Tacoma, WA Family and Children’s Photography


Happy Clients 

I wanted Darlene to take pictures of my five grandchildren for my wife’s birthday. Darlene came to our house and immediately connected with the moms and the kids and made them all comfortable with her and the camera. The kids range in age from 1+ (2) , 4(2) and 7 (1). She made use of natural light and had the kids working with her immediately. I was very impressed as she did shots of individual family groups and the entire bunch and never lost control of her subjects. We could not have been more pleased with the outcome. Natural looking, grouped but not posed. The kids projected themselves and the results were delightful. She is a fantastic child photographer and I highly recommend her and her work. – Alden Sproul
Last fall Darlene came to my home to photograph my 1 1/2yr old granddaughter. We spent hours with her outside, at the barn with the horses and in the swing just playing in the yard. The pictures were beautiful and unique. They are not your run of the mill posed photos. The hardest part was choosing which ones to get. It was a great experience for all of us. Her parents were thrilled with their Christmas gift. We can’t wait to use her again with the two new granddaughters! – Rebecca Akely
This past September my husband and I vacationed with our daughter, son-in-law and three young granddaughters at a beach cottage in Maine. We really wanted to commemorate our first ‘family vacation’ and chose Darlene Terry of ‘Whimsical Years Photography’ to photograph our family. Darlene with her unique low-key approach was able to capture the essence of what is our family. The photographs are something we will treasure always. I find great joy in knowing that sometime many years from now our granddaughter’s will be looking at those photographs with their children and recalling that wonderful summer in Maine. – Christine

About Darlene Terry

So this is the part where I’m supposed to tell you a little about me.  Maybe some clever words or words that will make you want to hire me. 

But honestly, at the end of the day, I’m just a girl who strives to take images that make you feel something good. Whether that be joy, nostalgia, hope or gratitude.

My biggest wish is to help you see the beauty in what you have now, in the truest way possible.  Alongside being passionate about photography, I’m also a mother to two adult children. 

Our life together was full of the usual amount of chaos, love, laughter, tears and all the expected, and unexpected ups and downs that come with being a family. 

Now that they are off creating their own way in the world, I find myself rummaging through old photographs of the various stages of our life together. 

Looking back through all of the photos I took of them brings back so many memories.  I love making sure that every family I photograph gets this same nostalgic experience!  

It’s the biggest reason I decided to make my passion for photography into a career.  The other reason is because I love the privilege of showing families how they love each other.  I hope you will give me that privilege with your family!