Biddle and Bop

A few months back I had the opportunity to shoot and test out some products for Biddle and Bop - We ADORE everything! Check out the photos below, our favorite things about each item and links to the products.

These Bibbed Raine Pants are the best! We love that they are soft, keep water out, have stretchy straps * are able to be snapped in close under his arms. The Brollies and Blizzards: Organic Children's Long Sleeve Top is super soft, has nice stretch and he reaches for it anytime it's clean. We're also a big fan of clothes that are inclusive and not gender specific in this house, so this shirt is a perfect addition. 

The cutest, softest zip suit and hat on the planet. That is all. 

This is the coolest hat - has reflective fibers in the pom pom and a great geometric pattern. 

Penguins, ice cream cones & a sparkling lightning bolt is the best. Both items are soft, holding up well to washing and a great neutral. 

Bess & John

In July I had the pleasure of working with Rafael Soldi as his second shooter for this sweet dreamy wedding. Here are a few of my favorite shots from the day.

Seattle Summer Minis, A look back

We're still on the road traveling in our tiny house, and somehow missed a beautiful summer in Seattle. I had the chance to fly back a week ago to shoot 22 (yes, 22) sessions in 2 days - quickly remembering why I love summer in Seattle, and why it was bananas to do that many sessions!

Here are some of my favorite shots that captured the weekend. For anyone who missed it, I'll be back in Seattle just one more time in 2017 for Fall & Winter mini sessions at Wild Hearts Farm on November 11/12. (Still a few spots left!)

What exactly is a mini session?

Mini sessions are a great way to get quick professional photos with a much more modest price attached. If you are considering booking, check out the sample shots below.

A few things to consider when scheduling a mini session:

  • 20 minutes goes FAST! This can be a bit of a risk with little ones depending on the time of day, their mood in the moment and weather. It can also be a blessing for the same reasons!
  • Photographs will often be a bit more staged, and a combination of group family photos, individual portraits if requested as well as any other particular shots you're hoping to get!
  • Expect about 10 final photographs (sometimes I'll include a few extra if possible!)

I'll add as much as I love mini sessions, it's important to consider what works best for your family. The great part about a full session is that we have time to get to know each other, capture authentic moments and work through any weather or other challenges. Additionally, my preferred way to photograph is to observe, go on an adventure with you and provide photographs that are filled with life.

Above: Examples of Seahurst Park mini sessions in the spring

Above: Examples from Camp Long mini sessions in the fall

Above: Examples from a Coates Christmas Tree Farm mini sessions

Documenting the Journey: Tiny House Living & Travel

A huge perk to being a photographer is the opportunity to capture our lives through my camera. This week marks 9 months of living full time in our tiny house on wheels as a family of 2 adults, a toddler and a Great Dane. (Yes, we're still happily married and all love each other, promise! ...but did I hide in the loft yesterday to get space? Yep) *7 of those months were also with our sweet 12yr old lab Riley who passed away from cancer 2 days before we got on the road.

My view while hiding in the loft...

My view while hiding in the loft...

We have been on the road on our cross country trek to see family and friends since May 1st. In 7 weeks, we've stayed at 14 different locations and traveled over 4,800 miles together in the cab of a truck.

Molly, our Dane refused to ride in the back of the truck and climbed through the TINY window into the cab to be with us, ignoring the fact that we had installed a fancy safety leash system for her and comfy dog beds back there. Our toddler has mixed feelings about sharing his space and snacks with her, but how can we say no to that face? 

Molly, our Dane refused to ride in the back of the truck and climbed through the TINY window into the cab to be with us, ignoring the fact that we had installed a fancy safety leash system for her and comfy dog beds back there. Our toddler has mixed feelings about sharing his space and snacks with her, but how can we say no to that face? 

Wandering Yellowstone

Wandering Yellowstone

We are always adapting and adjusting the space to try and get more from it, feel more comfortable or use it more efficiently. Here are some of our favorite updates to the house.

We added a projector (Apple TV combo with Direct TV Satellite) and a projection screen on the opposite wall. The shelf is for a laptop or tablet that we can connect to stream movies too. We also use these walls to display artwork when not watching anything, which makes me rather happy and helps it feel like a home.

Sean has been working to make the most of our vertical space - hanging mugs, adding shelves and my favorite is the wooden magnetic knife block and copper measuring cups hanging. There is even now a cabinet above the vent in the kitchen. He also built a closet for us in the loft, and we adjusted the bed to be under the windows.

We change this space around often, but for now it serves as both our living room and toddler play space. Since losing our lab, our dane has taken to sleeping on the couch too, so I guess that's at least 3 different uses! 

We change this space around often, but for now it serves as both our living room and toddler play space. Since losing our lab, our dane has taken to sleeping on the couch too, so I guess that's at least 3 different uses! 

Emery's room is tricky. Because it is so small, and has to meet many needs, we've been working to keep it airy feeling, but functional. I decided to go a bit more minimalist on the crib side of the room, and then to pack the other side to the ceiling with storage. We use the upper storage for books and diapers. Sean installed a shelf near the outlets we had put in up high for his white noise and monitor (For those of you with babies, I'm sure you get why it is AWESOME to have cords out of reach!) Additionally, we added a rod to hang his clothes, storage below his changing table and we hung this sweet hammock as an alternative to a rocking chair that can be tucked away when not in use. 

(The sweet family photo on the wall was done by the amazing Miss Freddy.)

(The sweet family photo on the wall was done by the amazing Miss Freddy.)

We regularly get asked how we pack up the tiny house for travel and keep things from breaking or falling while on the road. I thought I'd share some of our secrets and methods to a quick breakdown and set up -with a rather energetic toddler and dog. We've learned a lot and are still constantly making adjustments. (Our beautiful pendant lights met their end on the leg to Chicago when we forgot to double check & look at our list and wrap them in foam. Note the less attractive, but ceiling mounted lights we now have). I'll focus on how we pack the interior in this post, with one about the exterior coming soon.

Bathroom: Everything from the shower and counter goes inside the sink using a towel to pad breakable items. 

Stairs: Most have magnetic locks, but we haven't finished installing them yet, so blue painters tape does the trick! I also haven't mentioned that we needed a solution to our toddler climbing the stairs into the loft, without having to install a railing and lose the open feel. We built an art easel that doubles as a block to climbing. It is on a piano hinge so it folds up against the wall for us to have access when needed. (I'll post better photos of this at some point)

E's Room: We take everything from up high and toss it in his crib. Super easy, takes 1 minute.

Plants: Go in our kitchen sink

Mugs: Tuck neatly into our winter hats and scarves in a drawer

Magnetic Lock: Here is a sample of the type of lock we use, great since we have a toddler, but also works perfectly for traveling down the road.

Artwork: We lay all of our artwork and frames on our mattress during travel.

Note the new (much less attractive but functional) ceiling mounted lights. Whoops. 

Note the new (much less attractive but functional) ceiling mounted lights. Whoops. 

Secondary Loft: We currently use this for storage of our outdoor gear, the ladder, seasonal items etc... Sean installed drawers that are mounted to the wall in the back, and then he rachet straps the big stuff in, and the ladder to get up there lays on the couch while traveling.

Living tiny, especially on the road has been a mix of total chaos and adventure. It's certainly stressful at times, but mostly hilarious.

in 4800 miles we've had 2 flats. Turns out you need a pretty heavy duty jack for 16K lbs... I highly recommend AAA for RV's

in 4800 miles we've had 2 flats. Turns out you need a pretty heavy duty jack for 16K lbs... I highly recommend AAA for RV's

If you made it this far, and still want to know more or follow our wandering, check out my Instagram feed @katelporter 

A Much Needed Retreat

I recently had the opportunity to photography for the sweet & strong women at @nourishyouretreats in Leavenworth, WA. I cannot recommend attending enough, especially for my fellow mamas that also have a tough time taking space for themselves to recharge and get grounded. Hilary & Whitney have another amazing retreat planned for August 17-21st in Orondo, WA - which looks equally as perfect! Below are a handful of my favorite shots from the weekend.

Travel: Cambodia

Here are a few of my favorite shots from my last international trip to Cambodia. Before starting a family, I was a volunteer team leader for Habitat for Humanity International and would travel to a new destination each year. (Counting down to a time when I can do these again!) This community was filled with love, support, and strength.

Indoor Lifestyle Session

Indoor sessions are a great way to capture a real day in the life of your family. Especially for young babes it’s important to document your day-to-day activities that quickly change as they grow. Below are a handful of favorite shots from two indoor sessions.

A Rainy Day

Living in Seattle means a lot of rainy days, and a lot of rescheduled sessions. Turns out, embracing the weather makes for some awesome memories and photographs.

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Outdoor Lifestyle Session

I wanted to share some shots from two of my favorite outdoor sessions. Both of these families were so warm, loving and comfortable with each other - making authentic family photos a breeze. I hang back a bit, let them naturally interact without too much direction or posing and capture the moment.

Goose Creek Mercantile - Business Lifestyle Session

UPDATE: Featured on Remodelista https://www.remodelista.com/posts/kitchen-of-the-week-goose-creek-mercantiles-family-kitchen/

I simply adore Goose Creek Mercantile, and jumped at the chance to shoot these beautiful products for a kick ass fellow lady boss, Holly. I particularly loved the opportunity to breathe a little life into the objects by photographing them in use, highlighting what makes them so special (and functional!) …and I couldn’t help but buy a few items myself! Go check them out at goosecreekmercantile.com @thejorgenstons

Newborn Lifestyle Session

There is nothing sweeter than the opportunity to share in the immense joy of a new adorable tiny human and those first few days at home. For this session, we focused on capturing light airy images that reflect the love they have for each other and their new baby. I have had the pleasure of photographing this sweet family over the past year a number of times, but this session is hands down my favorite, and a great example of what you can expect when booking a newborn lifestyle session.