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.
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
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
Tragically I have not been feeling inspired by sparkly lights and the winter darkness and in my personal work I do not FORCE inspiration when it does not come knocking. Now, on the other hand, if you hire me to work - I will chase down inspiration in every single corner she has ever hidden in and MAKE HER GIVE UP the goodies for our shoot. Have no fear.Read More
Stella Martin is Stylist Manager at Ten Pachi Salon in the Seattle U District. I hesitate mightily about writing about her here because I have no interest in sharing her talents with anyone and she's hard enough to book as it is. But! She's seriously THE BEST and what kind of friend would I be if I kept her all to myself?
A bad friend. That is the answer. So here you go. I'm sharing her incredible talent and her smart wit - her amazing pixie cut and the fact that she cuts my hair in under 20 minutes every single time. Do you think I'm done bragging about her? I am not. She also doesn't make me talk to her (which is AMAZING) and she doesn't yell at me even if I only go once a year to get my hair cut because I am busy and also lazy.
Dear stylists and manicurists, dear car mechanics and house painters and eyelash extenders and carpenters and cobblers and tattoo artists and makers and do-ers extraordinary!
Please call me.
I would love to work out a trade. I would love to have you perm my hair in your kitchen and then come to your work and capture you looking like your badass self. I am very interested in what you do and I believe it is beautiful and not menial and worthy of attention and LOVE.
I'm a total nerd who grew up without many toys. And my partner is a total nerd who grew up roaming the culdisacs of Southern California on his bike with his buddies; so we aren't very into anything that flashes or makes noise or comes with instructions. Last Christmas we gave George a bow and arrow set. He promptly broke all three arrows within the day and the bow sat in the back of his closet for the winter.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?