Brado Bunch

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In this line of business, things fluctuate - you’re busy, you’re slow. Sometimes you have THE BEST clients, sometimes things don’t match up the way you’d like them to. It’s just how life is, in any job. One thing I love about my job is when clients become friends. Like, AMAZING friends. Like, ride or die soul sisters that you can face time when you’re feeling not so cute, that you can talk about all the weird things that other people might put you in a crazy house for - the type of friend who you know you can count on to call you out on your shit in the most “loving” way possible ;) - whether you want to hear it or not! Brenna has become that friend in my life after a few years of photographing her and her family. From the time her and Carl were engaged (and Xaylee was just a little bean in her belly) to now - a wedding, 2 babies, 2 houses and a career change later - I feel so honored to have been there to document most of it AND to witness the love of this family grow stronger each and every year!

So today, I wanted to share their most recent session and wish Brenna the happiest of birthdays! I’m SO grateful to know you as deeply as I do - to be able to admire how amazing of a woman, wife, mother, step mother, hair dresser, hiker, adventurer, and all around human being you are! Thank you for turning our sessions into hang outs years ago and helping pull me out of some of my darkest days!

And as always - thank you for trusting in my vision to capture your family - whether we’re at a busy park, or taking a hike in the woods - you guys are always game for some fun photo ops!

Hope you all enjoy these photos and can feel the love and happiness that we all shared that day!

Melodie & Craig // PNW Airstream

Ooooey, this session was SO.MUCH.FUN!

Melodie and I go way back …back about 20 years! We didn’t necessarily grow up together, since she was home schooled, but we played fast pitch together - and anyone who has been on a tight knit team, knows that there’s a bond you build that keeps you tied together throughout life no matter which path you end up taking after grade school. Just this weekend I was photographing a wedding that was at a hotel and there were a bunch of younger girls running around in their basketball uniforms and it totally brought me down memory lane of long road trips, hotel stays, and all the team bonding that comes along with playing sports growing up! Ah, to be young again ;)

Craig is in the Air Force and has been stationed in Texas for the next couple of years - so the two of them packed their life up in their AWESOME Airstream, and hit the road to embark on their newest adventure in San Antonio! I was so honored when Mel reached out to me to document their last day in our home town of Cle Elum, WA. We made our way out to the lake bed and captured some special moments with the last bit of sunlight before it dipped down behind the mountains. Since they had their entire wardrobe with them, it was fun to help them pick and choose what to wear and to ultimately end the shoot in their wedding attire! (Actually, in their swimsuits - since they were super brave and up to the challenge for a quick dip at the end!)

The way these two interacted with one another was magical to say the least. Craig entertained all my posing cues and even when he made light of them, it created some great moments of laughter and playfulness! They included their dog Sawyer, who was at their heels everywhere we went and photobombed in the best ways possible.

I hope you all enjoy the beauty and authenticity of these images and it brings you back to a warmer Pacific Northwest day :)

Abe Family // Gold Creek

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Fall is quickly approaching, so I was happy to get this adorable family in front of my camera for their annual photo session before summer ended! I’ve been photographing the Abe family for the last 3 years, and every year they give me the creative freedom to take them somewhere new and beautiful! This year we spent the early morning in the fog (with a mixture of wildfire smoke) up at Snoqualmie Pass and created some really fun memories together!

A quick backstory to how I know Jehna (the gorgeous mom you see in these photos!) …we grew up on the same block in a south Seattle neighborhood up until I moved to Cle Elum in the 3rd grade! We didn’t keep in touch after I moved, but 3 years ago she messaged me on Facebook (since seeing I had photographed a friend of hers) and said that I reminded her of a childhood friend and asked if I happen to be the same Mary who packed her little red Radio Flyer Wagon up with bags of clothes and “ran away” to her house! The internet sure does make the world feel small - right?!

SO grateful to have reconnected with this wonderful woman as adults now and see how different our lives have become since running around the block, jumping on their trampoline, and me playing “hair stylist” on her bangs back in the day ;) (sorry Jehna’s mom!!!)

Enjoy!

Gianna // 6 Months

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I've been photographing Gianna, along with her mom Raven and dad Tony, since she was a newborn. Her sessions always take place on their peaceful farm out in Monroe and have been a blast - especially since the weather has been warmer and we can explore a bit further from the house!

I feel so honored to be invited into a family's lives this intimately to document their child's first year in this world. Watching Gianna's love for her family, animals, and surroundings is such a treat to capture! Her personality - full of sweetness, laughter, giggles, trying to eat everything in her path, and her "Are you done with the weird noises yet?" looks are some of my favorite moments I get to enjoy while spending some time with her! 

Hope you enjoy these moments around the farm from late spring earlier this year! :) 

Henry Wedding // Cattle Barn

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Hey! WOW...it's been over a year since I've blogged last and I am SO excited to have my first blog back be Ashley & Steve's wedding at the Cattle Barn in Cle Elum, WA! AMAZING venue, vendors, the most perfect weather, bridal party goals, sparkly dresses, axes, antlers galore, and cowboy boots for days!

I met Ashley through a childhood friend and loved her sweet demeanor from the beginning. I knew she was going to be such a chill, thoughtful, and gorgeous bride. I got to know both her and Steve a bit better during their engagement session in the Teanaway. We explored the old town of Liberty and hiked up to the top of a lookout tower during wildfire season (which ended up being perfect with the smoke in the background of some of the images, as Steve used to be a wildland firefighter!) Aside from the beautiful scenery we encountered that day, I got to see first hand the love that these two shared for one another and it had me extra excited for their wedding day! 

The day began with the two of them getting ready in their venue's extremely cute farm house, they exchanged vows after their first look, received thoughtful gifts from family and friends (including a photo pendant of Ashley & her grandfather from one of her bridesmaids!) They "iced" their friends and were all around a fun bunch the entire day! Lots of tears, laughter, and celebrations! I couldn't be more happy that these two found one another and that I had the opportunity to tell their love story! Thank you both SO much for including me in one of the most special days of your lives! 

 

 

Smith Maternity // Camano Island

I'll never forget the day Mariko told me that she was pregnant. We met up for lunch and began our usual chit chat, filling one another in about what's new...when the waitress came over and asked what we'd like to drink. She began naming off what they had on tap for beers and the different drink specials they had for the day. Mariko isn't much of a drinker to begin with, but her response was different than usual and had me wondering if she wasn't ordering a drink for a specific reason. I don't normally think of myself as very intuitive, but in the more recent years I've found myself able to pick up on things more than I have before...so after the waitress left, Mariko spilled the beans about her and Jacob expecting. I know this is something they've been wanting for a VERY long time - so hearing this news was SO emotional for me! I couldn't help myself, the water works turned on and I started crying happy tears for them, which in turn made Mariko cry happy tears too!!! It was a pretty special lunch date I would say :) 

The three of us ventured up to Camano Island to capture a beautiful Pacific Northwest sunset. We ran from mosquitos in the woods and caught the last bit of the beautiful pink light from the sun setting. Jacob even got his own time to shine in front of the camera ;) haha! 

I just love these two and cannot wait to meet baby Aria later this month!!! 

Class of 2017 // Senior Reps!

It all began with Willow, then Sarah, then Brianne, then Bella, and finally Selah for my CERHS 2017 Senior girls this last year. (Bella & Selah's session didn't get blogged, as I began chemotherapy and not much was done during that time!) But I assure you - they totally ROCKED their sessions! 

I decided since moving back to Cle Elum, I'd love to begin my own senior rep program. It's been over a decade since I was in high school and I honestly have NO idea what it's like to be a senior this day in age. With all the social media, make up, eyebrows on fleek, and amazing fashion sense, I'm feeling pretty unhip! I was wearing my sweatshirts inside out and plucking my eyebrows almost to the point of no return...me as a senior vs seniors these days is quite the difference...in a pretty embarrassing way, haha!  

So I asked these young ladies if they'd be up for a couple extra shoots throughout the following seasons leading up to their departure into adulthood. We ventured out into the snow for a snowy session (again, not blogged because I was sickly!) but now I'm so excited to share their spring session with you all! We lucked out with no rain, but LOTS of wind (go figure!) We ventured to Lake Cle Elum for some windblown hair action, had some ice cream in the Roslyn Yard, and finally ended the session in some beautiful wildflowers near the high school! 

These girls are all so wonderful in their own unique ways! I've seriously had such a blast getting to know them better since their first session with me, and can't wait to photograph them one last time before they're off to college! 

Molly & Ryan // Cle Elum Engagement

Our love is the thrill of adventurous exploration with no fear of being lost because I will always have your hand to hold.
— Leo Christopher

Oh where to begin with these two and their amazing engagement session?! 

Well let's just start with saying that Molly & Ryan had me on a "photographer's high" for about 3 days after their shoot! They brought the most sentimental props and had the best ideas for locations to venture to that were near and dear to their hearts. Molly was extremely close with her father, Greg Ballard, who passed away from cancer when she was a senior in high school. The only thing he ever bought brand new was his Ford Ranger truck, that he kept in pristine condition and Molly inherited just last year - so of course we included it in some photos, along with a beautiful pendant that Molly turned into a necklace. 

We stuck around the Teanaway area, where Molly grew up and both her and Ryan currently reside. We headed out on some old dirt roads, hoping the wild flowers had bloomed, but with the long winter, they were still waiting to make their appearance, so we settled for views of snow covered Earl Peak instead! This last Christmas, Molly had asked Ryan for a pair of Sorels, but Ryan opted to get her a pair of Mucks instead - so the two of them put on their matching boots and waded in the river for a couple shots - so cute - just loved their adventurous spirit the entire time! Then we hiked up to Cheese Rock, where Molly and her family used to spend the last days of summer with her cousins camping before school started back up. I grew up on the west end of Cle Elum, so I had never been to Cheese Rock and was pleasantly surprised at all the amazing views it had to offer! A photographer's paradise I tell you what! 

We ended the session somewhere extremely special, Molly's family barn. To read more about this amazing barn and its history, click here

Thank you Molly & Ryan for taking ME on an adventure this time around, and sharing so many things about your lives that are so special and sacred!

I can't wait for your wedding day!!! 

Mommy & Us // Mother's Day

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"In raising my children, I have lost my mind but found my soul." 

~Lisa T. Shepherd

Do you ever meet someone, and just know that it was divine timing for your souls to finally reconnect?

That is totally how I felt when I met Marcie. We have SO much in common and I can't think of one thing I don't admire about this woman! She's a full time student, amazing mother, loving wife, and all around just a kick ass human being! With us both having busy schedules since the day we met, we haven't had a lot of time to hang out in person...plenty of planned outings that always got rescheduled (usually do to me being sickly!) But I tell you what, thank goodness for social media to help keep me connected to people in my life! I honestly look forward to watching her Snapchat stories at the end of the day - they're full of her adorable twins - Maddox & Lillian, her beautiful face, and all around inspiring things that sometimes leave me feeling like I basically just woke up and ate all day in comparison to all the things she does for her little family in one day! So it's no wonder that her husband, Jordan, wanted to gift her a mommy & me session for Mother's Day!

The last time we all hung out was last August on our hike up to Mt. Pilchuck! So a couple hours together in their new hood was much overdue quality time together. We headed to Fort Steilacoom, which was one of my favorite locations when I lived in Tacoma, and got that delicious golden light hour with some spring flowers! So fun to see how much the twins personalities have grown even since last summer. Lilly is a little shy at first...but eventually warms up to me and gives me the cutest grins along with her brother Maddox! They just melt my heart into mush!!!

A few days after sending Marcie some sneak peeks, she texts me and asks if I noticed there was another kid in the photos I sent her. I instantly got chills and was expecting her to point out some ghost child in the photos! (haha, silly I know!) and then she replies with telling me that they found out they're PREGNANT!!! So this photo shoot ended up being EXTRA special for their family! They had thought they weren't able to conceive without fertility treatments, as they had to with the twins, so this news has them over the moon excited! I can't wait for them to welcome another amazing human being into this world.

Congratulations Hubbard family!!! 

A & D Engagement // Cle Elum

I've known Amanda since she was sticking crayons up her nose! Okay ...maybe not THAT long (unless of course she was doing that in the 2nd grade, buuuut I can't attest to that) But I'm sure we had many encounters on the playground throughout grade school, until we finally truly got to know one another during middle & high school sports - including playing softball together even through college! We also lived together for a good amount of our early adult years and she's known as Auntie Amanda to my 12 year old husky dog Kirra. So you could say that Amanda is definitely like a sister of sorts to me! Her laugh is contagious and her infamous blonde moments are some of my favorite stories to tell about her ;) She's driven, smart, funny, and beautiful - so Dylon would have to be CRAZY to pass up putting a ring on that finger of hers! Luckily, Dylon is NOT crazy - and proposed while on an ice rink under beautiful Christmas lights in Canada this last winter. Pretty romantic!

Since I recently moved back home to Cle Elum (where both Amanda and I grew up!) these two were my first clients in my new location since finishing up all my chemotherapy & radiation for my breast cancer diagnosis. This winter was a gnarly one, so the snow was sticking around quite a bit, but we made it work with the landscape being stuck between winter and spring. We experienced your typical Washington spring weather for the better part of the day: sunshine, wind, rain, and snow! But it was all worth it for the gorgeous sunset at the end of the day :) 

Thank you both for being SO adventurous and sticking out all the whacky weather with me for some pretty epic moments!