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Elam Family

Well, shame on me for taking so long to blog this foresty glam family session. I love when clients have ideas, vision and drive. We had fun, we all got a little tree sap on us (I may have gotten more than a little) and one little one had to pee in the woods. I say win for adventure! Two thumbs up for awesome and adventurous clients.


Drink Tacho’s Coffee

If given the opportunity to do commercial work in Costa Rica, it most certainly should be for a coffee factory. Since my travels over the last year here in central america, I’ve come to realize, Seattle has nothing on coffee (sorry Seattle). Here in Costa Rica you get the best, the freshest and the most natural, and you don’t even have to pay extra for it. Imagine….coffee cherries picked, sun dried, kissed with natural “honey” from the coffee bean fruit, roasted, brewed, enjoyed. That simple, nothing else. Cafe Lomas de Sabalito is no exception. And I promise, I’m not being biased, it’s some of the best that I’ve had here in Costa Rica. It’s tradition for most Tico’s to drink coffee in the morning and afternoon for ‘cafesito’, so, I’ve had A LOT of coffee, just sayin’. Oddly enough, you go just a little north to Nicaragua or slightly south to Panama, you might as well be on another planet when it comes to the coffee.

Tacho has a passion for coffee and you can see it when he talks about it. His factory is also very sustainable and earth friendly. His drier is fueled by a wood fire (imagine the touch of flavor that adds) and he uses the coffee bean peel to keep the fire burning hot. Nothing seems to go to waste. Tacho’s beans (in their unroasted state) are primarily shipped to Starbucks in the US and to Italy. His beans are top notch, maybe you’ve even had them in your kitchen. But, Costa Rica is the only place you will find Cafe Lomas de Sabalito from bean to cup because he only roasts on a small local level. Calling all coffee lovers, Costa Rica is where it’s at. Mmmmm coffee.





Drying fruit








Thanks Barbie! Mmmmm, it was delicious! :)

Roy and Rebecca – Turrialba, Costa Rica

Fun fact: in Costa Rica the sun sets from pre-dusk to dark in 5.3 minutes. Okay, so maybe I exaggerate a bit. But seriously, this shoot gave us a run for our money. When we  arrived at our location we had plenty of light,  approximately 15 minutes later, the sun was down and the light was GONE. So…we played in the dark. These two were so easy going and up for the challenge. I’m just a little disappointed that we didn’t get to play more in the daylight at this great location out in Turrialba. Here’s a little teaser of this session.



Magruder – Rattlesnake Lake

This family holds a special little place in my heart. I’ve photographed these girls every 3 months for the first year of each of their lives and then some. Again, I loved seeing them and how their personalities have blossomed in their own ways – very differently mind you. Ava is a little more reserved but knows what she wants and how she feels – you can see she’s absorbing all the information of her surroundings kind of in the background but when she’s ready, she’s ready and knows exactly how she wants to proceed. Madison is often found teasing, laughing, dancing and full of life – ready to go when the world goes. When they’re together, they seem so different but I can say pretty confidently that I think it’s their differences that will create their greatest bond. I think these girls are going to be an unbreakable team.