Friday, July 31, 2009

Genuine

These are our good friends from Poulsbo, and I think they are so beautiful! So much style--look at the scarf in mom's hair, dad's glasses, their outfits. And then they've got those sweet smiles, and their newest little one, sigh! They adopted him from Ethiopia when he was just a tiny thing not too long ago. Let's just say he's chubbed right up. So cute!







I love tickle giggles!


I think this last one is my favorite of the family shots. Such genuine happiness.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

~My Formula~

Location with character, evening light and love.

Those things make a photograph beautiful to me.







I hope you like your second peek, R family!

Friday, July 24, 2009






There will likely be more of this cute family to come, but this will have to suffice for now as this week hasn't been nearly as productive as I'd hoped. I had a great time with this down-to-earth and fun-loving family, not to mention a really intelligent bunch. Their daughter has already written 13 books--yes, that 8-year-old strawberry blond girl loves to write! Her red-headed brother was so curious and I could tell by watching him that he really soaks in his environment. The baby of the bunch was doted on by all. And we had such a fun experience with this location. The owners of the property were so generous and sweet with us. They let us use their barn, their yard, any props we found laying around. Extremely kind! I'm hoping to return the favor by taking pictures of their granddaughter sometime soon. Thanks for a wonderful evening, everyone! Lots more to come!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Sweet Peek Part 2








One of the reasons I loved photographing these two so much was because they so obviously adored each other with their silly songs and playful interactions. I soaked up the love I felt with them and get teary looking at these pictures, as I so often do while listening to my sappy music and editing into the quiet night. I love kids, so carefree and sweet-spirited.

I sort of felt like a kid again on Friday night when Magnet and I stayed out until 2am at the drive-in watching the new Harry Potter movie and 17 Again. We set up a tent in front of our car and pretended we were camping with our kids while we waited for the sun to set and the movies to start. The kids crashed and I crashed, but Magnet managed to stay awake through both features. Even though I'm physically incapable of staying awake during movies (so unchildlike!), it was a most fun Friday-night family date.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Sweet Peek

This is definitely a peek. More of her big brother and some of them together to come soon. I just had to get some up, especially since I said I was having a postathon. I don't know what I was thinking! (The pressure!) By the way, the postathon is over. Whew, I feel better.

She was sweet and happy and giggly and lovable, and wow, absolutely stop-you-in-your-tracks gorgeous.







Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Sleeping Beauty

Here is what Maggie has to say about this baby:

"Really cute. Really cute. Really cute! I think her name is Sleeping Beauty!"

OK, I admit, I fed Maggie that line about sleeping beauty, but she did say that she's really cute three times.

Anyway, I have an assortment of pictures of this baby girl. There are some with hats ,bows, headbands, but she gave me her sweetest and most peaceful expressions without all the extras, so her she is, this beautiful and absolutely perfect baby. Thanks Mom and Dad for letting me spend a fun evening with you and your sweet family!




Anyone else ready for a nap??

Monday, July 13, 2009

Varicose Villa, Apt. 27

I embrace my life: my arms are wrapped so tightly around my 27-year-old existence that I often wish it had a pausing effect. It would be nice to halt the gray hair that's currently only adding "sparkle" before it completely squelches my brown; it would be nice to stop the backs of my legs from looking like a road map to Varicose Villa.

But I know the clock won't be stopped, and I do look forward to so many things, like meeting our future children and continuing on this road where my capacity for happiness seems to keep increasing. My reasons for wanting to freeze time are mostly cosmetic with a vain undertone, but I wish it weren't such a struggle to want to face a tomorrow where my outside appearance will inevitably continue to decrease in curb appeal.

I have a fat list of physical blows to be dreaded, and the recent news of a dear family friend tripping over her bedroom rug--not the curb, or the stairs, but a rug--landing herself in the hospital with a broken pelvis, sure doesn't help! I shouldn't act like this made my jaw drop. It's to be expected. She's 80.

(Note to self: my klutziness could become life-threatening.)

A few years ago, we were renting a basement apartment in Sandy, UT and the owners lived upstairs. We became friends with our time-worn landlords. Caroline, the wife, was my personal expert in crocheting and knitting, and her husband Ernie was always offering us his fresh garden vegetables. The night before we moved, we took a break from packing and cleaning and paid them a surprise visit late in the evening. They seemed thrilled to have us stop by, although slightly embarrassed.

"Don't mind me," Caroline giggled. "I already took my teeth out."

And that's when I was brutally reminded that sometimes when you get old your teeth fall out and you get dentures and remove them at night. Ack!

Still, dentures and all, Caroline was completely lovable and lit with life.

Life. I have to tell you about Verna Garrett, my aunt's mother. She must be in her 90s now, and I've heard countless stories about her acting like a 30-year-old wonder woman. Tales of how when she was about 84 years old, she drove daily to a neighboring town to attend a water walking class at 5:30am. One morning she ran out of gas in the middle of a large intersection, so she sat on the back bumper and pushed her car off to the side. Just as she managed to huff and puff her car to the curb, a policeman pulled over to ask what she was doing. Amazed that she had moved her car, he asked if there was anyone he could call for her. She declined, but said she would appreciate a ride to the pool.

(Um, I'm younger than 30, and there's no way I would've made it to water walking that morning, or any morning at 5:30am.)

When Verna went to the medical center to get her annual flu shot, a sign at the front desk informed her of a serum shortage and that flu shots would only be given to the "elderly." She read the sign and left, concluding that she'd have to come another time. When later rehearsing the dilemma to family, she said, "I know I'm older, but I'm certainly not elderly!"

Many "elderly" friends and loved-ones have shown me that although difficult, aging is a beautiful thing with the right attitude. I'm learning to look forward to the future, varicose veins and all. I want to savor each era, pass on my crocheting tricks, befriend a vain-stricken young woman one day and show her true inner youth and zest. Maybe I'll inspire her to fret less about the bags under her eyes.

Instead of digging my heels in and clinging to my age with a death grip, I'll welcome the birthdays. I'll embrace my life from within so when Death arrives, I can say,

"You're here already? Before we go, come look at this beautiful sunset."

Sunday, July 12, 2009

McKaylee



Don't laugh, but normally I start to get panicky inside if I've gone a week without posting. It's an illness, I know. Remember how you're not going to laugh at me? I scrounge and scramble to post something, anything. But this week will be easy street for me because, for once, I've got too much to post! I'm kicking off my postathon with favorites of pretty Miss McKaylee.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Flower Power


When I began talking to Magnet about buying my camera, one of the things he was most excited about was the prospect of me photographing arrangements for the Flowers to Go website, among other things. I've been so busy taking pictures of people that I haven't been of much use yet, so I am happy to have finally put together a little poster ad for the Flowers to Go gift cards we recently started selling. It will be fun to see this up in the shops!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Lauren and Stephen








Some things I loved about my Fourth-of-July weekend in Spokane with my sister Lauren and her fiance Steve:
  • Taking their engagement pictures! We tried out a handful of locations, and since I've been home, I've had fun trying some new editing styles...I'm not sure they're all me, but it's fun to play around in photoshop.

  • Helping with wedding plans--it's all coming together so beautifully. Her colors are midnight blue and raspberry. Yummy.

  • Late-night talks with my sweet, sweet sis.

  • Meeting Steve's fun family. I loved all of them!

  • Shopping, mainly for wedding stuff, but I snuck in a few new shirts for myself. :)

  • Coming home to Magnet and my babies!

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