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number 9- check!

24 Feb

Jason and I made a list several months back- you might remember it. It’s our 101 Things in 1001 Days list. I need to update the list again, because there are several things I can check off. But our most recent one is #9- Visit the Strehles! I’m so thrilled to say we can check this one off, because I didn’t think we’d be checking it off any time soon. I hoped we would but didn’t see it happening for a little bit.

Jason and I met Zach and Amber Strehle through the church we used to go to. I was on staff with the 5th and 6th grade program there and Amber and Zach were volunteers. They have 4 kids (FOUR!), two of which (TWINS!) were in the 5th and 6th grade program. Amber and I became fast friends and we had a blast spending time together. Then we discovered that we lived in the same neighborhood! We got to know them even better while we went through Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University to get our spending habits and budgeting under control. I’d tell you what Amber used to call it but it’s not appropriate. HA! (Just kidding Amber… sort of.) They are the sort of people that you can be real with. And I’ve pretty much said it all to her and she still loves me! Ha!

Then they decided to move back to Washington, which is where they were from to begin with. Talk about a bummer! But ever since they’ve moved, Amber and I have actually kept in pretty good touch. We both started our photography businesses about the same time and we have a lot to celebrate together as friends and as artists. I so wish she lived closer.

Well, we DID have the chance to live closer since they live in Washington. So while we were visiting Seattle, we set aside a night to catch up with these two. It was nuts- they were getting ready to get on a plane to head to Arizona the very next day! I think they timed it. But whatever.

So we still haven’t been to their home or to check out the town that they live in yet, but that will have to be for another trip. A trip that we can take to Seattle and really get the chance to explore and do all the touristy things! But we can scratch it off the list since we did in fact visit them in their state. And Amber, we are both photographers- how did neither of us get a picture of us to document?? We were all just too excited to catch up and chat about life. And we were there interviewing and they were trying to leave town. So it was a little nuts.

But it’s always great to see good friends. And so we can successfully check off good ol’ #9!

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boudoir, gypsies & inspiration

30 Jun

I had lunch yesterday with Amber– a friend that is super dear to me. She lives in Washington now but she was here with her husband who was on a work trip so it was the perfect excuse for her to have lunch with me!

It’s always my honor to hang out with her. And I miss seeing her a lot.

A lot.

She is a fellow photographer- something that both of us love to do but we didn’t know that about each other until she moved away. But now we get to watch each other work through our blogs (see hers here), facebook and twitter. She is very good at what she does and while we have different styles, interests and creativity, it’s so wonderful to be able to have a conversation that gets both of our creative juices flowing.

It’s just so refreshing to me to be able to sit down with someone who is in the same field and to not feel like you are in competition with them. Competition in this as a photographer is not what Jason and I want to be about. I am inspired and encouraged by others’ work. I hope people feel that way about me too.

It was so great to catch up with her and to talk about what she’s doing and where she wants to be in her photography.

Did I say that I really miss her?

I was really encouraged by her knowledge of starting a studio out of your garage. Its something I was somewhat against at first, but I really, really want to get into boudoir photography. It would be the perfect reason to have a studio. It’s a work in process but I’ve already got the process going. I’m super excited about it  and seeing her excitement for me made it even more exciting!

It was so good to see her. You should check out her blog. She’s a mamma to 4 great kids and has some freakin hysterical posts coming about the time she spent in Paris.

I was literally crying when she told me the stories about the gypsies.

Parisday2final1Amber, I’m coming with you the next time you go to Paris!

** This picture was taken by Amber in Paris. To see more of her work, check out her blog!**