The Brennan Family/ Cheyenne Wyoming/ Family Photographer/ Love & Honey Photography

It is said that every picture tells a story.  This is the Brennan’s story.  Their story of this moment in time.  I’m so glad we could get together to photograph who they are right now.  The brothers are full of energy and curious about the world around them.  Sister is growing up.  She loves ballet and can’t wait for the new baby growing in Mommy’s tummy.  It won’t be long and she will be able to meet her new brother or sister.  It’s so exciting they are waiting until baby is born to know if it’s a boy or girl.  Mommy and Daddy have a beautiful family.  It was so fun to get to spend a few moments getting to know the Brennan family and recording their love.1C7A22491C7A22801C7A2300-Edit1C7A23521C7A23701C7A23901C7A24001C7A24191C7A25421C7A26201C7A26691C7A27071C7A27741C7A28411C7A29191C7A30551C7A30871C7A31141C7A3179-Edit

Derek & Maggie’s Session/ Loon Lake, Washington/ Washington Photographer/ Love & Honey Photography

Derek and Maggie are some of my favorite people.  I love how much fun they have together.  They are always laughing and smiling when I see them.  I’ve also seen them have a servants heart for their friends.  So, it’s always fun when I get to meet up with them and do a session.  They have a love that I enjoy capturing in photos.

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“Here’s my love letter
For worse or better
You have my heart
Forever!”  – J.J. Heller

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A Family Day at the Park/Spokane Washington/Spokane Family Photographer/Love & Honey Photography

Bryn lives in Alaska, but loves to come down with the littles to visit her family.  This time Grandpa and Grandma and Bryn’s brother all met with us at the park for family pictures.  The littles loved playing and running.  Sissy is just beginning to walk, and brother showed us how fast he can run.  He also had a jumping contest with his uncle and played with Grandpa.  Grandma and sissy played, and mommy took turns with the two littles playing and exploring.  It was a happy little moment carved out in time.

Family is a beautiful thing to have, and the sweetness is even stronger when the visits are far between.

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The Keating’s Action Packed Family Session/Family Photographer/Loon Lake Washington/Love and Honey Photography

This Super Family came to my house for a session.  We started with poses in the box.  These super heroes loved it!  They had been practicing great poses at home, so they would be ready for their session.  So much costume goodness.  Later we took a hike to the Beaver Pond.  The boys had a blast.  There are so many fun things to explore at the Beaver Pond.  A fun day over, and I have to say, I think the Momma of this bunch is a real live Super Hero!

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Clay & Brittany’s Wedding Day/Northeastern 18/Sterling Colorado Wedding/Love & Honey Photography

The clouds rolled in and rain fell from the skies.  Clay and Brittany’s out door wedding plans changed quickly.  I watched as both adjusted easily to the situation.  Their beautiful day rolled along like it was meant to be indoors.  The bride continued to smile sweetly and enjoy every moment of her day.  The groom and his groomsmen played a round of golf in the rain before coming in.  I greatly admire these two.  They rolled through the day with grace and smiles.  Accepting the changes of the day.  What a sweet way to begin a marriage. Just happy to be together.

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The McCoy Wedding/Love & Honey Photography/Chewelah Washington Wedding Photographer/Washington Wedding Photographer

“You know you’re in love when you can’t sleep, because reality is finally better than your dreams.          -Dr. Seuss

Congratulations, Caleb and Rebecca McCoy!  The planning and the waiting can seem to go on forever, and then one day it’s finally here.  Caleb and Rebecca’s wedding day was beautiful, the start of many amazing days.  The beginning of a life together with full of adventures to come.  This day begins it all, and this day turned out perfect.  May your journey through life be filled with love, laughter, joy and many many beautiful moments together.

Thank you for inviting me to record your first day as Mr & Mrs McCoy!

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Little Miss D’s Newborn Session/Spokane Washington Newborn Photographer/Spokane Washington/Love & Honey Photography

Sometimes the littelest things take up the most room in your heart.  – Winnie the Pooh

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A Battle for Life/The Story of the Dixon Family/Lifestyle Photography/Love and Honey Photography/Deer Park Washington/SCID Survivor

This session was a very special session to me.  So special that I decided to have this strong mom, Rachel Dixon write it in her own words.  This is the Dixon family’s story, a battle in ways, a battle for healing for little Ezra, it continues down through the pictures…

“As we run through the woods, you can hear squeals of laughter and pirate growls, swords are clanging and flashes of color whoosh by. Captain Jake and Cubby join forces with Peter Pan to vanquish the notorious Captain Hook once and for all! Today we are celebrating…Celebrating the end of a long journey. A journey that we never thought we would have to take. A journey filled with heartache, sorrow, and pain. Yet a journey filled with hope, love, and strength.

If you had asked me two years ago where I saw life taking our family, I probably wouldn’t have answered you. img_8547

A little over two years ago our second son, Ezra, was born. Little did we know just how much our lives would change in the days, weeks, and months to come. When Ezra was three days old we received a phone call from the pediatrician saying that his newborn screening came back positive for SCID (Severe Combined Immunodeficiency). All we were told was that he needed more labs and that he essentially had what is more commonly known as the“Bubble Boy” disease. To put it simply, he was born without a complete immune system. After days of labs for our whole family, nights in the hospital, tears, prayers, anger, and a complete upheaval of our family, the diagnosis was confirmed. The doctors informed us that the only way to save our son would be a bone marrow transplant. 2016-11-30_0002

Judah was a perfect match and we started the process. Because Ezra was so young, they wanted to wait a few weeks before taking him to transplant. Judah went to live across state with grandparents, and Zach and I stayed with Ezra. As the days turned into weeks we waited…Waited for transplant, waited for the cure, waited for our lives to return to “normal”. 2016-11-30_00032016-11-30_0004

At 9 weeks old, Ezra received a bone marrow transplant from Judah. At the tender age of 2, Judah saved his baby brother’s life. 2016-11-30_0005

After undergoing chemotherapy, “cocktails” of different medications, gruesome side effects, and a visit from Seattle Seahawk’s Russell Wilson, we were finally discharged. However, our lives were far from normal. A feeding tube, 20+ medications, constant check ups, and blood transfusions, became our normal. I learned how to execute more medical “procedures” than I ever thought possible. 2016-11-30_00062016-11-30_0007

Through all of this, it was very hard to look to the future, to imagine what life down the road would look like. Because from day to day, we just didn’t know what would happen. There were too many variables in Ezra’s life to know with any certainty what would happen. 2016-11-30_00082016-11-30_0009

Although we went through such a harrowing time, we never lost sight of our faith, never lost our hope in God. Because, as I was recently reminded, “God doesn’t make mistakes.” He knew that our family would make it through this season with His strength, that we would have the endurance to run the race set before us. He knew we needed Ezra and that Ezra needed us. 2016-11-30_00102016-11-30_00112016-11-30_0012

Fast-forward 2 years…After months of clinic visits, tapering medications, feeding and physical therapy…Our family is finally able to look to the future, to dream again. Ezra has clinic once every 3 months, he is eating, running, talking, and most importantly, he has a fully functioning immune system. 2016-11-30_00132016-11-30_0014

Today, if you were to ask me where I see life taking our family, I would tell you: I don’t know for sure, but I know that no matter what life tries to throw at us, we will make it through, together. 2016-11-30_00152016-11-30_00162016-11-30_00172016-11-30_00182016-11-30_0019

For our family is a family of strength, a family filled with new life, a family filled with hope for the future.” 2016-11-30_0020

To learn more about Ezra and SCID and what YOU can do for families in similar situations, please go to: https://www.seattlecca.org/patient-stories/scid-survivor-1

 

Debbie Nicholas is a natural light, life style photographer.  She enjoys helping families have fun during their sessions.  Making the moment another wonderful memory in life.  Her sessions are relaxed with lots of play and a bit of posing.  Debbie lives in Valley Washington near Loon Lake Washington.  She travels to the areas around her in the Inland Northwest for many kinds of sessions.  Some of these areas are, Spokane Washington, Deer Park Washington, Coeur d’Alene Idaho, Colville Washington, Loon Lake Washington and Chewelah Washington.  If you would like to book a session with Love and Honey Photography, by Debbie Nicholas, call (509)680-8101 or email at loveandhoneyphotography@gmail.com.  Thanks for stopping by!

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