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  • Welcome to my blog!

    Hi I'm Crystal Garcia, and I am living and loving in Bellingham, Washington with my hip-hop dancing 6 year old boy, animal loving 5 year old girl, 10 month old ball of squish and a brilliant and fun husband of 9 years.
    I specialize in pregnancy portraits, on call birth photography (without the use of flash), newborn portraits in your home, plus child and family photography. You can find more of my work on Facebook here.

Well hello there! I am so behind blogging because of all the wonderful sessions I have been out shooting and editing. It’s the busy season for is portrait photographers and in Bellingham we are dodging the rain and trying to make the most of the color fall leaves dropping everywhere. Last week I got to do one of my favorite types of sessions for this time of year- a large family group. Call me crazy, but I LOVE shooting extended family grandparents. I think its often times the only way people get pictures of their parents after they become grandparents and its so economical for a 2-3 immediate families to share a big family session.

This family really turned up the challenge level by including a dog, a set of newborn twins and two camera shy kids in the mix! Here’s some of my favorite from our session, enjoy!


I learned a valuable lesson this past weekend: don’t go out to photograph friends with nothing to tell the time and no regard for how much you are shooting, because you might come home with over 1,000 images and even after culling and culling and culling, you may still have over 230 images selected to “keep.” Yikes! Needless to say I had a lot of fun hanging out with Fred, Erin and Isaiah on Saturday around their house and at a nearby park. They are about the funnest and most beautiful little family ever-and I cannot wait to meet their newest little member when he or she arrives in November!

Fred & Erin, I hope you guys enjoy these…there are LOTS more!:)

Fred is an amazing designer and animator, who works with my hubby. He is currently illustrating a sweet alphabet book for “vehicle loving toddlers,” and you can sign up to get updates on ordering his book here, or by clicking the image above.

  • Kristi Cherry - October 14, 2014 - 10:26 am

    Crystal –
    As usual, a beautiful job! This child has the most beautiful eyes and the sweetest smile to match. Precious little one!

I was so pleased to meet Simon and Rebekah a few weeks ago and find out that Simon worked at the same company as my husband and that they were planning on giving birth at the Birthroot Birth Center and that they wanted me to photograph their birth! Well after a gorgeous and strong labor, which Rebekah rocked, Andrew Peter made his way into the work d weighing 6 pounds and 11 ounces this morning. He is just a beautiful baby boy and it was so beautiful to witness his birth and all the love he entered the work into. Here are some of my favorites form his birth.

Simon and Rebekah are new to Bellingham and are without family in the area so I have set up a meal train to try and help support them during this time of transition into parenthood and establishing themselves in a new community. If you would like to bring them a meal (or even order them a meal or gift card for a meal from out of town) click here.  And don’t forget to leave them some love in the comments!




The older I get, the more I value the friends I have. Because at 28 years old, having been married for 9 and a half years and a mother for 7, it is HARD to make new friends. Not the casual acquaintance kind-the kind that you can call late at night, vent all your problems to, celebrate your successes with and best of all live in a beautiful, real, honest place with. The kind of grown up friends that knows the way you are and loves you anyways, the kind that you don’t have to explain yourself to and the kind that even when you go weeks or even months without talking, you pick up where you left off. I am so fortunate to have several of these types in my life, one of them is Brittany.

I could literally go on and on and on about all the ways this woman is amazing, fun, down to earth, patient, honest, kind and selfless and most of all, the best listener I have even known….but I won’t..I wouldn’t want you all to be jealous of the amazing friend I have had the pleasure of knowing since I moved to Louisiana during high school.:)But honestly, having Brittany as my friend has made me a better person and I am so thankful to all that she has loved me through.

A few weeks ago Brittany flew into Seattle for a visit and we had a blast whale watching, stand up paddle (SUP) boarding, exploring and spending time together. It was so enjoyable to have her here, and I was super sad to take her back to the airport when it was time.  Here are some pictures from our time together and some head shots I took of her for her website. (BTW, Britt is a serious AMAZING pianist, who teaches children and an author of a book and this week on FB posted a photo of her and her brothers with an alligator they hunted on their family property! Seriously, she is just the coolest person ever!)

We went on a whale watching tour with Island Adventures. Their blog post here about the afternoon trip has more details and photos from our specific tour.

SUP boarding on Lake Padden together!

IMG_0291I took this on the way to take Brittany back to the airport. This park has amazing views!

And lastly, some random cell phone pictures-because well, I treat my blog like my personal journal and I want to store these here.:)Whatcom Falls park, an owl in a tree, board games, and more!

  • Andrea Laurel Merg - September 8, 2014 - 5:21 pm

    Beautiful lady. Great pictures!

  • Michele McGehee - September 10, 2014 - 7:33 pm

    She cherishes your friendship too!
    Thanks for loving my precious daughter. ;)
    I loved reading your blog and seeing your wonderful photos!