Walking into Beth Barretts home is like thumbing through a family photo album.
Dozens of pictures of her five children line the walls, black and white images greeting guests and sharing the memories of one family through the years. Pictures of her twins learning to stand and walk, her eldest son being cradled in his mothers arms, her little girl enjoying an outdoor bubble bath, Barrett captures the moments she never wants to forget and frames them for safekeeping.
Its so important to make time for photographs because you cant go back in time later, Barrett said. A lot of people dont like pictures of themselves, but 10 years from now you will look back and say, Wow, I looked so beautiful.
Barrett has loved photography since she was a little girl learning how to use a camera from her father, who she describes as an amateur, passionate photographer.
He took these great pictures that looked like they should be in magazines and that was inspiring, Barrett reminisced fondly.
Barrett was known to take pictures of her younger sisters and try to sell them to her parents as she was growing up. As an adult, she continues taking pictures for both business and pleasure.
Morning Star Photography offers baby, maternity, high school senior portrait, wedding, sport, school event and family photos. In the past she focused on photo shoots on location but now she also welcomes customers into her private studio by appointment.
Barretts favorite types of photos to take: babies, babies and more babies. That is why she offers complimentary newborn portraits for children 1 month and younger. Thats where my passion is, she explained, being a mama. If I had to choose between photography and being a mama, I would always choose being a mama. Being able to do both is a dream come true.
Building her portfolio is Barretts main goal for Morning Star Photography. Making money is secondary. Photography is something fun that I happen to get paid to do, she said. My favorites are the shots where people look like they dont know their picture is being taken, like they are lost in a private joke, dont see it coming and dont know you are there.
Barrett shoots mostly black and white photos using a digital camera and tripod. The black and white coloring draws attention to the subject rather than the surroundings, which color does, she explained.
Color prints are available upon request.
Barrett said she plans to continue using her hereditary photographers eyes to make an impact in the community. Dont be surprised to see her at Little League games, family reunions, weddings and the park, shooting photos.
This is who I am and what I do, she said. I love children, I love taking pictures and I want to do stuff thats fun.
For more information, to schedule an appointment or receive directions to Morning Star Photography studio, contact Barrett at 670-6658.
Capturing lifes most precious moments
Morning Star Photography is a Sequim-based business owned by photographer Beth Barrett. Photography options include newborn, maternity, high school senior and family portrait packages. Private studio appointments are offered in addition to on-location photo shoots. For more information, a pricing scale or to schedule an appointment, call 670-6658 or see
The Sequim Gazette is located at 147 W. Washington Street in Sequim.
Business hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Phone 360-683-3311, or toll free at 800-829-5810. FAX 360-683-6670.
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