Living in a desert has it's challenges and one of the questions I am asked the most is "where is a good place to take pictures!" And what a great question to ask, because let's face it, looking at tumbleweeds all day can get really old really quick.
I have put together some of my favorite spots here locally to Moses Lake that I've had a great success with. They are excellent for anyone, families, couples, seniors, children and even babies!
1. The state park! AKA Blue Heron, it has so much to work with, always offering ample shade with giant trees to stand in or around. Then we have beautiful Russian olive tree's that bloom late spring to early summer through fall that offer unique tree branches and little coves to hide in. The lake is right around the corner at this park with a fun and inviting walking path for anyone. This is one of my go to area's.
2. The pot holes. This entire dunes area has so much to offer, a little more dry but during the summer you have access to the sand dunes, pretty yellow flowers and even wild flowers if you look carefully. You have amazing sunset options as a backdrop and of course the desert feel. So, if you like natural and you want to feel like your in Arizona (sort of haha) then the dunes is perfect!
3. Japanese Gardens. I love the gardens, full of color, always well maintained and manicured and it's perfect for kiddos or high school seniors.
4. Downtown on 3rd ave! I LOVE our downtown area, you have mural walls, unique flowers, fun brick and colored walls. So if you want a city feel without the sprawl, downtown is the perfect option for your family.
5. Vantage! So although it's not directly in Moses Lake, it's only 30 min from it and it is gorgeous. It overlooks the Columbia river, with huge basalt cliffs and unique features which is home to many trails and rock climbing enthusiasts. So if you have a sense of adventure, you don't mind getting your shoes a little dirty and want EPIC portraits, this is the place for you.
Those are my top 5 locations I LOVE for all my family portraits.
I am completely honored to be able to photograph so many families each year. I know that as a photographer it can be a difficult task when a family has many little ones. I also know as a parent it can be nerve wracking when you worry about how your young children will behave during your annual photo session. I want to offer some tips that I think will help both the photographer and the parents.
Manage your expectations. These are children and shouldn’t be expected to act like adults. Children are, well, children. The good news is I am a lifestyle family photographer so my style allows for more silliness and less everyone looking at the camera.
Allow the children to move in between guiding and posing. Again, these are children. Arrange them in a pose and guide and direct quickly. Then, allow for a small break. Let them run around and explore for a few minutes then bring them back for a new pose. This makes the whole session more playful and fun.
Embrace the chaos. This family isn’t expecting you to work miracles. It isn’t a surprise to the family that their kiddos are active. ;) Just photograph them quickly and make sure you have a plan so that you do get the shots you need. But be okay with a little crazy.
Have fun! Family photography should be laid back and enjoyable. So…. enjoy yourself.
These moments won't last forever and while our days may feel long, the years are really really short.
What a great way to freeze time and that bond between mommy and child. These sessions are so easy and we really focus on the bond between mothers and children, as well as their personalities of the little ones. I also like to include a few portraits of just mom. Because let's face it, as moms we are usually the ones taking the picture and rarely get nice memory of ourself.
Looking through old pictures from my own children, I was shocked at how many portraits I have missed of just myself, or even then some with only my children and I included. We often don't think about ourselves when we are always thinking of freezing the memories of the children we love so much.
Can we talk just a moment about how adorable this little family is? When I started this session this little ball of fire had me running around from the moment I pulled out my camera and I just knew I was in for a treat! We played peek a boo, we played tag, and we ran around after that sweet smile and chased laughter.
One of the best things about capturing this little family was there was no doubt in my mind just how much this momma loved this little girl. It brought back some personal memories and while I won't divulge all the juicy details, what I will say is that children are our most precious gifts, they are our deepest treasures and they hold the main key to every parents heart. If we can choose to love unconditionally, we will always come out on top.
I'm not sure if you could read the shirt above but it said " Classy with a little bit of sassy"
If you’re the type of bride who’s been planning your wedding since you were a little girl (and even if you aren’t) at some point you’ll find yourself surrounded by pictures of brides. Whether from wedding magazines or photography portfolios, you’ll see photos upon photos of beautiful brides with flawless hair, makeup…and skin!
Everyone wants great wedding photos, and when you’re looking back at yours, all you want to remember are the beautiful moments of one of the happiest days of your life – not the stubborn blemish that popped up the morning of your big day! We decided to make it our mission to discover what your skin needs most to stay clean and clear.
With so many mixed messages out there, we wanted to reach out to the pros for the scoop on how to prep your skin to ensure it’s picture-perfect for your big day.
1. Get enough shut-eye
Rebecca recommends keeping it simple in preparation for your wedding. “First make sure you get plenty of sleep leading up to the big day”. They call it beauty sleep for a reason!
Sleep helps rebalance your body’s hydration, recovering moisture and processing excess water for removal. Poor water balance is caused by lack of sleep, which leads to puffy eyes and under-eye circles, as well as more visible wrinkles. Plus, when you’re sleep deprived, your body makes more cortisol - a stress hormone that can lead to inflammation in the body.
In the months leading up to your wedding, why not make a change to your evening routine? Indulge in some self-care practices like taking a bath or going for a run that will help calm down your mind so you can catch up on some Zzz’s.
2. Stay hydrated
Engagements and weddings are a cause for celebration, and celebrations are paired best with champagne! But before picking up your next glass of bubbly, stop and consider Alexandra’s second wedding skincare tip, which is as simple as her first: “water, water, water!”.
Our skin is our largest organ, and it relies on water to produce new cells, which help us achieve that pre-wedding glow. Also, if you aren’t getting enough H2O, the toxins in your body can accumulate and become trapped under your skin. Water helps your body flush out the toxins and is crucial to clearing up your skin.
Make a pact with your bridesmaids that every sip of celebratory champagne will be followed by a sip of water. And on your regular day-to-day, try carrying around a 1L water bottle with you or set an hourly alarm on your phone as a reminder to drink throughout the day!
3. Protect your skin
Sunscreen should always be a part of your skincare routine, and leading up to your wedding day it’s even more important. The last thing you want is “a pink peeling face or stripes on your body as you walk down the aisle” Alexandra remarks. She recommends Clarins, which offers several choices specifically for your face. Especially if you have oily skin, choose a moisturizer with at least SPF15. The sun literally zaps moisture out of your skin, which dries it out and makes any lines and wrinkles appear more prominent.
Take care that your sunscreen isn’t expired, as this means the formula has literally fallen apart and no longer works to protect your skin. Even worse – expired sunscreen can cause skin irritation.
Rebecca's final piece of advice is the easiest of all, it simply requires you to plan ahead when booking your appointments. She recommends a strict “better safe than sorry” policy when it comes to trying out any new treatments.
If you’re interested in lash extensions, microblading, or spray tans, she suggests test driving them at least a month before the wedding in case you aren’t happy with the results or they cause any side effects. This is actually a great practice in general when it comes to anything related to your appearance leading up to your wedding (or any big event!).
The moment I met Tia, I knew instantly that we were going to have a BLAST for our session. When we began working together she was full of energy, an abundance of confidence and a cool head about her. One of the reasons I adore working with seniors. She is going to have a bright future ahead of her!
Senior at Moses Lake High School
What a special couple Heather and Cody are. When we first met, they came to me with a light hearted attitude and a fun and memorable vision for their wedding. After years together, coming together with so many family and friends was really a true treasure to be there for. Many many blessings coming your way, may you have a long and amazing, fun and silly life together. Big thanks for amazing vendors to make this day what it was. Flowers, www.floristinthegarden.net Dress, www.celestialselections.com Tux, www.formalityinc.com Bouqet, www.floristinthegarden.net