Baby K

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.

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Remembering Boston (Without Snow)

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.

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A sweet engagement

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.

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A love built for years

I’ve known these two love birds both separately and together for many years.  I have to say that I have been rooting for them for a solid 20 years now.  Being that I’m only 30, that’s really saying something. B & E have been lifelong friends from childhood.  We were band geeks, problem solving nerds, and athletes together through school.  When after so many years had passed after we all “grew up”, I got the sweet news that they were dating. I was ecstatic, as were most in our immediate circle and beyond.  B proposed this fall and I was lucky enough to spend some time with them in celebrating their engagement.  We went up to a favorite old spot up in the mountains back home and had a great time in the snow. It was such good luck to get (my favorite) snow and sun all in the same morning.  Can’t wait for the wedding next fall and wishing them the best in their future together.

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Hunt & Gather Wreath

As you may have noticed, I love living in the Pacific Northwest.

There is endless nature to be discovered, scenery as far as the eye can see, and gifts only the cool damp weather can bring.

With the holidays in full swing, I thought I would gather a few pieces of my favorite place and put a wreath together. I chose to hop over to my favorite green belt and pick up the left overs from a recent wind storm. It was a win-win.

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Here is what you will need:

Florist Wire

Wreath form (I used a maple branch)

Various Evergreen Boughs

Patience

Start by forming your wreath by bending the branch into a circle. Wire together tightly.

Grab about 4 boughs at a time, laying them on the wreath form, and tightly wrapping with wire to secure them. I used several pieces of wire instead of continuously wrapping. Continue around the entire wreath form adding different sets of boughs for different textures.  Wrap a hanger to the main circle of the wreath.  Tuck in a garnishments-holly, pine cones, or as I did, curly willow branches.

Give to your neighbors- hang on your door- share a bit of love.

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Sweet Tooth

Our house has always embraced the old fashioned, outdated qualities that slow living provides.  I love technology in so many ways, but really admire the classics and the quality and pride of making something for yourself.

I recently had an ice cream making experience with my favorite ginger that was so successful we were trying to figure out ways to bring the “left overs” home more than a few hours away. Afterwards,  I scoured the web for my own little piece of ice cream history.  I found my very own antique maker thanks to In the Top Drawer via etsy.  After gathering my favorite (and locally sourced) ingredients, we were on to our frozen kitchen adventure.

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The Must Have:

    • Plenty of Ice & Salt for the bucket
    • 1 1/2 Cup half & half
    • 4 egg yolks
    • 1 Cup sugar
    • 1 1/2 Cup heavy whipping cream
    • FLAVOR: Fresh Strawberries (you can really add anything here

 The How To:

1. Heat the half & half in a sauce pan over low heat.

2. In a separate bowl, mix the egg yolks and sugar.

3. Slowly add the egg and sugar mixture into the saucepan.

4.Continue to cook on low heat, stirring frequently, until the mixture thickens slightly and coats the back of a spoon.

5. Add heavy whipping cream to the  mixture.

6. Pour everything into the metal canister and secure the lid.

7. Insert canister into bucket, surround with crushed ice, add salt, and crank it for almost 30 minutes or until there is resistance in the cream.

8. Pour into a freezer safe container and freeze over night.

9. Scoop and enjoy- even for breakfast.

 

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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