photography

Why you should do a home photoshoot before you move out

I knew it was time to move out of our apartment. However, it felt wrong to just depend on my own memory and a few Facebook pictures to document such an important space in our life. When a friend offered to do a lifestyle shoot to add to her photography portfolio I leapt at the opportunity.

Here are the reasons why you should do a home photoshoot before you move…

10 gorgeous judgement-busting photos of tattooed parents

Sure, in recent years, tattoos have become more common, but they can still carry a negative connotation.

The people in my “Tattooed Parents in Everyday Society” collection are parents who have been judged by those that do not know them. Many of these parents own small businesses, are tattoo artists themselves, are a part of a military family, and raise amazing kiddos. They just also have this amazing art on their bodies…

Breast pumps & messy rooms: The newborn photos I wish I had taken

When my son was born I was already a photographer. I knew I wanted and needed to capture these first few precious weeks. So, apart from arranging for a photographer to come and take a few, I also prepared all my gear and resolved to practice taking the most perfect newborn pictures.

What I didn’t know then was those “cute-baby-on-a-white-blanket-curled-up-in-a-perfect-pose” pictures would not be the ones I will treasure in five years time.

How doorknobs can help with homesickness

When I was 15, I moved to Germany as an exchange student on the Congress-Bundestag scholarship. It was there that we all received this advice from a wise teacher: When you feel sad and homesick, take pictures of doorknobs. Here’s why…

4 steps to having a successful and body-positive boudoir shoot

A lot of people think that they can’t do boudoir photography; that they’re too big, too old, too awkward, not pretty enough, etc. That’s just not the case. Absolutely anyone on the planet can do boudoir. No matter what stage you are on your body-positive journey, doing a boudoir shoot can help boost your confidence! Here are my steps to having a successful and awesome boudoir shoot…

Dream following: that one time when I had a dream and went on an adventure

One June morning a few years ago, I woke up from a very vivid dream that laid out my plans for the day. In the dream, I’d gone back to the property where my childhood best friend lived, back on my hometown of Bainbridge Island. Like much of the Island in reality, in my dream the land had been completed developed and was almost unrecognizable. I woke up motivated.

A downtown Seattle family photo session featuring a Dalek, umbrellas, and dancing

I first spied a few of the photos from this fun family session in our Flickr pool a week or so ago, and after seeing a few more I knew it needed to be shared. This family is basically the epitome of SO MUCH FUN — I love that their session took place at EMP in Seattle! This is the stuff of pop culture geekery dreams.

A foresty mom-and-me session with a single parent and her five-year-old

These photos of Athalia and her daughter, Lailah, were recently sent over to us from California photographer Whittaker Portraits. Athalia is a single mom, and wanted to capture this time in her five-year-old’s life. Athalia plans to give these to her daughter when she grows up along with poems, letters, and quotes she’s kept in a journal, which I love!