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I grew up going to Yosemite with my family every Easter break for about ten years. Our Easter break fell somewhere between March and April each year, so about 50% of the time we got snow during our visit. We had a motorhome growing up, complete with bunk beds in the back end, and memories of our annual trips to this beautiful park are some of my most vivid – and most favorite – from childhood. We hiked and biked and my parents made sure we were up bright and early every morning. We attempted Yosemite Falls on multiple trips when the three of us kids were somewhere between 6 and 12 years old… we finally made it to the top once I hit high school and no one had to be carried down haha.

It was so special to me to take Colt back to the place we did so many trips to as a family when I was young. What was even more fun – my family got to come too so it was like a three-generation affair. I’m sure it will get better and better in the coming years when Colt is more able to explore and do things. We arrived just after the Labor Day weekend and spent four nights in Lower Pines campground. It was not too crowded as most of the schools had started up again in the weeks just before our trip. We had really warm weather and everything was so dry. I think my favorite season in Yosemite will always be the spring when the falls and rivers are bursting with water and the air is brisk. We had such a good time, although four nights in Yosemite is too short! Can’t wait for the next trip. :)

Images photographed on my Contax 645 and Nikon F100 on Kodak Portra 400 film.

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It has been a dream of mine for a very long time to do a shoot in Yosemite and my dream finally came true a few weeks ago! Yosemite is where I first fell in love with photography… strolling through the Ansel Adams gallery in the village at around age 12 or 13, I then returned to Yosemite every spring with my family and shot roll after roll of 35mm black and white film, trying to recreate what Ansel Adams captured decades ago. I was so excited when Meghan and Andrew said they were up for traveling to Yosemite with us to do a family session in time for Ranger’s 1st birthday! All of the falls are dry this time of year, but the meadows were still a vibrant yellow-green and the blue granite mountains never cease to disappoint. We did their shoot just  before sunset and wrapped up with a little mini-shoot of just Meghan and Andrew to celebrate their 3rd wedding anniversary. These are some of my favorite family photos in my favorite location of all time! Enjoy. :)

Images photographed with a Contax 645 on Kodak Portra 400 film.

2014 09 22 0001 Ranger Turns One : A Family Session in Yosemite2014 09 22 0002 Ranger Turns One : A Family Session in Yosemite2014 09 22 0003 Ranger Turns One : A Family Session in Yosemite2014 09 22 0004 Ranger Turns One : A Family Session in Yosemite2014 09 22 0005 Ranger Turns One : A Family Session in Yosemite2014 09 22 0006 Ranger Turns One : A Family Session in Yosemite2014 09 22 0007 Ranger Turns One : A Family Session in Yosemite2014 09 22 0008 Ranger Turns One : A Family Session in Yosemite2014 09 22 0009 Ranger Turns One : A Family Session in Yosemite2014 09 22 0010 Ranger Turns One : A Family Session in Yosemite2014 09 22 0011 Ranger Turns One : A Family Session in Yosemite2014 09 22 0012 Ranger Turns One : A Family Session in Yosemite2014 09 22 0013 Ranger Turns One : A Family Session in Yosemite2014 09 22 0014 Ranger Turns One : A Family Session in Yosemite2014 09 22 0015 Ranger Turns One : A Family Session in Yosemite2014 09 22 0016 Ranger Turns One : A Family Session in Yosemite2014 09 22 0017 Ranger Turns One : A Family Session in Yosemite2014 09 22 0018 Ranger Turns One : A Family Session in Yosemite2014 09 22 0019 Ranger Turns One : A Family Session in Yosemite2014 09 22 0020 Ranger Turns One : A Family Session in Yosemite2014 09 22 0021 Ranger Turns One : A Family Session in Yosemite2014 09 22 0022 Ranger Turns One : A Family Session in Yosemite2014 09 22 0023 Ranger Turns One : A Family Session in Yosemite2014 09 22 0024 Ranger Turns One : A Family Session in Yosemite2014 09 22 0025 Ranger Turns One : A Family Session in Yosemite2014 09 22 0026 Ranger Turns One : A Family Session in Yosemite2014 09 22 0027 Ranger Turns One : A Family Session in Yosemite2014 09 22 0028 Ranger Turns One : A Family Session in Yosemite2014 09 22 0029 Ranger Turns One : A Family Session in Yosemite2014 09 22 0030 Ranger Turns One : A Family Session in Yosemite2014 09 22 0031 Ranger Turns One : A Family Session in Yosemite2014 09 22 0032 Ranger Turns One : A Family Session in Yosemite2014 09 22 0033 Ranger Turns One : A Family Session in Yosemite2014 09 22 0034 Ranger Turns One : A Family Session in Yosemite2014 09 22 0035 Ranger Turns One : A Family Session in Yosemite2014 09 22 0036 Ranger Turns One : A Family Session in Yosemite2014 09 22 0037 Ranger Turns One : A Family Session in Yosemite2014 09 22 0038 Ranger Turns One : A Family Session in Yosemite2014 09 22 0039 Ranger Turns One : A Family Session in Yosemite2014 09 22 0040 Ranger Turns One : A Family Session in Yosemite2014 09 22 0041 Ranger Turns One : A Family Session in Yosemite2014 09 22 0042 Ranger Turns One : A Family Session in Yosemite2014 09 22 0043 Ranger Turns One : A Family Session in Yosemite2014 09 22 0044 Ranger Turns One : A Family Session in Yosemite2014 09 22 0045 Ranger Turns One : A Family Session in Yosemite2014 09 22 0046 Ranger Turns One : A Family Session in Yosemite2014 09 22 0047 Ranger Turns One : A Family Session in Yosemite2014 09 22 0048 Ranger Turns One : A Family Session in Yosemite2014 09 22 0049 Ranger Turns One : A Family Session in Yosemite2014 09 22 0050 Ranger Turns One : A Family Session in Yosemite2014 09 22 0051 Ranger Turns One : A Family Session in Yosemite

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Our darling boy Colt turned ten months old last week. It seems like I just wrote the last post when he turned nine months! He is such a joy. We are currently in the middle of our 4-week road trip through the Pacific Northwest and Whistler – so far we are having a great time! We’ve visited Portland and Olympic National Park and we are now in Whistler for a few days. Colt has been such a champ with all of the driving and with not having his regular routine – naps in his crib, a big space to crawl around, bath time, etc. The three of us and Denali are living out of about 64 square feet – it’s been a little tight but it’s not too bad; I’m sure we’ll have a different perspective on space and “stuff” by the time this month is over. I’m realizing that we really don’t need as many conveniences or as much room as we think we do. And it’s kinda fun this way! (ask me in a few more weeks if I’m still having fun) ;)

I haven’t weighed Colt recently but I think he is approaching 25 lbs and wears mostly 12-18mo clothes. He is looking so much thinner though because he is really gaining some length! And his feet just got huge! All of a sudden he outgrew all of his shoes (we only had a few to begin with) – and I had to stop at a Kohl’s on day 2 of the trip and buy him a pair. He has learned to wave goodbye and he gives the sweetest arms-tight-around-your-neck hugs. He says momma and dadda but I’m not positive he is doing it on purpose yet. ;) We have been so impressed that he actually listens and responds when we need to say “no” or “sit down.” He has four teeth now, two on top and two on bottom!

I used to be puzzled at parents that would say things like, “what was our life like before him/her?” Our life was fun and it was awesome and we did so many things in the five years that it was just the two of us – but now it’s even better! Our new life as a family of three is the perfect combination of everything we love – each other, our baby boy, exploration and just being together. It’s the best.

Images photographed with a Nikon F100 on Fuji 400h film.

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I had the great privilege of photographing baby boy Hudson a few weeks ago. I feel so lucky when clients hire me again and again to document the biggest moments in their lives. Hannah and Mike – big congratulations on your recent life-changing addition. He is such a handsome little guy!

Images photographed with a Nikon F100 and Fuji 400h film.

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Introducing little Troy… he was such an angel for our shoot together a few weeks ago! He’s got handfuls of hair, the most intriguing blue eyes and two parents that love him very much. Congratulations Taylor and Ryan!

Images photographed with a Nikon F100 and Fuji 400h film. Taylor’s makeup by Shelby MUA.

2014 09 14 0015 Troy : Two Weeks Old2014 09 14 0016 Troy : Two Weeks Old2014 09 14 0017 Troy : Two Weeks Old2014 09 14 0018 Troy : Two Weeks Old2014 09 14 0019 Troy : Two Weeks Old2014 09 14 0020 Troy : Two Weeks Old2014 09 14 0021 Troy : Two Weeks Old2014 09 14 0022 Troy : Two Weeks Old2014 09 14 0023 Troy : Two Weeks Old2014 09 14 0024 Troy : Two Weeks Old2014 09 14 0025 Troy : Two Weeks Old2014 09 14 0026 Troy : Two Weeks Old2014 09 14 0027 Troy : Two Weeks Old2014 09 14 0028 Troy : Two Weeks Old2014 09 14 0029 Troy : Two Weeks Old2014 09 14 0030 Troy : Two Weeks Old

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