Last Autumn I was deeply honored to follow Kristen and Jeff and their gorgeous brave boy into the woods near their Kirkland home for an activity-based photoshoot where they showed me all their favorite adventure spots. There was water crossing and tree climbing and leaf kicking oh my!Read More
Today's blog post is about the gorgeous Cardona Family. They were in Seattle recently working with the good people at Seattle Children's Hospital and they invited me to meet their family at the playground for some good old fun and then to follow them to the hospital and each lunch with them and meet their team.Read More
In late Autumn I met Amy Bush, the founder and craftswoman behind Loyalsmith Jewelry at Seward Park. Amy was hosting a Jewelry Party for her Entrepreneur lady small business friends and she asked me to photograph it. Our goal was to get candids of her friends wearing her breathtaking creations and also capture the atmosphere of Amy herself and Seattle craftswoman culture.Read More
Cecelia and her daughter Amethyst Rose live in a gorgeous cozy apartment in Shoreline, just north of Seattle. Last month I joined them for crafting time and together time because capturing our ordinary lives is MAGICAL!Read More
Remember last month when I showcased some photographs from our summer New York vacation? (refresh your memory HERE). That blog was super fun to post because my dear friend Ashley Roby grabs my camera all-day every-day when we are together and photographs ME. I'm so happy to have snaps with me in them. I want to remember this time. I know my life will be totally different in one year, in five years, in ten years. I don't ever ever want to forget.
Ashley didn't only take pictures of me on the subway and in her neighborhood, she also took pictures of me one afternoon when the tiny human and I jumped in her large shower to scrub each other and cuddle under the warm water. I've written on here before about the tiny human's sensory needs (haven't I? Why can't I find the link?)- and a shower or bath almost always sets him right when he's disregulated and struggling. It's a way to connect and get a lot of skin feedback and a wonderful way to play without direction or plan. Baths make the tiny feel very secure in a small safe place.
I am 36 years old and I have never been naked on the internet before.
But its happening now y'all. It's happening because I cannot ask you (reader, client) to go somewhere that you haven't seen ME GO. I do not desire to stay safe and ask you to risk it all. That's not cool. that's not ethical. That's not collaborative. One way transparency is colonial and a power play. Lets not do that here.
I promise! I'm not trying to trick you with my offer of vulnerable authentic portraits. I don't sneak pictures of you crying but post pictures of me laughing. I don't relish in your nudity but cover up myself. I don't point out your messy house and then photograph mine only after I've vacuumed and erased all signs of life. THAY would be dumb and I don't do dumb.
So I say, here I am. Here is my mama self, my tired self. My curvy self and my in-love self.
This is me at my very ordinariest and also my most beautiful. By showing you this I hope it moves you to think about yourself a little differently. I want to show that we are good enough as we are. I want to prove that beauty standards are made up and the idea that we need to worry about having it all is a corporate pressure. I want to be the first in line to shout that being lovely and loved is what is important in a way that connects us to each other rather than closes us off from each other. I'm not trying to compete, I'm trying to invite. I'm trying to show you that YOU ALSO can experience yourself in all your weird skin and your surprising bulges and your magical smells (hahaha) as beautiful JUST LIKE I DO.
So here I am, naked, and loved, loving him and myself.
Click the contact button on the top right corner and lets plan how I can photograph the soft underbelly of your family in a cozy, warm respectful way that will help you notice everything good about you.
Also a quick note to say that my usual rules (you can find them in my FAQ) about usage rights and copyrights are more permeable with these kinds of photographs than with any other. If you would like me to take naked pictures of you and yours - lets talk about privacy and protection in a very clear way when we plan the shoot O.K. friends?
I'm just gonna say it.
This blog is a place for me to play.Read More
One of the brightest shiny moments I remember from my early childhood is of my mom helping us finger paint. The paints she had were a dry powder in tall plastic jugs and she mixed each color by hand for us. I remember the long lines of painted 8 by 11 papers drying in rows on our concrete floor. I remember the paint squishing between my tiny fingers. The whole thing was messy and silly and it transformed my polite and busy mother into someone with easy laughter who wasn't afraid of a mess.Read More
One of my very favorite thing to photograph is people in their homes. We are more comfortable at home. We are rooted at home. At home we shuck off our shells and let ourselves breathe. A couple weeks ago our friends held a barn raising of sorts and I took along my camera to help document the process.Read More