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Happy 2012! . walla walla children photographer

Hello, dearest friends!

I pray this finds you all having had an amazing Christmas and New Years…and looking forward to a new year that will bring new joys as well as challenges!  After a beautiful and love-filled Christmas at home with my little family, my parents and my sisters, we enjoyed a whirlwind of a week after Christmas!  We traveled to Eugene to watch a close friend marry the love of her life then spent the New Years with Jason’s family.  It was wonderful hanging out with family and being able to visit some college friends!

Now that we are ending the week after all of the festivities, I can’t help but be excited to see what the coming year will bring!  I feel like there is so much stuff on the docket for 2012.  One of our biggest projects will be building our house here in Milton-Freewater on a little piece of land tucked into my parents’ apple orchard.  After months and months of submitting application after application, we are finally down to the last few days of waiting for our house plan to be approved by the county so that we can start building!!!!  Yay!  I am so excited to see this patch of dirt turn into our little dream home with 1 dog, 1 cat, 2 miniature donkeys, and a handful and chickens!  (I’m still convincing my husband that we NEED all of these animals!) hehe  So, breaking ground for the foundation is on the schedule for this Saturday.  I’ll try my hardest to keep you updated with pictures as things come along…for now…here is a few snaps of what it looked like this summer.

Also, in 2012, we are looking forward to some exciting changes within Blink Photography!  You’ll have to wait to find out what is coming, but let’s just say that I am more than giddy just thinking about them all!  (ok ok…I’ll give you a little hint at one of them…Blink Photography may just not be called “Blink Photography” by the end of 2012!)  That’s all the hints for now, so you’ll just have to trust me all the fun is yet to come!

As all of these exciting changes are in the schedule to happen, I am trying to keep foremost in my mind that even though I have all of this planned out, it is ultimately the Lord’s will and plans that I want for 2012.  Whether it be for our family, my business, or our house, I am constantly trying to surrender these dreams in my heart to the Lord because He says in His Word in Proverbs, “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps…”  He also tells us in Isaiah 30 that “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.’”  I truly long to seek the Lord in all that I do .  I don’t want to seek happiness, fame, fortune, popularity, or anything else this world has to offer.  However, I must say that I fail in this every single day…multiple times a day.  I don’t want to, but I do.  I think I’m going to write down Jeremiah 29:13 and stick it here in front of me by my computer and have it for this year’s moto… “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with ALL your heart.”  What a glorious thing to know that when we truly seek the Lord with all of our hearts, we will find Him!  My prayer is that for all of you this year…that you will seek Him with your whole heart!  I know we won’t be disappointed if we do!

And lastly, I just have to share my last session of 2011 of my little men which produced this years Christmas card!  It was freezing cold, but they were troopers…ok, maybe just Ivan was a trooper!  Breck wasn’t so patient, but then again, he’s almost 2 and I’m not sure patience is a 2 year old’s best quality!  Enjoy, and I’ll be praying for you, my friends!

Annie Landau - May 9, 2012 - 3:37 pm

Anna, I am completely blown away with just how incredible your photos are… The boys are so handsome and have just perfect amounts of beauty & Jason’s feisty twinkle in their eyes!! Miss you very much and hope we can get together sometime in the near future.. Sending my love~ Annie

A Jose Villa Workshop . by walla walla and bend wedding photographer

This past summer, I had the pleasure of attending one of Jose Villa’s AMAZING wedding workshops in Santa Ynez, California! I can’t even begin to explain how this experience has completely changed the way I look at photography. We were able to see everything from the way he runs his business to how he shoots and what he shoots with. We then got to photograph a “wedding” for the whole afternoon. One of the biggest lessons that I took away from this photography workshop was the importance of being true to myself and my style and to stick with what I love to do. We don’t need to be the photographer for everyone, but if we do what we love, then others will love it too. I truly believe that if we have a passion and inspiration for what we photograph, then that will come out in our pictures. It was an experience of a lifetime that also reaffirmed my passion and love for film photography. In my opinion, the beauty and look that film photography creates cannot be matched. What can I say…I’m in love!

And I’m also sooooo excited to start photographing more weddings here in Walla Walla and Milton-Freewater, and also back in the Central Oregon / Bend area!  If you are interested in hiring us for your upcoming wedding, just give us a call or shoot us an email for more info!

Here are just a few of the photos that I took while there…ok, maybe a few more than a few! Enjoy!

A huge thanks to the following vendors who made this amazing day possible!

Jose Villa Workshops - http://josevillaworkshops.com/
Mar of TEAM Hair and Makeup - http://www.teamhairandmakeupservice.com/
Kate of Flower Wild Design - http://www.flowerwild.com/index2.php
James Cagle – Accountant
Richard Photo Lab - http://www.richardphotolab.com/
Invitation Suite:  Ceci New York www.cecinewyork.com
Hair Pieces: Mignonne Handmade http://www.etsy.com/shop/mignonnehandmade
Dresses: BHLDN www.bhldn.com
Cake: Maggie Austin www.maggieaustincake.com
Napkins: La Tavola Linens www.latavolalinen.com
Calligraphy – Chelsea Petaja - http://ohmydeerhandmades.blogspot.com/


Terra - December 3, 2011 - 9:14 pm

Completely an utterly blown away by the beauty you captured. LOVED the whole thing. Oh, and super jealous you it to go to that workshop… Someday :)

Kimberly Gillette - December 8, 2011 - 2:40 am

These are stunning! You are so talented, and I look forward to having your talent showcased in my home someday.

Sam - December 29, 2011 - 2:23 pm

Hi Anna, this was so fun to look at! Great pictures!!

Brittney - December 30, 2011 - 5:37 pm

These are absolutely breathtaking. You have such a gift!

Heidi Jirotka - June 18, 2012 - 5:20 am

These are gorgeous!

The Dobson Family :: bend, oregon family photographer

On our last trip to Bend, I had the opportunity to do a few photo shoots in the evenings while we were there!  I miss being a full-time photographer in Central Oregon, however, I think it’s even more fun to be able to come back and do some family, newborn or engagement portraits while I’m there!  That way, I’m not tired of the same old locations, and always get to try something new and fun!  As a side note…I’ll be back in Bend in April to photograph a wedding at Brasada Ranch.  Spring is a gorgeous time to get your family pictures taken, especially out at Brasada.  Let me know if you’d like to book with us as our schedule there will fill up very quickly.  And check out this gorgeous family that I photographed out there last fall!

So, one of my family sessions this time just happened to be of this gorgeous little girl!  I first met her mommy right after my Ivan was born and I desperately needed a hair cut!  I was referred to her, and as I sat in the salon chair, we started a friendship that I have been so blessed by!  Over the years, our families became the best of friends and I was honored to be able to take their engagement pictures and photograph their Bend, Oregon wedding!  Now, it is my pleasure to introduce to you Miss Eva with the most beautiful big blue eyes that you’ve ever seen!

All photos taken with my Contax 645 on Fuji 400H film.

stacie Barnes - November 16, 2011 - 11:53 pm

We would love a shoot in April.. it has bee way too long since our last family pictures…

admin - November 17, 2011 - 12:42 am

Sounds great, Stacie! I’ll tentatively put you down for April and will contact you after the new year about booking!

Harvest Party Time!

This year marked our first annual fall harvest party!  We had so much fun!  We brought out my Grandpa’s vintage cider press,  made carmel apples and homemade caramels, drank our fill of eggnog chai, and had milk in glass milk bottles for the kiddos!    Everyone brought scrumptious food which made me eat waaaaayyyyy too much that weekend!  We couldn’t have asked for better friends to share the day with!  Oh, and don’t forget about the wreath…compliments of Martha Stewart!  Gotta love that lady!

Christen Barnes - May 16, 2012 - 4:35 pm

Wow! You are amazing. I have spent probably over an hour looking at all the loveliness on your site. Everything is so beautiful!

Miss Annie Brooks :: talented music artist and professional photographer

If you’ve happened to notice the super fun and amazing music on our site and blog, then I must introduce you to the one and only, extremely talented Annie Brooks!  I first met her at the Jose Villa Workshop in Santa Barbara this past summer, and we became fast friends!  At the end of the workshop, she handed me her two CD’s and mentioned that she’s not only a photographer in Durango, Colorado for Brumley and Wells, but also a musician!  Wow, this girl is crazy talented!  Seriously, go check out her music…and then stop by and look at her and her husband’s amazing photography!  You will be amazed – I promise!

She’s the cute, curly-haired one!


Holly - December 5, 2011 - 1:56 am

Oh, Miss Annie… I’ve missed her music ever since that trip! I often get the Basket Balloon song stuck in my head & it brings back some great memories. Thanks for the reminder, Anna. I’m going to get some of her music to play in the car… er, I mean minivan. :)

Lisa - February 19, 2012 - 12:28 am

Unbelievable! The photography, the music, I am in love with this blog! Happy stumble upon an amazing inspirational site day to me!!!!