akp-2203So here are my top 12 picks for AKP faves from the British Dancing Academy’s performance of The Wizard of Oz for Cast B’s dress rehearsal and show. And don’t count too closely. Because there may or may not be more than 12. I am waist-deep (that’s not as much as neck-deep and not as little as knee-deep) in mini session editing and I don’t feel like narrowing these favorites down even lower. And since I run this blog, I’m gonna break my own rules. I may go back to rule-following for Cast C, D and F coming up still, or I may continue to break them. You’ll just have to wait and find out. Don’t hold your breath though … I’m not usually a rule-breaker. 🙂 See the links at the bottom of this post for more info about the BDA and to view Cast A’s top 12 picks! akp-1892-1695fb akp-1931 akp-2083 akp-4851 akp-4893 akp-4932 akp-5005 akp-5024 akp-5188 akp-5328 akp-5552 akp-5604 akp-8803 akp-8818 akp-9159 akp-9520 akp-9590-1759fb akp-9592 akp-9783 akp-9847

Looking for a dance studio for your little one? Or your teen? Or are you looking to get back into the studio again as an adult? Check out the British Dancing Academy online at http://www.thebritishdancingacademy.com. They have studios in Kent/Renton (near IKEA) and Federal Way. They post updates and photos regularly on their Facebook page, too. Find that here.

Want to view my Cast A top 12 favorites? Visit that blog post here.

Did you dance in The Wizard of Oz? Have a student dancer who did? Here’s the link to the site where you can view all 6,000+ photos from the show season.

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akp-1077Many of you know me personally … and if you know me, you likely know that as a child, young adult and even in my early adulthood years, one of the words that could best describe me and what I loved most was dance. It was my biggest passion, what I spent most of my time studying, what I wanted to do for my career, what I read about, decorated my bedroom with, watched … dance was my thing. I loved my dance studio, the British Dancing Academy. Like many dancers who studied at the BDA in the four-plus decades of the school, it became my second home as a teen. Fast forward 18+ years and now my 8-year-old daughter takes class there three times a week. So I’m back at the studio again and it’s been an adventure being on the parenting side rather than the student side, for sure (I try really hard not to be a “dance mom” in all the negative senses of the phrase, and I think I’ve done a pretty good job thus far).

But guess what? Y’all know about another one of my lifelong passions. It involves my Nikon and Adobe software. And fun families, kids, babies, couples, graduates and anyone else who likes to preserve the sweetness of life in a photograph. For the last few years, I’ve been privileged to be the official photographer for the British Dancing Academy. I have been honored to photograph dancers in the studio, on the stage, backstage and even out in the world for high school senior photos.

During June, the studio holds its annual performance. As a child, it was always the busiest time of year for me and I looked forward to it more than Christmas. Now as an adult (and a dance mom!) and a small business owner, it remains busy because I get to shoot all the rehearsals and performances! I may not be on the stage anymore, but this is JUST as inspiring to me and I truly love it. The studio just released all of the images from this year’s show season on a site for families to view, purchase and download. To celebrate this new process, I decided I’d go through my images by cast (there are five casts) and share my top 12 photos for each. I am terrible at narrowing down favorites (which is why AKP families always get a lot of preview images in their proofing galleries) but here is my first attempt at choosing a top 12 for Cast A. These are selected from both the dress rehearsal and the performance so I really had to narrow things down. There were around 6,000 images for this year’s show season! I decided top 12 would be a good number because today is Friday and you know what that means? It’s Blue Friday. Go Hawks.

So here you are. My top 12 favorite images from Cast A dress rehearsal and show for The British Dancing Academy’s 2016 performance of The Wizard of Oz. akp-2740 akp-1155 akp-2751 akp-2940 akp-3398 akp-3523 akp-1526 akp-1576 akp-4103 akp-8612 akp-8907

Here’s one extra. From behind the scenes. Because my two little dancers are too cute. The baby isn’t officially dancing yet, of course, but she loved watching her big sister this year and she does a mean booty shake as she’s learning to walk!

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Looking for a dance studio for your little one? Or your teen? Or are you looking to get back into the studio again as an adult? Check out the British Dancing Academy online at http://www.thebritishdancingacademy.com. They have studios in Kent/Renton (near IKEA) and Federal Way. They post updates and photos regularly on their Facebook page, too. Find that here.

Did you dance in The Wizard of Oz? Have a student dancer who did? Here’s the link to the site where you can view all 6,000+ photos from the show season.

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I’m so very excited that in just a few days, we have our first day of fall mini sessions for 2016! Thanks to this sweet cutie below, our third little sugar bear Alice, last year we weren’t able to shoot any mini sessions and we missed you all dearly! Now that Alice nears her 1st birthday next month, we’re geared up for returning to our favorite season to photograph and can’t wait to see our AKP families. Our first mini session day on Saturday, September 17 is being held at Ft. Steilacoom Park. James and I made the drive out to the park last week and took just a quick 15 minutes (less than AKP mini sessions, which last 20 minutes) to snap the shutter so you could see the terrain and surroundings for your September mini session. This was clearly a super sunny day and the sun was nearly directly overhead (it was 2:30 p.m.). Depending on the time of your session and the weather on Sept. 17, the mood and feel of your images could be different. Earlier in the day and later in the day, the sun will be lower in the sky and that creates a different feel (a gorgeous, magical light) than the bright, sunny scenes of mid-day. Rest assured we can work with any kind of sun light outside. And even if the sun is hidden by clouds and we have an overcast day, that is also beautiful (and quite “fall-ish”)! This park has lots of different corners and spots to play in. If you’re signed up for a mini this weekend, watch your inboxes for an email from us with details. akp-7340blog akp-7351blog akp-7355blog akp-7365blogEven photographers’ families sometimes have outtakes. We were multi-tasking. Families with young kids, jobs and tight schedules often need to wear multiple hats at the same time. James was on a conference call for part of the short time we were taking these photos. I loved this little golden, part-shade, part-sun spot and didn’t wait for him to finish his conversation before shooting and moving on to a different spot. So bypass the mid-sentence expression, the headphones and just appreciate the scene. 😉 akp-7380blog akp-7397blogYes, Alice was gripping that pen and her water cup even way up into the trees. I promise I won’t make your children hold ballpoint pens during your session. 🙂 akp-7413blogBright, direct sun from above can be hard to be photographed in only because it’s so bright outside but if you’re up for it, it’s a warm way to capture this beautiful PNW fall we’re having! If you’re not up for the direct sun, the shade of these gorgeous trees below gives a little reprieve from squinting while still allowing that golden light to pour in. akp-7419blog akp-7422blog akp-7428blogWe don’t normally give our babies pens to play with. Like I said before, this was a quick stop and a quick shoot just to show y’all the prettiness that is Ft. Steilacoom! akp-7439blogI wasn’t dressed for the occasion but I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to be photographed with my joyful thirdborn! akp-7452-2blog akp-7456blog akp-7482blogMaybe this blog post should instead be titled Alice and Her Ballpoint Pen. akp-7503-2blog akp-7509blogDid you miss out on mini session sign-ups this year? Still wishing you had snagged a spot? I have one more time slot that just became available and I may be able to squeeze in one additional spot as well so message us quickly and we’ll be ready for you and your family this weekend!

akp-0780This little guy is one! Cameron was quiet and shy for me at first, but then we stuck him with his sister and she turned him into a pile of giggles! He was laughing the rest of the session. I love seeing my Baby’s 1st Year clients as they grow and getting to witness so many “firsts” for these little ones. Take a peek at Cameron’s newborn session and 6-month session for more of his little grin! akp-0831 akp-0924 akp-1147 akp-1196 akp-1233 akp-1267 akp-1312 akp-1335 akp-1351 akp-1356 akp-1381

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