Thursday, March 29, 2012

Kiss Me: Genna and Chad {Seattle Engagement Photography}

Love was in the air (along with the sunshine) as we headed down to the Sculpture Park for some fun engagement shots of Chad and Genna!!

These guys brought their sweet dog of course we had to make him part of the action!  

We had some fun playing and laughing!  I love being with people in love!!

(Yes..that is really the sun shining over the sculpture!!  For those of you not in the Seattle area, this is a big deal...we haven't seen that big ball of fire in a LONG time!!)  It is so excited it deserves to be celebrated with a big kiss!!

Thank you so much Genna and Chad!!  It was amazing to photograph you...can't wait for the wedding!!
(By the way, there is one more picture over on the Red Thread Images Facebook page!!)

Thursday, March 22, 2012

All the Pieces {Carnation Family Photography}

How do you tell a family's story?  There is so much to mention - all the relationships, all the generations, all the inside jokes - that one photo session can hardly do it justice.  But how do you tell any story?  You line the letters up to make words, and words strung together make a story.  Kind of like pictures....

These two started it all (at least as far as our story begins).

They added lots of love, lots of years, and I am sure lots of patience to write their own story called their family.

I had the privilege of photographing a wedding for this family last fall and a family session at the beginning of this year, so I was so excited when they invited me to come photograph this whole crew!  Enjoy some of the moments of the story I got to capture with my camera....

Thank you B Family!!  You could not be more wonderful!!  I am honored to have been able to capture a piece of your story!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Breathe {inspiration for Wednesdays}

Today I am going to practice dancing!!  Hope you do too!

Breathe, smile and go slowly.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Measure of a Man {Port Ludlow Family Photography}

How do you calculate the measure of a man?  

Is it by his years of selfless service in the fire department? 

 Is it by his training and mentoring those younger than him to be safe and prepared on the job?

Is it by the way he so does not like to be the center of attention, but everyone knows life is better because he is there in the background?

Or is it by the love and joy he has brought into this world to his children, grandchildren and wife?

I had the privilege of photographing this beautiful, big family the other day on the occasion of this Giant-of-a-man's retiring from 34 years of service with the fire department.  First of all, in today's economy, 34 years at any job is commendable and speaks to loyalty and passion.  But 34 years as a firefighter speaks to courage, selflessness, and deep conviction.

And then of course, this mob of people speak to all those qualities brought home and lived out in family life too!

(So I had to sneak in one of grandma too!!)

Thank you Giant-of-a-man!  Your hard work and dedication are an inspiration to us all!  Your humility and selflessness remind us what we are all called to.

You are deeply loved. probably already know that!

Thank you K family, for a chance to hang out for an afternoon and celebrate this guy!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Breathe {inspiration for Wednesdays...even though it is Thursday}

As the rain falls around here, I find the appointments on my calendar changing...a lot.  I have had to reschedule quite a few photo sessions because, to be honest, nobody wants watch their hair go from great to a soggy mess within the course of a photo shoot!  So I am applying my adaptability skills; my flexibility is being tested and stretched all the more.  However, there are some days when I get grumpy and want life to go how I have scheduled I planned for it to go!!  The last few days were like that, and this morning a short piece of writing by Alan Paton (author of Cry the Beloved Country) brought a humble dose of perspective:

Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace.  (St. Francis)

We pray for many things, for loved ones, for one sick, for one dying, for heath, for much-needed money.....for help in some situation that frightens or threatens us.  We pray especially hard - most of us - when our own safety or security (or plans..emphasis mine!) is threatened.

I myself have done this, but now I wish to place on record that I am in unrepayable debt to Francis of Assisi, for when I pray his prayer, or even remember it, my melancholy is dispelled, my self-pity comes to an end, my faith is restored, because of this majestic conception of what the work of a disciple should be.

So majestic is this conception that one dare no longer be sorry for oneself.  This world (the weather...emphasis mine!) ceases to be one's enemy and becomes the place where one lives and works and serves.  Life is no longer nasty, mean, brutish, and short, but becomes the time that ones needs to make it less nasty and mean, not only for others, but indeed also for oneself.

We are brought back instantaneously to the reality of our faith, that we are not passive recipients but active instruments....

Active instruments.  That is my calling...whether or not I am doing what I thought I would be doing, or what my calendar said I had planned.  If I believe there is a Divine plan to things (and I do!), then the rescheduling and cancelling of photo sessions is part of it.  And if those are a part of a larger scheme, then I guess I should ask what my response and part to it should be.  I, too, owe an unrepayable debt to Francis of Assisi.  Feeling sorry for myself or complaining is not an option.  He reminds me what my real calling is...and how to be an active instrument...rain or shine!

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.

Breathe, smile and go slowly.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Newest Addition {Tacoma Baby Photography}

Some friends of mine just had their second child - another sweet little baby girl.  I missed them at the hospital, but made my way to their house as soon as I could to capture this fresh, new falling in love!!

Big sister greeted me with enthusiasm and kept my shutter clicking while Mom fed little sister!  She showed me how she takes care of her special bunny...just like taking care of "her baby"!

And then of course, we got Dad in the mix of fun!

I love family pictures with toddlers!!  When you are 2 and a half, you sometimes have your own ideas about photo sessions!!

Of course, big sister wanted to show me how she could hold little sister.  She did a great job...kissing her baby, ticking her feet...but then she took a peek under the blanket.

Her question was, "What is that?"  To which she decided the answer was "poop" and she was done holding her little sister!!

Then it was just time for the newest addition to be photographed all by herself.  She had a tough time going to sleep with all the excitement!!

Thanks D Family!!  You make VERY cute babies!!
(By the way....there are a few more on the Red Thread Images Facebook page!!)