This precious family is such a treasure to me! What a joy to spend time chasing them through the trees and enjoying the rocks and driftwood on the beach!
A fun little trip down to Bella Beach to capture this family for a few minutes! Special bonus for me seeing Ashley on her Birthday! Could not thank God enough for this family and for their love and presence in my life over the past few years!
I am so thankful someone is making chocolate that is wonderful in taste and made with high quality ingredients within my values! When Azula showed up one day at the Gig Harbor Farmer's Market, I was thrilled! Her truffles are gluten free, dairy free, vegan, and sweetened nectar/and or high grade maple syrup. They are made with fair trade cocoa butter & powder, extra virgin coconut oil, and raw vanilla powder! So I did what I did not want to do, and I waited until the next month of our budget and saved up some personal $ and got myself 2 of the most tasty chocolates!! A dark chocolate truffle and a strawberry dark chocolate truffle! They were amazing!
So this is my small business Friday shout out to Azula and The Mighty Truffle! Thanks for pioneering making food that allows many of us that are making changes in our diets, and changing our values around what we consume an opportunity to still enjoy a sweet treat!
Meet Sis! She makes pickled vegetables using organic produce from local Northwest farms!
My family LOVES her pickles! We can eat a large jar within 24 hrs apparently! That is what happened to the tasty pickles I got last Thursday at the Gig Harbor Farmer's Market.
I had just finished a family shoot at Point Defiance Park in Tacoma. I noticed a few people getting out of their cars and gathering around some beautiful trees. These are the situations I get myself into sometimes; introducing myself to perfect strangers, and asking if I can capture what is about to take place. I would have to say that these are some of my absolute favorite occurrences; with photography and in life. The rush of adrenaline as I approach, not knowing what I'm going to say or if I'm making a big mistake.
Something about taking the risk to meet new people, getting to know someone knew in a short period time to the depth that that encounter allows, and using the talents I enjoy so much to capture emotion and tell their story. I think I smiled the entire rest of the day, and the next, and the next.
I love this family for so many reasons! I love them for how they represent to me what it looks like to love each other in a marriage! To work through the joys and pains and learn to love each other more as you journey together! I love how they love and support their sweet daughters and are willing to learn as they go what each sweet one needs to be who God made them each to be! I had so much fun spending a morning with them playing in the woods!
Scroll through the gallery below to see our time together!
I can almost feel the life flowing into my soul as I breathe in the evening sunset with my family. We have had a very busy last 8 months, filled with deadlines, tests, moving, and transitions. But when we've carved out time to soak up bits of summer together it has made up for the business. I'm learning to rest, enjoy, and be present. I'm not always the best at these things, but by God's grace I'm learning! And what I've learned so far is changing and reviving me in the deep places of who I am.
This is a fitting week to post about my husband! After years of school, experience, and testing, he can finally call himself a licensed Architect. I'm excited to see how he builds upon this and is able to incorporate his other passions into the weave of what he does for work and who he is as a person. I love this photo of him, because it is classic John. He is often dreaming about something; looking into the distance to sort out what he just saw, and how it connects to the here and now. He keeps me on my toes, and I have come to love and appreciate the way he thinks and looks at the world a little different than my linear brain. I love working on a team with him, whether it's design, songwriting, or shooting a wedding, it's fun to be creative with him and encourage each other!
So here's to my architect/ photographer/ designer/ songwriter/ father/ husband/ farmer/ creative/ dreamer - may God help you fit it all together and walk in all He's planned for you. May you feel the freedom to be yourself and enjoy who you are.
My family had the pleasure of visiting one of the most beautiful places on earth last week. It is a place dear to my heart, where I have been allowed space to breathe, to rest, and to connect. To connect with my family, dear friends, God, and even myself. It was quite a shock to enter back into the realities of life Monday. I am praying I can take with me a slice of the goodness of this sweet trip, and that God would remind me He is closer than I think and cares about many of the things on my heart this week, more than I probably understand or know.