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Sarah and I go WAY back. As in Kindergarten, way back. We have not lived in the same state since 8th grade, but we’ve talked on the phone at least twice a month since then. Since college we try to see each other a couple times a year. This time it was my turn to visit her in California! I feel like California is my home away from home. The sun, the citrus trees, the beach and my best friend all together in one place! I’m really thankful I got to photograph these two in their element! Love to you both!

Hi Kristina,

I’ve been thinking about you every minute constantly with warm wonderful memories! My goodness, you were such a dear! To come and be with me…it was just magic! Today I put the balloon in my bedroom and I stretched the tails across the top of my window and I separated all the tissue paper tassels. Oh my goodness, that took about an hour! We could have fluffed that up quite a bit! Anyway, I know you’ve had a marvelous trip and you’ve just left love and laughter wherever you were and I love you so much. And thank you! Thank you so much for surprising me and just wanting to come. We’ll do it again! I love you! Happy Traveling and love to Jared. Bye bye!

-Grammy Crystal (AKA: Ya Ya)

This is the voicemail my Grandma left me when I was traveling home. The time I spent with her brought joy to my soul and I never want to forget what a wonderful trip I had. This is me, just blogging to remember.

This is my Grandma!!!! She is my Southern California, artsy, life-loving Grandma. She is known in my family as “Ya Ya”. Last week I had the opportunity to go visit her for three days at my Aunt’s House in Burbank, CA. She will be turning 90 (that’s right…I said 90!) in May of 2013. We did this photo session for her upcoming party and invitations. I have to thank Geronimo Balloons for providing me the most fun prop I’ve worked with on a shoot. She said she felt like the little boy in the book, The Little Prince. She was going to float away to another planet! (This is also her favorite book) The balloon and photo session were a total surprise to my Grandma and clearly made for awesome photos! It’s hard to express how much I love this woman! Over the past year we talked on the phone more than ever and we have a deep connection that has become so special to me. While I was there she showed me old photo albums of her life and we chatted over fresh lemonade from my Aunt’s Garden. For the record, my Aunt Rayna’s lemonade is my favorite thing on this planet! It was such a GREAT trip and I plan on going there as frequently as possible. Can’t wait to go back! Love you Ya Ya, Rayna, Doug, Ray, Taylor, Ethan, Erin, Ella & Elan!

DeAnn walked into a church dance and knew instantly this was the man she was going to marry! I love hearing stories of how people first met! As a photographer I  get to photograph “young love” on a regular basis. It’s a primary focus of when and why people hire photographers at all. It was a treat to photograph a couple who after lots of years behind them, are just as in love. This portrait session was a Christmas gift from my friend Lizzie. She and her siblings all wanted a print for their home. Thank you DeAnn and Dee for your sweet presence and humoring me by braving the good ol’ PNW rainy weather! Happy Holidays!