It is still so new to me, and so amazing, the landscapes that we have available in our own backyard. Living in Bend has been so much fun and each day I am still at awe as to the natural beauty that surrounds us. And the most amazing this is that you don’t have to travel very far to see something spectacular. And what a great place to have a little family adventure. For example – I met up with the Alper family for some family photos at Shevlin Park. Located right in Bend, OR Shevlin park has miles of trails for hiking and mountain biking. You can pack a picnic, bring your dog for a walk or even go fly fishing. Right here in our own backyard. And what better place for two little boys to run around and have some fun?? I think, from the smiles on their face, they had a great time 🙂

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Apparently, spring is here. I mean, officially it is here, but in Bend we are stillll waiting for it. In fact, it even snowed this morning. BUT! I am hopefully that it will soon be here. Most of the snow in town has now melted, crocuses and daffodils are starting to pop up and with the time change, lighter evenings are hinting towards summer. I met up with the Langford family on one of those days that looked like spring, but felt a bit closer to winter. They were champs though and didn’t complain once about the cooler temps. And with all of the running around and wrestling that the boys did I think they managed to keep warm 🙂

Family photos don’t have to be stuffy and traditional. Let’s do something different! Go for a hike, play outside, let your kids run free and have some fun – much more enjoyable for everyone and we are bound to make some wonderful memories.

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This year I’m embarking on a personal project that involves me getting in the frame. Mostly with my kids, sometimes by myself. Some weeks I play with light, composition or just want to include snapshots of our every day life. Week 10 and 11 were definitely tidbits of our everyday lives. Actually Week 10 was taken with my iPhone (eeek!) – not something I was planning on but when the moment presents itself, the best camera you can have is the one that’s on you. My oldest and I were quietly playing with legos and I wanted to document it. My big girl camera was upstairs, packed away in my camera bag, and if I had disrupted the moment to run up and get it I just know that she would have moved on to another activity. So, iPhone it was!

And Week 11 – laundry. Does anyone else feel like they are just drowning in it week after week?? It’s impossible for me to catch up, but at least the girls have a fun time playing on our bed while I do the chores 🙂

Week 10

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Week 11

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A lovely bunch of ladies from the Magic of Light alumni group and I have decided to start a blog circle to feature our weekly #MOLgetin52 image. If you’d like to see some more inspiring work in this project please continue on to visit

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This weeks image for my 2017 personal project #MOLgetin52 (wondering what this is all about?? Check out my original post here for more info) is just me. That’s what happens when you wait too long to take your photo for the week and one kid is at school at the other is napping. This project is a challenge on so many levels, but this weeks might have been the hardest.

Get in a photo.
By myself.
No kids to hide behind, no planned story to tell.
Just me.
Yikes.

Why is that so hard?? I know I’m not the only one. When was the last time you took a photograph of just you, all by yourself. If you aren’t part of the “selfie generation” then my guess is, it’s been way too long. But as hard as it was I’m so glad that I did it. Because it made me realize something – I do not have to hide behind my kids. I am more than a mom. I am me. And this realization was so refreshing. It’s so easy to get caught up in the day to day and lose yourself.

You are more than a mom, more than a wife, more than an employee.

You, are you. And you are amazing.

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There’s nothing like going home…am I right? Whether it’s your “now” home, home where you grew up or “home” in the sense of feeling at peace and in total comfort. It’s the best. When I go home – and by home in this article I mean to my parents house, in the town that I grew up in – I love to catch up with old friends. Even better, getting a chance to document their family while I’m there. We were blessed with crazy beautiful weather and that early morning sun just doesn’t get any prettier.

Are you looking to document your family this spring or summer in the Bend/Sunriver/Central Oregon area? Please contact me today to book your session

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