Summer Love

12 07 2012

Summer doesn’t arrive in the Pacific Northwest until after the beginning of July.  Ha!  If you aren’t raised here, it takes a bit getting used to watching the rest of the world enjoying the sunshine, heat and shorts… while we’re shivering in the cold rain and clouds.  But for a photographer, the diffused light from the grey skies softens the skin tones and eliminates the extreme contrasts of bright sunlight.

A few weeks I received a call to take photos of a family’s new addition – a new baby boy.

A father’s love is strong and complete…

Summer brings the sunshine (to some areas sooner than others), flowers, baby birds, butterflies, and bees.  Wait… I sense something here. Yes, summer brings out love.  Shortly, this summer will bring together Lauren and Anthony.

Ah!  Summer love, it is something to behold… through a lens.

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Boots On The Road

27 09 2011

These Boots Are Made For Walking

This summer, I had the opportunity to meet many good people and take many different photos.  I will be posting more as the days get rainy… and shorter.  This is one of my favorites.  I’ve ordered one for the studio walls, so I thought I would share it here as well.

Roads rolling off in to the distance have always appealed to me on many different levels.  I am not sure if it comes from some unresolved wanderlust or vestiges of long ago family’s vacations when I was a boy. Either way or for whatever reason, it often serves as a artistic draw to me… as it did in this photo.

No matter where we’ve come from or where we end up, the journey on our own road is what we make of it.  Sure we have to deal with obstacles, storms, and even a jerk or two along the way… but if we pick our way with care, we can chose a path of our own making, help (and perhaps receive help) from others along the way, and end up in a place from which we can help our own children take their first steps.

Enjoy.





Memorial Day 2011

31 05 2011

I had the pleasure to photograph a Rucksack Run that left from the Military Family sculpture on Memorial Day.  The run left the sculpture on the SE corner of Marvin Rd and Quinault Dr. to the “kite sculpture” on Sleater Kinney Road just south of I-5.  All in all it was about a 10 mile run.  There were nearly 50 JBLM soldiers who ran or walked the route in honor of Memorial Day and the Wounded Warrior project. Not only did the soldiers participate, but so did some family members (even those four footed family members!)

It is always something special for me to be asked to photograph an event held for the military and their families.  They provide so much. They sacrifice so much.

Of special note, the run was organized by SSG Juan C Lugo and his wife, Toni.  Toni said that organizing this event was important to her and her husband – even so that she was expecting at any moment and still saw that the run took place.  Good thing she did not put off the event any longer, as her water broke shortly after the run started.  Being the strong and capable Army wife that she is, Toni stayed at the Military Family sculpture until Juan returned from the run.  They left immediately for the hospital!  I haven’t heard when their baby boy was delivered, but I expect all is fine in the Lugo household.

May we all be blessed with the strength of these families.





First OpLove Session: 2010

5 03 2010

Sybil, Ryan and Little Enoch

I had the pleasure of shooting my first OpLove photo session of 2010 yesterday.  Ryan, who is currently stationed in Kandahar, Afghanistan, was able to come home for his son’s birth.  Enoch was only 4 days old when we took yesterday’s photos.  (Yes, so today he is 5 days old…  I thought I would state that cause I know SOMEONE, Amanda, was going to test my addition skills…).

So many people listen to the news and radio reports of the on-going wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and never really meet those who are serving on our behalf.  Regardless of our political, social or moral views… we need to support these families.  Yes, the soldiers serve, but their families remain – listening to the same news; watching their Facebook groups for any word from loved ones.  I encourage you to get out and meet these families.  I also encourage you to join an organization that supports them.  In this area, the Hawks Prairie Rotary Club hosts an annual Military Appreciation Day where 100% of the proceeds go into support these families.

Enoch was born into a proud, strong family.  It was my honor to serve as his first official photographer and it is my honor to give just a little back to his mom and dad for all they sacrifice on our behalf.

Vaya con Dios, Sybil, Ryan and Enoch.





A Symbol of Love

29 01 2008

There are few things in life better than love. It doesn’t really matter who it is between, as long as there is love. As a photographer, I really enjoy capturing that love, whether it be in a child’s smile and hug, a loved one’s eyes or adoring gaze of an animal companion. However, when the love of two people results in the creation of a new life… there is something much deeper.

I was privileged during a recent photo shoot to photograph a couple a few weeks before the baby’s delivery. In the rush of life, it is easy to overlook things important to us — even when it is staring you in the face. Things were busy at this couple’s home as we set up for several shots, but as soon as they came together to pose for their photographs, I saw a transition from the frantic to the serene. Nothing was said, but it was felt.

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but this one only says one: Love.