Her First Year

I try not to play favorites, but this little girl wins everything hands down. She is just about the happiest baby I’ve ever met.  I was lucky enough to celebrate her first year with friends and family this weekend.  Mom and Dad have been dear friends for many years, through marriage, a pregnancy, and now a soon to be walking 1 year old! Happy Birthday dear Ella!

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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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Cold Air, Warm Hearts

I love spending time with families- especially this one. This darling group braved an extraordinarily bright and brisk day for family photos. Our hour shoot, was quickly cut short to keep noses from getting too rosey and fingers from freezing.

These three beautiful girls full of sweetness ad giggles kept mom and dad warm.

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Fall Family Fun

I was lucky to snap a few photos with this adorable family for some pre-holiday portraits.  With a fantastic teenager and a darling 1 year old, this mom and dad have an abundance of to dos, but also a huge abundance of love! These guys were so fun to spend the afternoon with on one of my favorite little secret trails in town.

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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 Sweetest 1st year

I love that over the last few years, I have had the pleasure of taking photos for families as they grow.  Stacy and Victor are no exception. I was honored to photograph their incredible wedding, and the first few weeks of them welcoming Baby C into their family.  Now, a year old, she is mobile, and bubbly, and so so so sweet. After postponing due to fog, we managed to snag a few minutes to capture their darling family in action.

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Suburban Homesteading

Although I’ve grown fond of my current home, I don’t quite belong in the suburban area of Olympia. I am naturally drawn to the extremes of a big city or small town.  Lately, it’s definitely been on the smaller side of things. This is best demonstrated when I use my spare time to do a little homesteading. This can be anywhere from using local flora for decor, or making preserves from local bounties.

After a trip to my Gram’s orchard, I found myself with two large crates of our family pears amongst apples and Italian prunes.  In hopes of avoiding waste (and fruit flies), I took to the kitchen with mason jars and some patience. Pears were 1st.

The method is so simple:

Wash & Rinse

Cut pears in half

Remove the core

Peel and chunk

Add a squeeze of local honey and lemon juice in the bottom of each jar

Add the pears with some hot water

And finish in a water bath to seal

No unnatural additives, just pure, sweet home pears.

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