Saturday, January 31, 2009


hey, just a quick note to say please forgive me if I am a little slow returning e-mails at the moment! there was a bit of an overload in the inbox after studio 5 but I am slowly getting caught up. thank you for your patience!

second, the cocoon. thank you for all of your nice comments regarding the little snugglers i used for miss ella! i am having a hard time getting back to everyone with questions, so here it is. no i do not sell them (hello torture). let's be clear. i. do. not. knit. i wish! i use those kindergardener friendly knitting looms. baaaaa! so no, i don't have a pattern. use chunky yarn or it will look ugly. that's all. good luck.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

studio 5

teehee, here it is. aren't we funny? thanks to Brooke, Michelle and everyone at studio 5 for having me back and to Celeste for coming with me! you're all amazing!

p.s. Celeste and I got to sample this SOUP after the show. It. was. DELICIOUS. And super healthy! I know what I am making for dinner tomorrow night!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

thursday on studio 5

lookin' good.
jenna. she's got the whole lookin' hot on camera thing figured out i'd say.

Celeste and I are going to talk about lookin' like a major babe on camera
both from the photographer's perspective and the subject's perspective. 

THURSDAY- STUDIO 5- on KSL 5- 11:00 am
be there. i will. =)

Monday, January 26, 2009

you thought i forgot. didn't you?


don't worry, I really am going to get around to posting Jared and Erica's beautiful wedding in 
Portland, OR. It was so much fun and I LOVE LOVE LOVE location weddings! Just a reminder that yes, I do travel. =) 

for today, I am busy getting ready for the next installment of STUDIO 5
and still giggling over THESE PICTURES of my boy. 

Saturday, January 24, 2009

hey lady,









my first little practice shoot with max and the 17-55. he fought me the whole time on this, but i kindly explained that nothing comes between a photographer and her first experience with a long awaited new lens, not even indignant toddlers. 

then I offered him candy.

so i am usually more of a color person, but i decided to share the black and whites too. i just couldn't decide!
what do you think?

Thursday, January 22, 2009

new baby.

Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S DX Lens

I could not be more excited for this sucker to show up today! I 
will be a  ONE LENS WONDER no more. 

As much as I love my 50 mm (which I have been shooting with exclusively since November when my camera bag was stolen) It will be great to have a little more variety. The thing is, I really have been shooting with it exclusively all this fall too- the lack of low aperture capacity just didn't hack it for me with a standard zoom . So for those of you who ask what my favorite portrait lens is, well, MY ONLY portrait lens is the 50mm f/1.4 and before I sold my D70 it was the 1.8. Both great lenses. 

But if you ask me tomorrow, this lovely 17-55 f/2.8 might just be my new favorite. =)

P.S. Are YOU going to WPPI? Me and Carly just may get crazy, register last minute, drive to vegas and crash in some shadester hotel. Wanna come?

P.P.S. if you live in Eastern Oregon (Specifically the Baker area) and are looking for some photo lovin' you should check out my girl Carly. She will rock your world. 

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

my dear holga.


over the summer I decided to try out Holga phototgraphy. i just developed my first roll and had it scanned to a cd ($20 later thankyouverymuch!). apparently, I wasn't winding the film correctly and many of the frames overlapped. they were scanned individually, but after looking at the film strip itself, I pieced them back together digitally to look the way they do on film. an unexpected, but whimsical result. the guy on the left is my little brother Jordan, who is currently off serving a mission in Spain. these were taken in downtown Seattle just a few months before he left. I sure miss you brother. =)


here is another one, taken at Salty's on Alki Beach during Cody and Bre's wedding last summer. 

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

guess how old?


he's 4! haha, i kid. i kid. 

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

sweet ella

this is the MOST fun I have had on a newborn shoot EVER! For starters, this perfect specimen of a 10 day old belongs to my dear friend Chelsea, so I loved spending the morning with her! Second, Ella is the most beautiful SLEEPY sweet baby. Third, Chels had this lovely damask fabric and let me just have a hay day with her little one! Though most newborn photographers make it look easy- newborn shoots are long, hard (but super fun!) work. This little girl made me feel like a pro for the morning. =) usually I average about 30 proofs per session. This chica has probably 60 great shots. I could post all day long ... and kinda did. =)

oh. and fyi, i made [made! from start to finish!!] these little newborn cocoons. the green one will be available for future shoots, the pink one was my gift to ella.  all images were taken with natural light- no flash, nothing but a window. 











Monday, January 12, 2009

yea, i know her.

we're friends and stuff. 

Thank you Celeste and Sawyer SOOOO MUCH!!! for letting me dress you up and take your pictures. I LOVED it, I love you, and you are BOTH gorgeous. Don't think for a second I am not going to make you pose for me again. haha!  I also had so much fun meeting Sarah and shooting with this amazing girl, who was in town all the way from Grenada (that's in the Carribean. yep, I had to look it up. ) I can't wait to see her pictures too!

I loved trying something new- a little high fashion. We may even redo some of these- with bigger wavy hair and some sexy tights and heels. Sorry. we had to hurry and pull something together so we could meet up with Sarah, and Celeste and I never really communicated on the bottom half of the wardrobe. My fault! But the vintage hat (yes, found it for $5 thankyouverymuch) is a little bridal-y and it looks SOOOOO amazing on celeste. Kinda vintage bad A bride. We kinda want to play that up a bit with those changes.  Dontcha think?









One of my New Years resolutions (for photography) is to play with different kinds of light. Sun from different angles, mixed light, back light . . . all that. Here's an attempt. 



I think I like it!

and the whole mood of the shoot changes. Celeste is the sweetest mom and Sawyer is the most girly, princessy, silly little girl you will ever meet. This part of the day was pretty short, Sawyer had just woken up from a nap and was not interested in being photographed. None the less, we got some pretty sweet ones! Not hard with a face like that!





Well guys, don't be surprised if a new one of these pops up now and then. We got so many good shots of Celeste I know I'll keep finding new favorites! But this is something very new for me, so let me know what you think!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

and you thought her mama was pretty...

ladies and gentlemen,



there are 

Thursday, January 8, 2009

i know it isn't nice to tease...


but more of these are coming soon and I couldn't be more excited to share them!!
(hence jumping the gun a little by posting these two.)

Wednesday, January 7, 2009


it was high time for a new blog header. don't you think?

we'll see how long this one lasts. ha!

revisited + a GIVEAWAY


so i have been messing around a bit with some new editing techniques and decided to mess around with this picture from a couple of months ago. I loved how it turned out!

and since it is a NEW YEAR I thought I would start it off with a little bit of GOOD KARMA. 

which means, I am giving away a little ACTION RECIPE!

I think a lot of people think that if you use actions, your pictures will end up looking just like everyone elses. I disagree. If there is something out there that can speed up your workflow and make your pictures look fab, WHY WOULDN'T you USE it? And if you mix it up a little and if your original image isn't bLAh, you won't blend in. 

here's exactly what I did on this image


here's the original JPG image + a little bit of tweaking in camera raw

note: all actions used on this picture are from the TRA set 2

FIRST (after opening it in photoshop) I ran GET FADED- summer at 32%
followed by BURN OUT at 85%
followed by PUNCH OUT at 100%
lastly (and not leastly) I ran PROSS CROSSESED at 10% to make it just a weeee bit funky. =) oh and j/k this one is from the original TRA

oh, and I cloned out the power pole.


Tuesday, January 6, 2009

nightly polies

fun yea?

worked all day.
played and snuggled with the little guy who is obsessed with photo booth.

we BOTH went to bed early. for once!

btw. had dropped off some medium format film from my holga to be developed and scanned onto a cd.
TWENTY BUCKS. 12 images. is that normal?

hate layton inkley's. sorry.  but i do.

so i am not a brainiac.


what the h is a scratch disk and why is mine full?  

mac users?