Sneak peek… {wedding} Matt & Nicola

Posted on December 22, 2009

Seattle area Wedding Photographer

I saw love Saturday.


I had the pleasure of photographing a wedding with a friend, Michael Hertzog, on Saturday. It was a refreshing experience being that Mike asked me to be his second shooter and I didn’t have to be the primary go-to photographer. Very relaxing and fun and I got to spend a lot more time than usual with the bridal party. The guys and gals in this wedding party were great sports and highly creative!

Anyway, back to the ‘love’ part. I saw love during Matt and Nicola’s wedding service at Quest Church in Seattle. It was AMAZING.

Honestly, most wedding ceremonies are a snooze. Generic, non-denominational, limited piped-in music, etc. But not this ceremony. It was highly personal and romantic. Their love story was shared. The bride and groom served communion to all of their guests. They had a band that was incredible. Obviously a lot of thought was put into their service. I have the feeling that their marriage will be the same.


Matt couldn’t stop looking at Nicola with big lovey eyes. Even for pictures. She had a hard time tearing away from him too. So cute.

Congratulations M&N! Thanks for letting me be a part of your day.







Matt with his ‘Bro’-quet.




Sneak peek… {new life} Sweet Emmi

Posted on December 19, 2009

Edmonds area Newborn Photographer

Take a peek at this little princess. This is Emmi. She was born November 30th to proud papa Takeshi and doting mama Kelly. Emmi becomes the first, and only, sister to brothers Kai and Noah.

I had the pleasure of photographing this little cupcake’s newborn session just yesterday. She was 18 days old. She tried to give me a run for my money but I managed to perform some superior baby whispering skills and capture quite a few keepers of this sleeping angel.

Kai and Noah were also in on Emmi’s photo session. They were very gentle with sister and did a very good job being protective big brothers. This girl is a very lucky lady indeed.

Kel, Takeshi, enjoy your sneak peek!







Merry CHRISTmas!


So this is Christmas… {giving back}

Posted on December 10, 2009

Western Washington Photographer

Yes. The weather outside is frightful.

xmasballsWouldn’t the gift of custom portraits be delightful?

Maybe even more so to a family who wouldn’t even dream of the experience of the stop-and-shop drive-thru portrait experience, let alone the magic of a custom photo session?

I have so many blessings in my life, so much to be thankful for. This is due in large part to other people, friends who have become family, who have gone out of their way for me and my family.

This Christmas season, I want to pay those blessings forward by offering a completely, 100% free photo session and print package to a family who truly needs to be blessed. Do you know of such a family?

Maybe this family has a parent who is deployed or deploying. Maybe this family has experienced financial hardship, an illness or an untimely death. Maybe life has just thrown them a curve-ball that has been difficult for them to handle. All of us can remember a time in our lives where we were down and just a little kindness made all the difference.

Here is the plan; you know a family.

Now let ME know about them. Submit a comment to this post. Tell me in five sentences or less about the family you know and what is going on in their lives. Make sure you leave your contact information in the comment fields, an email address would be perfect. Please be sure not to leave any information that could be potentially embarrassing to the family you have in mind. Also, this family should be in my local area: Seattle north to Arlington and Mukilteo east to Snohomish/Monroe and the Eastside. Please submit this information by December 20, 2009, that is 10 days from now.

I will select a family at random the week of Christmas who will be given the gift of custom portrait photography from CYE. Also, the person that submits that family’s information will also receive a 50% session discount on a photo session of their own.

Help me bless a deserving family. Submit the info. Then, feel all warm and snuggly inside knowing you did a good thing for someone else. After all, this is what Christmas is all about.


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Sneak peek… {mini session} The Evans Family

Posted on December 7, 2009

Bothell area Family, Child, Baby Photographer

Santa, Baby…


Look at this little smiler! Meet Miss Jordan. She is just a few days different in age from Quinny. I met up with Miss Jordan and her parents, Drisana and Brian, last weekend for some fun in the comfort of their living room. It’s just MUCH too cold to be taking little things like Jordan out to freeze!

Considering J is not even 5 months, she was remarkably well behaved. She smiled, and drooled, and ate my tutu and smiled some more! Baby J’s daddy was a great sport too.

The man has a tooth infection and is swollen all up (good luck on that root canal tomorrow, by the way) but he still powers through the session for his girls. What a guy! I even offered to reschedule (again!) but he declined. Brian, it was WORTH it. Look at your baby girl…







Sneak peek… {family} The Partons

Posted on December 7, 2009

Lynnwood area Family Photographer

It was cold. It was frosty. And it was purrrrrrfect.


Come October, there is really zero guarantee of a non-rain day around here. Especially on the weekend. I guess it was just a God thing that it was lovely, though brisk, for the Parton’s family session.

This is Lynn, Jerry and Ally. Cute, right? The sparkler on the right is Ally. Guess how old she is…. WRONG! This girl is only twelve! Yes! 1-2, 12! Gorgeous, huh? Jerry is gonna have some trouble on his hands in a few years.

Beyond being incredibly cute, this girl is also very, very sweet. And a natural in front of the camera. Let me tell you, after months shooting sleepy newborns and wild toddlers, a spunky, go-with-the-flow young lady was just what I needed. Mom and dad were stars too.

Thanks for the relaxed, fun hour Partons! Enjoy your sneak peek…







Merry CHRISTmas!!


Sneak peek… {new life} Baby Jacob

Posted on December 4, 2009

Marysville area Newborn Photographer
** I am sad to announce that due to theft of images I am now reluctantly watermarking all images posted on the blog in a more conspicuous (read: annoying) manner. Sorry for any loss in your viewing pleasure!**


I love me some 5 day old baby boy.

Especially one that only douses me, and mom, with peepee once and poo ZERO times in an over 2 hour diaper free session. That is one GOOD newborn. His name is Jacob. He is cute. Cuddly. And hairy like a little monkey. PRECIOUS!

I met his mom and daddy last summer when CYE did their wedding. They are wonderful parents. Cute. Cuddly. And hairy like little… just kidding!

Enjoy your baby boy’s sneak peek Zac and Renee. These days only last so long. Cherish!









Can I love your newborn next? Send me an email, even before you deliver (before your third trimester even!), and we will set aside a special date just for your baby!