My third set of portraits in Seattle took place on a Sunday morning at Volunteer Park. Prior to this, my most recent visit to Volunteer Park had involved running a loop around the outside of the park on a gray morning in August. When I met up with Christian’s cousins there in March, it was clear and sunny, and all of the flowering trees were in bloom. It was kind of perfect.
The first time I met Christian’s cousins, Katie and Ella, Katie was barely a toddler and Ella hadn’t even started Kindergarten. Back then, the two sisters used to hide Christian’s shoes when he came over to try and prevent him from leaving (so cute!). Over the years, the two of them (and their parents) have become family to me. When Christian and I lived in Seattle, they lived just a mile away, so we got to come over for a lot of delicious, home-cooked dinners and share in the occasional celebration (birthdays, holidays, sporting events).
These days, I mostly see Katie and Ella when I’m up in Winthrop visiting Christian’s parents. Together we’ve shared a lot of late night sled rides (in varying conditions), cross country skis (of varying lengths), snacks at the Mazama Stores, rousing board games (Telestrations!), puzzles with missing pieces, long dinners and good, hard laughs.
Now Ella is in high school and plays (and coaches!) volleyball. Katie is in middle school, competes in gymnastics and bakes elaborate cakes. They are both smart, funny, creative and, a whole a lot of fun and I feel very lucky to call them (and their parents) family.
Here are my favorite portraits from our morning at Volunteer Park (it turned out to be a really great place to take portraits). Big thank you to Ella, Katie, and their mom, Maddy for meeting me on a Sunday morning. It was so great to be able to catch up while I was in Seattle:
For more information about my portrait project go here: 29 Portraits Project.