Oh summer, I welcome you with arms wide open and heart melting with gladness that you’re almost here.  The memories made in those three months are such treasures.  Perhaps this post stayed in draft status all winter just so I could begin the anticipation of all the adventuring that is so very close.  We spend a week every year at my aunt & uncle’s cabin in the little town of Newport that lays right on the border of Washington and Idaho.  It will forever be a place of true unplugged childhood delight for my kids and I love every minute of it.  KCB photography_0103KCB photography_0130 KCB photography_0104 KCB photography_0105 KCB photography_0125 KCB photography_0106 KCB photography_0107 KCB photography_0108 KCB photography_0109 KCB photography_0110 KCB photography_0111 KCB photography_0112 KCB photography_0113 KCB photography_0114 KCB photography_0115 KCB photography_0116 KCB photography_0117 KCB photography_0118 KCB photography_0124 KCB photography_0119 KCB photography_0121 KCB photography_0120 KCB photography_0126 KCB photography_0127 KCB photography_0122 KCB photography_0128

Things are definitely starting off on the right foot when you begin your shoot at Roy Street Coffee & Tea.  We enjoyed some shared coffee and chatted about the wedding planning before diving into documenting their engagement.  It is the couples that really delight in one another’s company that make it so very easy.  These two come here often and play cards or just relax together and I felt like I was just observing an {extra}ordinary date on a Tuesday afternoon.  Greenlake was the next obvious location since the actual proposal happened on a stroll around the lake.  It was such a lovely way to spend a day and to make it just that much more special it happened to be Dominique’s birthday.  Who doesn’t want their birthday documented for a few hours as you just enjoy the day and someone special to spend it with? KCB photography_0541 KCB photography_0542
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It’s hard to not fall a little in love with these faces.  I mean there is something so endearing about those rolls of furry flat cuteness so devoted to their people.  What a delightful and truly enjoyable PNW day at the beach with this two cuties and their humans.  Looking forward to their wedding this June!KCB photography_0507 KCB photography_0508 KCB photography_0509 KCB photography_0510 KCB photography_0511 KCB photography_0512 KCB photography_0513 KCB photography_0514 KCB photography_0517 KCB photography_0516 KCB photography_0518 KCB photography_0520 KCB photography_0521 KCB photography_0522 KCB photography_0523 KCB photography_0524 KCB photography_0525 KCB photography_0526 KCB photography_0533 KCB photography_0527 KCB photography_0528 KCB photography_0529 KCB photography_0531 KCB photography_0530 KCB photography_0532 KCB photography_0534 KCB photography_0535 KCB photography_0536

Hair: Laura Smith Wentworth

Before this sweet squishy face is 2 months old he will have traveled to one of my all time bucket list destinations.  I would be jealous, if I didn’t know he is going to be with a whole mess of family members that cannot wait to meet and love all over him.  Safe travels little man.  Enjoy Peru to the fullest.
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These two.  After being incredibly gracious rescheduling when I had to stay home with a sick kiddo, racing the rain clouds during our session and then surprising me with a very thoughtful session gift I really just wanted to give them huge hugs and add them to my Christmas card list.  That’s normal right?  Let me tell you, it was a whole lot colder than Emily made it look, but I’m thinking she had some help keeping warm.  They just made it the whole session seem so effortless.

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Since I started out in education, I’m not sure why it took me so long to see how incredibly fun & rewarding it could be to share the knowledge I’ve gleaned over the years with others.  Taking photos is SO.MUCH.FUN, and do you know what makes it more fun than a barrel of rainbow colored monkeys?  Feeling confidant and in control of your camera while doing it!  Our phones have become a convenient crutch that stand in the way of really embracing that shiny camera we may have purchased but never really took time to figure out.  If you’re anything like me manuals and reading the how-to’s are simply not going to happen.  Ever.  So getting your camera out, actively practicing and seeing results is the way to do it!  I had such a fantastic time on Saturday with a terrific group of ladies.  We had cameras out and lots time to practice while having the added bonus of making some new friends.  I’m already looking at calendar dates to see when we can make this happen again!

Every good class should have delicious snacks right?  Even better if they are pretty to photograph!

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kellyclare photography, jenny cookies KCB photography_0443 These oh-so-cute bundled journals & pens were such a sweet take-away provided for each attendee by my friend Nicole of Gracie Paper.  The binding and cover is so thick & luscious.  Yes it is luscious, very rich and providing great sensory pleasure.  :o)gracie paper, kellyclare photography KCB photography_0448 KCB photography_0444 Every attendee received a workbook because seriously it doesn’t matter how well you absorb information it is always necessary to have something you can refer back to for help.  The lovely Harper Gray designs created the cover and I LOVE it.  I know that you’re not supposed to judge a book by it’s cover, but honestly, I always do.  And this cover beckons me to read it.  KCB photography_0441 My two sweet things were brought in as models for the last 20 minutes to practice some shutter speed options.  It was nice to have some live bodies to move around.  I made sure Addison wore her new super twirly dress from Lularoe and it was perfect. KCB photography_0446KCB photography_0449Thank you ladies for making the class such a success!  Be sure to be on the lookout for the next class in April.

One of my most favorite moments from any engagement session happened during Branden & Brooke’s that will forever live in my memory alongside a giant grin.  We hadn’t been shooting very long when I asked them to walk out a little ways and dance.   They both embraced the task like we were filming an episode of America’s Got Talent.  My heart melted.  And then I wanted to join in.  I haven’t laughed that much with new friends in a long time.  The rain held off until the very end and I’d say this day of adventuring was a huge success.  I’ve got some incredibly muddy boots to prove it.

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Every time I meet a new family I am drawn to the dynamics.  The relationships that play out in natural interaction.  It was such a pleasure to meet, photograph and just enjoy time with the Gebrils.  The grass was tall and scratchy in the field we traipsed through, we were bumping up against nap time and yet the beauty of their family is evident in every frame.  My absolute favorites are the frames in between.  The photos when the love and caring just flows out seamlessly and I am just delighted to be near enough to capture.
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Kierston + Eric

I cannot believe I’ve lived in Washington my entire life and had never visited Mount Rainier National Park.  A serious oversight on my part for sure.  Now I only wish it was closer so I could go every week.  We enjoyed beautiful but chilly weather for our shoot in July and the mountain didn’t actually make an appearance until two hours after our shoot but I still consider the day a complete success.  Amazing beauty is in abundance around every bend and it’s hard to not just sit in awe and soak it all in.

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Campbell + Safford

Such a fun wedding at Green Gates at Flowing Lake.  Kilts, firemen, and so many details that melded these two families together.  I loved all the symbolic touches that spoke loudly of the love and connection Jessica + Rob have grown over the years and are now cementing in marriage.  Cheers!

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