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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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Annie | Bellingham Newborn Photographer

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Annie | Bellingham Newborn Photographer

Oh my gosh, sweet Annie ... I just adore you!  Annie's beautiful mama is my baby cousin (seriously ... I used to play house and use Nellie and her twin sister as my real-life doll babies), and I couldn't be happier for this new little family.  I was so excited when they said they wanted to drive 2+ hours to Bellingham for a newborn session, and for the record ... they seriously made the whole traveling with an infant look way too easy!  I so, so enjoyed my time snuggling this precious new addition to the family while catching up with Nellie and Andrew.  If one thing is for certain Annie Girl ... you are one blessed little baby, you have the most amazing parents who love you to the moon and back! .

Thank you Nellie and Andrew for sharing your little darling with me ... I can't wait to see you all again very soon!

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xo, Jessie

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Maddy | Bellingham Senior Photographer

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Maddy | Bellingham Senior Photographer

Maddy is a senior at Stanwood High School, so I was so excited when she contacted me to do her senior pictures!  We had so much fun chatting about school, golf, dances, and the future ... it just took me back to my senior year, and I can't help but share Maddy's excitement for the next chapter of her life!  The weather was perfect on the Semiahmoo Spit and we capped off the night as the sun set at Loomis Trail Golf Course.  This sweet girl is as beautiful inside as she is out, and I am so excited to see where this world takes her. .

xo, Jessie

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Farah's Gardening Party

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Farah's Gardening Party

Yesterday we celebrated Farah's birthday with family and friends ... and as her 4th party has come and gone, I feel like I've finally got the hang of things.  After the guests left and we sat in our disaster of a living room, Luke looked at me and said 'I think that was the least stressful and most fun birthday party so far!' ... I'll chalk that up in the 'win' column! .

A few months back, I asked Farah what kind of birthday party she wanted, and she very quickly answered 'an airplane party!' ... well, ok.  That was unexpected, but nothing this over the top party planning mom couldn't handle!  I started to formulate ideas in my head, and was really getting excited about the theme when she walked in to the kitchen one morning and out of the blue said 'I've changed my mind, I want a gardening party.'

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Although I was bummed that the airplane party crashed and burned, I couldn't have come up with a better theme for Farah this year.  She loves to garden, and is constantly 'planting flowers' (in reality it's more like replanting the weeds that I pull out) anytime we are outside.  So I set out to create the perfect gardening party in our backyard.  There was only one fairly substantial problem looming as the party grew closer ... the weather was supposed to be dismal, so our outdoor fete was in jeopardy.  Although the rain held off, we ended up bringing the outside in just in case and we enjoyed friends, family, and fun inside :)

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You may notice that there is no pictures of 'Happy Birthday' being sung or candles being blown out ... after last year's dramatic episode (found here) I wised up and asked Farah if she would like us to sing and to blow out candles.  She said 'mmm, maybe next year' so instead we just said a quiet 'Happy Birthday' and everyone dug in to cupcakes :)

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I went a little overboard on flowers ... but in the end, I am glad that I did!  After all, it wouldn't be a gardening party without flowers!  I hit up our local garden/produce stand Joe's Gardens and swept up all the summer bouquets they had!  I displayed them in our watering can, mason jars, and tin cans that I decoupaged vintage fruit and vegetable labels on.  I kind of love the cans, and may see more decoupage art in my future :)

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We kept the menu super simple with bbq'd hamburgers and hotdogs, my mom's famous potato salad, fruits and veggies, and potato chips ... because let's face it, you can't have a birthday without potato chips :)  Being able to prepare everything before hand and then just grill up the meat (thanks Luke) just before serving lunch let us enjoy our guests and not be stuck in the kitchen with last minute preparations!

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The cupcakes came from an idea that I saw on the Today Show and was excited about how they turned out!  Farah was able to help me with them, and surprisingly enough they were very simple!  I think we both ate our weight in Starburst as I was shaping the veggies :)

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And of course, a gardening party has to include some gardening!  Because outdoors was out of the question, I set up a gardening station on our covered front porch where the kids could plant some succulents in a little pot to take home.  I love succulents, like LOVE them.  They're pretty much kill proof ... in fact, they multiply with neglect instead of die.  Seriously the.best.  Everyone got to pick a pot, plant some 'chickens' as we call them, and then choose a pinwheel for decoration.  Not going to lie, I made a few extras to put around my house ... because I think they turned out way too cute!

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And just like that, our sweet little gem of a daughter is 4!  We could not be more blessed by this sweet girl, and look forward to every day that we get to spend with her!

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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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Dante | Bellingham Newborn Photographer

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Dante | Bellingham Newborn Photographer

Dante's session was such a special one for me (broken record alert ... I think I say that at every session!) Not only was Dante's big sister one of my very first newborn sessions just two short years ago in which I collaborated with two of my favorites Kamriell Welty and Jennifer Morrow; but also do you remember the little darling Presley that I blogged about here?  Well, Dante and Presley are cousins, born only 3 days apart!  So naturally, I begged asked Presley's parents to bring her by the studio at the beginning of the session so I could get a few cousin pictures (I may or may not have pretended they were twins :) but that is neither here nor there).  Dante was such a sweet boy for his session and was happy as a clam snuggling with his big sister Giana.  I know for certain that those two will be the best of friends growing up! .

I am so excited that my little business is now in a place where I am beginning to see 2nd children being born to the families in which I photograph.  It is wonderful watching families grow right alongside Jessie Bennett Photography.  I am so happy with the growth that I have seen in my work over the last couple of years, and I look forward to continuing to challenge myself with each new and returning client.

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Thank you Caitlin and Rory for giving me the opportunity to capture your sweet little family of four!

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xo, Jessie

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Presley | Bellingham Newborn Photographer

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Presley | Bellingham Newborn Photographer

Oh sweet Presley ... the newest addition to second generation friendships for my kiddos :) .

This little snuggly thing was an absolute dream to have in the studio for her newborn session.  She was so sleepy, so relaxed, and that hair ... a photographer's dream!  Presley's daddy is one of my husband's oldest friends, and his new little family of three has just moved back to Bellingham.  We are so excited to have them close by for play dates, birthday parties, and bbq's ... to watch our kids grow up together, just like their daddy's did so many years ago.  As a photographer I get so, SO excited to book a newborn session ... they are easily one of my favorites, and getting to spend the day with friends makes it even better!

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Miles and Aimee, I could not be happier for you two.  Your sweet Presley is such a little blessing in so many people's lives, and I am so, so grateful that I get to be part of her life.

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Nora | Bellingham Newborn Photography

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Nora | Bellingham Newborn Photography

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  Nora was such a darling during her photo session; and it was so much fun snuggling her just 4 short days after she was born.  I was blessed to be able to photograph Nora's birth store, which you can read about here, and having her in the studio for newborn photos was so special.  I have been so blessed to get to know this family over the past couple months, as Megan and I were in constant contact in the weeks and days leading up to little Nora's birth.  I am so glad that they asked me to capture this very exciting time as they grew from a family of three to four.  Big brother Henry was just as cute as can be, and I have no doubt that he and Nora will share a very special sibling bond.

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Addie | Bellingham Newborn Photographer

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Addie | Bellingham Newborn Photographer

This session was a special one for me, as I have known Addie's mama since the first day I hopped on the school bus in kindergarten.  There is just something so amazing about watching childhood friends become parents for the first time; although part of me feels like we aren't old enough to be entering into this new phase in our lives ... shouldn't we all still be playing on the playground at recess?!  Parenthood is such a beautiful thing, and spending a few hours with these families after they have welcomed a new baby into the world is such a gift.  Addie was an absolute dream to photograph, so sleepy, so curly, and that hair ... so, so darling. .

Thank you Stephanie and Greg for the opportunity to snuggle your sweet little Addie; I look forward to watching her grow and cannot wait for our paths to cross again soon!

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xo, Jessie

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Dash | Bellingham Newborn Photographer

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Dash | Bellingham Newborn Photographer

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Oh sweet little Dash, you stole a piece of my heart during your newborn session! .

I was so excited to photograph a newborn boy, as lately it seemed that I was on a serious girl streak ... and Dash didn't disappoint.  Before his session, Dash's mom had mentioned to me what an alert and expressive newborn he was; and she hoped to capture some of his sweet little facial expressions.  As a newborn photographer, generally I strive for a sleep-filled session ... so this was a welcome change.  Little Dash was wide awake to start the session, and instead of shushing, swaddling, and swaying we got straight to work!  I had so much fun getting to know this sweet family, it was like I'd known them for ages ... the conversation was so easy, and the photographic subjects beautiful inside and out.

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Thank you Stephanie and Kevin for sharing your darling Dash with me, I was so blessed to have spent the afternoon with you, and truly cannot wait to see you all again soon :)

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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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Lucas | Whatcom Baby Photographer

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Lucas | Whatcom Baby Photographer

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Sweet Lucas, you are beyond adorable and photographing you was such a treat!  I feel like I have known this little guy since before he was born!  Well, technically maybe I have ...you see, I ran into his mama at Target one afternoon and after we chatted for a bit we parted ways to go about our shopping.  As I was heading towards the checkout line, I definitely caught sight of her ... in the maternity/active wear section ... we met eyes, and in that instant I knew ... she wasn't picking up a pair of yoga pants (well maybe maternity yoga pants) and that a little baby was on the way!  Of course I had to wait for an actual announcement a month or so later, but alas my suspicions were confirmed and here we are with a little Lucas :) .

Six months is such a fun age, and getting to photograph this milestone is such a gift; especially for a special family like this one.  Our time together was full of sweet smiles and peek-a-boo games (and maybe just a few tears ... tummy time is for the birds people).  I was so glad to be able to capture Lucas and big sister Ashlynn's adorable bond, there is something so incredible about a sibling relationship ... and it's apparent that big sister is Lucas's favorite :)

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Thank you Zach and Adele for sharing your darling family with me, I can't wait to see you all again :)

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xo, Jessie

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A Modern Vintage Cowboy ... Is that a thing?!

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A Modern Vintage Cowboy ... Is that a thing?!

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Here we are, closing in on Deacon's first birthday (I might have just blinked back serious tears typing that) and I am finally getting around to sharing the little mister's nursery ... is it still a nursery when the sleeping babe is one?! .

Before I give you the tour, I have a bit of a confession. The reason I am just now getting around to sharing this room is because, well ... we just finished it :) I always have the best of intentions to finish something that I have started within an acceptable time frame, however somewhere between starting and finishing, life gets in the way, and I lose all motivation ... ha!

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So now that you know one of my deepest, darkest secrets ... without further adieu, I give you Master Deacon's room, and a little (ok, long) back story to accompany the pictures!

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First off, we found out that we were having a BOY right before Christmas 2013 (lol ... that seems like 12 lifetimes ago) and while shopping, I found a JellyCat stuffed animal that was the most adorable white and brown pinto horse. PSA: if you ever need to find a 'lovey' for a baby, get a JellyCat! They are THE BEST ... so soft and cuddly, and are the most darling animal characters, many of which have matching children's books. I knew the instant that I found the horse that he was the perfect lovey for our baby boy; and he also would serve as the inspiration for the nursery! I tried to play it cool when I handed Luke the gift from under the tree with a tag that read 'To: Baby Boy Bennett Love: Santa' ... but as soon as he opened it, all my ideas for a 'modern vintage cowboy' room came pouring out. My poor husband, he's such a good sport ... he just smiled and nodded and when I finally stopped talking, quietly said 'I think that's perfect!'. Chances are he didn't really know if 'modern vintage cowboy' was a thing, or if a 12 inch plush toy could be the inspiration for an entire room ... but he kindly went with it.

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Here he is! Doesn't he just scream modern vintage cowboy?!

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Haha, in my now non-pregnant brain, I can catch a glimmer of how crazy my original ideas may have sounded ... but just a very slight glimmer ;) Farah has named him 'Deacon' (she's so original) but I think we'll give the cowboy a some more time before the horse gets an official name (in hopes that Deacon learns to say something besides 'dadadadadadadada').

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As far as decorating the room, I didn't have to go far to find some key design pieces ... my parent’s house was a treasure trove of 'vintage cowboy'! My mom's family has been in the ranching business since the early 1900s when her maternal grandparents settled in northern Nevada as sheep ranchers. As a child I spent my summers at the ranch, and often found 'ranch artifacts' as we called them (an old rusted can of sardines with the original rollback tin top still intact is not junk or trash people ... it's a 'ranch artifact'). Many of the more unique artifacts that came home with us from the Nevada desert eventually found a place as art in our home, serving as a daily reminder of our ranching heritage. I look back on my childhood summers with such fondness, the ranch being such a huge part of my story - I literally CANNOT wait to take our children there, to give them similar memories of their own to cherish for a lifetime. Bringing a little bit of the ranch into Deacon's room was so much fun, and more than a little nostalgic!

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The skull (lol, it makes me laugh talking about a skull in a nursery, but stylistically, it fits ... right?!) was a must-have, there's not much back story to it, other than my dad found it while walking the range and brought it home ... I kind of love it! The wreath came from the fence of a temporary coral; when cowboys would set up short-term fencing to complete cowboy duties like branding cattle, they would often string barbed wire and then leave the remaining coil hanging on a fencepost. After forty or fifty years exposed to the harsh elements of high desert weather, these rusted coils become the neatest looking wreaths. My mom found this one (and kindly let Deacon borrow it for 'awhile'). As for the small picture of the open range ... if you look closely, you'll see a wild mustang running through the brush. My mom took this picture with her camera phone (pre iPhone, haha) several years ago - so I edited the image to look a bit more like a painting than a photograph.

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Once I had stolen from my parents house, ahem ... procured the vintage items, it was time to figure out the 'modern' side to this cowboy's bunkhouse. After an unsuccessful search for navy striped curtains I had to get creative (seriously folks, something like navy striped curtains should be easy to find ... especially when they existed so clearly in my brain)! I found just what I was looking on SALE at Target in the form of duvet covers, and figured that cutting them in half, sewing up the edges and throwing them on a curtain rod would be easy! So I enlisted my seamstress (also known as my mom) to make my vision a reality. It turns out the process was a bit more involved than just 'cutting, sewing, and throwing them on a curtain rod', however the finished product was worth the hassle (I think ... right, mom?!) and they are perfect! We added a few more contemporary details in the patterned crib sheet and graphic wall art ... and voila, modern was officially a part of the room :)

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I would be remiss if I didn't mention a few more special details, starting with the rocking chair. My parents bought this sweet little wooden rocker before they had my sister 30-something years ago. Hearing the soft creaks in the wood as I rock Deacon at night is so comforting to me; it's as if the chair is sharing some of its own secrets of all the little babies it has lulled throughout the years. The rug ... one day while daydreaming about the room, I texted my dad asking if they had a cowhide that we could use as a rug (that's a normal text, right?! haha), I remember his response clearly, and it still makes me giggle ... 'Jessie, don't ask silly questions!' A few months later we received the perfect little rug from my parents, and every time I look at it I can't help but be reminded to not ask silly questions :) And finally, a little image of a small white building flanked by large trees and bushes ... not so vintage, definitely not modern, and about the farthest thing from cowboy you could find! It's the Butler cabin at Augusta National Golf Course, a little ode to Deacon's middle name ... this sweet little afterthought in the room might be one of my most favorite pieces. The print is just a placeholder for now; someday we will take Deacon to the Masters and get a proper picture of the cabin :)

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I love, love, love this little space and am so pleased with how it turned out. I am so excited to watch Deacon grow up in this room, and I just know that with the fun blend of modern and vintage pieces it will be a place he enjoys for years to come. I can almost hear him and his little friends giggling in his room, making up tall tales of the Wild Wild West and how that skull came to be on his wall :)

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I hope you enjoyed this little glimpse into one of my favorite rooms in our home!

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xo, Jessie

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PS - Farah's room will be up on the blog soon too ... just as soon as I find one last 'must-have' item for the wall :)

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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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