The Perfect Combination

So my biggest baby celebrated his sweet sixteen birthday not too long ago and we missed actually getting his birthday photos done in time for the big day.  (Not much of a surprise given that his birthday is smack in the middle of busy photo season, soccer season, a month of 4 birthdays in our family, driver’s ed, marching band etc…)  No worries.  He is now a professional at birthday photos and we got them done in under 15 minutes…and that included him driving us to and from our location.  He is truly an amazing human being in about a million ways and I couldn’t be prouder of him and all his many accomplishments.

Besides a few fabulous “regular” birthday photos, we managed to capture the true essence of my boy’s character.

He truly is part Dr. Evil (the hilarious and mischievous part):

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and part Mr. Rogers (the so, so nice and so friendly part):

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(Ok, he still looks mischievous in this one but he is doing the shoe thing even though he refused to sing the “won’t you be my neighbor” song…such a fun wrecker.)

If you know him at all, you will recognize the next few “faces” he is giving me….

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By this point I am laughing so hard we are lucky any of the photos are even vaguely in focus….but that’s ok because it means he is also genuinely laughing/grinning/smiling and that is what I am after…

Here are the “real” birthday photos:

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seattle issaquah teen boy photographer

seattle issaquah teen boy photographer

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE.

Love this photo in particular and love this boy even more.

 

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Deborah - October 9, 2014 - 3:45 pm

Augh! Love love love these so much!

Barb - October 9, 2014 - 3:51 pm

Love these pictures! They’re so wonderful -and so are both the subject and the photographer!

Annetta - October 10, 2014 - 2:20 am

Oh my goodness!!I love, love, love them both the evil ones and the actual birthday photos. I agree that he is amazing in so many ways and quite a good driver – he drove to school yesterday. I wasn’t scared for even one second.

Little Fairies { Seattle Child Photographer }

This last weekend I met these lovely ladies for the first time.  I may very well have squealed with glee when I caught my first glimpse.  They are just what I imagine little woodland fairies would be like…the dresses really just pushed the whole vision right over the top.  I really just wanted to run away to the woods with them, give them some little wings, and photograph them all day!  Not only are they absolutely adorable but they are also sweet and charming  and funny….exactly what you would expect of little fairies.  They had me giggling from the start right up to the very end.  Here are just a few of my favorites…

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Annetta - October 2, 2014 - 12:26 am

Fabulous Fairies!! How delightful and smiley are they! Super cute photos.

Rolling the Dice { Issaquah Family Photographer }

It’s getting to be that time of year….the time when it starts getting tricky to find an open spot on the calendar that lines up with some nice weather.  Well I was super excited when we found a date that worked for both of us AND the weather forecast was calling for sunshine. But then it absolutely poured the whole night before our session and was pretty stormy all day and I was starting to look at my calendar for backup dates.  Mom and I had arranged to check in the afternoon of the session to see what we thought about the weather and when we chatted she had more a little more news for me….there was a missed nap and a possibly tired little girl.  What should we do?  The weather sure looked iffy right then and add to that the possibility of non-cooperation made it look like we should reschedule.  But did we?  Oh no!  We are brave souls.  (Never mind that I have known this little lady since before she was born and I wasn’t worried one bit about her being uncooperative…..I think even on her worst day we could have gotten great images).  We decided to throw caution to the wind and go for it and guess what?  The sun came out (both in the sky and in our little friend).  Jackpot.

Here are just a few of my favorites….

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Look at those pig tails go!!

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Impossible to be grumpy when you are splashing in a puddle (not that there was ever even a moment of grumpy).  Also, check back later this week for me to get on my high horse about why I chose capturing the moment over technical perfection.

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LOVE those big eyes and serious expression…plus who can resist her little tongue?

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Annetta - September 29, 2014 - 9:44 pm

Super shots. How adorable is she. And I love the action shots – up in the air, hair flying…

Catching Up { Seattle family photographer }

I had the best time hanging out with these guys this past weekend.  We really just chatted our way through the session…soccer, new teachers, sales at Old Navy, and seeking medical attention for children (head wounds for them, broken bones for us).  There may even have been a conversation about how hanging out once a year just isn’t enough….I totally agree!  Anyway, here are just a few of my favorites….

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Annetta - September 11, 2014 - 6:17 pm

Wow! Don’t they look great. Lovely photos.

Naturals { Seattle Family Photographer }

These guys are so much fun to photograph! Generally speaking, during a session we just sort of hang out and run around and play and every once in awhile we find a spot to sit and take a few more posed family shots.  These guys were so relaxed in front of the camera and so full of snuggles and giggles with a side order of a little goofiness that it made my job super easy.   Knowing that we had captured all the critical shots right off the bat allowed me a chance to shoot a few images beyond the basics and I LOVE them.  Here’s just a little taste of our morning together…

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How cute are they?  And that dress?  It’s a photographer’s dream!

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seattle issaquah child family photographer

 

seattle issaquah child family photographer

Oh my goodness do I love their grandma!  She is absolutely lovely and charming and gorgeous and so stylish.

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Everybody got some snuggles.

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There was some serious study of ants going on.

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And important car driving work to be done.

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I adore this one.  Big brother looks so protective and little sister looks so calm and comfortable and safe.

And this last one I LOVE. Yes, the framing is non-traditional but it is an absolutely gorgeous photo of mom, who I really want to be the focus of the shot, surrounded by her people who are being goofy and having fun.  Pretty sure this is her happy place and she is just radiating serenity and happiness.

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Happy Friday all!

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Annetta - September 5, 2014 - 2:50 pm

Super cute photos. I love the two of the kids playing with stick/car on the bricks. They are so focused on their “work”. Campus is such a lovely place to take photos.

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