Hannah and Jay are getting married this week, and even though I’m woefully behind on blogging, I was determined to get their engagement session posted before their wedding! Hannah and I have known each other for nearly half our lives, after we studied abroad together. I was so excited to meet Jay and shoot their engagement session over the summer while I was down in Portland. Hannah and Jay had one of their first dates at the Portland Art Museum, so it was only fitting that they also have their engagement session there. And, before their session, they told me they had some special outfits they wanted to wear for the engagement session. And well, they’re the best special outfits I’ve ever photographed. Check them out at the end!
Hannah and Jay, I can’t wait to photograph your wedding later this week!!
As many of you know, I’m a native American who has lived abroad. I lived in the Czech Republic twice as a student, and married a German. Our lives are this incredible mix of Germany and American and Czechia. A hodge podge of cobblestone streets, castles, wide open spaces, mountains, bikes, and long road trips. No matter where I have lived over the past 15 years, my heart has always had a piece missing. It’s the reason I travel so much. It’s the reason our daughter is bilingual.
I am so lucky to have been able to study abroad, so glad to have met my husband, but there are days when the homesickness is really hard. And no matter where we live, no matter how recently we’ve been back to Europe or have another trip planned, a part of our lives is always missing. It’s celebrating German holidays and Czech holidays quietly at home. It’s phone calls and texts and emails to friends and family far away. It’s long flights and castles and cake and friends you travel halfway around the world to see.
Last spring, I found amazingly cheap tickets to Prague and without really thinking, I booked them. I booked them because it had been 4 years since I had been back and I was desperate for my host family to meet my husband (who hadn’t made that trip with me) and our daughter. And today I realized, I haven’t shared some of the photos I took, photos of places I used to walk all the time when I lived in Olomouc and Prague, and I am feeling extremely homesick, as I always do in the fall, and so here you go.
Prague is a quirky place to travel with a little kid. It’s not exactly stroller friendly, and it’s not filled with playgrounds or kids museums, but Czechs love kids. I think it’s best as a town for tiny babies or for slightly older kids, but found parks and playgrounds. We stayed in Prague 6 this time, at this sweet family apartment near a bunch of embassies and I hadn’t spent much time on that side of the river when I lived in Prague. We loved the apartment, and we were so sad to leave.
In Olomouc, I got to show my family all the the places I used to go, and we spent a few days with my host family. It was so strange to see my old school, the main square, and all my old spots. We met up with a few friends in both Prague and Olomouc and it just…was so good to show my husband and daughter all the places I used to go all the time.
All these photos were shot on my Nikon FG 20 film camera, on Portra 160 and Portra 800.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!!
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.
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…
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?
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.
It’s that time of year again! August is here, and summer is slipping away. For many of us, we’re preparing for a new school year, and soaking up the hot days before the first crisp leaves fall and we wake up to the smell of fall in the air. Before you know it, we’ll be eating apples, carving pumpkins, and wearing sweaters. Wait — too soon? Still at the lake? Oops!
I’m sorry to say, it’s coming up soon, and to usher in fall, I’m announcing my fall mini session dates. This year, we’ll be tossing leaves all over Spokane and Coeur d’Alene on three different days. I’ll have a few blankets and maybe a pillow or two, but the focus is on you, and your loved ones.
There are three available days, in both September and October. Both mornings and afternoons are available, although not on every day. All sessions will take place in the Spokane/Post Falls/Couer d’Alene area, the exact location will be emailed to you about a week before the sessions. If the weather forecast is really bad (pouring rain, high winds, any red flag warnings, etc), you will be emailed with the options to reschedule. All sessions are 25 minutes long, and you’ll receive 15-20 final images in an online gallery with a link to download them. Prints, canvases, and cards are available, but are not included in the session price. More details can be found here on the booking page.
Your edited images will be delivered about 10 days after your session, but no later than 2 weeks. Prints and canvases are available through your gallery; digital files are included with your session. Mini sessions are great for: just you, your whole family, only the kids, you and your love, or a group of friends. They cannot be used for newborns or weddings. Reserve your time slot here! Spots will go fast, and are scheduled on a first come first serve basis. Space is limited! The session fee is non-refundable and required to hold your spot – if you need to cancel, you can apply your deposit towards a session at a later time. Once you book a slot, I will send you an invoice for the session. You have 24 hours to pay the invoice, or your time slot will be released. Got a bigger group or want more time? Book your sessions back to back and get a few extra minutes in the middle as well! You’ll get double the time and double the photos. :)
You can reach out to me by email if you have any questions. I can’t wait to see and photograph all of you!
If you’re not sure what to wear, I wrote a post on that! Plus, some highlights from past mini sessions and the link to reserve your slot for 2019.
Last year, I started working with more small businesses, non-profits, and companies to provide them with high quality images. So often, I would meet a fellow small business owner or nonprofit warrior who had a great product, event, or platform, but didn’t have good images to go with that. That’s where I come in! We work together to create content for your brand, business, or organization to help market you better. I’m here to help your small business grow, your nonprofit thrive, and your product launch with beautiful, on-brand images.
The Wahluke Farmer’s Market is a project that is near and dear to my heart for a two reasons. First, it’s in my hometown! I grew up in a small town, and when I was little, there was one – ONE – single grocery store in town. Now there’s two, and this seasonal farmer’s market. Second, my mama – the woman who I look up to as a parent and person – was the driving force behind this coming into existance. She would visit me in the South Perry District and loved to see our farmer’s market. She saw a need for that in our hometown and being the amazing woman she is, she went out and made it happen. [As an aside: my entire family is full of people who have small businesses, creative hobbies, and awesome side hustles. I have a ton of great role models for forging my own life path.]
These images were shot last summer, and I’m so excited to share them with you today! If you are in area, the Wahluke Farmer’s Market is on Wednesdays, from 3pm-7pm at Hund Park in Mattawa and runs from mid-June to the end of September. You can find more information on their Facebook page. If you are looking for branding or commercial photography, from head shots to full digital branding images, contact me today.