Three Tree Point

A record... Look who is posting two days in a row?

All my lack of blogging has lead up to a back log of things I can blog. Look out! (Actually I start an intense design project next week so that may mess with my hot streak. One of these days I'll blog about the design work I do too.)

I had a nightmare the other night that I couldn't recall how to use my camera and that I had forgotten memory cards and lenses on a Very Important session. Then last night after dinner I noticed it was a beautiful evening out so I made the family join me on a walk. I grabbed my camera. Good news, I still remember how to use it!

My husband endeared himself to me by saying that the photos of the kids playing and just doing ordinary things are the most precious to him. I feel the same way and was happy to hear he valued me lugging my camera around and snapping as we go about our business. I sometimes feel I am a nuisance, and not to mention geeky looking with a huge camera so that was nice to hear. Here are a few images from our Spring twilight walk. I'm looking forward to more days like this ahead!

We stopped by to say "hi" to my daughter's friends and swing on the swing and play with the dogs.

We stopped by to say "hi" to my daughter's friends and swing on the swing and play with the dogs.

My son found a light saber in my husband's car and he couldn't resist bringing it with us.

My son found a light saber in my husband's car and he couldn't resist bringing it with us.

My husband admiring the view.

My husband admiring the view.

My boys.

My boys.

We found this little fort on the beach. It turns out my daughter's friends that we visited had made this. Coincidence!

We found this little fort on the beach. It turns out my daughter's friends that we visited had made this. Coincidence!

Spring is finally here!

Spring is finally here!

A glimpse of the fourth of July at Three Tree Point

Here it is Labor Day weekend and I'm finally getting around to "working" and posting the photos from the last national holiday! I know labor day weekend should mean no labor but photography rarely feels like labor to me. More like a labor of love. And speaking of love, these photos remind me of how much I love my neighborhood. The fourth of July is a big reason to live at Three Tree point. Here are photos from the big day.

Let's start with the flag raising ceremony. After 25 years the location is has moved a few houses down to that of another neighbor's house.

Emcees Andy and Ashley opened the ceremony with a Three Tree Point-ized rendition of "Baby It's Cold Outside" (although by the time they sang this song Seattle was starting to warm up and dry out!)

Last year's King and Queen honoring the former "hosts" of the flag raising ceremony for their roughly a quarter of a century of hosting!

One of our local heroes speaking about the terrible living conditions of other parts of the world, making us feel even more lucky to be where we are.

What is this? A "welcome to the neighborhood rap?" Of course.

New neighbors had to do a dance when called to the mic. This was a first... and maybe a last as if the word gets out new neighbors may avoid next year's flag raising ceremony!

In my opinion this couple had the best "new neighbor" dance. They must have been practicing!

Doug Shadel telling a story from his book about a shipping story gone afoul.

Beth playing the ukulele! And the new neighbor kids raising the flag... ALMOST all the way up!

The new King and Queen of three tree point... another almost! Scott P stands in for Scott Schaefer as the official King went MIA during his coronation. I guess the hydroplanes in downtown Burien were more exciting for the editor of the B-town Blog.

The neighbor kids sang Katy Perry's "Fireworkds." Little Harper stole the show with her solo.

So many cute 3TP kids!

The King and Queen leading the parade.

The ladies on their respective wheels.

My son being the antagonizing big cousin.

A group of girls performing at the "South Beach Amphitheater."

My husband in his favorite position, in front of a microphone (with a fake hair hat) singing with the Three Tree Point Blues Band.

A gaggle of relatives catching the show.

View from my bedroom deck. Lots of flags.

The moon was almost as spectacular as the fireworks this fourth of July.

Happy labor day!

Seattle Senior Portrait Photographer

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No words are even needed for this session! I had the great fortune to photograph this gorgeous senior's portrait this weekend. We had a great time going from location to location, starting at the local high school and eventually down to the beach. Lately I've been photographing families with little children so this was a refreshing change of not having to bribe my subject with candy or chase her around! I wish her the best in her very, very bright future!

Baby N turns one!

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In my last post I promised "beach photos coming soon". I meant from my trip to Mexico but alas those are on hold as I have some newer! more exciting! photos to post from a session with a very special one year old and his sister this week. I am trying something new on this post. I'm adding a music button so you can listen to music while you look at the photos. Trying this feature out on this particular family's photos makes a lot of sense too because this little guy's dad is a very talented musician. In fact, that is how I first met the Dad -- back in the days before diapers when he could still tour!

This was a fun session. I will either be popular with the neighbor kids (I used a pack of Skittles I found in my camera bag to bribe during this session) or they will hate me... when they are old enough to care about their cute little baby butt shots being taken by me. I'd better stock up on the skittles I guess.

My camera was starting to rust this January so these photos make me really happy -- especially because there is a lot of love for this family. (And look at their cute new beach house! Love!)

11 grandkids united!

I had the fortune to photograph 11 grandkids from around the country with their grandparents at their beach home last week. The daughter of the grandparents was a former colleague of mine from middle school. I hadn't seen her in probably 25 years but I must say she has held up wonderfully and has a beautiful family to match. These photos remind me of why I got into photography in the first place: to create photos that will last for generations. Family photos will be cherished.

What a perfect day on the beach with a great family!