It's always such a joy and honor to shoot for other photographers. Alec is an amazing lifestyle photographer here in Seattle, and I was thrilled to join her and her family at their home for the powerful birth of her second baby girl, Skylar. Big thank you to the the birth team: the wonderful midwives at Seattle Home Maternity and incredible doula Amity Kramer.
Birth is unpredictable. What was envisioned to be a home birth in Ballard ended up being an induction at Northwest Hospital in Seattle. Soleil's mama, Katie, tells it best:
"Every birth has its story. For us, our daughter's birth journey felt a little bit like having a ticket for Jamaica but getting on the wrong boat and ending up in Iceland. We spent months planning a peaceful home birth but ended up needing all the tricks the medical establishment had to offer to bring our daughter to us. In the trying process, we discovered more humility and gratitude than we could have imagined. Perhaps It was our first lesson of parenthood: letting go. And at the end of the day, we got the greatest gift out of it. A healthy, beautiful miracle of life."
It was such a joy to document the story of Katie bringing Soleil into the world with the incredible support of her husband, doula, midwife, nurses, and doctors. Enjoy Soleil's birth story!
The first time I went to Alaska, I honestly wasn't expecting it to be THAT epic. Growing up in the PNW, I've been spoiled with beautiful scenery and wildlife. I. Was. So. Wrong. It was seriously one of the most amazing trips I've ever been on! So, of course, I was thrilled when UnCruise Adventures recently asked me to return to photograph one of their incredible 7-day itineraries: Inner Reaches Western Coves.
The trip started in Ketchikan, and we arrived early so we could explore the town and head out to Totem Bight. Our week on the boat was absolutely packed with adventure! We hiked along the shoreline spotting bear tracks, snorkeled the Alaskan waters, kayaked among icebergs, watched sea otters, seals, eagles, and humpback whales - WE WHALE WATCHED FROM THE HOT TUB! It really doesn't get much better than that!
After our UnCruise, we spent an amazing day in Juneau with Above & Beyond Alaska paddling Mendenhall Glacier to explore the ice caves before catching our flight back to Seattle.
I was so honored when Ana, a local Seattle wedding photographer, asked me to photograph the birth of her daughter, Mia. I love working with other photographers! Ana and I photographed weddings together and became good friends in the process. The best word to describe her birth would be "joyful!" Even while laboring so hard, Ana smiled and laughed through it all! At 3am, baby Mia arrived wailing into Mama's outstretched arms! I returned to Northwest Hospital's Childbirth Center the following day to capture Mia's introduction to her brother and her grandparents. There was so much love and happiness in that room!
I spent July back in Tanzania teaching photography for National Geographic Student Expeditions. My first trip to Tanzania was absolutely amazing! I had a feeling I'd return, and I'm so glad I did. Tanzania is a truly incredible place!
Growing up in Oregon with travel-happy parents meant I spent a lot of time exploring all of the state's interesting places. It's not often that I find an Oregon adventure that I haven't done (thanks mom and dad!), but this trip was an exception! And what an amazingly unique adventure it was! 1859 Magazine asked me to document the week-long river journey aboard the S.S. Legacy, a replica coastal steamer operated by the incredible UnCruise Adventures. My mom came along, and we spent the week hot tubbing on the top deck, drinking local wines in the saloon, eating Ah-mazing food, touring museums, and watching the landscape change as we sailed by (I took some pictures, too). Not too shabby!
Our journey starts and ends in Portland, covers 3 states and nearly 1,000 miles of river, and takes us through eight locks between Astoria, Oregon and Hells Canyon. Enjoy!
I love, love, love adventurous clients! These two huskies just begged to be photographed where their personalities would shine - in the snow! So we strapped on our snowshoes and headed out for a hike up at Steven's Pass. Pretty sure these pups had fun... ;)
So, I'm pretty sure I've found the happiest baby EVER! Six-month-old Odessa absolutely hammed it up for the camera throughout her entire session, and she gave out extra smiles every time she heard the shutter click! Too cute!! We had a wonderfully relaxed photo shoot in front of her family's home and in the park just across the street. These are some of my favorite kinds of photographs to make - pictures that authentically showcase a family's natural personality and connection like Odessa's joyfulness and her parents' adoration for their darling little one. :)
This is what I love - capturing the magic and joy of childhood: the snuggles, silliness, tickles, and giggles! Watching these girls genuinely love on each other just melts me. They sure do serve up a whole lot of cute!
Last week I spent a few days on Bainbridge Island to visit this little one's family. I love Bainbridge so much! I could definitely live there - small town feel with easy access to Seattle. Perfect! Anyway, I was lucky enough get lots of cuddling time with 8-month-old Alden. He was being such a cutie-pie hanging out in bed after a nap, I just had to grab my camera for a quick little photo shoot. :)
Wow, I love my job! This summer I had the incredible opportunity to lead a trip to Tanzania for National Geographic Student Expeditions. Fifteen eager high school students, an amazing co-leader (Ian), and I spent three weeks together adventuring and exploring the country’s villages and national parks. We hiked with Maasai warriors, experienced village life in Maji Ya Chai, and went on safari to see elephants, lions, hippos, and black rhinos(!). The students worked “On Assignment” in their area of interest: Photography or Wildlife & Conservation. I taught photography, and Ian (a biologist) taught wildlife & conservation. Our students collaborated on a magazine about Tanzanian culture and wildlife. It turned out amazing, and I’m so proud of their dedication and hard work. I feel SO fortunate to have spent three weeks traveling Tanzania with such an amazing group of people! Did I mention that I love my job?!
Storytelling is what I love most about photography. Asa and Katja are living a wonderful story, and it was a huge privilege to photograph the birth of their third daughter! Mama was AMAZING, and practically laughed her baby out! Welcome to the world, little Tuuli B.