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The Adorable Family | Fall Session | Tacoma Photographer

I just loved this session with the Adorable Family! Okay, that’s not really their last name, but I have dubbed them as such for the duration of this blog post because, well… just see for yourself!
I first met them when we did little Gaby’s newborn session a while back, and have loved meeting up with them for their annual family photos ever since.

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Happy 1st Birthday, Aurora! | Tacoma Photographer

I cannot believe that little Miss Aurora is already a whole year old!! It’s been such an honor and so much fun to photograph her and watch her grow up in this first year of her life! Here’s one photo from each of the past year’s sessions: maternity, newborn, 6 month, and 1 first birthday! : )
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How fun to look back on her first year! At Aurora’s first birthday session, her parents presented her with her birthday gift. This was her first time seeing it and her reaction was priceless!! They gave her a custom-made Patatine doll with every feature hand designed and significant to Aurora’s life. Watching how much this sweet one year old appreciated the doll was beautiful to see!
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Then we got the party started with Aurora’s cake smash session!! Her mom and dad MADE THIS cake! AND this was their first time doing so! Came out pretty darn incredibly! Aurora’s nursery colors and theme are peacock and they’re her mom’s favorite so it was incorporated into her session! I love this first shot of Aurora sneaking a peek at me while her mom was getting her dressed :) JP Photography (13).jpg

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Happy first birthday Aurora!!!


Happy Half Birthday, Evelyn!

Little Miss Evelyn is 6 months old now! I’ve loved photographing her every 3 months and watching her grow! Her 6 Month Session was my favorite so far. It was just such a happy, sunny and fun day! Happy half birthday, little one! :) JP Photography (9).jpg

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I LOVE Family Photography Sessions at the Puyallup Fair!

It’s baaaaack! One of my very favorite places to shoot at… The Puyallup Fair! Oh man, there’s so much photography goodness about the fair! It’s a great place to capture kiddos having a blast and being themselves, couples snuggling up all cute and cozy on the ferris wheel, and I love the all the bold colors everywhere for high school senior sessions!

My husband and I went this week and I was quickly reminded of everything I love about shooting there. Here’s a couple quick iphone shots of my husband and I “doing the Puyallup” this week, followed by some professional images from one of my favorite family sessions there last fall.

If you’d like to schedule a session with JP Photography at the fair this year, contact me ASAP!





A Family For Every Child, WA State // Volunteer Photographer

I have been trying to figure out for a while now the best way to combine my passions for photography and helping others. I’ve donated plenty of sessions in the past, but aside from giving away free photos it doesn’t really feel like it helps anyone. Well, I am very excited to say that I have found a way to do this that seems to be my perfect fit for helping others through photography. Actually… I have found and started doing this in three totally different ways, but for now I am only going to tell you about one ;)

And here’s a really dorky action shot of me doing my thing  :)

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If you haven’t heard of A Family For Every Child, check them out! They are a non-profit serving Washington and Oregon. Their mission is to find loving adoptable homes for children waiting in foster care. They have volunteer opportunities nationwide which is a huge support in doing all the great work that they do.

Last week I had the opportunity to be a volunteer photographer with them!  The Heart Gallery  is their program that works with professional photographers to take photos of children that are waiting to be adopted. These photos will be used on website, fliers, and bios about them to show them in a positive light and illustrate a little glimpse into their personality.

I love to make these sessions into a fun activity and capture them being themselves. It was great to spend some time with David last week, learn about his interests and get some fun photos! Click here: to check out David’s bio including some photos from our session! David is a friendly and easy-going guy, we had a great time!

I’m so happy to have connected with A Family For Every Child and am excited for next time!

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Happy HALF Birthday Aurora! // Tacoma Family Photographer

Miss Aurora just had her very first half birthday (if you know me, you know I’m a big fan of half birthdays)! We recently got together to photograph her 6 Month Session. I did her Newborn Session when she was just 6 days old. It’s going to be so fun watching her grow in her first year! 6 month children family puyallup photo
6 month children family puyallup photo I always love catching up with this family at our sessions. They are always lots of fun to spend time with!
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6 month children family puyallup photo This little girl has the best expressions! She is such a fun happy baby!
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6 month children family puyallup photo
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Thanks for another great session guys! Looking forward to seeing you for your First Birthday Session and some Cake Smash fun!! : )

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The 2012 Highlight Reel // Tacoma Photographer

Wow!!  2012 was a big year for JP Photography! I am so blessed and thankful to have such wonderful returning clients, new clients, and new friends! Thank you all for being a part of our year.

What a relief that the world didn’t end, and we can look forward to another fantastic year ahead! :) Here’s some big moments, milestones and some favorite times from 2012…

I kicked-off 2012 by celebrating this little man turning one!! It’s such a privilege following my littlest of clients through their first year, and this guy is just so adorable with his beautiful blue eyes he always makes my job easy! :)

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A huge highlight for me this year was a special project for my JP Portfolio. This was a stylized session, Trash the Dress: Prom EditionThis was my baby for the summer, something I had planned and worked on for a long time before even shooting it. I am so happy that this was part of 2012 for me.

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On a personal/half-business note.. my husband and I bought a house this summer!! I say it’s half business because, well…  you see those big beautiful windows? That means, it’s been the PERFECT home studio setting for natural-light newborn sessions! I even created a nursery in one of the bedrooms for a private place for moms to feed and snuggle baby during breaks.  Come check it out :)

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Only the best for my JP Newborn Families :)

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2012 also brought a very fun Band Session for Emily Randolph & Innocent Bystander!! 

These guys were so fun to work with!

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band innocent bystander photo
band innocent bystander photo

I keep forgetting how exciting 2012 really was until I look back at all of these!

I had the opportunity to go down on the field at the Tacoma Rainiers Game to photograph my favorite non-profit, Peace Out, throw the first pitch! 

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peace out university place wa

Every year I go to the fair, and every year I am dying to do a session there! Well, 2012 was my year! I shot a very fun and colorful session at the fair during the golden hour of the setting sun. Photographer bliss!

This beautiful family was the icing on the cake! ..or should I say the jelly on the scone? lol, maybe I shouldn’t.

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In September, I took a huge step with JP Photography, and a huge leap of faith. JP Photography went full-time! This opened many more doors for my business, including the opportunity to shoot weekday sessions, which can be very important in Newborn Photography.

I had the opportunity to photograph so many beautiful newborns since going full-time. For the sake of keeping my readers, here’s just one of those beautiful babes.

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tacoma newborn photo

In 2012 I offered my first (likely annual) Holiday Mini Sessions for clients, and boy were these a hit!

This was a fun, fast-paced day with 10 back-to-back sessions!

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tacoma family photo

I could go on and on sharing my beautiful clients of 2012 :) Thank you all for being a part of my year. Returning & new clients, and those of you who’ve referred JP, I appreciate you all so much!!  Looking forward to 2013!!

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Happy New Year!