Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Bellevue Portrait Photographer | Granddaughters

These three (and their mom) have my heart.  Love them all so much!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Full Bloom | Bellevue Portrait Photographer

The property is almost in full bloom and ready to serve as a backdrop for senior pictures and family portraits.  If you are interested in scheduling a session, please contact me HERE.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Reflections | April 2015 Roundup

These are some of the random photos from this past month.  The first one is from a Redmond on a night when the sunset was so pretty.

This dandelion was in a field in North Bend next door to a softball game I was shooting that night.  Same night that I photographed the Elk (below.)

Bull Elk, sows and calves from the North Bend herd.

Some Forget-me-Knots from just outside my front door.  I planted these from seed and they are in bloom and beautiful right now.

One of the many cottontail's stretched out in the yard enjoying the sun.

This is Finn who turns away everything time the lens is pointed at him, but  I caught him just as he was waking up from a nap.  Seeing him on the third tier of his cat tower had been a year in the making and now he's so proud he sometimes sleeps there all night.

Taken in the Snoqualmie Valley looking over at Carnation.

This is my dad who passed away 20-years ago today.  It's an image I took back on September 15th, 1993, just two years before he passed away.  It is my all time favorite picture of him.  A family tradition that started back when we were kids was to go to the Puyallup Fair every September.  In this image he just finished treating us all to barbecue ribs (his favorite at the fair) and the look on his face says it all.  He is missed, but never forgotten.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Reflections | March 2015 Roundup

After completing my research I finally made a decision to purchase a couple of Westcott Spiderlite TD6's.  These are primarily for photographing boudoir clients on some of the dark, gray Pacific Northwest days, though I will use them for any portrait session too.  They are fabulous, I'm very happy with the results I achieve with these!

March was a busy month, a lot going on, but by far the highlight of the month for me was getting to see and photograph the Aurora Borealis a dream of mine for many years.  I always thought I'd have to travel to Alaska to see it, but I was able to see it locally and it was well worth standing in the cold until 2: 30 in the morning.

I have this Himalayan salt piece with an colorful LED lamp inside sitting on my desk, which was a reminder of how much I'd hoped at some point to photograph the Northern Lights.  It cycles through some of the beautiful colors in the Aurora.

I had an assignment this month of Intentional Camera Movement from a local group I belong to and I usually dig into my archives for assignments due to time constraints for personal shooting, but this month I was able to take some images and it was fun.  I tried visualizing that my camera was a paintbrush, below are some examples.

And the last image for the month is from a recent session I did with Emma who will be entering her senior year next fall.  After a session, if you were to call me and ask what I'm doing, you will hear "just editing...  how about you?"  If they are a photographer, the conversation keeps moving, but if it's anyone outside the industry, this is usually what I hear...  "Editing?  Again?  Still?  Can't you just not be so picky?  Can't you just do less?"  (And mind you, I'm not complaining, it's just part of the job.) 
 I wanted to take a moment and show this before and after.  I think it speaks to going the extra mile when you or the client choose a location, but cannot always control all aspect of a session. (SOOC=straight out of camera)

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Northern Lights | Bellevue Portrait Photographer

It has been a dream of mine to photograph the Aurora Borealis in any capacity; be it the flaming dancing bright lights, or the more muted colors in the night sky.

I was waffling back and forth last night when I made the last minute decision to leave my house about 10:30 and head east far from the noise pollution of any city in search of remote darkness.  On my way up toward Snoqualmie Pass I saw nothing but cloud cover and fog so thick at times it was hard to see.  It left me begging the question, why are you doing this again?

Nature is truly amazing...   Watching how the lights change from moment to moment or how the clouds move in and (fortunately) back out again revealing the stars and color.   It's all very exciting!

My bucket list is a minimal one, but it just got smaller.  I am still chilled to the bone today, but I'd go back and do it again in a heartbeat!