Tara Mae : Maple Valley Portrait Photographer

Where do I begin? I am about to share with you a piece of my life, a person who is so dear to my heart.

Meet : Tara Mae.

I introduce her to people as “my sister” because that is what she has become. She has become my family. We met in 2008 when we both were at Generational Leadership and became friends after a few months. Once the year was over, Tara moved into my home, and became a member of my family. For the past three years, she has been a member of my family and one of the dearest people in my life. She is kind, caring, thoughtful. She puts the needs of others before her own. She is a treasure hunter. She sees the beauty in old things that most people overlook. And she does the same thing to the people around her. She sees the beauty, the good things, the hidden treasures in each person and with her sweet spirit, she draws them out. She is a peacemaker and the best listener. She pushes me to dream big, to pursue the things that I am afraid of, and to set my goals a little higher.

This, friends, is one of the reasons why I am who I am today. I have heard people talk about influential people in their lives, and I have a long list. I am so blessed to have a life full of beautiful, wonderful people who help me dream, believe, and grow. But one of the people who does just that is Tara. She has helped me shoot weddings, comes with to assist on some portrait shoots, & is the person who I bounce every idea off of, and who proof-reads every blog post. (Except this one, so sorry about any spelling errors!) If everyone was lucky enough to have a friend like Tara, the world would be full of happy people.

Let me introduce you to her.

Life is beautiful.

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The Stratton Family : Maple Valley Family Photographer


Steve and Brettany are the best to be around. They genuinely love life and love people. Their two boys, Dawson and Roman are full of personality, and their faces are the cutest in the world. I am definitely their biggest fan, and having Brettany as one of my best friends is one of my favorite parts of life.

I have had the opportunity to take photos of Steve and Brettany since the beginning of their relationship. They actually were my first clients. Their engagement photos were the first pictures I actually took as a “photographer” and to this day still are some of my favorites. They have trusted me to photograph important milestones such as maternity photos, the birth of their babies, newborn photos, and now family photos. I am so incredibly blessed to call them friends.

Meet this family. They are lovely.



Life is beautiful.

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Liz & Connor : Tacoma Engagement Photographer

Liz and Connor are ready to be married. Yes, I know that you could say that about anyone who is engaged, but for them it is 100% true. You see, Liz lives in Minnesota and Connor lives here in Seattle. They met during a year long discipleship program at my church in Maple Valley. After that, Liz moved home to Minnesota to spend time with her family. They have been interested in each other for quite some time, and it’s obvious they are perfect for each other.

Liz is one of my best friends. She lives life OUT LOUD. She is kind, fun, hilarious, compassionate, strong, and smart. She is probably the most likable person I know. She is like a magnet. People want to talk to her, be around her, hang out with her, because she is fabulous. Well, we can just say that Connor is fully aware of how wonderful Liz is and was not afraid to fly to Minnesota many times to show her how much she meant to him. You see, out of sight was NOT out of mind for these two. He could not get her out of his head, and he didn’t want to. Over the past year, there have been many airplane tickets bought, phone dates, skype calls, and the countdowns until the next visit. These two are best friends, and they are incredibly in love.

Connor proposed on New Year’s Eve, and it was the perfect way to end 2012 and start 2013. The wedding plans are coming together, and we were able to spend some time a few weeks ago taking some of my most favorite engagement photos ever. These people, GORGEOUS.

They are getting married in Minnesota in June and are then heading to Aruba on the SAME airplane for their honeymoon. They will have the same last name, the same zipcode, and the same address, for the rest of forever. And if you ask them, forever needs to get here quick.


Life is worth remembering.

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Carissa & Jarred : Leavenworth Wedding Photographer

Carissa and Jarred have been on the blog before. You see, I have been close friends with Carissa since middle school. She is one person who has believed in me every step of the way, even when there have been seasons where life has had us in different places. When Carissa met Jarred, they instantly were friends and that quickly turned into a relationship. Over the past few years, they have remained just as in love as when they first met, and in February of this year, they tied the knot.

I was so honored to be able to be their wedding photographer and to capture the moments of the day as they unfolded. Carissa was one of the most peaceful brides. The day was filled with fun and laughter and snow. Yes, they had a winter, snowy wedding. Guests were wrapped up in blankets during the ceremony while sipping hot chocolate. It was perfect. The sunshine even showed up as they exchanged their vows surrounded by family and close friends. Carissa and Jarred have a baby boy named Brody, and he is the most hilarious little peanut. He knows he is adorably sweet and is full of personality. Also! At the wedding, Carissa and Jarred announced that Baby #2 would be a BOY as well! After a few months of keeping it a secret, the news was revealed to family and friends!

Two of my best friends, Gabbie and Tara, came with me to the wedding and helped me with everything that needed to be done. They are the sweetest and ended up helping with last minute details and even shot a little bit of the wedding with me! Thank you lovely friends, I am one lucky girl.

Here are some of my FAVORITE images from the day.

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