“Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.” ~Jonathan Swift


I’ve photographed Kaitlyn every year for the past five years at least once.  She is my go-to girl when I want to try a new camera, a new technique, or start a project.  She was the first model for The Natural Beauty Project.  So it’s a a delightful honor to create her senior portraits.  She’s the daughter of a dear friend, and I’ve watched her grow up and blossom into a beautiful soul.  She’s artistic and athletic, and I know she will be doing great things in life.

I created these images with my Contax 345, Kodak Portra 400, and Ilford HP5.

  • Ingrid - Gorgeous images of a gorgeous girl.ReplyCancel

“To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary.  To one without faith, no explanation is possible.” ~Thomas Aquinas

This amazing girl is beautiful and a true kindred spirit.  She is kind, talented, and made of steely strength. I love meeting and working with girls like Faith who are so singularly stunning and at the same time completely innocent of their own beauty and character. She has a fierce power that takes years of living and experience to acquire, and I can’t wait to watch the next leg of her journey.

I created these images with my Contax 645, Fuji 400h and Ilford HP5.

“Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.” ~Coco Chanel

I don’t believe a beautiful portrait requires a lot fancy styling, high fashion, or complex lighting.  In fact, I like to challenge myself to do without all of those things.  When I look at these images, I have to remind myself that Kaitlyn is wearing a vintage nightgown with an improvised hairstyle, and that each of these images only required one light in a bare studio.  When the things of a portrait are pared down, all we are left with is the simple and elegant beauty of the individual.

I created these images with my Contax 645, Fuji 400h at Ikonix Studio.

“Parenthood remains the greatest single preserve of the amateur.” ~Alvin Toffler

Henry had a birthday in October, and Will’s birthday is quickly approaching in December.  If someone would have told me fifteen years ago as I waited for the birth of my first child what my life would be like as a parent today, I don’t think I would have believed that person.  Back then, I couldn’t imagine life with a baby, let alone a teenager and a tween.  And even now, in the every day struggles and achievements, I forget about what amazing creatures these two are.  Will likes to research and get the right answer.  Henry likes to imagine and create.  As I watch them grow, I realize I can take no credit for the unique beings they are.  I can only take care of them, worry over them, and love them.  Life with kids can drag on in the day-to-day rhythms, but it flies by with every birthday and milestone. It has been good to take time out each month and document their growth and individuality as well as to dwell on them, remembering how much I love them and how proud I am to be their mama.

We have arrived at month twelve of the One Kid, One Roll, Once a Month blog circle!  I am so excited that so many other moms have stuck with it to do this project.  It has been an amazing year of growth and discovery!  I thank everyone who participated in the blog circle.  I hope you’ll take a look at some of their images.  Up next is the inspiring Jackie Cuervo.

Want to see earlier sessions in my One Kid, One Roll, Once a Month Project?  You can find them here.

I created these images with my Contax 645 and Kodak Tri-X 400 and natural light.

  • December : One Kid, One Roll, Once a Month » Seattle Child & Family Photographer : Natural & Playful Family Photography - […] Jen Golay (who was the inspiration and ring leader for this entire project) to read her final One Kid, One Roll, Once a Month […]ReplyCancel

  • Amy - Beautiful words and images, Jen. It is a good thing (most days) that we had no idea what we were getting into with parenthood, right?! It is difficult so much of the time. But ever so rewarding and fulfilling as well. <3ReplyCancel

  • Megan Dill - Gorgeous images and beautiful words– your b&w’s take my break away <3 Absolutely loved participating this year! Thank you, Jen <3ReplyCancel

  • Jackie - Jen, your boys have grown so much over this past year. Having a teenage son, I always look forward to reading and seeing what is going on with yours month after month. Thank you for welcoming us all to join you in this project. It truly has been a blast! So what’s next? 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Kim - Jen I love these! I love how they have a bit more personal, casual flair, being photographed in your (awesome) living room with small touches like R2D2. And your words as usual are spot on and perfectly written. Thanks, again, for allowing us to join in on your One Roll journey. Now, on to the next project?!ReplyCancel

“Beauty and femininity are ageless and can’t be contrived, and glamour, although the manufacturers won’t like this, cannot be manufactured.  Not real glamour; it’s based on femininity.” ~Marilyn Monroe

I really believe that everyone is beautiful, but it is hard for us to see that beauty in ourselves.  It takes someone else to show it to us.  This is really how I see my friend Jacci.  It’s how I think of her in my mind when we chat on the phone and how I remember her when we do things together–even if at the time, she was in jeans and a t-shirt and her hair was tucked up under a hat.  But when she saw these images, she told me that it was “crazy how different you can be in images over real life.”  This was profound to me because this is what I think of as real life when I think of her!  But she’s right.  I have the same feelings when I look at an image of myself.  It’s me, but not how see me.  Jacci explained it perfectly when she said that it’s like hearing your voice on voicemail. You know it’s you, but it’s not how you think you sound.  I wish everyone could see the beauty in themselves that the rest of the world sees.  I wish everyone could find a way to reconcile their view of themselves with our beautiful view.

I created these images with my Contax 645, Fuji 400h at Ikonix Studio.