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Changes

If you've been following this blog for a while, you might have noticed that things have slowed down considerably over the last few months. That's because Crystal and I have been reorganizing some things. A couple of months ago, we launched Très Bébé Photography, a separate branch of our business dedicated specifically to baby, child, and family portrait photography. (That site includes a fresh, new gallery of our best portraits.) Most of our energy has gone into that portion of our business, so we haven't been posting here as often.

That leaves this site as it was at its inception: dedicated to my nature and fine art photography as well as my notes about my journey through the photography business. I expect that posts will continue to be slow here for a few more months, but once the dust settles from our new brand, I plan to spend a lot more time marketing my nature work. That will bring many more posts in the future. It will also bring a new brand for Divine Reflections as well as a fresh, new website. So, please stay tuned.

Posted by Greg on September 15, 2008 at 8:00AM.

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Phil, Nancy, and Kiddos

Of the numerous blessings that God has so graciously given to me, this family will always be at the top of the list. Almost 13 years ago I met two people who would be used to forever change me: Phil and Nancy.

  • Beautiful.
  • Passionate.
  • Teachers.
  • Loving.
  • Hilarious.
  • Patient.
  • Gracious.

These are but a few of the words that I would use to describe them. No language contains words profound enough to describe the depth of my love and indebted gratitude for all that they have blessed me with over the years. Watching their family grow to include 4 precious and marvelous children is simply sweet.

Phil, Nancy, Hannah, Caleb, Caitlyn, and Noah, we adore all of you! Thanks for allowing us to hang out with you for the day; we had a blast.

Caleb

Noah

Hannah

Caitey

Phil and Nancy: Still Lovebirds after 15 Years

Posted by Crystal on April 9, 2008 at 11:00PM.

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Kathy and Naomi

Good friends are rare. Friends that stay friends for 36 years are rarer still. My mom and her friend Kathy have been friends for nearly 4 decades, and their relationship is still going strong. That they've survived everything that life has thrown at them is a testament to their commitment to one another.

Last weekend, they asked me to take a few pictures of them, and I happily obliged. Here are Naomi and Kathy just being friends and interacting like they have for years.

Posted by Crystal on April 7, 2008 at 11:57PM.

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Lucy's First Year Slideshow

If you've been following our blog for a while, you have watched Lucy grow up over the past year. I have finished designing the Baby's First Year album containing Lucy's pictures. Her growth is amazing, and Lucy is just beautiful. Here is a slideshow of the album.

Posted by Crystal on April 2, 2008 at 12:20PM.

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Robin - Face #40

The journey to motherhood is not unlike a fingerprint; everyone's is a bit different. However, some women face more barriers and challenges during the process than others. Robin is a beautiful, sweet spirited, and passionate mommy of two darling children. What started as one of the happiest events of her life, the birth of her daughter, turned into a battle for her life. After over 30 hours in labor Robin gave birth to a healthy baby girl. That process, however, damaged a main artery leading to her uterus. A few weeks later, Robin underwent surgery and received a blood transfusion that saved her life.

Robin now works at the Chico center for BloodSource working to recruit able donors who are willing to give a bit of their time and a little of their blood so that other lives can be saved as well.

Thank you, Robin, for taking your time to educate me about the need for blood donors and to remind me of how much beauty one person can have!

And if you have not donated blood and are qualified to do so, you really should donate soon. The next person who needs a life-saving blood transfusion might just be you.

Posted by Crystal on March 24, 2008 at 10:34PM.

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Kristina - Face #39

Kristina is my hero for the day. Why? Simply because she is a bearer of wonderful cinnamon deliciousness in a gooey, frosted ring of pleasure. That's right, she works at Chico's new Cinnabon.

Kristina is a Chico native and is currently serving a little bit of pleasure in a bun to the guests visiting the Chico Mall. Kristina is probably left in the shadows of the glorious cinnamon goodness, with patrons taking her work in the process for granted. Ah! But, Kristina, we are so thankful for all of your hard work, even if it does affect our waistlines!

Posted by Crystal on March 20, 2008 at 10:00PM.

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Valerie - Face #38

Some people are pleasant, some are perky, and some are cute. Valerie is all of the above and blushes easily to boot. Valerie has a very important job that many often overlook; she is a photo technician at a local Walgreens. Many hurriedly hand deliver or email their precious memories — caught digitally or on film — without giving the process or the people any thought. Thank you, Valerie, for all that you do and for giving me a few minutes of your time!

Posted by Crystal on March 19, 2008 at 10:38PM.

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Emily - Face #37

Bringing a little bit of Greece to Chico, Emily works at one of Chico's quaint little downtown restaurants called Sultan's Bistro. Emily has kept busy preparing Greek food at this establishment for a little over a year, and she greets each guest with a smile.

Thanks, Emily, for all of your hard work, it is deliciously appreciated!

Posted by Crystal on March 18, 2008 at 10:24PM.

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Isabelle - Face #36

So precious and sweet, Isabelle has an amazing spirit. She embodies the joy a child can bring and the joy of which all of us need to be reminded. Precious and loving, she brings hope for the future of the children of Chico.

Thanks, Isabelle, for reminding me about the beauty in the little things and to never stop being curious. We love you!

Posted by Crystal on March 17, 2008 at 11:15PM.

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Mica - Face #35

This is Mica, America's next top model. Okay, maybe he's not the next top model, but the fashions he designs would complement any model. Mica and his wife Lori recently launched their clothing business, the appropriately named Restored Clothing Company. They seek to send a positive message with their clothing, which makes them distinctively differently from a lot of fashion companies. In addition, they are donating a portion of every sale to one of several local charities.

Mica, it was great to spend some time with you and your family. Thanks for allowing me the privilege! Here is a slide show of images from your session.

Posted by Crystal on March 16, 2008 at 10:25PM.

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Blayne - Face #34

I found Blayne at the local skate park, one of his favorite places to hang out. He showed me some of his best moves, and he even demonstrated how to fall gracefully.

Thanks, Blayne, for taking time to skate for my camera.

Posted by Crystal on March 15, 2008 at 11:30PM.

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Dave - Face #33

Unless you are mechanically inclined, those like Dave who service our cars for a living are truly a gift. Dave is a husband, father, and oil technician at ProLube here in Chico. Besides being an all around nice guy, Dave has arguably the most beautiful light blue eyes we have seen in the Chico area — their light color even looks awesome in black and white!

Thanks, Dave, for giving me a few moments of your time!

Posted by Crystal on March 14, 2008 at 8:24PM.

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Kendrea - Face #32

Sweet, beautiful, powerful.

Kendrea's quiet but powerful presence helps encourage some of the female population of Chico during their workouts at the local Curves. With Kendrea flashing that beautiful smile of hers, a workout simply could not be dull. Kendrea, thank you for hanging out in the "sweat shop." Your value isn't taken for granted.

Thanks also for posing for a few pictures.

Posted by Crystal on March 13, 2008 at 11:23PM.

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Fish Family Portraits

As a thank you for their love and support over the past few years, we did a family portrait shoot with Matt, Catherine, and the kids. We drove to a remote park with a view of the Rockies. Then Crystal started shooting. Here are the results.

Matt and Catherine, we hope you enjoy your portraits.

Posted by Greg on March 13, 2008 at 8:00AM.

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Crystal - Face #31

Me.

Chico born and raised. Passionate. Artistic. Broken. Transformed. Flawed. Lover of people. Living on grace. Determined. Verbose. Funny. Traveler. Daughter. Aunt. Friend. Wife. Mother. Photographer.

Posted by Crystal on March 12, 2008 at 11:30PM.

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Fish Family Fun

Greg Kissing Bennett

Crystal adopted Matt as her big brother when they attended college together in Kentucky. Matt married the lovely Catherine, and the Fish family moved to Colorado and had 4 children. Crystal and I have talked many times about visiting the Fishes, but we've never had the chance because the trip is so long. When we realized that Colorado is only a day's drive past the town where we would stay in Utah, we jumped at the chance to add a few days to our trip so we could visit Matt and Catherine and finally meet their kids.

We only spent two days with the Fish family, but we enjoyed ourselves ridiculously. We laughed more than we've laughed in a long time, we had a picnic on the lawn, and we drank coffee and had meals together. Mostly, though, we just enjoyed getting to know the new, enlarged Fish family a lot better. They are a great group of people to hang around and chat with.

Matt and Catherine, thanks again for letting our clan invade your house for a few days. You were gracious hosts, and we enjoyed our time in your home immensely.

Emily and Samuel Tackling Greg

Madelene Carrying Emily

Mommy's Feet, Son's Feet

Sisters

Fishy Love

Playing in the Yard

The Fish Children

Here are some gratuitous portraits of the Fish kids. Aren't they all just adorable?

Madelene

Samuel

Olivia

Bennett

Posted by Greg on March 12, 2008 at 8:00AM.

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Bernita - Face #30

Some people have a gift for understanding math, for understanding how to teach math, and for being willing to use those skills. That describes this lovely woman.

On the other end of the spectrum, there are the students who sat through hour after countless hour of class just trying to understand the theoretically simple "logic" of adding together letters. That would have been me. But I digress.

While I personally would nominate those like Bernita for sainthood just for their willingness to tackle the aforementioned, others may take Bernita's skills for granted. Bernita is a beloved math tutor and teacher at CORE Butte Charter School. Additionally, Bernita has been described as having a soothing and melodic voice that others enjoy.

Thanks, Bernita, for being willing to tackle a difficult subject while patiently teaching difficult subjects. Ha!

Posted by Crystal on March 11, 2008 at 11:42PM.

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Mr. and Mrs. Gambone - Face #29

Having worked really hard to open their first franchise business, Mr. and Mrs. Gambone own the Noble Roman's Pizza restaurant on Mangrove. This tasty little pizza and sub shop has been open since November, and it offers their guests wonderful food and great service. To top it off, the owners are delightful, interesting people.

Thanks for the wonderful meal and for a few minutes of your time!

Posted by Crystal on March 10, 2008 at 11:38PM.

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Kate

Recently, we took a trip to Utah to see Rachelle. Our car decided that it needed a two-day rest break, so it broke down as we were pulling into Elko, Nevada. (We'll post more about that trip a little later.)

While we were waiting for our car to get fixed, we wandered into the Perri Duncan Gallery to look at some of the wonderful Western watercolor paintings. True to form, Crystal immediately noticed the tiny baby asleep in her seat. We struck up a conversation with the artist, and Kate woke up a few minutes later. Her mother walked in, and Crystal asked if she could take a few pictures.

Well, a few pictures turned into a full-blown photo shoot. The shoot turned out to be the most exciting thing that we did the entire time we were in Elko.

Chloe, thanks very much for letting us photograph you and your daughter. Perri, thanks for joining in, and thanks for sharing your art with us.

Posted by Greg on March 10, 2008 at 8:00AM.

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Rachele - Face #28

Meet Rachele! Rachele is best known for her emotion, loyalty, and compassion. While she pursues her various dreams for the future, she still finds time on a regular basis to help take care of her aging grandparents. Rachele is also known to have great love and compassion for animals of almost all types. :) Thanks, Rachele, for allowing me to share a few photographic moments!

Posted by Crystal on March 9, 2008 at 11:00PM.

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Lucy - One Year

It is hard to believe that little Lucy is already 1. It seems like just yesterday that she was born. Here are some pictures from her last photo shoot and her birthday party. Soon her Baby First Year Album will be completed. We hope you enjoy your pictures, Summer and Josh. We love you guys. :)

Posted by Crystal on March 9, 2008 at 7:00PM.

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Aria - Face #27

This is my newest little friend, two year old Aria. While at a local park I watched this precious little girl carefully decide on the area of the sandbox in which she would play. As she surveyed the sea of children, she noticed a pair of unattended shoes that another small child had hastily thrown to the side and forgotten about. Her brow furrowed in concern as she carefully picked up the two shoes, carried them to their owner, and placed them back down at his feet. She fully expected for him to be as concerned as she was that he have his shoes on! It was so precious, and it was a perfect example that serving and making a difference truly knows no age limits. Thank, Aria, for playing with me, letting me take your picture, and giving me your precious "I love you."

Posted by Crystal on March 8, 2008 at 10:14PM.

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Heather - Face #26

Oh, to remember the sweet age of youthful freedom. Heather, merely 18 years old, is enjoying the freedom that has come with her long awaited entry into adulthood. Those sweet soft eyes have seen so much joy and sorrow throughout her years, making them sweeter and more tender still. Her zest for enjoying her freedom can only be surpassed with her anticipation to meet the baby who grows within her womb. In a few short months Heather will meet her sweet first born child. While pondering her portrait I realized that the glow of her own youth still glows faintly on her face. Thanks, Heather, for so patiently enduring my candlelight photography!

Posted by Crystal on March 7, 2008 at 11:30PM.

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Pam - Face #25

A hard working woman of many talents, Pam redefines today's modern woman. Having worked at Chico State in a few different positions, she now serves on the functional side of application security issues for the University. She is a mom, grandma, spare time wedding coordinator, tractor operator, coffee drinker, and an 'I can do pretty much anything' sort of woman. Pam is an incredible example in every role of her life. Thanks, Pam, for allowing me a few moments to take a few shots of you!

Posted by Crystal on March 6, 2008 at 11:15PM.

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OSP West - Napa

Number 90 on my 101 Things list is to attend an OSP event with Crystal. We were blessed to be able to attend the OSP West conference in Napa a couple of weeks ago. We were also thrilled to be able to take Ariana along as she is interested in learning more about photography.

Before I jump into the photos we took over the weekend, I'd like to say thanks to Chris and Jen Stewart, Beth Daane, and Tana Huffman for all of the time and effort spent in organizing this conference. They worked hard to make the conference a success, and I appreciate it immensely!

OK. Now I'll get to the pictures.

Senior Shoot

Saturday morning, we went to the old train station in Rutherford to find a collection of senior girls waiting to be photographed. Nathan Holritz, Kevin Swan, and Shaun Austin talked a little bit about shooting in midday sun and then turned us loose with the models.

Bridal and Wedding Couple Shoot

Sunday afternoon, we met at the V. Sattui winery for a bridal shoot with another collection of models. The winery graciously let us go pretty much wherever we wanted to do. We explored the mustard-filled vineyards and the beautiful architecture of the winery.

Photographers Behind the Scenes

A favorite pastime at this sort of event is taking pictures of other photographers. Some are suitable for blackmail, and others are serious portraits. We took our share of behind the scenes photos on this trip.

Shaun Austin

Kevin Swan

Becky Waurio

Posted by Greg on March 6, 2008 at 8:00AM.

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Sandy - Face #24

Some beauty only comes as a result of refining fires. This amazing woman chooses to live in the midst of such a fire. Persistent even through limitless sorrow, Sandy pushes on regardless of the obstacles in her path. Her professional life is woven with a blend of joy and sorrow, and she serves some of the most helpless in our society. The coordinator of the Butte and Glenn County Options for Recovery program, Sandy plays a crucial role in helping children from the ages of birth through five years who have been impacted by drug or alcohol abuse.

Thank you, Sandy, for your hard work, but more importantly, thank you for your heart!

Posted by Crystal on March 5, 2008 at 10:15PM.

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Aurora - Face #23

Some young people inspire hope for the future, bringing emphasis to beautiful attributes and amazing compassion. Aurora is among the noteworthy young people who break the stereotypes of today's American teenagers. In addition to being a diligent and hardworking student, Aurora serves those around her like a champion. Many in our society have grown comfortable letting time meander aimlessly by, but Aurora is not among those people. Aurora epitomizes the notion that beauty is more than skin deep.

Thank you, Aurora, for all of your hard work, your acts of service to others, and your desire to be an exceptional youth. Thanks for allowing me to capture a bit of you!

Posted by Crystal on March 4, 2008 at 10:54PM.

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Dana - Face #22

Child care providers are very near and dear to my heart. Those who truly care about children provide an invaluable service to precious little people. Dana is one of several people working at KidsPark, a fun-filled, pay by the hour childcare facility. Dana enjoys working with children, and what child could not enjoy being with her considering her wonderful smile? Dana helps to add fun and joy to these kids' days while they are at KidsPark. Dana, thanks for being willing to care for some of Chico's precious kids. You are filling a very important role. Thanks for allowing me a few minutes to capture those cute dimples!

Posted by Crystal on March 3, 2008 at 10:30PM.

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Bill - Face #21

Bill is one of the most helpful people we have ever met, and he is one seriously handy guy. Always willing to lend a hand in any way that he can, Bill knows what it means to give of himself.

A proud father and grandfather, Bill breaks the stereotypes by riding around town on his Honda Goldwing motorcycle. He also has a great sense of humor, and he is often seen smiling.

Thanks, Bill, for being so wonderfully patient during this photo shoot!

Posted by Crystal on March 2, 2008 at 8:00AM.

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Erik - Face #20

If you have lived in Chico for any reasonable period of time, then you have heard of The Arc. The Arc sells second hand clothes and accessories to help support the developmentally disabled people of Chico.

I was surprised at the diverse group of people working in the store. One man, Erik, has being working there for quite some time. He has traveled all over the world during his lifetime and now finds himself serving the community through his time at The Arc. Thanks, Erik, for spending a couple of moments with me!

Posted by Crystal on March 1, 2008 at 8:00AM.

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Chloe - Face #19

This young woman plays a vital role in our town. I call her one of the many sanity savers of Chico. Most would simply call these people babysitters or nannies. Chloe recently graduated from high school, and she has found a great job caring for children. In this photo, she is seen lovingly snuggling one of the children she cares for at local library. Every parent who has ever needed a break realizes the important role that people like Chloe play in our lives.

Thank you, Chloe, for being willing to love on a few of the little ones in Chico and for giving me a brief view of your life.

Posted by Crystal on February 29, 2008 at 8:00AM.

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Ashley and Bethany - Face #18

Their earthly bodies are buried in a Chico cemetery, a simple place to remember that they once were a part of this city. Though their lives were but minutes long, their impact is permanent for me. They changed me; they taught me so much about faith, love, and the preciousness of life. Through their death our lives have been opened to serve other children who need our love. Thank you, Ashley and Bethany, for teaching your mommy some very important lessons. You are not forgotten.

Posted by Crystal on February 28, 2008 at 8:00AM.

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Shannon - Face #17

I am sure that most people would not be able to guess where I found this hidden treasure. On the outskirts of Chico lies a humble building filled with unwanted animals, the Butte Humane Society. Shannon spends her days serving the animals who are simply grateful that she cares enough to help them. Loving her job, Shannon helps to match loving pets with loving homes. Thanks, Shannon, for giving me a few minutes of your time and for all the work you do!

Posted by Crystal on February 27, 2008 at 8:00AM.

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Amy - Face #16

Amy is a wonderfully bright entrepreneur who has established Baby's Boutique, a quaint little shop here in Chico. The business aims to reduce unnecessary waste by reusing gently used children's clothing and furniture. Amy's smile warms her shop and her customers, and she often comes up with new creative ideas to add to and improve her shop. She is truly a woman of many talents, a busy full time mom.

Amy, it was wonderful to get to chat with you for a bit. Thanks for allowing me a few moments of your time.

Posted by Crystal on February 26, 2008 at 8:00AM.

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Patti - Face #15

The only thing that may surpass the love of this grandma is the beauty of her granddaughter. Patti plays many different roles, and one of the most precious is that of grandmother. Grandparents are amazingly powerful instruments of love, wisdom, and help to both their own children and their grandchildren. Patti is wonderfully loving, committed, and hard working.

Many grandparents do not hear how much they are appreciated, what a huge help they are. We would like to thank all of the grandparents who work so hard and love so deeply.

Thank you, Patti, for all that you do and for allowing me to capture a bit of your heart.

Posted by Crystal on February 25, 2008 at 8:00AM.

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Every Foster Child - Face #14

Can you recognize a foster child? What haunts the eyes of their tormented youth? Have you ever wondered? These eyes are here to represent every foster child in Chico.

Some are small and some are big. Some are teens and some are babies. Some are white and some are black. Do they matter? Yes!

These children are much more than entries on some distant courtroom docket. They are amazing young people who won't give up their place in life, their desire to be loved and cherished. Invite one into your life, and it will change you forever.

To all the young people waiting in foster care, demanding that someone notice that you truly are important, please know that you are not forgotten. Thanks for being just who you are.

Posted by Crystal on February 24, 2008 at 8:00AM.

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Seth - Face #13

Meet Mr. Seth, a young man of many talents and incredible verbal skills. He can be seen chatting it up with neighbors or other kids, desiring to help, or just having some fun. Seth is a great athlete, and he has a real knack for helping with the neighborhood pets. Most enjoyable to this photographer is his sweet and hilarious explanations and friendly advice. Seth, you are a remarkable young man whom we greatly enjoy; thanks for giving me a few minutes of your time.

Posted by Crystal on February 23, 2008 at 8:00AM.

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Rachelle - Face #12

Smokin'! That pretty much sums up this young woman and her work. Rachelle owns a local flower shop, Flowers by Rachelle, where she specializes in creating reminders of the beauty ever present in life. Rachelle is truly a remarkable young woman. She is a business owner as well as talented, beautiful, sweet, and compassionate; that is definitely smokin'. In addition to all of her work at her shop, Rachelle volunteers her time in a variety of ways throughout the community. Rachelle most definitely has an amazing heart for serving others. Thanks, Rachelle, for giving me a bit of your valuable time; it was a pleasure! And for all you young men, there is still hope. Remarkably, she is single! :)

Posted by Crystal on February 22, 2008 at 11:25PM.

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Paul - Face #11

Lovingly devoted! A man of so many talents, amazing character, and gentle yet passionate spirit is undervalued in today's society. Yet, because of him many lives have been touched, changed, emboldened, and, most importantly, loved. Paul works in the technology department at Enloe Hospital here in Chico, and he is deeply loved by his friends, family, and others that he has impacted and served. When Paul is not busy attending to the aforementioned, he can be found giving his time in a variety of ways throughout the community. Paul, you are wonderful. Thank you for all you do, and thanks for allowing me to grab a few shots of you!

Posted by Crystal on February 21, 2008 at 11:45PM.

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Señora Smith - Face #10

Portrait of Señora Smith

Have you experienced the gift of having a teacher who challenged you to be a better person? That is how countless students feel about Señora Smith. Arguably one of the most passionate teachers we have ever had the pleasure of meeting, Señora raises the bar of excellence in teaching to a whole new level. Her courage, love, and desire to motivate and challenge her students is truly inspiring. While teachers often do not get the thanks they so richly deserve, we hope that this will serve as a small word of thanks. Thank you Señora for all that you do; your students are different for having been loved by you. Thanks for allowing me a few moments to capture a bit of you!

Posted by Crystal on February 20, 2008 at 8:00AM.

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Dr. Mark Light - Face #9

Portrait of Dr. Mark Light

Dr. Light has been serving the Chico area for a number of years through his practice of general medicine and his countless attributions to different charities and organizations. A sweet, kind and deeply caring man, Dr. Light seeks to love others by using his gifts and talents. Thanks, Dr. Light, for allowing me a few moments to capture a bit of who you are!

Posted by Crystal on February 19, 2008 at 11:35PM.

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Gerrard - Face #8

Portrait of Gerrard

Meet homie Gee! Well, at least his friends call him Gee. Everyone else knows him as Gerrard. Gee is a super smart guy who aspires to be an engineer, and he might even find fame one day. Until then Gee is famous among his friends and family for his amazing sense of humor and steadfast loyalty. He has a gift that is truly treasured in our culture, the gift of being able to make people smile. But don't tell Mr. Gee that he is cute; instead, he prefers to be labeled handsome! Thanks, Gee, for allowing me a bit of your time and for making me laugh (even though I almost knocked myself out in the process). :)

Posted by Crystal on February 18, 2008 at 9:08PM.

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Officer Andy Houghtby - Face #7

Portrait of Officer Houghtby

This is Andy, who is arguably the most friendly neighborhood police officer we have ever met. Andy can often been seen biking around the Chico State Campus wearing a grin that would make even the most serious contemplate returning his smile. Andy has served both as a officer and a sheriff in the Chico area. He has a lovely wife and several handsome young boys. If you see Andy biking around, ask him for one of his collector cards! Thanks, Andy, for allowing us a few minutes with you and for all the hard work that you do.

Posted by Crystal on February 17, 2008 at 9:30AM.

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Amber - Face #6

Portrait of Amber

This young woman has one of the sweetest constitutions and the most brilliant eyes I have ever had the privilege of seeing. Her smile made meeting her even more enjoyable. I found Amber serving in Augie's, a small coffee shop tucked away downtown. How often do such treasures remain unnoticed in our busy lives?

Posted by Crystal on February 16, 2008 at 8:00AM.

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Margie - Face #5

Portrait of Margie

This is the amazing Margie. Margie represents a significant portion of the Chico population: the college students. Margie is anything but common though. A bright, hardworking, determined young woman; Margie is truly outstanding. Thanks, Margie, for allowing me the privilege of capturing a moment of your youth.

Posted by Crystal on February 15, 2008 at 8:00AM.

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Dr. Kirk James - Face #4

Portrait of Dr. Kirk James

I have always believed that a person's eyes tell an amazing story all by themselves. Dr. Kirk James's eyes don't disappoint! Being a dedicated chiropractor is just one of the many ways that Dr. James serves the Chico community. He is complemented by his beautiful wife and several darling children. Thanks, Dr. James, for giving me a few moments of your time!

Posted by Crystal on February 14, 2008 at 8:00AM.

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Stacy - Face #3

Portrait of Stacy

Meet Ms. Stacy, a stunning, young, wonderfully petite secretary for a local foster family agency. Stacy is sweet, compassionate, and always stylishly dressed. While Stacy may fill a role that often goes unnoticed, she plays an important role for some super special foster kids in Butte County. Thanks, Stacy, for allowing me to have a couple of photo moments with you.

Posted by Crystal on February 13, 2008 at 8:00AM.

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Eric - Face #2

Portrait of Eric Manzone

Eric Manzone is a husband, father, and denture artist! Eric owns Just for Grins, a local denture fabricating shop.

He is a man of many talents. Chief among those talents would be his love and dedication to his beloved family and his extraordinary sense of humor. Thanks, Eric, for allowing me to capture a moment of your life! We had a blast.

Posted by Crystal on February 12, 2008 at 3:00PM.

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Samantha - Face #1

Portrait of Samantha

This is Samantha. Samantha is beautiful and a delight to be around. Compassionate and tender enough to work with the youngest kids, she is also funny and interesting enough to entertain any adult with delightful conversation. It has been my joy to get to know Samantha over the last 6 or so months, and we look forward to seeing her every week. Thanks, Sam, for letting me take your picture!

Posted by Crystal on February 11, 2008 at 1:30PM.

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Wonderful Widow

Anyone who has experienced great loss in their life could relate to the daily burden this widow feels. Dorothy, a mother of two and former foster parent, lost her dear husband just a few years ago. We have had the privilege of getting to know Dorothy and loving her through some of the heartache she has faced. Recently, we spent some time with her to share her burden and, hopefully, add to her joy. It is simply amazing to me that some beauty can only come through the fiery trials we face in this life. Look at the beauty present in her eyes. Dorothy, thank you for helping us remember what is truly important in this life. You really are a masterpiece! We love you.

Posted by Crystal on January 13, 2008 at 9:20PM.

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Greg

If you are fortunate enough in this life you meet a person that not only inspires you to continually be a better person but is willing to stick with you and love you through the good times and the bad. Early in my college career I met the man who would continue to remind me of God's grace in my life on a regular basis; then a mere 2 years later I convinced him to marry me. :) Since then so much has happened, and we both have changed a whole lot. Somehow, though, one of us has grown more dashingly handsome with time -- my soulmate Gregory. Isn't he marvelous? His smile never ceases to make me stand in awe, and his eyes will always captivate me. The other day he graciously allowed me to grab a few shots. "Wow, Doggie!" is all I can say. I love you, honey.

Posted by Crystal on January 6, 2008 at 8:25PM.

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Ariana and Friends

I gave Ariana a gift certificate for a photo shoot with up to 3 of her friends for Christmas this year. She was so excited that she immediately started calling her friends. She had them rounded up in time for a New Year's Eve photo shoot.

For most of the day, I was surrounded by even more females than usual as the girls started showing up the night before the shoot. Crystal did everyone's hair, we dropped the toddlers and baby off at Nana's house, and then we headed out for the shoot.

We had an absolute blast. We laughed -- mostly at Kiara, we ran off a bum who wanted to give me photography pointers, and we enjoyed Crystal's antics as she tried to keep the girls loosened up throughout the afternoon.

Aurora, Kiara, and Leti, thanks for helping me make my daughter's Christmas special. Ariana, I hope you enjoy your gift. I love you!

Kiara

Aurora

Leti

Ariana

Posted by Greg on January 3, 2008 at 8:00AM.

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Emily

Crystal grabbed this photo of Emily during the shoot with Lauren, Jared, and Gary. She's so adorable I just had to share it!

Posted by Greg on January 1, 2008 at 1:32PM.

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Flower Children

This Christmas, we decided to do things a bit differently from years past. We decided that every gift we gave for Christmas had to be made by us instead of just being bought. The thought was to give of ourselves and our talents instead of only our money. I had no idea how much time it would take me to put everything together; things got a bit crazy. It was totally worth it, though!

I decided that it would be fun to take some nice pictures of my brother Gary's children as his Christmas gift. The session was top secret and required crafty scheming by my mom and me, but we pulled it off. Being difficult in ways that only family can get away with, my nephews made the session one of my most challenging yet. When it was all over though, we ended up with some really great images! Thank you Lauren, Jared, and Gary III for helping me make this year's gift to your dad special. We love you guys!

Gary

Gary

Jared (laughing because Lauren almost fell on her butt)

Jared

Lauren

Three Siblings

Lauren

Posted by Crystal on December 29, 2007 at 4:45PM.

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Christmas Portrait 2007

It's a Crazy Family!

It's that time of year again! We took a new family picture to use for our Christmas cards this year. You'll notice that we included our two dogs this year. You'll also notice that Rachelle is not in the picture. She's away at a residential treatment program for a while. If you're interested in more thoughts about how that has impacted our lives, you might want to check out The Coates Place, our personal website.

If you're on our Christmas list, you can look for your cards and our annual Christmas letter in the mail in the next couple of weeks.

Posted by Greg on December 10, 2007 at 8:00AM.

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Lucy - Nine Months

Time really is a strange concept. At times it seems that it could not move slower, and then there are the times it seems to warp by.

We have now warped into little Lucy's 9th month of life. Lucy was such a blast to work with during this session. Her beautiful smile, sweet eyes, and fun loving personality really made the time fun. I continue to be amazed at the connection between Summer and Lucy; they have such a beautiful bond. Even Karis joined in. She helped with the pictures by getting her little sister to smile. Lucy is no longer bothered by my camera. In fact, a few times she was ready to grab it and start shooting pictures herself. :) It seems like just yesterday that Lucy was not even able to hold her head up, and now she sits by herself and is working on the whole crawling concept. The first year of life is incredible.

Thanks Summer and Josh for allowing me another opportunity to capture some moments in your lives. I am already looking forward to our photo session when Lucy turns one. I hope you enjoy your pictures. I adore you all!

Posted by Crystal on November 25, 2007 at 11:30AM.

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Dolly's Boudoir Portraits

I recently had the pleasure of doing my first boudoir session with an amazing woman. Dolly was such a trooper and divinely patient with me as the session unfolded. We did the photo session at the Johnson's Country Inn. The bed and breakfast was beautiful, a great little get away spot. Dolly did a fantastic job posing for the photos. She is a natural beauty. Thanks for trusting me to do your portraits Dolly, I had a blast. I hope you enjoy the book!

Posted by Crystal on November 23, 2007 at 12:10AM.

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Jared and Cynthia: TWIRPS Portraits

My nephew Jared asked me to take pictures of him and his date for the TWIRPS dance. Cynthia was beautiful, and Jared cleaned up pretty well too. Crystal and I photographed the flower exchange, and then we created some casual portraits. We had a lot of fun and laughed a lot. Thanks for letting us be your photographers, Jared!

Posted by Greg on November 13, 2007 at 8:00AM.

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Crystal Headshot

I was taking some headshots of my lovely wife last week. I ended up with my favorite picture of her of all time, and I wanted to share it here. Isn't she simply beautiful?

Posted by Greg on November 7, 2007 at 8:00AM.

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Tyler

Sometimes, inspiration strikes, and last week I came up with the idea of blessing a very nice young man with a complimentary portrait session. Among Tyler's many strengths is his theatrical ability, which became apparent during the photo session. It is my sincere hope that Tyler will enjoy his portraits for many years to come. Thanks, Tyler, for allowing me the privilege of photographing you.

Posted by Crystal on November 5, 2007 at 8:00AM.

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Baby Amore

Amore is a perfect name for a very lovable baby! I got the pleasure of taking a few pictures of sweet little Amore recently, who is only 4 months old. He absolutely stole our hearts and was a blast to photograph. I would like to give Dalane, Amore's mommy, a special thanks for bringing her son in for me to meet. Amore is very blessed to have such a loving mommy. I hope you guys like the pictures!

Posted by Crystal on October 8, 2007 at 9:00PM.

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Sue Menzie Portraits

My friend Sue Menzie has started a leadership training business called Tapestry Leadership Concepts. I'm honored to have several of my nature photos featured on her website. In addition, Sue wanted some updated portraits for the website, so she asked me to create some. Here are a few of my favorites.

Posted by Greg on October 4, 2007 at 8:00AM.

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Lucy - Six Months

It is amazing to me how quickly time flies! Little Lucy is already 6 months old, and I got the pleasure of hanging out with her and her family recently. We decided to try a different setting since Lucy is a bit older, so we went to the park. Summer is such a great mom, and even made putting sunblock on Karis seem fun.

All three children had a blast. Ethan perfected the art of rolling cars down the slide, Karis enjoyed the jungle gym and slide and Lucy enjoyed playing with her mommy. It is always a pleasure to hang out with the Price family. I hope you guys enjoy the pictures.

Posted by Crystal on September 11, 2007 at 1:30PM.

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Trash the Prom Dresses

While on our vacation, I took Ariana and Rachelle to the beach for a trash the prom dress session. We had a blast, and the sunset that evening was amazingly beautiful. The girls played in the surf, wrestled, and generally acted like their usual goofy selves. Here are some of our favorite images.

Posted by Greg on August 21, 2007 at 8:00AM.

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Crystal Friesen Portraits

Life long friends can be hard to find, but I found Crystal Friesen when we were in the 7th grade. Many years have passed and many miles often separate us, but we still remain best friends. About a month ago now (right before our big vacation) I had the pleasure of hanging out with Crystal before she left to go back to Indonesia. I convinced her to wake up at the crack of dawn the day of her flight out of the states so that I could take a few pictures of her, and she agreed! :) I did not plan on waking up dreadfully sick that morning though. I picked Crystal up and made her stay several feet away from me the whole shoot. The shoot lasted about 15 minutes until I almost passed out! My favorite picture from this session was the last picture I took and was about 2 seconds before I got horribly sick. This was definitely my most interesting photo shoot to date. Thanks, Crystal, for being a trooper! I love you dearly, and I hope you like the pictures. :)

Posted by Crystal on August 19, 2007 at 9:30PM.

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Lucy - Four Months

It is hard to believe that Little Lucy is already 4 months old! Lucy is so adorable and has the expressions and personality to prove it. It took Lucy a little while to warm up to the idea of a photo shoot, but soon she was giving me the awesome expressions she is famous for. Mommy and Daddy took turns with Lucy, and even big brother Ethan got in on the fun this time. Josh (daddy) delighted us with super yummy chocolate cookies that rocked! We had a blast. Thanks Josh and Summer; enjoy your pictures!

Posted by Crystal on July 5, 2007 at 8:00AM.

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Swimming at One Mile

One of the best features of Chico is Bidwell Park. One of the park attractions is the Sycamore Pool, which was built to turn the creek into a public swimming area. Last weekend, we took the kids out for some fun in the sun. We swam, we had snacks, and we had a great time. Ariana ran into one of her friends from school, and she joined us for a while. Crystal even took the camera into the middle of the pool to take a couple of pictures of the girls in the water and jumping into the pool. Here are a few of the pictures from our little excursion.

Posted by Greg on June 5, 2007 at 11:10PM.

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Rachelle and Sara

Rachelle recently found out that her good friend Sara will soon be moving away and asked me to take a few pictures of them together. How could I refuse my oldest? So we started off taking a few shots next to some neat murals and moved to the park and the water (at the girls' request) to have some more fun. The girls had a blast, and we did too! We even ran into our very first foster daughter while we were there; it was good to see her again too. Sara and Rachelle, we hope you like your pictures. Here are a few of our favorites. We will miss you, Sara!

Posted by Crystal on May 29, 2007 at 11:30PM.

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Our Girls - Easter Pics

Ariana

Emily

Rachelle

Now that we can post pictures of our kids, I'm going to periodically go back in time and show some of the pictures that we have taken of our girls over the last few months. So, let's take a step back to Easter Sunday.

As we like to dress up a little more than usual on Easter, we bought our girls new spring dresses. It was a good excuse to take them out and create a few portraits. Here are our favorites from the day. Aren't the girls just beautiful?

Posted by Greg on May 21, 2007 at 6:45PM.

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Crystal

Today, I decided to dig through my photo archives for some of my favorite past pictures of Crystal. I want the world to see how cute she is!

Crystal, I love you with all of my heart. You are my gift, my best friend, and the love of my life. Thanks for letting me share my life with you.

Posted by Greg on May 18, 2007 at 8:00AM.

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Fort Bragg Vacation

My wonderful husband planned a perfectly splendid anniversary getaway to Fort Bragg this last weekend. It is hard to believe that we have already been married 6 years. Time sure does fly by.

Fort Bragg was beautiful and cool -- a stark contrast to the heat wave in Chico. For our anniversary dinner we treated ourselves to a REALLY nice dinner. We ate at a place called the Mendo Bistro and had quite possibly the best food of our lives! It was amazingly good.

We also spent some time exploring the coastline and the beach. It was awe inspiring. And for the very first time ever we found sand dollars; they kept popping up as the surf rolled back out to the ocean. It was peaceful fun. Greg took the time to take some pictures, and, alas, I was the target of some. :)

Greg

Self-Portrait at Pomo Bluffs Park

Crystal

We decided to cut the trip a little short and come back a day early. We were missing the kids, and I was still in some pain from the accident I was recently in. All in all it was a peaceful and wonderful time at the beach. Thanks honey, for such a sweet and wonderful surprise. I love you, and I thank God for our six years together!

Posted by Crystal on May 15, 2007 at 8:45PM.

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Cheyenne

Recently my niece, brother-in-law, and sister-in-law came to Chico for a visit. Cheyenne and our daughter Emily are great buddies and truly enjoy their time together. I promised Cheyenne and her parents that I would take some pictures of her for a birthday present. So, while they were here I took advantage of my opportunity. Cheyenne is sooooooooo precious and sweet! I adore my darling niece! :) Richard, Trish and Cheyenne, I hope you enjoy the pictures.

Posted by Crystal on May 7, 2007 at 8:30PM.

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Rachelle and Ariana Adopted

The day after I returned from my trip to North Carolina in the fall of 2005, I got a phone call that would forever change my life. My wife was calling me at work to inform me that she had agreed to a short-term foster placement of two teenage girls. I was in shock; I couldn't believe it. We had just accepted the placement of Emily and her two-year old sister a couple of days before. We also had another teenage foster child that had been living with us for eight months. And to top it all off, we had just been forced to request that our foster agency move a twelve year old girl that was incredibly difficult to handle.

We were very wary of having teenagers, so Crystal made the social worker promise that the girls would absolutely, positively, under no circumstances, be left in our home for more than a week. They assured us that they would be able to find them a more permanent place in that time, and that we wouldn't have to worry about having them in our home long term.

Given that promise, Crystal went to the agency to pick them up. She took one look at them and fell in love. About three days later, we knew we wanted to adopt these girls. So much for only having them for a week!

The last year and a half have had more than their fair share of ups and downs. But I'm thrilled to report that we finalized our adoptions of Rachelle and Ariana this morning. We now have three children that are legally ours!

Girls, I love you so much. You brighten my life every day that you are a part of it. Both of you are bright, extremely funny, and a blast to be around. Thanks for letting me be your Dad! And no, the week isn't over yet, and it never will be.

Here are some of my favorite pictures of Rachelle:

And here are some of my favorite pictures of Ariana:

And, finally, here are a couple of pictures of the girls together:

Posted by Greg on May 1, 2007 at 11:00AM.

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Lucy - One Month

I absolutely love these kids, and I can't help but smile when I'm around them! The photo session started off with Ethan asking to have his picture taken, and I couldn't resist the pleas of such a handsome guy.

This was little Lucy's second photo session, and my how she has grown! Watching children grow has to be one of the most amazing experiences that one can have in this life. During the shoot, Karis woke up from her nap. Daddy delighted both Ethan and Karis with a pizza that they greatly enjoyed. And of course, I couldn't resist getting at least one shot of Karis as well.

While Daddy entertained the kids with food, Mommy helped us finish up the photo shoot with Lucy. We had a blast, guys, and we hope you enjoy your pictures.

Posted by Crystal on April 25, 2007 at 6:45PM.

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OSP Chico - Natalie and Robby

Our group of OSP photographers got together at Chico State the afternoon of our shoot. Natalie and Robby modeled through us. They were troopers! They let us put them on the ground, get them in the creek, and walk them all over downtown Chico. They were beautiful, and we really enjoyed creating images of them. Here are a few of Crystal's favorite images from the shoot.

Posted by Greg on April 16, 2007 at 11:00PM.

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OSP Chico - Table Mountain

Last weekend, several photographers from Open Source Photo as well as some local photographers got together for a couple of fun photo shoots. The first shoot was at Table Mountain -- near Oroville. We took a couple of brides in their wedding gowns out into the flower-covered fields and shot them. (Don't worry, we used cameras only. No brides were harmed in the making of these photos.) We also made good use of the giant oak tree in the edge of the field.

Posted by Greg on April 5, 2007 at 8:00AM.

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Emily's Adoption Finalized

I was sitting at my desk at work when Crystal called me with the news. I couldn't believe it; all I wanted to do was cry as a flood of emotion washed over me. These were happy tears though -- tears of joy and relief. You see, Crystal and I were on a journey that had begun nearly five years before when we were living in Kentucky, a journey that had been filled with pain and roadblocks. It was our journey to parenthood.

About a year after we got married, we decided to throw away Crystal's birth control pills and have a baby. So, we threw away the pills, but no baby came. Month after month passed, and Crystal still wasn't pregnant. So we started going through test after test to see what might be the problem. Finally, we discovered that the problem was with me. None of our doctors could explain exactly what caused my problem, but they told me that there was no way that I could father a child.

At this news, our world fell apart. We found ourselves broken, spending the next several years asking why. It is one of the most difficult things we've ever had to go through.

In the meantime, we started to look into adoption as a way to have the children we so desperately desired. We called the California state adoption agency, and they told us that the best way to adopt through them was through the foster care system. We had told ourselves that we would never become foster parents because of all of the horror stories we had heard about people in the system. Nevertheless, we found a foster agency in Chico and started the long approval process. A few months later, we met our first foster child.

In the year that followed, six other children came into our home and then left for one reason or another. At the beginning of October 2005, I took a week-long trip to North Carolina to spend some time taking landscape photos. In the middle of that trip, Crystal called me to tell me she had accepted a foster care placement of two girls: a ten month old and a two and a half year old. One of those girls was Emily, and she has now been living with us for a year and a half. In that time, we've fallen madly in love with this sweet, intelligent, little girl.

Now let's return to the phone call at the beginning of this story. Crystal called to let me know that we had received a date for the finalization hearing for our Emily's adoption. The hearing took place this morning. We finally have a daughter that we can officially say is ours!

Here are a few of my favorite pictures of my youngest baby. Emily, I love you with all my heart, and I can't wait to spend the rest of my life being the daddy you never had before you became my daughter.

Posted by Greg on April 2, 2007 at 12:00PM.

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Karis

Last weekend we had the privilege of joining some friends of ours in celebrating their son's birthday. While at the party, I captured this picture of their adorable daughter.

Posted by Greg on March 25, 2007 at 8:00AM.

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Sara

Despite all the media attention on examples to the contrary, there truly are amazing teenagers out there paving their way in the world. Sara is absolutely one of those teens. Amazing eyes and a contagious laugh made her a blast to photograph. Sara, thanks so much for the opportunity to photograph you!

Posted by Crystal on March 22, 2007 at 12:00AM.

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Lucy

Have you had the pleasure of knowing someone that inspires you to be a better person? Well, our friends Summer and Josh definitely fall into that category. We have the honor of calling them our friends, and it truly is an honor. Part of being friends means being there for each other through the joys and trials. Summer and Josh have shown us what it means to be amazing friends. They have seen us through some of our darkest hours.

Recently we had the pleasure of sharing in their joy at the birth of their precious baby girl, Lucy. She must be the most bright eyed newborn we have ever seen. Perfectly formed and sweetly beautiful, we got to meet her at just 6 days old. Summer and Josh patiently allowed us the fun of photographing little Lucy. We are totally in love! Isn't she beautiful? Thanks Summer and Josh for allowing us to hang out and capture some of little Lucy's first moments. We love you, and we hope you like the pictures! Congratulations, Summer and Josh!

Posted by Crystal on March 2, 2007 at 8:00AM.

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Gary

The other day I took Gary out to find some nice locations for pictures. So many bushes and trees were in bloom, and I had to take advantage of that. He was a great sport and hammed it up nicely for the camera. He was pretty excited about having his picture taken. He has an awesome smile, doesn't he? It was a bit challenging to catch the light in his eyes though, because he naturally squints when he smiles. I think the highlight of the afternoon for Gary was climbing into trees. All in all it was a lot of fun. Thanks, Gary, for being so fun to photograph! I hope you enjoy your pictures. Here are a few of my favorites.

Posted by Crystal on February 27, 2007 at 8:00AM.

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Pismo Beach Bridal Shoot - OSP West

Saturday afternoon at OSP West, we did a bridal shoot in downtown Pismo Beach led by Kenneth Morgan. By then, the rain had slowed from the downpour that we experienced during the morning engagement shoot to a few sprinkles. Here are my favorite photos from the shoot. (Thanks, Kenneth, for leading us!)

Posted by Greg on February 23, 2007 at 8:00AM.

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Avila Beach Engagement Shoot - OSP West

Saturday morning at OSP West we had an engagement shoot scheduled at Avila beach. The problem was, it was raining. A lot. Fortunately, our models were willing to brave the nasty weather, so we all threw plastic bags over our cameras and did the shoot anyway. It's a good thing too, because the pictures that resulted are beautiful, romantic, and different from the typical dry weather engagement photos.

I'd like to say thanks to John Michael Cooper for leading this shoot!

Posted by Greg on February 21, 2007 at 8:00AM.

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Robert Hall Winery Engagement Shoot - OSP West

The first shoot that I got to participate in at OSP West was an engagement session at the Robert Hall Winery led by photographer Mike Larson. The vineyards were bare because of the season, but the architecture of the building on the grounds is very beautiful, so we made good use of that during the shoot.

Thanks for leading our shoot, Mike!

Posted by Greg on February 20, 2007 at 8:00AM.

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Josh and Ethan

Our friend Josh and his son Ethan were over at our house a couple of months ago for our daughter's birthday party. I grabbed a couple of pictures of them while they were outside hanging out.

This photo uses a new film/developer combination for me: Kodak Tri-X film and Ilford ID-11 developer. I love this look!

Posted by Greg on February 19, 2007 at 8:00AM.

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Lauren

A couple of weeks ago I took Lauren to an awesome place for photos here in Chico. There are a bunch of murals painted on several bridges. We had a great time. She was a great model! Thanks Lauren for the opportunity to photograph you.

Posted by Crystal on February 15, 2007 at 7:54PM.

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Mamaw Cooking and Combing

In addition to the portraits of Mamaw that I created when I was at her house, I also created some images of her combing her hair and cooking lunch. (Lunch was absolutely delicious, by the way!) Here are some of the images:

Posted by Greg on January 26, 2007 at 8:00AM.

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Welcome, Crystal!

I'm very excited to announce that my wife Crystal is going to be joining me as an active photographer for Divine Reflections Photography! She's quite talented, and working with her is going to be a great joy for me.

Here's a sample of her skills:

Posted by Greg on January 19, 2007 at 8:00AM.

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Mamaw

One of my earliest memories of Mamaw, my grandmother, is watching her comb and then braid her long, gray hair. While in North Carolina over Christmas, Mamaw agreed to take her hair down for me so that I could create some portraits of her. Here are my two favorite images from the session:

 

Posted by Greg on January 12, 2007 at 11:20PM.

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Mom and Dad

My parents came to California to visit over the summer. While they were here, I took the opportunity to do a quick photo shoot with them. They've been married for over 30 years, and they are more in love now than they were on their wedding day. Here are a few of my favorite images from the session:

Posted by Greg on December 12, 2006 at 10:00PM.

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Prom: Getting Ready

I took some pictures of one of my nieces getting ready for the prom. I was experimenting with available light photography with a new film/developer combination: Delta 3200 in Ilford DD-X. (I rated the film at 1250.) Overall, I'm pretty happy with the results. The grain is much finer than I expected from a film of that speed. Here are a few of the images:

Posted by Greg on June 12, 2006 at 8:00AM.

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Band Practice

I was going through my black and white archives today, and I found a few images that I like that I haven't shared yet. My nephew Stewart played bass guitar for a band called New Method for quite a while. I took my camera to one of his practice sessions, and these images are what I came up with. They were taken on Kodak T-Max 3200 film.

Stewart

Johnny

Stewart

Posted by Greg on April 12, 2006 at 11:53AM.

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Bidwell Park Jugglers

This is the latest image from my street performers project. I was walking in the park with my daughter when I noticed these jugglers across the creek. I took several shots, and this is the one I like the best. I was using my Nikon F100, Nikon 75-150mm lens, and Kodak Tri-X film.

Posted by Greg on March 27, 2006 at 1:03PM.

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Changing Directions

I've been doing a lot of thinking lately about where I'd like to see my business go and how I want to get there. I've decided I need to make some changes to the way I'm doing things now. While the end goal is still to make a living selling nature prints, I need to take a realistic look at how I'm going to get to that point. Building a portfolio of nature photos and marketing those photos is a very long process, and I'm finding that it's almost impossible to do it in the time I have available right now. (I'm a Dad, and I work full time.)

So, I've decided to change the main focus of my business for now so that it can be more profitable. My second photographic love after nature is children. I've been taking pictures of children for years, and I think I have a unique style that will be very marketable. In a nutshell, my plan is to offer free portrait sessions to a handful of my family and friends so that I can build a portfolio. (I have a lot of photos of my foster kids, but I can't do anything with those due to privacy laws.) Using that portfolio, I want to build a brand for myself as a lifestyle children's portrait photographer. Hopefully, in a couple of years, I'll be able to have that as my sole source of income. In the meantime, I'll also be working on my nature portfolio as time allows.

Posted by Greg on November 28, 2005 at 5:10PM.

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Portraits of Cheyenne

A little over a month ago, I got the opportunity to photograph my new niece Cheyenne. I put some Kodak T-Max 3200 film in the Nikon and used available light to make a series of images. Here are a few of the best ones:

Posted by Greg on May 30, 2005 at 3:17AM.

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