Oh my! Where does the time go? Today I get to introduce you to my nephew Nick. I’ve watched him grow from a shy toddler to the athletic young man he is today. Over the years I’ve been amazed at the acrobatic stunts this guy is capable of. From flips on the trampoline (or off the roof of a house) to climbing up doorframes, I wouldn’t have been surprised if he’d grown up to be a circus performer.

Today Nick plays football, does high jumps and runs hurdles for his high school track team. Just the other night I watched him outrun most of the other players on the football field as he chased down the opposing player trying for a touchdown. He’s also a gifted artist and musician. And his humor . . . .  oh my, he’s hysterical. But you’ve got to be paying attention or you’ll miss the one-liners that will have you in stitches.

For his senior photo’s Nick wanted to go to Winema, a summer camp on the Oregon Coast. He spends several weeks there each summer both attending and helping out with the various summer camps. Both Nick and his older brother Avery wanted their senior pictures done here. It was a fun challenge to get photos of Nick that didn’t look the same as his brothers.

high school senior, beach, class of 2019

high school senior, beach, class 2019

high school senior, beach, class of 2019

high school senior, beach, class of 2019

high school senior, beach, class of 2019

high school senior, beach, class of 2019

 

high school senior, beach, class of 2019

high school senior, beach, class of 2019

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I first met Laura on one of the hikes she organizes at our church. We later met up for our own adventure to the Stonehenge Memorial. It’s much easier to get to know someone when you are in a car with them for 2-3 hours. 😉 Laura is a kind person who seems willing to make new friends where ever she goes. She has a lovely smile that is always ready to go.

I had a great time working with Laura in the studio. She agreed to be photographed because she thought it would be fun and she enjoys creativity. I got to see some of her creativity as she brought her own ideas into the session creating some fun images I would not have thought of.

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woman, wilsonville studio, portrait

woman, wilsonville studio, portrait

woman, wilsonville studio, portrait

woman, wilsonville studio, portrait

woman, wilsonville studio, portrait

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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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  • 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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