Location: AirBnB ― 43rd Avenue Southwest, Vashon, WA 98070 Hair & Makeup: Nikoma Souza Client: Inness
I’ve learned at least one thing over my years in photography, sometimes shit is just going to hit the fan. No matter how long you plan, prep, and go through the motions to make everything flawless – life isn’t always perfect. It’s never going to be. I’ve also learned that these are almost always the most rewarding moments…
If you live in Seattle, you might remember that crazy wind storm we had about a month and a half ago – well, that was the day of dear Inness’s shoot. She woke up to no power at her Vashon location; and to a text from me explaining that I had missed my ferry due to an inane miscalculation, and I was not so patiently waiting an hour for the next one. I arrived to a pitch black island and what looked like the apocalypse had just hit; and I was about to drive through it. I’m not gonna lie, I was kinda stoked because I. love. adventures. As I drove through in my new subie, I wiggled around various road blockages that they hadn’t been able to clear yet, happily spending much more of my drive in the oncoming traffic lane. It was a blast. And then I hit a rock. And it sucked. I refused to look at it until after the shoot and never mentioned it to the girls. Because you know what? I was too busy laughing. Laughing at the fan. Laughing at the shit. Laughing as it hit.
I left Inness’s shoot thinking, “that was incredible”. I had chills almost the whole way through. Inness’s energy and light is incredible and she moved in unison with my thoughts. It was unreal. Thank you Inness, for being a muse, for being so open, for being strong, generous, and forgiving. Thank you for laughing at the fan. Laughing at the shit.
And for laughing as it hit.
Location: Golden Gardens Beach ― Seattle, WA Hair & Makeup: Client Provided Client: Glory
Photography is such a gift. I am always amazed at what it brings to my life. I feel truly blessed to be in such an exciting and creative field. It’s not always easy, but it’s always worth it once I’m right here. Creating. Sharing. Enjoying. This career has opened many doors to some amazing experiences and I am so grateful. One such photographic blessing is getting me back in touch with old friends. Glory, a friend from what seems like a past life at this point, recently got in touch with me to do a Valentine’s beach boudoir shoot, in the dead of winter mind you.
I tried to talk her out of it (for her own sake) but she was committed, and I’m so glad she was because the conditions were literally perfect besides the cold. The mix of sun, clouds, and crazy wind made her hair and the water behind her look amazing and gave these images sooooo much feeling. Which is another thing I can always count on being a photographer, shooting in wild conditions (which I love to my core). I will say – no matter how cold, uncomfortable, tired, nervous, or even scared I am – for some reason once I’m actually behind the camera, I’m able to block it all out and just exist with it instead of fighting it. I am so focused on getting the shot that nothing else matters, but it all matters. I’m getting a little philosophical here, but I think those are some of the only moments in my life where “I” am not in control and yet seem to derive it from some other source. Something else takes over and I just go with it.
and I just go with it.
Location: Private Home ― West Seattle, WA Hair & Makeup: Serenity Skye Client: Serenity & Jesse
So Much Love.
I am honored to have had the chance to work with Serenity & Jesse on my first ever couple’s boudoir photo shoot! This kind of love is hard to find- genuine, adoring, lasting, refreshing, passionate. All I have tonight are feelings of gratitude for this lovely couple. Simply gorgeous…