Class of 2018 Street Team Winter Snow Day, Mt. Rainier National Park {Tacoma Senior Portrait Photographer, Tacoma, WA}

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It's so hard to believe that we are easily 6 months from another graduating class.  2017, was both long and so short.   It made the time we had with these guys fly and we are now just 5 short months from graduation season.

If you are familiar with our work, you know that Ike and I pick a new group of girls every year to represent our senior business and that we affectionately refer to this cohort of annual girls as our "street team."  Every year we are blessed with absolutely talented, beautiful, kind, gracious, intelligent and passionate girls who we get to come alongside and mentor, but who also keep us young, growing and constantly embracing new ways of doing things.  

This group has been no different - as they walked through a tough 2017 year with us, they were always gracious and patient and excited to get together every opportunity we had to connect.

We traveled to the desert with these girls in summer of 2017 and stayed in a beautiful home in Palm Desert and then they joined us for our last BLINK Conference in Seattle, where they modeled for several photographers from all over the country - and as we close out there time, we STILL have so much we are excited to do with them as we get to know them and ramp our business back up to full time.

We recently packed up three cars and headed into the mountain for a day of bonding and snow and below are the pictures that don't do nearly enough to capture all the fun we had!

I am always thankful for the girls we get to spend time with and get to know, as they invite us into their lives year after year.  This group is so special and I am cherishing our last months together before they head off to college!

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Happy February!

National Go Red Day. #GoRedSeattle #GoREDSouthSound {Tacoma Heart Warrior, Tacoma, WA}

When we started working with the South Puget Sound branch of the American Heart Association, 4 years ago, I had no idea that I would end up with my own heart story.

Since 2014, there have been 4 Go Red Day's for women, of which I never participated until yesterday!

What a powerful opportunity to do something small to bring a voice to a BIG issue.   I am so thankful for my village who jumped on board and both passionately and fashionably made RED their commitment for the day!

What an inspiring movement that I am thrilled to be a part of!

Cheers to all of the beautiful women who have suffered through and become victorious over heart disease and stroke, but also the other crippling diseases that try to steal our lives, families, destinies, and dreams every year!  Let's continue to spread the word, education those we love and make the practical changes to live LONG and Healthy lives of abundance!

Wear Red for Women: National Go Red Day, February 2nd, 2018 (Tacoma Heart Survivor, Tacoma, WA)

If you follow me at all, you know that last year was both life shattering and changing for me as I became suddenly sick and entered a very desperate situation as my heart went into failure.   Brought on suddenly by a virus, I went from the flu to critical care, with a visit to the hospital that lasted 16 days.  During my stay in the hospital, I was diagnosed with Myocarditis and Pericarditis, and nearly 1 year later am working through my recovery.

Since March 2017, I have become very vocal about heart health for 2 reasons:

 1.) heart disease can be avoided with education and lifestyle changes

 2.) should you get into a heart emergency, you are more likely to bounce back (like I did)  if you are healthy upon diagnosis. It was because of my healthy and active lifestyle that my heart was able to bounce back and is on track to make a full recovery.

Sharing my story and educating people on the dangers and symptoms of both heart disease and stroke can save lives, as mine was saved hearing the stories of others, just a year ago.

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So,  what is this National Go Red for Women Day about you ask? And I get it.  What's the big deal? 

The leader killer of women in the United State is heart disease, but the beauty of this whole thing is that it can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes, but most women have no idea the impact that heart health has on their life and how quickly heart disease can absolutely ravage your health and your life.

"In 2003, the American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute took action against a disease that was claiming the lives of nearly 500,000 American women each year – a disease that women weren’t paying attention to. A disease they truly believed, and many still believe to this day, affects more men than women.

Stemming from that action, National Wear Red Day was born. It’s held on the first Friday in February every year to raise awareness about heart disease being the No. 1 killer of women."

Since beginning "National Wear Red Day," American Heart Association has been able to see:

  • 6 out of 10 women change their diets
  • 40% of women to check their cholesterol levels
  • 1/3 of women have talked to their doctor about developing heart health plans
  • death in women from heart disease as decreased by 30% in the past 10 years
  • and 300 fewer women die from heart disease and stroke daily (* stats provided from Go Red for Women webpage)

I recently had the opportunity to share my story on the radio along with a few things I have learned over the last year walking through my recovery, you can listen to the interview here.

In addition, as a 2018 South Puget Sound American Heart Association Ambassador, I have the incredible opportunity to share my story at this year's Go Red Luncheon and I would love it if you would join me.  The Go Red Luncheon is Thursday, March 29th at Hotel Murano in Tacoma, WA.  You can purchase your ticket to the luncheon by clicking here.

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To learn more about Go Red for Women and ways that you can get involved, visit the national website by clicking here or visit goredforwomen.org and don't forget to wear your Red on Friday!  

Let's get the word out about heart disease and stroke and save some lives.

all photos courtesy of Ike and Tash Photo

Emma, a Class of 2018 Covenant High School Senior, Tacoma Senior Photographer, Tacoma, WA

Emma, gorgeous Emma!   

What a joy it was to get to know her. 

Emma is a Running Start student, which means she is attending high school and working toward her AA degree, while also finishing up high school, as a kick start to college.   She aspires to be a esthetician and is on track to have her full license by her 18th birthday!  How is that for knowing what you want and going after it?!

She is also a retired state swimmer, who has a strong love for cats, of which two that she owns, she loves the most.   She is a hard worker, determined, passionate and works not one, but two jobs, one as a Lifeguard and one at everyone's favorite ice cream spot, Dairy Queen. 

If she had $500 to blow at any store, she would be on her way to Pac Sun. 

We had so much fun getting to know Emma, and darting around Tacoma, getting her to sneak smiles in between pictures!

Emma, thank you for giving us the opportunity to showcase your senior year!

Meet Mackenzie - Class of 2018 Sumner High School Senior, Tacoma, WA

Meet Mackenzie, a 2018 Sumner High School senior and our very first senior of 2018!

Mackenzie is a doll and the little sister of a former Ike and Tash senior!  We were so thrilled and honored when she called and so super excited to open our senior season with her session.

A cheerleader, Nordstrom Fashion Ambassador,  ASB Coordinator and a member of the National Honor's Society, Mackenzie has brains and beauty!  She literally has it ALL.

Three words to describe this energetic senior are edgy, fun and classic.   Currently playing on her ipod are the likes of Fleetwood Mac, Luke Bryan and The Weekend.

Mackenzie hopes to double major in Law and Psychology or Business and Psychology, once away at college and in her spare time she LOVES to travel!

Mackenzie, you are such a doll.  So kind and beautiful.  We had so much fun getting to know you better while the golden sun hit our faces.  Thank you for dancing through the streets of Tacoma with us and we are so excited to watch your senior year unfold!