Thursday, September 30, 2010

Class of 2011 - Kimberly {Graham Senior Photography}

As I get to interact with this class of Seniors, I am encouraged at what the future will look like!! This is a neat group of young people, full of dreams and aspirations about making a difference in the world! So here is another fun and gorgeous member of the Class of Kimberly!!

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this one!!

OK...forget "pretty in pink" about "knock-out fabulous in pink"???

I know I always say that I had a great time with each student...but I really do!! And Kimberly is no exception to that!! You were so fun to be with, Kimberly!! And I hope your Senior Year is AMAZING!!

"Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail" (Emerson) May you be a trail maker, Kimberly!!

(Don't forget...there are a couple more pictures on the Red Thread Facebook site!!)

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Breathe {inspiration for Wednesdays}

There is a huge difference between the words YEAH!! and YES.

That may sound like a "no duh, Tara!", but I think sometimes we forget the important difference.  Well, at least I know I do...

YEAH!! is a celebratory word - a cheerleader, if you will.  It looks at causes, events and people and affirms what they are doing.  It conveys excitement for the movement and momentum.  

I think we all have a YEAH!!-list - organizations, causes and people that when we think of them we simply say "YEAH!!" and that makes us smile.  We are glad they are in this world doing what they are doing.  I for one, have a lot of names on my YEAH!!-list.  I like to see people doing good in the world and quite frankly, have often told people that I could be a poster child for non-profit organizations!  I have lots of friends who have causes they are deeply passionate about, have started their own organizations and/or strive everyday to make a difference in the world we live in.

And I love cheering them on!!  But I must remember that they are on my YEAH!!-list, not my YES-list.  I cannot possibly be involved in all the causes that these friends think are important, because I have my own list of "important".  And that is OK!!

While a YEAH!!-list is a cheerleader, a YES-list is a player in the game.  My YES-list is not always exciting, but on it are the things I care most deeply about and am willing to get in the game for.  A YES-list tells me what comes first in my life, what gets my attention, focus and action.  (I've written more about YES-lists here.)

But sometimes I forget the difference between the two.  While I may like to cheer people on, I am not always called to play in their game!  And when I forget this, my gifts and talents (and my passions) get scattered in various directions.  They get spent wastefully on good things, but not focused toward the most important things.

Perhaps the challenge for all of us is to figure out the difference between our own particular YEAH's and YES's....and then to center our lives to the latter list.  (And not feel guilty about the former!)
Breathe, smile and go slowly.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Class of 2011 - Claire {Renton Senior Photography}

Meet Claire....she was the winner of the free senior session giveaway we did earlier this season.  Claire was so fun to photograph!!  She is sweet and classy...and has the most amazing skin!!  Here are a few images from her session...

We chose a "natural" environment for this natural beauty!!  OK...can you believe those amazing blue eyes??

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this one!!

Hope your Senior Year is the best year, Claire!!  As Thoreau said, "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.  Live the life you have imagined."

(And while you are headed there, head on over to Red Thread's Facebook page for a couple more pictures)

Monday, September 27, 2010

Class of 2011 - Kelly {Graham Senior Photography}

Oh, this amazing Class of 2011!!  You'll be seeing a bit of them for the next few weeks!!  So let me introduce you to Kelly...

We had one of those amazing autumn days in Western glad cuz' the few days before had not been so nice.  I thought we might have to cancel, but Kelly and her mom held out hope and the day turned out almost as beautiful as Kelly!!  But I'll let you be the judge of that....

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this one!!  Kelly has great eyes!!

Thanks Kelly!!  You look fabulous!!  I wish you all the best for your senior year!!
(There are a couple more pictures on the Red Thread Facebook page, if you are interested!!)

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Class of 2011 - Marlee {Graham Senior Photography}

Oh...I had so much fun with Marlee!!  She was adventurous, talkative and full of beautiful smiles!!  We weren't sure that the session was going to take place because of our crazy Washington weather, but Marlee was willing to head inside if it rained, so we decided to go for it!!

We came across this set of old theater seats outside of a store and knew we had a great photo opp!!  Love these boots!!

I love this girl's laugh!!!

While we were outside taking pictures on the theater seats, the owner of the shop came out and invited us to a wine tasting event.  We thanked him, but declined...however, he also invited us in use all the great places in his shop.  I love this is a treasure hunt in action!!  So we headed in to photograph this beautiful gem inside the treasure box!!

I have heard it said that in order to really photograph a person, you should always photograph their hands.  I like that idea...but I also knew that I needed to get a picture of Marlee's ring.  It tells us a little about her love for "bling"!!

Marlee's last "outfit" was her rain jacket and boots!  It was perfect because just as we got to the bridge, those rain clouds were starting to stir again!!  I just love this girl's fun spirit!!

Marlee, it was my privilege to photograph you!!  May your senior year be full of smiles, fun and a little bling!!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Breathe {inspiration for Wednesdays}

I do not look good in yoga pants!!  That is my declaration of the week!  As I write this, I am wearing them, sitting in Starbucks, having just finished a yoga class - and I am feeling super self-conscious.  I am totally sure people are looking at me with raised eyebrows thinking "she should not be wearing those!" or "now where is that 'What Not to Wear' show when you need them?"

At least here in the world's coffee shop, I can hide under my layers of clothing.  DURING the yoga class, when I can't throw on a big sweatshirt is the toughest!  I worry what my butt looks like in down-dog...or if parts of me that should be firm are actually jiggling!  The laughable dichotomy is, I get critical and demeaning of my body in the middle of trying to bring harmony and balance to it!!

So right now some of you are laughing so hard at me because this so resonates with you, we could be twins!  Others of you are squinting at your computer screen in unbelief, asking yourselves "is she really writing about this?"  However, I do have a point (YEAH!!)  The problem with all this is that while I am trying to focus on one thing, I am actually expending energy in a different (and opposite) direction.  It is like I am a tire that is headed in a certain direction, but I have a slow leak that is going to drain me before I {surprise!} know it.  I think this is why exhaustion creeps up on me when I've done so little physical exertion.  Is it possible that I am giving away my energy to fruitless endeavors? 

Today I am challenged by this idea.  I recently read a great quote that said:
"We must manage our energy, not our time, by being aware of two things:  the way we spend our personal energy and how we renew it."
To be honest, I am, on one level very aware because I make to-do lists and get things done.  But on another level, I may be spending too much energy during these activities on fear, worries, anger, what people think of me...pick your vice of choice!!

So the question at hand becomes what will I give my energy to?  Will I give it to my insecurities or worries or what others think or will I give it to the noble task at hand?  Will I allow anger or criticalness to drain me or will I stop giving them a power source and give it to creative projects?  To give energy to a black hole is stupid.  I can have a dozen hours of sleep, countless cups of coffee, good food, name it, and still not have the energy to reach #3 on my to-do list!!  So I need to watch and be aware of what or who is hogging my energy.

The second step - how we renew our energy - is a little tougher for me.  I am not always good at "filling up" because I have practiced a lifetime of getting drained!  However...and isn't this ironic??...I think one of the ways I renew my energy is through physical exercise!

So I guess the yoga pants stay...
Funny thing is, I am realizing that others may feel just as self-conscious as I do so they are not even thinking about my shape or jiggles.  They are so absorbed in their own energy drain....they could care less about mine!!

Breathe, smile and go slowly.
(pictures from Three Trees Yoga...Yoga on the Beach)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Class of 2011 - Ashley {Graham Senior Photography}

Another gorgeous member of the Class of 2011!!  Ashley met me down by the beach for a quick session...and was she a trooper!  Our crazy Washington weather had been beautiful all day and the moment we got down to the beach, it started to rain.  However, Ashley would not be daunted!!  We moved out in the open when there was just a little or no rain (that is the craziness of the weather here!!) and we headed for shelter when it was coming down!

I am pretty sure Ashley thought I was a little nutty when I told her to lay down on the the wet sand.  But look at you, gorgeous girl!!  You look like you're enjoying some California beach and sun rather than dodging raindrops on Puget Sound!!

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this one!! have great eyes!!

Getting a new perspective - up in a tree!!

Ashley...thanks for being so willing to go back and forth, in and out through the rain!!  May your flexibility serve you well during your Senior Year and on into the future!! 

Monday, September 20, 2010

Class of 2011 - Brielle's Head Shots {Graham Senior Photography}

I got to do Brielle's head shots the other day...but will get to photograph her during a longer session later on this Fall (and in the Spring too)!!  However, this girl is so beautiful I had to post some of the head shots.  (What head shots take in the boring category, Brielle makes up in the beautiful one!!)

OK...not your typical year book head shot, but I loved this fierce look!!

Can't wait for our longer session, Brielle!!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

What's in a Name? {Sea-Tac Baby Photography}

With a name like Roman and a Samoan heritage, this little guy is bound to be strong, spirited and full of spunk!!  He was a DELIGHT to photograph!!  I usually take pictures of newborns (under 10 days) and then at the 3, 6, 9, and 12 month intervals, but by the time we did Roman's pictures, he was almost a month old!!  I wasn't sure how it would go....but I couldn't have been more surprised and pleased!!

This little guy slept on cue, opened his eyes on cue and was so sweet and cuddly, I could have just gobbled him up!!  I already let his mom know that as I was editing the pictures, I just kept "ohh-ing" and "aww-ing" and had a hard time picking my favorites!  

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE baby skin next to tattoos!!

Love those kisses!!  This is a loved little guy!!

Dad is a rugby player.  Do you think Roman will follow in his Dad's footsteps??? 

The family dog was not sure what to do with all this.  He came to see what all the fuss was about!!  Whoa...I think that was a little close for Roman to focus!! every once in a while a sort of perfect string of events happens and the picture just reveals itself.  I looked outside and saw this FABULOUS chair (remember that I want it if you are ready to get rid of it, Mom!)...then this little boy just sweetly fell asleep....and the light coming through the window was just soft and diffused...and...VOILA!!  Does it get any cuter than this???

Oh....I love this too!!  Grandma loves, loves, loves this boy!!

Had to get a little Samoan heritage in a picture...

So this blanket arrived as a gift from his aunt while I was, we just had to get a picture with it!!

Oh my goodness!!  T Family, it was a privilege to get to photograph your little guy!!  May he grow into the strength of his name and the richness of his culture!!  May you two find much delight in this bundle of joy!!