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  • HELLO!

    Hi! My name is Renee and I love to laugh. I love Jesus, and adventures, and randomness, and rhyming, and sunshine. I really enjoy sunshine. I also love people, which really makes photography such a wonderful gift! I love to capture you being you, and telling your story through beautiful images. And you can bet we're going to have fun doing it!

    I'm based in Eugene, Oregon, but travel a lot and look forward to taking you with me everywhere I go - AND going everywhere you take me!

    Thanks for stopping by the blog! I look forward to getting to know you. I look forward to sharing important moments with you. And I consider it an honor to do so.

    Can't wait to meet you!
    ~Renee

our big move!

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well, we don’t like to go too long without big changes in our lives, so my husband and i moved states and had a baby in a matter of two weeks! i’m back in oregon, based in eugene, but still willing and able to travel to the bay area [or anywhere else, for that matter] for any of your photography needs!

i greatly miss my friends and the sunshine, but oregon has it’s own sort of beauty. looking forward to new adventures in this old/new location!

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wedding :: dilip + stephanie [walnut creek, ca]

What a DAY!

Sometimes I think you might think I am over-exaggerating when I say I have the best couples in the world. Or when I say that this day was so full of joy you could basically reach out and grab a chunk of it. But I’m just really not. You couldn’t have made these two stop smiling if you offered to pay them a million bucks!

Stephanie and Dilip spent their day surrounded by people they love, who were happily cheering them on in their new adventure. All of the details were planned perfectly and made for a lovely backdrop to this celebration of their love. Once again, I left this wedding SO GRATEFUL for the job that I have, and for the couples who trust me enough to let me be a part of such memorable and magical moments. 

P.S. I love me a good dance party. And these people knew how to dance!

A huge thank you to Faye Champlin for shooting this wonderful day with me!

Check out this sweet video trailer for more of their day!
Bride’s Dress: Maggie Sottero from J’aime Bridal in Pleasanton, CA
Hair & Makeup: Danielle Ashlee
Flowers: Eunice Venetta of Pairs and Pieces in Danville, CA
Cupcakes & Cake: Vanessa Comfort of Angel Bites Bakery
Venue: Shadelands Ranch Museum in Walnut Creek, CA
Catering: Maverick’s BBQ & Catering of Concord, CA
DJ: Kyle Wharton

February 19, 2014 - 3:21 pm

Sharaya - Love the henna! These are beautiful Renee! :)

family :: poppy + anatoly + kiddos

If you’ve looked through my blog before, there’s a good chance this family looks quite familiar. That’s because I had the joy of doing both maternity and newborn sessions with them. Lucky me! I love everything about this family. They make all of our sessions great because they know how to laugh and play and relax and have fun. Their kids have adorable personalities and faces, and you can’t hang out with them without feeling how much they just really, really LOVE each other! That’s a fun time for me.

Thank you so much for letting me capture precious moments in your life. I know you have a million choices and I don’t take it for granted that you chose me! Love you guys and sure wish we lived closer!!!

wedding :: bryan + asha [vida, oregon]

Occasionally you meet someone, and realize you’ve actually known them for a long time. That happened when we first met for dinner. It turns out Bryan and I went to high school together, and were in the same challenging English class the whole way through! I know I say this a lot, but it’s because I’ve been so blessed with AMAZING couples! But I’m going to say it again. I just really love these two! 

From their laid-back and super easy to shoot engagement session to their big day, these two are the kind of people that you can’t help but adore, want to be their friends and cheer them on at the top of your lungs! And you could tell by the family and friends that surrounded them that many people feel the same way. Their day was so relaxed and calm that you couldn’t NOT enjoy it if you tried. Just look at all of their smiling! I didn’t make that up. Also, don’t you think they should be models? I do. 

A huge thank you to Cassy Berry for capturing this day with me. You know I love you SO SO much!

And thank you again to Bryan and Asha for trusting me with such an important piece of such an incredible day. I couldn’t be any happier for you both and look forward to hearing about what adventures come next! Happy almost five month anniversary!!! (slowest blogger, I know)

Venue: Eagle Rock Lodge, Vida, Oregon
Hair: Kelsey // Gervais Salon, Eugene, Oregon
DJ: Brimstone Sounds, Eugene, Oregon

January 14, 2014 - 5:17 pm

Sharaya - Holy Smokes Renee. Your photos make we want to get married again but not to your brother, that way you can take the pictures.

personal :: a little [miracle] update

disclaimer: this blog is heavy on the words and light on the photos – because it’s about my story. don’t worry – photo blogs are coming soon!

it seems a little silly to blog about me when i haven’t blogged in 72 years and i have 240,000 shoots to share with you. but guess what? there are some exciting things happening that i just really want to share with you! and never fear. i’m getting back on the [blogging] horse.:)

on august 10, 2013, we got a very unexpected surprise. 

some people just have to look at each other to get pregnant. even though every baby is a miracle, we can become a bit calloused to the whole thing. that isn’t our story. you see, my husband and i had been trying for 3 years to get pregnant, ever since we accidentally got pregnant and lost that baby. two more miscarriages, a lot of tears and tests later, we discovered the cause. (if you are in the east bay and have any sort of fertility issues, dr. aimee eyvazzadeh is THE BEST). i have what’s called a balanced translocation of my chromosomes. it’s fine in me; all of the information is there, just a little jumbled. makes it hard to have babies. 

so we prayed. and we waited. and we cried. and i tried acupuncture (and i HATE needles!). and i went to counseling. and we celebrated when our friends had babies. and we grieved the loss of our 3 little ones. and we looked into our options.

and then we decided to try ivf (in-vitro fertilization). it took us a long time to get there, but we felt confident that God could choose to use ivf or not. we could not force his hand and create a baby on our own. we made our calendar and just had to wait one more time. 

meanwhile, i got to go to nashville to await and then witness the birth of my precious niece Lilia. two days before her birthday, my calendar was way off. so i took a test. positive before i even finished peeing. (sorry for the tmi)

i cried. i was up too early to call my hub, my sister and mom were still sleeping. so i prayed. why would God do this now when we were just about to finally do ivf? i couldn’t go through another miscarriage. you see, a positive test wasn’t new to me – it was just usually tied to loss and sadness. my sister got up and i told her. she was excited, so i thought maybe this could be our miracle? i needed to talk to my hub. 

he had no idea this was even a possiblity (i didn’t want to make him have to worry), so this is his reaction when i showed him the news: 

and then he said what my heart was thinking, but was too afraid to hold on to until that moment. 

this is exactly what i’ve been praying for. that if God wanted to do a miracle, he would do it now and mess up our plans.

so i let go of the fear that was as natural as breathing at this point. i allowed the peace of God to fill all those cracks in my heart, and it has sustained me all along the way! i should be a mess, but i feel like he gave me this unexpectedly and out of HIS goodness, not because of anything i could do. so it’s up to him to carry this life through until, well, the end. i’m sure i’ll want to worry just as much when this baby is in my arms, when this baby is a teenager learning to drive, when this baby moves away and starts a family of his/her own. so i practice now. keeping this baby surrendered to the One who knows every hair on his miraculous little head.

for those of you who are still in the process – know that you are not alone. seek God about his will for your family, and allow Him to take you to the end of yourself. surround yourself with a few people you can talk to and cry with. and if i can help in any way, please let me know. fertile myrtle’s, don’t take for granted the ease with which you conceive and carry a baby to term. it’s a gift that many people would love to have. be sensitive to those who are hiding their tears and hoping for a miracle.

 

 

May 27, 2015 - 2:14 pm

Anna Watson - “don’t take for granted the ease with which you conceive and carry a baby to term.”

so humbled by your story.

January 13, 2014 - 10:25 pm

Dani Clark - Congrats you two! I am so excited for you guys! We too had some problems keeping a healthy pregnancy. It took us 2 years and 2 miscarriages before we got our first son, Easton and a year and one miscarriage before we got Hudson. We were afraid we’d lose both of them when we had a couple issues early on, so I understand the fear and heartache. What a blessing and a miracle though! I can’t wait to see pics of your sweet little baby!
<3

January 12, 2014 - 9:27 am

Dala Botha - Wow! Just read your post after I saw the link on facebook! So so wonderful! I pray for a comfortable last few weeks, a wonderful delivery and a happy healthy baby!

January 12, 2014 - 2:10 am

Katlyn Wagner - Ken and I prayed for you when we first found out of your struggles, you have been so kind to us for as long as we have known you. I cried tears of joy when you announced this because I knew the time and tears that came before your miracle. You and Sam are so deserving and you will be wonderful parents. Being a mother is such a joy, I can’t wait for baby deese to arrive! We love you so much and we are exponentially thrilled for you! Xo

January 10, 2014 - 10:50 pm

Jennifer Scurlock - Dear Teeny Tiny,

Words cannot express the joy I feel when I see your pregnancy photos. I have known you for years and I have always admired your faith in God. It is beautiful to see images of you and the amazing miracle that grows inside of you! I am smiling. My eyes are burning with tears. I am blessed by your words. You are a living testimony of God’s grace and I love you, my friend!

~ Jennifer

January 10, 2014 - 10:44 pm

Jana - Beautiful story renee! So happy for you! I have two friends who both tried for 3-5 years to get pregnant and both were about to start ivf and both got pregnant right before! God is so good! They both have two babies now too, a boy and a girl! ❤️

January 10, 2014 - 8:55 pm

Jessica - Renee, this was so beautifully written! It made me cry because it took me back to our fertility struggle. It really was so hard to talk to people about it during that time. For two years B and I tried to get pregnant, took fertility medication, took lots of tests, cried a lot, it was terrible. We ended up getting pregnant a month after I quit taking all the medications because we had decided to quit “trying” for a while. God really has the best plans. I’m so excited for you guys and your little miracle! What amazing parents that baby has been blessed with!

January 10, 2014 - 7:26 pm

Shelley Bohlken - Wow Sam and Rene! I had no idea you had been through all of that. What an incredible story of God’s goodness and faithfulness and of your trust and belief in a miracle-loving God. So excited to see all that God has in store for your family! Thanks so much for sharing.

January 10, 2014 - 7:06 pm

Lori Killeen - Dear little Renee. Reading this blog brings back so many memories for me. You know my story of how Uncle Mike and I tried for Nine long years to have our miracles. I know and understand the pain, heartache and loss that goes along with this. However I also know the absolute joy that comes with realizing your dreams. Our miracles are now 16 and 13 and I thank Hos every day for them. I am beyond happy for you and Sam. I can’t wait to meet your miracle. Love, aunt Lori❤️

January 10, 2014 - 4:24 pm

Nancy LaLande - This story brought not only tears but tons of God bumps!! I am so happy for you and Sam.. I can’t wait to meet the little critter… <3 <3

January 10, 2014 - 3:56 pm

Melanie Bentley - Awww this is beautiful!! I’m so happy for you guys and your little miracle. You’re going to be such a wonderful mommy!

January 10, 2014 - 3:11 pm

Heather McMillan - I love this story so much…so very real and beautiful. It is true that surrender starts earlier for some than it does for others, but we all have to get there eventually. We have to give our children to their creator…Who loves them more than we can imagine. Can’t wait to watch this story unfold.

January 10, 2014 - 1:34 pm

Traci Rangel - I love your Heart for Jesus and your little Miracle..this has truly Blessed me..So Happy for you both ,God is so good ..My Son and Daughter In-Law are waiting for God to give them there Miracle..also..God has just the perfect timing and I love that..my Daughter In-Law shared your story with me ..this make me Smile and Cry..it touched my heart deeply..God Bless you both,,

January 10, 2014 - 11:56 am

Micah Pugmire - This is beautiful! So truthful and heartfelt.
I love that you give God all the credit, and that you know that this baby wasn’t an accident but a miracle! And I can’t wait to meet him!

January 10, 2014 - 11:19 am

Cindy Dahl - Well, of course I am crying! I also know some of what you have been through and being at the other side and my children have grown, it is still overwhelming to me how god has made our family. I don’t take any of them for granted. I know it doesn’t mean I love them more than someone who can conceive easily, but there is always a sense that God put my family together in a wonderful way that had more to do with him and less to do with me. I am so excited to meet your miracle and I can’t wait to watch you and Sam become the most amazing parents ever! Keep writing, I love it!!

January 10, 2014 - 10:59 am

Josephine Jasmer - I’m almost to tears here at work Renee! Good job and God is amazing – I love seeing Him move in our lives.
- jo

January 10, 2014 - 10:54 am

Paula Bangs - So much like my story… I carried my babies into my 2nd trimester each time. I didn’t have the medical advances so many years ago. Praise God you do sweetie! Our babies are a gift from our Lord for sure.

January 10, 2014 - 10:43 am

Kelly Fenley - Love love love this :)

January 10, 2014 - 10:28 am

mark d'anna - This is so awesome little Renee. I loved it all. And the picks display the love in your life so well. I am very moved by this and am honored to call you my niece ! I love you ….

January 10, 2014 - 10:22 am

Courtney Hoecker - Sam and Renee, this literally brought tears to my eyes! (I’m blubbering at work now ;) ) I knew about a few details but did not know the depth of your story. God truly has and will be the center of your little miracle child and I know that he or she is going to bring so much joy to you both like you are already feeling! Congratulations once again! I can’t wait to meet the little one!