I was excited to get the opportunity to photograph my friend Rachel and her daughter Ember. Rachel and I have been friends since college. From the beginning of our friendship, I have admired Rachel’s bubbly personality. She always has a smile ready to go.

Meeting her daughter Ember was quite the treat. She’s a spunky fireball who was not really interested in getting her picture taken. But she tolerated me sticking my camera in her face, probably because I gave her toys to play with. LOL!!

I was anticipating the opportunity to photograph Rachel and Ember because I wanted to capture that special relationship between mother and daughter. The first thing these two did when they sat down was to look at each other and say their signature phrase.

I love watching mother’s interacting with their children. There is something magical about watching a mom play with her child.

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mother and daughter, wilsonville studio, family portrait

mother and daughter, wilsonville studio, family portrait

mother and daughter, wilsonville studio, family portrait

mother and daughter, wilsonville studio, family portrait

This last image was a bit of an experiment. I had recently acquired an antique table with an interesting design. I wanted to see if it could work as a backdrop. Ember was kind enough to let me capture a few images and I have to admit I like the result. I will definitely have to play with it some more.child, wilsonville studio, portrait

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I’ve known Aaryn for a few years now. But I really got to know her better as we prepared for her photo shoot. She’s a gracious woman, who loves her job as a teacher. Aaryn teaches her students to be kind and believe in themselves. Because she made a commitment to herself to practice what she teaches her students, she agreed to do a photo shoot with me.

During her consult, we had a long conversation about how women, especially moms, don’t really do things for themselves. How we see ourselves differently than others see us. And how we talk to ourselves in ways we would NEVER talk to another person.

This photo shoot was Aaryn’s way of stepping out of those self-defeating habits. I was thrilled when at her reveal session she said, “Maybe this is how people see me”.

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woman, wilsonville studio, portrait

woman, wilsonville studio, portrait

woman, wilsonville studio, portrait

woman, wilsonville studio, portrait

woman, wilsonville studio, portrait

woman, wilsonville studio, portrait

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  • Dale Hardin

    This is a lovely set, Teresa, and a testimony to your talent. My favorite images is the one on the right at the top of the blog.

    It was super good to see you again and spend some time with you and Stephen. I’m blessed to have friends like you both.

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At the beginning of the year, I set a goal for myself to get out and explore more. There is so much to see where I live and I’ve only seen a small portion of what the PNW has to offer. I knew when I set the goal the Stonehenge Replica in Maryhill, WA would be on the list. I’ve wanted to visit this place since I first heard about it years ago. It was erected as the nation’s first WWI memorial and dedicated in 1918 to the servicemen of Klickitat County, Washington.

I decided to make the trek to the WWI memorial on Easter. My goal was to be there in time for sunset. Because I was playing games with my family, I ended up leaving later than planned. I wasn’t too worried because I was still scheduled to arrive in plenty of time to scope out the location for the best view of the memorial against the setting sun. Unfortunately, my GPS got lost and took me 20 minutes in the wrong direction. By the time I’d backtracked and found the road my GPS was unable to locate, I’d missed the sunset. I’ll admit to being really annoyed with my GPS for taking me WAY out of the way. But having found the place I knew I could easily make it back another time. I was able to get one shot before I had to head back home in the dark. stonehenge, maryhill, washington, travelAfter I posted the above image on Facebook a new friend contacted me. She’s been wanting to see the replica as well and so we made plans to go back together. We drove over on a Sunday afternoon and since I knew how to get there we were able to drive straight to it (without the 40-minute detour). It was fun wandering around the monolithic structure. The view of the Columbia River, that divides Oregon and Washington, is spectacular! While we were there a thunderstorm started to roll in giving me some fun cloud cover to play with.

After wandering the memorial for a while we made our way over the the Maryhill Museum of Art only 3 miles up the road. Unfortunately, we arrived 15 minutes before closing. Since I still haven’t gotten my sunset photo or been able to tour the museum . . . I guess I’ll just have to go back again sometime. But until then, enjoy the wandering the grounds through the lens of my camera.

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Stonehenge, Maryhill, Washington, travel

stonehenge, maryhill, washington, travel

Stonehenge, maryhill, washington, travelThe photo below turned out to be my favorite of the trip.

Stonehenge, maryhill, washington, travelOn our way home, we made a stop at the Rowena Crest viewpoint. I’ve seen so many images of the horseshoe road it was fun to see it in person. Unfortunately to get the shot I wanted I will need a wider angle lens. Yet another reason to make the drive back along the Columbia River.

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Being the oldest of 3 sisters, I know well the “joy” of having a younger sister. Liberty is a sweet young lady who knows how to play her little sister role well. 😉 During our consultation, it was obvious Liberty knew what buttons to push with her sister Grace to get the best reactions. I still get a chuckle when I think of it.

Liberty and I share the same love for the color burgundy. Though I have to say I believe the color looks much better on her. 😉 I also discovered she named her cat Texas Toast – such a cool name for a cat!!

Liberty is a sweet and spunky young lady who was so easy to photograph. During the reveal session, her mom said to me “She never smiles for pictures, you got her actual smile”.

Be sure to check out the photos of Liberty and her sister HERE. You can also see Grace’s individual session HERE.

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A few weeks ago I posted about my sister’s family spending the day in a recording studio (you can see it here). Well, I had the opportunity to go back to the studio and photograph the owner jamming with his friends. The owner and his wife are good friends of mine and have been a huge support to me over the years. So when Carl asked me to take pictures of his band Carl Dudley and Friends in the recording studio, I gladly accepted.

Carl and his friends have been playing together for over 30 years and it was evident in their playing and in the way they gave each other a hard time. I got to hear some fun stories of their years together. And I saw a different side of Carl as I watched him interact with his friends. He was more casual and enthusiastic than I’ve seen before. It was the kind of relaxed that comes from doing something you enjoy with people you love.

When the other guys found out I was there to take pictures I heard a comment I hear often when my camera comes out. “I’ll probably break your camera”, the drummer commented. I assured him it was impossible for him to do so and went about my job. After their first music set, he asked to see the photos. I showed him the shot I got of him playing drums. I could tell he was surprised. He commented later something about me making him look good. In reality, all I did was photograph him doing something he LOVED.

When we operate out of our passion, that flows through us and we relax and enjoy ourselves more. In doing so we can’t help but look our best.

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dayton music studio, band, music photography

dayton music studio, band, music photography

dayton music studio, band, music photography

The drummer is multi-talented. Not only does he play drums and guitar, he also MADE a guitar. I could tell how proud he was of his hand-made guitar so I had to get a portrait of it for him.

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  • Jim and Rick loved the pictures and appreciated your blog. There is something special that happens when the music starts. It was great fun having you there sharing what we love.ReplyCancel

    • TeresaHuntPhotography

      I enjoyed capturing you all working with your passion. 🙂ReplyCancel

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