Archive for January, 2012

If you don’t know what this project is about, CLICK HERE to find out!  Otherwise, keep reading, enjoy the images and remember to click the link at the end of the post to continue to the next blog!  It’s a big ol’ circle of awesomeness.

So this week, I pulled out my camera while I was playing with the girls.  We had built a very extravagant (well, as extravagant as an old sheet and duct tape can possibly be…) castle in our living room.  We had an army of scantily clad Barbies battling dragons, dinosaurs and questionable characters in an effort to free my two warrior princesses.  And then life called.  It reminded me that my little girl isn’t as invincible as that warrior princess who just slayed the 130 foot “dragon.”  I decided to show photos of this, the painful side of our REAL life, instead of only sharing the good parts.  My little girl has asthma.  Nope, it’s not the end of the world.  Yep, we count our blessings each and everyday that it’s nothing worse than this.  I can tell you though, that at the first sniffle or wheeze, our stomachs flip and we wonder if her newest drug protocol will work.  We don’t wonder IF, but WHEN and how long we’ll be in the hospital.  It means that every cold will not simply pass in 5-7 days, but instead become a battle against pneumonia.  It means we watch our strong, amazing girl lie nearly lifeless as she struggles to breathe.  Typical for us, one of her allergies was triggered as we played and she had a flare up.  Typical for us, she balked when I told her we needed a breathing treatment NOW.  So here we are.  This is part of our regular life and I’m sharing it with you today.

A valiant effort on her part, but hiding did NOT get her out of a decent dose of Albuterol today.
Family Photographer, Vancouver, WA

 

My sweet little girl…hoping she grows out of this very soon.

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So, it’s been pointed out to me recently that my blog is looking more like a shrine to my children and less a place of business.  It’s cool.  People like to see actual CLIENTS and not my totally adorable, cherubic little darlings.  I get it.  I’m just really, really great at keeping up with the needs of my clients, not so great at making time for the blog.  I keep up with my Life Stories posts because I have a ring of photographers who would come after me with torches and pitch forks, should I miss a post and screw up the circle!  (Love you all!!  Don’t hurt me…)  Anyway, I was looking over wedding images shot this weekend with my dear friend Jenica of Lemon Drops Photography.  Love that chick.  I decided to edit a few favs.  Then, I decided I’d be totally crazy-like and actually POST them.  On my blog.  A place for CLIENT images!  (Be warned, my Life Stories series will still be posted on Friday…and it will contain multiple pics of my angels)

Now, a couple things about these.  #1, this beautiful bride kept saying over and over, “I feel so awkward.  I’m just not natural in front of a camera!”  I think nearly every bride I’ve shot has said this.  You know what, you are STUNNING on your wedding day.  Stunning!  Please don’t ever stress about being awkward or looking anything less than completely amazing.  It’s our job as photographers to shoot you in a manner that flatters you 🙂  #2, when I meet prospective brides, they thumb through images and say things like, “Well, my venue is not nearly as gorgeous as this!!”  I’m telling you right now that most of the images you see below were shot in the corner of a church basement.  Seriously.  #3, I obviously have some serious love for bridals because those are always the first images I edit!

Wedding photographer, Portland, OR

Wedding photographer, Portland, OR

Wedding photographer, Portland, OR

Wedding photographer, Portland, OR

Just before the holidays, I squeezed in ONE last engagement session.  Getting downtown the weekend before Christmas was a nightmare, parking was nearly a disaster, yet I wouldn’t have changed one thing about this session!  I love when a couple is so comfortably in love.  This will likely make you roll your eyes, but I’m totally going to say it: they were ADORABLE.  Bam.  Said it (and said it in caps, so you KNOW I mean it).  We started the session in the tiniest taqueria I’ve ever seen.  The best thing about the place was that it meant a lot to these two!  It was a place where their love was kindled.  Tacos with a side of life-long love and companionship?  Yes, please!  As we moved closer to the city, we were met with more crowds (and more parking issues), but it didn’t get us down.  We rocked this thing out together!  I’m very much looking forward to their wedding. They were completely amazing and fun and so quirky-cute that my heart was very happy at the end of our time together!  Enough babbling…here are a few from their session.  Enjoy!

Wedding Photographer | Vancouver, WA

Wedding Photographer | Vancouver, WA

Wedding Photographer | Vancouver, WA

Wedding Photographer | Vancouver, WA

Wedding Photographer | Vancouver, WA

Wedding Photographer | Vancouver, WA

Wedding Photographer | Vancouver, WA

Wedding Photographer | Vancouver, WA