Monthly Archives: August 2009

Hood River, Oregon // Day 3

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Our last full day in Oregon dawned bright and early… and I knew it would be my only chance to get out and sight-see.   On the one hand, I hate how jam-packed these weekend trips are – there is never enough time to do it all.  On the other hand, I am never bored!

I had read about the Hood River Lavender Farm on one of my favorite blogs, “abbytryagain.”  Her photographs of the purple fields were beautiful and I knew my trip wouldn’t be complete without it.  Usually when I head to Portland, I make a beeline for the city, as I am an urban girl through and through.  But the past year has been spent reading books on growing gardens, raising chickens, urban farming and self-reliance.  So I traded in my trek through the concrete jungle for am amble through the fresh country air.  It was so beautiful… I now have another reason to love this state more than I ever thought possible.

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There were bubble stations in various areas on the lawns.  They were probably meant for visiting children, but I’m a sucker for bubbles.

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When the kids’ interest waned in the hot lavender fields, they went across the street and picked a few contraband cherries.  The fruit was SOOOOOO good, we decided to find a fruit stand to buy some.  (And stay on the up and up.)  Cody Orchards was right down the road…

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The day was hot and the car ride was long, but the trip was fantastic!  Everyone was so nice and didn’t mind a big group of people wandering around the grounds, taking photographs.  And the berries passed around the on the car ride home were a delicious bonus!

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Gresham, Oregon // Rachel

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How do I describe Rachel?  Another cousin that I have never gotten to spend a lot of time with before now, I was blown away by Rachel’s poise at her young age.  She is articulate, mature, and a natural leader amongst the other kids.  I have watched her in action before and was impressed with her easy ability to have fun and be carefree equally as well as being responsible and helping to take care of her grandfather and her little brothers.  I had so much fun photographing everything about her, from her sassy attitude to her sunny smile.

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Next up…  Lavender Fields & Chickens!

Gresham, Oregon // Emily & Jordan

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Before I turned my lens on the adults, I originally had the idea to photograph my young cousins.  Because of a pretty wide age gap and a long distance between us that keeps me from seeing them except for once or twice a year, I have never really had the chance to get to know them.  One of the reasons I’m so glad I took this trip is that I had the chance to talk to Emily & her brother Jordan and hang out with them for a few days.  Even now, a few weeks after I’ve returned home, these photos still make me giggle.

I showed up over on the “kids side” of the yard (you know, the side without all the boring adults) and Emily & Jordan didn’t quite know what to make of this crazy lady with the camera.  So I teased and joked with them… and they teased and joked back at me.  I’m pretty sure they saw through my “cool cousin” act, but they cut me some slack, I guess.  We got some pretty cool shots of them individually… Emily is a gorgeous girl, in the beginnings of teenager-dom.  She has her own style and her own mind and isn’t afraid to let people see her as different.  And on the inside, she is an artist through and through.  She tweaks her own clothes to reflect her unique fashion sense.  She writes poetry.  She travels with a sketchbook to draw and write.  And she showed me the photos that she’s taken of her friends and family and we talked shop for a bit.  I can’t wait to see how she grows and continues to create.  I know big things are in store for her.

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Jordan is a mischeivous imp.  He will tease you mercilessly and when you are at the end of your rope, he will give you this smile that warms your heart and makes you forgive everything.  He is all rambunctious boy… not one to sit still for a second.  But he is also as sweet as they come.  He loves animals and they love him.  He’s very funny and when he laughs, it is with great gusto.  He loves his dad and isn’t afraid to show it.  And he adores his sister.  This one is going to break some hearts someday, for sure.

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Although I really love the individual shots of Emily & Jordan, it is the ones of them together that really make me smile.  While a lot of kids are intent on disliking each other until adulthood, or forever, these kids have such a great bond.  They are both playmates and friends.  The dynamic between them is real and effortless and lovely.

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Thank you, Emily & Jordan, for letting me hang out with you for a few days.  For making me laugh, for sharing your blizzard with me, for running through the sprinklers with me, and for letting me make pictures with you both.  Can’t wait to do it again. :)

Gresham, Oregon // Day II

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Day 2 was the big event… a picnic with loads of relatives coming over to say hi.  I didn’t take many pictures during the day as I was too busy chatting with cousins and getting the house ready, but in the waning daylight, I brought out the camera to commemorate the last few die-hard picknickers.

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Not knowing when the next reunion would be, we took a few group photos…

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A couple of impromptu photo sessions up next…