This was the first time we've really mixed up holiday tradition in my family. This year, 2 of my sisters came up to Seattle and stayed with me. It was really cool to be able to try some new things out and find our own way around the holiday. I even prepared an amazing tamarind spiced honey baked ham from a Bon Appetit recipe! We played around Seattle and even trekked up through Bellingham into Vancouver for a super wintery and hilarious 2 hour jaunt into Canada. The snow forced us back but we didn't care. It was a fun roadtrip anyway! I got to spend a lot of time with my friends and even got to celebrate my pal's birthday (who is stuck with a holiday birthday so no one is ever around) - all in all, it was really nice to try something different. It was amazing to smell the fresh air of the northwest, see beautiful sunrises and sunsets, and have the joy and love of two of my sisters surrounding me. Feeling ready to kick off 2017 full force. Happy New Year.
I am so full of gratitude for my clients. 2016 has been such a whirlwind but one of the things that has made me incredibly happy and grounded has been photography. It has brought some great new challenges, creative opportunities, and given me the chance to spend time with some awesome people. Their trust and belief in me to deliver something beautiful for them just warms my freaking heart. Last year was the first time I embarked on thank you gifts and it was so nice to give a little something back to them. This year, I thought I'd take a similar approach and turn it up a notch. I shot a calendar of fun seasonal food items (printed at Artifact Uprising) and then printed square prints of some of my favorite images from our sessions together (made at Parabo Press) to package everything up. I hope that they enjoy them as much as I loved making them (as did my cat Meeko, girl couldn't help herself - there was twine). Nicole I, Chelsea & Darren, Bizzy & Nikhil, Cecille, Chelsea R, Nicole H, Lelia, Beth, Renee, and Dini thank you so much for this beautiful year of photos! And Ellie and Travis, I can't wait for our upcoming shoots in the coming weeks and months. Here's to 2017!
Meet the Pineda family!! We had a beautiful Thanksgiving weekend shoot that included not only mom, dad, and the kids but also uncle and grandparents. Pretty special to have everyone together. We were right on the cusp of a huge rain storm but we decided to give it a go. Our original plan was to go to Seward Park and spend a bit of time on Lake Washington. I can't believe I had never been there before! Well, thanks to the Seattle Marathon my dreams of shooting there remain in the mix. With a heads up from Dini, I learned that the roads would be closed well through our shoot time. She was quick with a backup and off to the Kuboda Garden we went. Another place I have never shot at! It's a total hidden gem in South Seattle. All seemed to be working out and then as soon as we began to photograph, the rain came...and then left...and then came back more intensely than before. We played this little game throughout our entire shoot but it didn't stop anyone from posing, goofing off, and exploring. It was so sweet to spend some time with them. We played with bubbles and had red velvet iced cookies. Little Norah was a big fan of the bubbles. Some of my faves from the day were from a little group shot with her reacting to the bubbles. The moment of the day for me though, was from 4 year old Antonio. His grandma was opening up a map to guide us to a waterfall in the garden and he exclaimed "maps only work when you already know where you are." If that isn't a metaphor for life, I don't know what is. Got a little philosopher on our hands.
I had the most wonderful time in LA last weekend at my sister & brother-in-law's house. They threw an all day shindig with a gorgeous patio dinner that just melted away all my stress. For the whole day, I didn't worry about what was going on at work, or on my Facebook, or in email, or with my photo business, or the recent election, or anything that tends to creep in and take over from time to time. Instead I was treated (and I do mean treat, this was my first time ever just being a guest somewhere without a single responsibility or dish to prepare) to a glorious time and all 3 of my sisters were there. It was so nice. I took pictures all day and it made me so very happy. This particular set up is one of my favorites to photograph, people coming together around food in a beautiful space to spend time with one another. It's just so fundamentally wonderful. This one will stand out to me for years to come.
Meet the Fanelli family: Tom, Renee, and little lovebug Scarlett. Team Fanelli was all about getting into the beautiful outdoors for our family shoot come rain or shine. As is Seattle's November custom, we got rain. Plus side? Weather apps are becoming increasingly more accurate and bonus, we found a magical forested area smack dab in the middle of town to provide a little canopy for us. I couldn't believe how perfectly things aligned. This little trail (Jackson Park Perimeter Trail for all your north Seattlites) is only 3 years old and it runs alongside Jackson golf course. In literally 5 minutes you leave the parking lot and enter a forest so magical it feels like you've been dropped into Harry Potter. It was the most spectacular backdrop to capture some family portraits. Little Scarlett was such a trooper and let us put her just about everywhere to get the shot. When she finally said enough is enough mom and dad comforted her and I was able to capture even more moments that just melted my heart.
I met Beth before she was a Burns. We worked together at an ad agency and found ourselves working on the same client account. One day we learned that we were both traveling to Hawaii on the same day. She was going for her honeymoon and I was going for a family trip. Eventually we learned we were also on the same flights, not only to Honolulu but also for our short flight over to the island of Kauai. If memory serves, I met James at the airport and I was immediately excited to talk to him about our shared Michigan roots. It's hard to remember many other details exactly now, that was many years ago. But what I recall was how kind and fun they were. Over the years we've done several photo shoots together and I've seen how that spirit has translated to their daughters. This shoot marked number 4! I've been so lucky to witness and document this incredible family as they blossom. This past shoot, I was particularly touched by the sister dynamic that is developing between Clementine and little Harlow. It reminded me so much of myself and my younger sister Michelle. Clementine the big sister, full of energy and a bit of a ham. And then Harlow wide-eyed and observational, trusting in her sister to take her for a fun ride, who knows where. Each time I photograph the Burns Family, I'm humbled by their love. It's really inspiring to see.