Sunday, November 27, 2011


When Josh and I were first married we had so much fun living by our friends Matt & Jana. We played cards, dehydrated apples, Jana taught me how to give Josh a hair cut :)... just fun times being young marrieds and laughing a lot.
Over the years we've gone on vacations together, all centered around card playing, we've had kids at the same time (usually within weeks of each other), and now we're all gluten-free/dairy-free together. Haha, that last one I don't think any of us would've chosen, but it's been good for us all in it's own way!
I got to do an official photo shoot of their family for the first time this year and it was a lot of fun. We took these down on OSU's campus in Corvallis.

Matt & Jana, thank you for being such dear friends. Your friendship is a gift. {Hugs}

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Brown Eyed Girl

Thank you to those of you who were so kind to leave me a comment on my last post! I loved meeting so many of you I'd never met before! And hearing from those of you I know already and adore! :) It's really fun to see who all is out there and I actually feel more connected with you guys after that last post! I left comments in reply to your comments, by the way!
I've loved photographing Ashley, Diana & Robert the last couple of years! I still remember the first time I photographed Ashley I came home and told Josh about her gorgeous big brown eyes! You can see their family's past shoots by clicking here and here. How fast children grow.
I love the feel of this shot, as well as the creamy light. And I love when couples are still in love and it shows!

Diana & Robert, it's always so fun to see you and photograph your beautiful family!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Hi, I'm Bethany!

Hi Everyone! Today I wanted to do something different! In a sense I want to say, "Hi, I'm Bethany, it's nice to meet you!"
I'd love to meet all of you who stop by here regularly or just pop in once in a while!
Being a blog follower myself (I have a handful of blogs I love to follow each day), I sometimes feel funny having this ability to pop in on someone else's world, that I totally begin to feel like I'm a part of!, but I rarely ever connect with the blogger. Sometimes I find myself telling Josh about these wonderful, or insanely talented, people I'm following, and they have no idea I'm taking notes over here on the other side of the world. :) The weirdest thing I find myself doing when blog reading, is sometimes I'll type out a comment and then change my mind about actually publishing it. I chicken out! I'm such a dork. Does anyone else ever do that?! :)

I remember a day, a couple years ago, when I was grocery shopping and pushing my kids down the isle with our cart, and I passed another mom with her kids. We looked at each other for a few seconds longer than the normal polite glance and she asked, "Are you Bethany?" And I asked, "Are you Lisa?"... we knew of each other from our blogs but didn't know we knew each other! So funny! It was wonderful to meet her in person! :)

Anyway, if you've been following along here for a while or just pop in once in a while, I'd love to meet you! Please make my day and say hi!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Baby Steps...

My baby took his first steps today!
I can't believe Benjamin will be ONE next month.
I'm soaking in each moment!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Playful & Fun

When Cathy contacted me about family photos I was excited because her kids are so similar in age to mine, although her baby is about 6 months younger than mine. Cathy you look great for having just had a baby!

Most family shoots I do with little kids I try and get any "sitting still" shots right up front because after about 15-30 mins, most kids just want to be active, and my novelty has worn off by then. I love the second half of a shoot, when the kids are running and climbing because I like capturing their joy and energy! Their movement gives life to the photos, and they're often some of my favorites!

Cathy & Matt, it was a treat meeting you and your precious family! I had such a wonderful time photographing you all!
Do they not have the cutest children?!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Darling Girls...

I've loved watching these girls grow, photographing them each year. They are just beautiful!

This shot of the girls looking through the window has become a special tradition! You can see past shoots here and here. :)

Wendy & Trent, I always love seeing your family!