Home Sweet Home
After four weeks of travel we were happy to see our front door. We did enjoy some much needed sunshine, but even our pups were happy to return home. Bruno our cat quickly found his favorite spot on his favorite sofa after spending a month with my mom. After a few days it seems like we were hardly away. I think though that when the pups fall asleep, they are dreaming of the coast & the ocean. They will have sweet memories of romping and playing in the surf.
Today I photographed moments I captured of Brinkley, Huntly & Bruno. I painted and toned with each image to give it an impressed nostalgic feel. While away when I thought of home, I actually felt nostalgic at times. I have a series of portraits I am working on that these techniques will be applied. The final prints I will do myself on beautiful French fine art paper.
So life returns back to our studio. We have updated information on our website a bit. We are getting ready for more family, commercial and fashion sessions this next week. January 2011 we had full page spreads in Seattle Bride & Seattle Metropolitan Bride. Stevn & I photographed the lovely gowns created by Luly Yang. It is always exciting to see our work in print.
Oh! on a very happy note. Months ago I wrote of a couple adopting a baby from Nepal. I am happy to report that they final were granted a visa to return home after six long months with their precious new daughter. We were so blessed to meet them all while we were on vacation. Nima is beautiful. Best wishes and many continued prayers for Jed & Vicki and baby Nima.
This is an image of Hannah from this summer. I just love the feeling of it. We had just walked in the orchard, picked a few apples. The warmth of the day was perfect. The late summer light just right. a sweet girl that smiles and just lights up.
What a pleasure to meet a young man of integrity and honor. His strength just reaches through the camera.
We have had the most incredible year of photography sessions and it has not ended yet.
We will try to post a handful of photographs here over the next week. It is hard to find the time to keep the blog updated and we have so many lovely images to share.
The Studio will take on a bit of a new look this Winter. We are going to be displaying Fine Art we have created over the past year. We will be working on the final prints, canvas's and oil prints late this Autumn.
Hopefully we will have an image or two ready soon to post here to give you a glimpse of what is to come.
Autumn is such an inspiring time of year. The splendor of the colors, the warmth in the light, and the crisp air filled with fragrance. It is such a beautiful time for creating images. We hope you are enjoying your Autumn days as well.
What a beautiful time of year! We are loving the Autumn colors, warm days, chilly evenings & mornings. Our days are filled with walks with our dog Brinkley in the mornings, and busy with sessions and editing long into the evening hours and weekends. How we love this time of year!
We once again have spruced up our studio. With another new set this last couple weeks. We have new outdoor locations that just look and feel as if you were in a Ralph Lauren ad. A very Towne & Country feel.
We have Autumn and Holiday specials that are new and starting this next week. Please call the studio for information and booking.
This winter we will be returning to offering Photoshop workshops. We always have such a wonderful time and they make wonderful Christmas gifts for your loved ones.
Still not too late for your High School Senior's photography session. Ask about our October special for new bookings for your High School Senior.
Christmas cards are a wonderful thing to think about. Book a Family Special and Christmas cards are included. Our Christmas cards truly are like none other. Our fine art prints continue right into the envelope for your friends & family to enjoy for years to come.
Looking forward to visiting with you all. Please feel free to call and ask questions about all our new information.
Thank you for checking in with us.
August 11, 2010
I just want wanted to write a quick post this morning before we get into the thick of the day. I am so thankful for the blessings of our clients and friends. Working with you revitalizes our lives. The support and encouragement we receive from you lifts us and makes our business a place of joy and fun. Our day always holds something new.
As I started my morning early today, I was reflecting on the fact that not long ago Stevn & I had to live in the very moment from day to day for a good couple years, and then another year of settling back into a "normal" life. However the old "normal" was long gone and a new "normal" was unfolding daily. Happy to say we are healthy and doing pretty good at our new life after Stevns cancer treatment that really took the wind from our sails for awhile.
Often I have what I call the "520 syndrome". It is pretty simple. When Stevn was in the hospital fighting for his life, I sat exhausted on my cot by his bedside. I would watch out the window of our room at the UW hospital at the traffic on the 520 bridge. Normal lives of normal people driving to work, to school, to normal daily lives of living. I longed for those kind of days back. I longed to return to a day when we didn't have to live taking it 10 minutes at a time. I would say to Stevn & myself, "We just need to get through this next 10 minutes". Then it would be a little closer to the time that our sweet doctor would tell us about the corner Stevn would turn one day. It took weeks, but we did turn that first corner, and then another, and another until finally, here we are today. Driving back and forth on the 520 not worrying about treatments. Not worrying about cancer. Out of the hospital & living fully in the moment because the fire is out! The past few years have profoundly changed our lives.
This morning I was reflecting on this because I know of a beautiful young couple back east who are believing and praying with faith that David will be healed of brain cancer that he was diagnosed over a year ago. They live in the very moment of each day, every decision they make of every moment is one of getting Davids complete health back. Battling against emotions that are useless of being defeated by a disease that they reject. Each moment they live replacing those emotions with promises of health and healing. I know from experience that this excersize in emotional health is like lifting a huge pile of bricks one at a time from one pile, to another pile. I am waiting and standing with them in faith from God above that David and Amy will return to a life of being able to drive a 520, without working hard through every moment of the day to survive. That the joy of being healed will be their victory one day soon!
Another precious young couple, this very moment sit in Kathmandu Nepal, with a baby girl that they can adopt. Yet because of a change in policy last week with the Nepal goverment, while they were on the plane traveling to bring her home changed in a moment. She is not being granted the visa to return with them home. They are pleading for help from such a far distance from home and comfort, for someone to please help them. The adoption is fine, leaving Nepal with her is a problem. There are 6 families in Nepal right this moment dealing with this heartbreaking situation. They are asking for prayers and pleas for help. All in a moment their lives changed. A 2.5 year journey to find this little baby is in a battle right now. They have been there since August 5th holding her and knowing her as their daughter. Their new baby. How would you ever be able to leave her? I am standing in faith and praying for a path to be made for them to return home safely with Pumina quickly.
There are countless other people with urgent needs that we are aware of. I promise to not lose a moment of faith! I promise to not lose hope! I promise to beleive and have faith that our loved ones and country will revitalise and a new "normal" will be found.
Today Stevn & I can live a relaxed moment to moment type of day. I am so thankful for this. We are thankful for our kind and gentle business that fills our days, and most nights now in our busy season. Again we are thankful for you, our clients and friends. We lift you in our prayers daily and are thankful that you have trusted us with creating your special moments and capturing them forever through our lens. Live each moment to its fullest! Create memories and cherish them, hold them close. Enjoy this beautiful summer day and keep in touch!