Tis the Season!

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Dec 2, 2014

It’s the time of year that may fill you with joy and warmth as you gather with friends and family to celebrate the holidays. Or it may fill you with dread and stress as you painfully figure out what to buy to express your love and appreciation. It doesn’t help that everyone, everywhere is having […]

Dancing with the trees

Dancing with the trees

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Oct 14, 2014

Life is too short to wait until I feel old enough to reach for my dreams. I’ve felt that very deeply lately after losing a mentor and watching my aunt struggle with cancer. The problem with being me is that I have many dreams and yet a very real sense of duty and responsibility to […]

A Fall Day At The Beach: family portraits

A Fall Day At The Beach: family portraits

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Oct 1, 2014

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 […]

Behind the Scenes Portraits: Studio Lighting

Behind the Scenes Portraits: Studio Lighting

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Jul 7, 2014

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 […]

Getting In Front Of The Lens!

Getting In Front Of The Lens!

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May 12, 2014

If you look through our family photo albums, I’m rarely seen because I’m usually the photographer! Well, just before Christmas, I decided to ask our family portrait photographer to capture a photograph of me with just my kids… And then, just after the new year, I traded Head Shots with Melanie of Rio Jean Photography. […]

Childhood inspiration

Childhood inspiration

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May 5, 2014

The other day, my kids had made a mess of legos on their bedroom floor just before bedtime. Instead of scolding them, I took a moment and saw the wonderland they had created. That made a light-bulb go off above my head: childhood is full of inspiration. You never know what experiences you provide a […]

Polishing Photography With Photoshop

Polishing Photography With Photoshop

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Mar 13, 2014

It’s been years since I used Photoshop. I think I may have taken one of the first Photoshop courses offered at Peninsula College back in 2001. Back then, it was used to enhance photography into more of a graphic design element for advertising layouts. I had a lot of fun with those classes, but since […]

Film Friday: My first Portraits and Photoshop

Film Friday: My first Portraits and Photoshop

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Mar 7, 2014

When I first started using a camera, I captured people.  I literally dusted off my old portfolio this morning and opened it up… There were several wedding prints as I was building my own Wedding Photography business, but several of the portraits reminded me how much I love to capture the beauty in people as […]

Portraits in the Woods

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Oct 21, 2013

I love watching families grow! Six months ago, I had the pleasure of capturing this little man. Taking his first year portraits was an honor.  His family came out for a session at The Village Green Perennial Nursery. This place is magical and even had some surprising props like the big white mushrooms…

Children Portraits: And then there were four!

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Aug 8, 2013

What a joy it was to photograph this family as they welcomed a fourth sibling, a precious girl. She clearly adored her older siblings. They were a bundle of energy! Their Mother told me the oldest didn’t like to pose for photographs, but you can’t tell by these – she was super helpful with her […]