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“Travel brings power and love back into your life.”
Rumi

For my Mother’s 60th birthday we took a cruise to Alaska. It was phenomenal. For the last few years I’ve been trying to focus on being present. I was noticing that my intense need to photograph my most exciting experiences was creating physical memories, yes, but it was also taking away my moments. I would completely miss whatever was happening because I was so focused on getting the perfect picture of it. I’m sure many can relate to that sentiment. So, I took a couple years off from it. The documenting. The sharing. The likes. Besides a cell phone picture here and there, I never brought my camera. I swung so far to the other side I stopped sharing/creating many things overall. I’m learning that there is a balance to everything. My intention for this trip was to experience the moments, but also take time to enjoy being creative behind the camera.

My newly realized balance and presence, and these pictures (below) that I enjoyed taking so much, were another reminder of how I adore, maybe even need to photograph many things. I’ve always been taught – “find your niche”, “be specific about what you shoot”, “do one thing really well and do only that” but I’m starting to realize that may just not be me. That may not be what makes me happy. Today I am officially introducing my rebrand to Dana Kae, with Photographer following where necessary. As I roll out changes, I’ll be adding older and newer work I never felt could be posted here, some of which is currently located at danajonas.com.

Boudoir IS the photographic love of my life. With any love, it’s necessary to have space. Not space like distance. Space like… expanse, ease, openness. I have been in a self-inflicted box for a long time. I’ve felt that I’ve been trying to play the part of the “perfect boudoir photographer” and in the past, the part of “the perfect commercial photographer”. I felt stifled by and flawed at both. I think at best, I could be called a people photographer, but even then, shooting product is a secret love I rarely talk about but would certainly love to share and explore more. On an even broader scale, I’ve been weaving lately and I want to start painting. Who knows where it will go. I just want the ability to let IT come. Whatever it may be. And I want this space most importantly because I want to continue to serve the world in more meaningful ways. This is me saying yes.

This is me being Dana Kae.

~All my love~

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  • July 12, 2016 - 1:10 pm

    Ashli - This is probably my most favorite set of photos I’ve seen from you. I can see the rebirth in every single shot, and the feeling of falling in love with your own work through this adventure is incredibly evident. There is emotion behind the stillness in these. There is passion within the energy of others. I love Addison’s “Marilyn Moment” as the wind picked up her skirt. It’s like you can see your love for her through the lens.

    I’m obsessed with these. I have like, 5 that I want hanging in my house. Seriously.ReplyCancel

Juneau, Sitka, Ketchikan & Glacier Bay, AK // 5.14-5.20

Victoria, BC, Canada //5.21

Seattle, WA // 5.22-5.27

San Francisco, CA // 5.28-6.10

I am headed to Alaska on a cruise with family and then off to San Fran! I’ll be traveling for about a month with a short break back in Seattle to get ready for SF. I’ll be posting photos of the trip but for now I wanted to get caught up on sharing some work I did late last year. I’ve been terribly slow about posting lately because of general busyness (I hate this excuse but the struggle is real) and some big life changes (moving, renovating, travel, and the death of your cat sure will take it out of you), but I feel like things are starting to settle and relax back into place. I’m feeling that familiar tingle of inspiration again. That passion-driving-force that seems to be behind all my best work. I feel a new evolution coming soon. A rebrand. A more whole representation of who I am as an artist. Stay tuned 🙂

Xoxo,

Dana Kae

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Location:  The Penthouse by Codor Design in Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA.
Hair & Makeup: Ashli Danielle
Client: Kayleen

 

Early on Kayleen said to me, “I believe in leaving things to the professionals.” Which is one of my favorite things to hear before a shoot because it means that she trusts me completely. Trust is a huge part of this process. From taking advice to opening up in front of the camera, it plays a pivotal role in the outcome of the shoot. When the trust is there it naturally yields wonderful results every time. Here is what she had to say about her experience:

“When I finally got the courage to book a shoot, my first thought was, “oh good golly, what have I done? Is there a just kidding button somewhere?” I wanted to do a shoot because I had been struggling a bit with my post baby body. I’ve been working out and eating better and I still didn’t feel the way I did before my 2 year old came along. I was getting really tired of being disappointed and I desperately wanted to see my body as beautiful, the way it is right now. I wanted to feel sexy and reclaim my confidence. 

The shoot itself? I felt completely comfortable the whole time. I laughed at my own awkwardness. And when I felt myself getting really awkward, Dana would have me wiggle around or promise me that holding a certain position would totally pay off in the end. I had so much fun shooting and I really loved working with Dana – she’s a blast. As for the pictures – holy hot mom bod. When we did the image review, I was shocked. I could not believe how fierce and beautiful and confident and sexy I looked on camera. As we were reviewing the photos, there were a few positions where I had folds of skin on my stomach, or it pushed out more than I’d like. My eye definitely went to those “imperfections” first and what surprised me most is that I actually didn’t mind them. The photographs were beautiful. I still can’t get over how wonderful they turned out.

EVERYONE owes it to themselves to schedule a shoot. The investment is worth it. Hands down, one of the best experiences I’ve had! While it felt like a once in a lifetime experience, I think I’m hooked and will probably do it again and again!”

~Kayleen
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  • March 7, 2016 - 11:06 pm

    Inness - So flipping gorgeous! It always confuses me when women this hot talk about their bodies as though they are anything other than flawless.ReplyCancel