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Cousins

Having summers off allows me freedom to travel and spend time with my family. Crossing over the Idaho border and into Montana my heart races as the evergreens become more abundant and the mountains taller…… my comfort will always be in the mountains and Montana will always be home.

This visit was spent doing daily activities (shopping, cooking, cleaning and Dr. appointments) along side my parents. I was so grateful to be spending more time with them doing their normal daily routines. Keeping it simple allowed for more conversation and quality moments and for that I am thankful.

Of course my camera was along for the trip and I had so much fun spending time with all the cousins. Crazy how quickly time passes and how grown up they have become. Shooting pre-teen & teen girls is really the best….they are so willing to play along. Thanks ladies for letting me twist and turn you!  Hope you had as much fun as I did.

Kyla

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Sun kissed Portland day

It was a glorious day in Portland! The temperatures reached the upper 80’s  and the city was full of Rose Festival activities. Today was my first outing of the year to the Portland City Market. I love strolling the market at my own pace taking in all the sights, sounds and talented vendors……oh and also to eat a PDX Original Elephant Ear.

Besides crafts and food downtown was also stocked full of Navy Shipmen/women in town for Fleet Week. The ships were docked close (walking distance) to the market and it was awesome to see the sheer size of our Naval ships. Admission is free and public tours are on a first come/first served basis.

Another highlight from todays stroll was the Dragon Boat Races. I work with a woman from one of the teams and she educated me about dragon boat racing. The races are held on the Willamette River near the Hawthorne Bridge and they feature exciting four-team heats held every nine minutes. The boats are beautiful and the teams look like they are having great fun.

Lastly, I took a quick run up to the Portland Japanese Garden and the Rose Garden where everything was in full bloom and scents are wonderful. My membership is about to expire so I wanted to get one more visit in for the year. My summer advice is to plan for extra time if visiting the gardens as both were full.

I really have fallen in love with Portland (in the summer :-)) and am always amazed at the variety that this city offers. I know I have only hit the tip of the iceberg and look forward to many more photo walks this summer.  I hope you enjoy the images I captured.

Kyla

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Reach The Beach

What an amazing weekend! I had the privilege of watching 23 team members make their way to the PNW coast (Pacific City, OR) for the annual Reach the Beach bike ride. This group of warriors pedaled 55 miles to honor their friend & husband Mark Landers (who passed far too early from non-smokers lung cancer).  This team alone has raised over $18.000.00 for the cause and the annual event broke the half million mark. It was a great day of celebrating friendship and working towards a common cause. I was lucky to tag along and capture a few special moments from team “Mark’s Maddness”. I’m looking forward to the momentum that has been started and even thinking about moving this lazy backside to join next year. Great job to all the team members….you did Mark proud. Peace & love to you all.

To find out more about how you can be involved here is your link:

http://action.lung.org/site/TR/Bike/ALAMP_Mountain_Pacific?sid=6220&type=fr_informational&pg=informational&fr_id=9543

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Senior 2016 season is upon us

A few months back I had the pleasure of shooting a group of beautiful ladies from Union High School. I really enjoy doing buddy shots and feel it gives friends memories that will last a life time. Below is a sneak preview of the fun we had. Thanks again ladies for your smiles and time.

Through My Glass Photography is currently booking for Senior Class of 2016 portraits, please call 209-614-1966 for dates and pricing.

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Beach Weekend with Ciara & Caitlin

What a crazy beautiful time on the pacific coast this past weekend! Weather was sunny and 63 degrees…..perfect escape for us NW webbed footed people. Each time we head to the beach I remember how much I love being near the calm of the ocean.

With the great weather we invited Caitlin and her BFF Ciara to join use. Selfishly I really wanted more time behind my camera. It was so much fun racing along the sand capturing the light before it faded into the sea. Thanks to my sherpa/husband Marc for putting up with us. He was so great to load the clothes, reflectors and blankets to keep us warm.  It’s really was easy to  capture all the beauty when the light was so perfect. Thanks again girls for letting me twist and turn you inside out. Love Momma Glass.

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Dale Chihuly

This will be a quick post.

Dale Chihuly is one of my all time favorite artists. If you live in the PNW you’ve hopefully been exposed to his work. I was happy to discover him while living in Seattle around 2001. Whenever I travel I look to see if he has a gallery or any works on display. Marc & I were lucky to be in Boulder, CO last month and read that Chihuly has a  collection on display at the Denver Botanical Gardens (http://www.botanicgardens.org). We had time to kill before our flight so we stopped for a look. I was in heaven walking through the gardens in Denver and my only regret is that I didn’t have more time. I hope you enjoy what little I did captured.

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Oceans Roar

“My soul is full of longing

for the secret of the sea,

and the heart of the great ocean

sends a thrilling pulse through me.”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The power of the ocean is unlike any other. I was 20 years old when I saw the ocean for the first time and I remember the rush of adrenaline standing in the cold waters. The sea was endless, powerful, beautiful and scary all at the same time. Over the years I’ve grown to love the ocean and I treat it with all the respect and reverence it deserves.

The weather this past weekend was crazy on the coast and the power of the ocean was felt. We had 60 MPH winds on Saturday night and I sat huddled in my blanket watching the storm pass. I kept thinking please don’t let the power fail. Our sturdy little house held firm and for once the power stayed on. Thank you, Lord!

Even bad weather weekends at the beach are great weekends. We spent our time eating, baking, reading, watching football and sleeping. Too much  travel the past few months has left us strung out so this was a perfect time to get away. There is something about the ocean that restores us all.

When the weather broke we did get out to walk the beach and explored Lincoln City a little bit. I kept my camera in hand and took some fun shots of the neighborhood around us. We also discovered a covered bridge (built in 1914) on our way home. Below the bridge salmon were spawning and a bald eagle kept circling above. Such a treat!

Thanks for reading and enjoy the photos.

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