Eclipse Week: part 1 {Salem, OR}

We spent a week "back home" in Salem, OR this past August. It ended up being a special and monumental week to be in Salem as the total eclipse just happened to be taking place! The week seemed to serve as a final summer hurrah of sorts. Andrew had been working pretty crazy hours most of the summer and I knew that this trip marked the end of that and the start of a better many months ahead.

Bonnie and Abram had a blast with their cousins: Cora, Isaac, and Eliza. It is always so special to see them together. Months pass between our visits which means that each time we all get together, there's always something new to share and enjoy. It's also safe to say that our kiddos are still catching up on sleep from the week (it's been 2 weeks since we've been back!). They played hard!

Pictured below are some highlights from the first half of the week:

Bonnie Grace // three years old

You at three.

Bonnie girl, you're truly an incredible little gal. You love sitting on the counter "helping" cook. You can dance all day long, every day, and never tire. Your laughter is contagious. You're quick to learn new skills (especially if they have to do with physical things such as dancing, jumping, twirling...). You stay with mom and dad during praise time at church and either cuddle in close while we sing, dance in the aisle, or raise your arms , close your eyes and sing your heart out (when you know the song!). This brings tears to my eyes. Happy tears.

For you are fearfully and wonderfully made. You challenge me each and every day in both the hardest ways and most important ways. You challenge me to be patient, to stop all I am doing and dance with you or explain something to you. You are kind to others and love giving to others.

My, oh my, are you full of energy. The park is your palace. No structure too high or too scary. You can conquer them all. You are fast; you are determined; you are strong-willed as they come. These attributes will serve you well, my dear. In time. You are blossoming before our eyes. You love your brother something fierce and he loves you too. His kisses calm you. He looks up to you so much.

I'm grateful for these years at home with you. Though challenging at times, through mothering you, I see the grace and goodness of the Lord. Oh how he loves us. How incredible that Christ laid down his life for me and for you. What an amazing example of unconditional love Christ gives us. We love you and we are beyond thankful to have you as our daughter. I hope you never doubt how much you are adored.

Go move mountains my love. Go play, twirl, sing, and jump your heart out.

Tangible Works of Art

When I say that I now create tangible works of art for my photography clients.... this is what I mean!

I'm thrilled to have a business structure which now focuses more on a full service and personal experience ending with gorgeous works of art to enjoy each and every day. Much research, thought, and care has gone into these changes (which were made in January 2017) and I could not be more excited about them. I think my clients agree too!

From a one on one pre-consult, personalized session, reveal and ordering appointment, to me arriving at your home with your works of art, this has been an incredible and meaningful change. I'm thankful to work together with my clients to create and plan customized sessions that will end in images they'll not only want to hang on their walls, but pass down from generation to generation.

As a professional photographer, I have the opportunity to work directly with some incredible printing labs and goods companies to create a line of products that are heirloom quality and that just make sense for my clients' desires and needs. All products I offer are chosen for a reason to create an incredible array of options for my clients. While I love creating the artwork and photographing each family, seeing their images printed (large!) is so gratifying and special.

Here are a few images from a recent client's order. Aren't they lovely! I can't wait to see their wall arrangements and to hear how their families love each of their framed prints as gifts.