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Holiday Pop-Up Shop: Arts and Crafts Extravaganza!

UPDATE: I sadly cannot make this event to a conflicting family need. Please do attend and enjoy buying local anyway!
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Dusting off my art and craft fair shoes for this one day event to share local art nature photograhpy.

WHEN: Saturday, December 10 at 10 AM – 4 PM

WHERE: IntraSpace 3100 Airport Way S Set 24-108, Seattle, Washington 98134 {Behind Tully’s coffee}

WHAT: A holistic healing center is hosting this local holiday shop experience. There will be art, crafts, healing balms and more! I’ll be selling prints, postcards and a few small wood block prints (these are ready to hang on the wall, measuring 3×3 inches each). Hope to see you there! Free for all ages to enjoy.

 

Turning Art Into A Living

I realized something earlier this week: aside from my business networks and friends in West Seattle, not very many of my friends know what I’m doing with my photography these days. They may remember some art show stuff or the Tree Woman Project from last year. And, yes I have a few creative side projects on the back burner, which when they’re ready, I’ll share here on Holli with an i.

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But, what am I doing now? I’m a portrait photographer focusing on serving the business community in Seattle with marketing photos, head shots and those images in between.

I’ve been focusing on business photography since January 2015, because it uses my skills and experience in a unique way that allows me to work while the kids are in school or after they’re in bed. And, yes, I’ve got a dedicated website at NativeLightPhoto.com as well as on Facebook.

The reason for the shift in my focus is quite honestly, because I need to make a living with my art. I wasn’t successful doing the art fair circuit selling my art nature photography. I got to the point where the art was paying for all of the fees and costs for production to be out selling, but it was a lot of work away from my family for about $43 in profit. This new business is another branch to my experience where I need to stretch out and try to see if I can really make a living from my art, even if it’s applied to a format that is more of a service than an art. This is kind of like the painter who turns to graphic design to make a living while painting on the weekends for fun. Yes, some painters make a living from their art printing it on pillows and canvass, but some need a day job too. This is my “day job” photography business.

Tree Woman Project In Review

A hearty Thank You to everyone who attended the Arts In Nature Festival last weekend.

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It was such a fun experience to not only show off a project I’ve worked so hard on over the past 10 months, but to also give a little bit of the “Tree Woman” experience by braiding hair and making crowns. Here is the first family group to get their crowns on to enjoy the festival in fashion:

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Family of nature lovers!

The cabin exhibit was a sensory experience: I created a soundtrack from recordings during hikes this summer to capture the sounds of the forest. We added branches from our friend’s tree farm on the Olympic Peninsula to the shelves and walls of the cabin which surprised people the most: the pleasant sound of the trees! The visual part I worked the longest on for ways to display the Tree Women in a way that had variety. From tiny wood mounted prints to large canvasses and extra large prints hung from clothes pins…here are a few phone photos:

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The entrance of the cabin.
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A braided flower crown.
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Canvass mounted portraits.

And a few photos of me with a couple of me and the Tree Women as well as with the Art Program manager, Yeggy.

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The project was a success thanks to my wonderful community. I am thankful for everyone who help me pursue my crazy idea. Each model was a friend or acquaintance. One of them I had only met through Facebook and the parent community. Another I met at a model session a month before. My Mom and cousin helped make crowns and braid hair on the second day of the festival, which was wonderful since it seems twice as busy as the day before. And, the supplies of birch branches, willow and hydrangeas were from my family and friend’s gardens. The tree branches for the cabin came from our friend’s tree farm.

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My favorite moment from the event itself was a conversation I had with a boy who I believe was about 8 years old. You see, I had imagined the show would strike a cord in the imaginations of women, but it really engaged many men and people of all ages.

Boy: “What is that smell that’s so good?”

Me: “That’s the smell of the trees.”

Boy: “But why do they smell so good?”

Me: “It might be the type of tree. (knowing they were Noble Fir “Christmas tree “branches)”

Boy: “No, I mean, why do they smell like that in there (cabin) but not out here (outside)?”

Me: “The tree smells stronger when you cut it. Out here the trees haven’t been cut. The branches in there have and that is why they smell so much stronger for us.”

Being in Seattle and surrounded by amazing programs that get city kids into nature, I never would have imagined giving a boy the first opportunity to see what a tree really smells like.

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I wish that every Tree Woman model could have attended, and it’s difficult to find another venue that could provide another such experience. The best I can do for now is share a slideshow of the exhibit photos with the sound track…enjoy!

At The Courthouse: Short and Sweet Seattle Wedding

When I met Renee and Chris for a little family portrait session this summer, I immediately thought they made a beautiful couple. Loving, patient and kind to each other, I was so excited when Renee emailed me about photographing their wedding.

I started out as a Wedding Photography Assistant when I was 19 and loading Medium Format cameras with film. So, my first love and early training is with wedding photography, but as my life has changed and I’ve become a parent, I have focused more on portraits. Times like this, though, I make an exception.Wedding_HolliMargell 172

Photographing this short and sweet wedding reminded me of why I will always love weddings: it’s a beautiful day in the story of life, and capturing it to remember in photographs is truly an honor. There’s something magical about having such a momentous moment in your life documented. {Bonus points to Renee’s friends for gifting her some extra photography at the courthouse – seriously the best gift ever!}

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Renee’s friends made it fun and helped keep Lila entertained so Mommy could get all dressed…

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Chris’ first look at his lovely bride…RCWedding_HolliMargell 162

They both wiped each other’s tears…

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The wedding party migrated to the Bay Cafe to savor lunch and celebrate the new family.RCWedding_HolliMargell 166

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xo, Holli

 

 

 

Tree Women Project: Wild Apple Tree

When I saw this old apple tree, I could not believe how big it had grown. It’s hiding in a green space where rumor has it there used to be an old military bunker. The story goes that they filled it with cement and it’s buried deep under a school nearby. Regardless of the old military presence, this part of the green space is home to many fruit trees. This apple tree is overgrown like a wild tree in a Dr. Seuss book.

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My mother loves apples, and so it was truly delightful to pair her session with the old wild apple tree.

The day we woke up to do our session, Seattle saw it’s first snow. It was bitter cold outside, but we decided to go for it anyway. Add to that the fact that my back was out of alignment, and you have two very determined artists stomping through the frozen forest to get these photographs.

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Special thanks to my Mom for being my model, and camera assistant lugging around my old fashioned metal tripod and large camera bag. It was truly an adventure!

 

Behind the Scenes Portraits: Studio Lighting

Almost exactly one month after taking The Lighting Challenge: Natural vs. Studio lighting course, I booked several hours at Urban Light Studio to practice what I learned. I was giddy, nervous and excited – like the first day of school or something. Part of my nervousness came from my photography posse: I had a Make Up Artist, a fellow photographer, models and my kids along for the sessions!

Erin at Studio 3 Cubed captured me in action!
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Blue eyed beauties!

 

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I love how the black backdrop highlights their gorgeous hair and eyes.
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Such sweet smiles!
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Yes, that's my girl helping to make the baby smile!
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Yes, that’s my girl helping to make the baby smile!

The experience was so much fun that I want to host a photographer’s playdate there sometime soon. A huge thank you to Erin at Studio 3 Cubed for being such a wonderful assistant and capturing these behind-the scenes photos!

And, I have learned that I need to work on my editing and lighting skills. I really love how these portraits turned out, but I haven’t nailed it since they don’t have the same natural light feel that my other portraits possess. I want to have consistency in my work whether in the studio or at the park.

P.S. You must check out her gorgeous beauty portraiture.

Summer Beaty: Hiking

One of my favorite things to do in the Summer is hiking. I’ve never really hiked anywhere else except in the Pacific Northwest. It never ceases to amaze me at how lovely the forest is, especially the trees!

To celebrate our birthdays, which are 360 days apart, last weekend The Man and I spent a whole day together without kids. We love our kids, but there is something special about spending time one on one, like we used to during our dating days.

We enjoyed a hike just outside Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho on Mineral Ridge Trail. Here are a few of my favorite snaps…I’m totally enamored with the patterns in the bark right now…

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Transformers In The Garden: Series Completed!

A boy who loves Transformers married a girl who loves to garden. They had a neighbor who loved her camera. Together we made: Transformers In The Garden!

At long last the series is completed – now comes the fun part, sharing them with the world! There will be a limited edition of photos mounted on wood blocks like you see here:Transformers_Holliwithani 1

A close up to show off the awesome work of Amanda, giving the photographs an artful texture:

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I know what you’re thinking: How can you get your hands one some of these amazing images to grace the walls of your home? I’ll be adding the complete collection to the Etsy shop within the week, and the single edition Wood Block mounted prints will be available before Father’s Day. I’ll update via my Facebook Page and here on the blog:)

Thanks for looking!

2 Easy Ways To Take Better Mother’s Day Photos!

I love Mothers Day. I know it seems like a Hallmark holiday, but really, it’s a good excuse to stop and thank our mothers. And, I have a couple easy tips to make the most of your events full of snap shots…

1. Look At The Light

If you’re snapping photos in the sunshine outside, keep the sun at your back. This will eliminate harsh shadows and prevent such squinty eyes that you can’t see them anymore!

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2. Eye Level

If you want to avoid the double chin that happens to the best of us, keep the camera pointed at eye level. The only exception to this is children, the model thin folks, or people who want to look taller than they really are. For example, I shot this of my daughter aiming at her belly button. She looks taller and bigger than she really is. And, if you look closely, she’s got a tiny double chin going on, which in my mind adds to her cuteness;)

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I hope you have a wonderful time celebrating your Mother whether you see her on Mother’s Day or not!

xo,

Holli

p.s. Shameless plug:

MDPostcard2Now that I’m expanding my photography business to include modern portraiture with a photojournalistic twist, I wanted to do something fun to debut my portraits. This Saturday, May 11th, I’ll be offering 30 minute, mini-portrait sessions for $50 at my favorite Nursery in White Center. Details here: Garden Mini Photos!

There are only 4 sessions available until Wednesday, May 8th.