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Sisters - Olivia & Lucia

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"Bless you, my darling, and remember you are always in the heart - oh tucked so close there is no chance of escape - of your sister."  ~Katherine Mansfield

... Olivia in the summer of 2009, as a newborn :) Time does fly, and seeing my children and other kids around me growing and changing so fast, it really makes it that much more real!


Finally a portfolio website for Elena Wilken Photographer!!

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It's been in the works (concept stage and otherwise) on and off for a long time now.

But it will be live and fully functional, waiting for you to browse it before the end of next month! 

Can you tell I am excited? :)

I have a gift to overwhelm myself with small and larger projects, on top of my full time graphic designer position and being a mommy, a cook and a caring wife... All good things and all for good causes. But then things tend to take forever sometimes, because I get my hands too full. I'm learning that having and using "No" in my vocabulary more often than not, it is a healthy thing.

So, getting back to my portfolio website...

A couple of years ago I started talking about a collaboration with Portfoliositez, which came to fruition a few weeks ago, with the release of their latest template, Elena.

It was pretty cool to have the chance to really have an input in what I wanted for functionality for my own site. They did an awesome job on building this - the flash template is beyond customizable, if one can say that.

It will "dress up" for you however you choose.

Here are several screenshots off my psd files, but you can always go and check out the live samples they have up on the blog. While my site will be skinned differently I couldn't help sharing my joy and excitement ahead of time. So I will just have to post screen shots with the skin samples the site was designed, for now.

Best Buddies ...and why photographing children feels so rewarding to me

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Cousins and best buddies - I think this describes well and would be a fair sum up their relationship.

When I say best buddies, think of all that comes with being really close to another toddler's heart - love, hugs, being excited to see each other and to play together, to kiss each other's bubus and than fight over toys :)

I've been wanting to take pictures of the two of them together for a while now. With the beautiful weather and gorgeous sunshine in Portland, the evening seemed perfect. So on a whim we got together on a beautiful field of daisies and lupus.

However, when you are a toddler who didn't get her nap, and it is already past your bed time (8 pm) you don't care how excited your parents are to have pictures of you taken, or how pretty the field and the light are, and the least of your worries is which direction you should be facing. The thing you want most is to be held. And go home :)

I was very disappointed that I didn't even get a chance to really get them in the field. They had their own agenda and I just had to play along. But as always, I came home to find some true gems in the batch of images. Moments of them being who they are, with the smiles, the laughter and the tears, glimpses of their care free childhood that flies by, oh so fast.

It is these moments that I capture that make my heart burst with contentment - the pure and naive moments and joy and sadness and everything in between in a child's life. Memories that last a life time and are worth the world when they grow up and fly out of the nest to find and make their own way in life.

I thought this would be...

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... another 'trash the tutu' session with little miss Audrey. A very urban, decaying (beautiful, but decaying) setting, plenty of rain puddles and muddy paths. The perfect combination of elements, really, to make it easy for a 27 month old to 'trash' her tutu, planned or unplanned.
Well, it turns out I was wrong. If she didn't care much about it last time when I took her out in her tutu, she's growing into a very dainty and careful miss, who likes her tutu very much and wants to keep it in a good condition :) I promised I would make her another one sometime soon, and she seems very happy about it.

Paul's been wanting to take me to this junkyard for a long time know, and we finally went. I would've loved to be able to be there in the late hours of the afternoon and make good use of the sunset's soft, glowing light. It just so worked out with our schedules though, that all I could get that day was an hour at noon. Challenged my comfort zone and expanded it. 

... I love this dippy :)

...and here is my favorite image from our little shoot 

Have a lovely weekend, and thank you for stopping by! :)

Merry Christmas to all! ...and a little birthday wish :)

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Merry Christmas everyone! :) 

Have a great time with those close to your heart. Be blessed in every way this season. Make long lasting and warm memories with your family and friends this Christmas.
May you be blessed with a new year filled with met needs and dreams come true, where change is our friend and change means always that we've grown in wisdom and compassion, and we've grown to be better people.

Don't forget The Reason for the season.
May God bless us everyone! :)

...and the little birthday wish is for a sweet little girl, born on Christmas day last year, a girl that is very much loved by Audrey :)
Happy first birthday Carly! We love you lots. xoxo

p.s. I'm checking out until after the holidays ;)

A thought on passion and purpose :: Tuesday's random image of the day

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...From one of the lovely sessions I had this fall. A good looking family, beautiful places and gorgeous light. 

I came across this quote yesterday morning, and it stuck with me:

'Some people ask, “What if I haven’t found my true passion?”
It’s dangerous to think in terms of “passion” and “purpose” because they sound like such huge overwhelming ideas.
If you think love needs to look like “Romeo and Juliet”, you’ll overlook a great relationship that grows slowly.
If you think you haven’t found your passion yet, you’re probably expecting it to be overwhelming.
Instead, just notice what excites you and what scares you on a small moment-to-moment level.
If you find yourself glued to Photoshop, playing around for hours, dive in deeper. Maybe that’s your new calling.
If you keep thinking about putting on a conference or being a Hollywood screenwriter, and you find the idea terrifies but intrigues you, it’s probably a worthy endeavor for you.
You grow (and thrive!) by doing what excites you and what scares you everyday, not by trying to find your passion.'

~ Derek Sivers 

I need help finding a chair - "the perfect chair"

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I've been looking for a little while now for a fun chair to use as a prop for my photo shoots. I've got the perfect locations to use it in. I just need to find it. Apparently I haven't been looking hard enough.

That's where I need your help. I haven't been able to put enough time into the hunt, between putting a great amount of time into building the photography business, being a full time graphic designer, a full time mom of a two year old and a wife (listed in no particular order :). 

Some of you love to look for stuff and come across cool finds or know people that love to look for stuff and/or always come across the right thing at the right time.

Well, here is what I'm looking for - a victorian style chair or even a little sofa. No, it does not need to be in great condition. I'm going for the vintage look - victorian, but vintage. A mossy green, purple, burgundy, red, blue, chocolate brown, or even a mustard colored one would make my day :)
I'll post a few pictures I came across on google (and links to the pages where I got them from, for credit) to give you a better idea of what I have in mind. I am not trying to get a new one, so do keep that in mind when you come across chairs listed at a few hundred or thousands of dollars ;) I might be interested in those in a couple of years when the studio is up and running, but for now I am looking for something that I can haul around and have in different outdoor settings. 

What's in it for you? A fun (free) portrait photo session, the printed set of all the proofs from the session (20-25 5x7 prints) and three digital files of your choice, from the session. That's if I buy the chair you find. It is a hunt definitely worth your time ;) You can tell I have my heart set on one.

Over the last few months I've seen several fellow photographers come across great finds, comparable to the images posted, and get them for anywhere from free to $40 (estate sales and Craigslist). So I know that those rare gems are out there. It just takes the right person to find them. And maybe you are the right person. Unless you see me posting pictures of it know that I am still on the lookout and keep hunting :)

Thank you for spreading the word about this. You have my gratitude.
E-mail me if you have any more questions, or you think you found what I'm looking for.