A 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.
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.
Seven Days ago my wonderful wife gave birth to our first daughter Jemma Felixa Shpak. I love everything about her; her long wrinkly little fingers, the little noises she makes, how she loves to sleep in her daddies arms, her beautiful eyes that look like her moms eyes, her lips, her ears, and the list can go on and on… She is God’s precious gift to us.
For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;