Baby's First Birthday Family Photos - Salmon Creek Vancouver, Wa.

Little Olivia turned one this past week! To celebrate her first birthday we decided to go to Klineline Pond and capture some portraits of the whole family together. Olivia broke out her Minnie Mouse ears to wear for her session, and was thrilled when a big, bright, pink balloon was brought out for photos. In all honesty, I think she was more interested in the pink tassle weighting it down, but hey, sparkles will be sparkles and tassels are exciting too. We walked along the path of Salmon creek and let Olivia pick up rocks and bark along the way -- one of her very favorite pastimes. In the end, I think it was a pretty darn cute birthday. Happy birthday little explorer!

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The Jensen Family - Oswego Lake Country Club

I had so much fun with this sweet family. The fall colors were in their prime at the Oswego Lake Country Club so I met the Jensen clan there for their family photo session. We wandered around the property for a while capturing photos amidst the gorgeous colors, while the kids had a blast running around and playing in the fallen leaves. The country club was even nice enough to let us borrow a golf cart to work our way through the course to a little bridge that caught our eye. At the end of the day, I think we can all agree that the Jensen's are a picture perfect little family. Each one of these kiddos is cute as a button; they stole my heart the minute I met them. 

Thanks again, Jensen family! I had such a great time with you all.

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Baby Ayla - 1st Year Cake Smash

Last year I photographed little Ayla's newborn session. It's hard to believe that a whole year has passed since then. Ayla's momma wanted to shoot a family session followed by a "cake smash" to celebrate her birthday. Ayla's mom even went all out, getting all sorts of styled props for little Ayla's mermaid-themed session. Unfortunately... Ayla wanted no part in it. We set everything up in Hoyt Arboretum, set Ayla down, and she immediately starting bawling as soon as we put her near the cake. Her parents tried their hardest to show her how yummy her birthday cake was, but little Ayla just wasn't having it. Her demeanor deteriorated quickly and we eventually gave up, planning to try again in my studio a few days later. Despite her having one of the most precious mermaid-themed cakes I've ever seen, Ayla despised her birthday cake at my studio too. She wouldn't even try the icing without crying. Lynette had the brilliant idea that perhaps with the cute cake design, Ayla just wasn't connecting that the cake was something to eat. We quickly grabbed a spoon from the kitchen and tried feeding it to her that way, and to all our surprise, instead of getting messy with her hands she continued eating with her spoon like the proper little princess that she is. What followed are some of the most adorable cake smash photos I have ever taken. Everything from her sweet smiles, her faces of disgust, to her sugar-induced food-coma; her range of emotions through out these sessions are hilarious. This sweet little cutie pie has stolen my heart, and I think she'll steal yours too. Enjoy!

The Party Begins

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Take Two