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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Fancy Nancy party!

Our awesome neighborhood library threw a “Fancy Nancy” party the other day and the girls were so excited about it!  They dressed up, Malia in Little Mermaid of course and Jenna picked a ladybug costume.  We added a ton of accessories like necklaces, bracelets & rings.  But we didn’t forget the stunna shades!  We arrived on time and the room was filled with little girls and boy dressed up in their fanciest!  The girls colored some pictures of Fancy Nancy, got a pretty flower temporary tattoo put on her hand, made a beautiful butterfly with coffee filters and pipe cleaners, created a pencil with a plume (that’s a fancy word for feather) and finally had a parfait (that’s a fancy word for an ice cream sundae) that they ate with their fingertips.  Here’s a photo (taken with the iphone) of the girls in their most fancy iridescent, positively radiant outfits!

They will indeed be looking forward to the next “Fancy Nancy” party next year!

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I’m real.

I’m not perfect.  I make mistakes.  I feel guilty.  I am human.  I’ve had a hard life.  I’ve had a great life.  I’ve hurt people’s feelings unintentionally.  I’m sorry for that.  I’ve made people laugh uncontrollably.  I’d love to do that again.  This is my life.

Let me let you in on a secret about me.  I’m real.  Things haven’t been the same for me the past couple years.  It might have been everything leading up to this that has caused it.  Sickness, death, life, pain, sorrow.  All of it.  It’s made me a different person inside.  I used to blog a lot.  I used to laugh a lot.  I used to get up from bed happy and sprightly.  But a lot has changed.  I’m fighting that bad feeling.  Not fighting change because that’s what’s made me, me.  I just need to look forward, be happy with what God gives me.  Even if it is bad, because it teaches me lessons and that life needs lessons.  Good, because it teaches me to live life to the fullest.

If you’re still with me, I thank you.  I thank you for following me on my journey.

Every year, we make it a tradition to go down to the downtown waterfront to take photos at the cherry blossoms.  I thank God for the blossoms, for the beautiful city, for my wonderful family.  Spring is here to tell us that it’s time to grow again.  To spread your wings and fly and make life worth living.

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Jenny - March 21, 2010 - 2:05 pm

I am thankful that you’re real. Honest emotion is hard to come by…most people hide behind a mask and it’s refreshing to find someone who really wears their heart on their sleeve – not just says they do. You’re a wonderful person inside and out, troubled or joyous, every part of you is loved.

Emily - March 21, 2010 - 2:09 pm

Still here & still lovin’ on ALL of you!!! XOXO Beautiful pics (as always!) XOXO

Barbara Hill - March 21, 2010 - 2:53 pm

Beautiful post & pics my dear. Just remember: there is no pit so deep that God is not deeper still.

Michelle - March 21, 2010 - 3:15 pm

Life has a funny way of humbling us, bringing us to our knees. It’s these times why we often ask God, “why me:? We ought to be saying “what would you have me do next Lord”? Only then can he pick us up and carry us through each obstacle…all the while, loving us. God bless you, your sorrow and your joys! Much respect for what you do and who you are and will become.

Amy - March 21, 2010 - 3:33 pm

I never thought you were perfect, I always thought of you as the embodiment of a genuine human being, an amazingly beautiful and kind mother, a passionate friend, sister and wife, and a talented and generous, giving photographer. I’ve watched you struggle over the past few years from a distance, and secretly wished I had a magic want to help you heal and make your dreams come true. Even through it all, you push past the tears and always come away like a beam of light. I love who you are, Maricar, and you are an inspiration! I hope you know how many people truly love and honestly adore you. <3