Kienen Wayrynen, my son, provides me continually with untold amounts of inspiration to bring forth my minds eye and creativity through photography. Kienen is a reflection of myself, literally and figuratively. The images I create using my son as a model come from many sources, mostly dreams, reflective thoughts, or something I saw in life that inspired me. I respect and love my son and appreciate his willingness to help me achieve my artistic desires. I know he trusts me and when we work together the process of creativity between us is something unique and special. Without his trust and our love for each other it would be impossible to bring forth my inner creativity photographically. Thank you Kienen for being willing to help me express myself and what I see and feel inside. 

Portrait of Kienen playing the guitar.

Summertime music with Kienen Wayrynen.

Brandi Wilson, left, and her daughter, Trisha Wilson, 15, right, embrace Trish Hall, a mother waiting for her student, as students arrived at the Fred Meyer grocery store parking lot in Wood Village, Ore., after a shooting at Reynolds High School Tuesday, June 10, 2014, in nearby Troutdale. A gunman killed a student at the high school east of Portland Tuesday and the shooter is also dead, police said. (AP Photo/Troy Wayrynen)

I’m so proud of Kienen and all his wonderful achievements. Tonight it just got better as Kienen was awarded the Louis Armstrong Musician of the Year Award at the Skyview band and dance awards banquet. Pictured is Skyview High School Band Director Tim Heichelheim, left, shaking Kienen’s hand at the conclusion of the banquet. The Louis Armstrong Award is the “top senior jazz award”, a highly prestigious award to a musician. It is given out by high schools nationwide to recognize “outstanding musical achievement and an incredible dedication to the program”. Typically there is only one recipient per school. Congratulations Kienen on an incredible senior year!

I was originally not going to post this image I made from a tough loss Skyview suffered during a state soccer championship game on Friday. The reason is because I know many of the players and I didn’t want to hurt them by reminding them of their loss. The more I looked at the image, though, the more I appreciated what it told me about the character of this team and the character of the players. Look at the symbolic stairs created by the arms leading up to senior Carter Johnson. The loving embrace and connection between the three athletes. You can almost feel Carter squeezing Eric’s shoulder. There is an interlocking circle created by the three athletes after Eric grabbed a hold of a fellow teammates leg. This image says as much to me about the success of this team as does a celebration photograph. In the end I decided to share the image and hope I didn’t receive a negative response. I knew I had made the right decision when Skyview senior Eric Ferris (22) gave the photograph a thumbs up on Facebook. You have reminded me and others that life is not always going to give us what we want, but through good times and bad we all need each others love and support to carry on and succeed. Great season gentlemen. Go Storm!

Had a strange dream about being locked away in a glass prison. These pictures came from that strange dream. Although not the same feeling I experienced in my dream I love Eilish’s sense of humor playing in the studio last night.

Had a strange dream about being locked away in a glass prison. These pictures came from that strange dream. Although not the same feeling I experienced in my dream I love Eilish’s sense of humor playing in the studio last night.