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Location:  Lord Hill in Snohomish, WA

“Once there was a tree…
and she loved a little boy.
And everyday the boy would come
and he would gather her leaves
and make them into crowns
and play king of the forest.
He would climb up her trunk
and swing from her branches
and eat apples.
And they would play hide-and-go-seek.
And when he was tired,
he would sleep in her shade.
And the boy loved the tree….
very much.
And the tree was happy.”

~Shel Silverstein excerpt from “The Giving Tree

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Location:  Floor 13 by Codor Design in Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA.
Hair & Makeup: Ashli Danielle
Client: Brittany

 

“She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes;
Thus mellowed to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.”

~Lord Byron

Brittany was a DREAM. She had loose vision from the get-go but she also encouraged me to experiment with her shoot – ugh, drool. I had been wanting to try my hand at double exposures and different light sources for boudoir. I’m really happy with what we got!

It feels incredible to be back and sharing my work. After a crazy 6 months of shooting, website backup issues, and a tonsillectomy – I’m actually feeling really ready to tackle this mound of posting I have. Look out for more coming soon – including the steamiest couple’s boudoir set I’ve ever done!!

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  • April 7, 2017 - 5:54 pm

    Inness - Completely gorgeous! I love the double exposure and the lingerie sets.ReplyCancel

“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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