Sometimes, your self portrait is of you and your kid, playing around with the Photobooth settings!

Sometimes, your self portrait is of you and your kid, playing around with the Photobooth settings!

Hello!

Since you're opening your home and family to me, I thought you could get to know me too!

I grew up in the Chicago 'burbs and lived in the city for about 10 years, where I met and married my husband. Yes, I'm a Cubs fan! We decided to move to Seattle in 2014, mostly for the scenery and the weather (sorry Chicago...). Our son, Oliver, was born a little later. I love when our family of three gets out into nature, either on a hike or just to a beautiful local park. 

I love to knit and read. If I could just have a 100% completely "me" day, I'd read and knit, and drink tea, and eat chocolate, and it'd probably be raining outside. Other things I love: singing, playing guitar, board games, puzzles, and plenty of nerdy tv/movies.

I studied school psychology and worked for a couple years, but always loved taking photos as a hobby. When I was pregnant with Oliver, I started searching for family photographers to take pictures of us when he was born. There were some fantastic lifestyle photographers out there, but still nothing really spoke to me the way documentary photography did when I stumbled across it. Our family photographer is Jessica Uhler, who took the photos you see on this page. Her style inspired me to take photography classes, and to take many more photos. When I started working with other families, I just loved it, and it's the only thing I want to do now! I'm a huge introvert, but it's been so special meeting new families and getting to know you all!

One of the phrases I heard over and over again in our parenting group when we had a newborn was "the only thing constant is change". In those days, I took it as "just as you get your act together and figure this baby/parenting thing out, you're going to have to readjust". When I've had a hard time with the baby-blues, or how messy me house was, or what size jeans I was putting on, I could and still do think of that phrase to help myself realize that those things are going to get better. It's just where I am right at this moment and that's okay. And for those good times, well, that's why I want to be sure to document my family every year with photos!