Some people just HAVE it. You know, the elusive “IT” factor–that thing all stellar people possess. Well, this darling young woman has “IT” by the buckets. Shelby has such an inCREDible voice! And lucky for me (and those in the Olympia area) Shelby will be playing at my studio –The Steam Plant (113 Thurston Ave NE, Oly) on Friday, April 26th during ArtsWalk. Make sure you come by for a listen… time well spent, I promise : ) Look forward to seeing you soon! Cheers to you Shelby!
I’ve been photographing pets for a couple of years now, but am ready to take it up a notch (or TEN!). So here goes! I’ve thrown myself into the selection pool for creativeLIVEs upcoming Pet Photography Workshop with Vicki Taufer. I love Vicki’s work and am literally dancing at the idea of being in the LIVE audience!!!
Not sure how this works, but would you all please send your happy thoughts my way? And help me be one of the 6 people selected for the live studio audience? So AWESOME!!!!
Well, I never imagined I would outgrow my adorable studio, but the time has come. I am BEYOND THRILLED to be moving into the Harmony Market Building along with Nathan Peppin of Peppin Photography. We’ve been sharing space for a couple of months and though it’s great, we need a larger space where we can both be shooting at the same time. The new space is GINORMOUS (not a real word, I know…) and the natural light makes the angels sing. I’ve been in love with the space for ages, and often dreamt of having a photo shoot in the glorious loft. How dreams manifest is truly a miracle. I had been talking with a one of my wedding clients about our favorite buildings downtown and the next time I ran into the groom, he mentioned having lunch with the building owner. Two days later I received an email from her and after many emails and a meeting, we signed the lease today! Thank you Michael! And thanks Jennie for referring Michael and Sarah! What an awesome town Olympia is…
When Nathan and I walked through the space with the building owner, I literally felt like and 8 year old on Christmas Eve standing at the gates of Disneyland with glittery shoes on and a bag full of candy loaded on the back of my unicorn. Yes, THAT excited! Butterflies start fluttering in my stomach every time I think about it : )
For those of you who know this building, you will likely share my excitement. We have grand plans for utilizing the space as a photography studio and we can’t wait to share our ideas for events we plan on hosting. So many things to look forward to!
I can’t wait, but I will have to. The current tenants will be moving out in June/July. Our goal is to be in there and ready to roll in early August. So it’ll be a few months left on Washington Street… and then moving four blocks down and into a whole new vibe.
I will miss this darling space:
I love photographing teens–they are so full of sass, fresh perspectives and enthusiasm–and that’s so very contagious! Thankfully the weather cooperated with my first round of Studio Rep photo shoots. We are gearing up for the promo posters for a fashion show in Westfield Capital Mall this May. I can’t wait!
A family photograph–such an important image to document. So why do we put it off? Thankfully, the Swindler family made time together : ) We spent a lovely little hike through the woods to emerge into a bright and busy Puget Sound beach. Now if I can only manage to do the same with my own family… Thanks again for making time with me! I love LOVE the images : )
Yesterday the world welcomed Samarra! Who needs a May Day bouquet when you have chubby cheeks to smell and kiss? I’ve been friends with Annie for nearly 30 year (that sounds so strange to say!) She is the sweetest Momma to Saffron and now adorable lil Samarra, lucky lucky girls! I dropped by for a quick visit this afternoon and here she was, not even 24 hours old, bright eyed and so calm…until diaper change time! This kid just might be a singer! What lungs! Big sis Saff was enjoying coloring and figuring out who this new person was–Samarra will be well tended to with Saff for a sis. Congrats you guys!! xoxo Cort
Today I photographed the ever so adorable Shelby. She has these intensely green eyes and an exuberant smile with perfectly straight teeth. Such a sweet kid!As we talked, we found out we shared lots of mutual friends, that they knew my older son through the soccer shop, my younger son and nephew through choir, it just went on and on. It was one of those times where living in a smaller, connected community felt so right. I asked Shelby how she heard about me and her response was a little shrug, a smile and “just everybody”–I must confess I had my own little Sally Fields moment of “They like me! They really, really like me!” hahaha!! So thanks Shelby and Candice for making the start of my weekend so very smiley. And you know, I like you all right back!
I first met Danielle when she was starting her senior year of high school at Tumwater High School. We wandered along Tumwater Falls Park snapping photos and talked of her future, of college plans and wanting to attend the University of Washington. She was a sweet, bright and excited young woman. I knew that she would find success in her college years with that combination. And she did, as well as find an adorable young man with the same sweet spirit and exuberance for life.
Jamie waited patiently to see his gorgeous bride.
She was worth the wait…The had some of the funniest touches during their wedding. Guests were entertained before the ceremony with a multi-media show–a slideshow and mini movie that had people laughing one minute and tearing up the next. Well done!There was a break in the sprinkling rain and we dashed outside to capture some autumn afternoon photos. The perfect amount of sun popped through to help make parasol magic.
And the fall colors soaked up every ray of sun and sent the glorious honey filled tones right back to me.Jamie shared one of his favorite passages. Lovely to see such deeply spiritual people.And one last moment with her Dad before heading down the aisle. Nothing but smiles…Heading into the reception, we had to stop for a quick twirl : )And the last shot of the night reveals the silly side. Danielle and Jamie kept the stoic expression despite the frivolity around them. Way to pull that shot off! Loved LOVED capturing your day. Can’t wait to see what the future holds for you two… xoxo Cortney
Autumn in the northwest can be as close to perfect as it gets…when the weather cooperates. For Missy and Matt’s wedding in early October, Alderbrook Resort in Union, Washington was utterly glorious. Something the die hard Northwesterners don’t eagerly share with out of towners– needless to say, their California guests were loving every second of it–with group hikes and golfing excursions planned, along with lots of leisure time. The pace of the day was unhurried, just how I like it. Plenty of time to capture the many details of their day.Matt’s childhood baby bonnet was tucked into Missy’s bouquet. And the Rock of Gilbrater, a family heirloom, found it’s place around Missy’s neck after spending some time with Moet & Chandon…Missy’s Dad quickly teared up seeing her in the gown.
And family members were lovingly adorned with bursts of fall color.Everyone needed just a smidge of lips…And the nervous bride took a moment before heading out to the dock to see her groom.Just a tiny bit happy…And a tiny bit nervous…And then a LOT happier…Her God-daughter was the picture perfect flower girl. Those curls could possibly be illegally adorable.And the groomsmen, well, they were ready with their “Fire Powah”A dash of Charlie’s Angels.
And how often do you have Secret Service men as your groom attendants?These tackle ball fans paid tribute with their cake. USC and WSU colors fit perfectly with the fall theme.
And an adorable harpist set the tone for cocktail hour by the water.The night wore on and true colors began to emerge…a sense of humor is an absolute necessity when entering marriage. Can I get a HOLLA? Congrats Missy and Matt–enjoy California but you’ll be back… : ) xox Cortney
My husband coached a premier soccer team of the most adorable group of girls a few years back. It was the first time he coached girls and I remember telling him he would have to adjust from the boys mentality. Girls need more time to connect–with one another and with you. They need to feel that they are a valued member of the team. Let them have 5-10 minutes at the start of practice to stretch, catch up and build those personal relationships with one another. I remember him coming home from practice incredulous at the amount of time they would talk! A great group of girls who formed long lasting friendships. Here’s another fab soccer girl, Meegan. I can’t believe how lovely these girls have become…