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No matter how misleading the title, I must tell you I really like Peyton Manning.  I think he’s hilarious.  Ever see him on SNL?  Yeah, that sealed the deal for me. And the commercials he does?  hilarious.

But our guy’s already got one ring on his finger, and the Saints needed some lovin’.  I admire Drew Brees and his teammates for how they’ve supported and the community of New Orléans.  After all the pain the city has gone through, it’s pretty awesome for them to go from no Superbowl wins to being the kings.  So congrats Saints! 

At half time me and the party’s kiddos went outside to mess around with the pig skin.   I know, crazy that I didn’t want to watch The Who, right?

This is the “Go Saints!’ face…

Shopping or football, who can decide?

Don’t knock him for grabbing the wrong ball for the day.  He looked good doing it.

“Two Forty two…HIKE!”

Aren’t these the coolest Nike shoes ever?  Why don’t they come in my size?

Congratulations again to the Saints, and great game Indy!

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I believe that it had to be the coldest day of the year, or maybe even of all time.  Who really knows.  It was fridged, that’s all I knew for sure.  It was also the day of the Mitchell’s Christmas shoot, and little Emma was just a couple months old.  If you ever want to see a shoot done in a big hurry, put your family in freezing weather and have them take their coats off for a picture.  That will get you in and out quick.  And even though we were all in pain, we still got some great glimpses into this precious family’s life.

Don’t you just love the smile on this beauty?!

If you know the Mitchell’s, you know that Jesse is a ham.  I think that Samantha must have gotten the silly gene too. 

This is one of my favorites.  You can see how much Tammie loves her girls in this shot!

This was when Samantha decided to make her big escape to the car.  Inwardly, I think we all were wishing we were in the car.  Actually, I think we were wishing that there was a Barista waiting for us with a mocha made with craft and care to our personal likings.  When you’re cold, every one should have a barista to wait on them.   

This was shot afer the great escape, hence no smile from child number one.  That’s ok though.  She had done a great job!  And actually, I really like this picture.  There is something hilarious to me when kids have that blank expression.  Someone needs to find her barista.

And this is baby Emma.  She was such a doll!

It was wonderful working with you Mitchells!  You are always a joy!  Let’s just do Christmas pictures in July next year (In Hawaii.  With Baristas.)

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Don’t get me wrong.  I was born in the Northwest, and most days my heart burst with the beauty that surrounds me.  And I actually love the rain.  I love it when I can curl up with a cup of coffee (yes, decaf.  Don’t worry, I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing) and reading or watching a movie.  I love it, except on the days when we’re trying to do an outdoor shoot.  On those days when it’s raining and I’ve got a little baby that needs her picture taken, I wish we could all jump on a plane and head to Hawaii.  That said, the weather didn’t harm us this day.  Don’t get me wrong.  It was fridged outside, but we just went inside.  I had never done a shoot at the Seattle Library before, but I thought it could be cool.  And thankfully, I was right!  Check out how chic Kennedi is.  She’s the best dressed baby in town!

Yeah, she knows how to work the camera.

I totally love this picture.  The color, the windows, and even though she’s crying, Kennedi looks cute too!

Another one of my favs…

Look at those eyes!  I love how clear they are!

So we didn’t have to go to Hawaii after all, and I’m still happily living in the Great Northwest.  For one more day.  And Kennedi, you are beautiful!  Thank you for another wonderful time with me and the camera!  I can’t wait until your one year shoot!

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As I had mentioned before, I am a bit back logged on getting some shoots up.  So as you look at the bright sun in these pictures and think “wait, I thought she was in Seattle…?”, don’t be alarmed.  It’s still raining here, this is just a couple of months ago. 

You know the time of day where the sun is getting lazy and sleepily sets in the horizon?  And then that glowing mess of light is up in the sky, making you think everything is spun out of gold for that remaining hour of light?  Ah.  That is my favorite time of any day.  (I guess you could also think of the beginning of the day when the opposite happens.  But then the sun jumps up from behind the mountains and comes screaming in your window that it’s time to get up.  Oh sun.  You’re like a little kid on Christmas every day.  Not all of us want to play when you do). These pictures always remind me of that time of day (the good late one, not the early bad one).  The glow in Heidi’s hair, the sun on Emily’s face.  The illumination of the whole family.  Perfect.

This little man was our semi focus as it was near his first birthday.  He’s a natural in front of the camera.

Look at this beauty.  And look at the sun on her face.  Sigh.

I LOVE this picture!  The horse was giving Emily a kiss and I think it freaked her out a bit.  Too bad her first kiss had to be so slimy, but it sure was fun to catch with the camera!

Look at how proud Sean is to be standing on his own!  You own that ground!

I’m totally in to pictures of families like this next set.  To me it captures a family more than just standing in a line.  You get to see the interaction.  The love. 

Archers, thank you so much for this shoot.  It’s always a pleasure!

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When I was young I didn’t like Pike Place Market.  I’ve always been a germaphobe, but it was super bad when I was young.  The smell of fish flying through the air made me gauge.  I must admit, I still hold my breath when I run past the fish, but I live in the air of culture and creativity there.  I always linger on my way to Le Panier, the French bakery. I think about the dough, the crust, the tradition.  Beechers, Sur La Table, ah!  I love it.  Love it!  It is all topped off with a mocha from the Chocolate Box.  Seriously, if you like coffee and chocolate you MUST go there.  Now I must go there!  Just writing about it is making me crazy!

Enough about the Market though.  It’s the people I photographed there that are important.  I’ve loved working with the Arrigoni’s in the past, and this was no exception.  They are a family of love and joy, and it is contagious!  Their adorable daughter Grace is their delight, and she’s one of my favorite kiddos to photograph!

Look at her expression!

I absolutely love this picture!  I look down at my tummy too, but it doesn’t look this cute.

Grace was hamming it up for the people in the alley. This was supposed to be a all together family picture, but Grace needed room to perform.

Another one of my favorite pictures.

You’ve seen this one in color from the preview, but I had to get it in here in black and white too.

Arrigonis, I had such a great time with you guys!  Thanks again for the honor of working with you.

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Ah, where to begin?  First of all, it was a beautiful day.  Second, it was Pike Place Market.  Third, it was one of my favorite families.  Fourth, they bought me coffee (and not just any coffee mind you. It was specially brewed Starbucks coffee in a $1400 machine.  Uh huh.  That’s right).  I know you’re thinking my day was perfect, and the answer is “yes, yes it was”.

Here’s a cute pic of the cutie I got to work with all day. Check out those hazel eyes!  I can’t wait to show you guys more! 

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Just wanted to give you a heads up to what you’ll find this week…

Today: Strangers on the street

Tomorrow: Arrigoni Preview

Wednesday: Joridson Birthday bash

Friday:  Arrigoni’s in their glory

So back to today.  We were just wrapping up our shoot in Seattle by this graffiti wall that I absolutely love.  There was a couple there needing a picture, so I snapped one for them and put it here.  So, for my acquaintances in front of the wall, here ya go!  Hope you enjoy it!

For the rest of you, I look forward to checking back in with you this week!

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