A 90th Birthday Party – The St. Regis Monarch Beach

A 90th birthday brunch, what a privilege! The very elegant Mrs. Kramer celebrated the milestone with a lovely brunch at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, California. Surrounded by her family, including six great-grandchildren, she is an inspiration. Congratulations, Mrs. Kramer!

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The oldest and youngest Kramer women: Emily – 15 months, Lorraine – 1,080 months.

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Newborn Baby V – Seattle

Last fall, I photographed a wonderful family for the holidays, and this summer, I got to help welcome their newest addition, Baby V! Here she is, just six days old, and perfect. Big brother Z doesn’t quite know what to make of her yet, but being the sweetheart he is, I’m sure they’ll soon be fast friends. Baby V was so well-behaved, I couldn’t believe it. Even during her first bath, she hardly made a peep. It was almost enough to give me baby fever again myself … I mean, seriously, what an angel! Take a peek …

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Seattle Babies: PEPS Group Baby Birthday Party

Everyone who has a baby in Seattle knows about the PEPS program – an acronym for “Program for Early Parenthood Support,” PEPS is a great way to meet other parents with babies the same age as yours and start to build a supportive community in your new wild world of parenting. Since I moved to Seattle last year with an almost four-month-old and didn’t know a soul with kids, PEPS was my savior. I actually did two programs, back to back!

I was thrilled when a friend of mine asked me to come and help celebrate a group birthday party for her son’s PEPS group. Seven babies, all turning one together! All the kids rumbled around happily and got to sample delicious rainbow cupcakes from Cupcake Royale (the adults took part, as well, because who can turn down cupcakes? Not this girl!) Take a look at the adorableness that is a one-year-old communal birthday party!

 

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August at 15 Months

I’m trying not to be too, too crazy as a first-time mom, so I’ve scaled back my monthly photos of August to every three months, now that he’s passed his year birthday. Still crazy? I’ll take it!

This little darling is 15 months old now, blonder than ever, starting to talk, and running! He remains obsessed with books and all things with wheels, as evidenced by the Brio train in his hand in many of these. Here we are in Parsons Garden in Seattle, and then at home having a snack. Enjoy!

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Seattle Family Photos: Theo!

It’s springtime in Seattle, but a few months ago, a slightly drizzly winter day didn’t stop us from having a wonderful shoot with eighteen-month-old Theo and his family! We met at their lovely home and had such fun. Theo is such a joyful boy; we enjoyed reading, playing with the dog, snack time, and general silliness. Take a look at this exuberant little monkey and his lovely parents!

 

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August: One Year Old

And here we are, baby August is one. There’s nothing I can say about being a new parent that hasn’t already been said; all of the clich├ęs are true. There is pain and joy and seething at the monitor when the baby squawks at 3:30am and a melting heart when he gives you your first real hug. There is frustration when he throws all of his food on the floor (again) and laughter when he beams up at you from the bath, feet kicking in the warm water. It is hard and it is fun and it is full of love.

Our boy is walking, practically running, loves anything and everything with wheels, has eight teeth in that cute little mouth, and loves all animals. He knows what he likes (light switches, refrigerator magnets, stairs, drinking water from a straw) and what he doesn’t (mostly the washing machine). He’s around 50th percentile for height and weight, but 90th for head circumference (that’s our little bobble-head!) and healthy as can be, fortunately. And here he is, at Grammy’s house in L.A. for his first birthday, wearing a crown, because I just couldn’t resist!

 

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Augie’s birthday party was circle-themed – he is obsessed with everything circular. My sister made wonderful decorations because she is the craftiest among us, and my mom orchestrated a spread of circular foods for us all to enjoy (melon balls, grapes, caprese skewers, cucumber sandwiches, meatballs, pizza bagel bites, mini-quiches, and various circular candies), while I attempted a three-tiered cake for the adults and a giant cupcake for August. Was it the best idea to try to do a complicated cake like that for the first time the morning of the party? Perhaps not, but I don’t think it looks too, too much like a Pinterest fail … I hope … it was delicious, regardless. We had a wonderful lunch in the backyard (that’s February in Southern California!) and the obligatory one-year-old cake smash. August was a bit overwhelmed with his cupcake (it’s probably the biggest piece of food he’s ever been presented with in his life!), but with some encouragement from Grammy, he quickly got into it. Enjoy our photos of the big day – happy birthday, August!

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August at 11 Months Old

Well, we’re a bit late with these photos, but that’s life with an 11-month-old! Right? I’m glad I waited to do this set, actually, because my sister was in town and Augie was in a great mood and the results are a hysterical, laughing, smiley guy, loving responding to Aunt Rachael and playing with his latest favorite toy, the space heater (don’t worry, it’s totally kid safe, not hot to the touch, no way to get fingers in there, etc…).

At 11 months, Augie roars whenever he sees a lion in a book, waves hello and goodbye to everyone/everything, mimics all our sounds, has learned to point and vocalize “ooh, ooh!” when he wants something (and doesn’t stop until he gets it!), and is a very funny, sweet little guy. He took his first steps a few days after Christmas, but still mostly stands and cruises and is a crawling machine! We love him to pieces.

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Los Angeles Family Holiday Photos

I was thrilled to get an email from an old friend, a woman I spent five months in Spain with almost a decade ago. I was even happier when she told me she had married the boyfriend who had visited her in Spain (just as I eventually married my then-boyfriend, too!) and they now lived in Los Angeles with their one-year-old daughter. Since I am always going back and forth to LA to visit my family, we were able to make a plan for me to take their family photos during my December visit! It was wonderful to see them all again and meet their little girl. She is a cutie-pie, as you can see:

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We made sure to take a few photos of Mom and Dad alone, too (with an adoring onlooker peering through the glass doors!) – it’s always important to remember yourselves as a couple, even in your new roles, right?

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Here’s to old friends! Happy holidays!

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Seattle Family Holiday Photos at the Conservatory at Volunteer Park

The holiday season gives me the warm and fuzzies in general, but I especially love capturing young families! Babies and kids are only small for a short time and it’s so wonderful to help families remember that special time. I went with 11 month old Zachary and his parents to the Conservatory at Volunteer Park in Seattle for a little holiday session. It was during Seattle’s recent cold snap and it was such a treat to bathe ourselves in the tropical temperatures in the greenhouse! Zachary is such a cute little guy, as you can plainly see, and we had a blast. Happy holidays!

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August at 10 Months Old

Augie is 10 months! He is our happy, smiley guy most days. His biggest recent achievement is standing on his own! He is so proud of himself whenever he gets up – it is the cutest thing. This month he got to meet his two cousins at Thanksgiving in Chicago (yay), has had two colds (boo), and completely understands everything we’re saying to him, I’m convinced. Here he is!

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