CeCe Kermie LLC: Blog https://www.cecekermie.com/blog en-us (C) CeCe Kermie LLC info@cecekermie.com (CeCe Kermie LLC) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:31:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:31:00 GMT https://www.cecekermie.com/img/s/v-12/u708593961-o393083765-50.jpg CeCe Kermie LLC: Blog https://www.cecekermie.com/blog 120 80 The AJF Family at Nisqually Wildlife Refuge https://www.cecekermie.com/blog/2019/12/ajf-family-session One of my most favorite things about being a photographer is the connection I'm building with all my wonderful clients. I can honestly tell you that being a part of your journey and witnessing the beautiful changes and growth that happens is second only to seeing it with my own family. I literally feel like I've been adopted by so many new people this past year, and I'm just so beyond grateful and more fulfilled more than I ever have been in my entire life.

The AJF Family is super special to me, and their year in particular has been especially abundant with blessings. In March, I was honored to be the one capture their maternity photos, and a little more than a month later, I got to sneak over for a quick snap and snuggle sesh with baby Joie. Needless to say, I was beyond ecstatic when they called me for their first family session. And get this ... they were even willing to miss the Seahawks game! 😳 If that ain't love, I don't know what is, y'all!

Now, I could be the only one, but I think the gorgeous scenery at Nisqually Wildlife Refuge combined with the great company more than made up for it. I mean, how many photographers do you know share a love for quoting and re-enacting scenes from Zoolander and Anchorman? I'm just sayin'! The absolute BEST part for me though was hearing about - and seeing - how life has changed for all of them since they became a family of four. They were all smiles, hugs, and kisses, and it had little to nothing to do with me. I'm pretty sure that baby Joie is one of the most loved babies on the entire planet. With those beautiful blue eyes, gorgeous long eyelashes, and the sweetest smile that'll melt your freakin' heart, it's easy to see why! And let's talk about the bond between Alyssa and Joie. Alyssa would give me the evil eye when I tried to make her get too snuggly with her parents, but it is abundantly clear she loves her baby sister like no other person on the planet. If your heart doesn't melt when you see Joie smile, it will certainly explode when you watch those two together. 😍 Also, seeing Amanda take off running with Joie like a bat out of hell when Joel tried to "show her" that "Garter snakes are perfectly harmless and safe" was pretty dang funny, not gonna lie. I think she has the speed and baby carrying skills of a Seahawks player! 😂

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info@cecekermie.com (CeCe Kermie LLC) Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge family session Lakewood Puyallup WA https://www.cecekermie.com/blog/2019/12/ajf-family-session Mon, 23 Dec 2019 08:13:03 GMT
Taylor's Nisqually Wildlife Refuge Senior Session https://www.cecekermie.com/blog/2019/12/taylors-senior-session
My first introduction to Taylor was at her family session last December, and I could tell then just based on the way that she interacted with her family and her three-year-old little brother in particular there are few people in this world she loves as deeply and adores as much as her family. The second oldest of four siblings, Taylor said her dad and mom have truly been an inspiration to her.  

"They had kids at such a young age ... and gave us a better life than they had," she said. 

When she's not spending time with her family, the accomplished athlete is busy kicking butt at life and making friends with just about everyone she meets.

"Playing soccer with my high school team has brought so many new friendships and memories that I wouldn’t have without soccer," Taylor said. "I will miss being able to goof off with my friends."

The time Taylor and I spent together at Nisqually Wildlife Refuge during her sunset senior session further revealed a young woman who is wise beyond her years but doesn't take life too seriously. I mean, she laughed at my over-the-top corny mom jokes, and she's smart enough to know the decisions she makes after she graduates are the ones that will set the stage for the rest of her life, so she is not trying to rush them. 

"My favorite saying is 'Think about it, take your time, you’ll probably change your mind,' because I think it applies to a lot of different situations whether it is a life decision or not," she said. "My only goals for senior year are to have fun and figure out what I want to do in life." 

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info@cecekermie.com (CeCe Kermie LLC) BHS senior Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Black Hills High School Lakewood Olympia senior session WA https://www.cecekermie.com/blog/2019/12/taylors-senior-session Mon, 16 Dec 2019 04:06:53 GMT
Christian's Tolmie Park Senior Session https://www.cecekermie.com/blog/2019/12/christians-senior-session

It had been 19 years since I set foot in a high school, and it was nothing like I remembered. The hallways were flooded with a sea of students, signaling that the final bell had rung even though I never heard the sound of an actual bell. The students were quiet and orderly as they headed toward the exits, some holding doors for me and others politely excusing themselves as they attempted to squeeze by in areas where the hallways and walkways were a bit more narrow. The walls throughout the school and gym prominently displayed the achievements of its current and past students in a wide range of co-curricular from athletics to robotics. I thought this was going to be a trip back in time, but instead, it turned out to be an introduction to a new generation of young people who are developing into kind, talented and amazing human beings. 

The remainder of the session that I spent getting to know Christian while we ventured around the beautiful scenic Tolmie State Park further affirmed that. As a full-time participant in Tumwater High School's Running Start Program through South Puget Sound Community College, life for him mainly consists of sports and school - and maybe pulling the occasional prank on his siblings and mom. Even through his hectic schedule doesn't leave him much time for anything else beyond spending time with his family, Christian will assure you he's absolutely fine with that given his high level of commitment and focus on his academic studies is allowing him to graduate high school early with a years' worth of credit towards a college degree.

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info@cecekermie.com (CeCe Kermie LLC) Olympia Running Start Program senior session THS senior Tolmie State Park Tumwater Tumwater High School WA https://www.cecekermie.com/blog/2019/12/christians-senior-session Mon, 02 Dec 2019 06:45:18 GMT
Madison's Fort Steilacoom Park Senior Session https://www.cecekermie.com/blog/2019/11/madisons-senior-session

She sat on the bench with the blazing sun beaming down upon her. Its golden glow illuminating her like a heavenly angel. "Put your hair up in this clip," AC said. "Mommm... noooo..." Madison said as she reluctantly accepted the offer of the hair clip she knew she couldn't refuse. "Please?! I just want one picture with your hair up." AC said. Mumbling something that I'm pretty sure was along the lines of, "You're lucky I love you," Madison begrudgingly swept her hair up into the clip while leaving a few lone curls to gently frame her face. "Oh ... that is just like when you were little," AC said with a slight quiver to her voice. This was it. The moment Madison had waited for four long years. She was officially a senior. And in that same moment, she was still her momma's little girl.

The scenery and weather at the iconic Fort Steilacoom Park couldn’t have been any more beautiful that seasonably hot August day. The girls energetically laughed and danced their way from location to location while their mommas leisurely strolled and reminisced about the four years that seemed to had passed by so quickly. Yep … it was the picture perfect way to spend a mid-week Summer day.

 

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info@cecekermie.com (CeCe Kermie LLC) BHS senior Black Hills High School Fort Steilacoom Park Lakewood senior session WA https://www.cecekermie.com/blog/2019/11/madisons-senior-session Tue, 12 Nov 2019 00:47:09 GMT
Hailey's Fort Steilacoom Park Senior Session https://www.cecekermie.com/blog/2019/10/haileys-senior-session

Whenever it I shoot a senior session, it really takes me back to my younger years - when I was young and wild and free. Okay, that is part of the lyrics from Bryan Adams' "Heaven," but seriously though. It takes me back to the days when I had the rest of my life all figured out. I was going to graduate high school and go to college - that was life "all figured out" in my 18-year-old mind. There was just one little problem though: I didn't have a plan. What's more, I didn't do any of the work needed to set the stage for college to happen, so surprise! Nothing worthwhile beyond me graduating high school happened ... until about six years later when I joined the military, popped my head out, and did some growing. 

In the few hours I spent getting to know Hailey as we trekked end-to-end through the gorgeous Fort Steilacoom Park, it became clearly evident that this young woman has accomplished more in her last two years of high school than I did in my entire four years of high school plus the six years between graduating and joining the military. A huge part of that is likely due to the fact she has been planning and taking steps toward making her dreams and goals a reality since the moment she decided to take advantage of the opportunity to participate in Black Hills High School's Running Start Program through South Puget Sound Community College.

"It's helped teach me things I could never even imagine being taught in high school," she said. "At high school, it's six core classes - math, English, science, your 'health', some random elective, and another class like art or choir. The main problem with that in my eyes is that we don't have flexibility with our schedules. When I went to (running start) college, I wasn't taking just any science, I could take criminology, sociology or psychology ... and they were all worth the same amount of credits."

Beyond allowing her to take classes that she finds more interesting and relevant to the life skills she believes are important, Hailey said the program has further sparked her desire to continue her education in criminal justice at Central Washington University and embark on a career in law enforcement.  

"I've just always had a spot in my heart for law enforcement," she said. "I'd like to help rebuild facilities like prisons and make them more for rehabilitation versus punishment because I know punishment doesn't press consequences, it presses anger. I want there to be a program that actually makes the world a safer place, and I want to make sure if anyone is in charge of it, it's someone like me."

Hailey blew my mind and heart away with her amazing intuition and deep intellect, but she made it perfectly clear that the love and support she has received from her family is largely to thank for the person she is becoming. 

"My parents have always pushed me to be better than I think I am," she said. "I love the relationship I've built with my parents and the life lessons they've taught me over time..."

Aside from her parents, Hailey said her Uncle Jason (Uncle J) has also helped her stay grounded, especially when life feels a bit rough and tough.

"Uncle J takes me on trips and talks with me about my problems ... which helps me a lot," she said. "I feel like he understands me more than I do, and that makes me feel comfortable with him. I think everyone needs an Uncle J." 

Outside of her family, Hailey said she also cherishes the strong connections she has built with many of her classmates, including one person in particular that she is deeply going to miss when she graduates.

"Madison and I became friends our freshmen year when she moved here, and we both genuinely believe that God brought us together...," she said. "I know that when we graduate, my class that I've grown up with the past 17 years will fade into a memory, and that really scares me ... but I know our spirits will hold us together." 

 

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info@cecekermie.com (CeCe Kermie LLC) BHS senior Black Hills High School Fort Steilacoom Park Lakewood Running Start Program senior session WA https://www.cecekermie.com/blog/2019/10/haileys-senior-session Tue, 29 Oct 2019 02:19:25 GMT
The HJL Family at Colony Surf Beach Club https://www.cecekermie.com/blog/2019/8/the-hjl-family

For as long as I can remember, the beach has been my most favorite place to be. My dad worked six days a week as a car salesman to provide for our family of five, so going on vacation was certainly not something we got to do often, but when we did, it almost always involved going to the beach. 

Spending time with the HJL Family at Colony Surf was akin to taking a trip back to that magical beach time of my childhood past. Their joy and excitement as they searched for and gathered up hermit crabs and fish eggs flooded me with my own happy memories of looking for and collecting sharks teeth and seashells. When HL told me about how she had been vacationing in the same spot at Colony Surf since she was a little girl, I swear I literally felt my heart melt. “We didn’t have a lot of money, but my grandfather had a small piece of land and access to this little private beach, so that is what we did for family vacation every year. … I loved it, and I wanted to share that with my own family, so Lilly and Zach have grown up playing on the same old boat ramp as I did when I was a kid,” she said. Sadly, HJ told me that her grandmother passed not too long ago and her grandfather is considering selling the property, so this could be the last year they are able to make memories in the place they have grown to know as their summer home away from home. “It’s such a big part of our lives, and I wanted our family pictures to be here, so we would always have this memory to look back upon even if it’s our last.”

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info@cecekermie.com (CeCe Kermie LLC) Colony Surf Beach Club family session Lilliwaup WA https://www.cecekermie.com/blog/2019/8/the-hjl-family Fri, 16 Aug 2019 05:15:36 GMT
The CMB Family at Woodard Bay https://www.cecekermie.com/blog/2019/7/the-cmb-family

The one thing you'll hear me continually say (and write) is that I love, love, loveeee the fact that this dream job helps me meet and connect with awesome people. And it's totally true! I'm an introvert by nature, and I've been working on coming out of my shell most of my adult life. The older I get, the more I realize the connections we make with others are what lead to our most happy, cherished memories. The CMB Family in particular is special because they are my first clients that did not share a mutual family or friend connection. The significance of this occurring during my first year in business goes with out saying, but the importance of this on a personal level is worth spending a bit more time noting.

MB reached out to me via my Facebook page with an idea that he wanted to give CB the gift of a family session for Mother's Day, so we quickly made plans to meet up and surprise her with the news on Mother's Day. Not even gonna lie, I totally cried before and after our meetup not only because that is so freakin' sweet, but also because he totally made my Mother's Day without even realizing it! After the initial shock of me bombarding CB in the Starbucks (if only I had my camera that day to get the look on her face 😂), we effortlessly settled into getting to know each other and talking about what they envisioned for their family session. I recall CB saying they like to spend a lot of time outdoors during the non rainy seasons, and they wanted to choose a place that manifested the true beauty and essence of the Pacific Northwest. "And we'll wear something other than animal print this time!" said Bean, the oldest of their two beautiful babes who energetically recounted their last family photo experience. 🤣 I shared my own experience with taking my first family pictures, including the fact that JC who was barely six months old at the time had rolled off the bed about 30 minutes before picture time. They were hooked as I described and shared pictures taken at one of my most favorite places on the planet, and we made plans to meet up for a sunset session the day before Father's Day. 

I'm honest and true to life, just like my photography, and so are the CMB Family. Lots of fun moments, sarcasm, and jokes were exchanged as we made the trek through the various beautiful areas of Woodard Bay. Between Bean and Trin reenacting a childhood photo that they took when they were pint size adorable, MB giving me a hard time for saying that the trek through Woodard Bay is a "walk" when it's really more of a "hike" (and you know your girl gave some back!), and them busting up laughing at me every time I broke up the peaceful silence and serenity by shouting things like, "Cocooooo!" in a high pitched voice to grab the attention of their sweet fur baby and one the most well behaved pups on the planet, it was easy to tell that this tight knit family are my kind of people. I cannot wait to spend more time with them in the next few months as we plan for and capture the next important milestone - Bean's 2020 graduation. 😊 

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info@cecekermie.com (CeCe Kermie LLC) family session Olympia WA Woodard Bay Natural Resources Conservation Area https://www.cecekermie.com/blog/2019/7/the-cmb-family Mon, 15 Jul 2019 17:46:13 GMT
Joie Annalee Newborn Session https://www.cecekermie.com/blog/2019/6/joie-annalee

Last time I posted on the blog, the signs of new life that come with Spring were just starting to take hold and sprout, and the arrival of Joie Annalee was not too far behind. In fact, it was only a month to the day from my post about the AJF Family that she made her debut, and so much has happened since then! Spring has transitioned to Summer, and this sweet family is getting ready to move into their first new house together this coming week. I am so grateful I get to watch their beautiful story unfold, and witness their love for each other continue to blossom and grow as they effortlessly settle into their lives as a beautiful family of four.

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info@cecekermie.com (CeCe Kermie LLC) newborn session Puyallup WA https://www.cecekermie.com/blog/2019/6/joie-annalee Mon, 17 Jun 2019 22:26:22 GMT
The AJF Family Maternity Session https://www.cecekermie.com/blog/2019/3/the-ajf-family-maternity

Growing up in a place where the sun never ceases to shine, it was difficult to get adjusted to living in Washington where it rains more than half the year. The beauty of the changing seasons more than makes up for it though. The pastel pink, blue, and yellow sunrises and sunsets; the budding trees, plants and flowers; and the sweet sounds of little baby birds chirping - all beautiful signs that Spring is here. 

Like the changing of seasons, this past year also signifies a culmination of beautiful life changes for the AJF Family including the marriage of Amanda and Joel, the combining of two families into one, and the impending arrival of their baby girl. Amanda was the second person I met when I moved to Washington, and it was clear from my first appointment with her at Teze Salon that she would quickly become more than my go to girl for all my hair and makeup styling needs. Over the past 10 years, we have laughed, cried and prayed together as we shared some of the most intimate and sometimes difficult details of what is going on in our lives. She is truly one of the sweetest and most talented people I have ever had the privilege of knowing, and it was impossible to hold back the tears of joy I felt while shooting her family maternity session. I cannot wait to meet Joie and capture (with my eyes, heart and camera) the next season of beautiful changes that are about to unfold for this adorable family.

 

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info@cecekermie.com (CeCe Kermie LLC) family session maternity session Puyallup WA https://www.cecekermie.com/blog/2019/3/the-ajf-family-maternity Fri, 22 Mar 2019 03:52:51 GMT
Steven's Las Vegas Graduation Session https://www.cecekermie.com/blog/2019/3/stevensgraduation It’s been almost 20 years since I left Vegas for the military, but I try to make it back for a visit at least every other year. Aside from the fact that I still have family there, I really have grown to love the vibe over the years. It’s unlike any place I’ve ever been, and I have lived quite a few different places since I set out on my own path. The reality is that no place ever feels like the place you first called home. This trip was particularly special though because I got to spend most it laughing, reminiscing, and making (and capturing) new memories with my dear friend, who I’ve known for 27-plus years, and her son, who I am proud to call my nephew. 

On the outside, Steven S. may look, sound, and act like any other guy his age, but anyone who knows him will tell you he truly is a uniquely amazing human being. With the love and support of his mom and his step dad, he has worked exceptionally hard the past 17 years to develop into the kind, talented, funny and smart young man he is today. The hard work started early on in his life when he was diagnosed with Leukemia at the age of three. After seven years of countless doctor visits, hospital stays, chemo treatments and prayers, Steven’s cancer thankfully went into remission, and he was given a clean bill of health.

Although he successfully won his battle against cancer, the road to recovery continued as Steven went through years of tutoring and mentoring to help him overcome his learning difficulties - a result of the cancer treatment that many people are unaware (see Las Vegas Review Journal article for more details). Even as he has grown older and remained cancer free, Steven and his mom have never forgotten the love and support they received from organizations like the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation when Steven was battling cancer, and they both regularly give back to other families who are making the same difficult journey by participating in NCCF events like Camp Cartwheel.

When he is not spending time with other affected families and raising awareness about childhood cancer, Steven is busy working on his skills as an award winning artist, expert marksman, and computer whiz as well as planning for his college education in the fields of art and/or engineering.

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info@cecekermie.com (CeCe Kermie LLC) Clark Count Shooting Complex Downtown Las Vegas Las Vegas NV Red Rock Canyon senior session https://www.cecekermie.com/blog/2019/3/stevensgraduation Tue, 12 Mar 2019 03:44:59 GMT
The VCP Family at Hunter Family Farm https://www.cecekermie.com/blog/2018/12/prantefamily
Although Thanksgiving is still my favorite holiday, I also love this time of year simply because we started a tradition when my daughter was born of taking our family pictures the week after Thanksgiving. This year is extra special because it is the first I get the honor of being the person to take pictures of other families. And let me tell y'all, the VCP's are family goals defined! No style tips or posing needed. There is so much love between this beautiful brood, the session just flowed and they fa-la-la rocked it! It was a photographer's dream, and I was super blessed to be able to spend an amazing 30 minutes with them. With a family as gorgeous as this, it was hard to not to post their whole portfolio, but I suspect some of them might make it on a Holiday card :) 

 

 

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info@cecekermie.com (CeCe Kermie LLC) family session Hunter Family Farm Olympia WA https://www.cecekermie.com/blog/2018/12/prantefamily Tue, 04 Dec 2018 05:54:49 GMT