Before I knew it, I was knocked to the sand, much of which I would find in my pockets over the next week. It was 2003 and we were playing Frisbee on a California beach. It was one of those legendary road trips, with a van that broke down in the center lane of the freeway, driving a golf cart at midnight on top of a mountain, laying on beaches with my closest friends, and even an trip to the ER. Little did I know that two of those friends would start dating on the train ride home, then later get married, and now have the cutest baby boy. And how could I ever have imagined that after all these years, they would still be living less than a mile from me.
These photos are incredibly special to me because they are 14 years in the making. They represent years of their friendship, years of adventures, and years of them building a life together. I hope I’ve captured how much joy Joseph brings to my two dear friends, Mark and Erin. As the years go by, and more adventures are had, I hope you look back and remember this part of your journey. Love you both!
Every year during the holidays, the Volunteer Park Conservatory decorates with Poinsettias, a toy train, and a model town. It’s a fun place to take the family and especially the kids. Also during December, they will open the park and Seattle Asian Art Museum for a free event called, “Holiday in the Park.” The park is filled with Carolers singing songs, candles lighting the pathway, and a tent serving hot cocoa and cookies.
Well there’s nothing like a good ‘ole fashioned family photo session, especially when it’s for a dear friend. I’ve known Joe since we were kids in college and it’s a great feeling to watch his twin boys grow up. I’m glad we were able to meet in Snohomish to capture photos of the boys playing on this classic pickup truck. Thanks to his wife, Katie, for selecting some awesome Fall colors! Here are a few photos from their session:
I’ve always had fond memories of December, when the weather would cool down and we’d have to bundle up for the bus. Sometimes it would snow, and if we were lucky, there would be no school. When it was time to decorate the house, my brothers and I would set up the ladder and climb into the attic where we brought down our ‘box-of-Christmas-decorations.’ One of us would slowly remove the treasures that had so carefully been stowed the year before. And whether it was the macaroni ornament made in 2nd grade or the glass teapot given as a gift, we would be excited to proudly place them onto the tree.
As a kid, Christmas meant many things – snow, presents, xmas trees, lights, no school, hot tea, cider…but it also meant family. No matter what we did in December, we did it with family, and I think that’s what made every tradition so memorable and special. Now we’re older, and surely busy with our lives, but every December, we always come together as a family and we celebrate. I’m so thankful for my parents, brothers, cousins, aunts, and uncles because its each of them who made Christmas special.
I was honored to take festive Christmas photos of the Doria family during the Holidays. I hope that one day, their two boys who are full of so much wonder and joy, take a look at these photos and remember December…remember family.
Thanks to the Doria family for giving me the opportunity to take photos of your awesome family!
Family has always been a significant part of my life. Growing up, my two brothers and I did everything together – paper routes, building forts, playing sports, watching movies, riding bikes, fixing cars, exploring, hiking, etc… the list could go on & on. I guess what I’m trying to say is that having two brothers is like having two best buddies.
These three sisters had so much adventure and curiosity in their spirits, and that energy reminded me of the way I grew up with my brothers. It was so much fun to photograph this awesome family in the park. Whether they were throwing the colorful autumn leaves into the air or walking along a fallen tree, they were excited to be doing it together.
Thank you to the Chang family for the opportunity to once again take your family photos.