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The West Coast is the Best Coast: Our Summer Roadtrip!

DISCLAIMER: We are (well, I am) pretty darn dorky, so don’t say I didn’t warn ya.

I LOVE roadtrips! My husband and I just got back from a super fun trip down to L.A. and back up the coast with many stops along the way. We were detirmined to make the drive to L.A. in one day. We left our house (in Tacoma) at 3:30 AM on the dot and made it there in just under 18 hours. Go us! :) Here’s a small fraction of the photos (mostly iPhone photos, btw) that document our adventure. IMG_2877.jpg
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We stayed at my aunt’s house for the first leg of out trip and it was most definitely the best stay of the whole trip! I’d give it 5 stars on TripAdvisor but I don’t think she like random roadtrippers showing up at her door for a sleepover. It was so great to spend time with her, and boy were we spoiled! She’s an excellent host. IMG_2881.jpg
Our first couple of days we went to the Santa Monica Pier, Venice Beach, and checked out Hollywood.
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Apparently, I am a big fan of movie stars over the age of 75, I never put that together until just now.
Our last day in L.A. we had a slight change of plans because Zach’s friend hooked us up with free tickets to DISNEYLAND! We weren’t planning on going since it wasn’t in our budget, so this made for a very fun surprise! Our passes got us into both Disneyland and California Adventure which we hadn’t been to before. YAY! IMG_3088.jpg
We continued on up the coast via beautiful HWY 1. We were Santa Cruz-bound, but made time for several stops along the way to enjoy the sights. We even found treasure!! X marks the spot! …told ya we were dorky.  IMG_3330.jpg
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Seattle travel photographer photoAfter that we arrived to a rainy and foggy San Francisco, which I didn’t know is the norm for this time of year, but we didn’t let that get in the way of our adventures! I even got to visit my good friend and former Boston roomie, Kara! :)

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Recognize the house below?!  It’s the official Tanner Residence – the Full House house!
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And the grand finale…. Sunriver, OR! Woohoo! This was my first time there, and it just so happened to be our anniversary (3 years already, oh snap)! It was really hot there, we went on a bike ride for a good part of the day and the breeze from biking kept us cool. Then we finished and realized the weather wasn’t cool at all and we were super sunburned :)
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Home again and greeted by a beautiful Washington sky. Can’t wait till the next adventure! IMG_4035.jpg

 

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Evelyn 3 Month Session – Tacoma Baby Photographer

I recently got to play with sweet baby Evelyn for her 3 Month Session! It was great to see her and her mom again. I always enjoy spending time with this family. Evelyn has been dealing with some colic the past couple months, but her parents are so super patient and sweet with her. She is one lucky little girl. She wasn’t having the best day on the date of our session, but you’d never know by all the sweet little smiles we got out of her. It was so fun to make her smile :)
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I had the opportunity to do Evelyn’s Newborn Session when she was just 7 days new. We thought it would be fun to use one of the same wraps from her Newborn Session to show a comparison in how much she’s already changing and growing! What a beauty! Tacoma Newborn Photographer

And my favorite photo of little Evelyn from our session… Tacoma Newborn Photographer

I can’t wait until your 6 Month Session miss Evelyn! It’s so fun watching you grow into a beautiful little girl :)


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Andrew, Class of 2013 // University Place Senior Photographer

This Curtis High Senior will be graduating in TWO days! Congratulations Andrew!! With such perfect timing, here are a few of his Senior Photos from our recent session at Chambers Bay. Tacoma Senior Photographer Andrew’s mom and I are pals and used to work together in the Tacoma School District :) It was fun to catch up and hang with these guys. And I have to mention that Andrew is a SUPER talented soccer player!
Tacoma Senior Photographer Having some fun with it :) Tacoma Senior PhotographerAnd one with his brother!
Tacoma Senior PhotographerCongratulations Andrew, wishing you all the best next year at UW!


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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
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
6 month children family puyallup photo
6 month children family puyallup photo
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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Sandy & Brian are Married! // Gig Harbor Wedding Photographer

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I recently had the privilege of photographing Sandy and Brian’s wedding day! They had a gorgeous backyard ceremony in Gig Harbor. We made time to get some great shots of them on the harbor as well. The forecast for the day wasn’t great, but we didn’t get a drop of rain and everything turned out beautifully!

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Seattle Tacoma Wedding Photography photo
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The ceremony was full of gorgeous and thoughtful details.
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Seattle Tacoma Wedding Photography photo
I love this moment of her dad giving her away to her groom.

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Brian wanted to be sure to include a shot with his cat, Taco! I love that it was important to him, and I LOVE it when grooms have fun ideas like this!
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Seattle Tacoma Wedding Photography photo

Thank you so much for the opportunity to photograph your day, Sandy & Brian! Congratulations and I wish you all the best!


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Beautiful Baby Britten! // Tacoma Newborn Photographer

Meet Baby Britten! Just 5 days new. She was so small and so sweet, I loved snuggling her and capturing her perfection!

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Tacoma Newborn Photography

Tacoma Newborn Photography

She has the most gorgeous eyelashes that I have ever seen on a newborn, hands down!

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Tacoma Newborn PhotographyI love this adorable pink cloche made by Four Tiny Cousins!

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Tacoma Newborn Photography

And this one was especially for her daddy who is a lacrosse coach! So sweet.

Newborn Lacrosse Tacoma PhotoI really enjoyed our session. Britten is one lucky baby to be born into a family with such loving parents and a big brother and sister to look out for her! :)


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Happy 1st Birthday! // Tacoma Cake Smash Session

I recently had the pleasure of meeting a super sweet little one-year-old guy! He came to visit me for his first birthday photos, and boy oh boy did we have a fun time! :) He has the brightest baby blues and beautiful full eyelashes!!

We started off our session exploring a little outside. He recently mastered his clapping skills and was happy to show them off to me during our session. What a happy smiley little man!

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I just love that baby curiosity. It’s so fun to watch them learn about the world.

 

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What a fine looking family!

 

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On to the party!! What better way to celebrate your first birthday than with a special cake all to yourself?!

 

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tacoma Cake smash birthday photo

 

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I love the subtle smile in this next one as he looks down at his cake :)

 

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tacoma Cake smash birthday photo

Sharing with Mommy.

 

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tacoma Cake smash birthday photo

 

Sometimes you gotta get your feet into it :)
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All the sweet sticky details!!

 

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tacoma Cake smash birthday photo

 

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Thanks so much for sharing your first birthday with me, Mason!