China trip Day #7 Beijing

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Summers Palace. Brody and I went there on the last day by ourselves while most people went home in the group. We were really glad to see this huge palace and property.
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China trip Day #6 Beijing

I went with Brody to the business meeting for the morning. A wind energy company. I loved it.
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The Great Wall of China. I’d like to say I got some great images there. It was what I thought would be the highlight of the trip. But because of all the smog and humidity it was not a clear day. It was amazing to walk on the Great Wall of China!
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Randomly many Chinese wanted their picture taken with Americans. Especially blondes.
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The whole MBA tour group on the last night all dressed up for our Imperial Chinese farewell dinner at Fangshan restaurant.
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Walking into the restaurant had a beautiful view
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These girls put on a dance for all of us before dinner and then we mingled for a while before dinner began. This was the best dinner of the whole trip.

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China trip Day #5 Beijing

Beijing Olympics. The birds nest, the watercube, and the Olympic torch. I really looked forward to going to all of these venues. I can’t imagine how all the athletes performed during the Summer Olympics a few years ago with the heat and humidity we felt there. And the air quality was very poor. They were amazing structures and I was so glad to have the opportunity to be there!
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Where Michael Phelps got all those gold medals! I will never forget that.

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I had to buy one of these kites for my kids after seeing this little girl having so much fun!
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Inside the birds nest
After the Olympic morning we headed to Dr. Tea for a tea party which is very popular in China. I enjoyed watching. Then we went to the old courtyard village, the hutongs, via ricksaw. We went throughout the city, visited a chinese family to see how they live, went to the old drum tower where they used to beat the drum every two hours to let people know the time.
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We also got to end the day by visiting a Chinese Olympic athlete school where children go to live and then go home on the weekends. We saw 6-8 year olds learning gymnastics (swinging from the bars, jumping on the balance beam). They reminded me of Alliyah and I had such a hard time knowing these kids live away from home at such a young age. But to each his own.
We saw many young kids playing table tennis in a small tournament, and volleyball kids. This was a unique opportunity for all of us.

China trip Day #4 Beijing

We flew to Beijing and went straight to Tianemen square and the Forbidden city. I didn’t know a lot of the history before I went there. Thankful for Darrel, our historian friend there that filled us in on all the crazy things that happened there. Forbidden city palace is the one from Mulan!! I knew that much just by seeing it.
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All the girls on our tour – most MBA students too. And then below all the boys on the tour. We got to know most of these people and were thankful to make such great new friends.
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The “in” thing in China for men is to lift up their shirts to be cool. It was Soooo hot and humid in Beijing.
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And I took this because I thought it was so quaint.

China trip Day #3 Shanghai

This day was amazing, busy and hard. Brody started his day by going to a business meeting with a semiconductor manufacturing corporation. They make most of the chips and things for a lot of the world. Then at noon we met up for lunch which was not the greatest. I only ate steamed rice. It was a restaurant right on the bund river, and probably good food to most Chinese. I was just done with the smells of China food.
I started out my day by going with the spouse group to Zhujiajiao watertown. It was a Chinese Venice. Just beautiful.
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Oh the yummy smells of China… steaming hot, marinated pork leg. Oh what about a bowl of marinate frog? I couldn’t put that picture on the blog. I don’t want to even look at that picture. The smells made me nautious in these small alleys.
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Our amazing tour guide, Vicki. We were so luck to go to Shanghai during the 2010 World Expo!! We had the afternoon to spend there. Every country had a building they designed filled with interesting things about the country. Brody and I took a golf cart through the streets to see all the buildings. Some of our friends went to the Italy building and had an amazing lunch there. So sad we weren’t with them. We did find a burger king and were in heaven to eat some fries.
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This blue guy was everywhere in Shanghai. The mascot of the world expo (which was treated as special as the olympics).
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We then went to the fabric market to pick up some clothes we had made and then we finished the evening with a fantastic acrobat show. The acrobats there start training at age 8. We got in trouble for taking pictures, but managed to get a few at the beginning.

China trip Day #2 continued

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This was at the Jade Buddha temple in Shanghai. I was amazed with how many young worshipers were there praying to Buddha. They first would burn incense outside and then go into the temple to pray. It was so strange that tour groups were everywhere with tour guides telling us the history of the place while these people were worshipping. I felt bad for them, but they didn’t seem to mind.
I love the picture of the monks. They were all quite young as well. What were the stats? I think 80-85% Buddhist and less than 5% Christian. Most of them don’t practice on a weekly basis though. Very fascinating.

Preschool kids

This is the 3rd year I’ve taken pictures at a preschool close-by. I’m going to miss doing this when we move. Maybe I can find another preschool to go to. All the moms loved their kids pictures. In all 3 years I’ve never had a kid that didn’t cooperate to the fullest. I think it is because their parents aren’t there! I have to pull out the corky bag of tricks to get those smiles and laughs (like really, I wouldn’t want any adults seeing me act like an idiot), but it works!

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Brotherly Love

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Baby actually gives closed mouth kisses. He says mmmmmmm for a long time and then kisses ya. This is one of those special mmmm kisses caught on camera. How sweet is this! I may just have to blow it up and put it in the boys room at the new house.
And of course baby doesn’t know lips are the most common place to kiss…. a nose is good for him 🙂

In Portland

I have been in Portland for the past week looking for a house to live in. I found my dream house! And hope to sign a contract tomorrow! I meant to update the blog with all my latest work and ended up forgetting my hard drive at home. I will be posting lots of pictures in the next week.

Any of you from Portland? This was my first time here, but I can tell you I love it! I think the whole first hour here my mouth was open at how gorgeous it is. It is a photographers dream.
I will be traveling to Reno once a Summer to take pictures of all my favorite families and friends! I will sure miss it there, but at the same time I’m looking forward to this new chapter in my families life.

Eliza, Jenna, & James

This is a photo shoot I got to do while I was in Las Vegas for the WPPI photography conference. This is my great friend from Montana that now lives in Vegas. Our first babies and our last babies were born 1 week apart from each other and our middle kids are both 3, but not quite as close in age. She is a wonderful mom and her kids were so darling and cuddly. They sure made me feel welcome at their home. James, who just turned 1 loves to blow kisses to his mom. What a content, happy baby he is.

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These girls were so cute. Alliyah went with me as my big helper on this shoot and when we were in the car she said “mom that girl doesn’t look like a mom.” I said is she too cute to be a mom? She said “yes, but don’t tell her” and she got all embarrassed. Yes she is a cute mom!

Alliyah poses

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We had so much fun taking pictures together. I didn’t pose her at all. She would have me turn around, she would do a different pose and then say okay turn around you can see me and take a picture. I love the last picture, although it freaks me out that she is only 5 years old. AUH! I have more to post, but I’m going to bed 🙂

Moving

I want to give you all a heads up that my family is moving to Portland, OR. We are super excited about the new adventure although I am very sad to leave all the wonderful, kind and unique people we have met here. I have learned so much. I started my business here and am so grateful for all of the support and growth I’ve received.
We will be leaving in June. I will not be taking any more pictures after May 14th. If you would like family pictures I will only be taking a few families pictures so please schedule with me right away. I have a wedding I am doing in May and with moving I will not have time to do a lot.
I will only be taking pictures of friends or previous clients. No new clients. Sorry.
If you know anyone in Portland, OR or Vancouver, WA please send them a link to my blog and hopefully I can start taking pictures this summer while in Portland.

Thank you!!

little guys birthday pictures

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What is this thing? Wow!
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Blow out the candles!
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Finally I get to eat my yummy cake!
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Mom I’m tired. Please give me some milk! No more pictures.

How time flies. I finally got the hat, the cake, the onesie and everything I needed for what was in my mind for this shoot. I couldn’t have been happier with the final shots. These are priceless. I only wish that I had these for all of my kids!

If you are interested in getting priceless pictures like this please call me. The pictures will take about 1 hour. The package will include everything: the CD of pictures, sitting fee, cake, balloons, onesie, hat and darling backdrop for $215.

The cake was made my wonderful friend, Kelsey. Please visit her blog here.

Ty

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We have had so much fun taking pictures this week. Ty is such a funny guy. I took pictures of all the kids and will be posting those in the next few days. Get ready they are so darn cute! Here is one of Ty that I had to share right now.

Sisters

Here are a few more of Kennedy and Kensley. I had to share some of the beautiful moments in B&W with these two sisters


If this doesn’t make you smile. . .

Then I don’t know what will! Is this the cutest, cheesiest smile you’ve ever seen! Love it. I took pictures at a local preschool last week. I just started laughing when I saw this picture. So darling. Really this little 4 year old is one of the most photogenic kids I’ve ever taken pictures of. I’ve had the opportunity to photograph her on 3 different occasions and every time she is so cute!

Kennedy & Kensley

Are these the cutest cuties ever! Their mom had the cutest accessories. It was such a fun photo shoot. Their Dad is one of the coaches at the University. Kennedy, 6, was so good at doing whatever we were telling her to do. In her beautiful red dress I was really trying to get her to show some personality and I think she did such a great job! And although Kensley can get around just fine, she actually stayed put for some beautiful pictures. She had such chunky legs. I loved it!! I will share more as I get them done.





My baby turns 1

Well a month ago my baby turned 1! I’m a little behind in posting if you haven’t noticed. Sorry I haven’t posted any new photos for a while. I’ve been busy the last few weeks with photo shoots and plan on getting them posted soon!