I'm in the Christmas spirit with my favorite festive Pandora stations, lights on the Christmas tree, and wrapping gifts specially picked out for loved ones.
I also lined my pockets with puppy treats as rewards for Kona and Coal posing in front of our decorated fresh Christmas tree. I had a lot of fun with my 85mm lens and did a little free lensing with Coal. Make sure you click/select the images to see them in full view, there's some awesome bokeh with the lights.
I hope you and your loved ones are excited for spending time together and reminiscing of special times while making new memories.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Autumn is almost gone and I had the pleasure of my last autumn photography session to be out in the woods. This is a mini sneak peek of this little family of five. The three boys have mischievous smiles and tons of energy, so what better way to keep them busy than to walk up and down their driveway and giving mom and dad lots of hugs.
If you're thinking of a fun little family photography session at your place, please let me know! I'd love to come and meet you (your critters) and your kiddos to capture some memories!
Tonight there was so much love in the Willamette Heritage Center's Spinner Room for Kirsten and Dillon's wedding. It was so contagious. I know I wasn't the only one there who couldn't stop smiling!
It was a fun evening of doughnuts, pizza, and laughter; lots of laughter! Kirsten and Dillon wrote their own vows and it was true to them and so sweet, interlaced with fandom references and laughter.
Here a just a couple of my favorites of the night, from the table of doughnuts, Dillon's face when he sees his (at the moment) bride (to be), saying their vows, first dance, and the beautiful venue and rings that Dillon had specially designed for the two of them.
I wish you both all the happiness in the world and thank you for asking me to capture a very special day full of family, friends, and love.
Two cuties enjoying the great outdoors in the beautiful season of autumn, what's not to love? I had the enjoyment of capturing Marie and Kyle's unending smiles while exploring Silver Falls State Park and part of Salem for their engagement session.
Traveling out to Silver Falls, was nothing but thick fog, but as we entered the park, the fog lifted and the golden leaves sparkled along the road and waterfalls. We started at North Falls, explored a bit, and then went to the South Falls where the sun rays were streaming through the mist creating pure magic.
Here are some of my favorites of our mini autumn adventure. If you would like to see the entire image, click on the photo to enlarge.
Last weekend we added to our little family at our (new to us) home in Salem. I'd like to introduce Kona and Coal. They are black lab mixes and surprisingly they aren't related, even though they look a lot a like.
My hubby and I are really excited to have these two part of our family. And my camera might be excited to take lots and lots of photos of them!
I enjoyed the afternoon the other day with my Canon 85mm lens in our backyard as the pups were exploring the fallen autumn leaves and watching the geese flying south. If you are curious, my settings were 1/200 sec, 200 ISO, and 1.8 f. Shooting wide open (large aperture, small number) creates the beautiful blur of the background. When you photograph this shallow, make sure to focus on the eyes or what ever you want the focal point of the image to be.
Don't be surprised if you see more photos of these two.
Autumn; it's my favorite time of year with the leaves turning and the brisk morning air. And this autumn I had the pleasure of capturing Lily's infectious smile. We enjoyed ourselves strolling through Salem's Bush's Pasture Park and a short jaunt down to an iconic alley way in downtown. The leaves were blanketing the park in golden hues and the sun was giving the last couple warms rays for the day. It was perfect.
Lily and I share our love for autumn, along with plaid and hot cocoa. She even gave me a tip since candy canes aren't in season yet. Add peppermint ice cream to your hot cocoa for a creamy, mint kick. YUM! I'll be trying that once I make a trip to the grocery store. Sounds perfect to have snuggled up with my pups with a blanket on the couch.
So without further ado, here are a couple sneak peeks of our time finding all the colorful leaves and quiet places at Bush's Pasture Park and the alley way across the street from the Wild Pear.
If you would like to see the entire image, please click on it for the full view.
I hope you stay awhile. This is my journal where I will talk about my paintings, processes, photography & adventures, post processing, social media, and more.