I have been friends with the Baker family for about 7 years now, and I’ve been honored to see them through so many different adventures in their lives! We’ve become so close that I was able to care for little Madelyn when she was just about one and her parents wanted to go out of town, and then I was able to witness baby Charlie coming home as a 4lb premie baby. I especially loved his first birthday cake smash. It’s been wonderful to watch them grow from a family of three to four.
Last year, they had to move away to the mainland courtesy of the military, so this year, I came to them in their new hometown for family photos. We decided to do their session at the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge about 40 miles outside of Seattle.
Let me tell you—it was FREEZING! As a Hawaii girl on the mainland in 30-degree weather, I was frozen. FROZEN! But we made it work. I’d come to get some pictures, after all, and we couldn’t let a little thing like the weather stop us.
It was amazing to see Charlie again. He had just turned 2 and was so full of personality! He didn’t want to sit still for pictures, so I had to capture him in the moment. I think those images are better than being posed anyway.
Big sister Madelyn had a bargaining scheme going: she wanted hot chocolate after the shoot, or she just wasn’t going to do it. A combination of hot chocolate and allowing the kids to be kids later, we had a success! I even got Mom and Dad to take a few shots together.
Baker family, I am so lucky to call you my friends, and I am still so happy that you call on me 3000 miles away to come and take your family photos.