One early morning in September, I met with the Coutsouridis family at the Point Defiance Park and Pagoda. Chris’ parents were in town from Connecticut on their annual visit to see their 3-year-old grandson. We had a lovely session and perfect weather. I was grateful that the smoke from the wildfires of British Columbia had dissipated by then. Although it did create some interesting light, being outside made it difficult to breathe.
Before our session, little George found two treasures near the Pagoda: a purple crayon and a gray crayon. He held them tight the whole hour and they nearly stole the show! They had names and everything. I love little imaginations. They bring even the smallest ideas to life and cause us as adults to slow down. Lately, I’ve opted to take the passenger seat during my sessions (not backseat, because I still navigate!). This helps give the children a little bit of control and allows us to have a more relaxed, easy session.
I hope the grandma and grandpa Coutsouridis are able to visit again soon!
You’ve probably met someone and instantly thought “I want to be their friend!” Right? That’s how I felt when I first met Mike Hurley. Then I met his family.
“Now I totally have to be friends with all of them and I really hope our kids can be friends, too!” I said to my husband. It’s a good thing my girls get along with their kids and that they like homemade tacos. 😉
For our session, the kids and their dads braved the rain and cold last October for a shoot under the trees at Point Defiance Park. Once we were nearly frozen to the bone, we moved up the street to grab some hot cocoa at the Antique Sandwich Company. That place has pockets of beautiful light. We squeezed and scrunched and balanced on the stairwell not caring about the people watching. It was as if it were only me and the five of them in the whole place. Then we climbed the tall stairs to the only private window in the building for some sweet moments of Mike and Tony together, then of the twins. I had an image in my head of the little brother and sister and I was actually able to create it! These are my happy moments.
I have never met more loving, kind, funny, REAL and happy people. All of them. I truly mean it and I hope it shows in my photos of the Hurleys. There’s so much more I’d love to tell you about this little family because they have so much heart and so much history…but theirs is not my story to tell. You’ll just have to see as much as you can in our session.