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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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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The Happiest Place on Earth

…for dogs and their owners in Thurston County.

We have been dog advocates for several years, and have rescued our girls from what could have been a terrible end to their sweet lives. Luckily, thanks to Yakima Humane Society and the Grant County Animal Shelter, we were connected and it has been love ever since.

We try to make it to the Thurston County Dog Park at least every week, but winter can really slow us down.  It has been really cold and crisp out this week, so we loaded up the dogs and let them go run out the cabin fever that has taken over us all!

From I-5 it doesn’t look like much. To be honest, there isn’t much for humans, but that’s kind of the point.  There is a seperate fenced playground for kids, a few picnic tables, some newly planted trees and a walking loop.  For the dogs, there is a dogwalk platform, teeter-totter, tube, and hurdle in the big dog section. There is a timid/small dog area as well offering these things only, well, smaller. Boots are advised most of the time, its a little muddy all the time. It is maintained by Thurston County Parks, Soundhounds, and other volunteer groups. We love this place and hope it only gets better as time goes on. DogPark-4a

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Fellas and Dogs

I had a chance for a quick evening session with two sweet boys and their dogs. We used Wonderwood Park in Lacey as a backdrop. Its one of my favorite parks in the area because it has beautiful trees, a mix of paved and unpaved trails, and there are always families there.  The boys were silly, and the dogs were sillier. It always adds a fun element of suprise with two wiggly Dachshunds and an overly affectionate Pomeranian.

Summer-At Last!

I know, I know the last blog was about Spring.  Things have been busy, busy around here.

Yet here we are, 1st day of summer and it is 75 degrees and sunny.  That means BBQ, lazing, and bare feet in the grass. Life is Good.