She Saw Things » Real Life. Crazy Love.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve wished that there was a camera in my brain. Even as a little girl I wished that I could blink my eyes and record a moment and be able to print a photograph of the memory. If I could order up a superpower, that would be it! The iphone has become the next best thing for me. Quick, easy, and always on me. There are still moments I miss of course, but this little tool has been such a joy for me.

I post my little snippets on Instagram often (username shesawthings), but I thought it would be fun to start a little feature here on the blog to share these favorite little bits of my week every Friday. Here we go!

Have a wonderful weekend! Portlanders, enjoy the precious SUNSHINE!!! xoxo

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  • alisonMarch 8, 2013 - 11:38 pm

    hi! love love you and your talented spirit. i really enjoy your photos. i love the photo ‘I LOVE FLAN’, cuz that is the first 4 letters of my last name! ha! fun. thanks!

Here she is! Dani and Chris‘ baby came earthside on Monday & I was able to swing by and document her at her 25th hour for them. She’s gorgeous, and this new family of 3 is beaming with joy and contentment. We talked about how surreal this time is… the hours and days after a birth. Which is why I have such a strong pull to document it for families. Babies change so quickly, and the details and memories of those amazing days become hazy so fast.

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  • Jenney Freeman GoodellMarch 7, 2013 - 3:59 am

    Just beautiful. Very touching.

  • alanaMarch 7, 2013 - 1:12 pm

    these are awesome!

  • Rob DownerMarch 8, 2013 - 5:16 am

    Awesome! Awesome people, amazing photos!

  • beartoMarch 8, 2013 - 12:59 pm

    There is something so magical about that new beginning. Wonderful to see that sparkle captured!

  • Robin DiniMarch 11, 2013 - 1:00 am

    Gorgeous! Such sweet tender moments.

Sunday #6 was a tough day for us. Nothing tragic, just hard. In fact these past few weeks have been hard. I’m not sure if Sam’s broken arm pain is manifesting in some difficult behaviors or if this is just a season that coincidentally came about around the same time as his injury, but we have been seeing some of his more challenging autistic characteristics shining through loudly lately. He’s been waking up at 2:00, 3:00, 4:00 in the morning… FOR THE DAY. (which means I’m up with him because he requires constant supervision) He’s been really scattered, destructive, extra loud, and not following directions. He’s so wonderful and amazing, but these kinds of behaviors with a kid who requires the level of attention that he does… well, its exhausting. And frustrating. And leaves us wondering what exactly he is needing. Anyhooo, this too shall pass, and we will approach each day with open hearts, tapping in to our super hero-esque creative problem solving skills, and bolster our patience as much as humanly possible.

One night last week, in an attempt to coax Sam into relaxing back into sleep on one of the 3am wake up nights, I promised him that if he went back to sleep we could dye easter eggs. (He is a big fan of holidays, and has been talking about dying easter eggs non-stop since we started seeing easter stuff in the stores.) He didn’t fall asleep until 6:30 and needed to get up at 7:00, BUT a promise is a promise. So today was the day…

Zoë got a new camera. The kid has a REALLY. GOOD, EYE. Fantastic compositions!We had a little Barbie hair salon too. My kids tend to turn all Barbie’s into their own brand of Monster High dolls.I thought I had killed the very last little bit of the very last plant remaining from my Mom’s plants… but thankfully Rob’s green thumb is nursing this little cutling back to life. Wish it luck!This girl is amazing. She sometimes has to endure a lot of stress. She has times when it gets to her, but she is such a dreamboat.Water always helps when things get difficult. Water is magic.“Grandma Fingers”He is just such a tender little puzzle, always challenging us to figure out how to find the best ways to fit the pieces together and gracing us with his BIG HUGE LOVE.

I am ever so grateful to Andrea for this wonderful project. Documenting my regular life on Sundays is already so fulfilling to me. Go see her beautiful Sunday HERE! Amy is taking a little break this week, but she’ll be back.

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  • Posy QuartermanMarch 5, 2013 - 1:07 pm

    love these. esp. the one of z on the couch.

  • andreaMarch 5, 2013 - 5:53 pm

    oh girl. I love this. and you. xo

These two beautiful, totally awesome, kinda geeky in the best ways, insanely talented people made a baby. And she’s almost ready to make her debut. And I’m lucky enough to call this family my next door neighbors. They have outstanding taste, kind hearts (Chris brought over beer to Rob one night after he announced on facebook that he was home alone with the kids and out of his favorite elixir. What kind of neighbor does that? A RAD one!), and have been so gracious about the volume of our family and our “ugliest yard on the block” project. Oh and Lucy has a major sniff through the fence crush on Charlie the dog.  We kinda adore them.  And they are REALLY cute… see???

You guys, the McDowners can hardly wait to meet your Wee Girl. Happy, healthy birthing wishes are being sent your way! xoxo

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  • BeartoMarch 4, 2013 - 12:31 pm

    So cool… I love the way you went in there and just captured a moment in their ‘everyday life’. I am a huge fan of lifestyle photography in this style. The overly structured and cliche ‘poses’ in loads of maternity photos are, for me, a turnoff. The photos bring me back to that time just prior to the arrival of my kids. It’s a magical time.

  • alanaMarch 4, 2013 - 2:26 pm

    ooo lovely session!

  • Suzanne GipsonMarch 6, 2013 - 1:04 am

    these are great! I love the colors and your awesome perspective! xo

  • Jenn HodginsMarch 6, 2013 - 11:48 am

    I just wanted to say how awesome I knew these photos would turn out! I started following your photography before I knew you were my brother’s neighbor! You are truly inspirational and the subject matter here warms my heart!!

  • jenMarch 6, 2013 - 12:02 pm

    Thanks, Alana!! xoxo

  • jenMarch 6, 2013 - 12:02 pm

    Thank you, Suzanne!!! xoxoxo

  • jenMarch 6, 2013 - 12:03 pm

    Jenn! That is so cool. I love Chris & Dani – would love to meet you sometime! Thanks so much!!! xoxox