• children,  family

    just plain yummy

    It must be their Italian names. Vinny. CiCily. Gianna. Their family name, Orizotti.

    I love the energy of this family. They are fierce, loving and silly at times. I have been searching for something to liken them to. Trying to mold a description which would accurately portray them.

    Forgive me. The one thing I can’t get out of my mind is, gelato. You know, the beautiful Italian confection which is a higher quality dessert than ice cream with a richer, fuller flavor. Yeah, gelato. The Orizotti’s are like gelato. A richer, more flavorful family, each member enhanced by the other. The time I spent with them was yummy from start to finish. How could I not have fun with beautiful kiddos like these three to photograph.

    Here is one of my favorites from the shoot.

    Thank you so much for a fun morning. Next time let’s get gelato and savor the memories we’ve captured!  To enjoy more of the images from the Orizotti’s session CLICK HERE for a slideshow!

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    everyone needs a little magic

    It was crumpled in a ball amongst a sea of carpet and toys, but I knew that it wasn’t trash. The cherry red color with white writing would take anyone back to the sweetness of childhood. I picked it up thinking I would throw it away, but stopped myself. I unfurled the waxy paper to search for the treasure I knew was there. The eagle feathers, the bow and arrow, the star….the magic. The reason Tommy couldn’t throw it away either.

    Because even though, we all know the legend of a free Tootsie Pop  isn’t true, we still hope we find the indian shooting a star. Because even though, we are scared to dream big dreams, in our heart we hold fast to them. Because no matter our age, we all need a little magic.

  • children,  family

    Happy Brother’s Day

    Tommy is my character. He is passionate about just about everything, for better or worse. A grumpy, little man on Mother’s day he proclaimed, “I wish it was Brother’s Day,” while we were getting loaded up to go celebrate the day with John’s mother and grandmother.

    It was love at first sound for me. I didn’t let on right away, though. “Thomas, we take time at different times of the year to celebrate the people we care about. Now, get in your seat and put your car seat straps on!”, are words that likely came out of my mouth. I know I also told him Brother’s day was a good idea, because he was lucky to have two brothers in his life.

    I googled it in May and didn’t come up with a date I was happy with. In my mind it had to be a summer date, so my boys can have a great summer memory to hold onto.

    While drafting this post, I googled it again and found a facebook page (of course I did, right?) http://www.facebook.com/pages/Brothers-Day/80359246817 which claims Brother’s Day is observed on the Friday, following the first new moon, after August 1st. There is also a celebration on August 11th hosted by Widmer Brothers Brewing as a fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbian Northwest. It turns out that in 2008, with the help of the Widmer Brothers, the state of Oregon and the city of Portland proclaimed August 11 a holiday.

    The crummy Pacific Northwest weather has been putting a crimp in my brother’s day plans. I refused to have our holiday on a dreary, gray day. You can’t break out a new slip-n-slide and mondo water guns in the drizzle. I don’t want the brothers to lose interest in sleeping outside, because they are freezing.  I would have loved to have jumped on the local band wagon for the 11th, but I wasn’t willing to have Brother’s day without some heat.

    Well, I got my heat today. And we started the morning like this.

    I have had these pancake molds set aside since May waiting for Brother’s day to surprise my guys. Every time I make pancakes they ask me to make them a Yoda pancake. Every time, until this morning, the Yoda I would come up with was a very sad excuse for a Yoda. Darth Vader and a Storm Trooper showed up too. If you have little Star Wars nuts at your house you can find these awesome pancake molds at Williams-Sonoma.

    Then they gave each other cards they had drawn. Tommy’s passion came out in its sweetest form, in the 12 cards he made for Keith and his 5 cards for Greg. One just wasn’t enough to show them how much he loved them. I adore that about him.

    After breakfast had settled, and a few legos masterpieces were constructed, I went outside and got a new slip-n-slide ready and opened new super soaker water guns. When they came out with their swimsuits on, they were surprised to see the slide and huge water guns and wasted no time finding water.

    These are the only photos I will post with all three of the brothers in them, because an almost two-year-old is tooooooooo busy to stay in one place for more than almost 2 seconds.

    The rest of the day entailed lunch, cartoons, more water play…..this time with Mom sliding and getting soaked, dinner, ice cream, a movie, popcorn, board games, a story and then…..

    sleeping for the first time in a tent. Yeah! I think I am more excited about it than them. I LOVED sleeping in a tent in my backyard as a kid and hope they have a blast tonight.

  • children,  family,  products


    It flew by. Saturday we celebrated three kiddo birthdays in our home with our extended family. Two of them were my sons, my oldest and the youngest have August birthdays. The other is sweet, little Molly, my niece who just turned one. A day full of visiting, food, cake, presents and hopefully it was packed with smiles for everyone.

    Do you remember how you felt as a child when it was your birthday? You know, the I can’t sleep because I am so excited feeling. The asking “can I open them now?,” about your  presents. now. now? now?! Overdosing on sugar. Birthdays are a big deal. They are when we celebrate each person in our lives and try to make them feel as special as they are to us.

    I feel pretty lucky to not only get to celebrate with  my own family but to celebrate with my clients. Births, weddings, birthdays, graduations, all of these happy times in ones life I get to witness or help prepare for. What a blessing. To get to celebrate the joy in everyone’s life surely will bring more joy to ours and for this I am thankful.

    To say sweet, little Stella is adorable is an understatement. With her amazingly, cute outfits and her giant eyes, she was a treat. Celebrating a baby’s first birthday is a triumph for the parents. You celebrate the babe you adore, but I think we parents also celebrate making it through the first year of nurturing new life.

    We created custom first birthday invitations for Stella and I am in love with them, and their pink envelopes. 🙂 !

    birthday invitation custom photography

    Stella’s mom commented that the colorful envelopes let everyone know it is something fun when they receive it in the mail. I  could not agree more!  Here is a look at all the envelope colors I have to choose from.

    Love the floppy hat, don’t you?

    She had her photo taken in the same tutu when she was a newborn. Such a starlet now!