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10 on 10 - May 2016

Portland Photography

Spring time is always busy. Working like a fool, traveling, and multiple family birthdays. This year was my sister's first birthday while living in Oregon, so we celebrated Oregon style at the tulip festival followed by a family barbecue. Before we get to that though, make sure to check out the other 10 on 10ers.








This was actually the first year and I have been to Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest as well. I'm a sucker for some beautiful flowers.

I had no idea there were so many different kinds of tulips. And later that day, we had a few of those types of tulips all over our house.

 I love the awesome activities that there is to do in Oregon throughout the year. Something fun in each season gives us a reason to get out the door. On top of that, I'm so glad that the sister is finally here so we can take the whole day (and other days) to enjoy one another's company and #exploreoregon together.

Cheers to more great days this spring and summer. Until next time...

10 on 10 - January 2016

Portland Photographer

Last month, the mountains, this month, the ocean. I've been in Oregon for almost 12 years now, and it still blows my mind that one state can house so many diverse and incredible landscapes. Before we get to that though, as always make sure to check out the other 10 on 10ers listed and linked below

...there may or may not (but definitely will) be a new, little baby in the mix for coming 10 on 10 posts!! Congrats Lelia!! And, we have a new member. Welcome Jennifer (Satin Sky Photo)!!





In other news: new year, new car! Our 1999 Rav-4 is gone to make room for a new one. What does that mean? Road trip! On Jan. 1st (that's right, I jumped right in to the new year), we took my new hog for an afternoon trip to the coast. It could not have been a more perfect day to make the jaunt from the city.

I've got to tell you though, this month, I feel a little guilty posting these photos. In the photography industry, sunset photos are kinda cheating, because well, it's hard to get a bad photo of a beautiful sunset over the water. But whatevs, I'm cheating. The sunset trip to the coast was just too dang pretty not to share. ...plus one of the things I love about the Oregon Coast is the juxtaposition of people wearing winter clothes at the beach.

Days like this make me very thankful for what I have in my small little piece of the world. Thankful for my family and friends who will take an unexpected day trip. Thankful to be able to enjoy this beautiful state. Thankful for this business that I'm really excited to grow more in 2016. Thankful for being able to buy a new car to take me to the beautiful coast, and thankful to be able to take the time to soak in all the goodness and beauty of this moment, and to simply exist.  

Until next time...

10 on 10 - July 2015

Portland, OR photographer, travel photography

Can you believe it? It's been two full years of the 10 on 10 project! I'm still a little in awe that this small nugget of an idea to connect photographers across the country has continued, and even more so, that readers and photographers alike look forward to the posts each month. ...not only that, but the caliber and talent of this group is fun to take part. It's like I'm in middle school and I'm allowed to sit at the cool kid table.

This year, the group is growing yet again. Most of the previous participants are still active, but we also have four newbies joining the group. I'm really excited about the group as a whole because while everyone shows incredible talent, we all bring something different to the table. A different style, a different location, a different take on the same industry. So go ahead, take a jaunt. Check out the other 10 on 10ers and find yourself some inspiration. Then come back and check out my trip this month to FL.

Anne Almasy

Anya Elise Photography

Amy Straka Photography

Button Media 

CLB Creative 

Lisa Hibbert

Pogo Photo

Shaw Photography

Twinty Photography

This month, my 10 on 10 post is taking you all out of Oregon and as far east and south as we can possibly get. This summer, our family reunion was in Sarasota, FL.

Let me preface this with the background of how much I love our family reunions. I grew up traveling to see my cousins and aunts and uncles every other year. My mom is one of four kids, and the cousins are scattered in age with about 17 years from the youngest to the oldest. When you grow up seeing each other that often, even though we were always far apart geographically, your cousins become more than that one vague aunt's kid, they become your friend, an additional support, and confidant. Aunts and uncles become someone to seek advice, to look up to, someone who will support you throughout life and cheer for you through the hurdles.

I'm grateful to have a family that makes it a priority to all create time together, time to focus on the family as a whole and to also celebrate the growth the of each individual. ...and then there was the beaches. 

Needless to say, we had a pretty good time. I left Oregon thinking that I would have a few days with some time to work and catch up on e-mails. Apparently, I forgot that when you lay on a Florida beach, your mind automatically shuts out the real world for the rest of the week.

Posting the photos makes me miss it all already.

Until next time.