My Day with our Birdie…

It’s been a long time since I’ve made any posts. I have a handful of posts that I want to make but life has been a whirlwind lately.  The lawn is about three inches taller than my neighbor’s lawn, the office is a mess, photo projects have been placed on hold, house projects are not getting done and the list goes on.  But if you could just see how our little one lights up and smiles when her father comes home from work and wants to play; after that, nothing else matters and all other projects and priorities lose their significance.

Today Irina had her first day back at work and therefore I had our little chicklet all to myself.  I really enjoyed having this time with my daughter, especially since the last couple of days I’ve been working late. By the time I got home Irina was already putting her to bed so we did not spend any time together.

Our eventful day started at 5am.  Yesterday, in anticipation, I decided that today I would do a photo shoot with my girl and was thinking that I would take the little sofa I bought for her out into the back yard (into the foot long grass), setup some lights, and take some pictures.  Well needless to say, that did not happen as I barely had time to take a shower while she was napping and did not get to even eat ’till she had her long sleep during  mid day. Between diaper changes, feedings, and cat naps, we also tidied up a bit, listened to jazz, and worked on hanging up some picture frames. And for a special little something, I dusted off my clarinet and serenaded  my princess.

After today, I appreciate my wonderful wife even more. She she spends and cares for our little girl every single moment every day.  She is truly an amazing wife and mother.  Jemma and I are both blessed and thankful to have her.

Even though we were not able to do the shoot I wanted to, I was able to grab my camera and take a few shots.  Hope you enjoy them.

 

Nikon D3S 85mm

Nikon D3S 85mm

 

While this one looks like she’s smelling the flowers in reality she was enjoying eating them 🙂

Nikon D3S 85MM

Nikon D3S 85MM

Nikon D3S 85MM

Nikon D3S 85MM

She was really fascinated with the camera. Our aspiring photographer.

iPhone 5S VSCOCam

iPhone 5S VSCOCam

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One Rainy Afternoon!

Ivan+Diana_DeceptionPass_1A few weeks ago, my good friend Ivan came over for some tea to discuss his plans on proposing to his beautiful girlfriend Diana. Ivan decided to propose at Deception Pass and asked me if I would be willing to come and take some pictures. Being that it was late January in Washington State, it was a bit surprising that the forecast called for partly cloudy skies. The morning of brought snow and a promise of rain for the rest of the weekend, but Ivan was not to be deterred. So I grabbed my cameras, some rolls of film, and started driving to Deception Pass. The plan was that I would get there about thirty minutes before Ivan and Diana and find the spot that my friend had marked earlier that morning.  When I got there, the rain was coming down pretty hard, and even though I looked and looked I could not find the markers that my friend left. Ivan had described the location to me earlier on the phone so I hid and waited for them to arrive. I saw Ivan and Diana arrive, get out of the car and walk towards the chosen spot. After some time when I could no longer see them I decided to  leave my hideout and slowly make my way towards the location because I did not want to miss the moment. As I was getting closer and rounding the parking lot, I saw Diana and Ivan in a different location than where I thought they would be, and Diana was looking directly in my direction! I immediately ducked behind a bush but I was pretty sure it was too late and that I was spotted. I spent the next thirty minutes crouching behind the bushes with random people wondering what I was doing there. And even though I did spoil the surprise, the day was a success because Diana said yes. Here are a few pictures I hope you’ll like. All images were taken with Nikon D3s.

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The First Month

I can’t believe it has almost been a month since we’ve brought little Jemma home. Time has been put on pause as the days and nights are filled with a never ending cycle of diaper changing, feeding, and then diaper changing again. Jemma’s favorite pass time is to spend her days, nights, and every moment in between, sleeping on her mom’s or dad’s chest. Anything else absolutely won’t due. Also, when putting her to sleep or comforting her, don’t for a moment think that you can grab your phone and catch up on your email or reading as she’s drifting off; because she will quickly let you know that you are being rude.

Irina has been amazing! I don’t know how she can do it with the miniscule amount of sleep that she’s getting. Really appreciate her and everything she does.

But its not always as bad as I’ve made it seem. There are times when she’s fed, her diaper dry, and her tummy is not bothering her. In those rare moments she’ll intently study her surroundings with those gorgeous sapphire blue eyes, and melt your heart with her  amazing smile. In those moments nothing else matters and its all worth it.

Also, Irina and I have started practicing a new trade this month. Like vultures we’ve been circling Jemma with our iPhone’s in our hands snapping away. I think each day we take at least a couple of dozen pictures on our iPhones. But hey! The upside is if I ever lose my day job, I can always try out being a paparazzi.

In spite of all the iPhone photography going on, I was able to get a few shots on film.

Kodak Portra 400 | Developed and Scanned at RPL

Kodak Portra 400 | Developed and Scanned at RPL

Kodak Portra 400 | Developed and Scanned at RPL

Kodak Portra 400 | Developed and Scanned at RPL

Kodak Portra 400 | Developed and Scanned at RPL

Kodak Portra 400 | Developed and Scanned at RPL

Kodak Portra 400 | Developed and Scanned at RPL

Kodak Portra 400 | Developed and Scanned at RPL

Kodak Portra 400 | Developed and Scanned at RPL

Kodak Portra 400 | Developed and Scanned at RPL

Ilford Delta Pro 3200 | Developed and Scanned at RPL

Ilford Delta Pro 3200 | Developed and Scanned at RPL

Kodak Portra 160 | Developed and Scanned at RPL

Kodak Portra 160 | Developed and Scanned at RPL

Ilford Delta 100 | Developed and Scanned at RPL

Ilford Delta 100 | Developed and Scanned at RPL

Kodak Portra 160 | Developed and Scanned at RPL

Kodak Portra 160 | Developed and Scanned at RPL

Ilford Delta 100 | Developed and Scanned at RPL

Ilford Delta 100 | Developed and Scanned at RPL

Kodak Portra 160 | Developed and Scanned at RPL

Kodak Portra 160 | Developed and Scanned at RPL

Kodak Portra 160 | Developed and Scanned at RPL

Kodak Portra 160 | Developed and Scanned at RPL

Kodak Portra 160 | Developed and Scanned at RPL

Kodak Portra 160 | Developed and Scanned at RPL