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Language of Summer | From the Archives

Summer time stretches out in front of us with waves and wishes. Backyard, air conditioning , picnics, weddings, sun screen, beaches, camping, and adventure all become part of our summer time vernacular. The following words are from a few summers past, but they still hold true this time of year. Enjoy.Summer, you are leaving me… almost gone, but I am not done tasting you yet.

I know you are going, because the evenings are more watermelon juice drips then perspiration. I can feel it in the morning air as I stir awake, you smell different this time of year, not so sticky, yet sweet.

I can see it in the gentle way you hold the velvet brown mountain silhouette. The soft, sky touch that can only be yours.

The dark comes earlier, the blue mix with peaches that hang heavy  in the tree, ripe and ready and in the blushing of the leaves in the strong sycamore that shushes in the exhale.

I still have a few things left for you, summer. Summer don’t fall too quickly away…

Keep chasing the light my friends, Vanessa Simpson

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This post was originally written and photographed by me for the Mortal Muses collaborative blog, and part of a new series I am calling, From the Archives. Source: Language of Summer | Mortal Muses

A Boy, a Book and a Cat – Tacoma Family Photography


Can you believe that golden glow? It was cool out the other evening, but the setting sun drew us out to the backyard for a little last minute sunshine therapy before dinner. He didn’t want to put down his book, but agreed to join me.obookworm-3-of-14Someone else thought it was nice that we were outside, too. Hey kid, whatchya reading?
obookworm-5-of-14Harry who? Maybe if his name was Fuzzy I’d sit awhile.obookworm-12-of-14obookworm-7-of-14 Ooooh… wait, this book corner is good for a face rub, isn’t it? obookworm-11-of-14obookworm-9-of-14obookworm-10-of-14What’s that over there? Ahhh, the dog is outside now too? I’m going to go chase her. Have fun reading about Fuzzy, er I mean Harry.obookworm-13-of-14

Keep chasing that light, Vanessa

Front Yard Pumpkin Patch – Tacoma Family Photography

In the spring, my husband worked really hard and built four big garden boxes for the front yard. He brought in yards of soil, and set up drip sprinklers so we wouldn’t have to think much about keeping the plants refreshed. Then, he recruited the kids who happily had a blast planting our garden – we had had so much zucchini (I have gallon bags frozen in the freezer for winter cooking), a ton of tomatoes (cherry, pear and early girls), cucumbers, beans, raspberries, and even a of couple watermelons!

But the favorite of the harrest around here is always the pumpkins. The vines grow and cover the hill in our front yard with their big green leaves. We get really excited when we spot the first golf ball sized pumpkind at the base of the yellow flowers and then, we keep an eye out as they get bigger and bigger. Making it a game as we pull in and out of the drive way through out the summer months.

When the days start to get shorter and the fog starts to fill the air. When the rain comes down a little more frequently and heavier – we know it’s time to cut the big orange orbs off the vine.  This year we ended up with a dozen of these beauties. All shapes and sizes. We filled the wagon and then walked it around the neighborhood to share with the other kids on the block. It’s a really fun tradition and something my kids get a huge kick out of each October. Who needs to go to a farm when you  have the pumpkin patch right out the front door?!pumpkinharvest2016-2-of-25pumpkinharvest2016-7-of-25Our cat, Ruben loves when we are out in the yard. Purring and chatting his meowing chat as we work. pumpkinharvest2016-24-of-25pumpkinharvest2016-3-of-25pumpkinharvest2016-4-of-25pumpkinharvest2016-5-of-25Sharing the harvest and decorating fun with Jojo (her grandma) back in Reno via Face-time. Isn’t technology so cool?pumpkinharvest2016-8-of-25pumpkinharvest2016-9-of-25pumpkinharvest2016-17-of-25pumpkinharvest2016-12-of-25pumpkinharvest2016-14-of-25pumpkinharvest2016-10-of-25pumpkinharvest2016-15-of-25pumpkinharvest2016-11-of-25 pumpkinharvest2016-22-of-25pumpkinharvest2016-18-of-25pumpkinharvest2016-20-of-25 pumpkinharvest2016-21-of-25

How about you? Do you grow your own or do you make a day of going to the pumpkin oatch each year? Either way, these little traditions help us mark the change of seasons and make for some really fun memories.

Here’s to a great Halloween, happy haunting everyone !

Keep chasing that light, Vanessa

Airport Antics – Family Photography at SeaTac Airport

So there we were, stuck at the airport as we waited for our delayed flight. It was rainy and the kids were getting a bit rummy. There is a point as a mom that you just say, what could it really hurt? and just let them turn the place into a playground. And, in an effort to not go a little crazy yourself, the camera comes out of the bag. It’s a win-win, really. airportantics-6-of-7airportantics_web-2-of-12 airportantics-3-of-7airportantics_web-1-of-12airportantics-1-of-7I love the drips on the window behind her. The style she has – those cat pants, I want a pair, and I love that she pairs glitter with stripes. And how can I not totally dig the window light on his face? Yeah, we got a few looks from other airport goers, but trust me- if this was the only ruckus they were causing, I’m totally cool with it.
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Keep chasing that light, Vanessa

Parking Lot Polaroids

It’s fall Polaroid week and I didn’t have time to scan in any of my little rectangle gems to share throughout the week before hand.

But, yesterday morning I made a snuck off while I had my coffee (at the cost of totally getting behind on the morning routine and schedule, oops) and ran these shots through the scanner.  I couldn’t pass up posting this series that I started with the kids last weekend.

Plus, it’s Friday, and Friday is for Film…
FocusInPhotography - Parking Lot PoalaroidLast weekend we found ourselves in Santa Rosa, California for a wedding. We had the morning to burn as we waited for the mini van full of cousins to arrive from Reno.

We also needed something stronger than the hotel coffee as well as fresh air. So, we took a walk to the nearest Starbucks for goodies and then wandered on to a great playground and park to let the kids run!FocusInPhotography - Parking Lot PoalaroidOn the way we noticed there were several buildings and various colored garage doors. I decided to have the kids stop at each one we spotted (and that looked different from the last) and snapped a photo.While I attempted to direct these two little squirrels of mine (stand here. no more in the middle. wait, over here) I realized that they were too hopped up on their morning bun and chocolate milk for me to actually get them to listen. To be honest, I think they are better this way – The Simpson Traveling Circus in all it’s goofy, wacky, wound up glory. Love me a good photo series, I can’t wait to keep going with this one!

Happy Polaroid week and Film Friday!

Keep chasing that light, Vanessa

Summer Traditions…

Ever since the kids were really little, we have made a tradition of spending the Fourth of July weekend in Greagle, California. Despite the miles between us now, we have managed to make it back to the Sierra Valley the past three summers.

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December 2015 – Five on Five

My final Five on Five post for 2015. As the other women and I discussed this month, we realized we have been doing this monthly review for the past four years! WOW. Time sure does go quickly. I do love taking a step back from my month and picking through the images and memories. When you are done here, make sure you jump over to Small Roots and see what she was up to in December.

FocusInPhotography (50 of 72)Sledding with the cousins in Johnsville, California. The kids (and the adults) had so much fun on this beautiful day. up and down, up and down the hill. Hot chocolate and snacks to warm up once we were done. The snow was perfect. FocusInPhotography (35 of 72)Finding the color. If you want to see more of these, I wrote a blog post on ViewFinders all about it.

FocusInPhotography (4 of 72)Singing. My boy is in there signing his little hear out with his classmates. This was at our town’s tree lighting festivities. O is our cheermiester and LOVES the holiday season. He is the first to pull out his Santa hat and the last to tuck away his stocking when it’s all over. FocusInPhotography (13 of 72) Fifi decorating our tree. Such care and fun as she pulled each one from the box this year. We managed to only break one or two this go around- I loved watching her drag the step stool around so she could reach all the branches.

I hope you all had a lovely December- Here’s to another amazing year!!

Vanessa-

Dance | Tacoma Family Photography

Sometimes, you just have to pick a spot of sunshine, and dance.

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Polka dots and shoes are optional.

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“Dance first. Think later.
It’s the natural order.”

Samuel Beckett

FocusInPhotography (3 of 6)Make sure to twirl and spin and giggle along the way.
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