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She said YES!! Laurel & Howie are ENGAGED!!!

Oh man – just a little over two years ago, I remember sitting in my kitchen with my best pal Laurel… we had just returned home from our ridiculous Vegas trip (yup, the one where we faked an engagement!!), we were drinking tequila and talking about boys.  We’ve been the best friends for 15 years, so this is pretty normal for us.  Although this particular conversation has always stuck out in my mind as one to remember.  She had JUST started dating this boy – Howie, and we thought…. oooooh!!! Maaaaybeeee!!  Then we started a secret pinterest page, to pick out her dream ring!  We started it under my name, so she wouldn’t be caught – oh and so I could help drop hints to Howie if he needed/wanted it!
Then, about three weeks ago now… Howie called me, he lied & said, “Hey, I’m in your neighborhood – is it cool if I stop by?” A half an hour later, I find myself sitting an this very same table – only this time, it is with Laurel’s best friend, Mister Howie himself.  He chitchats for about 2 seconds, then he says… okay, I lied, I wasn’t in this neighborhood – I just REALLY need to talk to you about something, as you know – Laurel and I are going to Mexico…. and then he pulls out a ring box.  It is from Green Lake Jewelry Works, I haven’t even seen it yet and I know it is beautiful.  The tears start filling my eyes, I can barely hear the words he is saying – all I can think is that this is exactly what Laurel wants.
We couldn’t stop hugging and crying – it wasn’t but a few hours later, I booked my flight (thanks Mom for the miles!) it worked out that we would meet on the beautiful island of Isla Mujeres on Easter Sunday – we were to meet on the South end of the island at sunset and would figure it out when we get there.
About a million text messages/emails later, he can’t wait – it is Sunday, we are on the island – I hide behind a column at the Cafe Mogagua where the staff knows what is going on. They laugh as I freak out while waiting.  A cab pulls up, Howie & I make eye contact – they head to the couch where their iced coffees were waiting.  They chat for only a minute before this happened….
After this crazy whirlwind of emotions, we quickly packed up and headed to the boat – we were off for an afternoon of snorkeling! … (these silly photos will be shared on FB!)
The next morning, we got up early and walked through town (about 4 blocks) and snapped a few photos.
Congratulations Laurel & Howie!! I love you both and cannot WAIT for this up-coming year of celebrations and planning – oh, and not to mention the three of us being together FOREVER!  XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO


  • Lucas Mobley - Looking gooood!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Loretta - This is the BEST!!! Love love love!!! (And how perfect is that Gandhi quote above their proposal spot?!?!?!?) A big congrats Laurel & Howie! AND – be kudos to you Barbie for such beautiful shots!!!ReplyCancel

  • Heather - These are such great photos! I feel like I was right there with them. Congrats to Laurel and Howie!ReplyCancel

  • Alyssa McCoy - Big big congrats to you both! Laurel, your face when you noticed Barbie brings back so many memories of you spying through the window with a camera when Aaron proposed to me and my total shock at seeing you there. So fun!! Way to surprise the crap out of her Howie and Barbie!! Can’t wait for the big day.ReplyCancel

  • Laurel - Thank you so much for this, B. You’ll never know how important it was to me that you were the one to photograph this moment and the first one to share in our happiness. I don’t know how you both pulled it off but i will never forget how much love I feel right now. We love you!!!!! Xoxoxo!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly - This makes me so happy!!!ReplyCancel

  • Christiane Zweifler - This just brought tears to my eyes!! Love this!!ReplyCancel

  • Loren Callah - Damit Barbie!!! I just over cooked my food cuz I was so intensely looking at these wonderful photos of Laurel and Howie!! You owe me dinner! No Seriously you owe me dinner! So happy for Laurel and Howie!ReplyCancel

  • Erin Stroup - This just made my day!!! So happy for Laurel and Howie!!! And great pictures Barbie!!! Yay for love :) Love you all!!ReplyCancel

  • Carin - I am in love with your love story!!! So excited for you Laurel!! Can’t wait to meet Howie someday!! And Barbie, I’m blessed to have a best friend just like you. So very jealous you got to be there for that moment! Beautiful job capturing all that love and goodness!!! XOXOXOXOXOXOOXOXReplyCancel

  • Hilary - Gah! So great! So excited for y’all!ReplyCancel

    No wonder you made me wait so long for this [lol].
    I am so happy and thrilled that Miss Laurel said YES!!!
    HAAAAAPPPPY DANCE !!! xoxo Love to you both.ReplyCancel

  • Kat Speyer - AMAZING! So happy for you!!ReplyCancel

  • Mikkel - CONGRATULATIONS!!!I LOVE this post and that Barbie was there undercover to capture the proposal!! And that the 3 of you will always be together now! :-) And wowzer on the unique ring…well done, Howie! ;-) ReplyCancel

  • Chris Moser - Barbie, you did a beautiful job of capturing Laurel and Howie’s special moments. I have never seen Laurel happier. Also, so special that you were there to share their happiness. Has it really been 15 years of friendship? Wow. Time is flying by……
    Thank you for being available on Easter to make this memory happen.
    Love you.
    Laurel’s ma.ReplyCancel

  • Elaine Way - Best friends, lovers and Isla Mujeres…..what could make this day more perfect. Congratulations Laurel and Howie!ReplyCancel

  • Megan - I am literally sitting in the Kings Highway in palm springs hung over as all hell reading this post and sobbing…. it’s just too good!ReplyCancel

  • Shannon lassen - I LOVE this!! The three of you were MFEO!!ReplyCancel

  • Gayle O'Donnell - So awesome! Jim and I are sitting at lunch and he insists that I read this blog post right now, so I do, and it is wonderful, and now I’m crying. Tears of joy for Laurel. So glad you were there to capture it in photos, Barbie. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

Angéle, Andrew & their super fun spring fair engagement session!!

Last weekend was GORGEOUS!! It couldn’t have been a prettier day for the Washington State Spring Fair — and triple the fun when you add an adorable family to the mix!! Angéle, Andrew & sweet little Holden were SO much fun to photograph, we had carmel apples – danced in hay – ran with the bag pipers and rode the carousel. (well.. I couldn’t – but it looked like you guys loved it!!)  We spent a good couple of hours laughing WAY TOO MUCH – oh, and snapped toooooo many photos, but we just had to!

Angéle & Andrew – you are the SWEETEST!! Hope you guys had fun & like your photos, I cannot WAIT for your big day!!


Career Day :: Washington Middle School

Tuesday morning this week was Career Day at Washington Middle School – I was so excited to be asked to be one of the speakers, there are more than 1200 kids in this school (I cannot even imagine!) so they  had many speakers – doctors, police officers, dog trainers, waste management managers – and of course, the best profession on the planet… a photographer!!

Middle School, Seattle, Jr.High,

There were two classes I was lucky enough to speak with -

Room 122 & Room 140 – honestly, I wasn’t sure what to expect… but was impressed by both classes! They had great questions from how I work with clients to the cost of products & design – kids are so smart these days!!

They were all interested in the actual camera and how it works, so I had to snap a photo of each class – what a great group of kids!!

Room 122, Biology, Science Class

Room 140, Washington Middle School, Classroom, Career Day

Brooke & Andy are ENGAGED!

Brooke & Andy are ENGAGED and we had a LOT of fun on Sunday…. like a LOT.  Yup.  I can’t even tell you – my face hurt after I dropped them off…. too much talking? Maybe.  Too much laughing?? NEVER (but maybe.)

Instead of me telling you how adorable, and fun and photogenic they are… I will let the photos show you!  ;0)

We started off under the Ballard Bridge for a quick Mannys (liquid courage is never frowned upon!) at the reeeediculously cool new bar Pono Ranch. (We should ALWAYS go there, it’s neat.)


Don’t worry, Andy’s got this!  WINK!


A little celebration, and a LOT of hugs… always a good thing!

Sometimes I make people take their own photos… no reason, it’s just fun. ;0)



Sittin on the stoop was hard work… so we had to pop into King’s for a little pick-me-up bloody mary style!


The VERY best way to end any day (or photo session) with a fire pit on the beach… and maybe a little bubbly and DEFINITELY some Van Damming! (totally a thing) 140406_0063Engagement


Thanks for being awesome you two! Hope you love your photos and I cannot WAIT for September to get here… we are going to have TOO much fun then too.

  • Mom - What a perfect cute pair. A daughter and a son!ReplyCancel

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