When we showed up to a park in early Spring with cool puget sound breezes, this mama told her son, "Auntie Anela's here" just like we'd say in Hawaii. He gave "honi's" instead of kisses and her plumeria and classic Hawaiian jewelry made the breeze feel just a little warmer. Their laid back style and flexibility to hike up the hill and play made this session so easy. I'm so excited to photograph this now two week old little baby in the morning!
It was our second attempt due to rain to photograph in the early Spring at a beach in Seattle. And it was cold. And it was windy. And this beautiful family was absolutely okay with it! We started at the water as promised to their little one and I got my workout trying to catch this guy. Then he'd check in with his parents and give the sweetest hugs and snuggles. They had the perfect balance of letting their almost 4 year old be free and joyful, but also safe and present for some calmer photos.
I hope these images show the joy of this growing family. I was impressed with how they stayed present with each other even when the weather was rough, the distractions were plenty (there were 20+ kite surfers there!), and their little man was fast, really fast.
The sun was perfect, it was an almost warm early spring day, and this beautiful and laid back family was a true joy to photograph. I went to middle school with Alexis and Josh so I was thrilled when planning for their session. Yes, Josh and I both and blonde hair that turned orange circa 1998. Alexis recently gave me a list we made probably at a sleepover after doing makeovers that stated both of our "perfect boyfriends" would have "good fashion and would wear fisherman hats". Remember those? We've come a long way.
We celebrated that her second is about a month away with a sunset session where they cuddled and tickled their almost two year old. Then she ran laps and repeat. Having kids at the same time as this family is a blessing. Getting to photograph their family grow is everything. I hope you enjoy these pictures. They certainly are filled with joy!