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Thursday, December 17, 2015

To make my heart happy...

Remembering a time when this passion flowed through me with absolutely zero effort, and looking forward to feeling this way again soon. 

I lived this for the months that I could, but then school, and work, and life sort of overrode everything, and now my perspective has changed so much. I still love love and life and family and capturing all those special moments, but now I'm a bit more selfish about it. I don't want to do the work for work. I want to do it for me. This photography passion shall remain in function for the sole purpose of making my heart happy, and that's all.

Real smiles, real snuggles, real love - those are the treasures I want to preserve through photography... Capturing that MOMENT is my goosebumps everywhere, cracking up laughing, on-my-belly-in-the-dirt-to-get-the-shot-and-don't-care-if-I'm-wrecking-my-jeans-or-who's-watching PASSION...I love it that much! I do this because I want to present photos that make you smile, that preserve that MOMENT and help you remember the way you felt when: You were graduating high school, or getting married, or having your first baby, or chasing toddlers, or... Life is amazing. Photos help us remember...

Friday, November 30, 2012

New Beginnings

You remember that sneak peek from July? The one with the gorgeous little blondie in a turquoise and pink summer dress...? I sure do...and I've been dying to share this session FOR-EV-ER...;)

I met Josh and Susie through Josh's Mom, a former coworker of mine, and very dear friend. When she mentioned that they were expecting their third baby I practically begged to get them all out to the beach to do this session lol - thankfully they agreed!

Their family was all smiles and snuggles and giggles and quiet moments and squealing little ones running from the waves...we got together in Edmonds on the most ridiculously warm and beautiful summer night, and I still get goosebumps thinking about taking these by the water side at the ferry terminal...

What really struck me was the way Josh and Susie don't make parenting look easy - they make it look effortless. Honestly I can't even describe how naturally this comes to the two of them. Their mini-me's (seriously, look EXACTLY like Mom and Dad) were such happy, funny and intelligent little people - I wanted to put them in my pockets and take them home with me lol...;)

I think often of this time spent playing in the waves and running around the beach with sandy toes and awesome parents and squealing kiddos, especially now in the midst of a typically rainy Seattle fall. These are the moments and photos and memories that make me feel thankful for finally having learned enough to live my life authentically - to get completely immersed in the moment and just soak it all up.

I look through this session and immediately think: I am so lucky to have felt this joyful...and I love knowing that as soon as I get my camera in hand with another family I'm going to feel this crazy happy again. I can't wait.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Back in the Saddle

Oh life, you're so unpredictable sometimes!!

So I could pretend this blog didn't fall off my priority list...but that would be a lie, and I think I'd rather acknowledge the truth and get on with the good stuff because that's really more my style...;)

The Truth: I went through a pretty heart wrenching breakup this summer...four and a half years was more painful to let go of than I have words to describe. I'm uncomfortably single, no longer a pseudo-mama, temporarily located in my Grandma's attic, and juggling full time work with full time school...

The Good News: I have my equilibrium back. Change is working in so many amazing ways for me right now, and I'm just holding tight to the positive things happening in my life. I picked up my camera two weeks ago for the first time since July when things started falling apart, and I'm astounded by the way that shutter click is working to help me pull the pieces back together.

Two things that have healed me in a way I didn't expect: having a creative passion that challenges and inspires me daily, and maintaining a schedule Martha Stewart would be mortified over. I'm not sure 'work ethic' really applies here...more like 'frenzied busyness' that keeps espresso slated firmly in the main nutrient category of my diet at present lol...

Good things will surface here very very soon - I have so many amazing photos to share, and I'm beyond thrilled to have the freedom to do this the way I've always wanted to. Life is good right now, despite (or maybe because of...?) its unpredictability...thankful November has a whole new meaning for me this year.

xoxo -
Steph