Voila! Just like that, one is now a college freshman, the other is now a high school freshman. Crazy. I'm thankful for this opportunity to spend time with Jack & Emma, children of my friend-from-the-time-we-were-THEIR-AGE, doing one of my favorite things to do!! I also super enjoyed the company & assistance of my longtime-college-friend Beth, and wonder-assistant, Alyssa, and especially grandparents David & Annie. A short video, until I get more of our portraits up on this page :)
Emma will soon be off to Gonzaga & Jack will also be entering a whole new phase of life at Skyline High School. I listened to Emma's graduation speech (she got to close down graduation, la grande finale) and she starts out by mentioning a couple reasons why middle school is hard... well, Jack is moving on up, and it's got to be nice to know that his sister found a lot of joy and inspiration at the new school when she took that big step. Jack is actually the youngest of 5 siblings at home, so he's probably seen it all & knows what to expect!
The kids' Grandpa, Baboo, I mean, David, commissioned portraits of the kids nearly 5 years ago, November 2013, when I was just a couple months into this biz - you must see them - click here for Emma & Jack as little people. And again, click here. Such a treasure in my heart to spend a day doing this again.
After Emma spent a full summer day nannying for an adorable little girl, she was cared for herself :)
At the Downtown Seattle Gene Juarez, Emma's hair is by Carson, and this is Raquel on low-key make up:
Pike Place Market:
The Harbor Steps:
My lovely friend, Alyssa, was assisting today - Alyssa of the handheld reflectors, Alyssa of the many things to carry, Alyssa - of Gonzaga! :) And it so turns out that both girls will be at Gonzaga this Fall. Alyssa and Emma were chatting it up, Alyssa offering to show her around the town, the church, talking about opportunities for study abroad - this ended up being something Emma really enjoyed about our day :)
We had been expecting sun... but it was pretty cold out, instead... while our group was warming up the Seattle way with coffee, I stole kids away for more:
The benefits of group-think! Beth had shown us the way to the Harbor Steps. Then Alyssa asks if we will shoot at the Pink Wall - the wha? Oh my, all new to me - the Pink Wall:
And the golden lighting on the staircase was too good to pass up:
Back to the Market:
And the last shots we were interested in were Emma's running shots - we found more interesting colors!
Lord, I ask your blessings of love and grace to be showered on these two kids (and all their siblings!) as they head into grand new stages of life!
And thank you, Baboo! :)