Our lovely friends, the Solars, came and stayed with us during their epic month long road trip around the US. I have talked about the Solars and their amazing labor of love, The Happy Family Movement, quite a few times on here (and if you haven’t checked it out- their Road Trip in a Box and Adventure Guides are MUST HAVES). What I haven’t done is had the opportunity to do a session with them. I just so happened to have an adorable dress from Maggie Bogart and a box full of new accessories from Peppercorn Kids (can’t wait to share ALL the goodness in upcoming sessions!) so what is a girl to do when there are two cuter than cute little girls under foot? Yep… impromptu backyard photo sessions :)
wardrobe: Maggie Bogart
Her excitement over having a photo shoot was short lived but, dang, even her mad face is too cute to resist! ;)
accessories: Peppercorn Kids
If I could buy any talent it would definitely be singing/songwriting. I am in love with the notion of writing your story- your feelings- your life into a song that can touch the hearts of so many. One of my most favorite talents is Miss Valeri Lopez (she does it so perfectly). She has the voice of an angel and the music prowess to go with. I am also lucky enough to call her a friend (& my kids’ current music teacher so maybe I am buying that talent) ;) She just released a new album and is getting ready to set out on tour so we did some updated photos.
She’s as pretty as she sounds… ;)
and shhhh… don’t tell children’s photography, but if i was to find another love it would definitely be with musicians and artists. Such amazing souls to capture.
portland | OR
Just wanted to share the latest issue of Lemonade and Lenses…
They asked me to write a little article… so excited to be amongst such amazing photographers and writers. This one is full of inspiration, priceless info and gorgeous images- who could really ask for more? ;)
First… we have a WINNER!! Erin Sommers will be joining us in Cincinnati and I can’t wait! There were almost 500 entries and I can’t thank you all enough for taking the time to enter… so sad we can’t just invite everyone!
Speaking of sad… I live in the NW which means I am blessed to live amongst lots of green. I take it for granted at times that my views, commutes and places I play & work are beautiful. A couple weeks ago I noticed a huge group of trees that I drive by everyday had orange tape spread throughout… within a few days all that remained were a couple of lonely evergreens spaced few and far between… with a view of the once hidden apartments now in their place. I think it hit me harder because this wasn’t a place I had taken for granted. Every time I drove through I thought how lucky I was to have that be my welcome home.
I decided to walk through the next morning, see what the ‘plans’ were (as suspected- strip malls & offices)… a man walking his dog passed me and remarked “So sad, isn’t it?”, his words were drowned by more bird sounds than I have ever heard in one place (save the bird aviary at the zoo). I instantly thought “The Lorax” (and the Swomee-Swans gathering to fly away). It was one of my favorite books to read to my kids and I felt like I was standing in it. I came home and told my kids about the trees, birds & plans and my daughter said “Mom, it’s like The Lorax. You should do a shoot to remember it before they put up all the buildings.” She was right, so I gathered my favorite little model and took a last walk through the ‘forest’ that evening…
Even bunnies were out…
beautiful skirt provided by Ritchie Rags
How would you like a free day at one of my workshops? I was talking with Lexi (from one of my favorite magazines… Lemonade and Lenses. I just recently did The August Collaboration with her!) about our upcoming workshop in Cincinnati on July 21st and we decided it would be really fun to give away a spot!! Since we are using the PunchTab entry below there are tons of ways to get entries so lots of chances to win… please just be sure you can come to Cincinnati on July 21st (although this is a transferable prize so you can gift it if you want to enter for a deserving friend). This give away is a $500 value and will end next Wednesday, June 27th so go ahead and enter as many times as you can and I will keep my fingers crossed for ya ;) Can’t wait to meet one of you!
And because no post is fun without pictures… here is another feature from the summer issue of Dreamer Journal. This one was a really fun collaboration between Peppercorn Kids & ZozoBugBaby (you’ll be seeing more of this perfect combo in the coming months) ;) Perfect summertime backyard fun…
salem | OR
accessories: Peppercorn Kids
art director: Kim Adams