Friday, December 12, 2014

Gasworks Glory

I have been playing email tag with D. on and off since last year. He had purchased my Groupon but couldn't find a date or location that worked.

We finally set a date and they picked Gasworks Park for the site. I was worried because it had been so rainy that week but fortunately the rain held off. There was some wind coming off the water but we did get some sun breaks too. Amazing!

It was great to photograph this couple. They were both comfortable in front of the camera and you could tell they enjoyed being together. That makes for the best sessions. 


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Hawks Holiday Photo

I first photographed this sweet family last year when they were a family of 3. This year they had a theme and a new addition to their family. I loved the sweaters! They were all so cute. 

The boys got quite chilled out in the cold air. We had snowfall the day before and temperatures were in the mid-20's at most.  I pulled a spare blanket out of my car to help E. keep warm between shots but it was still COLD.

It was a quick session but we made the most of the time. We tried to move fast and stay warm.

I tried to play a little with the color on  a few of the photos to really showcase the Seahawks theme. The 12th man is alive and well in this family!

I love this picture! I thought it was a good representation of motherhood. Both boys were cold and upset. She just cuddled them both up and went with the flow. 

Monday, December 8, 2014

December Daily: Day 1-4

I have been a blog reader for several years. There are several activities that come up year after year. Different bloggers all join in. Most I don't do because I lack organization.

One of the challenges each year is December Daily which was created by Ali Edwards.  The challenge is to document each day in December up until Christmas. To take a few quick minutes out of the chaotic holiday schedule to pause and reflect on the day. On what you've done that day, and what you plan for the next. 

Most of my pictures have been taken with my phone. Not having to touch up or convert images makes it easier to print them daily and go day by day. 

And, now that I FINALLY updated the firmware on my Canon MG5320 printer, I can use AirPrint to send photos directly from my phone to the printer. To stray slightly off track..Can I tell you how much I love this printer? I love how quickly it prints daily documents. I'm so happy with the ease of printing directly onto discs without a label (with appropriate discs). And now, with AirPrint installed, it's extra amazing!!! (this isn't an endorsement, just my enthusiastic opinion). 

Here's what I have so far..  Yes, I know, it's only up to Day 4,but hey, it seems longer. maybe because someways there's not much to talk about (unless i document about the laundry I did or the lunch I packed) for kiddo 2. I remembered to take my pictures for Day 5-7 but need to get them put in the book. 

I'm thinking about try to do a Project Life album next year but have some reservations. 1.-would/could I keep up? 2.-do I do enough interesting things to fill an album?

My pages aren't fabulous like some I've seen, but at least they are done and journaled.

Do you have any craft ideas you're thinking about starting? 

Friday, November 14, 2014


It's always fun to see them all dressed up for the dance. As you can see, photo sessions are a bit more relaxed than in the past. 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Banks Lake

As a family, we haven't been camping in several years. And even then we hadn't been tent camping as a family ever. 

We were invited to join another family at Banks Lake for a long weekend in September. We gathered up supplies, kind of just winging it as we went. Loaded up the car and set off in a small caravan to the other side of the mountains. 

Test one was setting up a borrowed tent in the dark by flashlight. I think we did pretty well and it was still standing in morning so I judged it a success. 

We all had fun cooking, hanging out and doing lots of activities. The family we went with camps often and was able to give suggestions. They also provided most of the entertainment. 

We travelled the lake by boat, inner tubed  and the big kids played on the jet skis. B and E had just completed testing for and obtained their boating licenses. Anique joined in on the paddle boat. 

There were also quads for the more adventurous. And those who didn't mind a lot of dust and dirt. 

Overall the trip was fun and everyone had a fun, relaxing weekend. 

We finished off our last day there with a hike up Steamboat Rock. It was a steep, hot, no shade, climb up but the view at the top was incredible! 

Bailey carried Ruppy with his injured paw up and down the whole way. Lily and Marcel were hiking champions. Lily cracked me up by wedging herself under sagebrush at every stop to get any available shade. She also would turn and bark at me if I wasn't moving fast enough on the way down. 

It was a great weekend with friends and family.  

Rest stop dog walker

Stray kittens at the gas station. The kids lobbied hard for adoption.

This is the face Anique makes when she doesn't want her picture taken.

Yes, he plays soccer even while camping.

Killing time waiting for the quad riders to come back. 

Bailey carried Ruppy for the entire hike

Monday, November 10, 2014

Baby D.

I'm the first to admit that photographing newborns is not my strongest area. I feel like I can't adequately capture all the precious cuteness.

Baby D was made to be a baby model. We got off to a rough start with a bad case of the hiccups. Every time he would almost drift off, he would hiccup and wake himself back up. He was still a happy baby, but very alert. After a feeding he finally drifted off. 

The pictures don't capture just how cute he is. 

Monday, November 3, 2014

Senior Portraits - Beach

This sweet young lady and her sister braved the elements for her photo session. Despite the wet, wet day she was upbeat and positive the whole time. 

It was a joy working with her.