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My Parents – In front of my camera! {Lisa Jump – Gig Harbor Tacoma Family Photographer}


Yes, I forced my parents to go in front of the camera. I did….thankfully they agreed and didn’t put up a fight. :) But let me back up a bit…

If you’ve read this blog over the past year, you may have caught this very personal post that I wrote last spring.  Not only was this a tribute and writing about loss, but it was also about the importance of capturing those around you. The everyday things.  Those you love and cherish. The interactions of those you love.
It was shortly after writing this that I informed my own parents that I would be scheduling them for a shoot, to be prepared, and that we’d be putting it on the calendar soon. They just nodded and agreed…but I promised that I would hold them to it. :)
Sure enough….we scheduled a date and I met them down at Chamber’s Bay in Tacoma.  We not only wanted to capture the two of them together, but wanted to capture them with my girls. They have such a special relationship, and their interactions, love and silliness, was equally as important to me to capture.
My sweet parents.  Kind, loving, gracious, selfless, patient. Oh, so patient. :)

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And it didn’t take long before my girls wanted to join in on the fun. Guaranteed silliness when they all get together! And Grandpa, having raised two daughters of his own, and now two more granddaughters…..well, let’s just say he’s a very patient man. :)

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And this picture pretty much captures my patient dad and his lovely girls!

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Such a beautiful morning…..we ran, and explored, and chased, and hugged.

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And my youngest asked if she could take a picture all by herself….um, of course you can! Your photographer mom will NEVER say no to that request (because I’m certain that requests like this won’t happen much longer :)

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After this, we headed over and down to the beach, but not before stopping to watch the trains below us!

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Once again, while I got my parents alone for a bit….the girls weren’t far behind and were quick to jump in the shot!

And yes, my parents loved it! :)

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Shortly after, I was able to get a few with my parents alone. I have to say, it’s an interesting experience to elicit and witness emotion between your own parents. Their story: Met in high school. Married for 45 years. Lived several places and eventually landed in Seattle. Raised two girls. Always in love. Always respectful.  Always patient.  Looking at these images, I’m just reminded of what an amazing example they’ve always been….just by loving and supporting each other…..always.

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Mom and Dad….I’m so grateful that you set this time aside for me. And that you let me capture these.  Every single one of these makes me smile, and I consider this such a gift to everyone in our family. Love you both!!!


  1. Stacy Gendreau

    February 13th, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    Lis – love everything about this post <3

  2. Anita Jump

    February 13th, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    These are beautiful. What a treasure for all of you!

  3. Teri Falkey

    February 14th, 2014 at 2:37 am

    Love it….!!!!!

  4. Leatrice Letty Tjaden Fowell

    February 14th, 2014 at 6:39 am

    You do such beautiful photos. Love your work !!!

  5. Ellie Greller

    February 14th, 2014 at 8:18 am


  6. Xiomara Gard

    March 12th, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    Lisa, this shoot is beautiful…. but the fact that you have captured your parent’s and your babies- they will treasure these for generations to come. Again, THIS is why we do what we do.!!

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