Before we went on spring break, we had a seriously LONG layover in Seattle. Fortunately, we have friends there and we love exploring new cities...so we got a car at 8 a.m. and met up with some great fiends just outside the city. It was awesome to see these friends as we haven't seen them in 10 years. We shared many years together in ministry overseas and to reconnect with them and another couple we were there with, was truly awesome. Check out the first installment of Spring Break 2018
Ok, can we just talk about how cool it is that I got to not just meet but photograph a Boston Red Sox pitcher and his GORGEOUS wife! I mean....what an awesome family and a real treat to use smoke bombs in a photo. You'll see those again for sure. But look! They are having a baby girl...the boys were insanely excited about it and their friends video'ed the whole thing. Such a blessing to meet cool, influential people. Blaine Boyer is not just a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox....but most people I have shared this with say.."Oh, he's the guy that went with Adam LaRoche to 'Southeast Asian brothels, wearing hidden cameras doing undercover work to help rescue underage sex slaves.'"....People know him for his heart and not just that he can pitch a ball at whatever mph. That is a legacy worth building on. Check them out! http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/15159499/adam-laroche-goes-deep-decision-walk
Closing down the year with some stunning shoots. Great families. I'll do a recap next week of 2017 but woah....busy year and grateful beyond words. Be looking for that recap because you might recognize everyone ;) hahahaha. For now...the MacGrays.
I'm so behind on blogging....like.....be-HIND! I can't believe it. Well, to catch you up on the summer, here are just a few of the many families that I got to meet. I love people!!!!
I had a great time photographing the Murray's! They came from Kissimee FL and were DYING for snow, but alas...we had only a dusting. It still made for beautiful photos. I love when folks come from out of town to see Steamboat, it's so great, especially for the kids. These kids, seeing ANY snow was a big deal. Great fun was had :)
I canNOT believe I haven't written on my blog since APRIL!!! Woah!!! Insane! It has been a SUPER busy summer that I simply haven't had time :( Well self.....time to catch up. I think to make this easy for me and you I'll highlight some of my favorites for the month of June here...then so on and so on. So first up....GIRLS TRIP GETAWAY/BABY SHOWER!!! I was asked by a good friend to come over and photograph her beautiful friends eating, opening baby gifts, and fire pitting it up. Um...yes...yes I can do that for you. WHAATT?? So much FUN! Check it out!
For over a year, my bible study, me, Josh, friends, family have all prayed for a buddy for Kayla (my oldest). Kayla is super sweet and kind and artistic and not into cliques. She never really found her person until recently. Not to put the pressure on Audrey, but she is perfect for Kayla. She is kind, artistic, sweet and just instantly Kayla's bff. She just moved here 2 months ago and we could not be more thrilled for a new friend for Kayla. Thankful for her. Audrey celebrated her 9th birthday last week and I got to sneak over and do a mini-shoot for her. Kind of my dream client :) hahahaha.
I had the privilege to photograph the lovely Jackie a few weeks ago. It was cold, but we had the best sunset and awesome willingness to sit in a chair in the freeeeezing cold....in a sleeveless dress :) Oh, it was fun! Jackie is a 2016 high school senior and I couldn't be more excited for her graduating and pursuing a college degree. She's smart...I mean really smart and we just had the best time :) Thanks Jackie for having me photograph your senior pics!!
This last photo was totally for fun. She is a singer and brought along some sheet music.....Just for fun :)
I had the chance to catch up with some good friends recently over tea and scones. I was so grateful to have been able to document the real-life theatrical faces that we have....well, Ashley had them this day, but usually the dramatic faces are mine. Krysta treated us to a dramatic reading and I got to photograph baby Ellie!!! She is so much fun to photograph because you don't always know what you are going to get. It was a lovely morning in Krysta's new kitchen....grateful for good friends. :)
I had about 3 minutes to capture Kayla's photo before Tae Kwon Do. She was super excited because there was a time when she would say as a kiddo "MOM, another photo??" So, I have had to sneak photos of her here and there for the last few years. This time, she was all about it. YES! I was so excited because she looked to fabulous in her coat with her fur hat that it took everything in me to get to our destination without pulling the car over at random corners. This peanut is almost 10.....10!!! Holy smokes! I just can't believe it! I'm grateful for her spirit, her love for others and her compassionate heart. Cheers to my little eskimo!
This is what I said to Hilary last week, "Can I swing by for 1 shot?". I had an idea of double exposure. Anyone know what that is? In the film days you took one image and put it on top of another to create this cool effect, double exposure. I have always been intrigued by this style and tried to figure it out with just my digital camera. I have done this before in Photoshop, but never within my camera. Most DSLR's these days have this capability in the menu settings. On the Nikon this can be found by pushing Menu, then click on the camera icon and then it's at the bottom (Multiple exposure). Anywho, I called Hil and said, lets play. It was super short notice, but I showed up and she looked like she was about to step out to NYFW. Sheesh! Lucky for me....it was time to play!
I got to play in the snow with my two friends Danielle and Susie on Tuesday. It was a fun time of climbing a mountain to get to our desired location. Not only did we hike in 17 degree weather, but it was all single track. Not the easiest of locations to get to, but worth every step. When everyone tells you it's the "slow" time for photographers, take the reins and get to step'n. Danielle was a dream to photograph and my new friend Susie was awesome to work along side. What shall my next shoot be?........
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No doubt about it, I love holiday mini-sessions!!! Not only are they cost effective for my clients, but they are also fun for me being a HUGE extrovert to meet with several different families in a 3 hour stretch. I remembered EVERYONES name this time around.....(pat on the back). Here are some samples of what we got to accomplish together :)
I LOVE my kids. They are the kindest kids on the block. They love life and each other. This is their video at their 5, 7 and 9 year old selves. Enjoy!
I had some crazy awesome fun with the Yamashita's WHOLE family and Jessica's dad and step mom last week. It was so gorgeous out that we could ONLY have a good time. The kids were in high demand of which shots I was to take, and I loved it. They wanted jump shots, sitting shots, laying down shots, minecraft shots, grass shots, jumping out of grass shots ....the list goes on! I love getting direction from kiddos on shoots....they have so much fun which gets me amazing fun shots that show their personalities! How could I go wrong? It was a wonderful time
My super cousins arrived last week for a wonderful visit in Colorado!!! We were on the tail end of their whirlwind trip and what a treat it was so spend time together. I had the ultra challenge of photographing their 3 kiddos who have a history of NOT smiling for me :) I gladly accepted the challenge and we hit the road....literally. I took this family up Marabou (a new fav location of mine) and we had a blast! I love letting the kids direct me a little, it gets them comfortable in front of the camera and silly, fun photos transpire.