Splitting the Sea

This was taken at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in Ballard. The way in which the light reflections on the water framed the bow of this old fishing boat caught my attention. This photo feels calm to me, and a bit cold. That may just be burned into my memory by the freezing December weather, however.


Three Dancers

I guess it’s maybe wishful thinking on my part, but it feels like Winter is making it’s way slowly towards the Spring. This photo was taken in a garden on a day much like today; cold, grey, and beautiful.


Waiting For Inspiration (and some seemingly random portraiture while we wait)

Oh hi there. It’s been a while, hasn’t it? I’ve been pretty overwhelmingly busy over the last couple of weeks. However, I do apologize to you, Reader, for essentially being a slacker. Here is what has been going on, in case you were wondering.
-Moved out of old apartment.
-Moved into new apartment.
-Attended concert for the boyfriend’s birthday.
-Visited family for July 4th/birthday of boyfriend.
-Spent many hours (over 5) on the phone with Comcast (worst customer service ever).
-Started my new Summer quarter classes.
-Worked (a little, let’s not get crazy).
-Applied for graduation.
-Failed to update my blog or be creative in any way.

Alright, so now that that is done, I thought I would just post some photos that really don’t have any relation to what I wrote here. This is my collection of portraits.They are some favourites of mine that I would love to share with you all (and possibly get feedback on!). Oh, and I promise, I will force inspiration upon myself in the next week or so and have some sparkly new photos and writing to show you.


Here are my first photos of the post. These are a few of my favourite portraits. I don’t do them very often, and this was before I really did them at all. That is part of what makes it so special to me. I believe it is easier to take meaningful, emotive portraits of people with whom you share a special connection. This beautiful little one is my niece, Ianna, and I have loved her since the night she was born.

I miss her very much (lives far away now) and love her very dearly.

This next photo is one that I took this fall/winter at Husky Stadium in Seattle. It is of my boyfriend, RJ. We were attending a speech by President Obama in support of Senator Patty Murray. I felt that this photo conveyed very well the feeling of hope that seemed to infect the whole crowd that afternoon.

I know, it’s kind of a weird crop, but I actually like it a lot. Let me know what YOU think.

This next one isn’t what I would usually include in a ‘portrait’ collection, but I suppose it is in the sense that the subject is a person. The subject is actually a very beautiful person named Magnolia, but she happens to be covering her beautiful face. Beautiful.

This next photo was taken at the (appropriately named) Golden Gardens Park in Seattle. The subjects are my brother and his girlfriend Ashley. Although the light was low, I am happy with how this sweet moment turned out.

Cute, huh?

This following photo is perhaps my very favourite. This photo is of my truly magnificent parents in one of our family’s favourite places; Yellowstone National Park. I just really love it (and them).

Now you have come upon the last two photos of this placeholder photo blog post. This first photo shows off how beautiful RJ’s skin looks in black and white (and also how beautiful he looks in person and on camera).

The final photo is kind of silly, but I still like it. I enjoy the composition (and the face of course!). I also like that it IS light and playful. This photo makes me smile (well, all of these ones do!).

The range of people featured in my portraiture may seem somewhat limited, but what can I say, I take photos of the people I am closest to and around most. I hope you have enjoyed this, and I apologize again for the lack of new content.

I hope you all have a wonderful day!


The Road Home

I’ve been rather absent this week. Sorry about that! It’s been a tough one. Car troubles, finishing up finals, sick, and work problems as well. I wanted to write something quick so that you all know I haven’t forgotten about my lovely blog. Positive things that happened this week include my re-creation of the school lunch that I ate every day in New Zealand; mince meat pie (with puff pastry crust and a layer of cheese underneath) which I will photograph and post as soon as I learn how to make food look as good as it does in real life-but in a photo. I am very much looking forward to going home to visit my family this weekend.
This is why I chose to post above photo of the road to my home. It never fails to make me feel better about the world. I hope you all are happy, healthy, and in good company.



Industrial Columns

The remains of possibly an old pier from the heyday of my hometown. I wonder if the railroad magnates and prostitutes looked out at these same posts when they were new.



The calm right before a storm. I was pretty sure these mountains were about to merge with the storm and consume all that was good in the world. It made for a striking photograph though.


Through the Window

As we were driving through Montana (or possibly Wyoming) on a roadtrip a few years back, we found ourselves in the middle of a summer storm. To the chagrin of my mother, I unbuckled my seatbelt and crawled halfway into the front seat to take this photo. I found quite beautiful the contrast of the soft lines of water against the harsh crack in the windshield illuminated by the vivid yellow of dried grass fields. I hope you find something beautiful here too!