Sneak peek… Rachel | Everett Family Photographer

Posted on January 29, 2011

Mill Creek Family Photographer

Wild Beauty v2.0 | Seattle Family Photographer

We battled wind. And rain. And the grayest, cloudiest day in ages this morning. Rachel and her lovely mama and daddy met up with me for a beach session as a supplement to Rachel’s first session a few weeks ago. Despite the uncooperative weather, we hit the photo-art jackpot! Check them out below:


Grateful… Great Full | Everett Child Photographer

Posted on January 28, 2011

Seattle Child Photographer

At heart, I am just a mom with a camera.

I’m sitting here listening to my boys sing and play in their beds. Daddy just got done saying “Jesus Amen” with Reiken and Quinny was slurping down a nice, warm baba (yes, I know he is 18 months but I just can’t deny him). I’m sure they won’t actually go to sleep for at least 45 minutes. And that is OK with us.

I recently realized that it had been a loooooong time since I had photographed my own children. Why? I LOVE photographing my own kids. By far, my favorite subjects (Jeff, my husband, isn’t too bad either…) The winter does this to me… the weather turns cold, gray and dreary and all my creativity and desire to shoot, or even be outdoors, goes out the window. (Maybe I should consider a vitamin D supplement….) I started feeling guilty about my lack of documenting my childs’ lives. Yes, I took photos at Thanksgiving, Christmas and Reiken’s birthday a few weeks ago (plus this shoot and this one too through the fall,) BUT, I hadn’t really done the best job I could just for my boys in a long while.

SO. Yesterday, my good friend Dana and I decided to rectify this little problem and hopefully get some shooting mojo back. The weather cooperated (the kids? mmmmm… no comment,) and all outfits were perfectly coordinated which is TOTALLY a requirement of mine in order to get jaw dropping, gallery wrap worthy shots. We were in a field, which is my favorite place to be, and everything seemed to perfectly align for about 20 minutes.

Now, before I show you the images (which you knew was coming, right faithful reader?) I just have to say that it doesn’t take a professional photographer, a fancy camera, perfectly coordinated wardrobe and rainless Northwest weather to take meaningful, priceless photos of your kids. I promise it doesn’t.

Just. Take. Pictures. A lot.

To prove it, I snapped away earlier this evening while Reiken was learning the hard won skill of hand washing. Now, he just turned 3 so being dirty/sticky/smeary is pretty much a 24/7 requirement, but getting to splash in the sink is one of his top 10 fav things to do. It didn’t take much coaxing to get him to play around on his little stool in the bathroom for a few minutes. In 10 minutes, I ended up with 13 images I really like. My plan is to put them all together on a storyboard and display them in our guest bathroom. In fact, I may or may not have already created said storyboard and it may or may not be at the end of this post. You’ll just have to scroll on down through delicious images to find out.

And? Pull out your camera, no matter what model, and snap away at your kids this week. I’m sure you’ll end up with a keeper or two also.


And a few of Miss Dana and her kidlets:


A keeper of just me (va va VOOM!):


And Reiken’s washing experience:


Sneak Peek… {sweetness} Vivienne | Marysville Child & Family Photographer

Posted on January 24, 2011

Marysville Child Photographer

Smile? | Marysville Child Photographer

Oh, Vivi. Isn’t she cute as a button? I’ve had the pleasure of photographing her four other times. We had a mini shoot last Saturday morning because Vivi is going to have the cutest Valentine cards on the block! Check them out!!


Video Diary | Mr. Preston

Posted on January 24, 2011

Marysville Newborn Photographer

Video Diary: Preston  |  Marysville Newborn Photographer

What does a full session look like? Take a peek here and see. Every photo session with CYE Photography receives a custom video diary. Up today? Preston’s New Life session from December 2010. Please enjoy!

Sneak peek… {child} Rachel | Best Everett Child Photographer

Posted on January 12, 2011

Seattle area Child Photographer

Wild beauty. | Everett Child Photographer

Western Washington weather has been WILD lately. Snow, rain, wind, sun and more snow. Makes scheduling a bit complicated sometimes. This session was for Rachel. Her session was in the works for quite a while. We were hoping for a completely snowy session right around the time she turned two. Well, she turned two just a few days before this session and while the field we shot in wasn’t blanketed in snow, it was actively snowing during our session. So much so that we had to call it early and head inside.

Miss Rachel will be having her two year sesion part two in the next few weeks. Let’s hope the weather plays nice.

2011 Photog PIF… {giving back} | Seattle Photographer

Posted on January 2, 2011

January. Business plan month. Ugh.

As an artist, I prefer the ART side of my job to the business side. I put off accounting and behind the scenes tasks until the last minute every year. However, one good part of January is going over everything from the previous year and seeing what went right and what could’ve gone better. I am commited to giving back 10% of my income every year. Every year. I am proud to report that 2010 was a SLAM DUNK! Sessions, mentoring, post processing work and straight out cash were donated for a plethora of causes and greatly exceeded my 10% goal. Feels good.

But I can do better.

As a photographer, I know how infrequent it is for my family and I to be in front of the camera. We’re busy, I’ve got baby weight, and… well, that’s about it. Its been over a year since we had a family portrait and never have had a professional portrait session of just us. Sure… I can set up a tripod and a timer and HOPE for miracles or take a bajillion photos of my boys and their daddy myself. But what about me? How will my kids remember what I looked like cuddling them, kissing their scrunched noses,  and holding hands with their daddy if I am NEVER in any quality, professional images?

Easy. They won’t.

Time to fix that for YOU ladies.

One of my giving back events this year is the 2011 Photographer Pay-It-Forward (PIF). Every month, I want to photograph a different photographer and their family and give them a disc of retouched images COMPLETELY free of charge. No money, please. Just show up all decked out and fully styled and we will rock a session.

But there is a catch.

Each participating photographer has to pay it forward to another photographer within 3 months of their session. Get one and give one away. That’s it.

So… here is my ad for the free sessions… I can only accept 12 photographers. I will open up sign ups for a week and then will use to select the winners. If you would like to be considered, check out the ad and follow the directions. Easy peasy.

I’d love to shoot you.

2011 Photographer pay it forward