PinExt The Jacobsens {Tacoma Family Portrait Photographer} Tacoma, WA

This is my dear friend Stacy.  She is a photographer.  She is an artist.  She could be a model.

She is one of the most talented photographers I know in the South Sound and although we rarely see each other, we have the love of the color red in common, black clothes, vinyls, junk food, fur and photography in common.

She asked me to take her family pictures.  I was blown away, because really, there are easily 1500 photographers in the South Sound, BUT we took them and she loved them and that made me love her even more.  Check out her gorgeous family below.

and her work here.

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PinExt Her Success Is Not My Failure..... ever.

I recently had the opportunity to take a mini vacation to Lake Tahoe with 11 other amazingly talented and inspirational senior portrait photographers from ALL over the United States.  Each of these woman are GIFTED, gifted in what they do and are cutting – edge in what they do in their parts of the world.  Initially, I was nervous because I didn’t really know any of the woman in real life and had NO IDEA what to expect.  When women come together;  it always interesting what can come out of it.  I don’t like to gossip or to be in mess – so I was nervous that this would turn into that, but because I didn’t know anyone I felt it was a risk I was willing to take.  There was no real history and only mutual respect so there would be very little foundation built for those things to take place.

When I was picked up from the airport by four photographers I had never met (we had only shared a few encouraging posts back and forth on social media), I KNEW that it was going to be an amazing weekend.  There was such a fun energy, instant hugs and laughs and excitement for what was ahead.

Over the course of those four days in that cabin at Lake Tahoe, I learned so many things.  God originally put this concept in my heart last September after attending and speaking at Karen Stott’s Pursuit 31 Conference.  Karen and I had been great friends, so great that she helped plan my babyarrow 10x10 Her Success Is Not My Failure..... ever. shower for Wisdom, you can check that out here.  Time had gotten away from us and we weren’t able to connect as much. She had really flourished with her Pursuit ministry and God gave me some things to carry out on my own.  It was the one of the first times, over these past couple of years where I was face to face with the great impact that she had made and I was so proud of my friend.  Although life had gotten busy, and we weren’t able to as often come together, I could see that her “dream,” her heart purpose,  had come true.  I remember her when it was just a idea and now she was/is impacting woman around the world and I was so so proud of my friend.  Her success was her success and my success was my success and standing before her audience sharing what God had put in me, didn’t hurt her or take away from what she was doing and me being there in support or her wasn’t hurting me.  It was real and genuine and I was so excited and inspired by how God had spread her wings to impact so many other woman towards their own.

Being in Tahoe reminded me of that moment.  No person in the room was better than anyone else.  We all had so much to learn from each other.  We all shared the same fears and frustrations and insecurities.  We all had “aha” moments and everyone was so humble.  Her Success Is Not My Failure.  Her Success is MY Success too.  That is what God kept stirring in me.   We all win when one wins!  We all do better when we are all thriving!

Your only REAL competition is yourself! People can’t compete with YOUR anointing! They can’t add or take away from YOU!What would happen if we really decided to embrace and believe this? What would happen if we showed love when we were impressed, rallied behind each other’s causes, believed the best in each other, answered questions when they were asked, closed our ears to gossip, greeted people at face value without pre-conceived notions? What would happen if we decided to actually believe this to be true? And then we made the decision to act on it? When an incredibly warm and caring and comfortable and inspiring industry we would all be able to rest in. I had a little taste this weekend and I KNOW it is possible. There is room for all of us to be great because #hersuccessisnotmyfailure. A candle that lights another candle doesn’t take away, it simply shines brighter! Let’s choose to shine bright!   Run your race with blinders on and know I’m cheering for you all the way!

One of the coolest things that came out of this trip was the opportunity to meet two of the girls I was competing against for a national “Best of” competition.  Ideally, competitions are created and often turn people against each other, and have a divisive nature, but this competition put on by Denim and Grace magazine, only brought us closer.  The editor and chief, Heather Dunnigan, was so impressed by the sisterhood of the competitor that it inspired her to create a pledge “The Don’t Hate Celebrate” pledge.

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Here are a few of Heather’s words:

“We believe in collaboration. In lifting our industry up as a whole. In rejuvenating the spirit of those broken and burnt out. In restoring passion…

We believe every photographer is worth celebrating.”

You can head over and sign the pledge and show your support by clicking here.

having confidence of this very thing, that he who has begun in you a good work will complete it unto Jesus Christ’s day. – Philippians 1:6

Below, my friends, affectionally referred to as the Tahoe Twelve!  These are some of the most talented and amazing woman I know.  My career is forever changed by their support, love and encouragement of me!

You can head over to Instagram to check out the fun BTS of our trip by hitting one of these two hash tags – #hersuccessisnotmyfailure or #seniortogstaketahoe

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and if you want a more tangible reminder of our hearts moving forward I would LOVE to send you a “#hersuccessisnotmyfailure” bracelet.

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photo creditarrow 10x10 Her Success Is Not My Failure..... ever.: Terri Baskin –  check out Terri’s blog post about receiving her bracelet here.

Just leave your email below or shoot me an email directly to info@ikeandtash.com and I will send you a custom bracelet with this message and a love note to encourage you!

XOXO

Tash

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PinExt The Moseslys {Tacoma Family Portrait Photographer} Tacoma, WA

It is such an honor and a joy to be able to photograph this family!

We are blessed to be able to share lives with friends from all seasons of life but to see the lives of people I went to middle and high school with unfold in front of the camera, it is one of the coolest and dearest things.

Andrea and I met freshmen year of high school, while I was attending Lincoln.  Her husband Korbett, work with me at the local youth resource center.

We had the privilege of photographing their wedding back in 2013 and now we get to follow their family!

Check out these cuties below!

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PinExt The Towers {Tacoma Family Portrait Photographer} Tacoma, WA

I have known E’lana since I was three years old.

We have been friends longer than we haven’t.  I am willing to wager that she might be my oldest friend.  Thirty years.

Of course, like many, we don’t remember being friends at age 3 and 4 (she’s older) but we have pictures playing at my cousins birthday party to prove it.

Her parents have watched us grow up.

In 8th grade, we “re-met” at church camp.  Then our friendship was short lived as her parents relocated her entire family to Vancouver, WA.  When you are 13 and 14 years old, a 2hr drive might as well be Africa.

As we were both choosing our colleges, we found ourselves attending and cheering for the same school, and that started the beginning of a real friendship that I have had the honor of enjoying for the last 15 years.

E’lana has been a true friend.  Kind, thoughtful.  More of a sister than anything.  We have seen each other through the hardest parts of life and I can always count on her to be there, even if time and distance have kept us apart.

I cherish who she is, her heart for others, her family and I am thankful that after all of these years, God has continued to sew our stories together in such a way.

I love capturing her growing family.   They are so photogenic? Right?  That littlest Tower, is baby Q who was born almost one year ago!  SO fun spending a few moments creating these gorgeous memories for them!

Love you so much Towers Family!

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PinExt The Samuels Family {Tacoma Family Portrait Photographer} Tacoma, WA

We have had the total and complete honor of photographing this family from the beginning.  We have photographed them in every stage, from boy number one to the littlest Samuels boy.

Shavonne and Victor are the most beautiful couple.  Loving each other passionately and leading their family with the same love.

There is nothing more beautiful then to grow with a family, our third family session with them in the last 5 years.  We love them so much.

In addition to being an incredible Proverbs 31 wife, Shavonne also has a fashion blog.  You can give it a spin here:  The Mommy Biz or The Stylish Gardener

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PinExt The Poterson Family { Tacoma Family Portrait Photographer} Tacoma, WA

This is our gorgeous friend Stacey.  Stacey is an incredible owner and photographer behind Arizona based Stacey Poterson Photography and has an bsolutely beautiful family.  I met Stacey 5 years ago over a blog.  She modeled for my friend Kacey, before Kacey was really my friend. I remember seeing pictures of her and her husband and thinking what a beautiful couple they made.  As time went on, I came to realize and discover that Stacey was also a photographer and that she shared not only the same love for senior photography that I did, but also so many mutual friends.  We quickly became friends on the internet and quietly supported each other.  Two years in we finally met, and every time we go to Phoenix we make sure to see her.  I was thrilled as we prepped for BLINK when she asked us to shoot her family.  Who could pass on the opportunity to do that?  Look at them?  I am so thankful for Stacey, her heart.  She is one of the most encouraging and supportive people I have met in the community and I am so thrilled to call her my friend.

Naturally, a family session wouldn’t be one if Wisdom didn’t hop in.  So we let her.   As we always do.  Love seeing our kiddos together!

Thank you so much Stacey for trusting us to capture your gorgeous gorgeous picture perfect family!

Love you girl!

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PinExt The Romeros {Tacoma Family Portrait Photographer, Tacoma, WA}

we always love seeing the Romero’s.  We have been photographing this super cute family for almost three years.   I remember that the littlest Romero was in a stroller next to Wisdom, the first time we met.  Just a few weeks a part, they have watched each other grow up and we can mark our first meeting by how much the kids grow from season to season.

we LOVE being their family photographer and always delight in making their portraits happen year after year!

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PinExt Hannah, a Class of 2015 Gig Harbor High School Senior { Tacoma Senior Portrait Photographer}, Tacoma, WA

Hannah is such a beautiful human being.  Her spirit is incredibly sweet and she is so kind.  She loves Jesus with all of her heart and her inner light completely and totally shines through.  Hannah was our very first senior booked for 2015 and hearing about her from her awesome mom, made us so excited to photograph her.

When we met her, you could feel Hannah’s light completely coming through.  She was a total natural in front of the camera, totally radiant.

When I think of the kind of girl I would want Wisdom to be when she grows up, Hannah is an incredible example of that!  Confident, self assured and God fearing.

HMU: Christine Carbone

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PinExt Taylor, a Class of 2015 Sumner High School Senior {Senior Portrait Photographer, Tacoma WA}

Taylor is so gorgeous.  Kind and sweet.  She is gorgeous graduating senior at Sumner High School, who loves laughing, taking pictures and playing volleyball.

We had such a blast shooting Taylor and what a absolute dream to photograph she was!

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PinExt Isabella, Class of 2015 SAMI (Science and Math Institute) Senior {Tacoma Senior Portrait Photographer, Tacoma, WA}

Absolutely adored shooting Isabella, the winner of our high school senior session giveaway!

Isabella has so much personality.  A big gorgeous laugh and a little bit of edge.

Had so much fun photographing this gorgeous SAMI senior

HMU: Cynthia Obertubbesing

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