Thursday, October 30, 2008

Our Anniversary!!

Here you are seeing a photograph from our wedding, taken 10 years ago today! We were pretty young, 21, but this also signifies the experience that led me to become a wedding photographer. Technically, my photographer had some cool ideas, but was very much old school and didn't get emotional, feminine, and stylish shots. And this one above is just plain! I got my first digital camera a year later and the rest is history!

So Happy Anniversary to us! It's been an amazing ride...we hope to have an engagement shoot this season and I'll post those when we do!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008


I am so excited! I was nominated for King5's Evening Magazine "Best of Western Washington"! How cool is that? You can still go HERE to leave a comment about me and my photography, and I would LOVE it if you did!

Consider yourself "hugged" for leaving a comment, just like Tracy is hugging her new Mother-In-Law right here! Haven't seen Tracy & Ryan's wedding yet?? It's coming soon!

Vienna--4 Month Portraits!

Here are a few shots from Vienna's 4 Month old portraits. Big during the forth month are things like playing with your toes and sucking on your fingers, wearing tutus and generally loving life and learning something new every minute. . . .

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Vendor Spotlight! DJ Tony!

I worked with DJ Tony at Eldri & Jerry's wedding this past summer and I wanted to let you all know that I highly recommend him.

Number one, vendors don't have to be nice to other vendors when you are working at the same event...lots of vendors just worry about the client and that's it. But Tony was really friendly and easy to work with. What really made an impression on me was his respect for what photographers' duties are, and how he can help make our job easier. In turn, we photographers can make the DJs duties easier by staying in contact with them throughout the event so that the DJ never has to wait to "find the photographer" before he/she announces the bouquet throw or other reception event. When the DJ and photographer work as a team, it's the coolest. I love looking across the room at a DJ, and then giving "the nod" and knowing that the DJ and I are on the same page and ready to make the reception FUN and keeping the pace up throughout the evening. Plus, DJ Tony has this really cool huge inflatable, portable screen for viewing slideshows! It was a huge success at Eldri & Jerry's wedding, and everyone had a great view (something hard to pull off with a smaller screen). How awesome is that?!

Monday, October 13, 2008

My Recycling Achievement!!

So I just had to share this, even though I have many great clients and images to blog about right now.

My recycling achievement.

Okay, so we've got the standard 13 gallon trash can under the sink, and then outside the door around the corner is a big outside recycling can. Recycling is addictive, just to let you know. There is a certain satisfaction I get when I squash a cereal box or rinse out a plastic tub. Anyway, garbage day is Thursday and that is soo hard for me to remember. So last Thursday morning I scramble out of bed half-asleep to try to get the garbage can out to the road before the truck comes. I go outside and check the garbage can on the side of the house. Hmmm. No garbage. I check the other one. That's empty, too. I run inside and when I check the kitchen, I realize that OUR FAMILY OF 4 CREATED ONLY ONE 13 GALLON CAN FULL OF GARBAGE IN AN ENTIRE WEEK! Our recycling cans, however, were overflowing, which is cool because in our area, you get a credit on your bill for the amount of stuff you recycle.

So if you aren't recycling now, go ahead, give it a try. I know some neighborhoods make it easier than others; in ours, you can put paper, cans, AND glass all in the same can. But do what you can (lol no pun intended).

I also got some of those reinforced shopping bags, and they hold a lot more than the plastic bags which flop over and pour out on your drive home. My next personal challenge will be, "Can I go an entire week without using plastic bags from stores?" Now, I totally understand using them if you've got a bazillion groceries, but for runs to the drug store or speciality shop, I'd venture to say that you could make your life easier by just putting your stuff in your shopper bag and grabbing the receipt. It's really rewarding to not take what I don't REALLY need. If somebody else has a great tip or tries the Weeklong Bag Challenge, let me know!!