Senior Year is nearly finished for many Pacific Northwest high school students.
I had the pleasure of working with Hikaru, a Senior from Packwood HS and exchange student from Japan. We took to the Washington State Capitol for this photo session on a clear and very brisk morning. The flowers were in full spring bloom.
Hikaru had the opportunity to make her journey to the US through a high school exchange. She has been enjoying the adventure so far and will return to Japan in the summer to finish out another year of school before deciding on college. This very bright young woman will do great in whatever she does- the adventure continues! Good Luck to you Hikaru!
I’ve never had an immediate passion for newborn photography. I’ve always thought of it to be posed, pressured, and expensive. Over the last few years, my personal compass has needed an adjustment when it comes to newborn photography. First, many of my closest friends have had children recently and second, there is a need to capture the sweet first few days as they pass so quickly with the rush of visitors, appointments, feedings, and (maybe) sleeping.
With one of my close friends having a happy and healthy baby boy a few weeks back, I couldn’t help but offer to take a few photos of his sweet little self for their memory books.
We approached the photos as an afternoon in his nursery and 100% up to his sleep & feeding schedule. Using simple blankets and using natural light, we managed to capture some very sweet faces. He is bright, beaming, and such a sweet little guy. I can’t wait to capture more as he grows.
I write this as many dear friends are on their millionth hour of deep snow, wretched freezing temperatures, and cabin fever. The PNW has been rocking this winter- mild, warm and SO MUCH SUNSHINE. Now, I wanted this post to serve as a reminder of the good that has been the east coast- and it will return.
Winter Boston meet Summer Boston. I know it has been a while since you’ve had clear streets, sunshine, and easy access to your city.
I’ve been holding these photos of The Natural Ginger and her Mr. for a few months. They needed some real attention, so they waited until all of my family photo sessions to be worked on. They got married in August at the family farm and had some gorgeous photos taken by my favorite photography duo- Memory Montage Photography, but wanted just a little bit of Boston time their wedding clothes. While out in Boston last September with the handsome, we took to the streets in full wedding attire, including an impromptu bouquet constructed in line at Trader Joe’s. We made our way through the city from the Boston Public Library, Fenway Park, and the Northeastern Campus where they first met. The night closed with a dive bar filled with friends. Couldn’t ask for a better memory of sweet summer.
I’ve been in a rainy rut the last few days- our house got “the bug” that has plagued so many people this winter. It was strong enough to knock this normally energetic spark plug right out. I have had many afternoons of cozy clothes and tea to try to kick it back into gear. Now that I’m on the up (I think), I’m taking the time to slow down a little in the mornings on the weekend. Today was french press coffee at the table and browsing cook books from my Grandma. I’ve decided on a bean soup of some sort. Time for some good, warm food, and the mellow show with dogs at my feet. The world will be out there for me to take on next week- I am calling it a home bound weekend this weekend.
J & M have been high school sweethearts turned long lasting love. I had the privilege to have taken their Senior Portraits in the past few years, and was thrilled to hear of their engagement.
We went to Tumwater Falls Park to take in the massive water show going on with several days of heavy rain. They were such good sports to play after the rain and amidst the loud waterfall below. Only the best to them for their wedding day and years together ahead.
It is a shiny new year here at share a bit of love! I thought I would share a gift that I made for a gift exchange this year in case your new year’s resolution is to give a little more, make the world a greener place, or to spruce up your home or office.
I made this simple terrarium (two actually) for under $10 with some help from mother nature.
Here is what you will need:
- Clear glass vessel
- succulent plants
- potting soil
- activated charcoal
- rocks & sticks for added decoration
1. Start layering in this order: Gravel, charcoal, & potting soil.
2. Plant succulent in soil.
3. Pat in moss around to cover- You can skip this step, but it adds nice texture. I managed to peel some moss from our front yard. (thanks Pacific Northwest!)
4. Add stones/sticks (I used drift wood from a girls weekend at the beach a few months back, and stones collected from a camping trip)