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Filtering by Tag: artistic lifestyle children photography

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!


Chasing waves - Cannon Beach, Oregon

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We spent part of the day at the beach this past Saturday - she had a blast! I literally couldn't get her to sit still or interested in the camera not even for a half a minute :))

Her favorite thing was to run and meet the waves and then run away - eventually she would sit around for just enough time to make a few big splashes and then run. ...and then we got to take turns with her at chasing waves and being chased by them :)

A few places you might consider checking out if you happen to be there... Cannon Beach has the best pizza (there is no better pizza than Pizza-a-Fetta as far as I - and many others - are concerned ;) There is no better salt water taffy than the peanut butter salt water taffy from Bruce's Candy Kitchen (Audrey will tell you that - it's her favorite flavor).

If you want to eat the most tasty, fresh and really the best fish and chips in Cannon Beach, you should definitely stop by Ecola Seafoods Restaurant and Market for lunch or dinner. You will not be sorry!

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! :)

Vintage Babe :: Monday's random image of the day :: Portland Or. Newborn Photographer

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Best lit room I've ever had a chance to take photographs in.
It's the model that I am keeping in mind while planning a little indoor natural light studio. 

Miss Hazel. You have to check this session out ;) One of the best dressed newborns. Thanks mom!
I've always tried to have  a unique prop for each one of the newborns I've photographed. 
Her name inspired the little outfit I thought out and had mom knit for me. 

... I love this quote: "A baby is God's opinion that the world should go on." ~Carl Sandburg

Thanks for stopping by :)

I stumbled on happiness :) :: Thursday :: Random image of the day

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"While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about."
~Angela Schwindt

Well, today's image is more of a tryptic, and it tells a lovely little story about a little girl that loves to run free and can find rocks even in unlikely places ;) ...This past spring we set for a short drive in the country to check out a new location. I loved the place and so did she! 

Random picture of the day - Monday :: Jennifer Aniston in miniature ;)

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Doesn't she look like her though? ...One of my most favorite models to date ;)

And since I like having a quote for each of my random photo posts, here is one of Jennifer Aniston, herself: “The greater your capacity to love, the greater your capacity to feel the pain.” And that is so true...

Random picture of the day :: Smiles :: Elena Wilken Children Photographer

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A smile costs nothing but gives much.  It enriches those who receive without making poorer those who give.  It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever.  None is so rich or mighty that he cannot get along without it and none is so poor that he cannot be made rich by it.  Yet a smile cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen, for it is something that is of no value to anyone until it is given away.  Some people are too tired to give you a smile.  Give them one of yours, as none needs a smile so much as he who has no more to give.  ~Author Unknown

A time to give thanks

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“Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.”

 Brian Tracy

It has been a very rainy last few weeks, and I was more than happy to see the sun up, shining in the skies, this past Saturday.
I quickly penciled back in one of the sessions I've been having to postpone because of the combination of my limited shooting schedule and the rainy, dreary weather that we've been having on the weekends. The two senior girls were more than happy to meet with me even with the short notice. The location was great, we were going to try a few new things... and did I mention the weather took a turn for the best, against all the weather forecasts and that the light was beautiful? ;)
Long story short, we got together and as I was getting prepared to take a few test shots my faithful camera decided it would not work anymore. The mirror got stuck in the up position and shut off power, while the curtains in the lens got stuck half way opened. After a LOT of tinkering with it, it came back to life, just to start the whole cycle all over again as soon as I would try taking a picture. To be honest, I am pretty disapointed, but it is probably something that I could expect after 50,000+ images taken in a year and a half.

I am not going to be taking a whole lot of pictures in the next several weeks, while I am waiting on my camera to be repaired, or until the new one comes. It is probably time to go back and start posting a few of the many images that sit dormant on the backups.

I can't say I am thankful that the camera broke, but for some reason I have a strong feeling that there is more to it than what meets the eye. We'll see :)
Meantime, I enjoy spending more time with my family and bringing to life a project that's been in the concept stage for months now - EW Couture Collection. I'm excited to unveil within the month, what that is all about. Speaking about new adventures I am so excited to start working with a dear friend and awesome photographer rep starting next year. Excited and humbled.   


Beyond getting a better understanding of what the day meant historically, Thanksgiving Day and the celebration of Thanksgiving took new meanings for me after I came to America.

I am thankful everyday for the freedom and the possibilities God opened for me and all the gifts I have been given. 
It is easy to take for granted things that are available to me and not missing, day in and day out. It is so easy to forget that I have it good.

The gift of life, the gift of hope, the gift of having drinking water at my fingertips, the gift of choice about what I want to eat for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner or for a snack for that matter.
The gift of a shelter over my head, with the luxury of indoor plumbing and heat.
The gift of not having to fear for my life or my families' safety because of war.
The gift of having a job that I enjoy, the gift of being valued and respected by my employer, the gift of having the option to follow my dreams and work at making them become reality.
... All these gifts and many others I consider a given and take for granted more often than not.
I pray that I am reminded everyday to be thankful for small and big things alike. Everyday is a good day and time to give thanks.

After the gift of life I am most thankful for my family - my dear Paul and our little munchikan :)

What are some of the things and gifts that you are thankful for?