May + June – Springtime Adventures in Spokane // Life Behind the Scenes

May + June – Springtime Adventures in Spokane // Life Behind the Scenes

It’s been a while, yeah? I’m at a point where I’m not sure if I’ll ever catch up on blogging, and whether this whole blog thing is even worth it? I know I like blogs more than social media, but everything is on IG and FB now. Some of these photos were there too, but I love being able to look back at these posts as journal entries, so I’m blogging them. For me, if not for the rest of you.

Slightly related: I’ve been thinking of just turning off the comments on my blog, since the only ones I get are spam comments? Do people care?

May & June 2019
1. Spring came late this year, and we were able to catch this tree in our neighborhood still blooming in early May. I didn’t get any good photos of my lilac this year.

2. Little miss is a huge fan of the hammock, and when the sun started coming out this spring, she would insist on hanging out in it, even when it was cold enough to be wearing scarves and hats still. She would rather be outside than inside 95% of the time.

Behind the scenes with Emily Wenzel Photography in May and June

3. This spring, I had the genius idea that we were going to redo our veggie garden and swore to my husband that it would only take a couple weeks. It took nearly two months, because it wouldn’t stop raining long enough for us to do the work. Our grass got neglected as a result and Shadow took to hiding and pouncing like a lion.

4. Progress! All the grass removed and we had the ground tamped down and level.

Behind the scenes with Emily Wenzel Photography in May and June

5. Cheering for papa and grandma at Bloomsday this year. We had a fun time hanging out, cheering for them, and petting lots of puppies as we waited for them. We were a bit bummed that they have changed the rules on the bridge, and we couldn’t cross over to see them finish. Maybe next year we’ll bring the bike down so we can get over there faster?

6. First hot spring day and she demanded shorts and a tank top and a visit to the park.

Behind the scenes with Emily Wenzel Photography in May and June

7. Is it even spring if you don’t make at least one batch of lemon bars and eat a couple for lunch? Wait, don’t answer that.

8. We met up with friends out at Discovery Park in the valley. We’ve been past it a bunch, but never stopped. It’s HUGE and we left before we even had a chance to explore the whole place.

Behind the scenes with Emily Wenzel Photography in May and June

9. Our sofa is from IKEA and was worse for the wear after 6 years and a cat who decided the fabric was perfect to use as a scratching post. Grrr. We spent a few months searching for a new sofa, only to realize we didn’t want to spend that much money on something that would just get thrashed again by a small kid and two pets. So instead, I started ordering samples from Comfort Works and Bemz. We went with a cover from Comfort Works…but none of the colors here!

10. Our little home renovation assistant helping papa get lumber at the store.

Behind the scenes with Emily Wenzel Photography in May and June

11. My parents took N for the weekend and we knew we had a limited number of hours to work on the house. First up was a quick trip to Home Depot in the rain, and then we worked and worked and worked all weekend.

12. The bonus of that weekend is that our neighbors sent us a lovely loaf of bread and while we were both so sore we could barely breathe on Monday, we got the garden mostly finished and a few other projects completed too.

Behind the scenes with Emily Wenzel Photography in May and June

13. The completed garden! It was so bare in early May, and then we planted a bunch of seedlings and now it’s overflowing with plants.

14. Since all our time and energy went to rebuilding the garden, we stocked up on 90% of our plants at the local nursery, but the peas were a seed I started inside. Impressively, after a warm couple weeks in June, the weather cooled back down and those peas lasted until late July!

Behind the scenes with Emily Wenzel Photography in May and June

15. & 16. I shot a styled shoot with Red Letter Event Planning at the end of May, and I can’t wait to share it all with you when it goes live in September!!

Behind the scenes with Emily Wenzel Photography in May and June

17. Normally, we are all about our reindeer, but one day, N wanted to take Krtek (he’s Czech) to the library, and then she found this book about a Silly Goose, by a Czech author. A little bit of my home away from home.

18. N and H drove down to Portland, and I stayed behind for a couple meetings. I flew down the next day, and it felt so luxe to fly solo.

Behind the scenes with Emily Wenzel Photography in May and June

19. While in Portland, we met up with friends and went to the zoo, where I snapped exactly two photos, this being one of them. We miss them terribly, so it was SUPER nice to see them again.

20. Also while in Portland, I took photos for one of my 2019 couples! They’re pretty fun to work with, and sometime soon I’ll blog their engagement session. I hope…

Behind the scenes with Emily Wenzel Photography in May and June

21. This summer has been a lot of hanging out with my girl on our mama days and spending the days with her…

22. …and then during nap and after bedtime, hiding in my office and working like crazy to get photos edited and emails answered. Anyone else feel like it’s super hard to balance everything?

Behind the scenes with Emily Wenzel Photography in May and June

23. Checking on our garden and picking snap peas. They rarely make it into the house, and instead end up in her belly before we leave the garden. 100% okay with that.

24. Somehow ended up with a Saturday with no plans and we biked down to the farmer’s market, and then had a picnic lunch in the park. It was a perfect way to end the month, before diving into a crazy crazy month in July.

Behind the scenes with Emily Wenzel Photography in May and June

 

Portland Street Photography // WDS Photo Walk

Portland Street Photography // WDS Photo Walk

I haven’t been blogging because I haven’t been able to work up in my office the past two weeks, thanks to a plethora of illness and snow days. But, today I’m dreaming of the beautiful sunshine we had in Portland last summer for the World Domination Summit. I know, the name sounds crazy and strange, but the people there are some of the best people I’ve ever met. They are kind and strong and adventurous. The first year I attended WDS, I was recently married and I was working a day job. I was dreaming of quitting and going full time as a photographer. I got to meet a bunch of people I’d only been internet friends with, and not only that, they gave me the support I needed to take a big leap. I took a few years off (after attending two years in a row) and last year I was able to go back. I’ve been feeling a bit stuck in life since having N. I love being a parent but it’s been a new adventure that has brought up more questions than answers. To be honest, I don’t have many more answers, 8 months later. But I did have some great conversations with people that have had my gears turning and given me new inspiration. One of my favorite parts of WDS is all the attendee-led meet ups and adventures. I even led my first meet up this year on traveling as a family and with kids, which is something I’m super passionate about. My good friend Dustin Main, leads a photo walk every year, and I really enjoyed myself. I don’t normally shoot much on the street unless I’m traveling, and I don’t ever shoot with other people (unless I have a second shooter) so this was really fun.

July — Behind the Scenes Recap // Spokane Lifestyle Photographer

July — Behind the Scenes Recap // Spokane Lifestyle Photographer

Tomorrow is my birthday, and I’m hoping to take a few minutes to reflect back on the last year, but first I wanted to get this post up! With the heat wave in July, we didn’t get much done. Basically, just tried to survive and then it got smokey and I gave up on blogging.

1. This beautiful PN Wovens wrap is our favorite thing right now. N has been getting better with the back carries, and after I was gone at Maranda & CJ’s wedding at the end of June, she wanted lots of snuggles. Boom.
2. This picture cracks me up, because she loves strawberries. They’re probably her favorite food right now. I don’t blame her! We speak two languages at home – German and English – and so we’ve got baby books in both languages. This one *might* be helping me improve my German too. [And yes, that’s a 10lb weight in the background. We use it to prop the door closed/open at times. Old house problems, my friends.]

Baby wrapping and German language learning // Spokane family photography

3. Another wedding, another afternoon of pumping. The ladies at Commellini Estate were super sweet and found me a private space to pump, but that didn’t stop me from wanting to die in the 102 degree heat. I guess the pump was cooler than snuggling my little lady? I’m really thankful the weather has gotten better.
4. “The girl with the wooden phone.” N loves to chew on this little wooden phone from Haba.

Pumping wedding photographer and baby wooden phone // Spokane lifestyle photography

5. We went down to Portland mid-month, since H had a conference and I needed a smazak. Especially since Tabor is changing owners soon, I needed to say goodbye to my favorite Czech couple in Portland. While killing time with N, we wandered over to the Portland Art Museum, and listened to a guy play a piano for a while.

Portland Art Museum // Portland Wedding Photography

6. One of my favorite pieces of street art in Portland, it’s by the Portland Art Museum.
7. Have baby, will travel. N loves hotel life — it’s probably all the bed snuggles and the hotel pool. :)
8. Home again, and just starting to fit into 9-12 month clothing. She’s excited to wear this cute outfit that her German auntie gave her when we visited in May.

Traveling with a baby // Adventure parenting

9. July was a month of naps. This guy was napping hardcore in the middle of the living room after a couple days at boarding while we were in Portland.
10. N has been rolling over and quasi-crawling in her crib for a few weeks now. Which is great, except she was having a hard time going down for naps. When she went from chatting like crazy to silent the other day, I poked my head in to check on her and found this. [She normally sleeps on her side.]

adopt don't shop // babies napping

And like that, July was a wrap!

March — Recap // Life Behind the Scenes

March — Recap // Life Behind the Scenes

It’s April this week, and it finally feels like spring is on it’s way to Spokane!! Looking back over my March photos made me realize what a busy month it was. We got a lot done in March after hibernating for most of January and February. I’m sure some of that was because of N’s arrival, but I think a lot of it had to do with all of the snow!!

March started with a couple of sunny days! Or at least, moments of sunshine. N’s room faces west, so we get the most glorious sunshine in the afternoons. It’s really amazing. N isn’t a huge fan of the sun streaming it, because it lands right on the glider and sometimes blinds her. Oh gosh, I have to rave about the glider we got. We ended up buying it secondhand from another mama, and it’s been seriously the best thing we’ve purchased. if you’re planning on having a baby, buy the best glider you can afford. I promise, it’s worth it. I spend so many hours in ours!! Anyway, there’s just something about soaking up that sunshine while nursing my babe. Sometimes I just want to rush through those moments so I can get back to whatever we were doing, but I remember that she’s only going to want to snuggle me for so long, so I’m trying to soak up the moments — and the tiny baby toes.

March Recap - Behind the Scenes // Emily Wenzel Photography

We’re heading to Germany in May, and so we decided to fly down to Portland for a single night (we’re crazy, I know) to test out this whole “flying with a baby” business. It was a good learning experience, for sure! N did pretty well on the flight, and we learned a ton from our adventures. Portland is a fantastic airport for kids and mamas. There is a lactation/pumping room near the Alaska gates (just past security). We popped our heads it to check it out — it’s roomy! — but didn’t need it this time, plus they have a nice family bathroom near the Starbucks and the Alaska gates, which is where N and I grabbed this quick selfie. Also: hallelujah for babywearing. We went to Portland without a stroller, but with two baby carriers! N didn’t nap very well, with all the travel and new adventures, so being able to snuggle her in close meant she would nap on us. She even slept through her first adventure at Powell’s, but don’t worry, we bought her a book to commemorate it.

March Recap - Behind the Scenes // Emily Wenzel Photography

Since we knew we were staying in downtown Portland, we traveled extra light — no stroller or carseat — and just took the MAX down to our hotel. Surprise, surprise, our super travel baby was bored and slept. It was a little annoying at times, but for quick trips, I think it’s great to travel so light (we were still carry on only, even with bring N’s travel crib along). She was pretty worn out from the trip – we all were – and napped a lot the next few days. She doesn’t normally fall asleep after nursing that often, but she did that week. Lola and Shadow also decided to come snuggle up in N’s room while she napped on me. I took advantage of the free hour to start reading a book, The Secret Life of Violet Grant, which I ended up devouring and stayed up late to finish.

March Recap - Behind the Scenes // Emily Wenzel Photography

March also was the end of my maternity leave, and I started working again regularly, instead of just trying to keep up with my emails. Thankfully, H has been able to make his schedule flexible and has been home one afternoon a week, but I end up working late in the evenings too. That’s not going to work long term, so I’m working out a plan for the summer. Eventually, I’ll even actually get things together and do work. Anyway!! Of course, I swear, on the days when I needed to get a bunch of work done, N would realize that. She won’t nap and she’s super fussy, and needs to be held all the time. So, mama naps and baby wearing are the only way I can get even the littlest things done.

March Recap - Behind the Scenes // Emily Wenzel PhotographyI had my friend Alyssa (check out her Etsy shop) make this sweet Gonzaga headband for N, and she wore it all through March Madness! She was very unhappy to find out we didn’t win the championship, but she’s a Zags fan for life. She was super fussy during the final 4 game, until I turned her around to watch the game. Starting her young! ;) In business news, my new business cards and thank you cards arrived from the printer, and I can’t wait to send them all out to my couples and new clients this year!!

March Recap - Behind the Scenes // Emily Wenzel Photography

Miss N was wearing her Gonzaga outfit a lot for March Madness, we were super happy about that, for sure! My brother came up for a day to help us build a real fence around our veggie garden. We had put up some fencing last year, after we realized that Shadow didn’t know the difference between the garden and the grass, and just ran through all my plants. :( But he started jumping that little fence, and we had to build a new one! Shadow, being the quirky pup he is, decided that the pile of sawdust from the table saw was a great place to lay down. Crazy pup! Lastly: some gratuitous chunky baby legs. N had such skinny legs when she was born, but now it’s all rolls! I can’t believe how fast she’s growing, and I am so thrilled that it’s April and spring is here!!!

March Recap - Behind the Scenes // Emily Wenzel Photography


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August 2016 — Recap // Personal Post

August 2016 — Recap // Personal Post

Oh, August. What a crazy month! Amidst a lot of behind the scenes stuff at EWP, I did a lot of traveling, really dove in to the work on the nursery (eek!), announced publicly that we’re expecting (thanks for all the love) and we dealt with some personal stuff that made me question my sanity.

September, let’s slow down and take it easy, okay? The long days are taking their toll on me.

A Weekend in Sandpoint ID // August Recap 2016

August started off with a weekend in Sandpoint where H swam the long bridge swim. We had a blast, and walked, biked, and wandered all over. After a bunch of crazy weekends, it was nice to take a weekend and just spend some time together. Plus, I’m still dreaming about the dinner we had at Baxter’s on Cedar. Go. Go now.

Right before I left for Portland, we announced our latest project. This was one of the photos I tried to set up, but the dog wasn’t cooperating. Just figures that the photographer’s dog is terrible at having his photo taken!

Baby Wenzel Announcement // Emily Wenzel Photography

Every time I go in for an appointment with my doctor, he asks me where I’m traveling in the next few weeks. He’s been pretty relaxed about me flying and traveling, which is great, because while I’ve slowed down, I don’t plan to ever stop traveling. :) I flew down to Portland for a few days of work, and enjoyed more food cart time than I’ve had in a very, very long time. Plus, I snagged the new IKEA catalog to enjoy on my flight home.

  1. My hometown! Sometimes when we fly around the PNW, I can tell you exactly where I am. This was a nice, clear, day and I had a great view.
  2. New PDX carpet.
  3. Blue skies and prop planes!
  4. The IKEA catalog, be still my heart.
  5. Every time I go to Portland, I go to the Tabor Food Cart and grab a fried cheese sandwich. It’s almost worth the plane ticket alone to cure that little bit of homesickness.

Flying to Portland // Emily Wenzel PhotographyFood Carts and IKEA Portland // Emily Wenzel Photography

After our trip to Portland, we spent a week at home where I worked like crazy on editing and the house. I feel like I’m behind on everything right now, including blogging, before we went down to LA for a few days. It was a fun adventure, although I had some problems with my laptop, and couldn’t get as much work done as I wanted to, which stressed me out a bit.

We took one morning to head over to the California Science Center (and the Olympic Stadium, which is now home to the USC and LA football teams) to see the Endeavor. It’s probably the closest I’ll ever get to being an astronaut. :)

Downtown LA // Emily Wenzel Photography#iflyAlaska // Emily Wenzel Photography

After LA, we came back to finish out the month in Spokane. There were a couple patio nights with lots of marshmallows and lots of evening walks at the dog park, trying to tire out the pup after he kept me company and I spent 12 hours editing. What a crazy month!