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Hello friends (I’m waving at you)!

Well, we’ve made the 3,100 mile move back across the country and are calling Seattle home once again (YAY!), but before the last box was packed and our cars shipped out west, I finally made a visit to the Poor Porker in Lakeland, thanks to a dear photographer friend in Tampa. The talented and beautiful Laurel of Laurel Photography photographed me and my boys (oh, dear clients, I felt your pain trying to rally the kiddos and come up with decent outfits, etc.) and then I got to get behind my camera and photographed her and her sweet crew. It was HOT, I’m not going to lie, we almost melted, but delicious beignets and the fabulously funky furnishings surrounding us kept us going! Florida friends, if you’re in the Lakeland area, you’ve got to stop in, like right now. You’ll love it! And, just to tempt you, I thought I’d share some of my favorites from our little outing…

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Until next time.




In celebration of EIGHT years photographing fun-loving families and children, I thought I’d do something BIG! Like, giving one lucky family a photography session + digital files, BIG! Instead of making you “like” me on facebook, share my page or tweet something, I thought we could make a positive impact on the community. Which is why, with your help, I’m collecting new or gently used children’s books for High Risk Hope’s BOOKS for BABIES drive!

You might be wondering why High Risk Hope collects books for preemies and if I didn’t have twins that spent three weeks in the NICU, I might wonder myself too. Premature babies face so many challenges early on. Delays in development, especially in speech and language development are known risks. The great news, several studies show that there are many benefits to parents reading to their premature infant in the NICU… an increase in their language abilities, feeding tubes being removed sooner than other preemies and a shorter NICU stay. Being provided children’s books from High Risk Hope is truly a blessing because when you’re faced with the overwhelming stress and uncertainties of having a premature infant in the NICU, purchasing books is probably the last thing you’re thinking about. By donating a book you’re touching the lives of those in your community, big and small.

For every book donated, your name will be entered to win a photography session + the digital files from the session. This could be a session for the family, just the kiddos, your senior, you and your spouse or your four-legged fury family members.

Books must be received on or before Monday, February 15th. One winner will be announced on Tuesday, February 16th at 9am EST!

Questions you might have…

Q: If I donate more than one book, does my name get entered more times?
A: Great question! And, yes, your name will be entered equally to the amount of books you donate.

One Book = One Entry
Two Books = Two Entries
Three Books = Three Entries
Four Books = Four Entries
Five Books = Five Entries
Okay, I might be getting a little ahead of my self, but…
One Hundred Books = One Hundred Entries

I’m sure you get the point. :-)

Q: How do I get the books to you?
A: You can mail them to me, drop them off on my porch or plan a meet-up. The post office does give a shipping discount when sending books domestically, mention MEDIA MAIL. If you are wanting to mail them or drop them by, email me at for the address.

Q: Where will the session take place?
A: The session will take place in either the Tampa Bay or Seattle area. If in Tampa, the session will take place between March 1st and October 31st, 2016. If in Seattle, the session will take place during the summer months (July/August, 2016).

If you have any other questions, please email me at books-for-babies E_02

Until next time.



We are wrapping up the Twelve by Twelve project, a project that brought 12 photographers together to share life’s journey through our photography. Monthly themes were chosen by the Twelve’s. This month’s theme is CELEBRATE. Laurel, the talented Tampa Family Photographer behind Laurel Photography will be judging the images submitted on the Twelve by Twelve Facebook page, so if you’d like to be a part of the fun, head on over.

This time of year there’s much to celebrate… a successful year, family, Christmas, the beginning of Winter (pretend it’s not 88 degrees in Florida), a fresh year on the horizon filled with new goals, dreams and hope, etc. Earlier this month we celebrated our sweet, crazy, loud, still-love-to-snuggle twelve year olds. I don’t even know how it’s possible that I have TWELVE YEAR OLDS, but I do! We celebrated with a trip to the most magical place on earth! Mickey ears were worn and many Mickey bars were consumed! We’re not new to the Disney experience, but without a doubt, this was my favorite trip to Magic Kingdom. This parenting journey is a serious adventure and getting to witness your child’s personality, thoughts and feelings develop and deepen in an incredible thing! M+A made this celebration so memorable… They could NOT contain their excitement the whole weekend! They shouldn’t though! Birthdays are so very special… especially when you’re 12!


What is the best part of having a twin?
M: You can blame your twin for something you did. Hahahah. I kid, I kid. Always having someone by your side, someone to play with.
A: Life is never, ever boring.

What do you like best about your face?
M: My mustache (rubbing his lip)! Hahahaha. I’m just kidding. My eyes, definitely my eyes.
A: My eyes.

Are you more like the sunshine, rain or thunder and why?
M: The sunshine. I help people like the sun.
A: The sunshine. I’m happy like sunshine.

Who is the silliest person you know?
M: A
A: M

What instrument do you like to play?
M: Cello
A: Violin

What games do you like to play?
M: Sorry, x-box, soccer, football and pogo stick challenge.
A: Sorry, pogo stick challenge, soccer and football.
We currently have a family pogo stick challenge going on, the current records: A: 132, M: 32 and Me: 41.  

If you had more time in the day, what would you do with it?
M: Be active outside.
A: Definitely be outside, practicing on my pogo stick or riding my bike!


Don’t stop now! Be sure to visit the blog of Rita of Infinity Photography by Rita to see what she’s celebrating.

Until next time.


Hello friends! This poor blog seems to only get a visit from me once a month. Just know that I‘m not ignoring you, I’m shooting and editing and shooting and editing… you get the idea. So much to share, so little time. I did want to take a minute to talk about this month’s Twelve by Twelve theme, happy place.

The talented Tampa newborn and maternity photographer, Ashley of Ashley Yvonne Photography will be judging the images submitted on the Twelve by Twelve Facebook page, so if you’d like to be a part of the fun, head on over.

Maybe its the gemini in me, but I have several happy places…

  • the city, especially downtown Seattle and Boston
  • driving through the country listening to Christmas music… rolling hills, barns and Dean Martin really do it for me
  • cuddled up between my sweet boys (when they’re not fighting)
  • a cozy coffee shop (not a coffee drinker, but I do love a good cup of tea)
  • an afternoon spent with dear friends
  • sitting and talking with my mom and gramcracker
  • date night with my hubby
  • family bike rides
  • working with kiddos, whether it’s doing an art lesson or photographing them
  • volunteering for a cause that’s near and dear to my heart

I really could go on and on, but I’ll spare you the extended bullet point list. This past weekend, I had the pleasure of photographing dear friends on their beautiful farm. As I was sitting in their field surrounded by their new adorable calves with the sun shining on us, I felt like my heart could have burst with joy. I have such a soft spot for animals of all kinds and being able to photograph these sweet creatures in their environment, truly made me happy.  So, I need to add sitting in a field, photographing cows to my list of happy places!


Don’t stop now! Be sure to visit the blog of the woman behind the Twelve by Twelve project and talented family photographer, Brooke of Hamilton Creek Photography.

Until next time.


Let my soul smile through my heart and my heart smile through my eyes, that I may scatter rich smiles in sad hearts.

-Paramahansa Yogananda

Hello friends! Time for a short break from my shooting and editing marathon going on right now to bring you this month Twelve by Twelve post, eyes. The talented Tampa Wedding and Family Photographer, Melissa of Contemporary Captures will be judging the images submitted on the Twelve by Twelve Facebook page, so if you’d like to be a part of the fun, head on over.

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Keep the blog circle party going! Be sure to visit the blog of my dear friend, who happens to be a talented family photographer in South Tampa, Laurel Photography.

Until next time.



This month’s Twelve by Twelve theme is “nostalgia.”

a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations.


My dear Grandma, who I’ve affectionately called “Gramcracker” since I was a little girl turned 89 last week. She loves the color blue and all animals. She’s read the Hunger Games series (she loved it) and just loaned me Gone Girl. She is one of ten children in her family, four have since passed. If you ask her why she’s so optimistic, she’ll tell you it’s because of the Holy Spirit. She’ll always agree to dessert first, which is probably why she’s as sweet as she is. She has the kindest, most gentle heart I know and boy am I lucky to be her granddaughter. I’m always overcome with a strong sense of nostalgia for my childhood in Massachusetts when I’m with her. I walk around her house looking and laughing at photos of the past, touching all her trinkets and treasures placed of shelves and tables. We reminisce about trips we’ve taken together, lip syncing in her living room to Christmas songs in July, my grandpa, who we lost in 1994 and our fond memories of our days spent in church together. The images below were taken a few years ago, but I can’t think of a more perfect time to share them.

The talented Amy of Apple Street Productions will be judging the images submitted on the Twelve by Twelve Facebook page, so if you’d like to be a part of the fun, head on over.

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Don’t stop now! Be sure to visit the blog of my dear friend, who also happens to a talented photographer in South Tampa, Laurel Photography.

Until next time.



It’s that time again… The monthly Twelve by Twelve Project blog circle. This month’s theme is “shadows.” The lovely Rita of Infinity Photography by Rita of Tampa, Florida will be judging the images submitted on the Twelve by Twelve Facebook page, so if you’d like to be a part of the fun, head on over.

If you know my work, then you know it tends to be bright and fun, so taking on a theme like “shadows” was a little more challenging then our previous monthly themes. I think it’s important as artists that we push ourselves and step out of our comfort zone every once in awhile. That’s how we grow. And ironically, the theme is pretty fitting for this place in our lives.

After a move, whether it’s near or far (ours happened to be across the country), you end up in this waiting place.

Waiting to feel at home.
Waiting for things to not look so strange.
Waiting to make new friends.
Waiting for the rain to stop.
Waiting for the sun to shine.
Just waiting.

I catch my boys peeking out of the window like this throughout the day. Tonight, the light just happened to be perfect. We heard thunder and were waiting for the rain.




Be sure to visit the blog of Rita of Infinity Photography by Rita of Tampa, Florida for her post on shadows and then follow the blog circle along.

Until next time.



It was Victor Borge who said, “laughter is the shortest distance between two people.” And, I couldn’t agree more. Laughter has this magical way of knocking down walls, creating bonds and filling a room with sunshine for the soul. I just love it’s contagious power. Being a family and children photographer, half of my job is spent laughing. I mean, how could it not, when you’re working with some of the most fun-loving people around! It’s always those images that end of being my favorites from a session. I can look back at them and start giggling all over again.

Speaking of LAUGHTER that happens to be this month’s Twelve by Twelve theme, which was chosen by Jen from Shooting for Keeps Photography. She’ll be judging the images submitted on the Twelve by Twelve Facebook page as well, so if you’d like to be a part of the fun, head on over.

Be sure to visit the blog of Brooke of Hamilton Creek Photography HERE for her post about “laughter” and then follow the blog circle along.

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Until next time.



June’s Twelve and Twelve theme was “grounded” and between packing up our house in Washington, living out of our suitcases at our dear friend’s homes for almost two weeks, our move to Florida and awaiting our moving truck and finally the internet, I’m really, really late (that’s an understatement) in announcing the June winner and a first and second runner-up. I truly loved all the submissions. Selecting just one favorite wasn’t easy, but without further ado…


Congratulations to Melissa of Contemporary Captures Photography for submitting the winning photograph for June!
Her colorful underwater image tugged at my playful heart.




Congratulations to our First Runner-Up, Brooke of Hamilton Creek Photography.



Congratulations to our Second Runner-Up, Tiffany of Tiffany Walensky Photography.


It’s not too late to join us on the Twelve by Twelve Facebook page and submit an image for July’s theme, “laughter.”

Until next time.



This month’s Twelve by Twelve blog circle theme is GROUNDED. Little did I know when I was asked to join this awesome group of women in January and be the judge for June’s theme, that I’d be knee deep in boxes, working from a makeshift cardboard box table and pleading with my hubby to put my computer on the moving truck last. But, that’s where we’re at right now and we’ll soon be off for another adventure. Life is filled with many surprises that way.

I can’t even say for sure why I chose the theme GROUNDED, it just came to me. But in the midst of all the craziness, I’ve giggled to myself thinking, “grounded, how can I be grounded at a time like this?” But, it’s my sweet boys that have been using our empty cabinets as the ultimate hiding spot in hide and seek that are keeping me grounded. My hubby, who keeps reassuring me that we’re doing the right thing moving back across the country, that is keeping me grounded. And my dear friends, who have been so incredibly supportive, that are keeping grounded. They all make me feel like I’ve hit the jackpot in life. Even though we’re currently living out of suitcases at different friends’ homes and our belongings about to trek across country, I’m feeling grounded today and it’s because the amazing people that I’m surrounded by. If I was into hashtags (and I’m not), this might call for a #blessed or a #happylifethankstothepeopleinit. Okay, that just made me laugh. moving-01 moving-02

Oh, and yes, these images were taken with my iPhone.

Be sure to visit the talented Reilly Maguire’s Photography Blog to continue the blog circle and if you’d like to share an image of your own, please visit the Twelve by Twelve Facebook Page.

Until next time.