Fall Family Photos

I adore the Ritter Family.  They have been a large part of my life since kindergarten after meeting their oldest daughter and my best friend The Natural Ginger.  They have a breathtaking piece of land nestled in the Cascades and a thriving business at Ritter Farms specializing in weddings and events.

When they get a chance to be in the same place at the same time, we’ve managed to capture a few photos.  We had the opportunity when the extended family had a photo session, so we had to take full advantage of the opportunity to get some new family portraits.

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Grandmother’s Pride & Joy

I’ve known my favorite family with the big red barn for many, many years. Many of those years were without a photo of everyone at the same time in the same place.

When asked by Grandma Kathy to take photos of the many kids who have called the family property home, I was happy to get the camera out and capture a moment in time for her.  It was a cold and very windy day- and everyone did their part to make it a fun and QUICK photo session.  I see why there is so much of a Grandmother’s Pride & Joy in these photos as each grandchild brings laughter and happiness to her in their own way.

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Toby and His People

There is nothing that brings more warmth in my heart than a loving dog.  Toby is just that.  His parents- Tammy and Jarrod decided to have a photo session featuring their favorite goofy fur kid.  We managed to have a great time on a really beautiful fall morning out on the family farm.  Toby managed to stay out of the water and puddles and be the star of the show. Good Boy Toby.

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Mid-Week Retreat

I’ve been working. A lot. So has the Handsome.  He managed to swing vacation this week which he deserved and needed so much.  Knowing I couldn’t take a whole week off, I opted for a mini break from my hectic schedule.

We took to the woods for an overnight and midweek recharge and retreat.  With such short notice and a very busy holiday weekend ahead of us, we stayed close to home and stayed at Millersylvania State Park.  Staying mid week, we almost had the entire campground to ourselves. We had our girls in tow, so we didn’t take to the lake on the canoes/kayaks, but did managed to let them paddle near the shore for a bit. We love to camp. Our dogs love to camp. The smell of the forest is healing and refreshing. We had a great camp fire, chatted, and heard every bird in what seemed within a mile radius. It was the perfect way to slow down and catch up with each other.

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My Back Yard

When the sun comes out after a gloomy winter, we go immediately to the back yard.  We have worked for a few years to make it just the spot to enjoy when that bright light makes its way to the great Northwest.

I have been feeling sapped of all of my creativity in the last few weeks since we’ve had what can only be described as a weird April around here, and I am looking forward to a better month of May.  Here are a few snaps from my afternoon prepping the garden and spending time with my sweet girls.

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Those Eyes

I am thankful every day that these beautiful girls grace our lives.  These two are our daily bit of joy.  Both rescued from shelters under extraordinary circumstances- Cedar from Yakima County at just 5 weeks old,and Tahoe from Grant County in her final hour due to exposure to a deadly virus.

We just know they hold more wisdom and patience beyond their years and more love to give than we could ever receive.

Good Dogs. Very Good Dogs.

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Four Hands, Eight Paws

I love a family photo shoot. I love more when I get a chance to include furry children in the mix.  As a fellow dog rescuers and newlyweds, Erica and Kyle, love their kids- Andy and Bella.  Both rescued, it is more than clear that they live the good life.  They were so much fun to work with- happy and in love. And for the record, Bella managed to chew through her leash in record time when it was time for Kyle and Erica to get a few photos solo. These guys were a blast.

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