Thursday, May 31, 2012

Class of 2012: Michelle {Kirkland Senior Photography}

We are nearing the end of the Class of 2012....graduation is only a handful of days away!!
I got to photograph a member of this amazing class the other day.  Meet Michelle....



You would not know it by looking at her, but her favorite class is AP Calculus!!  
(Love it when girls are both pretty AND smart!!)









She is headed to California for school next year...umm, I'm jealous!...so I had to include the picture below.  Doesn't she look like she is already there??


Funny story...we affectionately dubbed this little alleyway "Garbage Can Alley".  I moved a few of them, and Michelle trusted me....thanks, Michelle!







You were fabulous to photograph, Michelle!!  I wish you all the best in California next year!!  (Please bring back sunshine whenever you come for a visit!!)

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Breathe {inspiration for Wednesdays}



In the mall the other day, I saw a little girl wearing a beautiful, new (at least it looked new) dress.  It was obvious she was delighted with it.  I looked at her and told she looked pretty..like a real princess.

Her response?? 
"I know." {with a huge smile!!}

She then proceeded to show me her sparkly shoes and how her dress spun when she twirled around.  She was unashamed at how she felt.  She was beautiful and she knew it.



Oh, how I wish every woman could hold onto that little-girl part of them that knows when they are stunning!  Too many of us are embarrassed of who we are...or embarrassed when we think we look pretty.  We diminish ourselves, and sometimes one another.  We pick ourselves apart or beat ourselves up for our imperfections and we kind of think this is a noble thing.

Instead, maybe we would all do well to practice is twirling around in our favorite dress, best blue jeans, most comfy sweats, or whatever choice of clothing, but we'd twirl with our best little-girl mindset that says "I am pretty just the way I am!"

Because it is TRUE!!!

Breathe, smile and go slowly.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Two Decades!! {My Crazy Life}

Who ever thought we were old enough to get married was crazy!!  But I am glad we were surrounded by crazy people!!  On Wednesday, David and I will celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary!!  (Where did all that time go??)  I will, hopefully, post some original wedding pictures on Wednesday and give you some sage-ish words from this ancient lady in the {breathe} post, but here are a few pictures for you in the meantime.

This is what it might look like if I was getting married today...


Something old....



Something new....


Something borrowed????....


 Something blue....


(I had to put in something cute...)


....and a little something to make me look like a drag queen!!


My 15 year old and I went to a second hand/vintage shop today and (as you can see) had a little fun!  All pictures taken with my cell phone, because who would ever expect a photographer to remember to bring her camera with her???  And as far as the "drag queen" comment....see that purple dress in the background of many of these pictures?   Enough said....

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Breathe {inspiration for Wednesdays}



Let's play a game today.  Just for today...and then maybe it will extend into the rest of our todays.

What if today, as we looked at each item in our house, we saw it with treasure seeking eyes?  You know...the way we look at items in the mall, or store, that we so desirously want.  We see the item as a treasure - found and to be obtained.  What if we looked at each item in our house like that?  Each item in our closet?  Each item in our garage?

What if we spent the day wanting what we already have?

(Now don't grimace at that...not just looking at it and being half-heartedly grateful ...but really wanting it!!)  Hmmm, seems to me, it would change my whole perspective on the stuff around me.

Then, what if we extended our little game to encompass the people who live with and around us?  You know...those peeps we call family and friends?  What if we saw them with our treasure seeking eyes, the way young, yet unknown, lovers see one another - always smiling, intrigued...wanting.

What if, just for today, we looked at the people closest us and wanted what we already have?

What if, in this game revolution, we turned off the TV and turned over the magazines that so often declare to us what we don't have?  They tempt us into thinking there is a treasure to be found outside of where we are.  But what if we really practiced seeing the things and people we already have with the eyes of desire?

Can something old and familiar catch our eyes again?  The answer to this is yes...but we must train our eyes to see it.  The work may be more difficult, but then, far more great is the reward too!  When we learn to want what we already have, we also gain gratitude, tranquility and space to breathe.  It is all to be found in this game of seeing the treasure in exactly where we are.

I already knew I was supposed to write about (and practice!) this topic when I picked up a book from the library the other day.  This morning, as I opened the pages, I read this:

No one longs for what he and she already has, and yet the accumulated insight of those wise about the spiritual life suggests that the reason so many of us cannot see the red X that marks the spot is because we are standing on it.  The treasure we seek requires no lengthy expedition, no expensive equipment, no superior aptitude or special ceremony.  All we lack is the willingness to imagine that we already have everything we need. 
{Barbara Brown Taylor}

I would add that all we lack is the willingness to imagine wanting...no, really desiring...what we already have.

Breathe, smile and go slowly.


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Kiss Me: Jessica and Jayme {Tacoma Engagement Photography}

These two are creative...one is a budding photographer, the other a graphic artist.  These two are imaginative....they are having a themed wedding (but I'm not telling until August!!).  AND these two are really fun...or maybe they just went along with all my ideas (which makes them fun, right?)  Either way, they are getting married and we needed to document a bit of their engagement love!


(I couldn't resist!!  I know I used this in a previous session, but when we went to the steps, the words were still there...and they seem to fit!)




There was a band playing in a nearby studio which gave them some music to dance (and kiss) by!



So we headed into the COOLEST clothing shop...I love the reflection above and think the picture below is AMAZING!!


Halfway through Jessica slipped on this darling vintage dress...and did a superb job of looking fabulous!!




Loved this whole series...so you get to see them all!





It was awesome getting to spend a couple hours with you, Jessica and Jayme!  I can't wait for your wedding in August!!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

How Does Your Garden Grow? {Tacoma Baby Photography}

This little girl's name is Eden.  
Welcome to the Garden of Eden....


Just learning to sit up and quite intrigued by the outdoors, we headed out to the garden on one of our {few} sunny days!  I enjoyed this little one's facial expressions!  (I am pretty sure the bottom right picture carries with it the question of "why does that lady keep putting that black box over her face?")





Not sure they get any cuter than that!!



I LOVE these pictures of Miss E playing with her feet!  Oh, the simple joys!!



Thanks mom, for letting me photograph your sweet little Eden.  She is wonderful, amazing and a sweet, sweet little flower from the garden!!

Friday, May 18, 2012

The Sweetest Girl I Know {Tacoma Portrait Photography}

One of the perks of being a photographer is that when I am paying attention, I get some great shots of my kids!  My 15 year old enthusiastic, dramatic, absolutely fabulous girl wanted a little photo session the other evening and we headed into downtown Tacoma for some fun.  The results are stunning....



Though most of the session was M's idea (she told me what she wanted and I photographed it), I did have a couple of pictures in mind.  I wanted her with Pooh Bear...I am pretty sure a set of these images will be going on our wall!!




The thing I love about this girl is that she is both deep and totally fun and giggly!!  She lives life to the full.  In fact I used to tell people that the rest of us just hear things, she hears it in Dolby Surround Sound...and while the rest of us only see color, she sees in Technicolor!!  






Headed into an antique shop for the rest of the session....






A special thanks to Rampizi's for letting us come in and use the furniture!  (They are located on Broadway and about 7th St. in Tacoma, by the way!!)  Check them out...it is one of the coolest stores EVER!!


Thanks Miss M...for this fun photo shoot AND for 15 years of joy!!