Monday, September 17, 2012

May happiness be your companion...

August 4th marked a new chapter in the lives of two wonderful and charming people.


It's my pleasure to introduce you to Kayleigh and Rory. They are the type of people you want to have in your lives. They are fun, and outgoing, and SOOOO stinking good looking.


Kayleigh is an event planner, and her calm demeanor and well prepared nature made things run in a relaxed and timely manner. 


The ceremony took place in her parents back yard… 

            


     


While the reception was hosted under a white tent on a beautiful grass lawn just next door.


                  

            

                   

Never have I seen a dress fit the curves of a body the way that Kayleigh's fit her. Her Mom zipped her in …


and Kayleigh was nothing short of stunning. 


I'd love to show you each and every image I was lucky enough to capture on this incredible summer day, but this Blog would take months to read if I did that. Instead I will leave you with some of my favorite images and a blessing that I think is so beautiful and fitting to a time such as this. 


May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,




May you see your children's children.
May you be poor in misfortune,
Rich in blessings,
May you know nothing but happiness
From this day forward.



May the road rise to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the warm rays of sun fall upon your home
And may the hand of a friend always be near.





May green be the grass you walk on,
May blue be the skies above you,
May pure be the joys that surround you,
May true be the hearts that love you.


Thank you Rory and Kayleigh for allowing me to be a part of such a special day. I wish for you all the joy and happiness that this world can offer. May you be blessed with children who love as you do. And may your good days always out number your bad ones. All my best!!

To see all of the images from this wedding please click here!!



{Shine On}


... Lindsay ...


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Will a picture last 8 months?


Tonight I held my little boy as tears streamed down his face and dropped onto my arm. I comforted him and hugged him assuring him that his Dad would be home before he knew it. His Dad will only be gone for 5 days. It was in comforting him that I thought of the pictures I was editing and the story of the family.


Tomorrow night Kristen will hold her kids and comfort them assuring them that the time their Dad will be gone will go fast. That before they know it 8 months will have passed and they will be hugging their Dad again. We assure our kids of all the things that we wish someone could assure us of. I am sure her heart will be heavy with the promises she makes her kids. Knowing that each Holiday missed and each milestone passed in her small kids lives will feel like an eternity. 

I am thankful that while their Dad is gone and while Kristen's heart aches from missing her husband they will have some images to hold onto and look at that will remind them of how sweet life is with Keith in it. 

An image can't hug you or embrace you, but it can be a gentle reminder of how one felt.


An image can help a little girl remember just how much her Daddy adores her.


And an image can refresh in a growing mind the shape and curves of their Dad's smile. 


8 months is a long time to be away from the ones we love. But what would we do if there weren't men and women like Keith and Kristen? 

 

Men and women willing to give their lives for all the freedoms we hold so dear. For all the people who serve, and all the families that stay behind I thank you all. I miss my husband after a night  away, I am amazed by the sacrifices they make for all of us. 

My hope is that these 8 months fly by for Kristen and Keith. That Kristen's days with their adorable children are filled with more smiles than tears. 

And that each time her heart aches for her husband, she nuzzles her little ones and breathes in all that is Keith in them. 



Thank you Kristen and Keith for sharing what little time you had left capturing your sweet little family. It was a joy and a pleasure!! I look forward to doing it again on the other end of these 8 months.


{Shine On}


... Lindsay ...

Monday, June 25, 2012

Oh Henry!!

My family moved quite a few times while I was in elementary school. From fourth grade to fifth grade I went to four different elementary schools. I am sure there are many of you out there that could relate to that. In fifth grade – my third school – I met a girl named Jennifer. She was from Iowa, and I was from Montana. She was tall and blonde just like me.

We went to school together from September to May – eight short months. In May my family made our final move to where I now live. Despite the short length of our time going to school together we somehow have maintained a friendship that has lasted more than 21 years. She is so much more than a friend to me, and no matter time nor distance she has always been more like a sister to me.

I guess that is why when Michelle contacted me to photograph her newest addition to her family I was unbelievably flattered and excited. Michelle is Jennifer's "So Cool" older sister. It was under the education of these girls that I learned how to shave my legs and get my bangs to stand up just a little higher. I don't know if they have any idea of how influential they were in my life and how very much they and their families mean to me.

It was with excitement and pleasure that I drove back to Maple Valley to photograph this adorable family and scrumptious new baby named Henry. From the moment I arrived I had an amazing assistant in Jack, Michelle's three year old son.


He ran in and out of the house helping me carry all my props, telling me each time as he ran by how much faster he was than me. I loved his open and outgoing nature; clearly a representation of Michelle and Spencer. A true charmer he is!!


 

Michelle was laid back and excited for me to do whatever I wanted – something parents should be careful telling me. I know Spencer questioned my madness as I was placing his baby in a vintage lunch box.


It's probably a good thing I found this passion for photography after my kids were a little bigger. I would have been trying to put them in the craziest of places ; )!!

Henry ate like a champ and with my beautiful white noise track on my phone I had him fast to sleep in no time. From there it was just magic.




Every newborn shoot I fall in love with some idea or another. I must say I am proud of how these images worked out.


 


Henry ... was a dream to work with. It is my pleasure to share with you some of my favorite images from this shoot. I hope Michelle and Spencer love them as much as I do.


To see all of the images from this shoot CLICK HERE!!



{Shine On}

... Lindsay ...



Tuesday, June 19, 2012

A Passion Begins!!

So often we look at our children and either claim a trait or blame a trait on our spouse. All of the good ones belong to me, and, of course, all of the bad ones belong to Kyle ; ). I so want to claim Ella's singing as a gift from me, but my Mom would be the first to tell you that is a lie. I would also like to say her confidence and fearlessness come from me, but, again, I would be lying. 




Ella has many loves and interests, but for a long time now her main passion and love has been music. She sings incessantly and has excitedly started piano lessons and hopes to start guitar lessons soon.


Four weeks ago my little girl's passion went public when she walked up in front of her peers and teachers and put herself out there to be judged – and quite possibly rejected. I was a nervous wreck to say the least; I was shaking and waiting for her to turn to me with tears in her eyes saying "I can't do this!!".  I had planned it out, I would rub her back and encourage her, but ultimately I would never push her. 

Instead, a classmate of Ella's sat down next to me bubbling about what she was going to sing. She was all smiles. As her turn approached the girl began to cry. She told me "I'm scared, I don't want to do this." Now this I understood!! I rubbed her back and told her it would be okay either way, if she went up there she would be great, and if she didn't she was still great. All this took place while my Ella girl sat quietly on my lap. 

Her name was called and my hands shook while I tried to steady the camera to record her audition. She hopped up from my lap and walked right up on stage. She sang a couple verses of her song, smiled, talked to the judges and came right back to my lap. She sat down on my lap and whispered in my ear "That was fun!! I wanna do that again." What??? Who's kid is this???

Amazingly, Ella was chosen as the only 1st grader for the talent show. With squeels of excitement and a determination to know all her lyrics by heart she spent the next month practicing and generally entertaining our family. 

As I dressed her in the outfit made with love by me and fixed her hair, I asked my little "Tiny" if she was nervous about singing in front of her whole school? She looked and me as if I had hit my head, smiled, and replied "Nope." I walked her into the gym and sat her down with the other kids that would be performing that day. Most of the kids in the talent show were in fourth grade and up, and then there was my little Ella with the maturity and confidence beyond her years. I asked her if she wanted me to stay with her. She smiled sweetly at me and said "Nope, I'm fine." I walked away shaking my head at this beautiful little creature that is quickly becoming her own person completely separate from her Dad and me.


Yesterday I watched in awe as my sweet girl took the stage in front of nearly 700 people and sang her little heart out. While taking a breath before her last verse of the song the audience began to clap. I was so bummed for her and so proud of how she just rolled with it. She looked to her teacher and then took a bow. A little professional despite the mishap, I couldn't have been more proud of her. 

It is my pleasure to share with you the full version of her song, as well as the version from the talent show. Kyle and I are both so proud of our little girl. I hope you all will see in her what we do, one special and very talented little girl. We love you Tiny!!

Please leave a comment!! I am sure Ella would love to hear what you all think!!


{Shine On}

... Lindsay ...




Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Keep the faith!!

I am sure that when Tony and Adrianna drove home from their family portraits last Monday they had little hope of good pictures from our shoot. And while I try to reassure the parents over and over again that there will be something cute, "keep the faith". I can still see that look of doubt in their eyes. After all they aren't seeing what I am ... who can blame them for their doubtful looks. I too would feel the same if the situation was reversed. What they don't know is that I have learned over the years to go with the flow. I have learned that expectations of small children are unrealistic and frustrating. Instead I have adopted the point of view that I will simply do my best to capture beautiful and real images however they come to me.


Tony and Adrianna's son Oliver is down right adorable, and stunningly handsome. Despite Oliver's obvious charms and good looks he had no concerns or cares that Mom and Dad had scheduled, arranged, and paid for this lovely little outing we were on. Oliver had his own agenda that day and wanted nothing to do with his parents plans for the afternoon.


Things started out well, Adrianna was holding Oliver and quickly I was able to capture this adorable little family.


Things went askew (not for me, but I'm sure for his parents) as soon as Oliver tasted freedom.



The magic of our children is that they are clueless to the charisma and charm they possess. Perhaps this is a large part of why people are so drawn to them. Oliver had both of these attributes, but he was not following our plan. I choose to believe that the plan Oliver had was the one I was meant to capture.







I hope that Tony and Adrianna are pleased with the images Oliver had planned for them. If you ask me ... I'd say Oliver is one gifted little boy : )!!

To see the entire set of images from this session click here!!


{Shine On}

... Lindsay ...