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Dylan S

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2018 LSHS Senior

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Handsome funny guy Dylan takes laid back to gold medal status.

He’s a guitars/skiing/life is better up here/outside kind of guy.

Any University will be lucky to have this kind & humble human next year on campus!

Best of luck D –  we love you kiddo!

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xoxo

Didi V & fam

*we were talking about life when a train rolled through and laid on the horns – scared the CRAP out of us!*

Madison

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2018 LSHS Senior

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Town & Country could have easily been the title  for this session with the lovely hazel eyed Maddi B.

She introduced me to the whole hen house, took a tour of her garden, inventoried outfits & accessories and hit the road for our adventure in town.

We ran the streets and changed on the fly, had oodles of giggles and it was great fun!

Best of luck as you get ready to create your future lady!

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xoxo

Didi V

 

Red Carpet Ready

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Two things that never cease to amaze me:

1. How quickly kids grow up

2. And how the perfect dress can take a girl and transform her into a woman

*POOF*

Just like that….  one of my favorite softball kids went from spunky & sporty to straight up stunning in heels.

Phoebe and her date were delightful on their way to dinner and then on to TOLO.

Thanks for choosing me to chronicle your journey in this life S-fam <3

xoxo

Didi V.

The Khorrami Family

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Winter 2017

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It was all hands { and paws } on deck for this session….

Two parents, three kids, two puppies, one senior dog and coffees all around with a partridge in a pear tree!

We took our chances with a forecast of 80% chance of precipitation that morning

{ I know you’re all shocked- rain, in Seattle, in November…… but that’s how roll in the PNW }

We had coffee, good looks and luck on our side and not a single head-swap – even the Pups were looking at the camera!!!!

Thanks for the coffee  & playing with me in the cold you guys!

xoxoxo

Didi V.

 

 

The M-fam

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I met this sweet family at Forest park recently under the threat of 90% precip

and they arrived looking Pintrest-worthy, ready to dodge drops

 with props and ugly Christmas sweaters ANNNNND  tree decorations!!!!

Total.Rock.Stars.

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Can’t wait for the next adventures guys!

xoxo

Didi V.

 

 

The Z-Fam

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The Z-fam was in town recently and we had time for a quick session and  a sliver of the MOST incredible sunset at Edmonds beach!

Viv Wilde was all about her cake pop and exploring the beach with her fur brother Gander.

Thanks for choosing me to follow your journey every year guys!

I’ll catch you in P-town next time!

xoxo

Didi V.

 

The sweet Wells Family family were brave souls

who came out to play in the snow.

I’m sure that this super science based group

could give me a legit answer on how we got snow in Snohomish in early November

But I’ll just settle for the “oohs & ahhhs”

Thanks for playing in the snow with me guys!

xoxo

Didi V.

 

Fall and the Porter family are two of my favorite things…….

We connected on a chilly foggy morning in Juanita to catch up and catch some snaps of them just being…

And they were wonderful!

Thank you for choosing me guys- I love following your story.

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I heart you all big time!

xoxo

Didi V.

 

The family that plays together, stays together….

The Stephens family makes my heart smile!

Silly, creative and adventurous- they are like sunshine on a cloudy day.

I’ve loved watching their kids grow up – and look forward to watching them continue on into their futures.

Thanks for choosing me guys!

xoxo

Didi V.

Simon

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2018 SHS Senior

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Funny guy Si is a SENIOR!!!!!!

Another kid (and his awesome family) that I’ve known since all of our kids were in Pre-K and gymnastics together.

Crazy how fast the time has gone!

I had fun walking downtown Everett with Simon in the Autumn sun and checking out the cool new Funko building.

Hopefully I’ll see his name up in lights someday – go dazzle ’em kid!

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xoxo

Didi V.

Tara M

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2018 EHS Senior

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This beauty looks like she belongs on the beaches of Malibu-

but she’s too busy stealing bases and catching fly balls to be concerned with the model life.

Tara plays for my husband’s travel fast pitch team, the Elite Diamonds.

She has been a part of our family for the last three years.

This quiet rock star is humble & kind and possesses true grit.

{ We look forward to watching her college career next year!!! }

Best of luck sweet girl – we love you!

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xoxo

Didi V. & Coach M.

 

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2018 Seniors

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Some folks are a bit camera shy…. I get it.

Sometimes you need a friend to get you through…

And sometimes…. you need a little bribery because your folks REALLY want some photos….

I give you my adventure with friends Cobi and Bishop in downtown Everett and a couple stops for their favorite food groups.

Enjoy this year guys and best of luck in the future.

xoox

Didi V.

 

The BBG Family

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It was time for the whole fad-madly from the BBG’s to gather for their annual session.

Gorgeous Fall weather and beautiful people at Volunteer Park are never a miss!!!

The kids are all growing leaps & bounds and the grown-ups are all busily working on their endeavors.

Can’t wait for projects to be completed and see everyone again.

See you all again soon!

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xoxo

Didi V.

Craig C

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2018 LSHS Senior

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This gentle giant takes chill to a new level.

I’ve known Craig and his family since Pre-K at Holy Cross.

We lived in the same neighborhood, all of the kids attended all of the same schools,

and crossed paths through community athletics over the years.

I have loved sharing the years of our family growing up together with his family.

Best of luck kiddo!

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xoxo

Didi V.

 

 

Roz

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2018 SHS Senior

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This lovely Snohomish student athlete has it all going on-

6′

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Hypnotizing green eyes

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Gorgeous smile

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Hair for days…. { like move over Rapunzel! }

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Smart, funny and kind

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The perfect freckles

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WOW!

And she had me at

“….So my parents have a small tree farm, I wondered if we could shoot there?”

Uhm….yes please!!!!!!

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We met in town to work some traditional Snoho spots,

encountered the Zombie parade and scored some great photo-bombed shots

before moving out to her family farm.

It was a delightful way to spend the evening and chase the very last drop of color from the skies.

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Thanks for choosing me G-family!

xoox

Didi V.

Lauren

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2018 BHS Senior

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Just “WOW!” was all I had for this girl when she arrived for her session.

I hadn’t seen her in person since she was a little girl and

was blown away at the Hepburn-esque look and the confident way she carried herself.

I was so delighted that I was chosen to create her Senior Portraits.

Our families have this crazy fun intertwined combinations of relationships.

Fate continues to put us in each other’s paths

and there were several very intentional “signs” from the loved one who connects us that day

to remind us that he’s still with us in spirit…. it was good stuff.

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Go change the world baby girl – love you!

xoox

Didi V.

 

~ Jackson P ~

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2018 SHS Senior

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J.W.P is yet another one of my babies….  And I just.can’t.even….

This season is so exciting and so hard for me!

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His momma and my husband became fast friends early in their college careers

and they’ve added us spouses and families over the years.

We’ve played together since all of the kids were born,

we’ve laughed and cheered at games and triumphs

and cried at loss together.

Our kids’ birthdays are close together

and we’ve followed the same sports circles in the Snohomish Valley,

so our two families are like the 6 degrees of separation  that covers  Ellensburg to Bellingham!

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I know that Jackson’s humble easy going style along with his kind servant’s heart

will lead him on great adventures.

Travel far…. and don’t forget your way home kid.

It’s been a privilege to be your “Auntie Didi” handsome boy.

Love you much Jackson William!

xoxo

Didi V.

 

~ Max H. ~

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2018 JHS Senior

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How are we here  already?!?!?!!?

Max’s parents were our good friends and co-workers way before any of us had thought about having kids….

We spent most of weekends together in the same group of friends-

then we found out we were expecting and our due dates were days apart, our baby showers were opposite weekends…

Our kids were baby besties …. then toddler playmates…

And then they had to relocate for work…..

{insert sad face here}

We were so sad when they moved to Arizona.

We’ve connected on visits and stayed in touch-

and it’s so good to have them back home where they belong.

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Smart, good looking and a wry sense of humor…

Can’t wait to see where you go kiddo!!  Good luck – I know you’ll do great!

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xoxo

Didi V.

 

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~ Annika G. ~

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LSHS Senior 2018

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Annika  and those eyes….. good gravy those eyes!

We dodged the drops and had so much fun in the craziest of places.

This beauty is well on her way  as she’s already attending college while in high school!

She’s a lady with a plan folks!

Go get ’em lovely!!!!

{It’s been a pleasure watching her grow up the last 12 years with my daughter of the same name!}

xoxo

Didi V.

 

 

~ Cole H. ~

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SHS 2018 Senior

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Handsome guy Cole is a Senior this year.

I have shot baseball photos of him in years past and remember him

being a  cute kid…. but I hadn’t seen him in a few years…

HOLY handsome!

His good looks are just the icing on the cake with this laid back outdoorsy guy-

His warm manners, giant hugs and hilarious sense of humor

make him a laugh riot to hang out with.

Enjoy this year kiddo – go get ’em!

xoxo

Didi V.

Rachael P

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2018 LSHS Senior

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Beautiful Rachael… yet another one of “our kids”….

Rachael played  Little League and school ball with my girls for years,

but changed directions an threw herself into the arts.

She decided to dive head-long… {pun intended} into music,

playing and thriving on multiple instruments in school and community productions.

Enjoy your Senior year love- and best of luck as you start your next steps!

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xoxo

Didi V.

 

Sydney

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2018 LSHS Senior

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Yet another one of my babies….. it doesn’t get easier with any of these posts this season….

Syd – the – kid has played softball for my husband since early little league.

She and my girls have played on and off the field for a decade that has just vaporized.

This girl is funny, smart and beautiful.

I know she’ll succeed no matter where she lands!

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Be good Squidney- we love you!

xoox

Didi V.

 

Andrew M

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2018 LSHS Senior

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Andrew was an adorable little kid….

{He’s another of the 2018 Seniors that I’ve had the privilege of keeping tabs on since Pre-K.}

But I hadn’t seen him recently….

and I was in awe of JUST how handsome he has become!

He’s in incredibly humble and denies the similarities in his looks to a certain movie star….

but a jaw-line and eyes like that have star power…..

Good luck – Go be amazing kid!

xoxo

Didi V.

 

Garrett B

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2018 LSHS Senior

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G-Man is a Music man and came prepared with 4 gorgeous guitars to his session….

they are a HUGE part of his life.

I love when seniors bring special items to their sessions!!!

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I should be getting used to the shock I keep feeling this season- but wow….

All of these kids that I’ve watched grow up are turning into such talented, amazing, beautiful adults.

Garrett is no exception.

Go make beautiful music and make the world a better place kiddo- I love you!

xoxo

Didi V.

 

I made a quick layover in the Lewis-Clark Valley on a recent trip back home

through Idaho,  so that I could visit friends and family on a trip with my own daughters.

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It’s always a bonus when I get to take photos of one of my dearest families.

There was a scheduling snafu on the first leg of our trip and they graciously

had us crash at their home….. We were overwhelmed at their generosity.

It was SO fun to hang out, talk music and sports, play and catch up with the three of them-

Dinner rocked – they were AMAZING hosts!!!

We can’t thank them enough!!!!! <3

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Little Arayna is a going-places-kind-of-girl…

I can’t believe how grown-up she seemed this year…..

Look out world- she’ll be kicking booty and taking names soon enough!

I loved chasing the bunny rabbit and lurking in the Lily pads with you…

Can’t wait until next year guys!!!!!

xoxo

Didi V.

 

 

~Palmer~

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2018 LSHS Senior

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Handsome man Palmer and his best friend

met up with me for a quick Senior session in the setting sun recently.

Everything about them was laid back.

I’m sure wherever his journey takes him- he’ll land on his feet!

Best of luck kiddo!!!

xoxo

Didi V.

Summer ’17

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Hooray!!!!!

It’s Summer and it’s time for family photos!!!!

I adore Mike and Erin.

And I have been taking their family photos since the Summer they were officially becoming a family…..

So, I am always stoked to see the kids and catch up on their new milestones.

As a bonus- I get to see Mike and Erin’s families too!!!!

I love moments with grandparents, Aunts and Uncles, too!

These kids will be able to look back at so many great images with their whole family.

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Thanks for choosing me guys!

xoxo

Didi V.

The P-fam

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Time has a funny way of getting away from us, you know?

I hadn’t seen this sweet family in a couple of years

and just couldn’t believe how much growth the twins had achieved.

They are so talkative and wild and perfectly wonderful-

And their family is blessed to have them.

So great to see you all-

Not so long in between visits next time!

xoxo

Didi V.

 

Mason

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Mason and his family relocated away from Lake Stevens a little while back,

So he didn’t get to graduate with his classmates at LSHS.

While on his Senior trip this Summer, he made a stop back home and to his grandparents place on the Lake.

I was able to catch up with him at their place and get photos with him and

the family “project”.

I almost didn’t recognize the ‘ol truck with the new Candy Apple Red paint!!!

She was lookin’ fine!

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All three of the McGinn boys have had photos taken with their grandpa’s truck in it’s various stages of completion.

{Not gonna lie…….It makes for a pretty sweet prop…}

It was great to see Mason and hear about how his journey is going-

I wish this sharp-minded math guy the best of luck at University this Fall!!!

xoxo

Didi V.

 

 

The Pratt Family

Summer 2017

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This life keeps rolling along,  seasons change,  our kids grow-up and before you know it-

they are heading off on their own to create the next chapter in their own book.

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The Pratt family wanted to bookmark just such an occasion

as their daughter and new son-in-law depart to the East Coast  to begin their life there.

Their older son heads back for the hills in his chosen career and

their youngest gets ready to start school.

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It’s so important to stop time- even it’s just for an hour  to make photos together.

More than any other mementos- photographs tell the story of who you are right now,

and what you want your family to know about you someday down the road.

Take the time. Make the memories. Take photos.

You’ll be glad you did!

xoxo

Didi V.

 

e&d

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Emily’s beau Daniel just graduated boot camp.

She’s moderately excited to see him….

He might be moderately excited to see her too….

Six months is a pretty long time…..

{insert heart emoji’s here….}

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I had a great time capturing a tiny little snippet of their reunion in the delicious golden hour sun

back home where it all began…..

Daniel- thank you for your service.  Emily, thanks for inviting me into your lives.

xoxo

Didi V.

 

~THEO~

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Theodore is turning ONE.

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This beautiful baby and his amazing family got together recently to celebrate.

His dads Charlie and Kevin were joined by the most loving group to shower them with love

and lots of hugs.

Even though I had just met them- I felt like I had known them forever.

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The sun shone brightly that day on all of the love that surrounds him.

You couldn’t ask for a more scenic view

than the gorgeous grounds that the  Seattle Tennis Club offers.

https://www.seattletennisclub.org/

And those cupcakes from A Touch of LUV Cakes- AMAZING!

http://www.atolcakes.com/

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I look forward to more adventures together .

xoxo

Didi V.

2017 LSHS Grad

Nick B

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Today’s post starts with an old red car.

The old car belonged to my subject’s grandfather.

It is near and dear to his heart because it was the first Brand New vehicle his grandfather ever purchased,

and he and Nick and Nick’s daddy have loved and cared for it their whole lives.

Many of Nick’s memories of growing up with his grandfather- center around this car

so it seemed fitting that he include it in his Senior photos, on the family farm.

Nick broke out his Tux and we had some 007 fun

as we walked and talked about growing up in this family

on the outskirts of suburbia.

Enjoy the journey  that lies ahead of you Nick –

Stay sharp kiddo!

xoxo

Didi V.

2017 Miss Aquafest Royalty

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The Lake Stevens Aquafest is just around the corner this Summer!

Time for Summer sun, carnival fun, parades and community.

https://www.aquafest.com/

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And that Summer fun will be led in part by your  2017 Miss Aquafest Royalty.

These ladies are not just pretty faces and great dresses-

They are musicians, artists, scholars, athletes and community stewards.

This court puts in an INCREDIBLE amount of community service hours- not just with

public appearances but volunteer work that they do in and around Snohomish County.

They have four “Lifetime” Queens who are former Aquafest Queens who remain on in the court

as as active members of the Program and consistent Community stewards,

helping lead their younger peers.

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Their program directors are the hard working and ever vigilant Christine Egelstad and Dixie Behn.

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If you are looking for a great family friendly activity next month- come out and join them!