oh the places you’ll go! { a magical storybook afternoon}

“The more that you read, the more things you will know.

The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
dr. seuss


i shared a little earlier this fall about my trip to seattle. you can see images from my shoot with emily’s family here & here

to say that week was a photographers dream & a highlight in my professional career would be an incredible understatement.

being a lover of stories i’d love to share a little of the backstory here. if you already know all this i apologize. sometimes i can’t remember what i’ve already shared & what i haven’t.

when emily & i spoke about my availability for travel there was really only 1 3day open span. i also was super concerned about the weather. we’re talking the PNW, in november friends. the odds of rain, or atleast gloomy weather, are high. emily was so sweet & responded with “well if it rains, consider this a mini vacation for you”. well. i had 3 beautiful, not a cloud in the sky, days to shoot. chilly but perfectly sunny! while this may not wow you, i was beyond wowed!

kc & emily are besties and we had two different times set up for shoots depending on when they’re hubbies were off work. shooting in a brand new location, one that i haven’t scoped out for lighting can be intimidating. for me anyways. the evening emily drove me around to look at possible places it was dark & wet and well, gloomy of course. so i tried to figure out which way the sun would set, etc. when i saw this location, with the dilapidated homes in a wide open field, with “no trespassing” signs, i went nuts & knew i had to shoot here. i called kc & lobbied hard for her family to use this spot. complete with juxtaposed long formal gowns & riding boots,velvet jackets & jeans.

i headed over to kc’s house to spend a little time with the children and found them reading. so, i asked if we could bring some of their books. i absolutely love capturing people doing what they love to do….plus it’s a super way to get kiddos involved in your shoot in a different way than ” ok kids. look here & say cheese”.

the sunset was absolutely magical. magical. i told kc as we began to shoot that this was exactly what my minds-eye had envisioned for them.

laughter. velvet. story time. hugs. sunset. and a magical storybook afternoon.



“So be sure when you step, Step with care and great tact.
And remember that life’s A Great Balancing Act.
And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and ¾ percent guaranteed)
Kid, you’ll move mountains.”
dr seuss. oh the places you’ll go.


January 7, 2014 - 12:13 pm

jackie - This photo shoot is precious……..I love the dressy/casual look! Thanks for sharing!

January 7, 2014 - 12:23 pm

becky {thechickhouse} - oh wow! these are amazing shots! you are so gifted 🙂

January 7, 2014 - 12:25 pm

melissa - Those turned out great – what a perfect family photo shoot!

January 7, 2014 - 12:35 pm

Natalie - Your talent for capturing life at its best is really amazing! Each time you share pictures from a photo shoot I think – WOW! And each time I’m really in awe of this wonderful talent you’ve been given and how you share it with such sweet families! What a blessing you are!

January 7, 2014 - 1:35 pm

chrissi - you did it again. beautiful family. cutest littles.

January 7, 2014 - 1:44 pm

Kitty - Beautiful…as always. 🙂

January 7, 2014 - 1:55 pm

Lisa - Thank you for sharing your inspirationl photos…You did a beautiful job capturing magical moments.

January 7, 2014 - 3:41 pm

Andrea - Paige….what gorgeous pictures of this sweet, sweet family. Thanks for sharing…….

January 7, 2014 - 3:58 pm

Susan W - Bellissimo Paige!
I so so so look forward to not only what you write us– but to what you show us!

January 7, 2014 - 5:49 pm

Jackie Kirsche - Just lovely.

January 7, 2014 - 7:43 pm

Jennifer - These are MAGIC! Good job….

January 7, 2014 - 7:45 pm

Jennifer - ps….they are one lucky family to have these treasured moments captured by you and your trusty lens. Please come to Philadelphia.

January 7, 2014 - 8:06 pm

Deborah - Sunsetting, books, black ruffles, jeans, jackets and a happy family. What a beautiful shoot. Your work is truly amazing.

January 7, 2014 - 8:27 pm

Lisa - So beautiful, Paige, truly, everything about them: The lighting, setting and gorgeous family!

January 7, 2014 - 9:41 pm

KC - I teared up reading this and scrolling through the pictures. You gave our family such a gift Paige – capturing our moments together. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

March 31, 2015 - 4:05 pm

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