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SUNRIVER RESORT PORTRAITS // MY PARENTS

"I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder."

     - GK  Chesterton

 

When I think about my mom and dad, gratitude is one of the first, strongest emotions that I feel. Not that I can claim a long life and deep wisdom, but, the longer I live, the more appreciation and awe and admiration I have for what they did for me and my siblings. And not just that, but the longer I'm married, the more appreciation and awe and admiration I have for what they did, and do, for each other. Seeing a couple travel through thirty plus years of mountains, valleys, and plateaus - and constantly aiming for those joyous peaks - is incredible, and hugely inspiring. 

 

I'm so thankful for my parents example and friendship, in life and everything that goes with it. Getting to photograph them as a Christmas gift was without a doubt one of the highlights of my journey as a photographer. Honestly there probably wouldn't have been much of a photographic journey without their support and encouragement. I can only imagine that your oldest son deciding that college was lame and he wanted to be a photographer wasn't an easy thing to support initially, but they did. Their encouragement to always pursue what I loved and work at it wholeheartedly really sums up the kind of souls they are.

See more of their shoot featured on previous Bachelorette, Desiree Hartsock, wedding blog.

THE END OF 2009

so I wanted to kick off 2010 with some personal photos of my family (two- and four-legged), and scenery, from the holidays. it was so nice for the wife and i to get away, relax, and spend time in the snow. i'm incredibly excited for the next year, and the next decade. thanks to all of you who made 2009 a great year. i still have some weddings that i really want to post, from last year. stay tuned. and yes, i shaved my beard. and i miss it already...