Larsen Family | Horse Heaven Hills

Providence and Peonies.

My husband and I had just graduated from our undergrad, moved states, and had our first little baby tucked under our arms. Our first Sunday at church a cute couple asked if they could have us over for dinner and we graciously accepted. We pulled down a long, quaint driveway to a home my husband used to refer to as “the doll house.” We were welcomed inside by a cluster of children and eagarly ushered to our places at the table. Each plate was beautifully decorated with a delicately folded pink napkin and a name card gingerly labeled by tiny hands. In the center of the table was a vase full of luscious peonies as big as cabbages. The meal was delicious and the atmosphere was warm, clamorous and brimming with the purest of joys. This scene is forever etched in my heart and was the beginning of a friendship that quickly became entwined in my soul. We love these people with a fierceness of family. They have truly changed and blessed my life far more than I could ever begin to repay. They are a gift from God.

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Mortensen Family || Kennewick, WA

“I am so excited to finally be taking these photos and feel like we’re actually moving forward in something.” This session was delayed a few times due to weather, but it couldn’t have ended up on a more perfect night. The wind was soft and forgiving and the light kissed the hillside with the warmest glow. Carly’s words stuck with me throughout the evening. This beautiful family is amid a few on-going projects and set backs and her phrase sunk deep into my heart as I realized how tender these moments are right now. Despite missed deadlines and heartache there is so much beauty in the seemingly mundane of the everyday. I felt such a responsibility to communicate through these images the intense admiration and adoration I felt between them. They are an incredible family.

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Ilina Family | Columbia River Delta

There is something so honest, pure and soul-filling within the eyes of a child. And seeing the connection between a parent and a child is so beautiful. I often think how funny it is that my own children depend on me for everything— food, clothing, love, protection and comfort. Yet I am so incomplete, unlearned and imperfect. The truth is, I need THEM. I need each look, each touch, the trust, complete confidence and endless love regardless of my inability to provide everything I feel they deserve. My knowledge, experience, even my love is not enough to fill the expanse of their glorious souls yet they look into my eyes, wrap their tiny hands around my neck and tell me, “Mommy I need you.” No, no sweetheart you have been sent to me because it is you I cannot live without.

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Brittany + Jeff | White Bluffs Engagement | Washington Film Photographer

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