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  • WELCOME!

    I began photographing children in black and white in 2000, shortly before the birth of my second daughter.

    Since that time, I have upgraded my equipment, refined my technique, and picked up some new tricks for working with children – but my style hasn’t changed. I like to take pictures that are natural, unposed, and informal. I focus on faces and tend to shoot close-ups. My goal is to capture the little things that represent who the child is in this moment, to bring back memories of a silly face, a fit of the giggles, a particular facial expression or hand position, or a spontaneous hug between siblings.

    I have lived in the Seattle area most of my life. I currently live in Issaquah with my husband and our three daughters, who keep me on my toes and give me lots of opportunities to try out new photography ideas!

    Thank you for your interest.

Collateral Damage

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Last week Kate came home with the project assignment she has been waiting for all year.  The highly anticipated (and perhaps dreaded by parents) Rube Goldberg Machine.  Of course this project teaches all sorts of lessons about simple machines and engineering and critical thinking.  One lesson we did not anticipate was on banking or security.

One of the steps in Kate’s machine requires a lego waterwheel.  This waterwheel belongs in a set of Ellie’s much beloved legos.  Since Kate tends to be loosey goosey with her possessions Ellie was apprehensive about loaning her the wheel.  Rather than seeing Ellie give Kate a hard ‘NO’ we suggested that she put up some sort of collateral for wheel.  This piqued both their interests.

We explained that collateral was something you offered in exchange for borrowing the item and you would get it back when you returned said item.  This really got their minds spinning.  Ellie might be shy and quiet but she can be quite the schemer and she is excellent at math.  Know what the first thing Ellie asked for was?  Kate’s bracelet collection.  You should have SEEN the fit Kate had when she realized Ellie was serious.  This, of course, cemented the value of those bracelets and made Ellie dig in even more.  (As tempted as I was to step in, we let this one play out to see what would happen.)

Kate stomped round and round the kitchen claiming that it was unfair and claiming that Ellie was doing it wrong.  Ellie was supposed to pick something that SHE liked, not something that Kate liked.  That’s a fair point but, we explained, that it should be something that Kate really wants back too.  They both agreed that blankie was out.  (Thank goodness.)  The bracelets were still a hot item, but Kate came up with a new idea…cash.  She was willing to give Ellie her piggy bank in exchange for the wheel.  The original lego set was $150 (Thank you Santa!), did she have enough to cover that?  Not quite.

They ended up settling on Kate’s guitar.  The one she paid for herself but never plays.  Interesting.  We shall see how this all plays out in the coming weeks.   The next step is to see if Kate can even get her grand Rube Goldberg machine to work.  Who knows, maybe she will need to pick a new step.  If it means borrowing something from Ellie, though she will be prepared.  Maybe with spreadsheets and Ebay values!

That New Website Smell

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Last week I very quietly went live with a brand new website.  I like to sneak these things in just to see if anybody is paying attention.  Or perhaps it is because I wanted to test it a bit before I announced it to the world?  Nah, I wanted to see if you were paying attention.

Earlier this month when I attended WPPI I had a lucky lunch break.  Since there were so many of us all getting lunch at the same time seating was at a premium.  We begged a lovely gal to use the other seats at her table and then started up a typical small talk conversation.  ’So, who do you work for?’  Come to find out she works for Showit, a company that provides customizable websites for creatives.

Since I was in the market for a new website I proceeded to grill her through our whole lunch.  Good thing she was already finished and happy to talk!  I think that lunch was meant to be so I ran right over, after lunch, and signed up for a website.

The next step in my saga was to figure out how I wanted it to look.  I found a bunch of companies who could design it for me on the Showit platform but I am just too hands on for my own good.  I need to tinker under the hood.  Plus, as much as I liked some of the beautiful, very involved sites I saw out there, turns out I like SUPER simple.  I really just want it to be about the pictures.

Eventually I will roll out all sorts of added goodies (A special site for clients with links to session information, a site designed specifically for mobile devices, a new blog, etc.) but for now I’d love it if you could take a look and let me know what you think.

All’s Fair in Love and Basketball

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Last year we talked our girls into filling out brackets just to make it more fun for them when we watch basketball non-stop during March Madness.  It was a successful experiment in that there was little complaining and even some interest in the outcome of the games.

This year we did the same thing but we’ve taken it even a bit farther.  We added the element of smack talk.  I picked a ton of upsets this year (just for fun) and did REALLY well on the first day.  Mr. Fun?  Not so much.  So I gleefully spent the day pointing out all of my wins and how I was in third place while he was in 24th.  Woot!

During the Arkansas/Wolford game I was texting Mr. Fun.  (I was rooting for Wolford to get the upset win…Ellie was not.)

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Apparently he was happy to share my smack talking with my favorite middle daughter so then we had to send a few love notes…

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Of course the next day my bracket went into a severe free fall because there were no upsets until the LAST game.  Oh well, best laid plans.  My team (Villanova) is out and so is Ellie’s but we are still earning points so we will take this duel to the very end.

The important thing, though, is that I beat Mr. Fun, right?  Well he pulled ahead of me late on Sunday.  I only had three good days of bragging.  Ugh!  The good news was that he passed me while we were at the arena watching two round two games and our seats were awesome!

My only hope is to root fervently for all the teams he did NOT pick and hope I get a few more upsets so I can beat him in the end.  (Love you dear!)

 

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WPPI 2015

This was the view from our penthouse room.  Woohoo for upgrades!

This was the view from our penthouse room. Woohoo for upgrades!

Two weeks ago I joined 15,000 of my closest photographer friends in Vegas for the WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Photographers International) Conference and Expo.  I try to go to this conference every couple of years because it is a great way to get inspired and put my hands on all of the latest photography products.

I took some excellent sales classes from some of my favorite photographers.  One I loved and one felt like an infomercial.  So I really learned what NOT to do in THAT class!  After taking those classes, though, I realized I really needed help getting my name out to new families too so the next day I attended classes on social media marketing and how to improve my website’s SEO (Search Engine Optimization).  I came out of them feeling woefully unequipped but at least I have some new directions to go.

The final day I attended a fantastic class on being intentional with my business.  I loved this one because it reminded me that while I love photography and working with my clients, I really need to think about how the business fits into my life with my family and to remember what is most important.  I often find myself reintroducing myself to my kids and husband at the end of my busy season so this was a much needed reminder!

One of my favorite parts of this conference were the two huge ballrooms that were set up with booth after booth of items tailors just for photographers.  Whether it was canvases and metal prints that you could see up close and touch, or websites that were drag and drop (I got one of these so stay tuned for my new improved website!), beautiful albums with matte paper, lovely bags and boxes for packaging, and equipment galore.

There was a definite difference between the ballrooms.  One side was all about beautiful design with reclaimed wood booths and mid-century lounges and even an airstream trailer set up as a photo booth.  The other side was huge equipment booths, slutty bride models and photographers screaming as if they were at the stock exchange.  ’I'll take that lens!  I want the strobes!’  Uh oh, I fear that I am showing some bias here.  Can you tell which ballroom I liked better?

I came away with a new website, a new program for my school photography, some lovely new client gift ideas and some beautiful art prints I can offer my clients.  I also found a neat stool that I can fold up flat and fit in my camera bag.  No I am good to go for photoshoots with my new knee.  (The bonus is I shouldn’t have to have any of the parents pull me up off the ground!  It’s the little things that get me excited people.)

I am so glad I attended this year and I can hardly wait to implement all my new changes.  Be on the lookout!