When Dennis and Jen invited me to their Hood River home that is perched on the bluff overlooking the rolling Columbia River to meet with them before their wedding, it was immediately clear that this was going to be a special wedding. They were so, so in love. Sometimes there are grooms, like Dennis, who look at their wives-to-be like they are the most wonderful treasure in the world; it is the most romantic thing. Dennis and Jen were so clearly meant to be together, and because they are both accomplished doctors, it took them a while to find one another. They were madly in love and expecting their first baby when I shot their September wedding. It was such an honor to photograph their sweet, joyful wedding.

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Olivia is the first baby of Matt and Anna, and she is perfect. She arrived two full weeks late and we were all counting the days. She was quiet and content and there wasn’t a moment when her parents weren’t snuggling, kissing, and staring at her in amazement. Getting to photograph a baby’s arrival is the most wonderful thing. Welcome to the world, Olivia.

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Chris and Ciann emailed me a couple of months before their quiet little elopement at Mount Hood Bed and Breakfast near Hood River. They are expecting a little girl before the end of the year and they wanted to slip away for a simple, romantic wedding. It was just the two of them, no friends or family were present, so we took a lot of time capturing beautiful portraits of them and a few highlighting her beautiful bump. The light was beautiful, and Ciann was absolutely radiant. This elopement shoot was peaceful, intimate, and joyful.

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Nate and Paige emailed me just a few weeks before they decided to elope. They pulled together a beautiful elopement, and since Paige is from Hood River, they had quite a few family and friends who were able to make it to celebrate with them. Paige’s mother owns Cathedral Ridge Winery, so they had the perfect spot to elope. Paige was dolled up with the most beautiful, handmade little veil. Their ceremony was simple but emotional and sincere. It was an honor to capture these two on such a special day.

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After photographing Ulf, Pauli, Love, and Liv over the past three years (2011, 2012) three years, and visiting them in Sweden, they have become a family I look forward to seeing every year when they come to visit. And not just to photograph; I love visiting with them, cuddling the girls, laughing with Pauli, and catching up. They have become dear friends. When we visited them in Sweden I said to my husband, “If we have another girl, I’d like to name her Love.”  Since the last time I photographed them in Sweden, my husband and I welcomed our second daughter. Her name is Love. In Sweden the name is pronounced lou-vay. Now my bond and connection with this family extends beyond the images I’ve taken for them, and I love that. These photos of the girls were so interactive and energetic. They’d had a party the evening before so there were carnations strewn all over the deck and the girls were playing with them. I love these girly, simple, engaged photographs.

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