Pretty Hiking Engagement Session

30 minutes from the nearest grocery store, 15 minutes from the nearest gas station, and about three quarters of a mile down a dirt road in unincorporated Snohomish, Washington lies a modest house on 19 acres named Camp Awesome. The first week of July, most of my mom’s side of the family descended on Camp Awesome for a week of fun, games, and, yes, photos!

There was badminton, archery, shooting, corn hole, water skiing, tubing, karaoke, relay races (ok, just ONE relay race, and I almost died!), and of course fireworks for the 4th of July! In between barbeque dinners and rounds of croquet, I managed to squeeze in two mini photo shoots with my aunts and uncles.

This was such a special trip for us, because we don’t get to see that side of the family much since we live on the other side of California from most of them, and two whole states away from my parents. So as soon as we booked the trip, I knew I had to bring our camera gear with us!

Lisa and Jeremy have been together for years now, but they recently got ENGAGED, and this was such a great way to help them celebrate their engagement (especially since we haven’t seen them since Jeremy popped the question!). We all took a walk together on the hiking trails that loop around Camp Awesome, and took pictures while picking salmonberries and listening to the two Jeremys repeat their “Excuse me, Jeremy” – “Oh no, pardon me, Jeremy” bit for the thousandth time. (Ok, it actually was kind of funny, if I’m being honest!)

Lisa and Jeremy, thank you so much for letting us help you celebrate your engagement, and for so many fun memories on our trip! Watching you two with each other, it’s clear to see how well you compliment each other in the best ways. And even more incredible is watching how you both care for each other’s child as much as you do your own! Jordan and Brooke are so incredibly lucky to have you – and that you found each other! Lisa, you’re smart, strong, and so selfless. Jeremy, you are sweet, thoughtful, and loving. We hope that your love and the family you are building together just grows stronger and stronger with each passing year! Congratulations, you guys! We are so happy for you!



Adorable Backyard Family Photoshoot

I first met Britt and her son last year when we were living in Washington, and we’ve been friends on facebook ever since, keeping in touch with all of the big milestones, since our boys are so close in age. Even though we knew each other before, my first time going to her house was actually for this adorable backyard family photoshoot for them while we were visiting Washington last week!

Not only do they have the cutest son, they also have a super loving, cuddly pup, who remembered me from before, and basically spent about half of the photoshoot following me around and begging for pets! Plus, see the red-leafed tree in a bunch of the photos? That’s their LOVE TREE! Which is seriously the cutest thing I’ve ever heard of, and now I want one!!

It was seriously so much fun getting together with them for a morning of fun in their backyard as V. started off the session by getting covered in mud (and had to go be changed before we could start taking pictures, haha), snuggling with their pup, picking berries (they have like 5 different kinds growing in their backyard – Blackberries, Elderberries, Service Berries, Thimble Berries, and Salmon Berries, if I remember correctly), and photographing them enjoying the love they all have for each other.

Thank you so much, Britt and Blaine, for inviting me to come to your home and photograph you guys interacting and loving each other in a space that is so special and intimate for you guys! It means a lot to me that you wanted to share that with me! Blaine, it was so great watching you play and talk with V. You are so engaged with him, and seeing how happy he was picking berries and feeding them to you shows just how much he loves you! Britt, it was amazing seeing you again! I’m so sad we live so far apart, but so glad that getting together feels like no time has passed at all! We talked like we’d just seen each other last week, and it’s so great having friendships that feel like that! Photographing your family was so special, and I loved seeing how close you all are (and puppy snuggles were awesome, too!).