Lifestyle, Photography

Seattle Under Snow

“Are you ready for the storm?” the clerk at Safeway asked me as she scanned my groceries. “I heard we’re going to get up to a foot!”

The store was a pandemonium. Crowds gathered in every aisle, items flying off the shelves as if people were getting ready to hunker down for a month. The line looked to be at least 30 minutes long.

Boudoir, Photography

A Morning at Pike Place Market

It was unusually quiet at the Pike Place Market when I pulled in. No large crowds fighting for a spot in line to visit the first Starbucks (which is, disappointedly, not even the first). The stalls were largely empty, except for a few fish vendors who were already set up at 7 am. The atmosphere was hushed and slightly eerie. A perfect start to a photo shoot.

Branding, Client spotlight

Client Spotlight: Meadow Boutique

In December of 2009, a space on the corner of 6th ave W and W Crockett street – right on top of Queen Anne hill – has turned from a children’s painting studio into an adorable boutique.

Its owner, Shelley Hall, has worked many years in retail and has always dreamed of opening up her own place. Finally, the time was right.

Branding, Client spotlight

Client Spotlight: Becozi

Becozi was born on a cold, snowy, blustery Michigan day. A knitter since adolescence, Larissa Koedyker, was intrigued by a video she saw online that featured yarn as thick as her wrist. It looked delightfully chunky and soft, and just by looking at it from the other side of the screen, she was hooked.

Photography

A Year of Developing

I began the year 2018 not knowing what to do. I had just closed my old photography business, having felt burnt out and ready to take a stab at something new.

I had signed up for a few herbalism classes, but beyond that I truly had no idea what this year would hold for me.

Photography

Travel for Self-Discovery

“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.

– Jack Kerouac

There have been many odes composed to praise the beauty and transformation of travel, so I will try not to be too repetitive in my attempt to communicate how much travel has changed my life. 

Ask a photographer, Boudoir, Tips and advice

Ask a Photographer: What to Wear for Your Boudoir Session

After shooting dozens of boudoir sessions, I can confidently tell you what works very well as an outfit for a boudoir session and what does not. If you Google ‘what to wear for boudoir session’, you will get countless articles with images that include everything from a sexy football uniform outfit to women wearing nothing at all. Of course, what you wear depends on both your comfort level and what makes you feel sexy, not someone else on the internet.

My style of boudoir is classic and elegant which means I discourage women to wear items that will look dated in a year or two. I am one to discourage uniforms, dress up outfits and play boy bunny ears. Why? Because I am a strong believer that a woman doesn’t need to wear a mask or a costume to showcase her playful and sexy side.

Photography, Travel

Sunrise in Paris

…wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.
― Ernest Hemingway

It was still dark when alarm softly beeped right next to my pillow. We only landed in Paris twenty hours ago, jet-lagged and excited. Despite a three hour nap the day before, six hours of sleep was still not enough to get my body to get used to Parisian time zone.

I groggily climbed out of bed, trying to keep my husband from waking up. Feet cold on the hardwood floors of our French AirBnb, I tiptoed to the bathroom where a fresh set of clothing was prepared for me last night by my more-awake self.

Camera bag by the door and a large plastic bag stuffed with tulle skirts that I brought with me all the way across the Atlantic. Some may call me crazy. I call myself an artist.

Photography, Travel

Paris, je t’aime

Paris is always a good idea.
-Audrey Hepburn

A few months ago Tyler and I were sitting on our living room couch, discussing our goings of the day, when I suddenly exclaimed: “We haven’t decided where we’re going on our vacation this Fall!”

Only a few minutes later I was perusing the web and multiple travel apps for flight deals – we were curious where flying was affordable as we didn’t have a huge preference as to where to go.

And then I saw it – flights to Paris from Seattle, roundtrip, for under $400 per person. I couldn’t believe my eyes. I turned my phone to Tyler and said, “Do you want to go to Paris?” He said, “We’ll eventually go together, why not now?”