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A few photos from a late spring morning with this lovely family at one of my favorite parks in Seattle. Clients who are friends, friends who are clients–whichever way you say it, it’s pretty awesome. Thanks so much, Jennifer & Matt! I hope you enjoy your photos.

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This is Lila, who I’ve known since she was three or four years old. From baby teeth to gap toothed smiles, to braces…it’s so fun to watch kids grow up, and to be able to capture each stage.

We are deep into the world of braces with my own kids right now. The older two have them, my youngest is supposed to go in for a consult this summer, and our bank account is positively aching. As a kid my teeth were a mess and I had braces during my junior high (no middle schools in Roseburg, OR) years. One of the things my mom commented on from time to time while I was a kid, and still talks about today, was how she was always a little sad to see my jumbled, crowded teeth smoothed and straightened out. I smiled and nodded at her for years, but now–I understand. Especially with my youngest, whose teeth are the most crooked of all my children. Braces will completely change how she looks, and I will certainly miss those mouse teeth of hers.

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Every time I photograph a mother and her daughter together I think of this spoken word poem by Sarah Kay (make sure you have a box of tissues handy before you watch it), which was part of a TED talk Sarah gave in 2011. The poem is right at the beginning, but if you have a few extra minutes, you should listen to her entire talk. It’s worth it. After the talk Sarah published it in book form, which is lovely, and I highly recommend. Wouldn’t it be a wonderful gift for a new mother, or from a mother to a tween/teenage daughter?

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Gift guides are one of those little things that I really look forward to each holiday season. It’s such a wonderful way to discover books, kitchen tools, toys, artists and crafters, etc. that I hadn’t heard of before. So instead of putting together a gift guide of my own, I thought I would put together a list of my favorite gift guides.

New York Times: The intro makes me happy every time I visit this page.
Cup of Jo: Lots of good stuff in the 2015 guide too.
Aeolidia Part 1 and Part 2: Put me in the other nerds category, because I saw a lot of things I really liked.
Miss Moss: By color! So fun.
Smitten Kitchen: A list of favorite kitchen things. Which amounts to a gift guide in my book.
Orangette: This is from 2015, but that doesn’t make it any less fantastic.  And I bet if you check back closer to Christmas Molly will have a new guide out.
The Artful Parent: This is a list of Jean’s favorite open ended toys. She has a lot more ideas in the archives. I especially like her ideas for 101 gifts that kids can make.

Lastly, I do have one small gift suggestion:

Emily McCann Photography Holiday Gift Certificate | Seattle Photographer

Did you know that I have gift certificates available? They are printed on thick sturdy card stock, and at 5×7 inches they might not take up much room under the Christmas tree, but I guarantee you that the photographs from a session with me would be treasured for a lifetime. The icing on the cake gingerbread man is that you can absolutely use a Chinook Book coupon with my gift certificates. Send me an email today, and I can make sure it’s to you well before Christmas day.

Do you have a favorite gift guide that’s not on my list? Let me know in the comments!

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This beautiful family! I love their photos so much.  I feel like I’m talking about the weather nonstop, but really, it’s been so strange. The day we met, at the beginning of November, was warm enough that the Max and Evie were barefoot by the end. Especially unexpected after all that rain in October, but I’ll take it. It was a wonderful reprieve. Seattle friends, if you haven’t been to Cottage Lake Park in Woodinville, consider putting it on the list of places to visit for an afternoon or morning visit.  It’s a lovely park with a playground and trails, and is not too far from Molbak’s.

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