I am moving offices after moving homes less than three months ago (ahhhhhhhhhh!) so I cannot spare a single moment to be in front of the computer these days but I HAD to drop a few choice gems from this recent mini shoot in Ballard. This big kid turned four years old and I was so thrilled to capture this intimate family celebration. Whether your fete includes 500 people or just one, I believe its important to mark these special days for all of us.
Hi Dear Ones,
I disappeared. I'm sorry.
There was so much going on! I couldn't handle it all. There was drama and then a thing and then another thing and then we bought a house on the south side of Seattle (eeee) and then there was stuff. Anyways. I just wanted you to know that I love you and I see you and I swear that I will never leave you.
JK. I'll totally quit blogging whenever I need to in order to take care of me and my family. That's ok. But I'll probably also always come back and catch up.
So, whats been going on with you?
Well, I'm happy to report that I've been photographing like crazy these days since it's summer in the PNW and every day outside is pure sunshine foresty goodness. The sad part is that I've been photographing a lot of goodbye parties. Sniff. Don't leave me friends!
Enjoy these gems from Jessie and Cori's recent Ballard lawn goodbye party (kick ass in Utah ladies). And I'll try not to be gone this long this time ya'll.
This is Andréa.
Isn't she stunning?
I know! I felt so lucky to spend the day with her and take her portrait.
I felt expecially LUCKY because I'm not a person who spends all my time photographing gorgeous models. I photograph anything and everything and models are ONE OF THE SUBJECTS I ADORE but certainly not the only subject. When I first started advertising my photography, back in the day, I tried to list all the different kinds of photography I was interested in working on. It started out reasonable:
- Family Photojournalism
- Couples / Newlyweds / Engagement
- Wedding Photojournalism
- Small Business and Non Profits Storytelling images
That's not bad I thought. That's a plan, I thought. I looked at that list and I felt ok. It felt manageable and reasonable and just the right size. But you know me. Soon I started to get itchy. I wanted to try new stuff. So I added a couple:
- Unit Stills Photography (where the photographer captures the process on a movie or documentary set)
- Model Portraits - Everyone Portraits
- Commercial Photography for NonProfits and Small Businesses
- Product Photography and Process Photography for local Makers and Artists
- Event Photography
- Kids Birthday Party Photography inc Quinceañeras, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs
- Family Reunion / Multi generational Family Photography
- Senior Portraits
- Nature / Landscape Photography
- First Baptism Photography and End of Life Photography
Well I don't know about you but I'm starting to be overwhelmed.
I moaned and groaned. What was a lady to do?
The problem is how people think about photography. Most people - when they look for a photographer to hire - don't hire one based on potential. They hire based on proof. They look to see if you have exactly the picture in your portfolio today that they would like you to take of them in the future and then they hire you to take it. And I'm not here to say that this is a good or bad way to do it, far be it from me to judge. But I am saying that it makes me a little scatter brained because I don't have any idea how to speak this many different languages and tell this many stories about my work simultaneously. And I can start to believe that I have to be all things to all people in order to get to photograph ANYONE EVER.
Maybe I should just relax. Trust that when it is meant to be it will happen - and trust that people see potential in me. That's what happened this winter after all. This gorgeous, magnificient model, Andréa Campbell, in my city took a chance on me - understanding that my eye, my ability to capture emotional moments with authenticity and beauty and tenderness transcends genre. Together we created this gorgeous warm portraits that I am so very very proud of.
In the heart of winter, Andréa, a Plus Sized Pioneer headed down to Richmond Salt Beach and Richmond CoffeeShop to capture her magnatism and grace in its natural beautiful form. This is the magic we created.
A few months ago our lovely Nature Kids Community had a pajama holiday party and I snapped a few pictures in between cuddling my tiny human and drinking hot chocolate. This blog is a part of the collection called Our Beautiful Ordinary Life which invites you dear reader to imagine inviting a photographer into the ordinary moments of your days and believing that they are beautiful and will yield beautiful photographs of connection and joy.Read More
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
As soon as they could talk, my son and her daughter named themselves brother and sister and they've been fighting and loving and yelling and adventure hunting ever since. I'm obsessed with photographing their love for each other because it is so pure and their little personalities keep changing as they grow and grow.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
One major thing I added is the addition of a trade or barter option for prospective clients who might not be able to afford my full fee in this city of Seattle which is quickly becoming one of the most expensive cities in the nation.Read More
At Nature Kids Preschool, in Seattle's Discovery Park - we plant trees at thanksgiving. I love this tradition. It's my third year doing it and I was digging next to a mom whose three children had attended consecutively and she had been doing it many many years in a row! It was wonderful!Read More
Last Summer I shot my first wedding. I knew I wanted the whole experience, to be there from the first moment to the very last. So I worked with John and Colette to help come up with a special portrait package that fit their needs. This is something I love to do with Clients. It falls under my umbrella of co-creation and flexibility - I deeply believe that you having a voice in your pictures. If you ask me for my standard package prices, times or ways of working and upon review they are not a good fit, please inquire further about making something special just for you!
Now it is possible that you might notice that this was a wedding in high summer and I am blogging it in January. I hear you. It is possible that this is not exactly a traditional internet timeline where people would never dream of telling stories 9 months out of date. But alas, this was an OVERWHELMING blog post to write. Which I hear should be an oxymoron or at the very least a terrible case of white people's problems. And it is. And yet - the process of turning 6000 or 8000 photos into 600 and then into 100 and then into 20 is DAUNTING>. I really really want to pick the right ones and it's super hard. But I did it. I have triumphed and you shall enjoy the fruits of my labors and don't hold your breath for part 2 because I'm intimidated just thinking about it.
But seriously, enough about me. Can I introduce you to our beautiful talented witty bride and groom?
John and Colette knew they wanted to invite their family and friends to celebrate their good life here - in Seattle, so they set about readying their backyard for a beautiful at home wedding and finding a cool joint (Jacks BBQ in South Seattle) that could host a fun rehearsal night filled with love and drinks and the very best kind of tears. Keep scrolling to hit some highlights of this gorgeous two day event, of their close knit tribe who flew in from all across America and check back soon for a selection from the wedding day!
Backyard Wedding Rehearsal:
Cocktail Hour | Celebratory Dinner at Jack's BBQ:
Toasts | Afterparty:
As I exited the private space at Jack's BBQ with the noise and revelry fading behind me, I saw the Bride's grandma resting on a rocking chair on the back porch. As I slipped away into the night I clicked my shutter button one last time.