I don't remember when I first heard about Cliff Mautner, but it was probably about three years ago as I was just getting started with my photography business. Every time his work was discussed by fellow photographers, it was almost in the reverent tones used when speaking of a spiritual guru...or at least a master artist. For those who aren't photographers, let me mention that there are hundreds (maybe thousands) of photography coaches, mentors, and workshops to choose from. If you are paying attention, you learn that many of them do not have your best interests at heart...they take your hard-earned money and return a few morsels of information, lots of pep talk, a “You can do it!” mantra, and send you on your way.
I had been looking forward to Roberto & Jamie's Edmonds Yacht Club wedding since photographing their engagement session last fall. These two are the real deal: very much in love, best friends, fun-loving, and romantic. (Yes, I learned all of that while spending time with them on their engagement shoot!) I knew I liked them when they brought out the Seahawks jerseys to wear for part of their engagement session!
When I was a little girl, I remember being a bit obsessed with my mom's scrapbook album. Even though the book was nearly falling apart, I never tired of turning the big, black pages, pulling them close to my face, and studying the people in the photos. I would peer at the faces of my parents as 20-year olds, put the book down, and then the questions would begin. "What did you think the first time you met Dad?" I'd ask. I remember Mom telling me that she was getting so old that she often didn't remember all of the details. I was horrified, wondering how anyone could forget those things!
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Recently, I was asked by the lovely Amber Peterson to share my top tips for couples planning their wedding photography. Amber happens to own Cheers Wedding & Event Planning and she was kind enough to share my answers on her own blog. If you're looking for a wedding or event planner, I highly recommend Amber! You can check out her blog here. Honestly, when I first looked at the list of questions, my mind went blank! (Only because there was so much I could say.)
Last April, I visited the “D” family home for my very first photo session of three-month old Amelia. We turned the living room into a makeshift studio, using the abundant window light. Really, how could I go wrong with such a sweet, beautiful baby? Amelia was wide-eyed and cooperative for her portraits; we even managed to get in a few photos with her big brother, mom and dad.
I can't begin to describe how thrilled (and ready!) I was to do my first newborn session! I was very prepared and excited to preserve these precious memories for little Dorothy and her parents. We did Dorothy's session eight days after her birth. For those who don't know, newborn sessions are best at around five to ten days after birth . . . they are only this young once! At three months, they’re all baby, and there’s not much left to remind you of the newborn they once were--except pictures.
This post is long overdue; I'm so excited to share these photos with everyone! Last April, I attended a photography workshop hosted by the incredible Holli True, located in Eugene, Oregon. For two full days, I collaborated with five other photographers in hands-on learning for our photography businesses.

Keeping legacies | Family Photographer | Skagit County, WA

I've shared before how much I have a passion for keeping memories . . . seems like I have always gravitated to those things, even as a kid.Example: when I was a kid, if one of our pets died, it was traumatizing to me. I was not able to move through my grief until I'd done something to memorialize my beloved furry friend. Sometimes it was in the form of a poem, other times a childlike, makeshift gravestone. Either way, I was compelled to find a way to keep their memory alive.