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Caleb & Megan


Today was the wedding day for beautiful Megan and handsome Caleb.  Oh, my, what an amazing couple they are.  I’ve known Megan for a number of years and she has blessed my heart immensely over the years.  Sweet, adorable, tender hearted are all words that describe her.  Caleb is new on the scene for me but I can tell he’s a perfect match for Megan.


Meeting at Barclay College in the Midwest, Caleb and Megan did not have the immediate “THIS IS IT!!!” feeling.  Instead, their love grew out of friendship and blossomed into “you’re the one!”.  As Caleb says, “I think it was more of a gradual thing.  There could be a lot of little points and things she did to confirm that she was the one  Letters or adventures, her willingness to be herself around me and just the way she would laugh and humm and sing.  It was a process, but I know she is the one!”


Megan says the thing she most loves about Caleb is that  he listens to her, always encourages her in her relationship with Christ, and he is a goofball but knows how to make her feel special.   Caleb says that what he loves most about Megan is that she loves Jesus and she loves music.  Put those two together and it’s a pretty awesome combination!


Caleb and Megan, thank you for allowing me to part of your very special day.  I am always honored to be asked to take wedding portraits and it is was a blessing to take yours today.  May God always bless your relationship and may you both grow in your love for Him and for each other!



One Special Engagement Session

This past month has been an incredible time in our family.  Our future daughter in law (or, I should say “Daughter in Love” because we all love her so much!) has been visiting from Toronto.  While we spent a week last fall in Toronto meeting her and her family, it just wasn’t long enough to really get to know her.  She was here for a couple weeks this past Christmas but, again, it wasn’t long enough with all the commitments we had during the Holidays.

This visit we were able to spend some great quality time with her.  We went camping, golfing, did 4th of July fireworks, had lots of BBQ’s, and watched she and our son laugh together and enjoy each others company.  It was delightful! It is also delightful that I will finally have a daughter.  I LOVE my boys fully and completely but I always wished for a daughter as well so I’m overjoyed that there will be another “girl” in the family AND that she is such a perfect fit.

When Austin and Felma asked me if I would take engagement photos for them, I was thrilled!  We carved time out this past weekend and spent a couple of hours working on the portraits.

They met 7 years ago playing a game online.  Since they were so young, it was not possible for them to meet in person and so they communicated for 3 years until they were old enough to take the next step.  When Austin turned 18, he purchased an airline ticket and headed for  Toronto, spending Christmas that year with Felma and her family.  They knew even then that their future included being together.

Originally from the Philippines, Felma has lived in Dubai and now in Toronto, Canada.  When she came to visit this past Christmas it was a typical Pacific Northwest Winter complete with mostly rainy days.  I’m certain she thought it would never be sunny and warm here so we were delighted to share our warm summer sunshine and beautiful scenic views that come in the summer.  At least she knows it can be warm and sunny and not always rainy.

They have plans to marry the summer or fall of 2014.  It’s a long ways off for two people who are in love and desire to be able to share their lives and be together.  School and job search responsibilities come first with the hope that they will truly be ready for the next step in their lives by next summer.

In the meantime, they will continue to deal with the distance between them and make the most of every moment they have been able to spend together in person.   Having had a long distance relationship myself with my husband (although not nearly as far apart as Austin and Felma are), I understand a little of how hard it is;  I also understand the character building and rewards that comes from waiting for God’s best in our lives instead of settling for something less than best.  They have chosen to use this time wisely by not only finishing school but also working on strengthening their relationship via some pre-marriage studies which will help to equip them for marriage in the future.

As a mom, I’m very proud of them for their willingness to wait, to try and do things the right way and get their lives set a little bit before taking the step of marriage.  I’m also proud of them for their teachable hearts when it comes to building their relationship and for the mutual respect they have for each others families.

I can’t wait until the day they are able to say “I DO!”.  It will be one glorious day for the two of them!


Kyle and Zachary

I’ve had a couple of Senior Portrait sessions this past week.  It’s such a wonderful time of year when the new graduates and future graduates are having their portraits done.

Kyle is graduating from the University of Washington.  I must say, first of all, that I had to do this photo shoot on the sly; my husband attended the rival school of Washington State University and anything Husky or Purple and Gold are things of disdain to him.  Ha ha!!  I had to convince him that I would NEVER go to the dark side just by walking around the (beautiful!!) campus of the University of Washington.  🙂  School pride runs deep.

A few years back, Kyle’s wedding was my first leap into the world of Wedding photography.  I was the second shooter for he and Mallory’s wedding and it was the time I came home and told my husband “I’m never doing that again!!”  I’ve eaten many words in my lifetime so these were just a few more that I had to eat.  I now love wedding photography.

Kyle’s degree is in Mathematics and his hope is to land a job working for a company such as ESPN doing statistic’s.  The world is their oyster and he and Mallory are looking for the pearl in that oyster to take them to a new destination and experience.

The other soon-to-be graduate I had the joy of photographing is Zachary.  Zachary is a quiet young man with a passion for music.  His plan is to attend Berklee School of Music in Boston next year.  He is a drummer and singer with dreams and goals for his future.

Zachary and his girlfriend, Jordyn, enjoying a moment together.

As I do with each and every graduating senior I know, I hope that Kyle and Zachary each are able to pursue their dreams, enjoy the success they desire in their careers, and experience fullness of life ahead.

Thank you for allowing me to be part of your story by helping to Capture Life at this moment in time.