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 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.
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.
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.
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!