These photos have been sitting in my computer for far too long. They originate from a lovely trip to the coast of Oregon with my husband and our good friend, Matt Portillo. I finally got around to editing them when Matt came to visit Del Rio on his way down to Guatemala last week. The photos of the guys running into the Pacific Ocean need two pieces of information to be fully appreciated. First, this was Matt’s first time to step (or fully submerge) into the Pacific! Secondly, it was about 45 degrees outside and the middle of December. Can you see why I opted to take the photos instead of joining them? :)
The Fuji Instax 210 that my sweet husband gave me last year has since captured dozens of little moments – from desert sunsets in Arizona to a friendly seagull at Alki beach. My most recent set of instant film shots were taken up in Seattle during a trip with a dear friend, Katie Jameson.
When I first met Edward at the beginning of pilot training, I was excited to learn that he is from Portland! Jared and I had just moved to Del Rio, Texas from the Pacific Northwest and we love everything about that part of the country.
Recently, I got to hang out with Sara while she was visiting Del Rio for a couple of weeks! Sara wanted some engagement photos with Edward in his Air Force uniform and I was more than happy to help. At one point in the session, we stumbled upon an American flag flying in front of a white wall in old downtown Del Rio. This led to some very patriotic images. Perfect.
Congrats, Edward & Sara!
I met Katie Jameson through an Instagram meet-up last summer. We decided to grab coffee later that week – which is when we realized how much we have in common! Whether we’re talking about our faith, photography or our shared love of fashion, I always enjoy time spent with her.
We had the opportunity to travel to Seattle together in early February. It was Katie’s first trip to the Pacific Northwest and there was a lot to fit into our four days of travel. We ate at Oddfellows, drank coffee at Vivaci, met up with friends and explored Whidbey Island. It also snowed quite a bit, which allowed us to take some lovely winter portraits. Seattle summers are undeniably gorgeous, but there’s also something so lovely about Seattle winters.
Last weekend, I photographed this beautiful momma-to-be, DeLena, and her husband, Jonathan. It was super cold outside, but the weather worked in our favor to create a romantic, windswept desert vibe. Congratulations, Geracs! Baby Liam has two wonderful parents.
Debora was one of the first people I met soon after we moved to our current base. I was excited to learn that her husband, Brian, was going to be in the same class as my husband, Jared! I’ve loved getting to know the Bertkas over the past nine months. Picking up sushi from HEB with Debora and our other friends on base has quickly become one of my favorite Girl’s Night activities. Del Rio becomes a lot more appealing when you have a great community around you!
When it was time to take my puppy, Zuri, to the groomer for the first time, my mom highly recommended Emily. Not only is she a fantastic groomer, but she is also talented at crocheting. Emily is starting her own business called Best Friends Crochet Co.! Her lovely scarves come in a range of colors and sizes – including scarves for dogs! Zuri looks absolutely adorable trotting around Lady Bird Lake in her little red scarf. Once her website is up, you can find more information on Best Friends Crochet Co. here.
Susanna was one of the first people I met in Del Rio, just days after my husband and I arrived at our new base. I was so excited to learn that she and her husband were both Seattleites who had previously worked at Boeing and went to school at The University of Washington (where Jared had just completed his Masters program). Susanna and I bonded over a mutual love of the Pacific Northwest, good design, photography, knitting, wine and the fact that we are both total foodies. She and her husband, Ben, are preparing to leave Del Rio for their next assignment. I’m going to miss her a lot, but I know that we will eventually meet up in Seattle for Moscow Mules and thrift shopping. And it will be epic.
I know Rebecca from high school, where we sang in an awesome choir program together. We both went to The University of Texas for college; however, I hadn’t seen her in years and I was so excited when she sent me a message asking me to take her head shots! She is a professional pianist (with a beautiful voice as well!) and one of the most photogenic people I have ever met. Isn’t she gorgeous?! If you need a pianist in the Austin area, check out www.rebeccagoldfarbpiano.com for Rebecca’s information.