Hattie- Class of 2015

This Senior Portrait Session was extra sentimental for me, since Hattie is like a little sister. You may recognize her from many photo sessions I have done with her family at Ritter Farms.  I remember her as a baby, as a sweet little girl, and have had a great getting to know her as the amazing young woman that she is. This girl is going places. When she graduates from Cle Elum-Roslyn High School she is off to study at the Evergreen State College– here in Olympia and the family could not be more excited for her.  She has been in 4H as a champion, an athlete, an amazing friend, and a gentle soul off to do more great things!

We took to Snoqualmie for this senior session- a good halfway point for both of us. The weather was perfect, we braved crowds, walked a thin line on a few laws, and enjoyed the afternoon together.  Wishing Hattie all the best in her adventures ahead!

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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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Grey and Red

Winter has it’s own color scheme around the Pacific Northwest.  This year, the weather has been extraordinarily mild.  It is the first year that I can remember with such little snow in the mountains.  What would normally would be blanketed in snow, is a stark grey or covered in the frozen frosting left in the morning after a clear night. For some reason, the grey makes reds pop for me.  Here are a couple of wandering shots from my mini-break with my favorite – The Natural Ginger  while hanging out at Lake Cle Elum and the always beautiful Ritter Farms.

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Let the Sun In

Before the last big push to Autumn (and the glory that is leggings and wool socks), let’s take a minute to remember how lovely this summer was in the Pacific Northwest. The sun was out, the air was warm, and we had some incredible summer storms.

These little lovelies were taken at Ritter Farms in Cle Elum, Washington.  A place that feels like home, was the scene of the first day of our marriage, and a constant reminder of love mixed with hard work.

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Small Town Cider Press

This weekend we had the pleasure of attending a Small Town Cider Pressing Party at Ritter Farms. It is another reminder of how much I miss my hometown roots.  I wish that everyone could experience this fall ritual that really brings a community together. We started by stopping by my family’s orchard to pick up a couple of boxes of organic apples. Then, like everyone else with an abundance of fruit, happily dumped them into the pools of water waiting to rinse and prepare the apples for pressing. They are sliced to fit into the grinder, pushed through and transferred to the pressing bin. After several spins, the pressing screw will condense the  shredded apples down, and what is squeezed is the finished amber-colored cider. Most left with a beautiful bottle of cider to share with their families, along with the memories of this tradition.