Andrea Laurita Photography

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When people come to our home, one of the first things they comment on is a set of four square canvas prints on our living room wall.  They almost always ask for the story behind them, which I never get tired of sharing.  Our friend Andrea of Andrea Laurita Photography is a talented photo journalist.  She has woven her gifts with the lens into a variety of jobs over the past decade or so, allowing God to use her in all sorts of places and ways.  The four prints we have are of beautiful children in Sierra Leonne, Thailand and Afghanistan.  They are a constant reminder of the world around us, far beyond what we see every day on the farm.  They help me remember.  And if the photos weren’t enough, Andrea used the proceeds from them to help fund a college education from a girl she met in Liberia.

Currently, this darling young friend of ours lives in Portland.  She is spunky and gracious and flexible.  Exactly what I think makes her a fantastic professional photographer.  All the photos you see on our blog, header and side bar, are accredited to her.  And can I just say anyone crazy enough to take on a photo session of a family with six kids is downright brave!  We’ve never been disappointed in her work.  She has wonderfully captured our family several times now.  If you live within a couple hours of Portland and are even considering doing family photos or are getting married or have a new baby, check this girl out!  She is willing to drive to the Seattle area, especially if a few people want to book a session the same week or weekend.

Here are a few favorites from this last session she did for us, which we decided to do at home this time instead of traveling somewhere “photogenic”:

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An amazing photo opportunity

Last July we had the pleasure of working with Alicia Jerome of NW Photoworks for an outdoor photo session with our children.  We wanted something different, something unique, something amazing.  We were not disappointed.  Two large canvas prints now hang in our living room and they are the coolest ‘art’ we’ve ever had.

If you check out Alicia’s website, you’ll see that she resides in NW Arkansas, not our Pacific Northwest.  But her family is here and she makes several trips a year to visit.  When she does, she offers photography sessions to families in the Seattle area.  This year she will be here in April, June and probably October.

She is running a fantastic special in April (discounted session fee and the opportunity to purchase your photos on CD and print them as you like).  It took us a long time to finally come around to spending more than ‘mall photo’ money but we are still so glad we did.  It was such a good investment.  All the pictures on our sidebar and above on our blog are ones that Alicia took last summer, we love them too much to take them down!

This one was my favorite…it was the one that I hoped for but didn’t figure we’d get since Audrey was such a stinker that day!
We have a 20 x 30 canvas of it over our fireplace.

So thankful for something that captures the essence of life as a family, life with many siblings…
walking on the journey together.