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29 Portraits Project
Portraits 12 – 13 / 29: Jesse & Lindsy

Posted on: Tuesday, April 28, 2015

I met up with Jesse and Lindsy at Lindsy’s house on a Sunday morning back in mid-March. We started with some portraits in the side and front yards. Their hedgehog, Kevin, was there too. In between pictures, Kevin ate meal worms and explored. At one point he burrowed into a corner in the front yard and had to be gently prodded out. He was a little grumpy, but to be fair, the portraits were taken in the middle of his night (he’s nocturnal). Jesse and Lindsy were not grumpy. They were easygoing, and fun, and photogenic.

I’ve known Jesse and Lindsy for just about as long as I’ve lived in Santa Cruz. Jesse started his PhD program at the same time as Christian. He’s from Colorado. Lindsy grew up in Los Gatos (just “over the hill” from Santa Cruz). The two of them ended up in Santa Cruz but they actually met in Hawaii. They are both animal whisperers. And explorers. They hike and rock climb and scuba dive and go tide pooling. They are also good at making stuff (Lindsy once made Jesse an impromptu Shark-nado costume the day of Halloween and it was pretty awesome).

We ended with some portraits at a nearby school, which was perfect for reasons you will see towards the end of this post. I don’t know if it was the morning light or the presence of Kevin the hedgehog or the fact that I’m starting to get more comfortable taking portraits, but I’m really happy with how these photos turned out. It’s probably just Jesse and Lindsy. These two have chemistry. And these photos make me happy.

Here are my favorites from our morning with Kevin (there are a lot of them):

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29 Portraits Project
Portraits 9 – 11 / 29: Olivia, Greta & Molly

Posted on: Wednesday, April 22, 2015

These are the last portraits from my trip to Seattle. On Sunday afternoon, after grabbing lunch with my cousin Becca, I met up with my cousin Brian, his wife, Chrissy, and their three daughters Olivia, Greta, and Molly. Before I moved to Santa Cruz, I did a lot of babysitting for Brian and Chrissy. The first time I watched Greta, she was only a couple months old (I was in high school). After college, I continued to go over to Brian and Chrissy’s house in the evenings or on weekends to watch all three of their girls. It was always fun. We played board games, did crafts, walked to parks, read books, watched movies and generally goofed around. And I loved being able to see them grow up. Spending time with them on a regular basis is one of the things I really missed when Christian and I relocated to California. When I left, all three of them were in elementary school. Now Olivia is about to start high school, Greta is in middle school, and Molly is in the fifth grade.

Back on that first Sunday in March, we met up towards the northern end of the Arboretum. At the time, the park was  a bit of a zoo so we had to get a little creative with our parking spots (read: I’m not sure they were actually parking spots). None of us knew that area of the park very well, so we just wandered around looking for spots to take portraits. At one point this resulted in us navigating through a very muddy field… But we ended up finding some great places to take photos. And in between the portraits, I got to do a lot of catching up. We talked about cameras, their old houses, our big extended family, dogs, what they all gave up for lent (sweets!), Seattle and running. It was the perfect ending to my weekend in Seattle.

Below are some of my favorites from adventuring around the Arboretum with Olivia, Greta, Molly and their parents:

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For more information about my portrait project go here: 29 Portraits Project. Next up in the project are the portraits I took of my friends Jesse and Lindsy in Santa Cruz. Also, after either being out of town or hosting out of town guests during three of the last four weekends, my current schedule is a little less busy, which means my posts here should be more frequent than they have been. So check back soon!

29 Portraits Project
Portraits 7 – 8 / 29: Ella & Katie

Posted on: Thursday, April 2, 2015

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:

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For more information about my portrait project go here: 29 Portraits Project.

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