Blogging

Family Camping Trip - Mammoth Lifestyle Photographer

We took our girls on our first family camping trip this summer! The kids were filthy dirty, there was tantrums, singing around the campfire, scary stories, night wake ups, cooking food over the fire, hiking, meltdowns, laughter and snuggles around the fire. Taking kids on trips isn't always easy but leaving them behind and not having these memories would be the real shame. I love my people.

A beautifully intertwined sweaty mess of love - Family Lifestyle Photographer

This life we live, we're only getting one shot at it. 

There's literally a million reasons to put photos off. I know because I too have had my own reasons. There's even more reasons to not do lifestyle session or an in home family session.

Your kids are too wild for photos? Embrace it. They're little and they're perfect exactly how they are. Childhood is precious, let's allow them the space to be who they are. 

You need to lose that extra baby weight? Me too! But it might not happen in a couple months like you planned or maybe it will but I have your best interest in mind and you are ridiculously beautiful and perfect with or without that extra baby weight. In fact you're rocking the shit out of it. You grew a life and that's the most badass thing I can think of. Seriously. Please give yourself some credit. You are a badass. Rinse. Lather. Repeat.

Your house isn't Pinterest perfect? Here's a secret...NO ONES IS and that is normal. I can tell you what, that's the last thing you will be noticing in your photo when you're seeing snuggly loving photos of your family. You're going to see the love. 

Your lives, they're messy, a little crazy, those dishes in the sink they look perfect there. One day it will be clean but they're a reminder that we are needed by these little people. We are SO needed that we put getting those dishes done to tend to their needs. That is part of being a family. Sacrifice.

You're sleep deprived, but those babies, one day they will be sleeping in their own beds. But RIGHT NOW, right now you're waking up tangled in each other's arms. A beautifully intertwined sweaty mess of love. 

The tantrums and crying, those are ok too because they have your arms to fall into. You are their home, and THAT, that perceived imperfect moment of chaos, that is your actual life and you are LIVING IT RIGHT NOW. I know all caps feel like shouting but I AM! Those moments, we aren't getting those back. Those babies, one day they'll just sleep through the night and you will miss waking up with their sweaty head on your chest.

Let's not be afraid to be vulnerable anymore. There is so much more beauty in your lives than a perfectly posed photo. No good story or movie is only happy and perfect. That would be so stagnant, predictable and boring. I know that you are so much more than that, because your family is completely different than any other family and that is so interesting and completely perfect to me.

If you feel a connection, if you're reading this and I am hitting a nerve, please reach out to me. I am the photographer for you. I want to meet you and see all the wonderful things that makes your family who they are. 

 

-Chloe

 

2013 - A Year in Review

2013. It was a hard year on a personal level. My husband was gone 8 months out of the year and our youngest daughter struggled with some health issues. It also held some happy times. We bought our first house. Ella turned 4 and Lola turned one. And then there was all of you. You had engagements, births, anniversaries, hospital stays, weddings, new babies, and family time. You invited me in and let me be a fly on the wall of your lives.

I pinch myself everyday for the profound privilege I have to document your beautiful lives.

Chloe Tacoma Wedding Photographer_1608.jpg Chloe Tacoma Wedding Photographer_1609.jpg Chloe Tacoma Wedding Photographer_1610.jpg Chloe Tacoma Wedding Photographer_1611.jpg Chloe Tacoma Wedding Photographer_1612.jpg Chloe Tacoma Wedding Photographer_1613.jpg Chloe Tacoma Wedding Photographer_1614.jpg Chloe Tacoma Wedding Photographer_1615.jpg Chloe Tacoma Wedding Photographer_1616.jpg Chloe Tacoma Wedding Photographer_1617.jpg Chloe Tacoma Wedding Photographer_1618.jpg Chloe Tacoma Wedding Photographer_1619.jpg Chloe Tacoma Wedding Photographer_1620.jpg Chloe Tacoma Wedding Photographer_1621.jpg Chloe Tacoma Wedding Photographer_1622.jpg Chloe Tacoma Wedding Photographer_1623.jpg Chloe Tacoma Wedding Photographer_1624.jpg Chloe Tacoma Wedding Photographer_1625.jpg Chloe Tacoma Wedding Photographer_1626.jpg Chloe Tacoma Wedding Photographer_1627.jpg Chloe Tacoma Wedding Photographer_1628.jpg Chloe Tacoma Wedding Photographer_1629.jpg Chloe Tacoma Wedding Photographer_1630.jpg Chloe Tacoma Wedding Photographer_1631.jpg Chloe Tacoma Wedding Photographer_1632.jpg Chloe Tacoma Wedding Photographer_1633.jpg Chloe Tacoma Wedding Photographer_1634.jpg Chloe Tacoma Wedding Photographer_1635.jpg Chloe Tacoma Wedding Photographer_1636.jpg Chloe Tacoma Wedding Photographer_1637.jpg Chloe Tacoma Wedding Photographer_1638.jpg Chloe Tacoma Wedding Photographer_1639.jpg Chloe Tacoma Wedding Photographer_1640.jpg Chloe Tacoma Wedding Photographer_1641.jpg Chloe Tacoma Wedding Photographer_1642.jpg Chloe Tacoma Wedding Photographer_1643.jpg Chloe Tacoma Wedding Photographer_1644.jpg Chloe Tacoma Wedding Photographer_1645.jpg Chloe Tacoma Wedding Photographer_1646.jpg Chloe Tacoma Wedding Photographer_1647.jpg Chloe Tacoma Wedding Photographer_1648.jpg Chloe Tacoma Wedding Photographer_1649.jpg Chloe Tacoma Wedding Photographer_1650.jpg Chloe Tacoma Wedding Photographer_1651.jpg Chloe Tacoma Wedding Photographer_1652.jpg Chloe Tacoma Wedding Photographer_1653.jpg Chloe Tacoma Wedding Photographer_1654.jpg Chloe Tacoma Wedding Photographer_1655.jpg Chloe Tacoma Wedding Photographer_1656.jpg Chloe Tacoma Wedding Photographer_1657.jpg Chloe Tacoma Wedding Photographer_1658.jpg Chloe Tacoma Wedding Photographer_1659.jpg Chloe Tacoma Wedding Photographer_1660.jpg Chloe Tacoma Wedding Photographer_1661.jpg Chloe Tacoma Wedding Photographer_1662.jpg Chloe Tacoma Wedding Photographer_1663.jpg Chloe Tacoma Wedding Photographer_1664.jpg Chloe Tacoma Wedding Photographer_1665.jpg Chloe Tacoma Wedding Photographer_1666.jpg Chloe Tacoma Wedding Photographer_1667.jpg Chloe Tacoma Wedding Photographer_1668.jpg Chloe Tacoma Wedding Photographer_1669.jpg Chloe Tacoma Wedding Photographer_1670.jpg Chloe Tacoma Wedding Photographer_1671.jpg Chloe Tacoma Wedding Photographer_1672.jpg Chloe Tacoma Wedding Photographer_1673.jpg Chloe Tacoma Wedding Photographer_1674.jpg Chloe Tacoma Wedding Photographer_1675.jpg Chloe Tacoma Wedding Photographer_1676.jpg Chloe Tacoma Wedding Photographer_1677.jpg Chloe Tacoma Wedding Photographer_1678.jpg Chloe Tacoma Wedding Photographer_1679.jpg