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Location: Private Cabin  Skykomish, WA
Hair & Makeup: Client Provided
Client: Ruby

 

OMG this beauty! What a stunning woman. Ruby is a long time friend of mine so when I got news of her lovely engagement (they’re married now, it was GORGEOUS) I knew immediately what to give her as a wedding present: a boudoir shoot to gift to her fiancé the night before their wedding. She was SUPER into it, so we got to planning!

We decided it had to be in the forest, so we drove about 2 hours northeast to a quaint little 70’s cabin her family owns. Ruby went. all. out. She brought heels for daaaaaays and every single pair had a matching outfit, it was incredible. It was such a blast working with her. We had everything from forest bugs to freezing cold water to contend with and she handled it like a boss. So much love for this chick!

All my love,
Dana Kae

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  • June 24, 2015 - 7:37 pm

    Inness - Don’t know why I haven’t commented until now. This shoot is AMAZING. So much zest and sexiness! I love it.ReplyCancel

Location: Deception Pass State ParkThe Sorrento  Seattle, WA & Oak Harbor, WA
Hair & Makeup: Ashli Danielle
Client: Sasha

 

Whew! I’ve missed you guys! It’s been a busy, amazing, crazy, hectic summer and I finally have some time to share a bit of what I’ve been up to. Meet the adventurous and stunning Sasha. Incredible. A muse. We started at The Sorrento, but the real story comes later after a couple hour trek to catch just the right light at Deception Pass. We were contending with the bustling sunny day crowd in WA, an exceptionally large family doing their yearly picture right next to us, and an ever increasing tide threatening to land lock us in the boulders. You know what I always say though, BRING IT ON, that kind of craziness always creates the best photos…

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  • September 21, 2014 - 1:02 am

    Ann - These are just stunning! Beautiful work, as always!ReplyCancel

  • September 25, 2014 - 8:07 pm

    Ashli - Whoa. These are so, so beautiful. She was such a babe to style. I can’t even get over how good these are. You can totally feel her confidence in these images. Bravo, ladies!ReplyCancel

  • October 6, 2014 - 4:04 pm

    Kaye - This water’s edge setting is splendid and magnificent! Just wow. Your ability to work with light and natural elements here as you do, Dana, exemplifies your profound talent. More and more, I see evidence that there’s nothing you can’t do with that camera.ReplyCancel

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.

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  • March 12, 2014 - 4:31 pm

    Janette - WOW! Everything about this is stunning! Your photos, the light and Inness! wow, she’s absolutely radiant.ReplyCancel

  • March 13, 2014 - 9:24 am

    Jillian - Mesmerizing. All of it. Dana, you are so talented. Your model is such a beauty.ReplyCancel

  • March 13, 2014 - 9:52 am

    cassie pepper - Wow these are stunning. Every single one is mesmerizing. She is beyond gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • April 6, 2014 - 3:56 pm

    Elena - She looks absolutely beautiful!ReplyCancel

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.

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  • November 7, 2015 - 2:09 pm

    Doug - This turned out to be an awesome idea – I love it!ReplyCancel