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    As of December, 2015, we are no longer accepting new clients for weddings or portraits except on a limited by-referral basis or for repeat clients. If you are a current client and have any questions or requests for us, please email us at love [at] persimmonimages [dot] com or call/text Kat at 206.354.2212.

    Thank you for your years of business, support, laughter, and love!

    - Kat & Justin

Olympic Sculpture Park Family Portraits | Jess, Jeremy, and Connor

Justin and I wanted to share a bunch more photos from our portrait session with Jess, Jeremy, and Connor this January. This lovely family was the winner of my Giving is Awesome contest in December, referred by Jess’s sister, Mary, who is also an awesome Dallas wedding and portrait photographer.

Jess and I have become good friends since their shoot… she’s crazy, funny, geeky, and altogether someone I can absolutely relate to. Honestly, the grand prize couldn’t have gone to anyone better! These three were nominated for their touching and courageous story: Jess and Jeremy’s little boy, Connor, was born with a rare and serious chromosomal disorder that’s given him all sorts of difficulties. He has sensitive senses (say that 5 times fast!) and isn’t really keen on new things, which posed an interesting challenge for our shoot. I was pretty amused when I introduced myself to him and he signed “No. Don’t like. Go away” to his mom. Bonus points for being assertive, little guy!

We took photos at the Olympic Sculpture Park, which allows for some nice indoor shots in the event of rain and purports to be wheelchair accessible (though the ‘accessible’ path is unpaved and gravel REALLY isn’t wheel-friendly). At the time, Jeremy was in and out of a chair recovering from surgeries he’d had to repair injuries he sustained to his legs from an IED in Afghanistan. But the last time we saw Jer, he’d ditched his chair and crutches for a pimpin’ cane and now I guess he’s pretty much done with that, too! Good thing, ’cause we’re about to do a second mini-session to make up for getting rained out at the end of this one.

Check out the photos below, and be sure to visit Jess’s blog, Connor’s Song, to read her often-entertaining, sometimes-scary posts about their daily adventures.

Seattle family portraits Olympic Sculpture ParkSeattle family portraits Olympic Sculpture Park

Seattle family portrait photography in the Olympic Sculpture Park

Seattle family portrait photography in the Olympic Sculpture ParkSeattle family portrait photography in the Olympic Sculpture Park

Seattle family portrait photography in the Olympic Sculpture Park

A family poses in the Seattle Olympic Sculpture Park for photographer Kat SpeyerA family poses in the Seattle Olympic Sculpture Park for photographer Kat Speyer

A kiss during family photography in Seattle at the Olympic Sculpture ParkFamily photography in Seattle at the Olympic Sculpture Park

Family photography in Seattle at the Olympic Sculpture Park

Family photography in Seattle at the Olympic Sculpture ParkFamily photography in Seattle at the Olympic Sculpture Park

Mother and child photographed together during family portraits in Seattle

Mother and child photographed together during family portraits in Seattle

Mother and child photographed together during family portraits in Seattle

A family stands on the beach boardwalk in downtown Seattle at the Olympic Sculpture ParkA family stands on the beach boardwalk in downtown Seattle at the Olympic Sculpture Park

A little boy smiles for photographs as his hands are held by his parents

Photographed inside the Pakar Pavillion at the Olympic Sculpture ParkPhotographed inside the Pakar Pavillion at the Olympic Sculpture Park

Jessie and Jer photographed inside the Pakar Pavillion at the Olympic Sculpture Park

Mary Cyrus - These make me so, so happy. Thanks again for doing such a nice thing for mi familia. I’m also really glad that y’all have hit it off so well!

candice brooke - Such a cute family! Rad shots!

Jessie - Yay!!! We had a blast working with you guys (no matter what Connor’s initial opinion was) and these are some gorgeous pictures! Thanks so much for braving the rain with us, and also for not posting the eight billion laughing-up-the-nose shots you probably got of me, since I couldn’t stop cracking up.

So awesome! Thanks again!

~Jess

Jenna - I shot Mary’s wedding which means I was lucky enough to spend part of the day with this family. I can’t think of a more deserving bunch of people to win this!

Regina Lynn - Wow. Just wow. This family for one thing. Your photos for another. Strong. Vulnerable in a way. Beautiful.

Nicole - I love the B&W and the sideway shot of Connor is great

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