Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The Disney's

This weekend I had the honor and fun of photographing the Disneys. I really don't have that many clients who finish their photo session standing still for great snowball-in-the-face shots. They are some of my all-time favorite people. What can I say? They really are amazing and if you know them, you know what I mean...crazy skits, amazing salsa, Forest Gump, Napoleon Dynamite, wisdom, laughter, kindness and many sweet memories. The sad part of this story is that they are moving out of Alaska in a few short weeks. We will miss you!

Here are some favorite shots. Click here for the entire slideshow.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Don and Nancy's Engagement Session

The wind was blowing down the valley that day but the trees provided us with some protection and a pretty great background. I had a great time with Don and Nancy at Eagle River Nature Center. What an awesome couple they are. I am so excited about photographing their wedding in the picturesque town of Seward this summer.

Thanks for braving the weather with me!
Here are a few favorites. Click here for the entire slideshow.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Spring Cleaning

One of the tasks I have given myself this spring is to once again sort through all of my worldly goods and purge. This gets harder and harder each time I do it because I don't have much to begin with. Well, my mom might disagree with that as most of it has been stored in her basement for the last few years. But really, how do you distill a lifetime worth of stuff into just the most important things.

I am a book lover. And as I went through the boxes of books that I had to save nearly four years ago when I packed them, it was a little walk down memory lane. I couldn't help but associate books with different times of my life. I did get rid of a few more that I just don't see my self ever reading again. As I flipped through the pages to take out any bookmarks before they went into the 'get rid of' pile, I found little treasures. Treasures like airplane boarding passes that reaminded me of adventures, notes, receipts, a copy of my grandpa's funeral program.

Then I came to what I like to call my "Love Me" boxes. These are small photo boxes. I have 4 of them. Inside is a collection of cards, letters, notes, old photos and emails.... all from friends and family that showed me love. I tried to go through them last night while watching a movie. Some of them made me laugh out loud. Some of them made me want to cry. But mostly they did what they were meant to do, make me feel loved. My life is rich... with a wealth of friends and family and memories and adventures. How can you discard these things? So in the end I mostly threw away the envelopes of the cards. So after going through 2 boxes I haven't made much of a dent in the purge... but I do feel loved. And have some fantastic photos of friends that might not want them ever to find the light of day again. But you never know... they might just end up on facebook. In love, of course.

I had to include a photo. Here is one of my favorites of my big brother and I at my great grandma's house. Aren't we cute?!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Jamie's Maternity Session

A few weeks before Aida's grand entrance into our world, I took Jamie and Shawn out for a few maternity photos. They are new to the state and wanted something that had Alaska in it. Pioneer Peak is about as good as it gets here in the Mat-Su Valley. then a few days later we took some shots inside where we could have that beautiful belly out. Thanks for letting be a part of this time in your lives!

Here are a few favorites. Click here for the entire slideshow.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Miss Adah

After a long anticipated arrival, she finally came. And she was worth the wait! Sweet Adah was only a few days old when we had her first photo session. She is so beautiful! Momma, Daddy and big brother are quite smitten.

I am posting Adah's photos before her mom's maternity shots because I am sure that the family far away can't wait to see her. I will post Jamie's Maternity Session later.

Just in case you wanted to know...the adorable hat she is wearing was made by my good friend, Amanda. Check out her blog about it here... and follow their family story of adoption. And the precious knit diaper cover was made by my friend Katie. You can check out her knitting blog for other fun baby and children items.
Here are a few favorites. Click here for the entire slideshow.