My mom always says that love is the antidote to judgement and fear. When you’re fearing and judging, you aren’t loving. There is a lot of fear and judgement in our world right now. I look for love everywhere I go. I met the person in this photo at Council Crest Park. He happens to be another photographer in Portland. We talked cameras for a little while and then I asked to take his photo. This is a detail from one of the portraits I took. I love love tattoos. What do you do to bring more love into your life?
It’s such an honor to photograph people I love, such as this lovely woman right here, Catherine. Catherine has become one of my very good friends over the past couple of years. A few things I love about her:
- She shows up and she’s loyal. And she doesn’t mind hanging out just to drink tea or walk around.
- She calls groups of people “team.” She even called a bunch of traffic team when we were stuck in traffic a month or so ago - “Okay, team, let’s speed this up...”
- She plans and throws parties that really bring people together with great food and activities.
- She likes nice things, and she’s generous to herself and others.
- She’s an all around badass.
Spring is such a fitting time for maternity sessions because of all the new life blooming around us this time of year. Flowers are a beautiful symbol of growth. That’s why I chose to photograph this lovely mama-to-be with a bright red camellia. I can’t wait to meet her little nugget! If you’re expecting, send me a message by clicking here! I’d love to do a sweet spring session with you.
I love the contrast between lightness and darkness. I’m obsessed with the light that comes through my bedroom windows. I have three windows in my bedroom, all of which let in the most interesting and beautiful light throughout the day. Sometimes I’ll lay in bed and stare out the window for several minutes, admiring the light. Sometimes I’ll bask in the sunlight that seeps through the windows. It’s my favorite thing about my apartment and something I’ll dearly miss when I eventually move. This image was taken the other day at sunset where the light was peeking in through the window closest to the adjoining wall.
April Fool’s Day was the anniversary of my late stepfather’s death. My stepfather abused me from the time I was seven until I was eleven. He died of a heart attack a week after I told my mom about the abuse. He died just in time for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. He died thirteen years ago, when I was eleven years old. Incredibly, April Fool’s holds a new significance for me now. April Fool’s 2019 marked one year that I’d been a full time business owner. Being a business owner, as well as surviving my abuse, has taken immense strength. For me, April has always been about having strength. I’ve had to be strong in so many parts of my life. And with that, I can say this: I am so strong. My strength is in vulnerability and sheer will. Thank you, April, for all the lessons you’ve taught me.
I love spring for all its beautiful flowers, but especially magnolias. There are already so many of them blossoming around Portland! At the International Rose Test Garden, you can find all three of my favorite spring flower varieties: magnolias, cherry blossoms, and camellias. Read more about why spring sessions will rock your world by clicking here. Let’s go make some lovely, colorful photos together!
I love a good window reflection! In my opinion, window reflections are the OG of double exposures. It’s a fun way to get a lot of texture, and at times, color, into a photograph. It takes a few tries to make one that works, but the effort is worth it! This was taken after Self-Discovery Group’s most recent Monday Medi Moments, a live meditation that we host on Facebook and Instagram every Monday at 9:30AM PST. The light that comes through the big windows where we do the meditation is always so magical. If you’d like to check out the meditations, you can do so by clicking here!
On Saturday, I photographed Self-Discovery Group’s live manifestation and meditation event. Self-Discovery Group is the website and eCourse platform I run with my mom. My camera has a silent shutter mode, which made it possible for me to get photos of people meditating. The woman in this photo is seriously incredible! Her name is Sarah Lakey and she teaches meditation at YoYo Yogi in the Pearl. You should definitely go take a class from her if you’re in Portland and are interested in meditation!
Photo of the Week Blog: Kids Meditating
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I had so much fun this past Monday photographing this cutie meditating. If you haven’t heard, I’m working with my lovely mama to help her create eCourses about her meditation teachings. In fact, we just released her first eCourse a couple weeks ago! It’s super exciting. If you’re interested in checking it out, you can do so here.
I so love working with kids because they don’t usually put up the walls that many of us have developed as adults. They are totally game to be creative and have fun. Ryder, the star of this photo, whistles when he meditates, and it’s the best. To see other photos from this meditation sesh, click here.
Here’s the thing: I absolutely love working with natural light. But sometimes, the loveliness of studio light is unmatched. That’s why I just set up a home studio.
There are many kinds of self-portraits: pretty ones, honest ones, revealing ones, ones that are about the light, or the angle, or the emotion. I don’t think one is necessarily better than the other. What I will say is that I think so many people are afraid to even look at themselves. But you are art.
I won’t lie, Christmas is my favorite day of the year. On Christmas Eve, we have a big dinner with family and friends. We chat, laugh, listen to music, and play games. Then on Christmas, my stepdad makes Eggs Benedict for our little family - my mom, my dad, Ben, and I. Then we have coffee and tea and open gifts. The evening is usually pretty chill; this year we went to see On the Basis of Sex. It was an absolutely wonderful day! How do you feel about the holidays? What are your traditions?
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.
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!
My friend Aubree and I have a new weekly ritual where we get together to have tea or coffee every Sunday. We hangout, talk, and drink our drinks, and it’s such a dang good time! I met Aubree at We Myndful Mornings, which I photograph every month. I am so thankful to have met Aubree because she is one of those people who when I first met her, I immediately felt like I got her and she got me. It’s so fun to have friendships like that. Looking forward to all of our future Sundays!
I recently watched my cousin get married to this lovely lady at Elizabeth Chambers Cellar. It was so fun to celebrate with them, especially because it was one of the rare times I have been able to attend a wedding recently without being responsible for the photographs. However, I couldn’t resist making a few photographs anyway because I love what I do that much! Caitlin, I love you, Daniel, I love you! Can’t wait to spend all of the holidays together!
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!