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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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”.