I think I share a post from this lake each summer … the crazy thing is, I feel like I just shared the 2014 images of our time spent here with our friends.  I’ve been shaking my head a lot lately at how incredibly fast time is going.  Surprisingly, though, not much has changed from the images posted back then … just a few less floaties and a bit longer hair.

I’m not going to get all sappy that summer seems to be almost over … a month is still a long time!  So I’m just going to post these, with thanks to our wonderful friends for inviting us to share in this fabulous summertime tradition. 

These two pups couldn’t be more hilarious.  One works so hard to get the stick, the other waits on the shore to steal it.  I hate to say it, but Charlie is the stealer. 

And these two just couldn’t be cuter.

Happy Summer, friends.  I hope yours continues to be fun, refreshing, and full of times that are worth remembering.  ♥

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  • Robin - Hi Lacey, I just finished the Mastering Manuel course and your blog and pictures is inspiring me even more into photography. Thanks, I’m adding you to my feedly :) I read in one of your other posts that you choose to read a few other good blogs instead of read books, what other ones do you read? just curious.ReplyCancel

  • Mom - Great action shots! and very cute photos on the rock :)
    You are all so blessed.
    XOXOXO to GCK from GrammieReplyCancel

The boys and I (Matt wasn’t able to come (thank you very much crazy work schedule) ) went to Gig Harbor this past weekend to attend my cousin’s wedding.  She and I are only 6-months apart in age, so grew up quite close and that made this event all the more sentimental for me.  <3

The wedding was intimate and personal and down-right-lovely.  Breanne and so many others poured so much attention and thought into each detail … but at the same time, the wedding and reception was extremely relaxed and easy-flowing.  At least, it seemed like that to me. ;)

I couldn’t even handle how cute it was that Breanne’s dog, Brody, followed her down the aisle!  So fitting. :)

Breannie + Pierre…

The professional photographer didn’t stay for the reception, so I snuck in and went to it with my camera.  I’m by no means a ‘wedding’ photographer, but it was sure fun to photograph elements of a wedding!

My parents.  ♥

Then I handed the camera over to Gage …

Me and my cousin, Kjersten (the Bride’s sister).

My mom and sister-in-law, Erica.

My brother, Bart, and Erica.

Me and the Bride, Breanne.  ♥

The kiddos ate first …

Then it was our turn.  Breanne is quite the foodie, so this dinner that she and others (including her new Mother-in-Law) prepared was phenomenal!

Breanne, explaining the food …

The ever present, most perfect puppy ever, Ginger.

Digging out the clams for the waiting kiddos …

Breanne and Pierre’s pup, Brody. :)  I may have been encouraging him to do this. :D

Is there anything cuter than big guys drinking coffee out of dainty, antique tea-cups and crystal??

Cake time!

Yep, I think she knew what was coming …

Breanne’s new step-daughter, June …

Silly Lilly. :D

As the evening started to seem to wind down, the kiddos went to it with s’mores …

And then proceeded to keep running around the yard until we drug them inside to watch a bit of a movie while we took everything inside to be washed and cleaned up.  I loved that about this wedding.  It was comfortable.  It was apparent how many people love these two and just wanted to be a part of their day, both in help and in celebration.  It was a gorgeous wedding for two beautifully wonderful people.

Congratulations, Breannie + Pierre!  ♥

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  • Carol - Beautiful capture of a beautiful day! They are lucky to have had you take these photos for them!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie@LaDolceVita - It looks like a beautiful wedding and as always, you captured it beautifully. The photos are stunning! They are so lucky to have you!!ReplyCancel

  • Julie - Lacey, I have been following you for quite some time and have to let you know that you are one of my favorite photographers ever. You are where I want to be in my art and I just am always in awe of your storytelling. Like you, I sometimes feel overwhelmed with so many images to cull and edit, but I cant bring myself to leave my camera at home. I am on my 3rd year of a 365 and I hate the thought of missing a day, but I struggle with being “really” present when I am shooting my kids. I wanted to ask you about your matte style. Is that the last step when you edit? I use LR and tend to do that last, playing with tone curve, and am wondering if that was the right way. Thanks! These are gorgeous, as always!ReplyCancel

    • Lacey - Hi Julie! Thank you so much for giving such encouragement! I’m so touched to be one of your favorites. <3 As for the matte style ... I do this in Photoshop. The thing I've been noticing lately though, is that the workflow I go through in Photoshop of adding a bit of contrast and pop (with Michelle Kane's Bland to Brilliant action) and then adding in the matte layers via a combination of levels layers, really brings my image back to almost my SOOC shot! LOL ... I compared some unedited and edited images and can hardly tell the difference ... SO ... that's a little frustrating. ;) And makes me wonder why I bother editing. :) I am sure there are several ways to apply this look in both Lightroom and Photoshop, but I stick with the only way I know how in Photoshop, and am also sure that there is no 'wrong' way to do this. ;)ReplyCancel

  • Jade Kost - What a beautiful gathering! I have to ask, what breed of dog is sweet Ginger? She is such a gorgeous girl and looks like a wonderful pet.ReplyCancel

    • Lacey - Hi Jade! Ginger is just the sweetest! She is a rescue dog, though, all the way from California so my cousin does not know exactly what breed(s) she is. I think they think she is part Cavalier King Charles Spaniel because of her body and coloring but her face is certainly different from those. It is surprising how much Ginger and my other cousin (Breanne’s) dog, Brody, look in the face. But, he is a rescue, too, and they are unsure of what his breed mix is as well. So, they are both a mystery unfortunately. But both fabulous dogs. <3ReplyCancel

  • Julie B. - What a lovely wedding! Kinda makes me want to get married all over again. (To my husband, of course. lol!) The groom cake is adorable.ReplyCancel

  • Mom - It was a lovely wedding and the reception was yummy & fun. I enjoyed re-living the night through your photos :)
    XOXOXO to GCK from GrammieReplyCancel

We’ve been here.  Just around, together.  Relaxing.  Spending hours off of the computer, off of electronics.  Spending hours at the pond, picking blueberries, floating on the water, having playdates, and soaking in summer.

I’ve been spending a lot of time without my camera in hand because the weight of photos I’ve taken over the past 6 months and have yet to print has gotten really heavy.  My camera has began feeling like a big burden …. photography in general has.  It has saddened me a little, but turns out, it is kind of nice to just take a break and slow down.     And hope that when I do pick up my camera I’m more thoughtful about it … deciding realistically if I need another set of photos of this or 10 photos of that.  

I hadn’t photographed my boys playing at the pond yet this summer, so I forced myself to go for it with some photos.   Though, go figure … Gage wasn’t even down at the pond with us!

To have a little fun with it, I started with the 24 1.4 …

And then switched to the 85 1.4 …

And then to make it even more fun, I tried out some B&W conversions … these are all the Casablanca preset from the Clickin Moms’ Cinema Set . 

Fishing for koi and crawdaddies …

So… we’re around, but then kind of not.  I’m not so much around the internet world or the photography world right now because I’ve had a hard time merging them with reality.  Both leave me in a bit of a fantasy world while real life is swirling around me.  It is so good to look up and away from the camera, the computer, the digital file, the one-dimensional and breathe in moments instead of stressing about freezing them.

It is hard to stay away completely, though … I’m just trying to get a better, healthier grasp on it all. :)

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  • Mom - I’m sure it helped cooling off at the pond!
    Yes, I missed “your posts” last week, but then I saw you “in person” over the weekend! :)
    XOXOXO to GCK from GrammieReplyCancel

  • Colleen - Ok…that picture you led with was awesome…but then I look at all of these and could never pick one. What beautiful photos you have here!!! And even better that you have recorded only some of it, and spent the rest of your time living it. Hoping I too will find a good balance of this some day!! But in the meantime I love seeing your pics you do choose to take and post. Gorgeous stuff!!!ReplyCancel

  • Carol - When something you love becomes a burden then it is definitely time to take a break. There is nothing wrong with putting the camera down and just being.
    (although we all miss your photos!) These pond photos are again exquisitely beautiful. Is your pond man-made or natural? Great place for your boys to play with nature.ReplyCancel

    • Lacey - I definitely agree, but it is still so nice to hear you say this. It is such a strange push and pull … Matt and I went on a date the other night and ended up at the Oregon Gardens with the most gorgeous sunset … and I didn’t have my camera. It was freeing and frustrating at the same time. :) Probably more freeing, thankfully. ;)

      And the pond is man-made. My husband’s grandfather dug it out when they established this property. I’m not sure, in all it’s existence, it has gotten THIS much use though! :)ReplyCancel

Finally, part 5. :)

My boys graduated from the kayaks, to the stand-up paddle board…  

This was so fun to watch and capture with the Fisheye, especially because we finally had really clear water along the shore.

Crazy sky, huh?  Thankfully, it wasn’t from a fire (that we know of) … just the weird after effect (we figure) of all the smoke and haze from the fireworks let off the previous night.  And nope, I didn’t enhance the colors in Photoshop. ;)

Cooper had his turn on the paddle-board, and to my delight, headed out in the direction of the pretty ‘tan’ side of the water….

… before moving over into the blue side!

Back on dry land …

Matt began packing up the trailer and I realized I’d only walked down the beach one time.  I grabbed a handful of kiddos for one last sea-glass search.

Honestly, it wouldn’t have felt like a completed trip without seeing them walk on drift wood and climb on these rocks …

I feel sad all over again just looking at this last image I took, thinking about this being the last time I stood on this beach during this trip, and possibly until we return next year.  Yet another amazing trip to the Beach House to celebrate family, faith, freedom and the 4th of July.

Thanks for reliving it all with me over this past weeks’ shares!  ♥

Matt and I (and Charlie) headed home shortly after this walk, leaving the boys with my mom to enjoy a few more days with their cousins at the beach and then on my parents’ house for the rest of the week.  It took me a good few days to get out of the ‘after vacation funk’ and into enjoying my quiet time at home.   Eventually I got there, and now, with a Nerf gun war going on around me, I’m missing it just a little bit!  Hah!  


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  • Mom - Wonderful “beachhouse” memories. Thank you.
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  • Melissa - Lacey I am loving the fisheye photos! They are so lovely and it seems to have sparked something in your photos, I’m seeing some extra magical stuff in these photos.ReplyCancel

Part 4, here we go!

Me, my brothers and our cousins …

My cousins, Anna, Noah, and Leah, down from Alaska…

Me and my guys …

My brother, Bart, and his wife, Erica, and boys, Gideon and Hank…

Me and my dad.  <3

More crabbing success!

And stand-up paddle-boarding success…

And my whole family …

And then my cousin, Kjersten and her family!

Then the big picnic was over, just like that …

But the fun wasn’t over … we moved on to hotdogs and s’mores on the fire …

Ooh, by the way …. Gage took these two images ….

Crab, please …

… and lots of other goodies …

Back to gaming.  This one is called Dalmuti and it was a good time. :)

And while we played some fireworks started on the beach which quickly drew the kiddo’s attention pretty immediately!

So as the sun went down, we stocked up for the campfire…


… and lit some sparklers. 

In the past few years, we’ve left the firework displays to our beach neighbors.  But this year, we had a pretty good one all on our own!

But the neighbors had us seriously oohing and awing, too …

With that, we said good-night to the 4th of July …

… and still a little bit more tomorrow!  <3

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  • Mom - Wonderful and beautiful, sweetgirl
    XOXOXO to GCK from GrammieReplyCancel