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So for those of you who have followed our adventures as they've unfolded over the past year - we just last Monday arrived back in the States from our "winter in Mazatlan". We will be staying at my dad's property in North Idaho for much of the summer - and it's only about an hour and a half from the Canadian border - so on our 4th day back I decided I was going to surprise the kids with a weekend get away to Canada.
Because seriously how cool is it to say that you've been in three different COUNTRIES in the same week!
The drive from rural Clark Fork, up north through Bonners Ferry and eventually crossing into British Columbia is stunning! Here are some of the amazing vistas we stopped to photograph along the way. I love that my girls are getting the "photography bug" just like their mama.
Once we crossed into Canada, we stopped at this cute little vineyard so the kids could stretch their legs and I could pick up a delicious bottle of the local Pinot. Then we continued on to our destination... Ainsworth Hotsprings. If you haven't been, you really should! It's a natural hot springs but the blend of minerals is such that it doesn't stink like sulfur like many of the naturally occurring hot springs in the Pacific Northwest. Also, it has this awesome cave that you can walk through... definitely the highlight from my childhood memories!
The trip was such a last minute thing that I didn't even bother to make hotel reservations. Such spontaneity almost turned dismal when I learned it was a holiday weekend in Canada and all the hotels near Ainsworth were booked. Airbnb to the rescue! I jumped on the app, found a cute little place about an hour away, chatted with the host, and booked it within an hour of arriving at Ainsworth. Then we spent the afternoon relaxing in the hot pools and exploring the caves.
Here's a few pictures of our airbnb in Kootenay Bay, British Columbia and a link to their listing in case you are ever in the area.
The next day, we drove home - making a loop through customs so that we could get both our US and Canada stamps in our passports (they hadn't stamped them on the way into Canada the day before and my older girls were terribly disappointed.)
Fellow moms - this was soooo out of my comfort zone to take such an unplanned, last minute, international road trip - alone with my 3 kids. But we did it! And it was amazing! I had such a great time and made some memories with them that will last a lifetime. If you are on the fence about traveling with your littles... JUST DO IT!
The kids have been doing home school with these two amazing teachers for the last couple months. Today was their last day with them (sniff, sniff) so we all went on a fun trip to explore a new beach and collect sea shells!
Wade and Teri, thank you so much for all the time, love, and teaching
that you have poured into our girls over the last few months.
We love you!
My "office" today was another great cafe here in Mazatlan. Sole Mare in Centro (near the Cathedral) has a great atmosphere and plenty of tables. Today when I wandered in, they even had Adele playing on the radio. She's pretty much my favorite singer ever so I felt right at home... well except for the fact that everyone was speaking Spanish and I was probably the only gringa in there.
If you are looking to practice your Spanish, this is a great choice! Unlike Looney Bean in Olas Altas and Rico's in the Golden Zone, Sole Mare seems to have mostly Spanish speaking waiters, and locals appear to frequent the cafe far more than English speaking tourist and expats.
Today, I tried to have a conversation with this gentleman:
But alas, I am still not very good at understanding Spanish.
Así que Tony, si está leyendo esto, por favor dígame en los comentarios lo que estaba tratando de decirme en Sole Mare esta mañana. Entiendo el español escrito mucho mejor que hablar. Gracias y mucho gusto :)
Before our family moved here to Mazatlan, we got rid of at least 75% of what we owned (you can read more about our downsizing adventures here), so I'm a little picky about the kinds of "souvenirs" we buy to take back with us.
In other words, I hate buying cheap crap from China.
Unfortunately, that's what many of the vendors sell here. But that's not what this post is about today.
A friend of ours told my daughter about this man who sells handmade journals in Plaza Machado, so last weekend we headed out to find him.
The girls each picked out a journal for only 50 pesos (about $2.50 USD) and even had the backs custom engraved for free.
If you are in Mazatlan and looking for gifts to take home to your family, come see this gentleman at Plaza Machado. He is usually there Thursday - Sunday evening and sets up his table around 7pm.
Oh and be sure to tell him you heard about him here on the Be Photography Blog!
Mazatlan has some of the most beautiful sunsets.
Last night we were able to experience it from one of the prettiest places in the city -
high atop the Best Western Posada Freeman Hotel in Olas Altas.
The views are stunning!
If you are visiting Mazatlan, it's worth the trip. 9 floors in the creaky elevator, and then 3 stories more of stairs.
We were told by a tour guide that it was the first "skyscraper" to be built in Mazatlan.
The staff is super friendly and they have delicious pina coladas!
The rooftop pool offers loads of fun and amazing views.
They even play a special song as the sun sets below the horizon each night.
Also, this couple having drinks was just too cute not to photograph!
If you are here reading this guys, thanks for letting me capture these sweet moments.
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A special thanks to the Best Western Posada Freeman for your hospitality and delicious guacamole!
My girls and I try to visit a new coffee shop or restaurant here in Mazatlan every week for some of our home school lessons and Rico's Cafe in the Golden Zone has been our favorite. The staff is super friendly and accommodating, the coffee and hot chocolate are delicious, and there is plenty of indoor or outdoor seating.
On this particular day, the natural light at our outdoor table was so incredible I just had to snap a few pics.
(I don't think it disrupted their school work too much.)
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Check out these gorgeous ladies that happened to be at Playa Bruja yesterday while we were there. They looked entirely too beautiful in their dresses and sunhats not to photograph. And although they were taking selfies and pictures of each other, nothing beats a professional portrait.
Our neighbor lent Kenton a pink bicycle and he pretty much hasn't stopped riding it since.
These images are SOTC (straight out of the camera) taken with my Nikon D610, no edits or retouching.
If you happened to have had a photoshoot with me over the last few months, or follow me on instagram or facebook, you already know that my family and I are in Mexico for the winter. We are calling it a "working vacation" since my husband gets to keep his current job and work remotely while we are out of the area. We rented a furnished house here in Mazatlan for less than half as much as we were paying in rent back in Oregon. Although my main role while we are here is that of wife, mom, and homeschool teacher for the girls, I am excited to find the joy and passion in photography once again, and of course share a little glipse of that with you. Here are some fun pictures that Jenica and I took at sunset right outside our front door.
Today was the girls' Fun Run at Boones Ferry Primary that they have been training for all month long! The weather was beautiful and even though I arrived late and couldn't find a place to park, the Lord gave me the most perfect spot to sit and photograph the race from! And since I've been remembering to keep my camera in my purse AT ALL TIMES I actually had it with me, and had the perfect lens on for the event. The girls did awesome, I'm so proud of them! If you'd like to see more pictures, just click on this link and you can access the entire gallery.
Jamin and Christine tied the knot at the stunning Youngberg Hill Vineyard in McMinnville, Oregon on September 10th. We were honored and privledged to be a part of such a beautiful wedding event. You can read more about the wedding from an up close and personal point of veiw at the groom's sisters blog, jodalamode.com. And have your kleenex ready when you watch the video...
School is back in session and fall is in the air!
The Be Photography Fall Special will be a little different this year. I usually book a full day of sessions during the first weekend in October, but this year I will be at Disneyland with my kiddos, so instead of booking one or two full days of sessions, I am going to offer a handful of evening mini-sessions during September and October at Graham Oaks Nature Park in Wilsonville. Cost will be $175 for a 20 minute session for up to 4 people. Additional people can be added for $25 each.
(If you have noticed that my session times have gotten shorter over the years, it's because I have realized that I usually get the best pictures during the first 15 minutes of a session while the kids are still fresh and everyone is excited. I am confident that I will get plenty of amazing shots during your 20 minute mini session. If you think you would like to shoot for longer, please feel free to book one of our full length sessions. These allow for more time to relax, be you, and capture your families personality. Mini sessions are a great way to update your family portraits without spending a lot of time or money.)
You will receive 5 edited digital images of photographers choice, guaranteed to be delivered to you electronically by November 7th, 2016. This is perfect for a quick update to your family photos or to get that perfect photo for your Christmas Card this year. Your digital images will be large enough to print up to 8 X 10 in size and you will own the full copyright to them, which means you can order your cards from anywhere (although we do have some pretty fun options should you choose to order from us! These Modern Pop Cards are one of my favorites! It actually becomes a Christmas Tree ornament for friends and family when they receive your card in the mail!
Here's a few examples of the location we will be shooting out. Dates and times available are also listed below! Send us a message to reserve your spot. $75 non-refundable booking fee due immediately (can be paid by check or square invoice online), remaining $100 due on the day of your session.
Friday September 16th 6:00pm, 6:30pm, 7:00pm
Friday September 23rd 6:00pm, 6:30pm
Thursday September 29th - 7:00pm
Friday October 21st - 5:00pm, 5:30pm, 6:00pm
Other dates and times may be able to be arranged by request. Can't wait to see your beautiful faces and capture some fun family memories and gorgeous fall photos.
Last weekend we had the privilege of photographing our first wedding at Vanderbeck Valley Farms in Mt. Angel and it was a GORGEOUS venue! The bride had her senior pictures done by us 5 years ago, and in 2014 we had our babies (her first and my 3rd) just two weeks apart, so she's always had a special place in my heart and I was absolutely thrilled when she asked if I would photograph her wedding. From the dress, to the flowers, to the delicious cupcakes - the day was perfect. I hope you enjoy some of the sneak peeks featured here! Be sure to follow us on Instragram as well to get real time sneak peeks and videos.