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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Ellie {Senior Photos}

This session was from quite a while ago, I just never shared it. 
Ellie came to me after she saw Casey's senior photos that I did and scheduled a shoot with me. :)

I will say, this one definitely stretched as a photographer, and I had to step outside my comfort zone a bit. She and her mom wanted to do a downtown Portland shoot, with more of the "model" look.
Those that know me know that I'm not the model type. Haha. But it was a good experience for me, and I had fun trying new things!

Her Grandma gave her this car, so they wanted to incorporate it into some of her photos.

A police officer on the street literally unlocked this museum building thing for us, let us go inside by ourselves and came back when we were done to lock up. Either there's nothing valuable in there, or we just looked really trust worthy...

Monday, October 31, 2016

Well hello......

What's this?????? Emily is......alive????
Yep. And going strong too. Haha.

I actually got locked out of my account, and just spent the last hour tracking to hack in. As you can see, I managed. Not because of my genius computer skills though, as I just kept clicking stuff randomly and managed to bypass the email verification since I used a fake email address when I created this blog years ago. I wish I could say I know how to hack into computers....

My main goal of this post is to say that a few weeks ago I started a new blog that is specifically for fitness stuff and for me to share race re-caps and what not. I've been feeling kind of burnt out with photography, so have only done bits here and there. My best friend left me to go to England for 9 months, and I told her I'd try to post here and there for her. 
Before I forget, here is a link to my new blog:

Leave a comment for me on there if you check it out!

Also on my mind is wedding stuff. My sister got engaged 9 whole months ago, and we are now down to 6 days before the wedding. If you get engaged do yourself a favor and don't do more than a 5 month long engagement! Really, all that's necessary for a wedding is a bride, groom, friends, family, food, pastor, maybe some games or something, and I know I want a pretty dress.
Skip all the centerpieces, signs, and extra fluff to preserve your sanity.
But that's just my humble opinion....Lol. As long as you get married in the end, not much else matters. Haha.

I have a few photography sessions to share with you but I'll post those over the next bit. Our family starts descending upon our humble abode tomorrow, so I'll be pretty busy. I'm not sure what we'll do with ourselves after said wedding..... Yesterday we finished making over 200 big cookies, boxes for them, the tablecloths are getting ironed one by one, (each one takes close to an hour to iron. Grrr....), so after this we might just sit around and stare at each other. Lol.

Anywho, this post doesn't really have any rhyme or reason especially since my brain is a little frazzled right now..,.. Until next time then!

Monday, March 2, 2015

A bit of everything

Howdy! How goeth life for y'all?

I figured it was about time I shared some of the happenings around here. :)

I graduated in September,  (Hallelujah!), which was very exciting, and now am officially licensed, have a job, and just "bought" a car yesterday! We pick it up tomorrow, and get the tags and stuff all figured out. I'M SO EXCITED! I'll post a pic when I have one. :) 

Job wise, I'm cleaning our church, which works out well, since it's only once a week, which means I'm still able to help at home most of the time. Which is such a blessing especially with another little Menne coming in April!
I am still doing greens, although I took a brief break for the month, but will start delivering again in a week or two.
It's such a wonderful feeling to be somewhat self-sufficient. :) BUY ALL THE PROTEIN POWDER!!!! Lol!

And for those who have asked about my future plans....
A while ago I was going through a "mid-life crisis", and didn't know what I wanted to do.
Then, suddenly, it hit me, and I knew what I wanted to do.
 I want to be a personal trainer/nutritionist. 
DUH! It's one of the things I'm most passionate about, I don't know why I didn't think of it sooner! So hopefully I'll be starting the course for that this fall. It's all online, and mostly at your pace. You do still have deadlines, but it's a little more relaxed, then you take the test at a local facility. 

The remainder of this post will be largely made up of pictures, and will be in no particular order, but that's not a bad thing, right? Right.

So......let us begin.....
We went to the beach and finally had BEAUTIFUL weather!

I just wanna squeeze this little guy!!!!

 As I mentioned before, Meg and I went to the State Fair. By ourselves. {GASP!}

We're scary together when we're unattended, to say the least. We were strong though, and didn't cave to the smells of elephant ears, and curly fries, and we didn't do any games, (even though we REALLY wanted a big unicorn to take home for Audrey). I will say though, eating a hard-boiled egg while everyone else is eating burgers is kind of sad. Lol.
I went on the giant slingshot, and thought I was going to die. It was terrifyingly wonderful. :)

This thing shoots you up to 250 feet, moving at 100 MPH with 5 G forces.

We attended the Sheridan Fire Pancake Feed again this year, and man, there was some good food! I ate so much. Haha. I love that their pancakes are the size of your plate. :)

Chris and Katie came in Sept. for a visit, and we threw a baby shower for them and their little one. :)

In honor of Meg becoming an EMT basic, I made her cookies. :)

 Do I look like the Stay-puffed marshmallow man or what?!?!?!

Ah, yes......One of the highlights of the year so far.......


Once again, Meg and I together = scary.
We carpooled with a couple people from the station and went to Ski Bowl for the day, and I got to fulfill my childhood dream. :)
It was a blast! If putting yourself through excruciating pain, can be called fun, that is.....lol.

It was waaaaaaaaaay harder than I ever imagined, but for first timers, we didn't do too badly.
I'll never forget the feeling of making my way down the hill without falling once. :) Even if it was the bunny slope. Haha.

Our theme song for the day was Taylor Swift's 'I Knew You Were Trouble'.

You get the picture.....

Then the next week I went Skiing with friends, which was also a first for me, and I enjoyed that as well. :) Despite the fact that I just about died. ;)
Skiing was definitely a morale booster, since I stunk at snowboarding. I only fell three times while skiing, verses the billion on a board, and it was nice to have use of both my feet. Lol.
I loved how while up on the lift, when you look down, the slope is dotted with people who have fallen.......and they're all snowboarders. It cracked me up, even though I can sympathize with them. 
It was a great day, filled with laughter, food, and wonderful conversations, and we made an 11:00 p.m. stop at 5 Guys for more food to top it off. Yes, we tipped them :) 
Bless my dad's heart though, he dropped me off at the house where we were all meeting at 10:00-ish in the morning, and we didn't get back until 1:00 a.m., so he had to come all the way back over and get me, since I wasn't licensed at the time. The things parents will do for their children....

I'll leave you with a pic from my and mom's CA trip last month as a teaser of what's in store. :) I did a mini photo shoot with my adorable niece, and will have those for you soon. Also, Meg and I, (again. lol), are going to Seattle next week for the Scott Firefighter Stair climb, and you can bet I'll take loooooot's of pictures! There's still time to donate to Megan's page, which you can read more about HERE, or check out her blog post about it HERE.
What do you think? Can you help her meet her goal? 
How about no more posts until another $100, (at least has been given).

Friday, November 28, 2014

Casey {Senior Portraits}

Hello all!
I think this is my record for the longest I've gone from blogging yet!
I have oodles of pictures I want to post that I get overwhelmed, and just don't start. I should go don my Nike shirt, and follow it's suggestion: Just Do It. ;)
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! Ours was pretty low key, with our pastor's family being out of town, (they always come for Thanksgiving! They're breaking tradition!!!!!!). So instead we had another family over, and the guys that were on shift from the Fire Dept. 
Yep. Thanksgiving with Firefighters. :) They had juuuuust enough time to eat, then they got a call... and another call.... and a move up. Poor guys. Ah, the joys of being in the Emergency Services. Lol.

Life has been craaaaaaaaazy busy lately! The majority of my days have been  so filled with various projects I need to get done, that often times at night, when I sit down in our living room I realize it's the first time I've actually really sat down. You know those days? Although I have had several more relaxing days too, so that has been nice. :)

Anyway, before I start rambling, (like I'm prone to doing. Just ask my friends. I send loooong random texts all the time), I wanted to share some of the senior photos I did for a friend back in August.
She was a trooper! We planned them for a certain day in the evening so we could shoot during the golden hour. Then I messaged her and asked if we could reschedule since I possibly had something going on that evening. It wasn't super important, but I wanted to attend an event. Turns out, she was planning on going to the same event!

C'mon, one does not simply skip a Newsboys concert at your state fair. You just don't. ;) 

We brainstormed a bit, then decided to do them early in the morning. Heh, yeah. Two not-morning people doing pictures at 7-ish......
It worked quite well, all things considered, and I'm pretty happy with what we got. It helped that Casey is super photogenic. Sure made my job a whooooole lot easier!