Sidles Family | Spokane, WA

As you probably know, I traveled to Spokane, Washington earlier this month to meet up with my friend Michelle Sidles, who is also a fantastic photographer. I went to second-shoot a wedding with her and I also took her family’s portraits, which is what I’ll be sharing with you today!

First of all, I really have to give it up to Michelle and her husband, Ken—they are so, so awesome. As times goes by, the more people George and I know are starting to have kids. And everyone has different methods in raising them and I find myself very interested in what works for some families and what definitely wouldn’t work for us… Just for future reference, ya know? And Michelle and Ken have such an active family life, I can’t help but have a deep and utter respect for them. Their kids, Natalie and Aaron are two of the nicest and most calm kids I’ve EVER met. I hung out with them while we watched Le Tour de France and Aaron gave me a breakdown of how the race works. And then Natalie and I talked and carried on a conversation like we were old-time friends and I had to keep reminding myself that she’s twelve years old. Twelve years old! So cool!

I just pray that when George and I decide to have kids, we’ll raise them to have similar dispositions… Although, with George’s hyper-streak… Gosh, I’m totally in for it, aren’t I?


I love this almost more than I can bear… The light was just so gorgeous.

And I had to get some pictures of the newest Sidles, “Miss Lanie”. Michelle just loves her—can’t you tell?

These were some of the biggest freakin’ dandelions I’ve ever seen in my life! How could we resist?!

We saved the coolest location for last. We went to an airplane hanger, as this particular spot was very special to the entire Sidles clan. I love how this one turned out…

Oh, my gosh, I really love this family…

Seriously, Michelle, can we make this an annual thing? Pretty please?

Be sure to check out Michelle’s site this week, too. She officially started sharing photos from the wedding we shot and they are turning out great! A few slides that I took from that day will be coming up next as well.

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  • Annual! Yes! 🙂

    And… I ADORE these! Thank you SOOOOO much Carly! And is it weird that I want to blow up the Lanie the Wonderdog pictures to beyond gigantic proportions!? 😉 AWESOME!!!!

    I love the kids with the dandelions, that amazing pocket of light… and I want to bring that plane home to live with us. 🙂 Thanks for coming to Spokane!

  • Kristin says:

    Now there is a family I would like to hang out with! They look great!! I love how, with your pictures, you capture their personality so well! You feel like you kinda know ’em after you see the shoot!

  • Annie says:

    Carly… this family is near and dear to the Hensons heart and I am beyond thrilled that their essense was able to be captured for all to see! And love! They are truly a blessing to everyone they come into contact with (yes, Michelle — EVERYONE!). I’m so glad you were able to get these photos and share them with the world!! GREAT.JOB. ;0)

  • Priya says:

    Really gorgeous pictures of the Sidles’! I always tell Michelle that she has such a gorgeous, amazing family. The kids seem awesome. And Lanie, well, I could just steal her. Love your work Carly. Congrats from Oz!

  • Gemma Carr says:

    Those dandelions are ace! Love the doggy shots too.

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