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mendez maternity | Puyallup WA photographer

I lucked out and scheduled my sister-in-law’s maternity photos for the day before she would give birth! (totally on a fluke too as she wasn’t due until 10 days later!) Leah was the first one of my hubby’s siblings to have a baby, and being the only girl of 3 kids, she will be the only one of the siblings to actually have a baby…;)
We had fun playing in my in-law’s new house and yard, along with hanging at the Mendez place. Little Elizabeth has one of the coolest baby rooms ever. Her daddy is an artist, and he painted the tree and owl mural on her wall above the crib! She is already styling with tons of clothes and shoes. Leah and Oscar were simply glowing as we took these photos. If only they had known at the time that they would be meeting her the next day!!

maternity session | reno, nv photographer

I had the immense pleasure of spending some time with a dear friend during her second pregnancy. I missed meeting her new son by a mere two days, but we had a blast getting some cute tummy, family, and maternity photos. Her son Alek was such a ham. And his red/orange hair was just too cute! HIs big grazel eyes (gray + hazel) photograph so well. I simply adored his little brother’s mini-crib. All the neutral colors in their house were a photographers dream! All photos were taken in Reno, NV in their gorgeous new home, and in Pixella Studios.

Graduates of The Simple Plan

The Simple Plan Graduate knows business. I took this workshop a few years ago in Seattle. Here is what the owners Michelle & Kelly have to say about it:

They have worked with 250+ small business owners on their business planning. Graduates have attended The Simple Plan workshop or participated in The Simple Plan Exclusive. The Simple Plan graduate takes to time work ON their business, not just IN the business. Here’s what we see from graduates:

■Business owners who know have passion to grow their business and the determination to execute on their entrepreneurial dreams.
■Business owners who set goals, put them into action, and see them through.
■Business owners who service their clients with commitment, consistency, and care.
■Business owners who are running an operationally and financially sustainable business.
■Business owners who invest in their education and training, to better themselves and their businesses.
■Business owners who want SOLID business training not just business theory.
■Business owners who have long-lasting and loyal relationships with colleagues in the industry.

If you are a graduate, KUDOS for all your hard work!

If you know a graduate, congratulate them for their commitment to creating a sustainable business!

Learn more about The Simple Plan here.

Tanner’s Senior Photos | Take 2 | Des Moines Marina

Tanner is one great kid.  Young man.  Boy?  Being under 18 still, and 20 years younger than me (now how did that happen?), I brought my hubby along to help put him at ease.  Not necessary.  This kid is as cool as they come.  Totally made the shoot awesome by keeping the jokes coming, having an easy-going smile, and doing it all as his mom suggested pose after pose.

Having a two-part session really comes in handy.  We were able to do two totally different locations and looks.  The first one was Tanner with his orange truck in a more rural barn setting done in the Fall.  This session had more of a Spring feel, by the beach, and Tanner was sporting his new Letterman’s jacket.  Football, basketball and track I believe.  Have fun as a Cougar next year!

maternity photos | whidbey island

I met Betsy of “We Do I Do’s” a few years ago when she saved the day at a wedding.  The make-up artist did not show up, and Betsy swooped in to expertly apply the bride’s make-up and put everyone at ease.  She’s a great officiant too!  Being in the wedding business, we’ve kept in touch.  When I saw some photos of her baby bump on Facebook, I knew I had to get some professional images for her.  So began my trek to Whidbey Island last weekend.  As is my new thing this year, she gave birth almost 2 weeks before her due date only days after this session took place (she’s the 3rd one to pop early after I took maternity photos!).  I guess I’m good luck for women to go into labor?!

Betsy, her husband, son and I had a great time exploring their new property in Clinton.  What a beautiful summer day too, the sun shone of her recently shorn pixie cut (and natural red hair).  She was glowing, and the light was yummy.  Enjoy!