Oh, look: *another* story of someone in my life turning out to be a full-on guardian angel. Dianne and Lenny were surrogate parents to me for many of my years in Seattle. They fed me, they were proud of my accomplishments, they got me jobs, and scolded me when I spent money carelessly, mostly on parking tickets :). Most importantly, I lived with them for a couple of years in their gorgeous log home outside of Seattle. Dianne and Lenny are two of the most important people in my life and they’re just two more people who saw something in me that I could not. I love these two people with everything I have and sitting here contemplating their kindness and generosity has tears pouring down my face.
So, Dianne and Lenny moved from that dream home into just about the dreamiest home you’ve ever homed. Holy shit! They live in a home they designed and built on Whidbey Island now which is 30 miles north of Seattle in the Puget Sound. Ever read anything by Tom Robbins? Ya, you should, and when yo do you’ll know the part of the planet that so inspired him. The whole of Washington’s coast is stunning and it surely looks like an idyllic place to be. Dianne is a master gardener so the grounds of this joint are ridiculous, and Lenny is a master builder so the home, the wood shop, the pagoda (!), and the tree house just blew my mind. They are in their utter glory as grand parents and to photograph them in this role at this home was such an honor. These photographs are of Dianne, Lenny, their son Dusty, his goddess of a wife Michelle, and their two Smalls.
Enjoy. I love you guys so much. And thank you. For everything, always, but mostly for believing in me when there wasn’t much to believe in, and then for trusting me with these photographs, and for being so damn proud of my journey. You have my heart for this lifetime and beyond. Count on it.
Well, well, well, look who won the Life Lottery! This crew!! I met Craig, the pops, as his personal trainer nine years ago when he was training to run a triathlon and it was friend-love at first sight. 🙂 Since our meeting his family has grown from just he and Lauren, his college sweetheart, to his twin girls and his son. This family is soooo very lucky and SUPER fun to be around. The shoot was super chill and easy and fun and we just laughed and talked and had a really good time. I’m not sure what else to say about them outside of the fact that I adore all five of these souls. You will too.
Enjoy. Thank you. Love.
What’s happening in the world that this family gets to be MORE lovely?! Gawwwwwd bless it, I love these guys. OK, so we photographed Liz and Todd’s wedding in 2009 and pretty much fell madly in love with both of them. One look at them and you won’t be far behind, I promise. Then they went ahead and made a cherub and named her Caroline. That post is right HERE. This summer they went ahead and made Grant and added him to the mix and things are just getting more and more sweet. Gahhh, Todd is sooo funny and cool, he’s a surgeon, he’s self deprecating, honest, hilarious, gorgeous, kind, and loyal. And he’s madly in love with his family. 🙂 Liz? Don’t even start me. Liz fully looks like a super model, but she’s also hilarious, cool as hell, super funny, way smart…and Todd’s boss at Mass General. 🙂
Caroline looks like a doll and she’s just getting used to this Grant kid. I can’t wait to see them all again. Fall in love for y’selves: