely every tree has them. I think it’s what makes them looks so special. I could spend so much money on tree decorations, which is why I only add a little every year. It makes it fun to watch them develop over the years.

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Nick’s Tree is waiting for him to come home from college. It’s entirely decorated with penguins except a few WSU ornaments.

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His new one this year is from the Tacoma Glass Blowing Studio. The same place I get my glass pumpkins from. He loves glass, like I do and I knew it was perfect for him!

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He also has a few other decorations around his room. Ketters loved this penguin, especially when I turned it on and it did it’s little dance :).

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Our bedroom tree is one of my favorites. I just love the colors. Gold, copper, black, and cream.

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I have a lot of embelishments on this one. I got most of them in the artificial flower section of the local craft store and just bent them in where I wanted them. I’m telling you, if you think something is missing from your tree, it’s this and maybe some ribbon to go around them too. It adds so much!

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We have some new ornaments, one I made last year (the ring of vintage jewelry pieces is made from old scraps my mom had (she passed away in Dec. 1993)). I also have an ornament that Amanda’s friend, Emily gave me. She picked it up from Hawaii on a vacation and thought of us, since we honeymooned there in 1989 and vowed to visit every 5 years and haven’t been back since :(.

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Amanda’s tree is made up of white, black, blue and pink mostly with chandeliers, snowflakes, ballet and misc ornaments.

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We planned on putting a picture in that empty frame below… but just haven’t gotten to it!

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We added a few ornaments we found at Hobby Lobby and added the ribbon this year too.  So pretty!

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Amanda bought this decoration herself in October. She just couldn’t wait until Dec. to do some decorating. She LOVES Christmas and promises to continue the multiple tree tradition when she has her own house. I will certainly help! That’s for sure.

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I hope you enjoyed the tour of the trees this year and Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones!

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I love the fair, always have, so documentig Jonny and Amanda’s wedding at the fair grounds, perfect :). November was a rainy month, but we had a beautiful day to celebrate and we were all very thankful for that!

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Amanda has some very fun and unique details and that ring, gorgeous!
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Beautiful bride.
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Jonny, calm and collected and just ready to have fun with his bride!
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Amanda and Jonny loved the barn atmosphere, but we just had to get some of the fairgrounds too.  This sign describes this group well!
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Amanda had her brother on her side, along with her 2 sisters (closest to her) and her friends.
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Silly boys…
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Um, have you seen a cuter group of kids!
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Ceremony time.
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Time to celebrate with family and friends!
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Such a cute dessert table with a dipped Oreo cookie “cake.”
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A little eating, drinking, dancing and socializing…
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Then it was time to go…
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Congratulations Jonny and Amanda!
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Lauren is a 2016 Steilacoom High School senior and she was joined by her family for her shoot. It’s always a great time to update the family portrait :). Lauren is a division one soccer player and has signed to Evergreen to play next year. She is currently in her second year at Pierce for the Running Start program and will graduate with her associates degree. She plans on getting a business degree and growing the family candle company Erin Jane Illuminations, named after Lauren’s sister who passed away 9 years ago.

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