Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Holiday Mini Sessions 2011

It's my favorite time of year. Holiday Mini Sessions are right around the corner! I'm so excited! A few new things this year - three location choices instead of one, an added session date so you won't miss out, a pre-designed holiday card that can be printed just like you would print a 5x7 portrait, and yummy treats for every session!
I'm still nailing down all the details for the "Vintage Christmas" session, but think old red truck, plaid shirts, down vests, rubber boots, scarves, and mittens. Should be fun! Also, if the snow comes early this year, we'll head to the mountain for the last mini session. If Mother Nature chooses not to bless us early, then we'll come up with something better!
Call or email to book your spot!
360.907.7500 or niccolew@comcast.net

Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Traffie Family for Lens of Hope

Sometimes I just don't know what to say. When my thoughts run deep and my feelings run right to the core, I just can't ever find the right words. There are so many things I don't know - so many unanswered questions. So, I'll just write what I do know.

When I look at this family I see something amazing. I see a family who has faced cancer and chosen to still put their Hope in an amazing God. I see a three year old who has had to endure more than most of us ever will. I see a dad who stands strong. I see a sister with beautiful eyes who cares about her siblings and is wise beyond her years. I see a munchkin with mischief in his silly grin. I see a brother who loves to run and jump and get dirty. I see a mom who steadfastly chooses to praise God and trust in His plan. I see a family who loves and lives.

The Traffies truly live the Hope behind Lens of Hope.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

One in a Million

I could stare at this sweet boy forever. Of course, his baby blues stood out from the moment I met him, but it took me awhile before I realized how incredibly special they really are. Both of his parents have brown eyes and mom is fairly certain she does not carry the recessive blue gene. That truly makes this little man one in a million. We braved a bit of the Pacific Northwest drizzle and sacrificed some great heels to the mud to get these shots, but how can you not go all out for a one in a million kiddo?

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Hello, Beautiful

This is Lindsay. Feel free to call her Gorgeous.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


We've known Val for a few years. We've shared meals, conversation, and even a couple rounds of Settlers. She's endured my husband's teasing, my brother's debates and the craziness of our house. And all the while we kept our eye out wondering who would come along and steal her heart. Then along came Garrett.

When Val called and asked if we wanted to go out on a double date with her, we knew something must be serious. Over dinner at Mcmenamin's we clearly saw how much Garrett cared for Val. His easy smile and slight sarcasm won us over. And then as if to prove their potential for longevity, they crushed as at shuffle board.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Forever Family

Talk about pictures that make me happy...!! For a couple of years Matt and Eryn let all of us in on their adoption journey. We fund raised with them, got butterflies before their home visit, breathed a sigh of relief when the dossier was finished, cried when we heard they saw Lucy for the first time on Christmas, and then prayed and prayed that the time to hold their babe would soon come. And now, here they are - a complete family of five.

Five people meant to be together...forever.

These boys love to get dirty, and build fires, and roast marshmallows, and play in the woods. And Lucy? Well, she's itching to keep up with them. So what better thing to do on a school night than to set up camp at battle Ground Lake and capture some of their favorite things? They had Hebrew Nationals, marshmallows, Pirate's Booty, and hot cocoa. But most of all they shared that marshmallowy sticky kind of love that holds families together.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Rain Couldn't Stop Us...

Rain...no rain...rain...no rain. We phoned each other about 5 times the day of our shoot trying to decide if we should go for it or reschedule. In the true spirit of the Northwest we decided to just do it. 45 minutes later the clouds came in and the downpour started. And that's when Dawn and David went form being clients to friends. As I started to jump into my car to wait out the passing shower they told me to jump into theirs. And there we sat for almost an hour chatting and pulling out their weather radar phone apps trying to figure out just what this storm was going to do.

That same gentle welcoming spirit that lives in both of them is just one of the traits that is going to make these two AMAZING parents. The excitement and joy in their eyes when they talk about this little one is so genuine. I can't wait to see that little bundle snuggled in their arms.

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