Category Archives: Portraits

While teaching in Egypt we met an amazing couple, Jessica and Jake, who happen to be from the midwest like us. In December 2014, they had a beautiful little boy named Isaac. Before leaving Egypt, Jessica asked if Malak and I would take some family photos for them. I owe Jessica and Jake so much. Jessica was not only a lifesaver when it came to helping me transition into being a new mom, but also the person who introduced me to GroVia cloth diapers (which I LOVE). Such a beautiful, wonderful family!

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I also slipped in a few photos of our pup, who helped keep Isaac entertained during the photo shoot.HM_Muonio_004HM_Muonio_003

Bethany contacted me about halfway through her pregnancy asking if I would be able to take maternity photos of her in Egypt before she returned to Canada for the birth of her little one.┬áBecause of our pregnancies, Bethany and I hit it off right away. After talking a bit, we decided to head to a truly unique spot for maternity photos…

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A few nights ago, my beautiful friend Jessica agreed to let me try some new techniques on her at the “Golden Hour.” For those of you who don’t know what the “Golden Hour” is, I can tell you…it’s the time right after sunrise and just before sunset when the light is PERFECT for photos! This is my favorite time to take photos bar none and this is why…

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Even though my husband and I were only able to stop home for about 5 days, we were able to catch up with a bunch of our family members and friends. Staci graciously offered to help my dad and I out with hair and make-up for a lucky senior we took photos of and also ended up in front of my the camera! I’ve known Staci for about 20 years (gosh…that’s a long time)! We grew up together and even participated in Girl Scouts together. Staci is an amazing person and so fun to be around. I’m so glad I was able to reconnect with her. (She also happens to be an amazing beautician as well!)

This morning 5 of my closest friends in Korea joined me for one final hoorah before going our separate ways…only to meet up again in the near future.

I read a quote the other day that stated, “A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” No matter where you live in the world, you are bound to find true friends who affect your life’s journey. My journey and experiences in Korea have been better than I could have ever imagined because of these girls. I’m excited to keep in touch and meet up with all of them in some other part of the world!

I’ve known Autum for about two years. I met her when I joined the Seoul RMT women’s soccer team. I was telling Autum today one of her best qualities is that she knows how to make people laugh. She’s always up for anything…but make sure you know where you’re going because Autum always seems to get lost. She also likes to do things spontaneously…like getting eye surgery on 4th of July weekend without telling anyone.

I met Fivi on the Tancheon River one Sunday afternoon. Luke put together a basketball tournament and Fivi and Jen (a.k.a. Rockstar) happened to show up. We started talking and they invited me to play in a tournament with the RMT team. Fivi is a phenomenal soccer player and friend. She has such a big heart and will do anything to help you out!

At the soccer tournament Fivi invited me to, I met Mariko. I decided to introduce myself to her and she gave me the tough girl act. I was definitely intimidated by her, but first impressions aren’t always accurate. After playing defense together for a few games and talking a little more to Mariko and Brandon (her husband), she started to warm up to me. From that day on we were great friends! Mariko setup jobs for us at her school and we worked with her for about 1-1/2 years. She’s an amazing person with a heart of gold. Mariko and Brandon will be moving to Egypt in August…only a 2-1/2 hour flight from us…yes we’ve already looked it up!

Before I go into how I met Maryanne, I just want to say that she is such a trooper! She had eye surgery two days ago (hence the sunglasses and cute hat) and was determined to join us for the photos! I’m glad she was able to make it!

When Luke and I started to work at Mariko’s school, we met Dennis (our coworker) and his wife Maryanne. At the time Maryanne did not work at our school, but it wasn’t long before all of us became good friends. Maryanne, Mariko and I started baking cupcakes when our husbands decided to play poker. We would also go to hot yoga, shopping and out to eat together. Maryanne is a great person and I will greatly miss our weekend game nights with the boys!

Sara and I have known each other for about 2 years now. We met through playing soccer together on the RMT Seoul foreign woman’s team. Sara is a great person who loves to travel. She’s involved in so many things and every vacation period you can guarantee she’s traveling. I had the privilege of taking her engagement photos for her last fall. Sara and her husband will be moving to Myanmar in July.

Thanks girls for getting me out from behind the camera and snapping a few shots of me!

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