Its not easy to make friends as an adult — especially mom friends. I first met Ashley on a playdate with mutual friend we both have and I was immediately drawn to her kind spirit and adorable children (and her effortlessly cool style). During our session, she asked me why it was that I wanted to get into shooting families after so many years of shooting weddings. I told her that I wanted to get more involved with my community and be able to work with local families. Shooting weddings takes me away from Tacoma almost every weekend and it can be challenging to connect with my local moms which, if you are a mom, you know how important it is to have those friendships.
We chose Owen Beach as our locations because of it offered plenty of space for their three children to run around on the rocky shore and climb the old growth trees while still offering such a picturesque backdrop. With views of Vashon Island, Owen Beach is an ideal location. Just before we met at the beach we had a huge storm. There was thunder, lighting, heavy rain and thick storm clouds — Right as I walked out on the shore, the rain let us and we experienced that after-storm light that couldn’t have been more dreamy.
I chose to let the chaos of having three small children unfold in front of my lens, rather than spend so much time trying to wrangle them together. I love that about shooting young families - those moments that unfold right in front you really captures those fleeting moments of having small children so quickly - kids wondering off in the opposite direction of their parents and their siblings. One kid wants to run into the water while the other is climbing on the log. The beauty, for me, is in those moments when everyone is just doing their own thing.
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