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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  • […] 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. 😉 […]ReplyCancel

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

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

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

I first met Jamie several years ago when I photographed her with her sisters and cousins. It was a fun session full of the kind of camaraderie families share.

Since then Jamie has grown into a feisty young lady and quite the cook. She’s one of those people who can throw random ingredients together and create a food masterpiece. During our consultation, she showed me photos of some of her culinary creations, and they looked amazing! I wonder if I could talk her into becoming my personal chef since I despise cooking? LOL! 😉

One of my favorite parts of working with Jamie is that she can really rock the edgy and glamorous poses. And I’ll admit to being a bit jealous of her leather jacket collection.

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“Have courage and be kind . . . where there is kindness there is goodness, and where there is goodness, there is magic.” ~ Cinderella

For a long time, I’ve wanted to photograph someone in a beautiful dress with a full skirt so I could do a swishing skirt photo. 🙂 So when Grace and her sister Liberty agreed to model for me I was a little giddy. You see Grace dresses up as Disney princesses and does appearances at birthday parties. (She is also quite the make-up artist). So I knew I may have an opportunity to get the photo I’ve been wanting to shoot.

During our consultation, I asked Grace if I could photograph her in her Cinderella dress. She was kind enough to agree to dress up for me. In addition to her Cinderella costume, Grace also brought her amazing prom dress.

I had so much fun working with Grace. Not only did she indulge my need to make her swish her skirt multiple times, she also came up with some fantastic photo ideas of her own.

Be sure to check out the photos of Grace and her sister here. You can see her sister Liberty’s photos here.

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wilsonville studio, cinderella princess, canby senior

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