Monday, December 17, 2007

Magical Mother & Daughter

So these lovely ladies kept me busy last monday! These are the results of an in-home shoot. You really should consider one, especially for little children, as half of the magic is photographing them where they are most comfortable and where there are the most important things to them. I just knew that I had to use the light from the window bathing them, as a visual metaphor for the love that surrounds mother and daughter. Plus home is where the silly hats are.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

My Studio

Here is my studio space I share with Marion Cain ( ). We had an Open House earlier this month, with a shoot scheduled so visiting photographers could see the studio in action throughout the day. Our studio, when not in use by either of us, is available on an hourly or half-day basis! I think it's going to be lots of fun having visiting photographers come shoot, and since we're going into the rainy, dark months, what better of a time to have some fun in the studio! The studio is Located in Edgewood, WA.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Why I love what I do...

Today I was telling my business coach, Karen Buckley, this story, and she insisted I share it on my blog...

I have this one image I took at a wedding this summer of Anne, the bride, and this moment when her grandmother was looking over at her. And the way her grandma is gazing at her granddaughter is has a depth that I can't even begin to go into. Are memories of Anne as a little girl in a ballerina tutu flooding her mind? Or maybe she's thinking of Anne's mother, her daughter, on her wedding day and how much daughter looks like mother. Whose to say? What is sure is that grandma, in her wisdom and time on this planet, is soaking up the moment with the bride, and that SOMEDAY, Anne will be a different person, full of wisdom, and she will look at this picture and see it from a totally different perspective, a deep, amazingly meaningful perspective, and to think I had a part in capturing that for her, makes me so grateful to have this passion and ability with a camera.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Life, babies, beautiful mother-to-be!

Okay so here is Stephanie, on the other end of the "motherhood" spectrum as Mom Schille below. Steph was the first pregnant mom I got to shoot under this backdrop with the one grid light. I've always loved the look of these shots and was a little giddy about getting to give her a rad shot like this. What would I do to get to have a shot like this of me with one of my kids??? Lol, and no, having another child so that I can get this shot is not an option!! Lol

Family Portraits, Family Changes

I had the pleasure of meeting the Schille Familiy and having them to the studio. This is a big Christmas season for them, because their oldest son is leaving for two entire years on December 9. It reminds me of a saying on a mug I just read earlier today at the store "Mothers, they hold your hand for a little while; they hold your heart forever." I try not to think too much about the possibility of my children moving halfway around the world when they grow up. At the same time, you raise your children to go out, seize the day and make a positive impression on the world! This dichodomy is at the heart of every parent...

Friday, December 7, 2007

Tonya & Roy's Engagement!

Meet Tonya & Roy-we were blessed with totally awesome weather for their engagement shoot! The thing about Tonya & Roy is that they both have the most piercing blue eyes. Both of them. And after the shoot, we went for coffee and I couldn't help myself from whipping the camera out again when I saw the naturally lit leather couch over in a nook at the coffee shop. I grabbed just a few more shots there and this particular one below I am TOTALLY LOVING!!!!