Owen's Newborn Photos | Tri-Cities Newborn Photography

Meet sweet baby Owen. And his adoring family. Sometimes in life we just win the friend lottery, and such it is with the Maiers. I love these five and am thankful for them keeping it real as parents and friends. Three kids, one crazy vizsla, and big hearts for everyone. These photos are a perfect example of why I love doing lifestyle newborn photos in people's homes. The real moments here are precious. They are the details they will remember. Big brother and sister poking and prodding at brother. Mom getting clobbered by kids while trying to have a quiet moment. Everyone piled into bed together. Big laughs. Snacks. Sweet babies who grow too fast. 

Big Moves - Spokane House Before & Afters

We've been totally MIA this summer! Exciting transitions and changes required us to focus on family and less on social media. :) I suppose that's a great thing. ;) Let's catch up! 

We moved! At the end of June we sold our Spokane house - Jorgensen Cottage - as we affectionately called it. It was a real diamond in the rough and sat on the market for nearly a year. Apparently no one was crazy enough to take it on. Hello, us. It was a true labor of love. (Mostly for Donald. Love you!) It was full of charm, cape cod 30s style but built in the 70s, and the backyard was a quarter of an acre dream on a private corner lot on the South Hill. So rare! 

The house sold in two days in a great sellers market. A week before closing, Donald was presented with an opportunity that could take us back to Tri-Cities, closer to family and long-time friends. We went for it!

THANK YOU to all of our awesome friends and clients who have made life in Spokane for the last four years wonderful! We will be back to visit very often. :) Please be in touch!

To our new and old friends and neighbors in Tri-Cities, hello! We're pumped to be here. I will keep offering my photography! SIGN UP here to receive my Tri-Cities newsletters for priority notification of mini sessions and special events. 

Enjoy some Before & Afters :)

BEFORE: Teeny tiny Marlow (wah!), overgrown bushes, old screen and railing. 

BEFORE: Teeny tiny Marlow (wah!), overgrown bushes, old screen and railing. 

AFTER: All trimmed up and clean. 

AFTER: All trimmed up and clean. 

BEFORE: OMG our red floors (bow chicka wow wow!) A room full of paneling, an unnecessary wall, old doors (4 in just this room alone). 

BEFORE: OMG our red floors (bow chicka wow wow!) A room full of paneling, an unnecessary wall, old doors (4 in just this room alone). 

AFTER: Fresh, clean white paint, new floors, painted trim, shiplap, new light fixtures, Table made by Donald. Breath of fresh air!

AFTER: Fresh, clean white paint, new floors, painted trim, shiplap, new light fixtures, Table made by Donald. Breath of fresh air!

BEFORE: Dining room fireplace so old it nearly fell down looking at it. 

BEFORE: Dining room fireplace so old it nearly fell down looking at it. 

AFTER: New mantle, painted fireplace, new tile, shiplap, floors.

AFTER: New mantle, painted fireplace, new tile, shiplap, floors.

BEFORE: Useless wall. 

BEFORE: Useless wall. 

AFTER: No more wall! New counters, backsplash, hardware, sink, lights, floors, shiplap. 

AFTER: No more wall! New counters, backsplash, hardware, sink, lights, floors, shiplap. 

AFTER: This became a favorite little nook in this house. Charming and old.

AFTER: This became a favorite little nook in this house. Charming and old.

BEFORE: Living room with original paint and carpet and widow treatments - oh my.

BEFORE: Living room with original paint and carpet and widow treatments - oh my.

AFTER: oh hello light! New floors, paint and window treatments. Donald build the bookshelves and floating ledges. Also my coveted pottery barn oversize couch. yeses.

AFTER: oh hello light! New floors, paint and window treatments. Donald build the bookshelves and floating ledges. Also my coveted pottery barn oversize couch. yeses.

AFTER: Donald painted the entertainment center/dresser for me and I found the vintage knobs. Donald also mounted our tv with hidden cords using a little bit of pvc pipe and a total of probably $15; cords go into one of the bottom drawers through the back of the dresser. 

AFTER: Donald painted the entertainment center/dresser for me and I found the vintage knobs. Donald also mounted our tv with hidden cords using a little bit of pvc pipe and a total of probably $15; cords go into one of the bottom drawers through the back of the dresser. 

AFTER: One of my favorite transformations! Removed the old giant mirror, added white washed shiplap, painted the dank 70s tile white, painted the inside of the fireplace and hardware. 

AFTER: One of my favorite transformations! Removed the old giant mirror, added white washed shiplap, painted the dank 70s tile white, painted the inside of the fireplace and hardware. 

BEFORE: Dark yucky mud room. (hey red truck, we miss you)

BEFORE: Dark yucky mud room. (hey red truck, we miss you)

AFTER: Fresh, functional mud room! New floors, baseboards, shelves, paint, door.

AFTER: Fresh, functional mud room! New floors, baseboards, shelves, paint, door.

BEFORE: Master bedroom with popcorn ceilings, old carpet, original paint.

BEFORE: Master bedroom with popcorn ceilings, old carpet, original paint.

AFTER: New paint in farmhouse by benjamin moore, hardwood floors, bye bye popcorn ceilings, new doors and baseboard and closet doors.   Below: Entry way. Guest bedroom. Backyard before & afters - Donald build the chicken coop, wood shed, and counter height garden bed. 

AFTER: New paint in farmhouse by benjamin moore, hardwood floors, bye bye popcorn ceilings, new doors and baseboard and closet doors. 

Below: Entry way. Guest bedroom. Backyard before & afters - Donald build the chicken coop, wood shed, and counter height garden bed. 

Welcoming baby Charley | Newborn Photos | Richland WA

My adventure into photography has brought me so many things that I am beyond grateful for. Not the least of which is reconnecting with old friends. I have been so fortunate to be called back into people's lives during incredibly special and sacred times. Sarah and I grew up together in our small hometown. We both have farming roots and love it. Sarah was probably the biggest influence in my decision to attend Gonzaga for undergrad. I'm so thankful for her guidance at that time in my life. And now I had the opportunity to photograph her third baby girl, Charley. I can't even tell you. Sarah and Mitch, you are brave, adventurous, patient, loving people. I love your girls and your family. Sarah I just love seeing you as a mom. And I love the way you two totally connect with loving and adoring eyes at each other amongst it all. I'm so happy for you, and I cannot wait for great things ahead in your future. Thank you so much again for the opportunity to reconnect so many years later. XO Everyone, enjoy little miss Charley and her adoring big sisters, Claire & Lauren (the last photo is my favorite of the 3). 

36/52 A morning with the Zanol boys | Tri-Cities |

When we moved to Spokane from Tri-Cities nearly 3 1/2 years ago now (wow time flies), we knew what we'd miss the most. Our friends. Friends like these with whom laughter is easy. Mornings are lazy. Pajamas are the dress code.

We visited the Zanols a couple weeks ago to see their new-to-them house. I decided to wear my camera around as we toured the property. This was the first part of our week-long vacation and I mostly intended on documenting it for ourselves. It turns out there were little moments and sights that ended up being so precious to all of us.

This is the house where Noah and Eli will grow up, will go from running around in capes to bringing friends over for camp outs and bon fires, where they'll take pictures with their prom dates on the grand staircase, where their parents will have put blood, sweat and tears into making it a home, where overgrown and neglected garden beds will bear fruit for years, where family memories will be made. 

In all of about 15 minutes of walking around and watching the kids come and go, we ended up with a sweet assortment of photos that capture a Saturday morning in the life of the Zanol boys during this season of their lives in their new house. Marlow obviously had a blast with her buds. I hope they are friends forever. Here's to more un-shoots. :)