A day at the beach

One of my favorite things about being a photographer is the opportunity to beautifully capture memories for my family. The moments we share are so precious, and I love being able to relive our adventures by flipping through a stack of photos (or more realistically, browsing through my family's online photo album). I just finished editing these photos from our brief trip to the Oregon Coast and I can't stop looking at them. Norah got such a kick out of playing on the beach and every time I see the photos I can't help but smile and be transported right back to our trip.

The first stop was a very windy beach in Lincoln City.

IMG_1235

As soon as we got to the beach we took off our shoes and ran barefoot into the sand. Norah was a little unsure of the sand on her bare feet at first but pretty soon she was going nuts running around giggling, and grabbing handfuls of sand to throw and eat.

IMG_1008

IMG_1016

IMG_1215

She was captivated by all of the action on the beach; people flying kites, walking dogs, building sandcastles, and playing in the surf. She wanted to be a part of everything going on around her.

IMG_1115

IMG_1168

IMG_1175

The next morning we explored the beach at Seaside. We got Norah a little bucket and shovel and taught her how to build sand castles, although she was much more interested in destroying them. She would dig in the sand while Jason and I built two or three castles in a row, then she would run over to them, squealing, and punch her fists through each of the castles.

IMG_1364

IMG_1368

Pretty soon she was done with the sand and headed toward the surf. We have tried to get Norah to go wading several times before and each attempt has ended in tears. This time she ran fearlessly into the freezing surf, giggling and dancing as the waves splashed around her.

IMG_1381

IMG_1406

IMG_1446

IMG_1479

We had so much fun playing on the beach together, and I can't wait to go back. Until then, I'm thankful I have the opportunity to relive those sweet moments through our beautiful family photographs.

IMG_1461