Sunday, November 30, 2008

Thanksgiving

I wanted to post a little thanks to all the wonderful people in my life...friends and family. I have so much to be thankful for, and I would write everything down, but my list would be too long! Thanks to the Wright family for hosting a wonderful Thanksgiving Day. I'm blessed to have spent it with you, the Mahoneys, my parents and bro in snowy Colorado. It was a wonderful weekend.My parents and brother, Kevin.

After a wonderful meal, we spent our evening making graham cracker houses. We didn't have the frosting part down until later in the evening...hence the mess. But, we finally got it down to make it look somewhat of a house.
I was having a blast sharing the holidays with one of my closest, and oldest friend, Dana. Here we are reinacting our junior high days! Cousin It?
To view more photos from my great weekend...and more family photos, check out:

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The Dyer Family

I have been long over due with posting...and what better way to pick back up during the holidays and be able to show you a beautiful family...The Dyers. I am so thankful to have been able to capture some wonderful moments of them, playing as a family, in the gorgeous PNW fall.Avery, the littlest Dyer, was such a joy to be around and I absolutely fell in love with her personality. I captured so many aspects of it...and here are a few:
Does just plain adorable count?independentcuriousplayful (I feel like she's about to start singing Wide Open Spaces by the Dixie Chicks)DaringInquisitive: I love this photo...it's so fun, playful and of course, shows that mom and dad are still in love. What a better gift than that to give your child?Happy
Protected Loved!GigglyQuiet and peacefulSnuggly and shyGraciousOutgoing
And did I already mention, stinkin' CUTE!


Thank you Tia, Trevor and Avery for a beautiful day and the chance to capture your families warmth, generosity, kindness and love for eachother! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and the rest of the holiday season!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Punkins from the patch

It was the most perfect fall day last weekend...and I was so lucky to be invited to Swans Trail Farms (where I helped photograph a wedding this summer...pictures to come) to photograph all the fun that goes on at the Farm during their pumpkin patch season. The highlight was to be able to capture such fun memories for families and get some amazing photographs of their little ones in action. And with over 800 edited photographs...it was certainly hard to choose from, so the full gallery is at http://jenmacniven.smugmug.com/.
The fall colors were amazing...and with so much to do, the photographing was endless. A huge 12 acre corn maze (in the shape of WA State)......the pumpkin patch...with lots of lil punkins...check out this cutie!Activities of all sorts...playing in the sand, fishing ponds, streams to pan for gold in...and the FOOD...oh, the food! Hot cinnamon buns, carmel apples, spiced cider donuts, kettle corn, BBQ sandwiches, corn on the cob...making me salivate thinking about it!This kiddo clearly had everything I just mentioned...his sticky little face just cracks me up.The petting zoo and animal shows were a huge hit with the kiddos. Love the little piglet tails. These guys did a fun '3 little pigs and the big bad wolf' skit.This miniture pony could have fit in my back pocket...and had I not looked suspicious with a pony in my pocket...I would have taken him home! One of the major hits with the kiddos were the jumping hay barn...literally piled with lose hay and bails piled around the edges so the kids could JUMP off the bails and land softly. It was a great place for some family photos too. All the kids out there were so uberly cute and it was a photographing dream. Precious kiddos with cute fall clothes on and having the time of their lives...playing...what could be better? Someone's got a monkey on his back.
The second hot spot of the farm (in my opinion..and it was probably my favorite) was the shed filled with dried corn kernels. It felt amazing on the feet and was so fun to roll around in. The kids AND parents had the best time playing in here.
Hello? Adorable!
This family was a blast...you have to check out all their photos in the gallery...such fun!
Many families would come to the farm together and I loved capturing the interaction b/w all the friends playing together...
or goofy cousins!
This is why I love photographing so much...capturing those priceless expressions and moments... now frozen and perfect.

I want to thank Carol, Beth and Ben Krause (the owners of Swans Trail Farms ..aka THE FARM) for letting me join you on such a fun and memorable occasion. I hope to make this an annual event...b/c truly, it was a highlight of the year.