Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Big things to come for 2010

Hello my lovelies! :)

As the year seems to be racing at break-neck speeds to the finish line and 2010 is just a blink away.... I just wanted to thank all of you who follow us- for your support! Without my readers and photo clients this would just be my ramblings... oh- wait- it IS just my ramblings.... (never mind that)- with out all of your gorgeous bodies, faces, food and wine- my life would be so much less colorful....and that would make me so sad.....

I'm so blessed that you all like what I love to do. So from the bottom of my heart.... MWAH! A big old wet one! :)

With a new big girl website on the way for 2010- I'm super excited to make this whole photography thing more than just a hobby... (again- I thank all of you for helping me practice and play and get to this point....) So keep your eyes peeled in the next few weeks as we girls (me and Big Bertha-) get a virtual face lift and Natural Approach gets ready to put our big girl panties on and go for it!

Much Love, Didi

Happy Hanukkah, Feliz Navidad, Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Ms. Clause

"Hi dear- how was your day?........"

Santa never had it so good....... Ms. Clause.... looks A-mazing these days..... Miss D came to see me yesterday for some naughty & nice photos for her man's Christmas gift (nice gift!). It was cold and snowy, so we stayed indoors and drank bubbly and played. :)
These boots were made for walking..... or just looking incredibly sexy in.....

Pretty sure the logo says it all....

And if ever there was a photo for pirate's booty..... I believe this would be it.... LOOK at those eyes!

I know, it's hard to see the great cigar in this shot, huh?

A great corset and a kick-ass pair of shoes makes for a gorgeous, confident girl!

Thanks for coming to play with me D- you're going to knock his socks off- guaranteed! xoxo (the other D) Didi

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

The perfect gift

Look who stopped in to see me this morning..... baby Kameron! His mommy was coming to pic up her pix- and I found the perfect red bow- so we snapped a couple more shots and then sent them on their way. What a sweet baby boy he is- he is the long awaited blessing his parents have prayed for.... I'm glad they got their happy ending. :)

Sunday, December 6, 2009

A funny thing happened on the way home..

A funny thing happened on the way home today- the sun came out! I couldn't believe it! It was cold, frozen and a minute skiff of snow was on the ground when we three girls left this morning.

We were on our annual pilgrimage to Bothell's Country Village to go and see Santa. We go and see Santa, butter him up with some adorable kid loves, spill our wish lists, get a photo taken and then we move on with our day.

We've been going to Rob Reising of Chapters Photography since Gabbi was a baby- and he's one of my photography heroes. Super nice guy- technically perfect and fun and artsy- all at the same time. He and his wife Karin have a beautiful studio and it was decorated to the nines with a great looking Santa, as usual. So I'll be waiting anxiously for my own Christmas photos to be coming before the holidays! You can check them out here:

So anyhoo- (my mind wanders these days....) I talked the kids into letting me catch a few candids of them in their super hip little ens ambles... and I love the vintage finish on these- mostly tho- I just love these girls.... they are growing up and changing so fast on me... I'm afraid I'll blink and miss it. :)

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Catching up- and Catching my breath...

I know, I know-

I don't call- I don't write and worst of all- I haven't been sharing any photos lately! ......And the soundtrack in my head is playing over and over again, what I've been hearing from everyone for weeks now....

"why aren't you posting lately?"

"where have you been?",

and the most popular question- "when will my pix be ready?"

All I can say is- Thank you ALL for your patience- this has been a most amazing and busy season for Big Bertha and me! After working like a demon possessed in nuclear overdrive for the last few weeks in the seated position at a pc for about 16 hours a day (between the day job and editing)........

I can see light at the end of the work tunnel- and I'm certain- it's not a train....(though my ass now resembles my office chairs and my eyes are bloodshot and exhausted). I can say that I am almost totally caught up on every one's photos for the holidays!!!!

And a monster thank you goes out to my family- who- quite frankly, rarely see my face anymore- for the last six months- it's been me and Big Bertha running out the door to shoot pix or the back of my head at my desk- editing- having a close personal relationship with my Adobe products.

My kids have grown up a ton this year and are getting to be such good helpers. And Bid Daddy- is the King- seriously- I could never make a go of this photography thing without his help and support- He cooks, he cleans... (he slices, dices and juliennes quite well) he chauffeurs the kids to their practices while I'm at the day job and helps me shoo the kids to bed so that I can continue to work once I've gotten home from the day job.... So Miles family- I love you more than the moon & the stars.....

In the meantime- I leave you with Matt & Andrea's beautiful family- you're finished guys!

Much Love- Di

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Crash test dummies....

One more thing on my list of "things I am thankful for..." My sweet girls- who today- acted as my crash-test-dummies while I got my lighting set for baby Kameron's visit.

My beautiful babies are growing up so quickly.... I ran across their keepsake boxes from when they were newborns.... Big Daddy & I got all misty looking at their first itty-bitty tennis shoes and the outfits they came home from the hospital in..... and I'm so glad I've taken the thousands of photos of them thus far- because... every time I blink- they've changed....


Kam- meet......well.... everyone! Everyone- Meet Kameron! (I got to meet him earlier today)

He's 9 days old and just the tiniest, sweetest baby! I met his folks while shooting my friend Cathy's wedding last fall. So I was thrilled when they called me Friday to see if I could fit them in for some newborn shots- uhm,,, y-ahhhhh!!! I could have snuggled him all day long (and I did snuggle him frequently today...)
He's so alert and soooo strong- quite the little wiggle worm he was...

Oh how I love these daddy pix....
And how sweet is his pretty momma???

I won't even start on how much I loved his little feet......

and these two- make me melt...

This looks like a perfect Christmas card........I'd say that he's the perfect Christmas gift, don't you agree?
Thanks so much for choosing me guys! xoox d

Where'd she go????

You know that my life has hit super-nova overdrive when I haven't posted in two weeks+, huh?

I have been on the fly for months but this last couple of weeks- is the collective end of my busy season, and I'm frantically trying to get every one's photos finished for the holidays, and fit in a few last minute sessions and some brand new arrivals- that you have to catch as they happen!

Our family went from the normal busy to uber crazed as basketball season is here- both girls are playing- and to make it better/worse... they were hand picked to be on the SAME team....a team that falls in the middle of their skill sets... so this first game on Saturday- should prove to be interesting.... Ron has the chauffeur duty for basketball and is helping coach the team with coach Scott. (God Bless those two- they have infinite patience with the girls!)

I have added official PTA membership and Chamber of Commerce to my resume this month, and have become an official business with the state... so it's been a truly exciting month! Natural Approach is growing up!

Thanksgiving was a great time spent with friends and family and some righteous food! We have so much to thankful for here in the Miles home... and I am particularly thankful for all of you- my friends and clients to visit regularly to see what's new. You keep the wind in my sails and your words of praise and the referrals you send my way - are what keep me going- so thank you, thank you, thank you!

Let's start decorating and baking- It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas......xoox Didi

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

More Masquerade photos

Ok kids- let's see if this works- For anyone who wanted to see more of the masquerade ball from a couple of weeks ago.... here's the link to the Kodak Photo Gallery that I shared them on.


Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Oh Beautiful.......

When you see a photo of our flag....... can you hear the snap of the cotton as it blows in the wind?

Can you hear Ray Charles' version of ......'America, the Beautiful.... or your favorite version of The Star Spangled Banner..... Battle Hymn of the Republic....My Country 'tis Of Thee.......or even Toby Keith's Courtesy of the Red, White & Blue???? Does the sight of such and image make you stop and think? What does it evoke in you? Does it make you all giddy inside? Do you stand a bit taller in your shoes? Do you get a bit teary? Does it make you wonder what your life would be like living somewhere else? Does it make you think of what and where our service men & women are doing right now?

Does it remind you -that we are so blessed to live here- with all of the freedoms and privileges we are granted every single day in this country. All brought to us courtesy of the men & women who serve our country past and present, with unwavering faith, strength, pride and courage.

It does for me.... I can't stand and sing the Star Spangled Banner or America the Beautiful without crying. And when I see a flag billowing in the wind- against a killer sky- it makes me all giddy- I have so many photos I've taken of US flags.... the sight makes me happy- makes me smile big- makes me stand tall and say a little prayer of thanks. Thanks to the military men & women who serve- and do a job that frankly not many could or would.....
And regardless of your individual views on the current conflicts- please- take a moment to take stock and to reflect on all that is good in your life... and how different your life could be if you lived on a different continent.
If you feel so inclined- thank a vet- they take on the tasks of fighting, protecting and serving not just our country- but many others- by doing and seeing things that most of us- could never-EVER imagine.

To the vets in my life- and to the complete strangers..... Thank you- your service doesn't go unnoticed or unappreciated in our home.
Much love- The Miles Family

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Pictures in the Park

Just a super quick glimpse from today.... I met at Lundeen Park- on the north end of beautiful Lake Stevens today with two local families.

I was pleasantly surprised that

1- it wasn't pouring rain as predicted, and
2- that there were still so many beautiful leaves to be had!

It was apparent with the chill in the air- that fall is about done- and winter is almost certainly- just around the corner!

(I was joking with Matt & Andrea- that I was pretty sure that my blue fingers, had the beginnings of hypothermia after nearly two hours in cold today!)

It was worth it tho- we got some fun family shots for both Shawn & her boys and Matt & Andrea and their boys.

Saturday, November 7, 2009


Well, Hello Addie! I've been waiting to meet you! Last time I saw you- you were still in mommy's tummy!
Sweet girl- so beautiful and sooooo patient with us grown-ups today! And look at those lashes- are you kidding me???? She's got daddy's incredible lashes and her mommy's beautiful smile- can't go wrong there!
(ok- pardon me while I get all mushy here... love big daddy hands and little baby parts..)

Move over Santa- Addie is WAY cuter!

(Hi Gerber- I've got your next baby right here....)
I had a ball today guys- thanks for choosing me!


Welcome baby Sylas!!!! Everyone... this is Sylas... Sylas... this- is everyone...... Sylas is three days old and has been eagerly anticipated by our entire neighborhood! I'm so excited I finally get to meet him today! Not much in this world cuter than newborn babies...
(except maybe wrinkly little baby feets!!!!! Oh! How I love them!!!!)

He is totally loved on by his big brother Ayden and daddy Dane.

I'm such a sucker for daddy & baby shots.... and all of Dane's ink- is such a beautiful contrast to the soft baby. And Alicia- looks so peaceful and pretty holding him.

Congrats guys! And thanks so much for letting take his photos today! xoxo D