Emily's Senior Session | North Bend, WA | Jacksonville, FL Senior Photographer

I had the greatest group of senior models this year.  They were all a stand up group of people and I'm so honored they chose me to be their senior photographer.  They all played sports, danced, and were a part of their church.  They were also some of the best babysitters I've ever had! bonus points!

Why I love photographing high school seniors

There is certainly something inspiring about this group of kids.  I always leave senior sessions feeling a bit invigorated.  They are always so much fun.  They are still kids but they are about to be adults in the big world.  They are excited about that, but also excited to be seniors in high school, and it all radiates off of them.  I love capturing that last year of childhood for them (and for their parents more importantly). I also love how the world of senior photography has changed since I was in high school.  Gone are the days, where we all went to a studio, put on a black dress or suit and held our red rose while we smiled at the camera.  Thank goodness for that!  Senior sessions today are so much more beautiful, timeless, something I would want on my wall forever.

Snoqualmie Valley, WA

I called this place home for 4 years.  It was such a beautiful place to live and an amazing backdrop for all my photoshoots.  Emily and I started out at Gillman Village where they brought in historical old buildings to make up the shopping center.  A very fun place for a photoshoot!  We then headed over to meadowbrook farm, which is a bit iconic for the valley and adds to some already amazing photos.  Emily then led us to one of her favorite spots by the river where she hangs out with her friends, bonus points that we captured a gorgeous sunset here!  Emily, her mom, and I had such a blast for her senior photo experience.  I hope you enjoy some of these from her session!

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In home newborn session | The Spencer Family | North Bend, WA Newborn photographer

About six weeks ago, little baby cooper was born.  I got to be there when his big brother met him and I'm sure you have all noticed how many photos I have posted of this little cutie!  Well today is his big brother's third birthday! We got to celebrate with him yesterday and I got to steal a few snuggles from this little nugget while we were there! I do love my baby snuggles!  My five month old is already too wiggly and on the move for me to snuggle him.  I write this as he is bouncing up and down in his jumparoo squealing with delight. 

First Days home

Those first days home with a newborn are always a big learning experience, whether its your first baby or your fourth baby.  All babies are different and the those first days are when newborns and parents get to figure each other out!  I love in home newborn sessions for this reason.  I don't care if your house is messy or if you look like you haven't showered in a week.  I am there to capture your newborn baby, their tiny features, moments of you holding your baby, the nursery you spent hours decorating.  I want to document you with your baby in your space, that's why in home sessions are important and special to me.  

Cooper | 4 days old

I do love this family and I have loved photographing them several times over the past year.  So here you have it, my favorite photos of little Cooper's in home newborn session.

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Our Day out with Thomas the Train | North Bend, WA family photographer

Did you know Thomas the Train goes on tour? Well he does, and he comes to the small town right next to ours, Snoqualmie, WA.  At first I didn't have much interest taking my two year old, I really didn't think he would get it.  We have Thomas the Train books and have read them many many times, which he loves, but an actual event, I thought would just be a bit overwhelming and crowded for him.  He has this way of tugging at my heart strings though.  We saw Thomas go past one day while we were out in town, My husband got out with C and they waved to all the passengers on the trains.  He was sold.  Absolutely sold.  All I heard about for a week straight was how much he wanted to ride the train.  So here I am, hiring a babysitter for my youngest and taking C to ride Thomas.  

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There were so many activities to enjoy, bouncy houses, pictures with Thomas, train tables GALORE, a fake tattoo tent, a gift shop, and all the food you could imagine.  We walked around and explored everything they had to offer.  It is held at the Northwest Train Museum in Snoqualmie, WA so there are a lot of old trains to look at and explore.  C had a blast.  Of course I had a blast too, a mommy and C date, watching the joy on his face, and documenting it all.  Not to mention the view from the train, I had no idea it was so pretty! I highly recommend checking it out during the summer while it is running.

 

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Newborn Fresh 48 session | Kristin Grover Images | North Bend, WA newborn Photographer

Oh newborn babies! they are so tiny and cuddly, they just steal my heart.  I never quite understood wanting the hospital photos, until I had my own.  Even if their looks change drastically from those first days, I love documenting just the way they looked the first days of their lives.  I have the moment my two sons met on camera.  It will forever be my favorite photo.  It has so much meaning to me.  Young children change so drastically and siblings only get to meet once for the first time.  Having these moments documented is important to us mommas!  

Cooper | 14 hours old

I met this family when both our oldest were in daycare together.  Neither of us are from Washington, so we have that special "I'm not from here" bond!  I have been lucky enough to photograph them many times, as they have had several milestones to capture over the past couple of years.  We have formed a great friendship through daycare and photography as well!  Such a great feeling that my art has brought us together as friends.  I strive to get to know all of the families I photograph so it is a natural feeling photoshoot.

I was so thrilled to be asked to come to the hospital and capture Cooper's newborn photos as well as big brother getting to meet his little brother for the first time.  It was such a touching moment, I was fighting back tears myself.  Looking back at these photos makes me want to run over there and snuggle him again.

When does it take place?

The fresh 48 session takes place within the first two days of a babies life.  Typically in hospital or at home, wherever the baby was born.  It is great to capture those little details of a newborn.  First doctor checkup, first bath, first time meeting family members, little fingers, toes, feet, noses.  

Will mom and dad be in the photos?

Yes, Yes, Yes! of course we want to get you holding and loving on your little one.  You and your children will cherish these photos.

Check out baby Cooper and his family loving on him below.  Just 14 hours old! 

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The McAfoose Family | One Year old portraits | Jacksonville Beach, FL Photographer | Lifestyle family portraits

The day before I was supposed to leave to head home from Florida I headed to a state park to do one more family session.  Then the famous Florida downpour started.  Gotta love those afternoon storms!  I live in the Seattle area in Washington so I'm certainly not afraid of shooting in a little rain, but this might have been more then just a little.  Somehow this amazing family agreed to meet me at 6:30 in the morning the next day before my flight left so we could get their photos done and we lucked out! Great weather and of course another family who makes my job so easy.  I love meeting new families and people through work, that's why i'm so lucky to be a full time photographer.  I think spending time at home with my family makes me appreciate capturing those moments on camera for other families even more.  It makes my heart happy! So here you have it, The McAfoose family and their adorable little girl who just turned one!

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The Canto Family | Jacksonville, FL Photographer | Family lifestyle photoshoot

I feel like a broken record, but on my trip I was lucky enough to photograph all of my best friends families.  its such an honor to be asked to photograph them.  They really love and trust my work which makes my heart happy.  I connect with them all on a deeper level automatically because I have known them for many years.  Because of this, I get amazing photos.  Its what I strive for in all of my family sessions.  I want to connect with your family as well as show the connection between your family members.  By the end of a session I want to feel like we have known each other for years.

These girls are so stinking cute.  I can't even stand it.  The oldest one's curl's are so incredible! and the little one's personality rivals my two year old's. I love how they play together! Big sister was always checking on little sister to make sure she was ok.  They were so adorable.  Little sister followed in big sister's footsteps and tried everything she did.  These two will clearly be best of friends for life!

Check out some of the photos below from their family session.

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The Klein Family | Jacksonville Beach, FL Photographer

This was such a touching photoshoot to do.  Christie and I have been friends for going on ten years.  We have always been each others champions.  As soon as I started taking on clients and she saw my work she always told me how much she loved it and wanted me to do their family photos.  She was the first person who booked me when I told her I was coming to town.  This made me nervous! What if I didn't do her justice? What if she didn't like the photos?  Turned out I had nothing to worry about.  It was such a fun session playing with her little girl and she was all about getting in the moment and letting the waves crash over them for some fun shots.  I love spending my morning with families who are all about the fun of a photoshoot.  Family photos don't need to be stiff and posed! The Klein's were a great example of that!  Check out some of the photos below.

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The Savy Family Beach Session | Jacksonville Beach, FL photographer

Carly and I have known each other for years.  Probably almost 15 years now.  Its really hard to believe it's been that long!  She is one of my closest and dearest friends.  We were roommates before we found and married our husbands, and now are kids are close in age.  I moved far away from her and it makes me sad, I love watching our kids play together when I come home to visit.  What an honor to be asked to photograph her family every year.  I don't think there is anything that makes me feel more accomplished as a photographer then when my friends make sure I have time to do their family photos when I come to town.  They are so fun to photograph.  Their little girl is full of energy and a blast to run around and chase on the beach.  I think I captured how much fun we had playing.  What do you think?  

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Becky + Zach's Maternity session | North Bend, WA | Maternity and Newborn photographer

I have some pretty amazing clients that hire me to do their family photos every year.  I love when clients keep coming back to me.  It means they like my work and I get to watch their family grow and really connect with them.  I met Becky and Zach a couple years ago when our little guys were in the same daycare class.  We became fast friends and now I am privileged to capture their fun, energetic family on camera.  Their two year old is one of the cutest around of course.  They are expecting baby number two in July, I can't wait to meet that little guy and snuggle him, oh any take his newborn portraits too!  

Big brother is already taking his new role in strides and loving on his baby brother non stop.  I can't wait to see what an amazing big brother he is going to be!  He kept us running and laughing their entire maternity session.  I love this kid's energy! He's so fun.  Being able to really capture the connection between this family makes my heart happy.  See for yourself!  Let me know what you think in the comments:-)

Did you know when you book your maternity and newborn session at the same time you receive a discount?  Contact me at Kristin@Kristingroverimages.com for more details!

 

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Fine Arts School Portraits | Snoqualmie Valley Photographer | North Bend, WA Photographer | School Photos

Recently I did school photos for my son's day care.  I love doing their photos since I know a lot of the kids through being there everyday for drop-off and pickup.  These kids are CUTE.  Of course, most kids are cute in my eyes, I just love kids, and photographing them and capturing their true personality in a photo is one of the most gratifying things I do.  I quickly did a model call to build a portfolio so I can reach out to other schools for school photos.  If your child's school is looking for a photographer for school photos, or you want these type of school photos in your child's school, please contact me @ Kristin@kristingroverimages.com

 

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Introducing Emily, 2018 Senior Model! | North Bend, WA Senior Photographer | Snoqualmie, WA Senior Photographer | Mt. Si High School Senior Photographer | Rattlesnake Lake Photography

This year I have a great group of girls on my Senior Model team.  It is going to be such a fun year, I can't wait to do more photoshoots with these girls.  I love high school senior photography and I want that to shine through my senior models!  

Meet Emily, Emily is a 2018 Senior at Mt. Si High School, she plays Lacrosse and is hoping to play in college.  She has such a fun sporty personality, laid back and so easy to get along with.  She was a dream behind the camera.  I love what she brings to our team as a Senior Model.  I am looking forward to getting more of Emily this year, and even some action shots of her playing Lacrosse.

Welcome to the team Emily!

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Apparently my 2 year old LOVES the Easter Bunny

Can we all agree the Easter Bunny can be a little bit creepy?  The big eyes staring at you, the outfit covered in colorful eggs. The sheer size of the bunny.  But definitely mostly the eyes.  I know a lot of little kids are terrified of the giant bunny, and I can't blame them, but not my kid,  nope he LOVED the Easter Bunny.  In fact, he wouldn't leave him alone.  He wouldn't even let other kids have their chance to sit with the bunny without photobombing them.  He could have cared less about the egg hunt, or the candy in the eggs, or the juice boxes.  He wanted to hang with the Easter Bunny the entire time we were there.  

We eventually bribed him with donuts and the promise of dying easter eggs to get him to leave.  The dying of the eggs was almost as much of a hit as the bunny himself.  He mostly loved dropping the eggs in and swishing his hands around in the dye.  The eggs all turned out to be rather pale, apparently a 2 year old doesn't have the patience to let them soak up the coloring. 

Once that favorite little bunny of ours paid a visit to our house, he left things like paint in his basket.  Funny little bunny he is.  We had to try out the paint immediately, good thing it was washable paint, as I had to wash it out of his mouth.  I think its safe to say Easter may be one of his favorite holidays yet.

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Introducing Ana, 2018 Senior Model | North Bend, WA photographer | Mt. Si High school Photographer

Yesterday I talked about why I loved senior photography and introduced one of my Mt. Si High school seniors.  Today I want to tell you about Ana.  Ana is my second Mt. Si High School Senior Model.  She plays soccer and is very involved in her church.  She is so sweet and so easy to photograph.  She is a natural behind the camera! I absolutely love working with her.  I can't wait to see what else she brings on the rest of our shoots this year.  So without further ado, meet the beautiful Ana. 

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Introducing Sarah, 2018 Senior Model | North Bend, WA Senior Photographer | Mt. Si High School Senior Photographer

I am so excited to get my senior rep program up and running this year.  I absolutely love senior photography, so having senior models is a lot of fun for me as well as them.  We will have planned photo shoots through out the year and fun incentives for the girls.  

First, i'd like to introduce you to Sarah.  Look how beautiful she is and she is a natural to photograph.  Sarah plays soccer and is an Irish dancer.  She has been going on lots of college visits and is excited for her senior year.  I'm looking forward to photographing Sarah throughout her senior year of high school and sharing more photos with everyone.  Welcome to the team Sarah!

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My Son's Two Year Old Portraits | Family Photographer | North Bend, WA | Issaquah, WA | Snoqualmie, WA | Bellevue, WA

A couple of weeks ago my oldest turned 2.  The last two years have absolutely flown by.  I have loved watching him grow from a strawberry blonde newborn to a blonde rough and tumble toddler.  He is ALL BOY.  He likes, playing in dirt, climbing rocks, and tree stumps, swimming, playing with the dogs, and really just being outside.  He is as happy as can be just running around outside.  Outside may have even been one of the words he learned very early on in his ability to talk.  On his second birthday it only seemed right to take him to play outside.  By the graces of God, it was actually not raining for once in the Pacific Northwest.  This has been the wettest winter/spring season I have ever experienced.  We jump at the opportunity to get out in the dry weather.  We went up to rattlesnake lake where my little man ran, through rocks, climbed tree stumps, and attempted to go swimming.  He kept getting very frustrated when I pulled him out of that freezing cold lake.  All in all, he had a great day and I wanted to share some pictures from his Rattlesnake Lake adventure.

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A Mini Newborn Photoshoot | Snoqualmie Valley Newborn Photographer | Issaquah Newborn Photographer | Bellevue Newborn Photographer | Seattle Newborn Photographer

Almost three weeks ago my little family added another perfect baby to our crew.  He is the most incredible perfect little baby.  He's adorable, perhaps because he looks like me, he's cuddly, he only fusses when he's hungry, and he is absolutely adored by not only his big brother but also by his parents.  This may seem silly, but I love that he is "tiny".  Ok he's actually not tiny at all, he was almost 9 pounds when he was born, but compared to his brother he is tiny, at 3 weeks tomorrow he is still wearing newborn clothes which my oldest never did, even on day one.  He also has the most scrumptious head of hair.  Its dark and soft and there is tons of it and I just love to savor his hair!  

I had a bit of an energy kick today, after all, I got 5 hours of uninterrupted sleep.  I think after going so long without a solid stretch of sleep, 5 hours feels like pure gold.  So while my family napped, I took my little bitty nugget and had a mini photoshoot.  I wanted to capture some of his newborn features that I hadn't photographed yet, and I also wanted to create a portrait similar to his brother's newborn portraits to display over our fireplace mantel on a canvas.  So here you have it, let me introduce my perfect little bundle.  

If you, or someone you know is looking for a newborn photographer, contact me today to hear about my newborn packages!

 

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Newborns | Snoqualmie Valley Newborn Photographer | North Bend Newborn Photographer | Seattle Newborn Photographer

I was flipping through some of the newborn pictures I have taken over the past couple of months.  I'm getting ready to have one of those little tiny babies myself, and I was looking for inspiration on what I want Baby W's newborn photos to look like.  When Carter was a newborn he was the perfect model, always sleepy and would let me put him in any pose I wanted.  My style has changed since I took his newborn pictures.  I prefer more organic photos now. capturing the baby in the pose they choose to be in, awake or asleep.  I love eye contact, both with the camera and with new parents.  Those are the photos that make my heart flutter.  I chose a few of my favorites to share as I was looking for my inspiration.  I can't wait to show you Baby W's photos in just a couple weeks!

Hot Summer Days

The news continues to tell me the rest of the country is in some sort of heat wave.  Where is the heat? Bring it here!  We have had one, maybe two weeks of summer and the Florida girl inside of me is not amused.  Last week was pretty warm, I think it got to the mid 80s!  So, what did we do? We played in the hose when we got home from school and work.  I would say it was quite successful, C had so much fun.  As parents N and I learned our lesson and will be using swimmers ear next time we let him play with the hose.  None the less, we will do it again because the joy in his face is worth it!  

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