Spring Family Portraits: Kennewick, Richland, Pasco, Moses Lake

Hooray for spring! I’m always happy to wave winter goodbye and celebrate the glorious beauty of spring. Orchard blooms happen to be one of my favorite times of year to photograph families. The season is short, only running from mid to late April. I’ve just a few dates left, so contact me quick if you’d like to make one of them all yours!

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Winter Farm Life : Tri-Cities, WA, Moses Lake Lifestyle Photography

This has been a winter for the record books: sub zero temperatures, endless snow, and freezing rain. When you’ve got livestock what starts out as pretty gets old really quickly. The chickens stop laying and have to stay in their coop because of the cold, frozen water needs breaking or hauled in, animals need fed – and that’s before lambing and calving season start.

Mamas have a knack for having their babies at the worst possible time, and in the worst possible place. The breed of sheep I raise, St. Croix, are prolific and often have triplets or quads. This means you have to be very vigilant the babies are found quickly, kept warm, and are getting enough to eat. We lost a ewe this year to toxemia – even a week long stay at the vet couldn’t save her and the four babies she was carrying. Another ewe also had quads, and I missed the start of the birth because I stayed longer at my kids wrestling practice that night. I came home in the dark to find three tiny babies struggling in the snow, and the largest of the lambs still in his placenta, so he didn’t make it. I’ll never know if he was stillborn, or if he would have survived had I had gotten there a little sooner and cleared off his nose. But the sad truth is his death means the other three could flourish, and be nursed by their mama. A ewe can’t nurse four babies, so at least one, if not two, would have needed to be removed and bottle fed.

Those three remaining babies were fighters though. I spent a solid three days checking on them every few hours, putting them on a heating pad, holding them up to the ewe to nurse, and supplementing them with bottled colostrum and lamb formula. Two of them were so tiny, and I went back on forth on whether I should remove them from the ewe and just bottle feed them. But they were lucky to have a good mama, and the straw bale confinement shed we built for them kept them out of the cold. A week later, I now have three little white Pogo stick lambs bouncing off the walls.

Despite the struggles, I am still grateful for it all. I’m grateful my kids are learning to work hard, become stewards of the land and our animals, and get to do everyday what many kids only read about in story books. I’m thankful to my husband for providing us with this lifestyle, and his diligence and love in teaching them to become future farmers.

I haven’t always been the best about documenting my own family’s daily lives. A sad irony, I know, considering my background as a journalist, and my current role as a portrait photographer. Here I was living the story, and I hadn’t much to show for it. But a photo conference this fall and my recent infatuation with Instagram left me with plenty of inspiration from other photographers who have made an art form of documenting the every day moments in their home life. Their beautiful and creative images made me want to give the same gift to my own family – to myself.

So even though it’s been a long hard winter, and there’s still more to come, I do have a few of our blessings documented. And when it’s the middle of July, and we’re melting in 100 plus degree temps, we can look back and wish again for all that snow and cold.

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Larry Berryman - February 9, 2017 - 7:04 pm

This life of yours will build strong willed and intelligent kids!!

Sandy Summers Russell - February 9, 2017 - 7:45 pm

Thank you Larry! Funny I always try to remind myself that strong-willed children will make more interesting adults. Or at least that’s what I tell myself when counting my latest gray hair, lol.

Summerland Photography Senior Model Program

We are super excited to announce the opening of the Summerland Photography Senior Model Experience! JOIN OUR TEAM as a Senior Model! Tell your friends about our amazing senior portraits, and earn a big studio credit on your personal senior session, an exclusive “Rock the Prom Dress” session the spring of your Senior Year, and even some extra cash. You’ll be helping your friends to make priceless memories – and helping yourself to the rewards.



You’re the trendsetter – you’re the person other people admire for your style, your judgment and your advice. You’re on top of the social media, and you love to share your likes and discoveries online. You’re often the first to do something, but you’re never the only one, as your friends are quick to follow in your footsteps. Sound familiar? If so, you could be a great Senior Model.


First, you’ll apply for the position. Applications open up every year for current Juniors on January 22 and are due February 20. We’ll let you know as quickly as possible whether you would be a good fit for our team. Please know that sometimes we receive a lot of applications for the few spots available.

When you have been accepted as a Senior Model, we’ll do your session in the spring of your Junior year, making you look fantastic in as many wardrobe changes as you’d like and even professional hair and makeup. Once we get some terrific shots, we’ll do our magic with professional touch-ups and post a few of the best images on our Facebook & Instagram page. You’ll share the photos with your friends and family, so everyone can see what a great job we do. When your friends sign up with us for their senior photo sessions, you’ll earn some spending money!


  •    A two hour individual senior portrait session with professional hair and makeup and unlimited wardrobe changes
  •    $150 studio credit towards your “Create A Collection” purchase
  •    $100 cash for every three Senior Portrait Sessions booked and completed from your referrals.
  •     25 custom referral cards
  •     $100 cash bonus to model with the most referrals. Winning model must have a minimum of three referrals to be eligible for the prize.  In the event of a tie the money will be evenly divided.
  •    Exclusive “Rock the Dress” Senior Prom spring photo shoot


  • Application will be open January 22, 2017 for current full time school year juniors (Class of 2018)
  • February 20th, 2017 deadline to apply
  • Must have your senior portrait session completed by May 1, 2017 with ordering completed by May 21, 2017.
  • Each senior model is to provide 5 nominations for the next year’s class for Summerland Photography senior model program. Required by June 30, 2018 for each nomination: Name, e-mail, phone, school, and social media accounts (Facebook & Instagram)
  • Images created are to be used towards marketing. Therefore, model releases are required for all sessions
  • Models are representing Summerland Photography and therefore are not permitted to be photographed by other professional photographers. Also models will NOT take photos of seniors/classmates for their senior pictures.
  • Any violations of these terms will terminate this agreement and all outstanding balances will be due.


It’s a piece of cake! Just e-mail us to get the password to our online model application and more details about our awesome senior portraits! Class of 2018 – it’s going to be unbelievable!!!

And to give a shout out to Class of 2017 – here are a few from my favorite sessions!

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Senior Photography in Ephrata, WA

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Mason bernardo - February 10, 2017 - 11:27 pm

Model application….male

Sandy Summers Russell - February 11, 2017 - 9:52 am

Hi Mason! Thanks for your inquiry! An e-mail will information link and password has been sent, so check your inbox. 🙂

Fall Family Portraits : Moses Lake Photographer

Late summer and all of fall are always so much fun at the studio because it’s when I’m super busy with family portraits. I love, love, love capturing each family’s special beauty and relationships. It’s one of the reasons I never do family mini sessions. I don’t feel like you can truly do a family portrait session justice without devoting the time to get to know them all and let them be their true selves. I want to capture this beauty for them in their images and there’s nothing mini about this process. That being said, I keep it fun, fast, and entertaining for everyone. After all we’re dealing with kids here, and they don’t wait around for you to take a million pictures of the same thing for an hour. Go baby go!

On a side note, if you all are looking to get a spring orchard blossom portrait session I’m nearly fully booked for April when the apple and cherry trees are in bloom, so contacting me soon to schedule one of the dates still open for yourself.

More to come!

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