Last week I had the amazing experience of immersing myself in the photographic industry on various levels. I was an audience member of Sue Bryce’s creativeLive 28 Days, attended WPPI–great courses and tradeshow, and had the opportunity to photograph new swimsuits for Curlee Bikini: poolside, in a hotel suite and in the desert. I loved spending time with my darling brother Joshua, his talented love Mallory (Curlee Bikini owner/designer) and good friend Allison, being roomies for the week. I’ve been home for a couple of days but still feel exhausted. What the heck? Maybe it’s the mountain of emails and phone messages I returned to… I’m slowly making my way through them : ) Here’s a fun little video slideshow I made of some fave Curlee Bikini images. http://animoto.com/play/d5Tj2QJ30OFzM1YkBN7F6g
There is nothing better than giving the perfect gift. To see the smile that floods their face and mists their eyes, and the swelling of love at such a thoughtful gesture, so very rewarding. So, how about kicking that up a notch or ten? Well, for a couple of very lucky gentlemen, their wives truly gave them “the best present EVER” (direct quote from both) with the Little Black Book. Thank you both for trusting me and for being such incredible subjects! It was a total treat to capture these gorgeous women, knowing the wonderful surprise that was in store for their lovies.
I love photographing newborns–but I love watching how the new parents interact and dote over the newest little one even more. There is such tender protectiveness in their gaze, at both the baby and each other. What a wonderful time to reconnect as a couple and to bathe in the happy glow of the love that a newborn brings. Congratulations Ray and Andrea! Emery is so so lovely. And really, REALLY good at pooping… hahahaha You poor things–I don’t think a single stitch of your clothing was poop free by the end of the shoot… thanks for being such good sports : )
For true Olympia natives, Lakefair is a week of carnival rides, fair food, parades and fireworks–and it marks the midpoint of summer. For Haley and Rob, Lakefair will now hail their wedding anniversary! It was a perfect day, sunny and the right amount of wind. Under the shade of ancient trees in the backyard of Rob’s family home, sweet promises were made. Once the formalities were completed, it was onto some serious celebrating! The fiesta lasted well into the night fueled by great music, delicious food, and maybe just a tiny bit of tequila…. ayyyyyyyiyiyyiii!!! Love these two and the AWESOME friends and family! Thanks for allowing me to capture the crazy fun of your wedding day : ) xo
Another rainy spring afternoon in the Northwest…one of those days you’re grateful to be inside. Aaron and Lauren brought freshie, week old Noelle, in for her first portraits bundled in a sea of pink sweetness. She had more hair than my boys had at age three! Dark, lustrous hair that almost shone as brightly as her parents beaming faces. Parents who, I marveled, looked remarkably well rested : )
I miss those days where you would lose yourselves for hours, just watching a yawn, a nose wriggle or listening to the funny newborn grunts. The miracle that becomes the center of your world. As I watched and photographed Lauren and Aaron with Noelle, I saw a place of such love. And I knew that no matter how much rain fell in our verdant city, she would always have a place of shelter. A loving, cherished shelter. Congratulations to you! xoxo