sunset picnic

beautiful days here. unbelievable how the wild beauty of the pacific northwest becomes illuminated when the skies are blue. and how the misty rain always brings out this moody ethereal atmosphere. it is february, and it is spring in western washington. cherry blossoms are  blooming, we have sunny days with temperatures in the mid to late 50s and even breaking 60 in the afternoons. we took the opportunity of this great weather, early still that they can be awake for sunset (545pm is when it goes down). nick shared with the girls of the crabs that like to hide under the big rocks. veda loves to skip stones, or dunk them :)

{real life} january in black and white

i'm excited to share that i'm part of a group of women that share photos of real life on the 10th of every month this year. documenting and finding beauty in the every day, good, bad, norm. these are the photos that i love to take. the things that happen all around me, and are beautiful moments that happen in our lives, the moments frozen in time when captured. i decided to stick to my favorite black and white images of january. 

there is a book we are reading at bedtime called the 'star child', and there is a lot of beauty in that book. the Star Child, a tiny flame of vapor, invisible and timeless, watches the Earth from far, far away. He marvels at the blue swirls of the ocean and the green land, a bright spot turning through the darkness of space. He wants to go to this wondrous place, but he ponders: What will that life be like? I found it my inspiration for many of the photos I took this month, and using that sense of wonder and newness in every day moments, and every day things. 

You will be plunged into Earth’s river of time,” his elders tell the Star Child.
There will be so much for you to learn and so much for you to feel—pleasure and fear, joy and disappointment, sadness and wonder.

hop over to Katie Brenkert's Everyday Moments page to see her january real life photos and continue on the blog circle. 




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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 Kim Family | Tacoma Family Photojournalism

so i came for dinner, a very important yet typical event that happens with Shannon and her family. She is pregnant with her third son, and her boys are a riot. Her oldest, Liam, he reminds me of my oldest. He is very social, eager to help in the kitchen, and loves to comment on the little things that us adults tend to miss. I also witnessed some tree trimming issues and i got to talk story with Shannon's parents, i mulled over the things in their home, eyed a ship that is actually made in Indonesia, and a very cool old radio with the names of Seattle's top radio stations. Shannon has gone to culinary school, and her parents use to own a restaurant. They are a happy bunch, and it's good to find families that spend time together, cook together, eat together. here just a few...

The Stewart Family | Tacoma Family Photojournalism

i came over to see what dinner was like with the stewart family. henry is quite a light. 

warmth, tania

The Martins | Gig Harbor Lifestyle Family Photography

vegas transplants just shy of 3 months, this sweet family of *almost 3* joined me for a gorgeous sunny day in gig harbor. working for the gig harbor fire department is what moved them up northwest. they are in love with the lush evergreens and who couldn't be... every time i am away from the pacific northwest, i come back in awe with the landscape. and on a sunny day like today, the whole state comes alive. 

The Molloys | Tacoma Family Photojournalism

on a clear, but grey sunday morning in ruston, i had a walk with the molloys....

My older sister married his older brother and we “officially” met at the wedding
— wesley

wesley and seamus are new here in the puget sound, coming from montana.


this is eleventh month old, delaney, isn't she the brightest thing you've seen in this gloomy puget sound week? i had to control myself from cooing like a bird every time i saw her through the glass


she really is as lovely as she shines through these pictures. 

{motherhood} ... to say that I feel like I’m right where I was meant to be. I’m still learning and I still have hard days like any other parent, but I feel like being a mom is exactly what I was cut out to do. Life is so much richer with Delaney. To look at her and know she’s mine...there is no better feeling than that.
— wesley

wesley (don't you just love that name. i really love it, and don't come across it often) keeps busy working and caring for delaney, and from the looks of it, doing a really whole hearted way of it. 

breakfast time, i really loved the calmness of these two, you can really see that energy emanate from their daughter. it was peaceful for me to shoot, and easy for me to like them .


seamus is a lawyer, who works in the tacoma area. we had some good chatter about what shows we like to watch, me being one of them discussing 'house of cards' . no really, you have to watch that show. 

she loves to blow bubbles
— wesley
I had a difficult time... Delaney was having a hard time latching at first. The nurses in the hospital tried to coach me a bit, but we still weren’t getting a good latch. I was given a nipple shield due to the poor latch and the fact that I was cracked and bleeding. Unfortunately, the woman who gave me the shield didn’t check me for size. So, I was given the wrong size, which made thing worse... Since I had a c-section, I had to stay in the hospital for several days before being released. I tried asking for help from the lactation consultants. They would print off papers for me, but didn’t really take the time to see how she was nursing and help us correct the problem. I was a new mother, so I could only go off of what I had read. Lots of tears from both Delaney and me. I felt so defeated. First, I was dreaming of an unmedicated birth and when that didn’t happen, my other big wish was to be able to breastfeed my daughter...and that was going pretty poorly.
— wesley
After being sent home and dealing with excruciating pain, I figured it out the sizing issue (with the shield) and sent Seamus out in the middle of the night to get me the right size. The change in shield size immediately helped with the pain and helped things heal quickly. I tried weaning off the shield multiple times with Delaney, but we still couldn’t find a good latch. Finally, at around 5 months, I tried again and something just clicked because she started nursing correctly - no pain for me, no frustration for her! And we have been going strong ever since! I’m so glad I pushed through the pain. I’m so glad I continued to try without the shield. I’m happy that even if the birth didn’t go as planned, that at least I can be proud of the fact that we are still happily breastfeeding and I able to give her nourishment and comfort.
— wesley

delaney loves to read with her dad. 

really loved my time with them.