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Entries in Milwaukie (3)


Five years in a flash (Milwaukie children's photographer)

When I was pregnant, my dear friend got me a sign that says, "I met this guy, he kinda stole my heart, he calls me mom." It was very cute. But then I had my son and the words slapped me in the face.

Moms of boys know. 

Henry is turning 5 this week and my husband and I both jokingly call him the man of our dreams. He's goofy, honest, sweet, sensitive and has the comedic timing of a stand-up. He tells me I'm the most beautiful woman in the world and suprises me at least once a day with how observant he is. He is a deep thinker and a ball of kinetic energy.

He loves nothing more than to run and show everyone how fast he is. He says certain shoes make him faster than others. Maybe I need to buy him some slower shoes to keep him from growing so fast. 

Henry, you have completed our family and made us feel whole. We love you more than words can say. Happy birthday to the fastest kid on the block!






Old enough to remember when (Portland senior photographer)

I’m old enough to say, “I remember when you were little” to the young people in my life who seem to be growing up at alarming rates.  I try to avoid saying that — mostly because no one ever has a comeback to that comment — but I sure have been thinking it lately. Whether it’s my nephews (who turned all tall and strong and mature overnight) or in this case, my darling cousins, these kids just keep growing up on me. And they are both seriously gorgeous if you ask me!

I photographed Mariah and Xuxa a while back, and it was really wonderful to spend some quality time with both of them. There’s really only so much you can learn about a person at twice-a-year family get-togethers, so I appreciated the chance to have some time with just the three of us. They are both becoming such interesting, independent and fun ladies. 


A heart-to-heart with the birthday girl

My adorable niece Emma turned 2 years old today and while all the grownups were taking care of the last-minute food prep and decorating, I stole her away for a quick photo shoot. She looked angelic in her oh-so-ruffly pink dress as we walked down my street to a nearby walking path. The sun was shining and we walked hand in hand. Along the way I thought about how lucky I was to have a few minutes of quiet time to be alone with the birthday girl. I know she’s only 2, but she’s already a great best friend to my daughter: she’s fun and compassionate and a really great dancer. If someone is sick or hurt, she’s the first to come running with kisses. And she has one of those really great laughs.

Emma, I hope we make our birthday walk a tradition, and in 15 years we can talk about boys and school instead of doggies and well, doggies.