I am moving offices after moving homes less than three months ago (ahhhhhhhhhh!) so I cannot spare a single moment to be in front of the computer these days but I HAD to drop a few choice gems from this recent mini shoot in Ballard. This big kid turned four years old and I was so thrilled to capture this intimate family celebration. Whether your fete includes 500 people or just one, I believe its important to mark these special days for all of us.
A few months ago our lovely Nature Kids Community had a pajama holiday party and I snapped a few pictures in between cuddling my tiny human and drinking hot chocolate. This blog is a part of the collection called Our Beautiful Ordinary Life which invites you dear reader to imagine inviting a photographer into the ordinary moments of your days and believing that they are beautiful and will yield beautiful photographs of connection and joy.Read More
Last Autumn I was deeply honored to follow Kristen and Jeff and their gorgeous brave boy into the woods near their Kirkland home for an activity-based photoshoot where they showed me all their favorite adventure spots. There was water crossing and tree climbing and leaf kicking oh my!Read More
As soon as they could talk, my son and her daughter named themselves brother and sister and they've been fighting and loving and yelling and adventure hunting ever since. I'm obsessed with photographing their love for each other because it is so pure and their little personalities keep changing as they grow and grow.Read More
I just popped in for a moment to tell you that I bought my husband Ziggy Marley tickets at the Woodlawn Zootunes Summer Sieres and it was magical. I wanted to tell you because it's so rare, even with all of our PLENTY and our privilege that we make each other perfectly PERFECTLY happy. And it was the best feeling. The outdoor venue and the summer evening magic made our large city feel like a small town. It was sunset and brie and crackers and dancing with children and making friends with strangers and laughing and and and... Well I wanted to show you. And if you want to tell me your summer sun-drenched memories, I want to hear them.Read More
I met Leviel and his mother Arnalyz on a cold, rainy day in front of the Imagine Children’s Museum in Everett. The museum is four floors of perfection. From a xylophone the size of a wall, to a tree house filled with picture books and an entire indoor mini golf course – it’s a dream world of play.Read More
I believe that single parents are superheros.
I'm serious. The amount of energy that goes into managing a household with children is insane. It's all day. It's all night. It never stops.Read More
I know I know!
It's February right? It's long past the holidays. The voice in my head keeps telling me to "move on Leanna Bre. It's a new year! You missed the window! Do better next time."Read More
I had hoped to blog about the holidays today. About presents and snacks and staying in ones pajamas all day and the comfort of not wearing makeup or pants in front of people I love. But alas, the holiday pictures are not edited. I wish they were. But they are not. I wish my clean laundry was folded instead of sitting next to me in bins sending me accusing looks. I wish I had dinner planned and I wish I had my Insurance sorted out. But my yoga instructor tells me to honor where I'm at.
So here I am.
And here are some pictures I love from the zoo. Seriously. Our zoo is the best place and we go all the time and I love it so much. I love the animals and I love strolling around and I love love the people watching.
We are so lucky to live in the city of Seattle. And the city is changing so fast, that maybe we will be priced out of it. So like a lot of families who are trying to figure out how to stay - we are determined to enjoy every moment of it. That means we visit the aquarium and we go to the strange new restaurants and we walk around the lakes and we visit the zoo all the time. We have passes. We go alone and we go with friends.
If you come visit us we will invite you to come with us.
Summer or winter. We love our zoo.
I confess some confusion about the term "playdate." I mean, it's not from my generation. In the 80s we just asked if we could play, or go over, or get a ride. And sometimes we didn't ask and we got in trouble. When my kid asks for a playdate I dont understand what I'm supposed to do. Do I just drop the kid off? Do I stay the whole time? Do i make friends with the parents of the kid that my kid is friends with or do I just nod and ask if my kid was bad?
All of that to say that I'm learning a lot as you can tell.
The other day George had some friends over and I got them snacks and did the laundry and then sunset light was so beautiful that I couldn't help snapping a couple of shots.
I say a couple of shots because the biggest difference between my personal work and my professional work is that professionally I shoot the entire time. I never stop shooting. I capture EVERYTHING. I capture all the big stuff and all the little stuff. It's important to tell your story responsibly and honorably. And I like this about my professional life, but with my own personal shooting I can shoot a couple and then put the camera away and make dinner. And that's nice too.
I'm especially pleased that these photographs capture the full range of emotions present on a playdate. My son's sad face because his friend ate his chocolate and then later, confessing to having broken one of mommy's precious shells. His face of concern when his friends wont stop touching HIS tree and Nobi's face of delight at getting juice which isn't served at her home.
I don't know much about playdates but I know that they include love and hate, happiness and great tragedy.
So all of that to say dear internet friends that I wish you some wonderful playdates in 2017. whatever the hell that means.