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Family portraits at Cannon Beach

We had so much fun at the beach last weekend photographing Eric and Anna and their adorable kids. We've been photographing their family for three years now and I love watching their kids grow. And a few days ago, when I was working on their Rosh Hashanah holiday cards, I found this gem:


Sara and Brian found us through the magic of the internet last fall and I am so incredibly grateful that they did! They live in Seattle and we got to meet them a few times throughout the ensuing months, and they were so lovely that we were really excited when it came time to finally photograph their wedding. Sara grew up in Yakima, Washington, most well-known for its abundant fruit growers. Her family-- grandparents, parents, and two aunts and uncles-- share property and she chose to marry there, on the land where she was raised. The spot lent a sense of intimacy to the proceedings and the friends that came from all over to share in the joining of their lives added crazy amounts of revelry. Sara had put an incredible amount of effort into planning and everything, including her blue and orange color scheme throughout, were perfect down to the last detail. And then, all was left was to party and celebrate the lives of two friends who are making a life as one.

Sara wore an absolutely stunning cream-colored lace linen dress by Priscilla of London.

Her grandmother made this linen handkerchief, and then she gave her bridesmaids all vintage kerchiefs.

Their first look was in a pergola behind her childhood home.

We like to call these "un-formals" because we really try and have fun. And their party was fabulous!

The mariachi band started playing during the first kiss and then led the guests over to the cocktail hour.

Sara's grandma made an amazingly tasty cake-- and after they cut it together he had to have some more!


Perri and Corey at the Crown Ballroom

Perri and Corey have one of those stories that make me kind of believe in fate: they met in Mexico, on vacation, while they were each with their individual families. They had an instant connection and spent the rest of the time inseparable. But Perri is from Toronto and Corey is from Portland and you'd think that the story would end there. But they had had such an amazing time together that they found ways, over the next year, to rendezvous; by the time Corey proposed, it was a foregone conclusion that they would spend the rest of their lives together. And so their wedding was this amazing celebration of a love that could bring two people together, after chance or fate or something conspired to get them in the right place at the right time. Their families-- and friends-- were thrilled to be joining with one another and Perri's dad gave one of the sweetest toasts I think I've ever heard. And their wedding itself was beautiful. Katie of Fleur Bliss created the most lovely bouquets (and other flower adornments that decked out the ballroom) out of a myriad of purples that were just to die for, and with all of that love behind them, there was just this feeling that the day was blessed. I'm so thrilled for them. Congratulations guys!

This is one of my favorite moments: when the groom sees his bride for the first time.

Their little flower girl needed some diversion during the ceremony, in the form of saltines.

I loved her exquisite dress but I think that I loved her shoes even more!

OK, seriously, how cool is this? The new son and father-in-law doing the chicken dance together!

They literally danced their shoes off that night!


Pat, Laurie, and Emma

We photographed Pat, Laurie and Emma for the first time about a year and a half ago. Emma was, then, an adorably chubby cheeked baby who I literally couldn't stop kissing for the entire session. She was just that sweet. We photographed her at home, in her bedroom, and in their backyard in the grass and by their shed and under their gigantic oak tree and... I just loved that session. I especially loved the photograph that ended up being their family Christmas card that year: Pat and Laurie on their front porch, with Emma on their laps, kissing her fat little cheeks as she giggled uproariously.

Well, a few weeks ago Laurie called and asked if I would come photograph them again and I was overjoyed. I LOVE the clients who return to us, year after year. I love sharing in the joy that comes from watching a family grow. And I love being able to record those moments into heirloom-quality art. It means that people trust us on a really personal level. And this session did not disappoint. They've since moved to a new home, and Emma is a bundle of energy that needed to be OUT, and so instead of staying inside we moved nearby to their favorite park. I chased her all over the playground (and had so many shots of her that I loved that thinning them down for this post was SO difficult), and then played in the grass with them. We even replicated that first, beloved photo, with similarly amazing results. I just love this family. And I can't wait to watch them grow and grow and grow!

Missing LJ

We moved the RLPStudios blog to Wordpress quite a few months ago and at some point, I realized that I really miss the interaction of LiveJournal. We had made some great friends and I loved hearing from you. So, I'm reformulating our blog. You can comment here or there. I'm just excited to be back among so many friends!

Scott & Michelle -

Scott and Michelle were married in a beautiful winter wedding. Their ceremony was at the beautiful Rose Park Presbyterian Church and then they followed with a ceremony up at Fort Vancouver. The entire day was lovely and intimate, with friends coming from varied locations to celebrate the happy couple. And Scott and Michelle could not have been more perfect to work with. They just sailed through everything, jubilant to finally seal their friendship and love. I'm thrilled to finally share their pictures with them!


Baby S -

Dave and Lisa were one of the first couples that we photographed back in the day, and needless to say, we were thrilled when they found out they were expecting! Little man S joined their family earlier this month and we had such a fun evening capturing his newborness. He even pulled out a new look for us: think Blue Steel from Zoolander. He was all a-pucker and his parents just kept cracking up. He's definitely going to be a performer, this one. And we can't wait to watch him grow!

The Littlest Fighter -

Baby M is one strong little man. He was born with a heart condition that will necessitate surgeries in his early life-- the first of which will be this week. We were thrilled to capture images not just of his adorable little newborness (at home, our favorite place to do newborn sessions) but also to document what he looked like before he got his battle scars. He was so cute and feisty and we know that he's going to come through everything like a champ!

Courtney and Nick -

Courtney and Nick had an amazing winter wedding at the beginning of the month. You may remember them from their engagement photos, which we shot in the summer when it was toasty outside. But Courtney had been planning things down to the last detail and we thought for sure that snow would be a part of things! We all crossed our fingers but alas, the snow did not show. But everything else could not have been more perfect. They created a winter wonderland inside of the Hilton, which included tree branches from her parent's yard and more votives than I've seen anywhere else in my life. It was a truly magical celebration and one that we were so thrilled to be a part of. We've been planning with them for nearly a year and seeing it all come to fruition was so much fun. Congrats guys!

A Real-Life Wedding -

Someone asked us recently what we specialize in and without really thinking, I said, "We specialize in emotion." I guess the answers that come first are always the most true because what we do best, and what we love to do, is seeing the love and beauty and whimsy in each of life's moments.

We've been having a fabulous time over the last few weeks being steeped in all things weddings, between showcasing at Art of Weddings, having our first listing in the the 2009 Bravo Guide, and meeting with so many lovely couples as they plan the biggest day of their lives.

And then today, we got to see our "real wedding" in Style Unveiled go live! We photographed Aimee and BJ's amazingly romantic ceremony last summer and the Style Unveiled editors were thrilled to feature their very green (both in hue and theme) wedding as part of their focus on eco-chicness. We couldn't be more pleased!

If you're engaged and looking for a photographer, we hope that you'll visit our site at www.rlweddings.com. We'd love to see your day through our hybrid of classic images and fresh, quirky, modern portraiture.