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Blakely Jo

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Blakely Jo

Hello 2016!  Ok, so I'm just about a month and a half late ... but better late than never, right??  One of my goals for 2016 is to be a better blogger ... and I couldn't think of a better way to kick off the new year with this darling girl, Blakely Jo. .

Blakely was the sweetest little thing, and was so content in the warm studio ... she made my job way too easy!  During newborn sessions I invite parents to bring something special that they would like their new baby photographed with.  Blakely's mom and dad asked that we incorporate a handmade blanket that was a gift to them, and as soon as I saw it I knew exactly what I was going to do with it :)  This family loves everything outdoors and Blakely is sure to fall right in line hunting, fishing, hiking, snowmobiling, the list goes on ... so the elk print blanket couldn't have been more perfect!

Peter and Kaitlyn, thank you so much for sharing your darling girl with me.  I cherished our time together, and cannot wait to watch Blakely grow up as the newest addition to your wonderful family!

xo, Jessie

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Hembree Family | Bellingham Family Photographer

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Hembree Family | Bellingham Family Photographer

This sweet family is such a joy to photograph, and I feel so fortunate that photography has brought them into my life.  These boys are so lucky to have Sara and Chad as their parents, and the love they share shines through in every picture.  This session was an extra special one, as we brought along a small bouquet to honor Chad and Sara's little girl who was born sleeping.  She is, and always will be such a huge part of this family, and letting her spirit shine through was so moving for me.  I am beyond grateful for the relationships I have created with my clients,  and am blessed to call Sara my friend. .

xo, Jessie

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Harris Family | Bellingham Family Photographer

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Harris Family | Bellingham Family Photographer

Spending time with the Harris family is always such a treat, and the weather for our session could not have been more beautiful!  The Pacific Northwest isn't always kind to us in the Fall ... but thankfully mother nature cooperated (and then some) and this September evening had me clinging to Summer sun, warmth, and light!  These brothers are just the sweetest duo, and they kept me busy throwing rocks, running races, and laughing all session long! .

Thank you Bobbie and Jake for sharing your precious family with me, I can't wait to see you all again!

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xo, Jessie

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Barborinas Family | Bellingham Family Photographer

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Barborinas Family | Bellingham Family Photographer

As summer slows slinks away, and we begin to turn our heads to the fall and winter, I am so excited to be scheduling more family sessions.  I have to admit however, I may go kicking and screaming into fall this year, not because I don't love it ... but because I am not ready to let go of the gorgeous summer we were blessed with in the Pacific Northwest.  Oh well, the days pass by and I'll eventually come to grips with the changing seasons. .

Speaking of days passing by, I feel like it was yesterday that we were doing Lucas's 6 month session found here ... so when Adele contacted me about doing his 1 year pictures I nearly spit out my water; how can it be that in a blink of an eye, this little guy is ONE?!  Not to mention big sister Ashlynn who is already FOUR!  These kiddos are so close in age to my own babies, that I can't help but draw on the similarities between them ... one and four are such fun ages, and boy did we have fun at this photo session!

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I so enjoy each time that I see the Barborinas Family!  Thank you Zach and Adele for sharing your family with me, am already looking forward to our next session :)

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xo, Jessie

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Happy Birthday Farah! | Bellingham Child Photographer

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Happy Birthday Farah! | Bellingham Child Photographer

Oh our sweet, sweet, Farah ... today you are FOUR! .

As I sat at my computer ... I struggled to find words that adequately describe our darling girl.  So I turned to her favorite book "Madeline" for some creative inspiration.

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FERRIGAN

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In a little house in Bellingham

that was tucked amongst the trees

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Lived a family of four and a million golf tees.

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This family of four made sure the books were read

they said their prayers

and went to bed.

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They smiled at the good

And frowned at the bad

And more often than not they were all very glad.

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They had so much fun, again and again

sometimes they'd grin

even over a bit of a sin

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the FOUR year old was Ferrigan.

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She was not afraid of slides

she loved summer, sun, and bike rides.

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To the neighborhood deer

Ferrigan said 'hey you, I'm over here!'

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And even when she was in a funk hole

She warmed our family's heart and soul.

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It wasn't that long ago

Although we wish the time would slow

The first time we got to say 'hello'.

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Little Ferrigan swaddled tight

Made everything in the world seem right.

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And soon after we brought her home

We knew never again would we be alone.

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We laughed

We cried

Every day our hearts were bursting with pride.

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Outside were birds, trees and sky

And so four years passed quickly by.

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One nice morning on August thirteen

It was time for a birthday fit for a queen.

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Or maybe a princess ... let's not be overly ambitious.

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'This little girl is FOUR'

Read a sign outside her door.

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Bounding in with balloons and more

So much love and giggles galore.

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So as this day comes to an end

And we wait for another to begin again

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This family of four makes sure the books are read

they say their prayers

and go to bed.

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But before we turn in for the night

We make sure to recite

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The last line of Ferrigan's favorite story

The one we have memorized in all of it's glory.

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'Good night, little girls!

Thank the Lord you are well!

And now go to sleep, said Miss Clavel.

And she turned out the light,

And closed the door,

And that's all there is, there isn't any more.'

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Happy, Happy Birthday to our darling Ferrigan Christine.

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xo, Mama, Daddy, and Deacon

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Lane and Quinn | Bellingham Child Photographer

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Lane and Quinn | Bellingham Child Photographer

Oh how I adore these two kiddos ... I have known Lane and Quinn their whole lives, and much like I feel with my own kids - these two are growing WAY too fast!  We met up one morning for a quick photo session at a local park and we had so much fun playing in the water!  Thankfully their mama thought to bring several changes of clothes, because they both took a plunge or two during our time together.  The session was full of giggles, splashing, and great conversation! .

I can't wait to see these cuties again to see what kind of mischief we can make during our next session :)

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xo, Jessie

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Hello Remi! | Skagit Newborn Photographer

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Hello Remi! | Skagit Newborn Photographer

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I have always loved visiting new babies, so it is no wonder that Hello World sessions are some of my absolute favorites!  Those first few hours with a new baby are so beautiful; love is palpable as new parents quietly study every tiny detail of their child, and new bonds are forged as siblings meet for the first time.  My session with Remi in the hospital just 10 short hours after she was born was all of these things and more, and I was honored to capture these firsts for this beautiful family.  With two amazing parents and two darling big sisters, this little girl is so blessed.  Thank you Tricia and Jory for sharing this very special day with me, this is a session I won't soon forget. .

xo, Jessie

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The Pulley Family | Bellingham Family Photographer

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The Pulley Family | Bellingham Family Photographer

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When these three sisters contacted me about doing a family session as a gift to their parents, I was so excited!  Not only was I lucky enough to capture this beautiful, growing family; I was able to catch up with old friends.  I have known this group since grade school, and many of the memories I have of school musicals and bus rides include the girls. .

We decided to do an extended family session at their property and I had to chuckle when I received the driving directions which read 'You'll turn down a gravel road that you think leads to no where ... just keep going, I promise we'll be out there'.  And I must admit, about a mile into the winding gravel road I thought I had taken a wrong turn.  Shortly thereafter the trees parted and I caught a glimpse of the most darling little cabin sitting at the edge of a beautiful lake complete with docks and diving board!  Yes folks, I do believe I have been introduced to a new little slice of Pacific Northwest heaven.

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The conversation was wonderful, the weather was perfect, and the scenery gorgeous ... I didn't want the session to end!  I could have stayed all day, snapping away as I watched this beautiful family interact with each other.  I am so grateful for the gift of photography, and feel blessed that it allows me to connect (and reconnect) with amazing people like the Pulleys (and Stevens, Pendergrast, and Parrett families).  Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to share in the joy that is your family!

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... and I was only half kidding about randomly showing up at the cabin with my family this summer, consider this your warning ;)

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xo, Jessie

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Maui Mini Sessions

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Maui Mini Sessions

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A few weeks ago I found myself in paradise, Maui to be exact ... on a #mauimommytimeout (for those of you who follow me on Instagram) I spent a glorious week in Hawaii with my sister and dad on a once in a lifetime trip, surfing, snorkeling, deep-sea fishing, pooling, water-sliding, eating, drinking, sunning ... SO MUCH FUN.  I kept having to pinch myself and kept asking 'how did I get so lucky?' well, I actually knew the answer to that ... my rockstar sister qualified for the trip through work and when her husband couldn't go along (poor guy) she extended an invitation to me and our dad!  I could go on and on about how wonderful it all was, and spending quality time just the three of us was truly a gift!  .

I schlepped along my camera with every intention of bringing it along everywhere we went ... however it ended up not leaving the hotel room until our last evening when I offered to do some beach sessions for some of the families we were vacationing with.  I was so glad when the Crabtree and Shapiro families took me up on my offer, and had a blast with each group.  There is something to be said for taking family pictures while on vacation ... everyone was so laid back, really enjoying each others company, and it didn't hurt that we had the most beautiful location as our canvas. 

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Thank you Tim and Mo for sharing your darling family with me, I had so much fun playing with your kiddos and capturing their tight-knit bond.  Thank you Mark and Susan for giving me the chance to teach Ben a little about photography, I am so glad to have a new little buddy to take pictures with :)  I treasured my time with each one of you and look forward to seeing you again!

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xo, Jessie

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Ordinary Magic | Whatcom Family Photographer

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Ordinary Magic | Whatcom Family Photographer

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This day! .

There is no way to really describe today and do it justice, it was just an ordinary Sunday that somehow turned magical.  Even as I crawled into bed, exhausted from our sun-soaked afternoon, I couldn't stop smiling ... nor could I stop replaying the events from our beach day in my head, my heart is so full!  So up I got, and here I am ... blogging at 11:00pm (who knew this mom could stay up past 10:00?!)

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Spring has sprung in the Bennett household, which means the WWU Mens Golf season is in full swing (pun intended) and Daddy spends many weekends in planes, trains (ok not really), and automobiles traveling to golf tournaments as the Mens Golf Coach.  Quite honestly, the golf season is bitter sweet for me - I love that my husband gets to do something that he loves, and watching him pour so much of himself into his alma mater, team, and next generation of young men is inspiring.  The tough part for me is not that I'm going it alone in the parenting world, don't get me wrong, it can be challenging (insert MAJOR props for single parents here, you all are truly amazing) instead my struggle stems from the fact that he might miss something fabulous like first steps (no worries, Deacon is already toddling around) or first swear word (yep, he was there for that too ... thankfully?).  It is for this reason that I LOVE technology - phones, cameras, FaceTime, Facebook, Instagram ... I think I hear the angels singing.  When Daddy is gone, technology and I team up to make sure he feels like he isn't missing anything, even the occasional 3 year old tantrum ;)

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When the forecast was calling for another glorious day, I packed up the kiddos, grabbed my camera (to document our day for Daddy), and hit the road ... destination: family beach cabin in Anacortes.  I think I will save 'the cabin' for a later post, but suffice it to say - it is a little slice of beachfront heaven that Luke's grandparents purchased decades ago.  Often it is filled to the brim with aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends - but today, it was all ours!

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We headed straight down to the beach, and it took approximately 4.3 seconds for Farah to dive into the sand.  Running it through her fingers, burying her feet, and even making a sand angel or two (check out the photographic proof on Instagram here) she was in paradise.  Deacon was equally as excited, and all attempts of keeping him content on a blanket quickly proved futile ... he may have eaten more sand than the resident seagulls throughout the day ;)

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And then it happened.  Sometime between stealing a few pictures with both kids (thanks to my handy dandy wireless remote control) and skipping rocks into the low tide waters, I stopped to drink it all in.  Farah was spinning around arms extended, head tipped towards the sky and Deacon was inspecting a seashell, his little clothes caked with sand.  My heart swelled and I choked back big, happy tears.  This seemingly ordinary moment was in fact nothing short of extraordinary ... it was magical.

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I am so blessed ... I have so much to be thankful for! And today my partnership with technology while Luke is gone is pretty high on that list.  Not only do I get to keep these moments in my heart for a lifetime, but Luke does too (and you as well) through these images ... Enjoy :)

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xo, Jessie

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Guffie Family | Whatcom Family Photographer

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Guffie Family | Whatcom Family Photographer

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These sweet kiddos have a special place in my heart, I've known them since they were born and call their mama one of my closest friends.  We had such a fun, albeit freezing, session; I loved capturing their sweet sibling bond.

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Meder Family | Whatcom Family Photographer

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Meder Family | Whatcom Family Photographer

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One of the best parts of being a photographer, is when you get to reconnect with friends.  Chrisdee and I have known each other since 6th grade, and we spent much of the session remembering the 'good old days'.  Miss Ellie is the apple of her mommy and daddy's eyes, and was so much fun to spend the crisp fall morning with!

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