This fall I had the pleasure of having the opportunity to show my cousin around the Portland, Oregon area for a day.
My cousin is from New York, which has its fair share of beautiful hikes, landscapes, and waterfalls to be sure. If you only think of New York as the Big Apple you should really check out one of my posts from trips I have taken out there.
In any case I wanted to show her a little of the many things I love about the greater Portland area and the Columbia Gorge and Multnomah Falls was high on my list. I had never in my 30 years of living in the Pacific Northwest hiked all the way to the top of the falls so I decided to take this opportunity to share that experience with my cousin.
It turns out, it is really steep at parts, but it seems at the spot everyone stops to take a rest or give up, you are basically there. So if you go and feel like you have hit your limit, take a breather and plug on, you are probably really, really close!
The top has a beautiful view of the gorge and you can see the falls as they drop over the cliff. I will say that from the top, that is about all you can see of the large falls, but there is a small falls just before the drop off, and the view of the gorge plus the acompishment were worth the rather short trek.
After we looked over the edge we back tracked a bit to this little bridge which is where Larch Mountain Trail splits off of the Multnomah Falls Trail. I loved how lush and green it was in this spot.
Two weeks ago I shared a couple of my favorite photographs from the short trip my family took to Smith Rock in September and I have a few more photographs that show more what it was like to be visiting that magnificent Oregon State park. We ended up doing quite a long loop that was a bit much for my kids. I ended up giving each of them turns on my back for the last mile or two.
It was really neat to see the climbers in action, especially the ones on Monkey Face which is almost unfathomable to me. We got to watch three people come down off the top of it. The next most facinating thing was watching someone tight rope walk across a giant cliff to another cliff, it really made me worry that person would fall, so much so that I did not even want to photograph it.
The blue sky was quite vibrant this day which was way in my initial post I was hesitant to make the photographs black and whiye, even though I really like the end result.
In September I traveled to the Bend area with my kids and my Mom. We had the opportunity to stay at Eagle Crest Resort for the weekend. The resort itself had wonderful amenities, but of course we wanted to make it out to see Smith Rock which is a destination for rock climbers and hikers traveling to Eastern Oregon. The sheer cliffs are quite dramatic and create a fun photography destination as well. These two photographs I decided to try out in black and white and ended up really liking them even though they lose the blue sky and orange rock color.
We were there right in the middle of the day so contrast was really high and although it was sunny, since it was September, it was a quite cool day. I look forward to sharing some photographs of us at the top of those cliffs and of a climber descending from Monkey Rock, which was hard to believe (to me) they could ascend in the first place. :)
I cannot believe it took me this many years to find this spot in Portland, Oregon! A friend and I decided we are going to try and hike all of Wildwood trail in Forest Park this year and set out this last Sunday to start. We began our hike at the Audobon Society of Portland and walked up to Pittock Mansion where we were able to view downtown Portland and Mount Hood at the same time, it was a beautiful site!
This year Portland was hot and dry right up until about the time of year that I try and take my holiday portrait photographs of these kiddos to send to various family members. We ended up having to wait out the Oregon and Washington storms which created flooding throughout the area and barely squeezed in this set of portraits in time to get them developed and sent out.
We were waiting and waiting for a break in the winter rain storms that were beating up Oregon and Washington. The second we got a break in the rain I gathered up the kids and we headed over to Lacamas Lake Heritage Trail in Camas, Washington to try and take some photographs that at least had some pine trees in the back ground to create some winter holiday feelings. To change things up it was my daughter that did not want to cooperate with getting portraits taken this year, so we once again only took a few photographs and the entire photo session lasted about 15 minutes.
The Sibling Portrait
My son made the decision on his own that he wanted to have some more photographs taken of him. He has been really into playing tennis as of late and he really wanted to continue having portraits taken of him posing with his tennis racket using different strokes.
Portrait of a Young Aspiring Tennis Player
We were hoping to get our new puppy in the portraits, but my daughter was already so out of sorts it did not seem like a good idea at the time of the actual photo session. I think this is the most hurried and harried session we have had to date. Somehow I still managed to pull out a few usable portraits. :) I hope you have all had a wonderful holiday season and have a great 2016! Come check me out on Instagram: Livelovecreatebehappy.
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I am choosing this weeks photography challenge to make what to me is an extraordinary announcement, but to many is probably more of an extra-ordinary one. I have taken the leap into selling my photography! I have been very nervous about doing this and have spent time (years in fact) waffling about it, but finally have taken the plunge despite feeling extremely anxious about putting my work out into the world in this way.
It has taken me years of time grappling with anxiety and trepidation to finally sort through and choose from the different options for putting my photographs online for sale. I am hopeful that I will find support for doing this and my trepidation over loosing the love of photography. I am starting slow and will be adding to the site frequently. My facebook page will be updated immediately with new photographs that are made available. So head over to that page and like it, www.facebook.com/emiliabrasierphotography.
For my first offered photograph I chose one that I started with here on wordpress, because after all this time it remains one of my favorite photographs especially when combine with another four that I took at the same time. Thank you for following me this far in my photographic journey and watching me make this leap. I hope you continue along and maybe consider supporting me by sharing with your friends. :)
Here is where to see my photograph for sale, and check out all the options from prints to pillows!
Thank you for putting up with my extra(ordinary) announcement for this weekly photography challenge post!
This last July I was able to travel with my immediate and some of my extended family up north of Vancouver, Washington to Mount Rainier National Park to go on a summer camping vacation. We are able to take a small family trip like this almost every summer. We usually end up camping for half a week to a week and go on hikes, play in streams, and otherwise hang out with nature, it is a great way to get to know the state and national parks in our area.
This year I really wanted to venture out to a national park, since the last one I went to was in Maine in 2013 during the government shutdown and so we did not even get to camp there, just explore (which was beautiful too, there is a great stone beach with smooth rocks tumbled naturally from the ocean waves). This year we chose to head north of Portland, Oregon to Mount Rainier which is also just south of Seattle, Washington.
There were gorgeous hikes, the ranger at White River campsite was really helpful, and great with the kids, plus there are kids programs at the main visitors centers where the kids can earn a junior ranger badge by learning about the park and the animals that live in it. Here are a few of my favorite views from the stay and my happy place. :)
I also decided to play a bit with photoshop coloring and came up with this one:
Last year I ran my first half marathon in honor of my best friend Margaret who died of breast cancer when she was 29 years old leaving behind two small children. I was also running for a friend from my first Mom’s group Jen who had been going though breast cancer treatment for months by October (go #teamunicornfarts). My Grandmother had also had breast cancer twice, but luckily it seems treatments helped her.
The race that I ran was called the Girlfriends Race for a Cure, put on in Vancouver, WA and it benefits more than one breast cancer group including Komen, the Kearney Breast Cancer Center through the pink brigade (men who have raised at least $500, the only way for men to participate), and the Children’s Center through the kids mini marathon.
Well unfortunately I have not been running as much this past year and was not up to running the race this year, but that made it possible for me to help out by taking photographs of the race when the volunteer coordinator for Why Racing, Kristi Cornwell, asked if I was available.
So in honor of my friends and family, the struggle they have both endured and succumbed to I did my own kind of 1/2 marathon this year, a photography marathon. ;) I spent nearly 5 hours photographing the evening in downtown Vancouver, Washington which spans from Northwest Personal training, to the downtown farmers market, the Columbia River Esplanade, Fort Vancouver, and back. I did my own small share of running to try and make it to each of these spots on the course ahead of the bulk of the runners, but I was helped by a car for much of it. :)
The course is beautiful and it is such a supportive event, I was happy to be there in this role this year and we will see what next year brings.