Rachael was my first photography teacher. It was in her class where I first learned about my self-timer and that I could take self-portraits. It was in her class where I started developing my voice. Fast forward 11 years. I shot her wedding and now I’ve gotten to photograph her pregnant with her second child. It’s such an honor to create art for people I love.
I love playing around with layering and double exposure! The effects you can get are so fun. Here, I took a photo of an orchid (taken on my DSLR) and a self-portrait (taken on my phone) and layered them to get this image of me wearing a flower crown. I don’t believe in “photo purity” - that there’s a right way to take and edit photos. I love the creative, experimental process!
Last Tuesday I had a lot of fun doing mini Body Beautiful Sessions at We Myndful’s December event and holiday celebration. Whenever I do a Body Beautiful Session with someone, I ask them where in their body they feel the most vulnerable. Then, together, we come up with something they can tell themselves that would make that vulnerable place feel a little less scary.
Playing around with different lighting is so much fun! I’m over at my mom’s a lot, and she just got this new disco-type light that I love. I took this photo in a dark room and put the light right next to my face. The magic about it was that since the light was moving, I got a different image every time I clicked the shutter - that’s the only time that digital photography gives me that same fluttery feeling as film.
My show at the Roseland this past week was a major success! I am so thankful to everyone who came out and helped me make it happen. My carpet at home will be glittery forever from all the crafting I’ve done over the past couple of weeks to get ready for it.
I am thrilled to announce that I will be participating in the next Portland RAW show. One of the coolest things about this show is how diverse the artistry is… there is everything from visual art, to fashion, to music, to hairstyling. I would love for you to come see the show and support my work!
Last week one of my friends celebrated her 25th birthday! She is a libra through and through and I have a libra rising, so we decided to have a very libra photoshoot, with glitter and flowers and red lips galore. We used a full, giant bottle of soap to make bubbles (we had limited bubble bath), but obviously the bubbles didn’t stick around that long. It is so fun to celebrate a birthday with a photoshoot, especially one that is inspired by your sun sign (if you’re into that kind of thing). I’m so thankful to everyone I get to photograph!
One of my favorite things to do at parties is to set up a photo booth. As a professional photographer, it allows me to get some great photos without feeling like I'm working, and for people who are not professionals, it allows them to get fun photos without much effort. My friend Winona helped me set up this photo booth with a cheap table cover and wall hanging from Target. The Dollar Tree is also great for this type of thing. Here's me celebrating my birthday, having accidentally switched up the "4" and the "2" candle. Oh, well. I guess I'm 42 now! 😂
This past weekend, I got to photograph Emily and Mark's wedding party. They're my parents' neighbors and super cool people. Last year they got married during the solar eclipse, but this year they decided to celebrate with a big, backyard shindig, complete with cornhole, badminton, a hammock, and hanging lanterns. It was a gorgeous day, of course, and a fun and laid back celebration!
Yesterday I went to the Oregon Coast with my friend Grace, who is also a photographer (check out their magical work here). We found this lovely, uncrowded part of the beach next to giant rocks. We both took a lot of photographs of each other and stayed for the beautiful golden sunset. It felt so good to be near water and trees, especially considering how much I use a computer for my job. I'm so thankful to Grace for sharing my passion and for having heart-to-hearts with me!
Even though I take photos of other people for a living, I consider myself a self-portrait photographer first and foremost. I learned how to photograph by photographing myself, and that's how I continue to learn and make art. I take a LOT of self-portraits, mostly on my DSLR, but sometimes using a DSLR isn't practical, so I take the portrait on my phone. One of my close friends has this giant conch shell on her porch and I made it into a crown for this photo. Usually I keep my editing pretty minimal, but I love playing around sometimes, especially on images I take on my phone. So here is me playing around. :) Go find yourself a conch crown!
I got totally spoiled this weekend by my friend Chloe, who made me coffee multiple times and fed me beans, rice, fried chicken, and salad. In general, Chloe is just a kick ass friend and so very generous. She taught me how to make both a café bombón (coffee with condensed milk) and Cuban coffee (coffee with espuma - foam - which is made by whipping sugar with a small amount of coffee). Later, she made me an iced coffee that tasted just like my favorite coffee ice cream. Thanks for being the best, Chloe!
I was lucky enough to hangout with Lauren on her birthday and photograph her in several amazing outfits, some of which included: a full gold ensemble with angel wings, a fitted turquoise number, and a flowing floral dress. We climbed several hills, got muddy, and in general sassed it up at Laurelhurst Park in SE Portland (check out some of my favorite places to photograph in my FAQ section).