Clearing the Cache

A Lesson On Stealing

My son stole something.

Did he know he had it when we left the store? Yes. Did he know stealing is wrong? Yes.

I sighed with disappointment. I didn’t think I’d have to deal with this issue with my kids since they are content with their toys and so good at not whining about buying toys at stores. They’re so good in fact that I enjoy taking them out to stores for window shopping.

Perhaps he’s confused.

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Picture This



I was inspired after watching A LEGO Brickumentary and WALL-E.


Happy 4th Birthday Bruce!

Collage of Bruce photos in the shape of a Chinese character four

Picture This

Fall Photo Portraits with Friends

Brandis Family
We always enjoy a session with new parents. We photographed Tim and Trina’s wedding six years ago and we were blessed to photograph their growing family.

Penny Family
We met the Penny family through our mutual friend Leah Brandis. They have an unique aesthetic to their portrait sessions that provide us an opportunity to explore new areas of Portland.

Stan Family
We were connected with the Stan family for our first daughters through the Bradley birth course. We’ve photographed their family over the years and it’s always a fun reunion to see their daughters grow up.

Dunn Family
Russell and Shannon first started dating when we were newlyweds. Over the years, we have been witnesses to their wedding, for their daughter, and now, their latest addition to their family.

Clearing the Cache

My Superhero Secret

Collage of my superhero alter-ego costumes: Matt Murdock (Daredevil), Tony Stark (Iron Man), and Clark Kent (Superman)

Coming up with a great costume is hard. Especially when I didn’t like wearing costumes. I didn’t like drawing attention. So imagine how thrilled I was with myself when I came up with the perfect costume: superhero alter egos.

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Clearing the Cache

Time for a Watch

I don’t get it. Do I need another screen to distract me from the world? Do I need another device to charge everyday? Those were the thoughts I had about smartwatches. I did not take them seriously until Apple came out with their smartwatch because it would make the product category mainstream. Even then, it didn’t have any killer feature that persuaded me that I needed one. But, as I’ve talked to people who own smartwatches, not just the Apple watch, I’ve learned that a smartwatch is greater than the sum of its parts.

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Happy 8th Birthday Kadie!

Collage of Kadie's photos in the Chinese character for eight

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Summer of Camping

I never camped growing up. It was not something my family was interested in doing. After I married Jenni, I had my first camping trip at Battle Ground Lake with her family. While we had interesting neighbors who kept us up all night, I found the experience pleasant.

We planned four camping trips this summer to unplug and adventure the outdoors. Though we only camped three times total, we learned from each one and culminated in camping at the beach.

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Clearing the Cache

My Best Brother Speech

Jack, Rachel, Jenni, and David

I felt relieved when Jack and Rachel practiced their wedding vows at the rehearsal. He was reading them from a sheet of paper and she hadn’t finished her’s yet. I finished my speech two weeks before the wedding, but I trashed it on the week of the wedding, and started over.

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This Second Time at Day Camp

Photo booth collage

With an amazing experience at Beaverton Foursquare’s day camp last year during my my sabbatical, I took a week off from work to serve again. It was also Violet’s first year attending day camp, and her big sister was very excited to share the experience with her.

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