Darrah Parker » Slice of Life Photography

meet the clovers

I spent much of my childhood with Sarah, sitting on her bed in her room, making up songs, reenacting scenes from “The Monkees” reruns (we were all about Davey Jones), swimming in the local pool, speaking our made-up language, and daydreaming about being grown-ups some day.

And then Sarah moved away in the fifth grade. There were a few sporadic letters and one cross-country trip to visit her. And then silence. We grew up and had lives and had no contact with each other, not because we weren’t thinking of each other, but because this is what happens in life. You lose touch. And life goes on.

But thanks to this little thing called Facebook, Sarah and I found each other a few years ago and reunited after more than 20 years apart. It was magical.

What I remembered most about Sarah was still in tact – her sensitive nature and great laugh, her adoration of animals and sea creatures and, and her love of art. It was no wonder that she ended up where she is – living by the sea with a loving family.

I visited her last week while I was in the Bay Area with my family. At one point, I looked up and saw my daughter playing with her son and realized that the daydreams we had all those years ago had come true, beyond anything we could have imagined.

I’m thrilled to share these photos with you – of my oldest friend, Sarah, her husband, Jeremy, and their wise old soul 1-year-old, Fox. Here’s to more dreams coming true…and to not waiting another twenty years for our next visit.

meet the johnstons | seattle family photography

There’s something that usually happens on the day of a photo session. Either your child will wake up at 4:00 in the morning, your baby will be teething and will cry inconsolably during the whole session, your face will break out in zits that day, or all of the above. It’s just the way it is. I don’t know why, but something won’t go as planned. And that’s okay! I love going with the flow and especially LOVE when things don’t go as planned.

So I was totally surprised when the Johnstons’ photo session went completely as planned. The weather was spectacular that day, their 8-month-old, Logan, was happy the whole time (and showing off her newfound skill of waving hi), and their dog even looked at the camera on cue. It was as if the stars aligned for us and we were able to enjoy our time together getting to know each other and taking photos.

Here’s a peek into our session, which we started at their home and then took a stroll to a nearby park. Meet Schuyler, Tara, and baby Logan. I think you’ll find them as delightful as I did!

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summer fun with elsie and sylvie | seattle family photography

Long ago, when my daughter was less than a year old, I met Gretchen at baby story time at the library. She also had a daughter less than a year old and we bonded over sleepless nights and compared notes on All Things Baby. We were instant friends.

Fast forward and we now have daughters who are on the verge of turning four years old (how did that happen?) She and her husband, Ben, now have a second daughter who just turned one. (I even had the honor of photographing their family in the hospital right after they became a family of four.)

So it’s no surprise that when Gretchen asked me to photograph their family again, I was thrilled! It’s been a joy watching this family grow and an honor to walk side-by-side with my dear friend as we navigate the insanity and amazingness of motherhood.

Here’s a peek into my playground photo session with Elsie (age 3 1/2) and Sylvie (age 1) and their parents, taken on the eve of Summer Solstice and Father’s Day. What a beautiful way to usher in a new season!