Where is home?

Home, a word that rolls out of my mouth, always gently and with a sense of longing.  Being someone who has moved over 30 times in my life, the idea of home comes with perplexity and wonderment.  My counselor persistently enlightens me around the notion of home and with compassionate invites me to feel home within.  Where do you feel most at home?  Is it cuddled up next to your lover, laying on your childhood bed, or smelling the aroma of mom's home cooked meal?  Whatever it is, I invite you to be at home this day.

Yesterday I was inspired (after renting my favorite 50mm 1.2L lens) to photograph my dearest friend Chloe, (who is a remarkable Seattle-based life coach)  in and around her home.  The sun was shining bright and her laughter was infectious, and with these two we caught the glimpse of hope.  Enjoy

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Coffee and Tattoos

The weather has been so random here lately!  It's been hard to count on shooting just because I'm unsure if the sun will actually show its face or not.  The upside of this, is that it opens up my days for spontaneous shoots!  By just carrying my camera around and stopping at any moment in time, I'm giving my days an opportunity for a fun surprising twist!  A lot of times, I just grab my camera and run out the door just because I know I need to shoot.  What? I'm not sure of…but I always trust the universe that it will present to me some moment that needs to be captured.

This was one of those moments.  This is my friend Allan, (a.k.a. "GJ" for Ginger Jesus).  I started calling him that years ago when I fell in love with his hair.  For those of you who have been following my blog have come to know that I have a thing for long hair on men.  Obviously the face of my website is Tyler, with his long hair.  Point made.  GJ is a aspiring photographer and filmmaker and most of the time you will find him sitting at Uptown Expresso in Belltown absorbed in books of these subject matters drinking a dark coffee and looking rather pensive.  Do not be fooled, he is not at all serious!  (Hence one of the entertaining photos I've included for you to see into his actual personality).  If you see him while walking past, stop in for a coffee and good conversation….I'm sure he would be amused.  

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Rain or shine, let's love

I had such a special and relaxing weekend being with various friends and doing some shooting out in this yucky rain.  Although, right now, the sun is pushing through my windows and I'm really hoping it stays shining for the rest of the week!

Saturday I had the privilege of photographing two friends of mine who have been  married for quite some time now.  A couple who's strength and tenderness for one another has shown through since the first day I met them.  They know how to be present with those around them as well as with one another and it's so refreshing to be in their company.  We decided that even if it started raining, we would still do the photoshoot and well, I'm glad that we did.  I had tears in my eyes I was editing these shots.  True true love.  Enjoy.

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I do!

Seven years ago, my best friend and I decided to make a decision to get our Masters in Psychology at the same Graduate School.  Although we had no idea we would meet and become best friends, we showed up in Seattle, both coming from opposite sides of the country and the rest is history.  But wait, this isn't a story about Catherine and I!  This is a love story that began way back in Fall of 2007, in a reading group that Mike lead.  There was little interaction, hardly any conversation, but in the coming years something blossomed that would survive through thick and thin.  It's nice when your best friend finds the love of her life, but even nicer when I'm good friends with the man she's marrying.  This August I will cry my eyes out when these two beauties walk down the aisle!  I barely made it through editing with a dry eye!  

It's been raining a lot here!  (Gross!)  But, we still did our engagement shoot and shot inside of their cute vintage apartment!  Enjoy!

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Where there's a will there's a way!

Good morning!  The sun is shining bright here in Seattle and the air is crisp and cool.  I've got my rooibos tea steeping on my desk as I blow my nose for the umpteenth time this week.  Ugg, don't you just hate colds?!  Although I'm fighting this annoying virus, I just had to get up and blog about my most recent fashion shoot!  As most of you know, i'm gearing down from shooting weddings to shooting more lifestyle and editorial work.  I just get super excited when I'm hired to shoot fashion and feel like this is where I thrive.  That's a question I'm always asking my friends who are still searching for their passion in life…."Where do you thrive most?"  At the beginning of this year, I made a vow to myself while stretching in hot yoga (and sweating my butt off!)  Here's the promise to myself : Go for what you want, even if you're terrified, until you get there.  The fear will subside along the way.

I knew a few weeks ago I was in the mood to challenge myself with studio lighting.  For those of you who know me, or raised me, you'll know I'm quite the techi.  I love technology and figuring out how wires are crossed and where they get crossed. (I'm a therapist too :)  I've never set up lighting all by myself and have been EXTREMELY intimidated of setting it up!  I woke up early to watch about 2 hours of you tube videos on studio lighting only to feel just as confused as when I  first sat down.  I called my buddies down at Glazers Camera Rental and they saved my life that day!  He gave me about a 7 minute pop-up lesson and on I went to set it up at my home studio. 

I wanted to shoot a professional model so I asked my new friend, also most recent American Eagle model, Luiza Farber for whom I should shoot in Seattle.  She mentioned I should work with a Russian woman named Ilona Danilova.  So I reached out to her and 3 days later we had hair/make-up with Carissa Runberg and Wardrobe by Urban Outfitters stylist and vintage clothing collector, Rachael Voss and our lovely model, Ilona!  It was one of the funnest shoots I've done!  A great crew that I look forward to working with in the next few months! 

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This is Ilona Danilova.  She started modeling around age 13.  After graduating high school at just 16 years old, she started pursuing modeling with everything in her!  She traveled all over the world, shooting for Teen Vogue, Kohls, L.A. and NYC fashion week!  She is currently living just outside Seattle with her husband and super cute little boy (whom I've yet to meet).  She spends her time being a good mom, doing yoga and continuing to model.  You can follow her on Instagram for her latest shoots at @danilovailona.

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