Rachel + Simon = Engaged and in love. – Tillamook Oregon Engagement Photography

Rachel and Simon are so in love it makes your heart sing. They make you realize that people are meant to be together. I had the chance to spend a few hours with them over a week ago at Simon’s family horse ranch in Cloverdale, Oregon right near the Oregon Coast. I had an absolute blast with them. They were so warm-hearted, giggly and couldn’t keep their hands and eyes off each other. They mentioned beforehand that they were uncomfortable in front of the camera. And to that I say, I think not! They were up for anything. I’m uber excited for their wedding in a couple weeks. Here are some of my favorites from the session. And might I add, it was extremely difficult to narrow the photos I’d like to share because they were so ridiculously amazing! Thank you Rachel and Simon!

These two lovebirds met at a popular Halloween party. The Sportsman’s Pub & Grub annual Hooker’s Ball in Pacific City, OR. I know. I giggled when I heard this too. Even cuter is that Miss Rachel dressed up as Swiss Miss. No wonder Mr. Simon was smitten!

What does Simon love about Rachel? “I like Rachel’s sexy self, the way Rachel smiles when she see me, and the way she takes care of me.” I’m in love with Rachel’s smile myself. I loved every picture she was smiling or laughing in!:)

These two are country. And I think it’s awesomesauce. They rock the cowboy boots and Simon is a champion in lineman rodeo where speed & agility are a must!

These two young’uns are Simon’s little guys and will be the best men in the wedding. They helped me get the happy couple to smile and even gathered little bouquets for Rachel!

The horses on the ranch were amazing. Although they did look at me a few times and wondered what in the world I was doing there and why in the world didn’t I have any snacks with me.

I really enjoyed touring the horse ranch and was even more impressed that Rachel and Simon were willing to sit on the ground right next to horse outings to get beautiful images like these.

The weather was absolutely amazing and Mr. Sun was so cooperative.

As we were walking the umpteen acres of ranch, we happened upon this broken down cute truck that belonged to the family. Pretty rad huh?

What does Rachel love about Simon? “There is no way I can pick just one thing that I love about Simon because I really love everything. He loves me and his family so much. He is a hard worker, smart, outgoing, and hot as hell. He is my best friend and we have so much fun together.”

I just had to include the cute bouquets of flowers from the boys in the session. Adorable!

Right next to the ranch was Simon’s uncle’s property. Pretty landscaping and an adorable mural.

There was also a pretty pond but I hardly noticed it because the two lovebirds overshadowed it.:)

Seriously, how cute are they?!?!!

Thank you again Rachel and Simon! I hope you love your blog entry as much as I loved photographing you both! I can’t wait to see you guys again! And before I head off, here’s that blog challenge I talked about. If you can get 25 friends/family to comment on this entry, I will gift you an 11×14 mounted print for your new home! And wait there’s more! If you can get 50 to comment, I will upgrade that gift to a custom guest book featuring photos from your engagement session for your wedding day! Have fun! xoxox
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Mrs Soup - September 3, 2010 - 11:21 am

These are gorgeous! And I’m not friend nor family, just fan, but I’m gonna comment anyways! Beautiful images and a beautiful couple!

Lyndsay and David - September 3, 2010 - 11:59 am

Rachel and Simon, I am so happy we were with you two from the begging! ( Hooker’s Ball) With Dave Telling you (Rach) that Simon’s one hot dude…. And then there was the car convo on our way to drop you back off at your house…. :) You two are so Lucky to have found each other! Can’t wait for your official Celebration!!!

Lyndsay and Dave

Caryn - September 3, 2010 - 12:05 pm

Congratulations!!! It’s so good to see Rachel so happy, she deserves big smiles, and it looks like these 3 guys can give them to her.

Kim - September 3, 2010 - 12:06 pm

wowzers! love them! your amazing!

Jeanette - September 3, 2010 - 2:25 pm

We are so very happy for the whole family. Loved the pictures!

Shara - September 3, 2010 - 2:52 pm

Awesome pics! You guys deserve all the best together!

Mindy - September 3, 2010 - 3:13 pm

I love the pictures!! Can’t wait for the wedding!

Sherri B - September 3, 2010 - 7:21 pm

Wow! The photographer was right, too many fantastic pictures to choose from. I love the mix of serene looks and fun pics. Especially love the one with the 2 of you standing in front of the old truck and the one that is 2 pics before that one…sitting in the field of daisies! Wishing you years of the happiness you feel now and lots of fun adventure together.

Shawn Werner - September 5, 2010 - 6:12 am

Pretty great pics sister! Can’t wait for 2 more weeks when we get to see some even more beautiful photos.

Jess - September 7, 2010 - 10:03 am

I love these two and these pictures!!! How amazing!! Gorgeous!

Angie - September 7, 2010 - 10:09 am

I love all the pictures! They were so perfect, just like you both are! I can’t wait for the wedding! You guys are going to have a great life together! See ya soon!

cherry - September 7, 2010 - 11:07 am

Wonderful photos. A Big congratulations to the FOUR of you
CHerry and Warren

Aunt Dee - September 7, 2010 - 1:21 pm

The pictures are GREAT!!! Very excited to have Rachel in our family, she is what is needed to make a real family. It is all about love!

Mama Bear - September 9, 2010 - 2:18 pm

What amazing photos. Truly a match made in heaven and know they will have many glorious years ahead of them.

Ronda - September 9, 2010 - 3:00 pm

Great pictures. Can’t wait to see the wedding ones. Love you guys!

Donna Hicks - September 9, 2010 - 4:05 pm

The pictures are great!! Just wish I could have been there to share the day. Wishing you the very best

Debbie M - September 13, 2010 - 8:54 am

Rachel and Simon. Your engagement photos are absolutely amazing. Rachel, you look radiant! Congratulations and best wishes as you start your life together.

Mel - September 15, 2010 - 7:29 pm

Absolutely gorgeous!!! Congrats Simon and Rachel!!

Finn and D'Laney - September 19, 2010 - 4:24 pm

Wonderful photos!
We love you guys. Have a happy ever-after!

Erin Averill - September 21, 2010 - 7:39 am

Beautiful pictures! Beautiful couple! You captured the love between them amazingly!!!

Shirley Scott - September 22, 2010 - 5:51 am

I’m not surprised that the photos were amazing! Rachel and Simon are beautiful people inside and out! I love you Rach and I’m glad you and Simon found each other!

Kalie - February 1, 2011 - 5:32 pm

I kept saying..’ohhhh.’ And then the next I’d say, ‘ohhhhhhh!’ On and on…. So great!!

I adore this family of four. – Aloha Oregon Family and Child Photography

A huge part of my photography business is giving back.  One of the organizations I helped with this year is the March of Dimes.  I love this organization more so because I have two babies that I delivered a tad bit premature.  I donated a couple family sessions to their annual auction sponsored by United Health Care of Portland.

The lovely Stewart family graciously bid for my services and won!  I am so pleased that they loved my work!  And super duper props to them for giving to the March of Dimes.  Such a wonderful organization!  We decided to do their family session at a nature park near their home and boy was it a blast!  Here are a few from our excursion in the woods. :)

Such handsome boys!  They also protected me from snakes.

Lots of fruit snacks + funny dancing from mom & dad = a multitude of smiles!

I always make it a point during family sessions to show the love between the mommy & the daddy.  Aren’t they sweet?

One last one that I just adore.  Thank you so much Stewart family!  You all are gorgeous and amazing!

Oh and before I leave, just a little challenge for the Stewart family, their friends & family and my loyal blog readers.  If you can get 20 people to comment on this post, I’ll gift you an 11×14 print from your session!  Woohoo!

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Kara - August 9, 2010 - 5:27 pm

LOVE these photos. Kids are adorable and I love the scenery.

Mercy - August 9, 2010 - 5:36 pm

We really enjoyed our family session. I just can’t say enough about Maricar. Thank you!

Tracie - August 9, 2010 - 5:50 pm

These are wonderful pics! I love the last pic of the family walking…so cute! The Stewarts sure are photogenic!!! :)

Faithe - August 9, 2010 - 6:25 pm

I love it :) Simply amaziing!

Jennifer - August 9, 2010 - 7:44 pm

Beautiful Pictures! You all look GORGEOUS!! Very beautiful pictures (wish I’d outbid you :)

Camie - August 9, 2010 - 7:59 pm

Very nice! So serene and vivid at the same time. Your all beautiful!

Mary Fisher - August 9, 2010 - 8:57 pm

Beautiful scenery and the cutest little boys ever :) Photos are really great, what more can I say.

Julie - August 9, 2010 - 9:42 pm

Love how these turned out. Instant classic!!! :-)

Jill - August 10, 2010 - 6:54 am

What beautiful pictures, the boys are getting so big and these turned out great!!

gloria reed - August 10, 2010 - 9:50 am

I just love the pics everyone looks like they are enjoying themselves :)

Chris Fisher - August 10, 2010 - 12:00 pm

Awesome pics!!!!

Linda rabe - August 10, 2010 - 1:01 pm

Beautiful, simply beautiful…

Selena - August 10, 2010 - 1:39 pm

My fav is the one you guys are walking in the grass and the boys four framed

sunday - August 10, 2010 - 4:00 pm

Beautiful beautifal beautifal

Meegan - August 10, 2010 - 4:13 pm

Wow Mercy! The boys are so handsome!! Great pics!!

Heather Reed - August 10, 2010 - 5:53 pm

Mercy the boys look so cute!!!

Michael Reed - August 10, 2010 - 5:54 pm

Jamin can’t smile? good pictures!

susan cutcher - August 10, 2010 - 7:23 pm


dori anderson - August 11, 2010 - 4:57 am

Gorgeous pictures the boys have beautiful eyes

Caryon - August 11, 2010 - 7:25 pm

They are all great!! Love the one with Daddy and his two boys.

Brittney Braun - August 14, 2010 - 6:09 pm

These pictures are perfect! You captured each one of there personalities perfectly, great job!

Sweet baby boy. – Sherwood and Wilsonville Baby Photography

This little guy was almost 5 weeks old and as super precious and slumbery as can be. (I understand that slumbery is not a word but you know me by now.) :)  The lovely Diana Sell, Deanna Russell and I photographed this little guy and boy was it fun!  Thanks Diana for setting this up!

Sleepy little darling.

And yes, the little guy slept through this too!  What a trooper!

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twelve years

Sixteen years together. Twelve years since we have said our vows.  We have experienced so much together.  Laughter, tears, loss, joy, promise, hope.  I can not imagine my life without him.  He is everything to me.

It feels like springtime in winter
It feels like Christmas in June
It feels like heaven has opened up
its gates for me and you

And every time I close my eyes
I thank the Lord that I’ve got you
And you’ve got me too

And every time I think of it
I pinch myself ’cause I don’t believe it’s true
That someone like you loves me too

I think that you’re truly something
Yes, you are, and you’re every bit of a dream come true
With you baby, it never rains and it’s no wonder
The sun always shines when I’m near you
It’s just a blessing that I have found somebody like you

Happy Anniversary to my Jerry.  In the words of our 3 year old, Jenna, “I love you more than yesterday.  I love you more than chocolate chip pancakes.”

Thank you to most lovely, amazing and good gracious gorgeous Jenny O’Donnell for taking these wonderful photos of me and my love.  For those couples that haven’t had their photos done in FOREVER, what are you waiting for?  Take those photos now.  Those moments are fleeting.  Don’t wait until you lose a few more pounds, until you have enough money, until the weather gets better.  Document your LOVE now.

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Joie - June 26, 2010 - 10:55 pm

Happy Anniversary! I love these pictures. Beautiful couple and family. We recently took photos when I was 9 months pregnant and wondered also what took us so long. This August we will celebrate 19 years together and 10 years of marriage. I definitely love him more than yesterday. Thank you for sharing.

dina - June 26, 2010 - 11:12 pm

happy anniversary maricar and jerry. as on FB i wish there was a LOVE button b/c all these photos are AWESOME-sauce! here’s to continued love, happiness, and laughter together!

Julie - June 27, 2010 - 12:58 am

Happy Anniversary…you two are like peanut butter and chocolate…made to be together and not as average as pb & jelly…something MORE. Beautiful!

Mrs Soup - June 28, 2010 - 7:10 am

Happy Anniversary! These images are gorgeous and congratulations on 12 glorious years! Here is to the next 120!

And that picture of you guys laying down on the blanket? Breathtaking!

Heather Espana - August 9, 2010 - 11:51 am

Holy swiss, Maricar. You look fabulous! Jenny did a beautiful job with these!

Three kiddos – Tigard Oregon Family Photography

These are the Gende kids.

They are adorable.

They are crazy.

They love each other.

B, the intellectual kooky one!

E, the cute and quiet one!

B, the sassy little sista!

Their momma and I struck up a deal and she’s sewing me good stuff for the biz while I photograph these kidlets as they grow.  It’s a great deal!  Dude, they are sweet!

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You are now six. What in the world?!?

I know I say this all the time but, where did the time go?

This last weekend, we celebrated Memorial Day & your birthday at the beach.  Your ultimate favorite place to be, well other than playgrounds.

You flashed me your biggest and most adorable smiles before we headed out.

You ran up and down a monstrous sand dune at Cape Kiwanda & splashed in the 50 degree waters while looking for sea anemones & starfish.

You happily watched outside your window as we drove the loopiest & longest way home.  “This is such a fun trip!” you exclaimed.  And I started to see your talent ooze during out venture into the woods.  “I don’t need to be carried and you don’t need to wait for me, I’m a photographer!”

Happy SIXTH Birthday Malia Janelle!  I can’t imagine my life without you.  I adore you and will love you until the end of time.

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