Child #2 has been a challenge from conception. She’s also an amazingly wonderful, spirited, loving kid who we are so glad is a part of our lives. But when she trucked off to Kindergarten this year I took a big deep breath and then a long nap. And an even longer hiatus from photography. I’ve done some things here and there, but even my own family pictures are few and far between. As our days get longer and the weather gets warmer, iPhone pictures just aren’t cutting it for me any more. I see light and want to capture it! So I’m slowly but surely working at getting back into the swing of shutter snapping. I don’t imagine you’ll see a whole lot on here through the summer, but maybe more than once a year ;-).
I mean, I know it gives kids a complex if Mom and Dad play favorites, but no client would feel that way if I told you this family was one of my favorites, right?! I hope not since I really truly love all my clients! But, that said, this mama does a great job of producing beautiful babies and then dressing them in perfectly coordinated outfits that always fit the setting wonderfully. And that’s a feat, I know! After a couple of reschedules due to handsome baby boy breaking his collarbone :-(, then the terrific wind storm that ripped through here a few weeks back, we finally met up at Finch to capture these shots.
A few weeks back this fun, kind, and obviously in love, couple was brave enough to venture to Cd’A with me for engagement pictures. We were hoping for evening magical light but had a hard time finding it. After a little while at Tubbs Hill I suggested Sander’s Beach. It had been over 10 years since I’d been down to that area. Before I was of driving age. Probably because I’d never driven to Sanders on my own, I wasn’t sure how to even get there. So we meandered streets and happily stumbled upon the right one in a matter of minutes. I felt pretty blond not knowing my way around my “hometown” better, but then again, I am a country kid who rarely made it off the farm or out of the woods. Guess not much has changed. Summer is here (nearly gone), and I’ve spent every waking minute working on something that makes leaving to camp in the woods possible. But, the light was beautiful when we did find this little gem of a spot and we were able to finish out our session with a smile on my face, and hopefully on theirs too!
The lovely and beautiful Mackenzie brought her ideas and pictures to me a few months ago and we started brainstorming, shopping, and sewing. It took some time but we were finally on track to get a couple adorable outfits done for her and her daughter. Then life happened, weather happened, etc, and we got sidetracked. Knowing the weather wasn’t going to cooperate with us much longer, I set out to finish her dress. It was a remake of a 1950’s pattern, and “supposedly” had been resized to be current. Ha. There was NO way she, or I, would fit into the top I sewed. So I embarked on an endeavor to get a new pattern. Something JoAnn Fabrics does not like to assist with. But persistence won out (it was a $17 pattern!), and I recut and resewed the top 4 sizes bigger. Much better. We picked a day that looked like it would be tolerable and met at two separate locations, one for her and her current ride, and one for her and her daughter. The weather held for us and as long as we let sweet “E” go in and warm up every so often, we managed to avoid the ‘rudolph’s red nose’ look. I LOVE the way they turned out, and the dedication Mackenzie had in pulling it all together!
Fall is here, winter is closing in, and it’s all bringing life around here down to slower, more productive, pace. The rest of the year is fun, full-bore all the way, fast paced, and sometimes hectic, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. But I do miss editing my own pictures, blogging, and even finding the time to read others’ blogs.
To kick off this season, I have a session from a beautiful idyllic North Idaho fall afternoon. The morning was spent atop a horse racing through my first Competitive Mounted Orienteering ride. SO much fun. And getting to photograph this family at their home was just icing on the cake to a great day. They are a “it’s a small world” connection. We have mutual friends in Montana… Tyler’s childhood neighbors are also good friends of Sean and Virginia’s. We met Sean and Virginia when Sean started sawing for my dad while I was still working with him. It’s always a good time when we get to see them, and I especially enjoyed this trip out to their house because I got to see Molly, their Golden Retriever out of my own Darby and Diesel. So enough words, here’s some photos…
They planned ahead and started off the session with scruffy hillbilly attire and hair. LOVE when we start off laughing and having a good time!
But they do clean up good.
Living in a gorgeous little valley never hurts either.
I was so excited when a client from last year contacted me about making the trip over the pass to photograph her daughter’s 5th birthday party. It was her first real party with decorations and friends and such, so all the stops were pulled out. My mom made the jaunt with me and we had a wonderful weekend photographing the fun! We also may have gone to IKEA…. Not that it too was a highlight of the trip or anything…. I want to post more than just these few pictures, but since my own kids are begging me to go outside and play with them, a few will have to do for now.
I’m pretty sure this couple achieved perfection with their wedding day. Hot, but not blistering. Intimate, but not excluding. Simple, yet elegant. Tyler had started his vacation that day so was able to accompany me. We had so much fun! These are just a few that I’ve edited so far and wanted to share with you all.
I just finished this precious little angel’s session and thought I’d share one of my favorites. She was such a little doll!
This Saturday I will have the privilege to shoot this fun couples wedding! We squeezed in an engagement session just a couple weeks ago down at the river at Bowl and Pitcher. There was another couple having their engagement session done as well, but by a photographer with all the “cool” gear. Although it actually seemed way too hot to be lugging lights and such around. And besides, we got to go hiking up trails they didn’t venture down.
I played around with a few new action combos on these. I’m not sure if I love them yet, but I do enjoy trying a new look now and then.
I always have much greater intentions of blogging regularly, but life gets in the way all too often! A few weeks ago I did get to spend the evening with this handsome kid and his mom for a bit. Always love my time with them each year!