Sunday, July 24, 2011

Blair & Micah

It was such a beautiful day today! (I'm up so late I guess it's now Sunday...) :)

Blair & Micah were married at Peninsula Park Rose Gardens in North Portland and the strong scent of roses due to the hot sun was amazing and memorable. Blair looked simply beautiful. When Micah saw her for the first time he got a little choked up. He adores his bride to no end.

I'm sooo happy for them both and it was a treat to capture their special day. I haven't downloaded all of the photos yet, but here are a few sweet ones to share...
Congratulations you two!

And I'll end with one of my favorites from the day... :)

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Beautiful Baby Adalyn

I had such a great time at this newborn session! Allie (my fantastic summer intern) & I drove over to Bryan & Laura's lovely Portland home and got to meet beautiful baby Adalyn. All 8+ lbs of her perfect 3 week early-ness. She did such a great job being the center of activity. At first she didn't want to fall asleep... what, you wouldn't fall asleep if we stripped you down and laid you in front of a big window? :) But Daddy gave her some cuddles and mama fed her and she was out.

I loved shooting in Bryan & Laura's home. It's gorgeous. And I loved getting to know them as we waited for Adalyn to fall into a deep sleep. What a precious family. Congrats you three! :)

Grandma made this special blanket for this special girl...

Laura, you look fantastic!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Happy, Happy!

I just love these boys. They belong to our good friends Dustin & Sheri. :) Every time I photograph them and sit and edit their pics I end up smiling, because their cute little faces just say, "Happy!"

My favorite shot...

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Oh Pinterest...

I'm so in love with Pinterest ( It's genius. I love being able to collect ideas in one place like that, and I love how many creative things I've learned from it!

My grandma taught me how to sew when I was a little girl and then Josh's mom taught me how to quilt when I was a young adult, but I haven't sewn a whole lot as an adult. I really enjoy it, but I rarely feel like there's anything to sew. Well, Pinterest has changed that, and has inspired me to pull out my dusty sewing machine so much more lately and whip up some fun little projects! :) There are a million ideas on there and I now have a growing list of things I'd love to make! Because I see all of these creative things people do on Pinterest, I'm finding myself looking at everything differently. A friend gave me a couple of tank tops earlier this week that she was done with and just last night as I was putting them away in the closet I had the idea to turn one into a summer dress for Selah. (Thank you friend for the tank top!!) I pulled out some scissors and went to town on that tank top, turning it into a dress. :) And of course stayed up way too late... which I didn't notice at the time because I was having too much fun sewing away in the quiet of the night, with Rita Springer softly playing.

First I laid a current Selah dress on top of the tank top to be my "size template" and cut off the excess from the bottom and one side. I set aside the bottom fabric to make straps. Then I hemmed the bottom of the dress and sewed a matching strip of ribbon across the mid section of the dress to look like a large ruffle. I turned the dress inside out and sewed up the one side again, then flipped it right side out. Next I attached the straps (again using her other dress as a size guide for how long/short the straps should be, since Selah was sleeping). Lastly, I made a fabric flower out of some fabric I had already, and hand-sewed it on. I paired it with some brown leggings and a hair clip I made a few months ago for Selah. She put it on this morning and it fit perfectly!

Here's the adult tank top on the left, and my sweet little model in her new cozy summer dress on the right.

I love her sweet smile. :)

If you're wondering what's on her arm, it's a Lighting Speed McQueen bandaid. :)

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Great seeing them again...

I was excited to see Dana & Mike and their beautiful girls today. They live in Texas and are up visiting family in Oregon, so we met up for some photos. I had the pleasure of photographing their sweet family two summers ago, when they were vacationing in Oregon.

Their girls have grown so much since then, and are as cute as can be. Just look at all of their personality! It makes for easy photographing. :)

Dana & Mike, it was wonderful seeing you all again! Have a great 4th of July, and enjoy your time seeing family!