Mom and daughter

About Beth

I’ve been mesmerized by photography for as long as I can remember. As a young girl I stood beside my father in our basement darkroom, gently rocking a piece of paper back and forth in the developer until an image magically appeared. Not long after, I picked up a camera myself and I’ve been shooting ever since. My photographs have been published in Adoptive Families Magazine, featured in several exhibits, and used commercially by Seattle-area organizations and businesses.

Exploring the Pacific Northwest, camera in hand, is one of my favorite things to do. I am so lucky to live in such a beautiful place, as spectacular a backdrop as any I’ve seen. But I also like to get outta Dodge and should I have an opportunity to fly farther afield, I’m always game! Travel is one of my great passions.

Most of the time though, you’ll find me closer to home visiting one of Seattle’s lovely parks, relaxing in our tiny urban garden photographing the birds who come to visit, or chasing my three muses—one little girl and two cats—around our house.

My interest in having my own photography business began when I became an adoptive mom. My husband and I spent hours poring through photos, trying to choose unique images that told our story. Compiling our dossier for international adoption, we wanted to show who we were as a couple and who we hoped to be as a family. As our journey continued I wanted to mark each milestone—from the mountains of paperwork, through our travels to meet our daughter, homecoming, and our first steps as a family. I chronicled our adoption with words and photographs on my blog, Pampers and Paklava. For me, the story behind the image is what makes a photo memorable, and the emotions you feel when you see a photo is what makes it meaningful.

Your Story

Which brings me to you. If you’re visiting my website, you might be in the process of trying to find the right person to help tell your story. I’m an adoption and family photographer based in Seattle, Washington. I photograph kids, couples, families, pets, and places. I’d be happy to come to your home and take photos to build your adoption portfolio if you’re pursuing domestic adoption, or your dossier if you’re on the road to international adoption. If you’re adopting in the U.S., and given permission, I can record the birth of your child or greet you at the airport when you return home.

Of course I also photograph families formed by birth rather than adoption. I love being asked to photograph special occasions such as engagements, maternity, and newborn. I’m drawn to documenting your family—just being you—whether it’s your Sunday morning tradition of making waffles, afternoons putting puzzles together or family adventures at the lake.

It’s all about the journey, and I can’t wait to photograph yours! I celebrate ALL couples and families formed by birth or adoption, straight or LGBTQ. Take a look around my website and if I seem like the right fit for your family you can reach me by phone, Facebook, or the contact form on my website.

Life is just a snapshot in time,