If you’re a long-time follower of this blog you may recall the Tuttle family. I took Josh and Loraena’s family photos years and years ago. We all thought that we would do two photo sessions within in a year or so but the Tuttle family was tossed into a season of patience. They were waiting for their second adopted daughter to arrive home. And what we all thought would be a shorter time period- the Tuttle’s adoption journey lasted about 7 years. Yes, my friends, they are an inspiration. To patiently wait for their child for seven years is such an authentic picture of love. Before I start to tear up… let’s just say the GREAT news… Felienne Tuttle has safely arrived from Haiti and is loving life in Oregon. I personally know the Tuttle family and I can tell you that both girls, Ellie being their eldest, are in the most loving family. To see the four of them together, after such a long journey, well, it makes your heart sing.
Oh! what fun we had during our beach photo session. These photos will make you feel like a kid again- like the first time you saw the ocean or the first time you ran from a wave. The Tuttles were so playful. They ran down the huge sand dune at Cape Kiwanda, they jumped and giggled and snuggled and played in the waves. It was a perfect beach session.
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Josh and Loraena- I’m so happy for you. Your family is beautiful and I know Faye was worth the wait. I know you’ll enjoy your two children for eternity and I hope you enjoy this tiny slice of life I captured for you. Enjoy your photos.
One quick story. So I bought these clear umbrellas to use during the beach photo sessions. The weather called for rain and I wanted to be prepared. Although it did not rain during their family photo session, I still thought it would be fun to let the girls play with the umbrellas. I did not consider the wind. We opened those umbrellas and they took off faster than a cheetah. They flew down the coastline and Josh, being the great man that he is, took off running after these silly umbrellas. I’m not even exaggerating when I say that Josh ran for like two miles. Ha! Okay, I don’t know the distance. But we couldn’t see him anymore, that’s how far he ran. It’s a testament to his character. Josh brought both umbrellas back… exhausted. Josh, thank you. You didn’t have to do that- but I do like the umbrellas and I’m happy to still have them. So this last photo is for you, Josh. Thanks!