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I <3 Seattle- Seriously!!

So, years ago, and I’m talking years ago- I tried my hardest to get my hubby of less than one year to move up to Seattle.  I love Seattle… L-O-V-E!  “Come on,” I whined, “We’re young, we’re free…  We don’t have any kids yet, our parents won’t care!  Let’s move up there, puh-lease!?!?!?”  Jeff was not impressed, nor was he willing to budge on his decision of planting our roots here in Eugene. 

  Now, don’t get me wrong, I adore Eugene.  I was born and raised here and I can’t imagine raising a family anywhere else.  I love that my Grandma stops by every single night, that our families get together for every single holiday because we all live so close and that my children will most likely attend the same schools I attended.  It’s comfortable, it’s perfect, it’s home.  🙂

  But, when I was 18- yes, I got married when I was 18- I just wanted a change of scene.  More than anything, I think I wanted to prove my independence and show that I was an adult who could make it with her new husband in the big bad world.  We never made the move to Seattle, but we visit often.  And every time I go there, I always beg to make the move.  Our last trip, two weekends ago, was no exception…


So, when I booked an Engagement Session in Seattle, I was thrilled!!  The shot above caught my eye the moment I started my shoot.  I used this brick wall for some shots of the future Mr & Mrs, and decided to steal a few personal shots, too.  🙂  The next few images were all snapped during their shoot.  I am such a tourist when I am in new territory and I kept apologizing while I happily snapped away.  🙂  Luckily for me, they didn’t seem to mind much!




The breathtaking view from Kerry Park- Seattle’s hidden gem.  I fell in love with this place and now I will have to visit every single time we go there. 


The next few shots were taken the next day.  We went back up to Kerry Park, I wanted my kids to see how beautiful Seattle truly is.  🙂  Cole loved the park immediately!



In the above you can see Mt Rainier in the distance.  In the image below you can see my son was dying to be my model.  🙂




Occasionally I step out from behind the camera- usually this only happens if my kids are going to be in the picture with me.  Oh, and I know I look like a horrible mother having my child stand on the ledge like that.  I have to say that there is grass just on the other side of this wall, a few feet from the wall, the ground begins to slope down to a children’s park- so it isn’t nearly as horrific as it looks!  Plus, Cole isn’t very brave, so he wouldn’t have ever climbed up there otherwise!  🙂


Our last stop before heading home was the EMP- Experience Music Project.  This place is only one of the coolest museums I have ever been to.  We all decided we needed at least a full day to really see all there is to offer there.  Unfortunately, they forbid you from taking pictures in any of the exhibits, but you can snap a few shots in some the areas.  If you ever get a chance to go to the EMP- do it!  You won’t be sorry!!  If you love music, you will LOVE EMP.



For those of you who don’t know, my son is a future Rockstar.  He loves Rock-n-Roll and can currently play Expert on both Drums and Guitar on Rockband- pretty amazing for a 5 year old!  🙂  We are going to get him some real drum lessons soon- his eye-hand coordination is mind blowing!  This tower of guitars made his whole face light up- watching him made mine light up. 



Until next time, Seattle…  🙂


I’m Baaa-aaack!! :)

Sorry, Internet, I have neglected you.  Between a three-week roller-coaster of a cold,back to back weekends of travel, family life, work life, and the upcoming Holiday- I’ve been super busy!!!  Busy in a good way and a hectic way.  I assure you there will be plenty of blogging in my future.  I have several sessions to post and some personal stuff coming your way very soon.


Just for fun!!!

So I have had some requests for some updated pictures of my two little ones.  It made me realize how long it has been since I have posted anything with the two of them- naughty mommy!  My goal is to go through some folders and find some cute pics of the kids from these past few months- shouldn’t be too hard- and post them in between some of my other sittings.  I instantly found these and I just adore them!!  If only we could all be kids again and feel so happy over a hose and running water!  🙂  Enjoy!!!



The Register Guard is publishing an art book filled with pictures from Lane County.  Help support local photographers and the people of Lane County by voting for their images!  The pictures with the most votes will be featured in the coffee-table style book!  I would love your support!!  Go to: today!!  Thank you!!!


David Jay!!

So here is the pic I have been promising!  There is a funky shadow on my face- this wasn’t taken with my camera, so I can’t exactly explain it.  It’s unfortunate, but what can you do?  🙂  My mission is just to meet up with DJ again and get another shot- minus the crazy shadow!!  Haha  🙂

The girl on the left is the fabulous Jen Lewis (my long lost sister- our lives are exactly the same, it’s kinda scary!)  🙂  I cannot stress enough how amazing David is, a truly amazing guy!!  DJ- can’t thank you enough for the inspiration, honestly! 


Mr. North

Where I live all the high schools in the area hold male pageants to raise money for The Children’s Miracle Network.  It is such an amazing event for such an incredible cause, it’s heart-breaking and heart-warming all at the same time!  12 guys fund-raise for 4 months and then compete in a pageant for the title of “Mr. (Mascot/School)”  My son, Cole, was asked by a friend of ours to walk with him during the Hero segment.  Cole was so excited!  This was his third time to be in one of these pageants, but the first he can remember.  🙂

Tyler & Cole were dressed as Tinkerbelle & Peter Pan.  (Cole was thrilled that it meant he could hold a fake knife, which he waved at the audience the entire time with a huge grin!  🙂  Sounds scary, but it was adorable!!!)


We were all very excited when Tyler was crowned Mr. North!  Cole was sitting in the crowd saying again and again, “I hope he wins…I hope Tyler wins…”  He jumped out of hit seat when they announced him the winner!

My precious little man, Cole & Tyler aka Mr. North 2008


Congratulations, Tyler!  You totally deserve it!!  🙂


Jaclyn (Part 2)

I love, love, love this picture!  🙂

My niece, Jaclyn, met me downtown for the second half of her session.  The weather was amazing, so we were very lucky!  🙂  Jaclyn was a great sport about all the poses and locations I dragged her through- ultimately, I am very pleased with her shots!  She’s just so cute!