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Matthews Family

We’ve been slacking a little bit over the holiday season and took a little bit of time to relax and not focus so much on business. So because of that we’re a little behind on our blogs.

We first met the Matthew’s family last year when we took some beautiful wedding photos for them.

Now they have a new little addition and we are so happy we got to work with them again!

This time of year you never know what the weather is going to do, we had kind of a wet day, but that didn’t scare away this fun family and we sure got some great shots! Here are a few of our favorites from the session!

We want to say thank you to the Matthews Family for choosing us again! We hope you love your photos and that we get to continue to help you capture memories you’ll cherish for a lifetime!

Stepoe/Elberton Adventure

We recently decided to take a family road trip for the day and have an adventure! 

Our first stop was the Steptoe Battlefield.

On May 16, 1958, U.S. Army Colonel Edward J. Steptoe was enroute from Walla Walla to Fort Colville with approximately 160 soldiers, some civilians, and several Nez Perce scouts. Just north of the present town of Rosalia, Washington, they encountered an estimated 600-1000 warriors from the Spokane, Yakima, Palouse, and Coeur d' Alene Tribes. This pivotal battle was one of the last Indian victories in the Northwest. 

Next we stopped at the beautiful Steptoe Butte.

Steptoe Butte has survived massive floods and burning lava to stand as an island of quartzite that is some of the oldest rock in Washington State. Surrounding this ancient butte are layer upon layer of a much younger volcanic rock, basalt, that is 15-17 million years old. The Palouse Hills extend out from Steptoe Butte and cover an estimated 3,000 square mile region of southeast Washington and northern Idaho.  

The pictures cannot even begin to do this beautiful place justice. Driving up the narrow road, with no guardrail was a little nerve racking, but once we got to the top, it was simply breathtaking. It literally looked like an ocean of land, just rolling hills for as far as the eye could see. We had a little picnic in the car at the top then enjoyed the view for as long as we could stand the brutally cold wind.

Our final stop of the day was the ghost town of Elberton, Washington.

Elberton is near the valley of the Palouse River and Silver Creek, so it provided a nice location to establish a town in the late 1800's. In the 1870's Giles D. Wilbur built a water powered sawmill there that provided lumber for many area barns and homes. Oregon Railway and Navigation Co. also built a rail line through the valley. The town was plated in 1886 by Sylvester M. Wait, and named in honor of his son Elbert. By 1888, Elberton had a flour mill, post office, two general stores, a blacksmith & wagon shop, two grain warehouses, a livery stable and a church. The town continued to grow throughout the 1890's, however, after the turn of the century, having cut down all the nearby timber, the sawmill moved to Idaho. Then after a devastating fire in 1908 and serious flooding in 1910, Elberton began to decline. Now most of the buildings are gone and the Whitman County Parks Dept. owns most of the land.  

This wasn't the "ghost town" we had pictured in our minds when we set off to find it, but it was a very neat town to explore. There isn't much left of what used to be however, except a church, a bridge, some old busted cars, barns, and a forgotten cemetery. 

We hope you enjoy these pictures as much as we do. We had such a great time going on this adventure as a family and we just love finding pieces of old history to explore. We hope to continue to find more "ghost towns" to explore in the future and share many more adventures with all of you. 

Matthews Wedding

We recently got together with Jim & Elaine to celebrate their wedding day!

We had a great time getting to know this adorable couple and the shots we got are simply gorgeous! We hope you'll agree, here are some of our favorites.

We also got to be a part of a very intimate, beautiful ceremony joining this happy couple in marriage. 

We want to thank Jim & Elaine for letting us be a part of their special day! We hope they cherish these memories forever and we wish them a lifetime of happiness!

Holland's Newborn Session

Who doesn't love babies?! We got to play with a brand new one during our session with an adorable little lady recently and we sure loved it!

When doing a newborn shoot, everyone's favorite poses are usually the sleeping baby ones. So we recommend to all of our clients to try to keep the baby awake beforehand if possible, and to try to make sure they have a full tummy, so when we are ready for them hopefully they are nice and asleep.

However, anyone who has children or has ever worked with children knows that you can plan till you are blue in the face but that doesn't mean those little ones are going to do what you want them to or give a care to all your careful planning. :)

Like this little lady, who was wide awake and alert for most of our session, but it's okay because just look at those big beautiful eyes!

Luckily, during this session we also had a cute big brother to work with, so while mom was busy feeding and rocking the star of the show to sleep, we had a little fun with big brother Raiden.

All in all, there were smiles, there was laughter, there was poop, there was puke, and we even had a melted light stand, but most of all there was love and love is what makes every session great!

Here are a few of our favorite shots from the day.