I am now officially jealous of a 7 year old. Addison’s best buddy has her birthday in October and therefore could celebrate her day EVERY year at the pumpkin patch! All that fall deliciousness wrapped up in golden sun, scarecrows, gourds galore and corn mazes? My favorite. I’m seriously thinking of moving my birthday so that I too can live the dream. It is technically my half birthday so maybe I should just amp up that trend a bit. Here’s hoping they don’t check my license when I show up with balloons and cake.
What could possibly make the pumpkin patch any more incredibly fun that it naturally is?? Three best girlfriends in glitter party hats exploring every inch. Shannon may actually un-invite me from next year’s festivities for this one, but it just makes me smile. I can hear her laughing from here. We ended with a day at the races. Duck races. Who knew?
Happy, happy Birthday sweet girl.
I had the opportunity to travel back to Chelan with Brittany, Sam, John & Christi (some of my most favorite people) to enjoy the sun, some relaxation, a wonderful Mexican dinner, and oh yeah some additional wedding portraits. This was the kind of day that just reminds me of how much I truly delight in being the observer to a couple’s genuine love, adoration and joy in one another. Watching the play of emotions, the unique dance of appreciation for the differences each brings to the relationship and of course the fun. Because if there is a wedding happening, there will most definitely be fun. Oh Maggie, you didn’t make it easy, but look how pretty you look.
It’s just a special kind of exhilarating excitement to be ‘in’ on a secret. A surprise moment that you know will catch someone unawares and result in momentous moment of joy. Yep, it’s pretty dog gone fun and I’m totally on board, camera in hand, anytime you want to loop me in. Texting back and forth with Austin before the proposal was almost as much fun as the event. He was so excited and I couldn’t help but catch the enthusiasm. I was also super grateful for his detailed description of his clothing choice of the day because as it turned out blue gingham wouldn’t have narrowed it down. It was like the Monday uniform for guys (so maybe only 3, but still.) I followed them around in true stalker fashion as they strolled & bought some fresh market flowers. The shocked amazement on Jenn’s face was perfection. It really made me wish I had a photo of my face when Mike proposed. You just can’t fake that kind of awestruck happy. Since we were already enjoying such a fabulous day, she said yes, and their dinner reservations weren’t for a few hours we of course had to head out for a few more photos. I love that Jenn would randomly jump for joy (literally) or squeal with happiness as we traveled, just needing to gush her excitement. Oh, if only everyday could have such delightful surprises.
I clearly overestimated my ability to get things done on my birthday. I enjoyed a wonderful day with family and away from the computer and so the winner had to wait a day to be announced. Through the wonderful mystery of the random number generator online I’ll be sending a shiny new copy of Eat More Dessert to Sarah Morris. I’m sure she will be baking up some fabulous creations in the next few weeks. It’s hard to resist the tempting pages once you start flipping. Trust me on this one. To grab a copy for yourself head on over to Amazon. You will not be disappointed.
Celebrating our winner with some happy flips and fancy fun!
As I sit here Easter Sunday more aware of the enormous gift Jesus gave each of us, it is reinforced tenfold in the beauty of a newborn baby. Perfection, hope, joy, love all wrapped up in a bundle that asks for nothing except your willingness to accept, take hold and keep close to your heart. I know this might simplify the enormity of what Christ accomplished for us this day, but it’s the simplicity that makes it the more amazing. Take hold, accept and keep His promises close to your heart. Happy Easter
It was six weeks of what felt like 5 months of labor, but it is finally ready to be enjoyed by all! I had an absolute blast working with Jenny Keller of Jenny Cookies photographing her amazing creations for her new book. I have to say, I am a terrible baker. There’s just not much forgiveness in the measuring and that’s a tough one for me. That said, I have tackled quite a few of Jenny’s delicious recipes with sweet success (yes, that was intentional!) She shares her recipes, her how-to’s and personal insights with humor and transparency that makes it a delight to read. Did I mention how lovely the book is?! It’s so very pretty. Pretty like sparkling dew drops in the sun. Pretty like the perfect Mother’s Day gift! In light of my super happy heart and giddiness over seeing my photos printed in such a beautiful book, I feel the need to give a copy away. One lucky reader will receive a copy of Eat More Dessert so you can began creating masterpieces in your own kitchen. Ready to learn how? It’s as easy as Jenny’s cake pop recipe. Two steps: leave a comment (by clicking on the ‘comment’ link at the top) and sharing your favorite thing to bake & head over to ‘like’ KCB photography on Facebook. Easy, right? Now get going! Contest ends 4/19. Winner announced 4/21. Can’t wait til Monday? Not to worry, just head on over to Amazon and order your copy today!
Yes, this is blatant bragging. Don’t be surprised if it’s highlighted with sparkly glitter and smiley faces in my copy.
I just had to include a few of my favorite images from the shooting. It really was so much fun! Not to mention all those yummy desserts that had to be eaten after every shoot. Oh, the perils of the job.
I have set a goal for my kids. By summer’s end Landon & Addison will be ready and enthusiastic (because attitude counts!) about summiting Mt Pilchuck with me. I’ve always enjoyed hiking and have decided that they have finally reached the ages to tackle the dream alongside me. We started our super fun outdoor training over spring break taking on Mt. Erie, Ice Caves (a bit premature for the season), and Peshastin Pinnacles. I am so proud of them and their tenacity. I’m pretty sure they are completely done with mom’s catch phrases, triggered by any form of discontent, and so climb upward with smiles on their faces to humor me. Who knows, maybe they’ll come to love it as much as I do. If I look hard enough, I think I might see Rainier in our future… Unfortunately I didn’t bring a camera to Mt. Erie. Epic fail, I know. Just means we have to do it again. Ice Caves with the Duncs was quite the adventure. Turns out, the trail isn’t exactly ready for adventures. At least not adventurers in tennis shoes & shorts. We didn’t let a little (or a lot) of snow & wet feet stand in the way of fun. Road trip to Leavenworth! There is something pretty special about watching your kids play with your childhood friend’s kids. Next generation and all that. I’ve been friends with Carrie since friendship bracelets and New Kids on the Block singing about The Right Stuff.
There is a certain level of idyllic wonder that is found in a snow covered mountain lodge wedding. Your guests brave snow packed roads to travel many miles. As they enter, your friends and family are met with a glass of wine as they shed layers of hats, coats, and mittens while stomping off boots. They have arrived at a secluded getaway that is both romantic and charming. Snow is gently falling and the afternoon and evening hold the promise of a beautiful wedding followed by a celebration of two people who have met their match. Amazing.
Brittany & Casey’s wedding at Pine River Ranch in Leavenworth was truly a wonderland. These two are completely smitten with one another and watching them revel in their day was such a delight. So much laughter and fun, especially highlighted when the giant snow plop fell out of the tree onto Brittany’s head or the spontaneous snowball fight (between none other than the bride and groom!) Thank you to Jennifer Apps Photography for allowing me to enjoy the day shooting with you.
Birthdays are celebrated in a myriad of ways. Some people want to hide or keep quiet in hopes they can skip this annual inevitable jump to another year, while others enjoy the full band-grand banner waving-balloon flying joyous celebration. I’m a much bigger fan of the latter. The Mesnick’s definitely chose to embrace the merriment for Riley’s 1st birthday celebration. In the company of friends and family they delighted in their sweetly grinning one year old.
Delicious and unique food catered by Blue Ribbon, a simply incredible ice cream dessert table by the amazing Jenny Cookies and you have a recipe for a fantastic party. It was such a treat to capture and enjoy this family. The cake smash was filled with the parental enthusiasm and lackluster interest by the birthday girl herself. Riley finally did realize the golden opportunity presented to her but it is such fun watching the revelation happen. Photo Booth pictures allowed guests to take a walk on the goofy side and strike a pose with some creative props.
Overall it was truly a successful afternoon filled with love & birthday wishes.