Thursday, February 28, 2013

Little Miss A {Bellevue Baby Photography}

Lots of babies lately!!  It is fun to get to photograph them, because in the process, I get to hold them, snuggle with them a little, and kiss some sweet chubby cheeks!!  Little Miss A is about 3 weeks old and couldn't be sweeter...

 I love her expression!  I think she is trying to figure out what in the world is going on here.

Sweet Miss A, you are deeply loved!!  May you know that all the days of your life!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Breathe {inspiration for Wednesdays}

After a few weeks of keeping my head tucked down to keep the full force of the wind (and rain) from hitting it, I looked up yesterday at the trees outside my kitchen windows.  Gone are the completely thin, charcoal silhouettes of the branches against the grey sky.  In their place, I noticed knobby extensions reaching to the (still grey) sky that had taken on a new color.  Ever so would have to really pay attention...the color of the branches is turning pink.

New life is moving through the veins of the trees once again, and the evidence is found in the slowly changing hue of each branch.  My heart gets excited knowing that soon there will be an explosion of new buds opening to create a celebration of petals and pink.  But until then, the trees remind me to stop and pay attention to the slow changes that are happening.  They remind me to ask myself the question, "what is about to bloom in my life?"....and to enjoy the time between the bud and the bloom.

Breathe, smile and go slowly.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Pink Sweetness {Woodinville Baby Photography}

I photographed her parents' love story about three years ago.  This last weekend I got to continue capturing that love story!!

Little Miss H is just a delight and so full of JOY!!

Don't worry, the boots have never seen a dirty ground!  They must, however, taste very good!!

 Miss H and her buddy Gus.  She liked the picture taking much more than he did!!

J and C, your little girl is just amazing!!  She couldn't be more perfect!  Thanks for letting me photograph this next chapter in your love story!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Kiss Me: Sara and Matt {Seattle Engagement Photography}

Is there any better way to celebrate Valentine's Day than with an engagement session?  Sara and Matt flew into town from California to get a few pictures taken before we see each other in June.  They are just the kind of bride and groom I love to hang out with...totally in love and a little playful too!!

 I just love people who actually WANT to jump in pictures!!

We couldn't resist.  Since they are getting married in Seattle, they ought to have a little Seattle in their engagement pictures too! 

OK...let me say that a any girl who will climb a tree, I want to be friends with!  Hmmm..I wonder if she'll climb one in her wedding dress?!?!?

Thanks Sara and Matt.  I enjoyed our time together!  See you in June!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Breathe {inspiration for Thursdays}

A couple days ago in a yoga class, my teacher made the following statement:
Judgement and curiosity cannot coexist.

I've had to sit with that statement for a couple of days, but because it kept rolling around in my head, I thought I'd write some of my musings about it.  First, let me say that I both love and hate this statement. (It may be the rebellious child in me that reacts when faced with a challenge of "can't"...or the critic in me that hates generalizations with no room for possibility.}  

I hate the statement because of how I think it can be taken, but is not meant.  It does not say that judgement or curiosity are not needed, just that they cannot coexist together.  To be sure we need "judgement".  Our law system depends on it.  It is why we have speed limits (although there is argument to get rid of those!), why our children learn certain things in school, and why mass murderers are brought to justice.  It is the firm undergirding of a decision having been made or an opinion being formed...and then acted upon.  Heck, not just our law system, but our family systems depend on it.  When it is bedtime for my children,  it is time to go to bed, not to remain open to possibilities.

However, I love the statement in regards to approaching people.  To remember that when I have already made a judgement about someone, it means I've made up my mind about them.  It leads me to an arrogant place as I think I know the whole story about them or why they are doing what they are doing.  It gives me permission to dismiss them (because I think I have all the answers), and makes me rigid in my dealings with them.

Curiosity, on the other hand, softens us.  It allows us to ask questions - to explore - and then listen for (or try to discover) the answers.  It steps back from the I-know-everything cliff into a wide open field with space for movement.  Curiosity feeds a desire to know another person, not just on the surface, but deep within the story of his or her life.  

The great challenge of life is knowing when to move in judgement and when to move in curiosity.  To be honest, I think I tend to get them reversed in so many of life's situations!  And since judgement deceptively feels more solid, I probably go there first searching for risk-free living.  Oh Curiosity, teach me to move and dance with you so much more!!

Judgement and curiosity cannot coexist.

Breathe, smile and go slowly.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Family is a Work of Art {Graham Family Photography}

Getting to photograph families again and again and again, is one of my favorite parts of my job!  I watch families grow in number and in height...and I get to play with them!!  I have photographed the following family so many times, I have lost count, but it never gets old.  Their youngest one just turned one, so that, of course, is an occasion for a photo session!!

Thanks Hobton family!!  I always love getting to play with all of you!!