Posts Tagged ‘Puget Sound’

Love has many different looks.  The love of a mother for her child,  the love of a couple that has been married for 50 years… They all look different, and they are all beautiful.

There is something that sparkles with new love.  And that shimmer is all over the faces of Scott and Jac.  Intrigue and joy glow on their faces.   You can see their love for each other the minute they walk into a room.

Scott and Jac, I have loved working with you and can’t wait for your wedding!!

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Playing “secret garden” with my best friend was one of my favorite games as a kid.  It seems like any book we read or movie we watched we’d end up playing out.  Good thing they didn’t have Gladiator then!  Anyway, we’d pick these hidden away little places and then try and put together a retreat.  The key was to never let our little sisters know where our garden was.  The funny thing is that they would play secret garden too, and it was equally as important to be hidden. With stealth in mind, we would pick out plants that would hopefully grow in our locations.  Honestly, I don’t remember if we ended up planting anything, or just planning.  Either way, it was a good game.

I’ve never lost my love for quiet gardens.  The nature, the art, the fragrance.  Lovely.  This year we were able to set aside a little budget so I could start a patio garden.  Just like when I was a kid, I have great ideas of what I want it to look like, I just lack the finances to make it happen.   Oh well, I have a great imagination.  And you got to start somewhere, right!  By the time I’m 80, it is going to look amazing.

Oh, and I love this!  We just got a new path leading to our front door!  The scotch moss is to fill in the cracks between the slate.

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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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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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The wonder of a new life is intriguing to me.  I remember looking at our good friend’s daughter hours after her birth and seeing that she was dreaming as she slept.  What was filling her thoughts?  Her world was just beginning.  What was there to dream of?

Each time I work with a new family, especially a bran’ spankin’ new baby, I have similar thoughts.  What is this little one thinking?  Who will she be?  Who is she now? 

 I can say with pleasure that Isabelle is already a gal full of joy.  I think her mom and dad add to that reality!  There’s a sense of peace and fulfillment in this little life already.  Here’s a little look at Isabelle’s first shoot…

Look at this face!  How adorable!

If I could have antique windows in every shoot I did, my life would be perfect.

This has got to be one of my favorites from the day

I love a good family dog!  Hopefully my dog, Brutus, will have the same calm demeanor by the time we have a Baby Pat.  (yeah right).

Greg, Erin and Isabelle…I loved working with you on this shoot!  I can’t wait to continue capturing Isabelle’s first year!

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 I’ve got to tell you, I love working with this family!  I first had the privilege of working with them last year for Christmas.  I fell in love with Ella, who was around one year then.  Independent, sweet, beautiful…maybe she reminds me of myself.  I kid I kid.  She’s way younger than me.  :o) 

This year was a special surprise for me as they added one more to their number.  Kenny.   The love in their family spills out, filling the air with the sweet fragrance.  Take a look…

I usually don’t put people in a line, but I really like this one.  It kinda reminds me of the three bears.  I don’t really know why.

There is an indiscrible beauty in a mother’s love. 

And the pride in a father’s face…

Have you ever seen fall leaves like this?!  Ah, I love it!  And having Ella in the picture makes it amazing!

As I was working with Sarah and Kenny, these two where having fun in the leaves.  I love this shot!

Ella’s face in this picture captures childhood for me.  Flying, carefree, nothing can touch you. 

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I looked across the table and saw him.  Who was he?  I knew everybody, but I didn’t know him.  We met eyes, he dropped his gaze.   I went back to my doodling.   My cocky 8th grade head was too interested in my bobbley eyed smiley face than to make introductions.  Somehow from that moment on though, Kaephas was embedded into my life story.  I don’t really know how it evolved from that first awkward moment in 8th grade, but it did.  Both Mike and I have had the privilege of calling Kaephas our friend for well over half our lives. 

One day Kaephas brought Latara to a party.  Who was she?  I knew everybody in the room, but not her.  Repeat story above, but an awkward twenty something version.  We haven’t known her half of our lives yet, but she is already so important to us!  Kaephas and Latara have grown in their friendship and love.  We were so excited to share in this moment of life with them as all our stories are continually bound together.

I LOVE this picutre! 

I think Kaeph watched Zoolander to perfect his “sexy look”.  It worked.  Hot Kaeph, so hot.

Talk about a BEAUTIFUL bride.  Look at those eyes!

Ok, so maybe this was the real Zoolander look.  I actually think either Mike or Kaeph said that they needed a few “blue steel” looks.

Kaeph and Latara, we love you so much!!!  Thank you for so much for letting us capture your day!

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