Monday, May 31, 2010

Class of 2010 - Amber {Spanaway Senior Photography}

 Will it happen...will it not happen?  Do we keep the session date and time or do we cancel and try another day?  These are the questions Amber and I have been wrestling with over the last couple of weeks.  The weather seems quite uncooperative lately (in fact, to be honest, I am quite sick of a supposed spring that still feels like winter!!) and even an hour before our session together, Amber and I still didn't know if it was going to happen. 

However, we decided to go for it and pray for the rain to hold back until we were done.  And guess what??  It was pretty cooperative....and this gorgeous girl got her senior pictures done!

When I first saw Amber, I was taken back by how beautiful she is!!  She reminded me of a friend of mine who lives in the Mediterranean area...and I came to find out Amber's mom is from Spain.  That made perfect sense as I had this Spanish beauty gracing my camera!!

Amber had this wonderful necklace with her name and a music note.  She plays violin...but by her own admission, doesn't like to practice! 
(added texture to showcase the necklace...that's what all those scratch marks are!)

Looking Vogue!!

Amber's dad came with us during our session and I am pretty sure this look was directed toward him!  I think it translates into a "don't embarrass me in public, but I really do love you"!  I know because I get this look from my teenager too!

Amber is as sweet as she is beautiful!  Her favorite class (from last semester) was leadership because of the focus on doing activities for her school and community service.  However, like all seniors in the spring, there is no favorite class this semester....except "being done"!!

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this one!!  

Early congratulations, Amber!!  You are almost there!!  I wish you all the best into your future!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Class of 2010 - Chelsea {Graham Senior Photography}

 Just when I think that "senior season" is over, another one of this gorgeous class of 2010 graces my camera!!  Chelsea met me for a quick photo shoot yesterday....and I just think she couldn't be cuter!!

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE those green shoes!!

I think she looks like she is already on summer vacation...maybe hanging out on the beach in California??  That dress is SO cute!!

I love Chelsea's "look".  I think she has a natural, sweet beauty that reminds me of Ralph Lauren models.  (Eat your heart out, Ralph...Chelsea is a Red Thread model!!  And I am so glad she is!!) are beautiful!!  I hope these last few weeks of school hold amazing things for you and your future is full of laughter and love!! 

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Breathe {inspiration for wednesdays}

I am four days away from my 18th wedding anniversary. As I look back, I am not sure who let us get married (because we were still such babies), but I am grateful for the adventure we've been on. There are definitely parts that I wouldn't want to have lived without, but I don't want to live through them again...and there are moments that I wish I could just sit in forever. But both those attitudes are half-truths (and thus, half-lies) because pain will come again and I must not resist it and pleasure will appear and I must not grab for it. I must do the work of marriage in whatever moment at hand.

I think there are seasons to marriage...

1. Season of Delight - Picture that scene from a movie located in a beautiful golden, sun-filled field. The grasses and flowers are waist high and a light wind is blowing. The gaze of two lovers meet across the field and they run (ever so gracefully and in slow motion) into each others arms. They are enveloped by the rapture of love and nothing else matters. The beautiful field and weather only points back to these two.

2. Season of Work (or shall we say pain??) - At some point these two lovers come out of their myopic embrace and realize that the golden sun has taken its toll on the field. The grasses are totally dried up, the flowers have withered and there are storm clouds on the horizon. They realize that the field actually belongs to them - that they are responsible for it - and there are two pairs of boots and twin shovels waiting for them.

This is the hard work of marriage. What the lovers once saw as flowers, they now realize are weeds. The once chaotic beauty of the overgrowth now seems a mirage as they stand with shovels in hand (and mouths dropped open in stunned resignation) and realize how much work is needed to turn this field into a garden. There will be rain...there will be blisters...there will be getting stuck in the mud...there will be cold...there will be battles against one another...there will be battles inside of themselves...there will be glancing into nearby fields and questioning why they keep at it. At times there will be a lot of tilling and planting only to see the the fruit of their labor wither and die.

In spite of all this (or maybe because of it) is all worth it.

3. Season of Fruit - Yes, much energy has been expended...yes, much time has passed...yes, they are different people from when they started...and yes, they have watched many things just die. However, at some point (and you never can be quite sure when) a proverbial Spring unfolds and those seeds long forgotten or thought dead, spring to life! New flora now grow in that once wild, unkept field. And the difference is that this emergence is a garden that nourishes and feeds both the lovers and others. Fruit now grows where grass once reigned supreme; it satisfies appetites where a meadow once left us starving. The produce of the labor tastes especially sweet because of the labor and the lovers are happy to share generously in abundance because they have known times of near starvation.

The fruit from this garden - though it looks like the delight of the first season - is actually something quite different. It is mature; it is seasoned; it is cultivated; it is ripe; It is JOY!

(all images copyright of Red Thread Photo)

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Home...For a Few Days {Lacey Family Photography}

 I have photographed Margot and Mom a couple of times (see here and here), but it was an absolute privilege to get to photograph Dad this time as well.  The reason I haven't seen him before is because he is serving our country in Iraq but got to come least for a few days.  He is headed back to Iraq tomorrow morning and my thoughts and prayers go with him.

We were not sure what the weather was going to do, so we opted for an "in home" session....which I am so glad we did.  I really like to capture moments of families in their homes and I think little ones like it best too (because the surroundings are totally familiar).

Now, before we go any further, I want to make one small disclaimer...I have photographed Mom and Margot a couple times before, so this post is a little heavy with Dad pictures.  I apologize for that, but thought it would be a little pre-Father's Day warm up, and I just love to see dads with their daughters.

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this picture!!!

It was almost hard to get a "candid" picture of Margot because she is so smiley for the camera.  Watch out, Mom and Dad, she may be on her way to America's next top model!!

(So the book in this picture was one of Dad's favorites when he was little.  How cool to get to share a piece of your childhood with your own child!!)

Ahhh...Daddy kisses are the BEST!!

I think the sign says a lot about parenting....those of us who have kids should remember this each morning!

Just as we were starting to see a tired out little model, Mom had the idea to put Margot in the bathtub.  Boy am I glad she did!!  A baby, water, bubbles, and rubber there is a recipe for CUTENESS!!

Thank you C family for letting me into your lives once again!!  It was a pleasure to be able to photograph you all this time!  Many, many blessings on you...and a safe return home...soon!!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Kiss Me: Linda and David {Seattle Engagement Photography}

Alright, so I am going to gush a little, but these two are some of the kindest people I have ever met!  They are friendly, always looking after others, thoughtful...and very much in love!  I met them through one of their friends, Kayla (see here, and here, and here) who decided to give them my photography services as a gift for their upcoming wedding.  (And when I say upcoming...I mean, like in a few days!)  How I wish I was going with them to Hawaii, but alas...I will have to settle for my time with them at the Japanese Gardens and a bit of their engagement party.  And maybe for a girls night out after you get back, right Linda (and Kayla too!)???

One of the things I enjoyed about this photo session was the playfulness and tenderness they have for one another.  I really didn't have to work very hard...I just stood back and captured the unfolding acts of love.

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this shot!!

This wisteria arbor made an amazing, intimate engagement spot...with a little room for some fun too!!  I kept photographing them, hoping that nobody was going to fall into the pond!  (I am sure the Koi would not have been happy!)

OK....LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this shot too!!!  It is moments like this when I feel like I am walking on sacred ground.  Linda's tenderness toward David and her hand so firmly placed on his cheek....oh...I'll stop talking now...

Linda describes herself as an "old soul", which makes me like her all the more because I've had people say that about me...maybe our souls connect.  I thought I'd include my favorite poetic phrase because it kept coming to mind while I photographed them...

"Grow old with me, the best is yet to be...the last of life for which the first was made..."
~ Robert Browning

With all these sweet moments, I wasn't totally sure we were going to make it to the engagement party afterward.  I thought maybe I was going to have to announce to the guests that the happy couple took off a few days early to speed up the timeline for the wedding!!

Linda and David are in the process of waiting to adopt a child.  They will make the most wonderful parents and the overflow of their love for each other will just envelop a little one in their home!  I look forward to photographing this little life with whom there already exists an invisible "red thread" connection!!  (But can't wait until we can SEE the red thread!)

I think Linda is just beautiful (and I know David agrees with me), so I had to get a picture of just her in the midst of the garden.   Although the flowers are lovely...she is lovelier!!

We headed over to an engagement party hosted by their friend (and mine too now!), Kayla.

Linda and David with Kayla and Elliana...

Good food, good friends and great wine...makes for an amazing engagement party!

Congratulations Linda and David.  I was truly a privilege to be with you guys last week!!  I wish you the most amazing trip to Hawaii...AND for little one to be placed in your arms very soon!!