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I was up with the sunrise to head out to photograph this sweet family. I may not always get up as early as I’d like in the morning, but I jump at any opportunity to do so. So you can imagine what a perfect match it was when Amy told me they’re usually up early too! The early morning light and near empty waterfront park was pure perfection! I haven’t seen Amy since we did her headshot photos for work a few years back, and now that her and Jens are tying the knot, we took advantage of the opportunity to capture them all together.

One of my favorite aspects of the people I get to work with, is seeing how they are as a couple and as a family. Whether you’re together just a few hours or all day, you can learn so much about people and even draw inspiration from them. Seeing parents who live for their kids and not just themselves is something I admire greatly. I’ve been blessed with really great families to work and connect with, always giving me something to take home and look at differently.

Amy has this great energy about her that I could literally just soak up all day long, I adore talking with her. Jens is such an easy going guy and is the perfect compliment to Amy, even mentioning that he makes her “feel comfortable.” I couldn’t agree more when I told her there were so many “good ones.” So you can just imagine how wonderful they are together with sweet little Booker, who is turning one soon! He is the cutest little guy, I couldn’t stop gushing over his smile and closeness with each parent. Such a joy!

Thanks Amy, Jens, and Booker for having me out on such a perfect Pacific Northwest morning! I can’t wait for your wedding this weekend!

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It was one of those completely by chance opportunities that connect you to a family, is how I met the Robinson family. I’m thankful too, because I often feel fortunate to meet with a family who has a strong village surrounding them. I can’t help but to admire and appreciate that in others when I do see it. That’s exactly what Jeremy and Taraneka have. I was blown away to learn that their family flew from Georgia to be here to celebrate their baby girl turning one. Having only lived here for four months, they are learning the area, people, and adjusting to life in the Pacific Northwest. It’s quite an adjustment from beautiful Georgia. I’m so honored to have been apart of their celebration for their sweet girl.

Taraneka planned her party beautifully, leaving no detail unattended. Of course, as one year olds go, Sophia missed her nap and decided to take it in the middle of her party. She has wonderful parents and family who went with the flow, so we took advantage of the opportunity and took a few photos of just the two of them. I’m glad we did, too, because they are an amazing couple. Jeremy has a way of making Taraneka laugh, and you can see her ease into herself when she’s with him. It was great getting to know them a little bit.

Happy 1st birthday Sophia, you may not remember this, but these photos and your time capsule will be a wonderful memory to have down the road. Not to mention that your family will remember being together for this, and that is everything. Thanks for having me out Robinson family.


Meet the beautiful Tsui family. I spoke with Kenneth’s sister, Bee, who booked me as their family photographer for when they flew in from Hong Kong. I hadn’t realized at the time that this would be their first trip to America as a family and our session would be their first morning waking up in the good ole USA. I truly felt honored to spend that time with them and honestly hoped to make a good impression, as cultural differences were never more evident.

They couldn’t have been a sweeter family to work with – easy to laugh, smile, and play with their little boy. We talked about what was common for us here locally versus Hong Kong, how they take family photos each year, but in a studio because it’s so crowded and there aren’t many options out of doors. I imagine our playful session in the heart of Tacoma, Washington was quite a different experience for them! Although I couldn’t truly imagine not having options. It was humbling to think of all the options we have to explore outside and how we shouldn’t take that for granted.

They still have some great adventures left while they’re in the states for the next two weeks and it’s been so fun to see thanks to social media. Well, if I’m ever in Hong Kong, I’ll definitely see them again! Happy travels Tsui family, thanks for having me capture your first American based family photos!

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