Annual Motherhood Mini Sessions are here and I couldn’t be more excited! I love celebrating motherhood with women from all different walks of life and capturing those wonderful moments that being a mama brings for you to cherish forever.
In this blog you will find all the answers to the questions you may have before taking the jump to reserve your Motherhood Mini Session.
What does the $49 include?
A 15 minute session at the Downtown Everett studio, 1 digital image of your choice and an online gallery of all of the images captured during your mini session.
What if I want all my images, what is that going to cost?
You may choose to purchase your entire gallery ahead of time for $125, or if you would rather wait until you see your gallery before purchasing all of the images it will be $150.
How many images will I see in my gallery?
You can expect to see a minimum of 15 images in your online gallery.
My kids may not cooperate in a 15 minute window, what happens then?
I pride myself in photographing children for the past 6 years and have many tricks up my sleeve to ensure I capture images you will swoon over. I also offer suggestions and clear direction to you so that we get the best, genuine smiles out of your little ones.
What should we wear?
For studio sessions I always encourage neutral, pastel or jewel toned colors as they photograph best! All mini session attendees will receive a styling guide to help with wardrobe choosing.
You may also choose to add on my client stylist, Tracy, to assist you further for an additional $40.
Ready to book? Snag your preferred time here:
Full gallery purchase:
Still have a question? Please feel free to email me firstname.lastname@example.org
What started out as a quick urgent care visit for what we thought was an infection ended up turning our whole world upside down. If our lives were a movie this is the part where the storm clouds roll in and start torrentially down pouring.
The urgent care doctor came in and explained to me that we need to get Maeley down to Seattle Children’s to avoid her situation becoming dangerous. We need to go now? Yes, now. And we would be staying a few days. I knew the answer but I still asked, are you certain this is what the is? There is no mistake. No matter what I did I couldn’t hold the tears back. My eyes stung with anger and fear. 519, keytones, ketoacidosis, insulin, finger pricks, hospital admission ….. My head was spinning. I tried my best to retain all the information being thrown at me, but all I could think was please God not my baby girl.
Phone calls to our parents, figuring out where Cayson would stay the night, and driving down to Children’s. The next hour flew by in what seemed like 2 minutes.
We had spent all day driving home from Long Beach, Washington where we had spent an amazing weekend and Maeley was exhausted and hungry. My heart ached as I told her we can’t eat yet knowing that it may actually be hours before she could eat. Please God not our baby, please let this be a mistake.
As we walked into a waiting room full of sick children I could feel the knot in my stomach growing. It took everything in me to not turn and run with my sweet girl in my arms. I’m a runner you see, whenever things are difficult I want almost immediate resolution and if there isn’t I run at full speed. I couldn’t run from this. The nurses were expecting us and rushed us back into a room and while that made us feel like our daughter was a priority and well taken care of, there was also an icky, heavy feeling attached to it. After a second round of tests it was confirmed.
Type 1 Diabetes.
And then the waves of information began. One after the other, the waves didn’t stop. The tight chest, desperation for air, and all the salty tears made the drowning sensation seem very real. But we had to be strong for our little princess who had no understanding of what was going on.
That first night was so hard. She screamed and begged us to not let them give her the insulin injection. We held her and told her we had to do this and that it would all be ok. After being moved to a room in the endocrinology wing, she was finally able to eat and along with that came what would be our routine from then on out. Counting carbs, testing blood sugars and calculating her insulin dose. I was both intrigued and repulsed at the same time. I wanted to know everything about how to take care of Maeley but my heart ached in a way it never has before.
Maeley finally fell asleep and so did we. An hour later during routine vitals Maeley looked at me with the saddest eyes and said you promised no shots mommy and immediately dozed off. Again came those hot, stinging tears. I had promised her that. On the way to the urgent care having made the assumption that a round of antibiotics would fix all the symptoms she had been showing, I answered her typical will I have to get shots question with what I thought to be truth. Sleep didn’t happen for me after that.
Morning came and education started on how to manage Maeley’s diabetes. It seemed complicated and simple at the same time. The calculations and corrections made sense but the application of this to our day to day life came with immense stress and uncertainty. “It’s a lot” is what we kept saying. The fastest, most jam-packed education course we have ever gone through. By lunchtime on Day 1 we were in charge of her blood sugar checks, by the afternoon we were calculating and administering her insulin.
Dinner time rolled around and we couldn’t avoid Maeley’s questions anymore. We explained to her that she had Type 1 Diabetes and what that entailed. She cried and asked why and after more explanations it all seemed to click and it all went uphill from there. It was magical getting to experience her strength and determination. Every round of insulin her disposition improved, from less tears and screaming to no tears to no screaming. She started saying I have Type 1 Diabetes and wanting to learn about her how her body works. Our hearts swelled with pride and admiration.
The next day was filled with more education and then we were sent home with what felt like way too many supplies and not enough knowledge. And while our first few days at home were difficult, they were also extremely successful. Maeley’s disposition continues to improve, Cayson is eager to comfort his sister and learn all about her diabetes and we are getting more and more comfortable with our responsibilities as Maeley’s caretakers and advocates. We all feel confident that our family can not only handle this diagnosis but will thrive because of it.
The last few weeks have brought us closer and have shown us how incredibly blessed we are by all the amazing people that God has placed around us. Our closest family and friends have cried with us, helped pick us up and are so eager to learn along with us. There are not enough words to describe the gratitude we feel already for the love and support we have received.
With the decision to share Maeley’s diagnosis publicly, as a family we ask just a few things. First and foremost, we ask that Maeley be treated no different than she was before her diagnosis. As a family we are moving forward with life simply adding to our daily routine not taking away anything from it. She can run and play and live life exactly as before, the only exception is she needs special princess juice (insulin) to have enough energy to do so. We hope for her to continue feeling the freedom of childhood and all of the magic it entails.
Secondly, please ask us anything. No question is too silly of a question. We are happy to answer to the best of our ability and hope to pass the torch on to whoever is interested so that Maeley’s support group is everything she could ever ask for.
And lastly, while we are happy to chat and know we will have many people reaching out to us after reading this, we ask for patience and grace as this is all still very overwhelming at times. Our priorities are focused on our family during this transition and we may be slow to answer texts and calls at times, but we will get back to everyone. We thank you all in advance for the love you have for Maeley and our family.
God has more in store for you than you can even imagine. – Ephesians 3:20
If perfection existed this day would be it. The November sun kissed our skin and distracted from the nipping cold air. With 18 best friends by their side the celebrating began early as these two prepared to become husband and wife.
When I used to hear the words fraternity I immediately thought back to my own experiences of wild nights and questionable decisions. Don’t get me wrong I have some great stories from the few frat parties I attended, but nonetheless they are stored in the “party and rebellious phase” folder. After witnessing Tara and Dylan’s wedding day, I can honestly say my entire outlook on fraternities has changed. I never thought I would see practically an ENTIRE FRATERNITY not only show up to a fellow brother’s wedding, but be ECSTATIC to be there. Hugs, tears, and of course friendly banter filled the night.
The support and love for Tara and Dylan was overwhelming. While there are always special moments at weddings, for some reason this one seemed to be filled to the brim with them. I found myself misty eyed most of the day and absolutely bawling during the anniversary dance seeing how many married couples Tara and Dylan have to look up to. And that final moment where they were hugged by Dylan’s grandparents and great aunt and uncle who have been married for 55 years? I’m surprised I got the shot ‘cause I was a blubbering mess.
Getting to know Tara and Dylan and being a part of their journey has been one of the highlights of my year. I cannot wait to watch these two do life together as Mr. and Mrs. Heyne!
Venue: The Kelley Farm
Photographer: Agostina DiMartino
Second Photographer: Sarah Gonia
Florist: Krista Franklin
Calligraphy: Katie Jobe
Hair: Kaycie Juergens
Makeup: Danielle Nichols
Music: DJ Daron
Day of Coordinator: Lily Garoutte
These two joined their lives together officially a couple weeks ago and I caught my cheeks hurting from smiling so hard several times as I revisited their day. Simplistic, laid-back, and unconditionally devoted perfectly describes Amy and Ryan’s relationship and it was an honor to capture their kind of love. As more and more couple do, Amy and Ryan chose to share private letters to one another during a first look. It’s such an intimate, everything is frozen in time, romantic moment that I am beyond honored to be allowed to witness and capture. After their beautiful words were spoken to one another we adventured around, dodging rain drops and utilizing the venue’s beautiful surroundings to create some magical portraits. With a short and sweet ceremony, before too long we were all celebrating the newly married Mr. and Mrs. Reynolds! Delicious street tacos and burritos, heartfelt and tear jerking speeches, abundant amounts of laughter and hugs, and of course some awesome dance moves finished off the night!
Thank you Amy and Ryan for allowing us all to stand as witnesses of your love and union! Congratulations on finally being newlyweds!
Second Photographer: Ike Haines
Venue: Bellingham Ferry Terminal
Caterer: Taco’s El Tule
Florist: Ellie Schmidt
Hair: Desirae Rye
Makeup: Timaree Rae
DJ: Ron Funderburk
Day of Coordinator: Lisa Vaughn
Officiant: Pamela Englett
I found myself again saying, “I’m not going to overshare this session because I want them to be SHOOK when they open they’re gallery.” Well, here we are on the blog instead of the single Facebook sneak peek.
BUT I JUST COULDN’T HELP MYSELF.
Because just look at these TWO.
Giani and Jack I’m making a paper ring countdown to your July wedding after yesterday’s magic.