Make Your Birthday a SMASHING SUCCESS.

Hey everyone, I have some exciting news! Come the new year, I will be offering some new creative session options, including DELUXE cake smashes! I have teamed up with the fabulous Kendra Keyes, who runs Suga Suga Cakes (Lacey, WA) to truly make a birthday celebration special, and take the hassle out of bringing your own out for a shoot. She is an amazing baker, mama, and artist with tons of experience.kendrassc

To celebrate the kickoff and announcement to you all, we did a session with her darling little Zya to show a glimpse of one of her smash cakes and the fun to be had! Here, Zya had a beautiful multi-layer vanilla smash cake with peach/rose buttercream frosting and glitter (safe to eat of course). Deluxe cake smashes will have a custom theme and matching cake- and entail formal poses, the smash with a Suga Suga Cake included, and a little bath after. And as always, a digital gallery and several prints will be included with option to purchase larger pieces of art for your home or gifts. 🙂 

Smashes aren’t just for babies~ we can do this at any age (just no bath for older participants lol). Whether you, a friend or a little has a birthday coming up, contact me to book this smashing session and celebrate!

New session options and pricing will be released after the beginning of the new year, but you can ALWAYS enquire on booking in the meantime.

Visit Suga Suga Cakes on facebook, custom cakes for all events! 

Keep an eye out for new creative sessions and news on the LL facebook page! 

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#birthday #cakesmash #success #celebrate #luckylassostudios

Baby Bunny Photoshoot? YES PLEASE.

A lot of folks don’t really know the magic here until they arrive for their first session. This isn’t your average portrait experience- you get to enjoy the property, relax, have fun with animals, and leave with memories captured. ❤ Kids LOVE the bunnies here… and so do I haha! Last night I took them all into the studio to check it out, they were pretty sleepy but still ADORABLE.

Here are some shots from lil’ my baby bunny session ❤

Come out and meet them! 

Note to my clients: Some are staying here, and some have already been spoken for, but when they are ready to find special homes my clients can come out and get first pick if interested, with a photo!  ❤ 

 

Fun, Fields and… A Star Wars Tea Party.

I am so excited to feature and share this session I had with the Chick Family. They are a beautiful couple, phenomenal parents and a spark of a family altogether. Amanda (mom) runs a business in Olympia to help Thurston County inmates transition to clean and sober housing while following up on their life changes and success. Chris (dad) is a dedicated and hardworking man of our military, the whole family dedicates all they can to the best outcome of our country. They have the sweetest, spunkiest little gal that just so happens to love STAR WARS- which put an extra soft spot in my heart on top of how incredible this family is!

Be bold, be you, be in the moment. 

…and enjoy every step of the way.

Pour tea for Darth Vader, embrace all the joys you have, love the little things- and the big things. Be like the Chicks. ❤

Here are some of the tea party and additional moments from our session, it was pure magic all around~ 

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Saying Goodbye to TOYS R US. <3

Today we said goodbye to a place that makes memories special to my heart. Times are changing, and people just don’t bring their kids to hang out in a toy store anymore…

I remember so vividly all the times I went to this toy store as a child. It was a big event. My father took me in and we ran around laughing as I was soaring in a world full of awe and excitement. I made friends. I played. I was filled with wonder. And I came home with something so special to me. I wanted to make sure our son had that experience before the opportunity was gone.

We brought Buzz Lightyear to find his friends, and we did! We rode bikes. We played around. We made a memory.

It saddens me that specialty stores like Toys r Us are disappearing, but it is a reality. I encourage you to take your little ones there to give them that feeling you remember growing up before the stores close! In our Washington area, there are stores in Olympia, Tacoma, and Puyallup.

Go make a memory, and maybe… say goodbye yourself. ❤

We’ll miss you, #toysrus

 

 

Thank You for… YOU

As I drink coffee like water and organize the numbers for the year, I want to thank each and every one of you for not just your business and trust but the pleasure of meeting you. This year has been an adventure and I have had such a pleasure meeting and working with such wonderful people. BIG THANKS from my assistant and I. ❤
With the New Year comes new efforts, goals and ideas, the facebook site will be changing a bit (merging with Linson Photographs) and I will be rolling out some fun contests, events and other surprises- keep an eye peeled for updates and fun from Lucky Lasso Studios!

HERE’S TO FAMILY, GOALS, AND COMMUNITY as we begin a fresh year.

Love to all, ~Kim and Jackson.momdaybbq17-40

Holiday Sessions on Mt. Rainier!

This year, I decided to put together a fun event for the holidays- one that brought families together to enjoy the season during the session. This past weekend was such a blast! We all met on Mt. Rainier to play in the snow, enjoy the scenery and really take in the the time of the year. I met some amazing folks and had a day full of fun.

It was a bit tricky to coordinate everyone to meet on a mountain, and we even changed our meeting spot the day of due to a winter storm hitting our higher up original location (of course it did LOL). But everyone made it to our meeting spot and I was able to snag some awesome shots in the snow.

Thank you to everyone who participated, it was such a pleasure to work with you all and truly have a day that brought the spirit of the season!

Here are some shots of the day, such a blast! Everyone in every session looked so great, and all kiddos did an awesome job, especially in 25 degree weather lol.

Thank you to some of my families that allowed me to share your special moments!

Happy holidays everyone~ enjoy this special time of the year. 

The Last Breath of Fall

My favorite session from this week features a fun and candid family and adorable fall feel.

Winter has made it’s mark here in Washington, most of the leaves are gone, the grass is green again and of course- the rain is here. However, for this session, we focused on the colors and vibes that were still shining, here at Lucky Lasso and at a nearby railroad.

And, luckily, the day was dry with sunshine beaming through the almost bare trees. ❤ All around perfect.

This family was a great pair with this shoot too- they were so candid and sincere, and their little boy had some fun with leaves and the “train place”.

I think it is important to notice and enjoy the surroundings in your shoot, (both photographer and models) especially when it has a certain theme. It was positive and fun for all of us, and I am so appreciative of it as I sit here writing this post with pouring rain outside.

Thank you for helping me appreciate and enjoy fall’s last breath, N, J and L!

Here is a glimpse of our shoot:

 

 

The Trick to a Succesful Toddler Shoot

What’s the trick to a successful toddler shoot- with smiles, poses and the capture of their personality?

JUST HAVE FUN and REMEMBER WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE A KID.

Take a deep breath, and have fun. Try to not necessarily focus on the picture you are taking but more-so on the moment you are trying to capture. Be with them in that moment, and use your camera to allow you to look back on that through the years. Don’t stress about poses, wing it and let them contribute with their ideas- it will be rewarding for everyone!

Be silly– don’t make them dread pictures, make them have a fun experience! The best smiles are ones that are from being happy in the moment, not from someone telling you to smile a million times. And, if you both have a blast when taking pictures, your toddler just may ask you to do them all the time! WIN! It’s ok to ask them to show you a big smile, or look at you- I just recommend being silly and fun while you are interacting with them.

With this outlook, your toddler won’t feel he/she is being told what to do and feels helpful (which is a major difference maker lol), you won’t feel frustration, and you should end up with some AWESOME shots and a special time with your kiddo.

Candy is a plus to eat throughout the shoot too, but that goes with the whole “have fun” thing lol. 

Here are some shots from a session my son and I did today: 

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An Autumn Afternoon with the Heinrich Family

This shoot here at Lucky Lasso Studios yesterday was such a blast. The Heinrich family came out for some fall family photos, and we laughed our butts off. I am so grateful that I am able to not only work from home, but I get to share moments with so many amazing people! And hey, be sure to check out Rachael’s Farm page!

Rachael and Scott have a pure love that defies the test of time. It was like photographing a pair of teenage lovebirds- they are so in love and infatuated with one another.

The “kids” were so kind and fun. They aren’t really kids, one has just started college and the other is in high school. It was so refreshing to see how much they love their parents and how well they got along.

This family is “picture perfect”. We had so much fun with standard poses, candids and some special creative shots! Here are some snapshots from our session.