Penn Cove Family Beach Session | Whidbey Island Family Photographer

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Penn Cove Family Beach Session | Whidbey Island Family Photographer

Holy cow - this family was such a dream to work with!! I love, love, love me some energetic, rambunctious little girls (I wonder why??), and Piper definitely made this session so much fun for me. She did plenty of snuggling with mom, dad, and little brother, Garrett, but we also had fun looking for bugs and shells, running and jumping, and throwing rocks in the water. 

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A Joyful Family Sunset Session | Oak Harbor, WA Family Photographer

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A Joyful Family Sunset Session | Oak Harbor, WA Family Photographer

These three little girls may take over the world one day.They have so much spirit and determination (and energy!), and it is truly a joy to be around them. Which makes sense, since Joy is their mama after all. My sweet friend always has a smile on her face and a kind word to raise up those around her. She's an amazing mama, a hilarious and hard-working woman, and a light in everyone's life who knows her. 

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The Last Days of Summer | Whidbey Island Family Photographer

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The Last Days of Summer | Whidbey Island Family Photographer

Oh man, this family right here is one of my absolute faves. I photographed Kara and Mike just after they got engaged, (it was one of my first sessions), and the experience seriously lit a fire under me to keep going. We've been lucky enough to be stationed together several times - first in Hawaii, then Texas, and now Washington. 

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A Night on the Family Farm | Oak Harbor, WA Family Photographer

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A Night on the Family Farm | Oak Harbor, WA Family Photographer

When my family and I moved to Whidbey Island three years ago, we were new to Washington, new to the island, and new to the community. We bought (and built) our first house, I started my business, and Ryan switched over from operational to full-time reserve work with the Navy. So yeah, it was a lot. But God smiled on us by dropping us next door to the best neighbors (and friends) a girl could ask for. 

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A Sweet Morning Newborn Session | Oak Harbor, WA Newborn Photographer

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A Sweet Morning Newborn Session | Oak Harbor, WA Newborn Photographer

When I first met and worked with Morgan and Nick, they had just found out that they were expecting. And with all the anticipation and delight that comes with that wonderful, life-changing news, they wanted to embrace and document the chapter of their lives when it was still just two. We shot a beautiful couples session at Bowman Bay, and I watched these two amazing souls melt into each other. It was so lovely, and honest, and beautiful. 

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Making Memories at Deception Pass | Anacortes, WA Photographer

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Making Memories at Deception Pass | Anacortes, WA Photographer

For military families, there is the before, the during, and the after. Your life revolves around cycles - and I'm not talking about school cycles or even calendar years. I'm talking about tours, duty stations, detachments, deployments, surges, IAs, and the countless other ways those who serve "do" their jobs. I know families who have been given two weeks notice that they are moving halfway across the world. I know new mothers who have had to come to terms with their husband being sent on an IA for the next fifteen months. So how, do you ask, do military families handle this?

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Brad + Katie's Homecoming Reunion | Whidbey Island Family Photographer

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Brad + Katie's Homecoming Reunion | Whidbey Island Family Photographer

Homecomings will always be one of my favorite events to document. Seeing loved ones reunited after months of being apart - there's seriously nothing like that joy and relief. And seeing Katie and Brad's first homecoming reunion brought back all the butterflies that I remember from seeing Ryan walk off that plane and back into my arms during our first deployment. It's like your first date and wedding day all rolled into one beautiful moment. 

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One Big Beautiful Blended Family | Whidbey Island Family Photographer

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One Big Beautiful Blended Family | Whidbey Island Family Photographer

This big beautiful family needed to document being together on this lovely evening at Washington Park in Anacortes. Grandparents in town visiting from another country, three rambunctious, beautiful girls spending time with dad and family for the summer, and two sweet and spunky twin toddlers - WOW. This family has energy and love for days and days. And so many reasons to capture what life looks like at this particular moment. 

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A Whole Lotta Love | Oak Harbor, WA Family Photographer

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A Whole Lotta Love | Oak Harbor, WA Family Photographer

I have been looking forward to this session with the Horn family for months. Literally! We had to reschedule a few times due to work schedules (Navy life!), but we lucked out with the warm weather and beautiful sunset at Deception Pass State Park the night we met to take family pictures.

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50th Anniversary Celebration | Oak Harbor, WA Family Photographer

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50th Anniversary Celebration | Oak Harbor, WA Family Photographer

My hubby Ryan and I celebrated 11 years of marriage this spring. Eleven years! In a way, the time has passed by so fast. Maybe it's the fact that we've moved four times with the Navy, or added three pets, two kids, and one business, but life seems to be flying by most days. Yet when I stop and look around at the life we've built, I wonder how we could be this lucky. I love our life and there is no one I'd rather call my partner for the next fifty years. 

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Summer Sunset at Deception Pass | Whidbey Island, WA Family Photographer

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Summer Sunset at Deception Pass | Whidbey Island, WA Family Photographer

I had such an amazing time with this amazing family of three at Deception Pass State Park. Sweet baby Hailey is seriously the cutest baby. EVER. And she is the absolute apple of her mama and dada's eye. It was such a treat to capture Tawnya and David loving on their little girl. They were so sweet to go out of their way to meet with me on Whidbey Island on their way back to Canada after visiting family in Washington. Thank goodness we had a gorgeous night to work with!

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