pfamily photo session with pfaus photography

Last month Jenn from Pfaus Photography took some photos of our family out at our favorite pumpkin patch.

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Aren’t my boys handsome?!

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The kids got muddy, but that’s real life.

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These are just a few of the images we chose…they rest will be used for Christmas cards, so you’ll just have to wait to see them.

Thanks, Jenn for another pfabulous mini session!

home is…family photos in the fall.

{impromptu} exploring

One week left until school starts for the little guy, so we’re still soaking up summer.

Today we took a trip to the Oregon Heritage Farm…it’s one of our favorite places to go during late summer and early fall.








There is nothing like apples fresh from the tree…especially honey crisps, which just came in yesterday!





I bought a beautiful bunch of fresh dahlias for $3. YES. $3!




We drove on to a park that I promised the kids we would visit. After playing on the playground, we explored a bit…



…and found a beautiful garden of dahlias.




















We explored a bit more and found more gardens…


…and more bees.


I even got a few good photos of the kids…












home is…exploring.


Two days ago I was trying to clean up photos in iphoto and I got a dreaded pop up.

dreaded pop up

I began to freak out.

Years of photos.

In fact, I had just downloaded photos from a field trip I took with Reece the day before.

Photos I deleted from my camera as soon as I saw them on my computer.



Our computer guy has reassured me that he can restore them from our backup.

Next week.

It makes me thankful for this blog…and what I have done here for the past 4+ years.

If all was lost, I would still have this.

And, to keep it in perspective after the loss that people have endured this week in Oklahoma, it’s not that big of a deal.

Here’s the thing…

I take LOTS of photos.

I take photos of my kids that nobody ever sees (which I eventually will put into photo albums for our family).

I take photos of our home and garden…mainly for the blog.

I take photos on my phone.

I take photos for my etsy shop.

I take LOTS of photos, period.

So, here are a couple of questions for other bloggers and photographers…

What photo management software do you use?

What photo editing software do you use?

How do you manage a workflow to not duplicate and triplicate photos?

How do you backup your photos?

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

home is…always learning from my mistakes.

pfabulous photography

We had a family photo mini session on Sunday evening with a local portland momma and fabulous photographer, Jenn, of Pfaus Photography.

We met through Instagram, and when I saw that she was doing mini-sessions I signed up.

We have not had professional family photos taken in three years, so it was time.

Here are a few preview photos…

home is…pfamily photos.

{colton+cadence} shop update

I’ve been updating the shop today.

Well, between runs back and forth to school.

It takes a lot of time.

Drop kids off at school.

Take some photos.

Write a listing.

Edit photos.

Publish listing.

Post on Facebook.

Post on Instagram.


Go pick up Lorelai from school.

Make her lunch.

Take some photos.

Write a listing.

Edit photos.

Publish listing.

Post on Facebook.

Post on Instagram.


Go pick up Reece from school.

Make the kids a snack.

Take some photos.

Write a listing.

Edit photos.

Publish listing.

Post on Facebook.

Post on Instagram.


Anyway, I’m still working on some updates, but the light is fading and I will have to stop taking photos.

I have done this all sorts of ways.

Take ALL the photos.

Edit ALL the photos.

Write ALL the listings.

I just get done what I can when I can.

Today was a “work” day for me.

I love my “job”.

home is…love what you do.

joy to the…

It wasn’t supposed to rain yesterday and we didn’t have any big plans so I proposed that we take some Christmas card photos in the backyard.

Easy enough.

Gather branches that have fallen from the Douglas Firs, write a little something on the outdoor chalkboard, and throw in a little vintage red.

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Oh, and how about some globes?! Yes, perfect!

Joy to the world!

Get on the trikes.

Move a little closer.

Lorelai, stop looking at your brother.

Reece, stop making funny faces.


Everybody look at somebody else and make a funny face.

We look happy, but I had just stepped in the middle of his parenting. It’s all starting to go downhill.

The kids wanted to take more photos…meaning, they wanted to use the camera.

Lorelai took some of the boys.

Reece took some of the girls.

And, then the joy was gone.

It lasted all of five minutes.

We may have gotten one good family shot.

home is…a gold star for effort.

test run

Last night we invited out next door neighbors over for a test run of an outdoor movie in our backyard.

We had a campfire for roasting marshmallows.

And, once it got dark enough outside everything worked great!

My photography skills in the dark…not that great.

So, I changed all the photos to sepia.

You get the idea, right?

We watched Puss in Boots.

All boys…and baby girl!

The moon between the trees.

We’ll definitely be doing this again!

I have big plans for an outdoor movie party.

Check this one off our summer list!

And, can you all help me out with the photos? What settings should i be using/change?

I was shooting in auto…I’m not using manual, yet.

I don’t want to use flash, and the nighttime mode on my Nikon D60 just makes things blurry.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

home is…a successful test run (for the movie, not my night time photography skills)

{nana and bops visit} day 5 and digital photography questions

This was Nana & Bops last full day in Oregon and the day we had to leave the beach.

Of course, it was finally beautiful and sunny!

We reluctantly left the beach to pack up the cars and head back to Portland.

We did, however, make a stop at Brewer’s on the Bay on our way home.

I am happy to finally have these posts up. It takes a long time to write a post with photos, etc. I spent hours while at my parents house in March writing my blog posts and uploading the photos. I am so thankful to be using Picasa again to create these photo collages! I take photos everyday. When we are on vacation or on an adventure I take lots of photos. I get overwhelmed by them and delay writing my posts because of that.

Do any of you have tips for cataloging photos? I love digital photography because you can just delete photos if you don’t want them, but I usually wait until they are all uploaded on my computer and them sometimes I never get around to it.

If you have any tips or tricks, please share!

home is…digital photography and fun with family adding up to A LOT of photos!