I take a LOT of photos of James and he really is a huge inspiration to me when it comes to my family photography. I clearly share quite a few photos of him on Instagram but I have to usually choose just one or two from a batch of photos. It occurred to me that my blog would be a perfect place to share more photos of him. I thought some photos from our recent trip up to Portland would be a perfect inaugural “Life with James” post.
I was up in Portland for an engagement session and because, well, I love it there and James tagged along. It rained much of the time, which I also loved. One of the best parts about lots of rain is how great it feels when the sun does come out. We had one such glorious, sunny morning and I was determined to make the most out of it.
We went for the loveliest walk in the woods at Tyron Creek State Park. The smell of the woods and the lush, green foliage immediately brought me back to my own childhood exploring the Oregon woods, tromping around in the mud and getting my hands dirty. (Yes, that really was my childhood.) I’m so glad I got to share that with James and thankful I brought my camera along. I hope he loves these photos when he’s older as much as I love them now.
I have SOOO many awesome family sessions I want to share here on the blog, so I thought I’d start with the most recent one. I often find I’m most excited about my work when it’s still new and fresh, so it seems like the best time to also get it out into the blogosphere.
A couple weeks ago, I spent the morning with the Barge family at their home. I first photographed them when their first son Jackson was born (which was also blogged here) and I was thrilled when they told me they were expecting their second son. I was double thrilled that they asked me to capture his arrival. One of the absolute coolest parts of my job is getting to photograph past clients again and again and continue to tell the story of their growing family. It is so rewarding and such a gift!
Astrid and Randy’s destination wedding was a highlight of last year and I’m excited to finally share it on the blog. They got married at the Union Hotel in Los Alamos, CA, which was such a cool venue with some really interesting history. The outdoor spaces were gorgeous and I loved all the vintage details but my favorite part was the original Gold Rush era saloon next door brimming with character.
If I had to use one word to describe Astrid and Randy’s wedding, it would be FUN. These two and their family and friends were just that. I loved how they laughed so openly and how excited they were for their big day from beginning to end. It was also evidenced by the many celebratory libations enjoyed throughout the day including a LOT of Jameson as you’ll see in the images below. Like I said, a lot of fun was had!