Monday, June 30, 2008

South Lake Union Park

I did a shoot a couple of weeks ago at Seattle's South Lake Union Park. In between the people shots I found these fun thing's to photograph! I love stuff like this ;)

Sunday, June 29, 2008

She's back in the building!

I'm back... Did you miss me? We had great time on our griswald family road trip! Chase did amazing, he is such a good boy, I am blessed! I have so much to catch up on and tons of pictures to sort through. I still have posts to do from shoots I did before I left then i'll share some vaca pic's.

I'll leave you with this little gem from our first stop in Portland...

Yeah Baby! You gotta love Oregon!

See that bruise on his left check? Ouch ... poor guy must have fell off that big ol' bike a time or two ;)

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Out of the office!

We are road tripping baby... Griswald style!!! Except replacing the station wagon with an Escalade.

I will try and put up a post if I can find some down time. If not I'll see you in a week! I'll have a ton of pictures ;) Audi 5000 G!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

live inspired... Compendium!

On the last day of my Bainbridge girls trip we dropped into Winslow before boarding the ferry, for what you say? Shopping of course!

We went into the kind of store I LOVE the most. The kind I could spend hours in, reading every single card, touching all the textured paper goods, drooling over the new embellishments, admiring the journals that I end up buying because they are so darn cute but then never write in. Ahh the stationary/paper goods store how I love thee so! I'm not sure how long we stayed in the store on this trip but i can tell you if i would have been by myself it would have been at least 45 minutes. There were many thing's i wanted to buy but I settled on only a postcard okay fine 5 post cards!!! I couldn't choose which one I liked best.

These are not ordinary postcard's they are inspiring "Wonderfuls because life is full of wonder" cards. Isn't that too cute? I tried to scan them so I could show you their awesomeness but they have UV coating so the scan is all pixelated... boo for bad scanners! So naturally I googled them so I could show you guys. Boy am I glad I did because I found my new favorite company.

Seattle based Compendium Inc has products that chicks like me go gaga over. Check out this 80 page book for mom's ...

Wouldn't you love to have one of these from your mom? Our better yet leave one for your child! They have a dad's one too! And they are only $9.95 a steal i think for something this cool.

I'm also in love with the She line I almost bought that journal but Cat talked me out of it! Boo on you cat! ;)

There are a ton more incredibly delicious goodies at Compendium I could go broke buying their products. If you are a paper goods nut like me or are just looking for something special or inspiring as a gift or even as a treat to yourself you have to check out their website.

Find something that inspires you today!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Wrap me up in your love!

An assignment was given to me to capture something that "speaks love to you". I thought about it for a while and kept coming back to the idea of my blankets. Besides keeping me warm there is a greater meaning behind the blankets I have grow to love.

The bottom is one I currently use to sleep with, bring to the couch when I need warmth or am sick and most importantly use when me and my little guy snuggle up together.

The next one was given to me when I was little. It was hand made by a family member in Wyoming and shipped in a big box just for me. It is a pretty pink, light weight and perfect for summer when traditional blankets are too hot.

Third one up was made by my grandma and was gifted to me I believe on my 12th birthday. Being a 12 year old I must be honest and say I was totally bummed to receive a hand made afghan instead of something cool like, I don't know a snoopdogg cd! Over the years it sat in a closet not used very much, that is until I got older. As an adult I learned to value the importance of something made by the hand, made out of love with a special person in mind as the receiver. She had knit it just for me in colors she thought I'd like and every time I pull it out and wrap myself in it, it's like wrapping myself in the love that she is no longer here to show me herself.

And then we have my very special souvenir blanket that I bought when I was 16 in the Philippine mountains of Baguio. This is my take everywhere blanket, it has been on many a road trip, a few picnics and used many times to lay out in the sun on. This is one of my most treasured items, my blanket that came from across the world!

Next up is Chase's baby blanket! The blankie I brought him home in. The blankie I swaddled him in for months, laid on the floor for him to play on, the blankie that went with us anytime we left the house. Chase never had a special attachment to a blanket the way most other kids do but every time I see this blanket I am reminded of my precious little baby boy.

Finally on top we have Sydney's blanket. The 12 x 12 piece of polar fleece that the hospital wrapped her in. The small piece of fabric that was big enough to wrap my tiny baby girl in. This is the only blanket she would ever have and the only real object that was ever especially hers. I keep this next to my bed and when I feel that longing to have something of her near me I sleep with it close to my heart.

I have so many more blankets I love. All the special baby blankets my great grandma has sewn for every baby in our family, especially my white one with the little blue flowers on it. The big gray one with red ties my grandpa slept on. There are dozens more that fill my mind with happy memories.

On the outside blankets seem like mere pieces of fabric sewn together in multiple ways but in some blankets there is more meaning than can ever be explained. They represent a time or place, a special person, joy or sorrow, comfort, warmth and love!

What represents love to you?

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Yes I Can.. Deliver one hell of a fist bump!

Craig Lassig / EPA

Barack Obama made quite a stir during his presidential nomination acceptance speech by "fist bumping" his wife. Around these parts we call it knuckles or Dap but either way you go executing the fist bump can make you either look super cool or super lame. In Obama's case I vote Super Cool but that's just me ;)

Tastybooze came up with these awesome rules of the fist bump:

So in an effort to help you out, we here at TastyBooze have devised a simple set of rules to aid you in appropriate fist bumping.

1. If sports are involved, fist bumping is always acceptable.

2. If you are wearing a suit, you may only fist bump if you are drunk. Or if you have just wrapped part of your suit around your forehead.

3. You may not fist bump under any circumstances, in a hospital. Unless Rule #1 (or Rule #2) applies.

4. Do not fist bump someone else’s misfortune, even if it helps you. Just look down, furrow your brow, and nod sternly.

5. No fist bumping between the hours of 7am and 10am. And if you’re watching sports at this time, it’s probably soccer or NASCAR, and then you should really not be fist bumping. High fives will suffice for both.

6. Do not fist bump in a meeting. Even if you are drunk.

7. Do not fist bump your children. Unless you’re drunk, then it’s OK.

8. Girls can fist bump anytime they want. And yes, guys think it’s cute.

9. Do not refuse a fist bump. If you, as a bumpee, believe the bumper is violating a rule, speak to him afterwards. Refusing his bump is not going to help anything.

10. Do not fist bump yourself.

Do Work Son! Obama 2008

"America, this is our moment. This is our time. Our time to turn the page on the policies of the past. Our time to bring new energy and new ideas to the challenges we face. Our time to offer a new direction for the country we love.

The journey will be difficult. The road will be long. I face this challenge with profound humility, and knowledge of my own limitations. But I also face it with limitless faith in the capacity of the American people. Because if we are willing to work for it, and fight for it, and believe in it, then I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on earth. This was the moment—this was the time—when we came together to remake this great nation so that it may always reflect our very best selves and our highest ideals. Thank you, God bless you, and may God bless the United States of America. "

Need more fist bump info??? Who doesnt! For a history click here

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

David Beckham Jr ?

More of cutie pie Dylan and his soccer ball!

Love the baby booty shot's ;)

Monday, June 9, 2008

Senior Pictures... Urban Style!

Andrew had already taken his senior portraits earlier in the year by a different photographer. But they were too formal and did not reflect his personal style. So we had a little more fun and did something funky! I'm going to shoot some more of him soon so stay tuned for those =)

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Sister Sister

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Dylan Sneak Peak!

Knuckle's !!!