She Saw Things » Real Life. Crazy Love.

I’ve been revisiting lots of past sessions lately. I’ve been doing this for 7 years now… taking lifestyle portraits, documenting real life and real personalities – what I really love to do. Even when the business end feels a bit like drudgery, I can honestly say that I have always loved getting to know and photographing my clients. So. Much.

Miss Loretta was 3 in these photos, I think. She’s grown up so much! You may recognize her from this session from this past fall.  These photos popped into my mind this morning, and I just had to revisit them.  I truly adore this girl, and her whole family. How amazing is it that I get to do work that I love that allows me to fall in love with my clients??? I kinda can’t believe how lucky I am sometimes.

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Some days are more inspiring than others. This past Sunday, well, I just did NOT feel inspired to pick up my camera much… so my offerings in this post are few, but silly!

This girl, on the cusp of 10, she is my muse. Always has been. I look at her these days, and see such a glorious young woman and such a little girl simultaneously. When she dug into the Fun Dip, with her green grin, I knew I had found my little bit of inspiration for Sunday #5.

check out Amy’s Sunday & Andrea’s Sunday too!

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These 5, well, they’ve been on quite a journey together already. I fell in love with these 2 images while uploading their session from yesterday, and I wanted to give you all a little glimpse.

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  • BeartoFebruary 25, 2013 - 12:53 am

    Beautiful family! Wonderful photos!

  • Annie OtzenFebruary 25, 2013 - 5:25 am

    I discovered you on facebook today via Suzanne Gipson. I love your photos! First off I lived in Portland for 3 (way to short) years and your photos make me feel at home. Also I just really love your style and I am so looking forward to following your photography!

  • jenFebruary 26, 2013 - 12:08 pm

    Thank you so much, Annie! I’m tickled! I look forward to seeing you pop in! xo

We were on a little trip to California over the long weekend, spending a little time with our chosen family – my oldest, life long friend Kaary (our mom’s were best friends from their days of summer camp together in the Santa Cruz Mountains) and her amazingly wonderful partner Kim. Their house is truly a retreat for us in so many reasons, #1 reason being LOVE surrounds us when we are with them! They are both experts in the Autism realm, and aside from a kinship we naturally feel for one another, there is a level of understanding that we have not found with anyone else. Anyhooo, I could go on and on about the story of our visit and how much we adore these two women, but this post is about our Sunday together… funny thing is that I didn’t realize until I had documented the whole peaceful, lovely day that it was actually SATURDAY! So Sunday #4 is actually the Saturday that felt like a Sunday.

Our trip began with a call from the school 10 minutes before we were leaving to pick up the kids on the way to the airport that Sam had fallen from the top of the playstructure. An emergency room visit including a “photo shoot” (xrays) showed that he had broken his humorus, but so close to his shoulder that it couldn’t be put into a cast. (BUMMER! But we’re so thankful that it was his arm and NOT HIS NECK!) They sent us on our way with some codeine and a sling, and we caught a later flight. More on what injuries looks like with a child with executive function challenges, extreme sensory issues and little impulse control to come later. He was an absolute champ at the hospital and through the whole trip, considering he had a broken arm!Sam’s lunch requestThere is all kinds of pretty out on their property, which was the home of Kim’s grandmama for over 50 years.Kim’s Dad’s truck, becoming one with the earth.Kim taught Zoë and I how to make kim chee! So excited to make our own! (shoot me an email if you’d like the recipe)It was a really lovely day… by far the best of the whole trip!

Thank you for following along with my Sundays!!! And make sure you go see the enchanting way Amy & Andrea saw their Sundays as well!

xoxo, j

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  • ZoeFebruary 21, 2013 - 8:24 pm

    love it mama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • BeartoFebruary 21, 2013 - 11:54 pm

    Wonderful, lovely, enchanting! Thanks for sharing your day!

  • amyFebruary 22, 2013 - 3:54 am

    oh jen this is positively dreamy. what a lovely, beautiful day and so perfectly captured.

  • Amy SykoraFebruary 22, 2013 - 4:56 am

    absolutely wonderful, you captured your day in such a lovely way. thank you for sharing!

  • Jen McGreer DownerFebruary 22, 2013 - 5:16 am

    thank you, amy! this was my day while you helped my husband wade through crap! I was certainly thinking of you all all day long… (thank you so much!)

  • andreaFebruary 22, 2013 - 1:18 pm

    oh I LOVE this! every last shot. and it thrills me as I knew the sundays project would capture such a cross section of our lives– everything from lazy days at home to little (and big) adventures out in the world. xoxo

  • Kim WagamanFebruary 23, 2013 - 2:01 am

    I love how you see the world. and I love you. beauty from the inside out.

  • Melissa SmithMarch 13, 2013 - 10:19 pm

    That sundial! I have a photo of *exactly* the same sundial, at the historic home venue in South Carolina where my cousin got married!