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This blog is mainly for posting up sneak peeks to my clients, but in order to allow others to "get to know me" a little bit I will also post some personal stuff or non client related work from time to time.

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A great day for pajamas! : Hillsboro Family Photographer

We are settling in nicely here in Hillsboro, and unlike many of the locals who dread the long rainy winter I am so far enjoying the weather.  All I have to tell myself is that rain is better than snow and it’s easy to have a positive outlook on the rainy days.  Days like these are perfect for sitting around in your pajamas all day and baking; both of which I have been doing a lot of lately.

It occurred to me the other day that I really hadn’t taken many pictures of my own family lately.  It’s sad, but since taking up photography I guess I don’t take the time to capture all those silly moments I normally would with a point and shoot in hand.  It’s my new goal to take some at least every week, if not more often.  I have THOUSANDS of images of my oldest as a baby, and I feel guilty looking at the images I have taken of my youngest.  Granted, my standards and skills have changed since my oldest was that age and I don’t need to take as many to get the shot I want anymore.  This also means, though, that I pass up some of those hilarious candid moments I might have caught by accident before and kept even though it was way out of focus or whatever.  With that in mind I want to share a few from today….. It was no small feat to get my youngest to sit still long enough to get a “normal” shot, and I was about to give up entirely, but I am glad I didn’t because his crazy personality really shows in these images and I know I will look back on them years from now and smile.  My oldest, as you can tell, is also full of personality, and wanted to look like a mean vampire lol.

So without further adieu, here are my silly little guys, doing what they do best.

and as you can see, it’s not all smiles when mom’s camera comes out, but this is also a perfect example of Archer’s personality lol.

Saying Goodbye : Sandpoint, ID Photographer

I have been putting this off for a few days now because I just wasn’t sure how to announce something like this.  The good news is that I will not be saying goodbye forever…. however this IS goodbye to the Sandpoint area.  While away on our family vacation this year, we were called about a job in Portland, OR and decided to go ahead and try for it.  Fast forward a week or so later and here we are, all ready to make the big move!  We are very excited, and looking forward to all the opportunities Portland has to offer for our family, but at the same time I am a bit sad that for a while at least, I will be closing up shop.  My plan is to open back up when we are fully settled over there, and I get a chance to learn the area.  I have no timeline at this point, but in the mean time I will try to keep up with the blog with some non-business images from time to time.

I have enjoyed working here in Sandpoint, and I have had some great clients.  I wish them all the best!  And a big hello to the Portland/Hillsboro area!

Because I do not want to leave without a picture I will share a quick snapshot I took of my family Sunday night.

My work has been published! : Sandpoint ID, Photographer

I am so excited about this one.  Of course I love taking images for ALL my clients, but it’s not every day that a girl gets to say she was contacted by something as prestigious as Penn State to do a photo session for them and have the images published in one of their articles!  Obviously Penn State is quite far from Sandpoint ID, so you may wonder why they asked me…. the answer is that they were featuring Jeff Kuhns, a former employee who is now retired and living here in Sandpoint, in an article about the history of telecommunications.  I will be linking the article below so you can take a look.  They not only wanted images that captured Jeff’s kindness and great personality, but they also wanted the images to showcase Idaho.

Jeff is a great guy, and both he and his wife are just as kind as the people at Penn State told me they would be.    I had a great time working with them, and I am very happy with how everything turned out.  I will share the images below I submitted, and you can see in the article how they utilized a few in clever ways to make it appear as if they were actually IN the iphone.

Link to article:

http://stream.it.psu.edu/story2/v1/i3

It’s been a whirlwind summer : Sandpoint Custom Photographer

From the awful weather that plagued us for the beginning of the season, to all my client work recently and everything in between I haven’t had much time to really DO summer with my kids.  It was such a long winter, and we all felt very cooped up inside all the time.  We have been greatly enjoying the warmer weather of late, and in an effort to get our oldest used to the water for our upcoming family vacation we decided to get a little blow-up pool for the yard.  BEST IDEA EVER!  Not only did we finally get him to play in the water…. at least a little bit…. but our youngest LOVES it!  It amazes me how different they are when it comes to things like that.  Anyway, the first day we set it up I grabbed my camera real quick and snapped off a few shots just for me and while they may not be perfect technically they perfectly capture the excitement of the day and I think they are just too adorable.  They grow up SOOOO fast!

 

On a little side note…. I mentioned our family vacation above.  We are packing up and braving a LONG road trip to visit family in MN and WI for a few weeks.  I don’t know if we are crazy or adventurous at this point but I am excited about it either way.  I won’t be taking any more sessions before we leave, but will be back, ready to work by August 27th.  So if you were considering booking a session yet this summer now is the time to save your spot!  Hard to believe that by the time we get back summer will already almost be over!

J & B : Photography in Sandpoint, ID

The other night I had a session scheduled with J, with the purpose of getting images to use in an upcoming article in which he will be featured.  His lovely wife (B) came along, and they asked me to get a few shots of the two of them while we were at it.  I was more than happy to oblige for such a friendly couple.

With already more than 30 years of marriage under their belts, and being so obviously still in love, there is no doubt in my mind they have another 30 or more years together ahead of them.  I wish them all the best, and I just wanted to say it was a pleasure meeting them!

 

Pure Perfection : Sandpoint Newborn Photographer

I had the absolute pleasure of spending the entire afternoon with this special little lady.  You may remember her family from my most recent, maternity session.  I know her mom was anxious for her to finally arrive, but she was more than worth the wait I venture.  Such a happy, and easy baby…. never really crying the whole time I was there.  She was more than content to sleep the entire time, and loved being wrapped up and snuggled in a basket.  I have so many great images to make up their gallery, and can’t wait to get them all done, but here are just a couple for their sneak peek.  The first one was just one of those times where being in the right place at the right time really paid off, and the second one is one I hope they all will cherish for many years to come as little miss H grows up to surely be daddy’s little girl!

As always, it was a pleasure working with their family, and I thank them for allowing me into their home and to spend time with their newest bundle of joy.

One Big Happy Family : North Idaho Family Photographer

Over the holiday weekend I had the pleasure of shooting this great group for their family reunion.  The weather was gorgeous… almost TOO gorgeous since we had to fight the sun the entire time…. and everyone did well despite the heat, and the fact that they must have been starving since it sounds like they hadn’t eaten dinner before I came!  Normally I like to put up somewhere between 1-3 sneak peeks a day or two after our session, just to make the wait a little easier for the full gallery, but with the holiday weekend I was traveling and doing the family thing myself.  I think a bit of compromise was in order this time.  Rather than make them wait longer…. since I am sure they are dying to see at least one…. I decided to work on my favorite group shot and get that up tonight!

So here it is!  Thanks again for the opportunity to work with your family, and I hope you enjoy your little sneak peek.  Now I will get back to working on your full gallery.

 

Best Friends : Sandpoint Family Photographer

I did this session a while ago now, back in early spring.  I shared their sneak peek then, but now that I have some time on my hands I am trying to get caught up and thought I would share a few more from our session.

I titled this post Best Friends because it was obvious to me that these two were just that!  Our session was a lot of fun, and I loved the personality from this little guy.

Up, Up, & Away! : Sandpoint Children Photographer

I’ve been pretty busy lately, and tend to forget to keep up my blog from time to time.  I need to get some other stuff ready to post up on here, but for now I thought I would just share a fun shot I did with my own kids last night as a spur of the moment sort of thing.  So please forgive the odd mismatched clothing choices, the awkwardness of the posing (my youngest was not really into the whole thing so I had to have my husband place him and jump out of the shot really quick as I snapped away), and all the other little technical issues.  It may not be one of my best images ever, but I found it so comical I just HAD to play with it.

I got the idea of the balloons from a fellow photog and thought it was so cute.  While I was editing it last night I had a crazy idea to make it move!  I don’t pretend to be really great at this sort of thing…. I only know a little about creating gifs, but I think it turned out fairly well, and I know my kids thought it was the coolest thing ever!  It was worth the hassle to see the smiles on their faces this morning when seeing it for the first time.

 

Change is good : Sandpoint Idaho Custom Photography

I know sometimes change can be scary, but trust me these changes are for the better! Not only have I vamped up my website, and updated things that were way past due, but I have restructured my pricing a bit as well in order to simplify things. Now your entire investment, paid upfront to reserve your session, goes towards the prints and products you will choose to take home with you.

To book a session now you simply buy in at the basic collection price for your session type and from there you have the option to upgrade to other collections or to add to your order from the a la carte menu.

I am very excited to be moving forward with the new changes, and I hope you will all stop by to check out the site. And don’t forget to book your session today!

and just because I don’t want to post without including a picture of some kind here is a new recent pic of myself.

 

 

Growing Family : Sandpoint ID Maternity Photography

Have you seen a more gorgeous expecting mother?  J is a repeat client, and I have had the honor of capturing both her first born’s pictures, and now her maternity pictures as she awaits the arrival of baby number two!  Despite the chaos around us of dogs running amuck, a mama moose and her baby crossing the creek/pond not even 50 yds away from where we were shooting, the mosquitoes out with a vengeance, and one adorable little man who didn’t want to have anything to do with me or my camera, it was a great session.  Not only is J easy to photograph, but she is a sweet person and we had lots of good laughs.

I am having fun working on her images and can’t wait to share them all with her, but here are a few of my favorites for a sneak peek.  I look forward to working with them again, and can’t wait to meet their newest little one very soon!

The Golden Hour : Sandpoint, ID Photographer

I hope everyone else has been enjoying this weather as much as we have.  There are still some cold days, but for the most part the sun has been shining and it’s finally warm enough to be outside.  My kids have been loving it after a long winter cooped up in the house!

I just wanted to share a picture of my youngest taken tonight in what we photographers call “the golden hour”.  This is that last hour before the sun sets, and the light available at this time is just gorgeous.  It’s so soft, and warm, and it’s the perfect time to shoot.

Being the children of a photographer is apparently a hard life…. at least my kids seem to think so since the moment I get my camera out my oldest makes a distressed face and my youngest has already learned not to look my way no matter what I try…. but I was able to get him to stop running for just a second to get this one and I love it because it is so him.  Always on the go, rarely slowing down.  I also just think he looks absolutely adorable in his little outfit even if it is 3-6 months and he is almost 15 months old lol.

Enjoying the one weekend of Spring! : Sandpoint Child Photographer

Wow, this weather has been crazy!  Having lived in this region my entire life I have to admit that even I am not prepared for snow in May, so things had better start warming up!  I hope that everyone was able to get out over Easter weekend and enjoy the couple days of true spring.  It was beautiful here!  My family had a nice weekend at home, and we set up the boys’ new playhouse which they LOVE!  I of course hoped they would, but a part of me figured they would tire of it after a few minutes and move on since we don’t get to get outside much these days afterall…. but even my littlest didn’t want to leave the playhouse the entire time we were outside.

Anyway, just wanted to share a couple shots of them in their new playhouse that warm my heart!  And the best thing about it is that they actually can play together and I don’t have to keep stepping in to take toys away because they can’t share!

Mother & Son Duo : Sandpoint Family Photographer

Today I had the pleasure to work with a wonderful mother and son duo.  It was a  beautiful day, and we were able to capture some great images I can’t wait to share with them.  Her little guy had such a fun personality and though he really would rather have been at the park, he was such a good sport and had me laughing quite often.

So here is your sneak peek M., and I hope you like them!  I couldn’t resist throwing in one to show a little bit of that fun personality I mentioned above lol.  More to come soon.

Meet M & J.

Grr…

Such a beautiful family

Hello : Children Photographer in Sandpoint Idaho

Went to check out one of my favorite locations to shoot today and it’s looking promising.  Now I just need the snow to stay away for good this time and for the temperatures to rise a bit so we don’t have to battle the red noses lol.  This is my own little guy just saying “Hi”.

 

Spring : Sandpoint Idaho child photographer

It seems like spring is almost here…. finally!  The kids and I are more than ready after a long winter indoors.  Can’t wait to get back outside and to the parks.  Recently my youngest turned 1 and I am hoping to get his pics done soon, but for now I just did a little impromptu shoot at the house today with both of my little guys.  I can’t believe how big they are!

With spring on the way things are going to start picking back up in the photography businses.  So if you haven’t already, now is a good time to book your family sessions for this coming spring/summer.  I have some good things coming soon that I hope to be able to share with all of you, so keep an eye out.

 

 

5 generations of women – North Idaho Family Photography

Wow, how lucky to have 5 generations of amazing women in your family together at the same time!  I had the absolute pleasure of capturing just that recently.  I could not have asked for a more fun, or kind group of ladies to work with either.  Even though the day was quite chilly, and our littlest model wasn’t very into the session they persevered and managed to keep a smile on their faces throughout.  I am very thankful for the opportunity and I wish them all the best!




Labor Day – Sandpoint ID, Photography

Well, here it’s been a while again and I have not updated my blog….. but in my defense I have been quite busy and was recently stranded for 3 weeks on the worst vacation ever!  It was one of those vacations that EVERYTHING that could go wrong did, and I am just glad to be back home and finally getting caught up with things!

Anyway, this weekend seemed like the perfect opportunity to pack up my family and head out for some more recent shots of the kids and maybe to even get in a couple myself.  I am not going to lie…. taking pics of my own family can be a very stressful occasion lol.  They are so over my camera it’s not even funny.  And getting some with myself in them is a whole new challenge since I have to set up the shot for my husband to take over, and let’s just say he doesn’t really understand my camera lol.  So, with much patience, a few bribes, and LOADS of shooting we did manage to get some we were happy with and I thought I would share them with all of you!

Sam and Sarah – Sandpoint Engagement Portraits

What a sweet couple!  I had the pleasure of working with Sam and Sarah on their engagement photos this past week and could not have asked for a more fun and loving couple to do a session with.  I wish them much love and happiness in their future as husband and wife!  Now for a few peeks at their session….



Samara – Senior Portraits Sandpoint ID

I had an awesome session with Samara last night.  She was so easy to work with and obviously gorgeous.  She was such a good sport given the fact that it was HOT out yesterday and we did a lot of walking around from location to location.  Anyway, here is her sneak peek, with many more to follow.  I hope you like them!




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