Eight Reasons to Love | Oak Harbor, WA Family Photographer

The Thompson family gave me all the feels as we met to document three generations of love and laughter at Deception Pass State Park on Whidbey Island, WA.

I was lucky enough to document Leslie’s gorgeous belly in a windy maternity session as she and Kyle awaited the arrival of their precious son, Luke. And Luke isn’t the only big event for this family this year – Leslie’s sister Emily was recently wed to her longtime love. Emily and Ryan definitely give off that newlywed vibe – where your face hurts from smiling and you’re just thrilled to be starting your life together as husband and wife. Grandpa Dave is the life of the party, and Grandma Anne helps care for Luke during the week. Then there’s Duke – possibly the sweetest, easiest-going 13-year old pup ever. I never know what to expect when a family brings along their dog for pictures, but Duke was such a good boy and seriously smiled the whole time! He might have been the best behaved of the group! Ha!

Through the ups and downs, new beginnings and new additions, this family grows together, laughs together, and loves together. Seeing this group in action made my heart ache for the chance to capture moments like this with my own extended family. I hope these images show you just what’s so special about these eight people (and pup) – they are one amazing family.