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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.

 

A Fall Day At The Beach: family portraits

There is something beautiful about a fall day in Seattle. Though it’s usually overcast this time of year with a layer of gray clouds, it’s rather beautiful in a quiet serene sort of way.That’s why I was actually a bit excited when the day of our family portrait session was overcast, because I think it provides the best light for a fall feel and the colors really stand out.

LeonardEdits_HolliMargell 1The Leonard family has a growing soon to be 2-year-old who loves to RUN! Thankfully Jack Block park provided lots of space for him to explore between takes trying to capture a family portrait.

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I have to say, it’s truly an honor to photograph a family year after year – to be a part of capturing their family tree as it grows is pretty neat.We brought umbrellas just in case the clouds decided to open up and downpour, but instead the sun came out. But, the wee lad had been so eager to use them, we let him try it out just for fun!

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A First Family Portrait!

I had the honor of giving this beautiful family their first portrait session. They were funny, well prepared and had the most serious almost two-year-old I have ever met! He was adorable and I have to admit that as a Mom myself, I was happy to see that he didn’t take to a stranger like me with a big camera too quickly…

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Since this photo session, I’ve heard from a few other families with kids under 6 years old. They haven’t gotten a family portrait done because their kids are too antsy to sit or they don’t have the budget.

I totally understand where they are coming from, and did my best to do our own family portraits for a couple of years after baby number 2 entered the scene. But, I have to tell you something. I have only met one child who sat still and followed directions for a family portrait. One. They are children after all, and a good photographer will work with you and them to capture those heart melting smiles.

If you need a little more inspiration, Mallory MacDonald wrote a great piece about being a family photographer on LisaJo Baker’s Blog last month: Tips for Taking Christmas Card Photos.

And, as for the cost, well, all I can say is that for our family, we budget for it just like we do Christmas gifts. Our annual family photo is my favorite gift of all (and one I get to be included in).

So, don’t wait until you think your kids will sit still, because life as it is is beautiful!

Hello, Fall!

This is my daughter’s favorite season. I love it too, the colors, smell and spices. It’s also the time of year that I get crafty and start gift shopping for Christmas.

Fall colors
Fall colors

Living in Seattle, there are literally over a dozen holiday art shows from October-December. I’m getting into the swing of these with two local shows in West Seattle! My daughter joined me this Summer at the Alki Art Fair, and we had so much fun, that she will be joining me whenever possible at every event I do from now on until she’s ready to host her own.

So, mark your calendars for The Fauntleroy Fine Art and Holiday Gifts Show, 9140 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98136

Since the show is hosted in a church, the times for the show vary by day:
Fri. Nov. 15, 5-8pm,
Sat. Nov. 16, 10-4,
Sun. Nov. 17, 11-2

We’re getting excited as we print and package our art gifts. The show features over a dozen local artists from jewelry to knit to watercolor. This year, I’ll debut a new line of garlands like this one:

My latest addition to the art photography shop will debut in November!
My latest addition to the art photography shop will debut in November!

And, stay tuned for another local show in December!