The Redwoods

A plan has been in the works for quite a while that sometime this summer my husband would take the kids camping with his dad, and I'd have a weekend to do whatever I wanted. What I wanted to do was go hiking in my favorite Redwoods park (and actually see for longer than my kids can tolerate). 

I'm completely in love with the giant coastal redwoods. They're unbelievably grand and awe-inspiring. I go back every year and I miss them when I'm gone. Each time I go back I remember why they inspired me to write my favorite love poem I've ever written. And more than anything I'm reminded of John Steinbeck's quote:

The redwoods, once seen, leave a mark or create a vision that stays with you always. No one has ever successfully painted or photographed a redwood tree. The feeling they produce is not transferable. From them comes silence and awe. It’s not only their unbelievable stature, nor the color which seems to shift and vary under your eyes, no, they are not like any trees we know, they are ambassadors from another time.
— John Steinbeck

Finally the time came, and at the last minute I invited my mom from Texas who seemed to be in dire need of some communion with nature. Our first evening there, we hiked a few quick miles before the sunset. On the second day, we hiked 14.1 miles! Our bodies were tired by the end, but it was so gorgeous and totally worth it, and I can't wait to do it again sometime. 

Hope you enjoy my little photo journal of our hike...

Thanks for following along on our trip!

Seattle

My husband and I recently took a trip to Seattle, sans kids. While he was stuck in conferences all day I got to be a cheesy Seattle tourist, and I loved it! I've gotten out of the habit of posting photography other than my private family blog but decided to carve out some time (not as easy as it sounds sometimes) and actually share some of it again here, partly because Facebook compression continues to suck as bad as ever. 

We road tripped from Northern California. It was a nice temporary break slowing down and having no one to entertain or make bathroom breaks for besides ourselves. And the views were endlessly lovely.

Urban Laughs

If you don't know this family you are seriously missing out. I flew half way across the country with a 10 month old just to photograph them, and it was totally worth it. They are so unique and one of a kind, have the best senses of humor, are great story-tellers, and are all around good and well rounded people. I am so lucky to know them, and I'm even more lucky that they chose me for a friend. 

Enjoy a little peek into their session in Dallas. 

P.S. I'll be in the Temple, TX area the weekend before Thanksgiving. I have a couple spots still open that I'm willing to book sessions, so if you want to snag one, let me know! 

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Evening in the Park

First shoot back after a year of traveling and touring New England, having a baby, and getting ready for yet another move to California. Couldn't have gone any better! Love this family to death and excited to get settled and get back to work in a new place.

Check out this sky that ended the session with this family the other week! It was so awesome. Love the interaction as well (in the first photo and the rest)...  

New England Canvas Collage

Some friends/clients and I put together this collage of canvas gallery wraps for their entry/living space. They wanted a travel theme throughout the set. Love when people send me the photos of the end result! 

Contact me for printing prices of any scenic work you see featured on my site.

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