Archive for October, 2010

You know when you get an immediate gut feeling about the someone the instant you meet them?  I knew I had to work with Jessica the first time we corresponded!  There was something different about her (and I mean that in a nice way ;) )  I feel so fortunate that Jessica and Brooke chose me to photograph such a special day in their lives.  Working with them was so comfortable and natural–a photographer’s dream!

The setting: The Academy Chapel in Vancouver, WA.  If you haven’t seen The Academy, then you don’t know what you’re missing.  It is STUNNING.  I’d love to get married again merely for the pleasure of seeing the inside of the chapel once more!  Unfortunately, I don’t think my husband will go for that, so please, if you are one of my brides and don’t yet have a venue, stop by The Academy and allow their wonderful staff to show you around!

The day: October 9th, 2010.  One of the rainiest Saturdays of the year!  Do you think Jessica and Brooke let that get them down?  Of course not!  Rain is beautiful.  It’s refreshing.  It promotes new growth and nourishment.  It doesn’t seem as though there’s anything more fitting for a wedding day than rain!

The couple: In LOVE.  Seriously, nothing else matters!  Yes, they were beautiful.  Yes, they were incredibly fun to work with.  But what’s all that without love?  :)   Their love was evident in the tiniest of gestures–the way they spoke of one another, the cuff links Jessica found for Brooke, the “B” she wore around her neck to show the world she’s taken her husband’s name…it was a beautiful thing!

And now, the photos.  Oh…so many photos!  Obviously I could not narrow this post down to just a handful!  Jessica and Brooke, you are beautiful.  Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your day. I hope you enjoy this sneak peek.  There are MANY more to follow ;)

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Amber Anderson Vancouver, WA Wedding Photographer

Amber Anderson Vancouver, WA Wedding Photographer

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THE END. (Or the beginning of a beautiful life together…yes, that’s what I meant!)

“Then we lie beneath a shady tree
I love her and she’s loving me”

I thought the song was a perfect fit for this session!  Remember that awesome contest I ran this past July??  Well, Corey and Alyssa, my contest winners, chose a fall session and it was a fab decision!  We were blessed with perfect fall weather.  The sun was shining, birds were singing, the couple couldn’t have been more in love…all was right with the world on this gorgeous Saturday afternoon!  There’s nothing better than working with a fun-loving couple who is comfortable in front of the camera and Corey and Alyssa were just that!  Alyssa is a sassy one (and I mean that in a good way, girl!)  She could pop that hip and pose like no other!  C and A, I had an awesome time with you.  Thank you for being so accommodating and I wish you both the best in life!  And to my two wonderful friends Sarah of Berrytree Photography and Shari of Shari Lynn Photography who were here to shoot and share with me on this session, I appreciate your input and love you both!

Alrighty…now the goods.  Do you see why this Beatles song came to mind as I was posting this session!?  ;)   These are just the first few I pulled up to edit.  C and A, can’t wait for you to see your whole session!

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I have lived in Washington State for all but 3 years of my life and I am embarrassed to say that I’d never really seen Mount St Helens until this year.  It was SO spectacular!!  Not only did I get to enjoy the beauty of the landscape, but I got to do one of my favorite things ever…shoot a wedding!  The setting was absolutely perfect.  The weather was incredible.  The bride and groom?  Perfection!  Nature had nothing on these two–they were beautiful inside and out.

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I went back and forth on whether or not to post this on my blog.  I try to keep my kids separate from my business because really, who wants to read 1,989,979 posts about how awesome I think my own kids are!?  I decided that this was truly an exception!  I hope someone can pull something useful from what I’m about to post.  If you’re anything like me as a parent, you work hard to juggle work, home life, and motherhood.  I cannot tell you how many times I’ve said, “just a second honey, mommy is working now.”  Last week, my entire outlook on life shifted.

There have been times throughout my kids’ lives where I’ve wondered if I needed to take them in to the Dr.  My husband and I usually take the wait-and-see approach.  It’s SO hard to know what’s normal and what isn’t!  Also, I hate feeling like an over-reacting mother for bringing my kids in when they really just have the sniffles.  Not to mention the insurance co-pays, the inconvenience, the long waits at the doctor’s office…  For me, it’s usually the ‘over-reacting parent’ thing that keeps me from calling.

Last Monday, our 4 year old had the sniffles, by Tuesday night, she was being revived in the emergency room.  She went from having the sniffles to full-blown pneumonia in a matter of hours.  My husband and I went back and forth over whether or not to take her in to the doctor.  Who goes in for the sniffles?  She kept complaining of a sore throat and we had NO CLUE that she meant it hurt at the base of her neck because she couldn’t breathe.  It was nagging at me and I finally made the decision to take her in.  Even as i was turning in to Urgent Care with a car full of melting groceries, I was second guessing myself.  I almost took the groceries home instead.  The ER doctor told me had we waited, it was unlikely she would’ve made it.

This brings me to the point of this blog post.  I’ve been feeling incredibly guilty for not realizing the severity of this situation.  I almost placed more importance on $124 in groceries than my daughter’s life.  I almost allowed my pride keep me from taking her in.  You can bet that any time I question whether or not something is “doctor worthy,” I will now be calling.  Please learn from my experience!  Who cares if someone thinks you’re over-reacting?  You could end up saving your child’s life.

I also realized in the ER that I take photos for other families, but have neglected to have my photos of my own family done.  Take those photos.  Take as many snapshots of your kids and family as you can. Snapshots  may not be prize winning portraits, but those will be the moments you will cherish for life.  I will also be making time for sessions with my own kids.  I am hiring a photographer to take new family photos of us ASAP since this isn’t something I can do myself.  I don’t care if I’m not at the weight I want to be at. I don’t care if I haven’t had time to update my hairstyle.  I want those memories in print.  Stop putting it off and capture your family as they are!

Again, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve told my daughter, “in a minute honey, mommy is working right now.”  Not anymore.  Our family dinners will not be interrupted by phone calls–I promise to call you back as soon as we’re done.  Put the paperwork aside for just a few minutes per night and play with your babies before they grow up.  I will not get irritated at the “one more book!” before bedtime.  Give your kids an extra hug tonight.  Tell them you love them more often than you ever have.  Kiss them until they cringe and push you away.  Snuggle your babies extra long tonight and be very grateful that they are there in your arms.

And of course, a photo.  A crummy, out-of-focus iphone photo, but a memory, none-the-less! Taken on her 4th birthday at Legacy Emanuel in Portland.  A birthday we will NEVER forget!