Rikki Rivera | Photographer » Wedding & Portrait Photography

It’s pretty much the sweetest thing when I get invited to capture extended family of previous clients. JJ, sister of Madi, who’s family I’ve photographed for the past few years, had a precious baby boy and invited me in to document his first week. JJ and Michael welcomed Olliver Michael, and he’s just the sweetest little boy. He reminded me a lot of his cousin Benjamin. I love that JJ and Madi’s family is compromised of girls, and now those girls are having boys.

Not every baby wants to take their window of opportunity to sleep soundly for their session, Olliver was no exception! Even still, I got to cuddle him a lot and he slept for a few moments. I really love the comfort and ease of these types of sessions, and that last family photo might just be one of my very favorites!

Congratulations JJ and Michael, Olliver is just perfect, you two are amazing parents already. He is one lucky little guy. Soak in all that precious newness!

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You know those times in your life when you have an experience that makes you realize how small you are in this big ole world? The times where there is so much more out there, so much to believe in, where your faith in humanity is restored, and where you really feel alive… Relay for Life is that for me.

For the fourth year I’ve captured the 24-hour event, always humbled by the those in attendance. The dedication becomes more noticeable each year. I am often rendered speechless and holding back tears as I hold up my camera and seek out these moments. The dancing is one of my favorite parts, as you can see above.

Losing those we love is never an easy feat, but coming together with people who share in your grief and share in moments of celebration for their life is the real deal. When the opening ceremony begins, and everyone lines up to support the cancer survivors (all those wearing purple shirts), I hold back tears when I see the mom with her kids and husband, the baby, the old couple hand in hand, stand together to walk that first lap side by side. I get chills just remembering it. Then again, at the final ceremony of the first day, when a piper comes out to play and take a lap – everyone follows and everyone is silent. I cry here as the screen flashes with beautiful faces who are lovingly remembered. I’m reminded that this world is so much bigger than me and there is so much you can do with your time, your life, and that giving back is without a question, something everyone should do. I’m reminded that holding your loved ones closely is not to be taken for granted.

Relay for Life of Tacoma 2013, 2014, 2015

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Meeting with the Aldrich family was to highlight Ben graduating high school. But since he’s off to bootcamp this summer, it was the perfect time to capture the whole family together as well! I last saw Cindy and Alan during his senior session at the Museum of Flight, which was such an amazing experience! I’m so honored that she thought of me again this time around for her family. We had too much fun soaking in this beautiful spring day, amazing light, and lots of laughter. Of course, I had to include some outtakes, because those are usually my favorite after all! Ben self-proclaimed that he didn’t like to smile, but he’s got a good one, and it’s easy to see where he gets it from! Aren’t they a beautiful family?!

Thanks so much Cindy, Tim, Alan, and Ben, for spending the afternoon with me trekking around the park. It was so great laughing with you and catching up on all the excitement in your lives! I’m looking forward to seeing you again!

  • Tim Aldrich - May 6, 2016 - 5:17 pm

    No comment about me being the first kilt you got to photograph ?

    Because it’s all about me!ReplyCancel

  • Jojo Michelle - May 6, 2016 - 9:18 pm

    Great photos. My favorite ones are the black and white, and the last one of the family. Nice work. Great kilt Tim.ReplyCancel