wild geese {personal gig harbor photography}

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.
— mary oliver

for my soul friend from a thousand lives past, marcela. thank you for being in my world. our children were wild as geese, wild and free, present, joyful, blissful - truth.

 this day. how lovely. 

baby ireland {Gig Harbor Family Photojournalist}

there's always something about having a newborn in the house, the way everyone is buzzing with excitement from the birth, and what a new soul brings to the household, how much of a transition it is for the littles, and mama juggling a new rhythm and routine. i've been with lauren and her family before,  when she was still pregnant and just loved their energy. i've also been loving the great people i meet doing these photosessions, and how many of them i've become friends with, when we're not busy with our kids or whatever else!

 when i showed up, it seemed everything was coming along great, some paleo chocolate chip cookies were getting made (we found out several months back that we shared the love of paleo and nourishing food among other things!) and lauren's mother and aunt (?) were in town. definitely was a good day and such a sweet sweet family. these parents really have it down. these kids are blessed. 

I am your moon and your moonlight too
I am your flower garden and your water too
I have come all this way, eager for you
Without shoes or shawl
I want you to laugh
To kill all your worries
To love you
To nourish you.
— rumi

The Haxton Family | Gig Harbor Lifestyle Family Photography

i met casey + james at wilkinson park in gig harbor. it's been a while since i've done this, and it was so much fun. i really missed this!

With their sweet brand new four month old baby boy, and grandparents,  this family had such good energy, such laughter, and made it easy for me to capture some moments between them. part of why i like doing this, are the people i meet. come meet the haxton family!