It’s surprising how fast time goes, isn’t it? Just a few short years ago I did a photo shoot for one of my good friends. After editing the photos, I showed a few to my brother-in-law (James), hoping he might show a little interest, if you know what I mean. ”I have cute friends,” I told him with a wink. My husband, Matt and I were sure they would be perfect for each other. We just had to convince them we were right. It didn’t take much convincing for James. Fast forward several years… We have watched them go from the ups and downs of dating, to engagement, to a beautiful wedding. Now, I am privileged to see them pregnant with their first baby – a girl! It is a unique thing to have one of your girlfriends go from being your friend, to being your sister-in-law. I can’t believe that any day now I will be meeting my new little baby niece. Life is so fun and full of surprises!
Does the rain get you down here in the Pacific Northwest? Don’t let it! Our new home studio is up and running! We won’t let spring showers dampen our spirits and our NEED to decorate our homes with family photos! Meet baby Mac! He and his family were the first to try out our new studio. Mac’s Momma is one of my favorite people and she also just so happens to be my hairdresser! I don’t know what my hair would do with out her, but more than that I love the friend I have found in her. This little guy is the sweetest new addition to their family. I was so excited to be able to take his pictures…
P.S. Special thanks to my amazing husband and mom who made this newborn teepee for me! I came up with the idea of a newborn teepee when I found out I was doing Mac’s photos and they really worked hard to make it happen! Thanks guys!
Meet Whitney, a 2014 Senior from Battle Ground, WA. This girl is a true beauty inside and out. I loved getting to know her!! She reminds me so much of Taylor Swift! It is crazy how similar they are. Word on the street is that Whitney can sing too! Look for this girl to go far!
Meet Madison, a 2014 Senior from Spokane, WA. I was so excited to do this session for her, because I lived with her family for a year doing an internship when Madi was just 6 years old! You can imagine my surprise and delight when being asked to do her SENIOR portraits!
Meet Daniel and Katie, their lovely daughter Ella, and soon to be baby boy! This was one of my favorite photo shoots of the summer…their daughter was so well behaved and the weather was amazing!
What can I say about the DelVal family? Besides being the most adorable family on the outside, they’ve “got it going on”, on the inside too! They are some of the nicest people you will ever meet. Lily and Stella are their two vivacious, spunky girls. They are going to be world changers, just like their parents. We are lucky to have them as part of our community and they just so happen to go to our church! (They think they want to move to Denver, but I am secretly praying they stay here!) Okay, so I guess it’s not a secret any more. Wherever you end up, DelVal family, I know you will do well! …we just wish you would stay here because we kind of like you, A LOT!
I love Senior photo shoots. This gorgeous girl just shines! Grab yourself a cup of tea and join us…
When Shannon first approached me about doing a photo shoot for her and her girls I was ecstatic! I loved the idea of it being “just the girls”. All week long I waited for this shoot. I had a good feeling about this one. None of my shoots are “just” shoots. I realized in the beginning – and have been reminded over again – that every shoot is important. They become someones’ memory. I ask detailed questions to try to understand the family better. I try to imagine how that parent feels about their little girl’s or little boy’s photos, or even how they will feel about the photos 10 years from now…
This shoot was different. You see, I have known Shannon for about eight years. She was one of my bridesmaids. When I met her I felt this immediate connection to her. I just knew she was special. I grabbed onto that friendship with all my might. To tell you the truth, when I look back I laugh! I think, “I ‘hijacked’ you as a friend!” I just decided, “I’m going to be friends with this girl!” She was by my side at my wedding and made me feel so special. Later we both got pregnant around the same time and I felt her pain through loss and rejoiced with her in good times. If I ever felt down I knew a cup of coffee with this girl would be the ticket. We both moved away, but never lost touch so I was so excited to do this shoot.
Shannon is one of the most positive, joyous people I know. As I sat editing her shoot I kept thinking about what I wanted to say when I blogged her session. I literally kept tearing up. Shannon was a youth pastor here in Vancouver for many years. She mentored many young women, and was (and still is) a huge encouragement to her friends and those around her. You can’t help but smile when you are around her. As you can imagine she devotes that same strength to motherhood. If there is one thing I know, it is that those little girls are going to grow up to be mighty women because they are going to know what grace is, what joy is, what purity is, and they will absolutely know what love is, because their Mommy taught them all of those things. Not only did she teach it, she lives it.
I have heard numerous stories from teenage girls and young adult women that have been around Shannon, of the grace that is on her life. You see, they would tell her something they did that they considered to be shameful and she would give them nothing but grace, nothing but love, nothing but forgiveness. There is an innocence about Shannon, and a purity that is undeniable. Not because she is perfect, but because she is forgiven. She has an unwavering confidence in the forgiveness she has found in Jesus, and when you hang out with her it is contagious.
When I think about the Williams’ girls, I think about a rich heritage, and a bright future.
10 Who can find a virtuous wife?
For her worth is far above rubies.
11 The heart of her husband safely trusts her;
So he will have no lack of gain.
12 She does him good and not evil
All the days of her life.
I know that is Shannon’s heart. If I could stand and applaud you, Shannon, for being an amazing mother I would, because this role is not honored like it should be in our society, and you were truly made for this job. So, consider this your standing ovation…
I love you friend.
Meet James and Hannah. James is my brother-in-law. Hannah is one of my best friends. I may have shown James one or two
or twenty photos of Hannah in hopes of setting them up. James didn’t really need much any convincing, neither did Hannah (after a little wooing). James and Hannah are one of those couples who were just meant to be together!
I had the privilege of taking their engagement photos in Portland, OR. They are so natural together. After shooting their session, I realized… engagements are my favorite! It’s the start of something new and beautiful. I love romance… Don’t you?