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Hiking shoes and/or barefoot are my favorite states of being, so when I met Munch, let's just say she is my dream client. Wearing a cute beach dress, climbing trees and twirling without me even asking her to, she was basically the perfect 6 year-old. And so sweet!!

Adventure Family Photoshoot

This entire family session was really fun and relaxed. I always get extra excited when the parents are chill and let the kids be, because trying to pose kids for an hour is just not fun for anyone involved, especially not the kids. But lettings the kids be and doing very little posing leads to these cute photos, a lot of candids, a lot of smiles, a lot of cuteness overload.


It also allows me to have some fun with the parents on the sidelines while the kiddos are busy playing. Yes we are parents, but we are also still a couple and it's nice to have a few shots sans kids. Wether for a cute Valentine's Day photo collage or to print on a mug.

So next time you are thinking of booking family photos, always think of "what is a good spot where kids can have fun and where the whole family can relax and just be without it feeling like a stuffy photoshoot?" or ask me: I love location scouting and I have a long list of suggestions, not just for Texas, but also California, New York, South Dakota, Florida, Tunisia and the list goes on because I have the travel bug :)


Family photoshoot adventure

Daddy  Daughter Photoshoot

Mother Daughter  Photoshoot





I mean, how cute are they?


And then to top the cuteness, Seattle graced us all with a beautiful sunset at the end of the shoot, so of course as any other photographer who says "One Last One" ten times before it being true, I had to continue to shoot !!


Couple Photoshoot Sunset

Couple Photoshoot Sunset


Sunset Photography Adventure

Thank you Seattle, and thank you Jenn for trusting me with your family photos and your parent's 50th wedding anniversary celebration. I had a blast and cannot wait to meet at a national park next time :)

Sunset Couple Photography

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  • Sara James

Fall is kind of my favorite season. I said kind of because I also love seeing all the flowers bloom in Spring, and the beach in Summer is so fun and I also love snow and snowboarding. But for pictures purpose Fall and Spring is probably people’s favorite, not too cold, not too hot and the gorgeous orange leaves and/or pretty flowers are a nice added bonus.


So when Megan’s due date was end of November, I was really excited about her Fall Maternity pictures. And Michigan Fall foliage didn’t disappoint.


First series is in their own backyard. How GORGEOUS??

I also love that Megan and Jason didn’t shy away from being themselves. Not every picture has to be that perfect looking into each other’s soul photos. Be silly, be serious, be you, these are your photos.





Second series was in a local park right next to their home. It was so pretty and Megan was a trooper even as the temperatures lowered a bit.



And these pictures of them on the bench were her idea and I am Obsessed! Not every photo needs to be about the baby bump. I loved captured this moment for them, a moment to take a breath, sit down and relax before the parenting adventure begins!


I am Especially Obsessed with this black and white version:

So never be afraid to suggest a pose or a location, or an idea. I am always happy to suggest all of the above, but I am very happy following some of my client’s leads and having fun together.


How did you like your last photoshoot? What are things you liked versus didn’t like?


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Updated: 5 days ago

Repeat clients are always the best feeling. You know they loved their previous photos, you know they are comfortable with you and like your posing style, your personality and you know you are comfortable with them. There is good chemistry.

Rainbow Maternity Photoshoot

It’s an added bonus when they live in a beautiful state like South Dakota and choose a national park as their location. If you don’t know this about me already, I am a state park and national park nerd.


Maternity Adventure Photoshoot National Park

First time I photographed them, it was just Rona and Jose, the scenery was beautiful, and the weather cooperated for the most part, except when it rained and hailed :) but it did not stop them and of course it didn’t stop me either.

South Dakota Photoshoot

This time around, Jose and Rona had their two beautiful kiddos in tow and one on the way. So as much as I still expected some adventure, I figured probably not as much. But I stood corrected, Rona at 6 months pregnant was still hiking down the mountain barefoot and when it started to rain, she just laughed it off at the irony of it raining again for this photoshoot.



Maternity Adventure Photoshoot

She was so busy laughing she didn't even notice the rainbow until she finally turned around for these photos below:


Her only worry, because she is so kind, was my camera. Thankfully my camera was fine, the kiddos were happily napping in the car while my husband stood watch and the rain created the most beautiful rainbow. (Yes Doug is my free client baby-sitter when available, but if he isn’t available, it is always helpful to bring a family friend or a family member to help out when your family photos include multiple young children.)


The kiddos woke up from their naps a little grumpy, to be expected for toddlers, and sometimes adults too :) but they were champions and with a little bribing, we started the family photos. The family had the cutest matching outfits and the light rain only lasted 5 minutes.


It was so much fun capturing all the love they have for each other and all the fun they have in the outdoors as a family and I cannot wait to meet baby number 3 in 2023.

Maternity Adventure Photoshoot

Pretty Mama Photoshoot

Thanks again for trusting me with your beautiful sweet family Rona and Jose, it is always a pleasure visiting you guys and exploring South Dakota together, rain and all :)

Maternity Couple Photoshoot

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