Category Environmental Portraiture

Five on Five – February 2017

On the fifth day of each month, I get together with a group of talented female photographers. We each share our five favorite images from the previous month. It’s a blog circle! Make sure to follow the link and head over to Adriana’s blog when you are done seeing what February was like over here.I did two really fun sessions last month. One was a family session with an adorable family. We traveled out to the summer camp where they met as camp counselors. It was really fun to have them take me around camp and photograph them with there little dude. I love when clients pick locations with such special meaning.The other session I did is for a new blog article I am writing for Experience Tacoma. The article is called, Take Five. This is such a fun chance for me to get to know more people and places in the community and a great excuse to pull out my camera.I had the great honor of sitting for the amazing Catherine Just and her “Breathing Camera” (that’s what I call this 4×5 beauty). Catherine has been traveling all over the world for her Capturing Breath on Film project, if you have a chance to participate it is an incredible experience. One I am still processing and watching unfold in my own life. It is part portrait session, part prayer, part magic. And finally, a little film photography of my own… I have been continuing on with my 365 Rectangles project, I love this black and white shot I took of my husband and his birthday cake.

Keep chasing that light my friends!

Vanessa

Hello Cupcake | Tacoma, Washington

A couple of weeks ago, I was having a rough day. I tossed my camera was in my purse and tossed told my coworker to get in the car- We were going to get cupcakes. When you are the intern, you do what you are told. When you are an intern and there are cupcakes involved, you most definitely do what you are told. Thank you to Alexa for being my hand model, a listening ear, and for taking me to the juice bar down the street for the much healthier lunch option of kale-cucumber-apple- ginger juice so we could wash down our salted caramel chocolate cupcake with some sanity. It’s all a balancing act, don’t judge me. And besides, life is uncertain, you should probably eat dessert first..2015-11-19_0003FIP_HelloCupcake (12 of 37)2015-11-19_00022015-11-19_0001FIP_HelloCupcake (4 of 37)Oh, and if you keep an eye out on the new site, Tacoma Local’s Guide, you might just see some familiar work… check it out!

Keep chasing that light, Vanessa

Lolo + Bear | Seattle Portrait Photography

LoloBear_WebReady_FIP (200 of 200)Remember this spring when I put out a call for small businesses and creatives in the Pacific Northwest? I asked, and you all are amazing and set me off with some really fantastic leads for Environmental Portrait (EP) candidates. If I could do EP sessions every day, I would be thrilled. I love the photographic mix of portraits and the details of the “making” (and in this particular case, the eating of the end product). Plus, I get to make some amazing new friends in the process.  When my dear friend connected me with the lovely crew of Lolo & Bear, I was thrilled. I mean these four are darn good looking, hysterical, and they make a mean snack. LoloBear_WebReady_FIP (19 of 200)Lolo & Bear rolls out some amazing goodies. To quote directly from their website,

“In our family, we’re big fans of snack breaks. We love second breakfast, happy hour, and all the other in-between times. But we wanted a snack we could feel good about eating, one without weird ingredients. That’s why our clusters are made with heritage grains, authentic flavors, and only whole real stuff.”

They set the goal to create a unique, specialty snack and they are winning. I really liked all four flavors of their clusters, but my favorite has to be the Blueberry, Vanilla, Thyme.
LoloBear_WebReady_FIP (38 of 200)Meet Rosie. She doesn’t help in the kitchen, but she did try to herd me while I was photographing her humans. It was almost as endearing as her Elvis impersonation.
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LoloBear_WebReady_FIP (119 of 200)LoloBear_WebReady_FIP (125 of 200)And now, a little bit of the editable goodness that goes into Lolo & Bear…
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Do you have a creative business? Do you need images for your social media campaign or real stock images of you, your work, and your workspace? That is what Environmental Portraiture is all about.  Drop me a note and let’s get you and your business photographed!

Keep chasing that light, Vanessa

I’d a Baked Cake | Tacoma Food Photography

One of the things I really enjoy about my work as a photographer is that I get to meet other creatives. They might be photographers, or they might be an artist in a totally different medium, like Emily. She is an amazing baker. Mixing flour, sugar, eggs, vanilla, and butter to make the most delicious edible work of art. What a treat! I had so much fun with this lifestyle session. If you are one of my Environmental Portrait clients, this is another example of how I can help tell your story. By the way, I have one more of these sessions up for grabs, hurry though, you have to schedule your session by Wednesday, April 1st! For my brides out there, Emily makes amazing treats and also has a few gluten free recipes up her sleeve, the smaller of these two cakes was GF and DELISH! To find out more about Emily’s business and treats, go to

For my brides and event clients, Emily makes amazing treats and also has a few gluten free recipes up her sleeve, the smaller of these two cakes was GF and DELISH! To find out more about her business and offerings, go to Sweet Things by EH.

Ready to get a sugar rush? Okay, go!

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If I knew you were comin’ I’d’ve baked a cake
baked a cake, baked a cake
If I knew you were comin’ I’d’ve baked a cake
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Had you dropped me a letter
I’d a-hired a band
Grandest band in the land
Had you dropped me a letter
I’d a-hired a band
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‘Cause I don’t know where you’ve been
But it really doesn’t matter
Grab a chair and fill your platter
And dig, dig, dig right in
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Hired a band, goodness sake

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Howd-ya do, howd-ya do, howd-ya do
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Keep chasing that light, Vanessa

Artists at Work || Tacoma Lifestyle Photography

If you have been following along for a little while, you know how much I love photographing artists at work. (see my post about Tina, and What is shoot Environmental Portraiture).  When a creative is ‘in it’ you can see the energy and feel it in the room. I love witnessing that process.  These images were taken while we were setting up for our session where I created the photos from my last post. These are a few of the behind the scenes of what else was happening in the room while 15 photographers collaborated and learned while shooting Lifestyle photography.

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FIP (9 of 10)Here, photographer Mark French sets up the shot and captures Danielle with is Hasselblad. Mark, if you are reading this, I can’t wait to see what you got from the weekend! Please make sure to share with us.

 

Thank you again for all the fun and learning, Made to Create PNW
You can find more of Candice’s work here Ivy & Tweed and Mark’s work here.

Keep chasing that light, Vanessa

Five on Five – My January Favorites

January has come and gone. As we dip our toes into February, I am taking a minute to look back at the first 31 days of 2015 and pick my favorite 5 photos. This year I have set a goal to take more family photographs using my canon dslr, and not just the iphone. I am shooting a family based 365 (a photo a day) and it’s been such a wonderful practice and I feel myself growing and falling more deeply in love with not only the Pacific Northwest, but the art of capturing whole stories in a single frame.

Point Defiance trail A walk through Point Defiance Park. it was wet and muddy, but  most of all a grand adventure that left us all refreshed.

FIP (3 of 3)-2I have begun a new to me focus in my photography.  I will be adding Environmental Portraiture to my list of things I absolutely love to capture to my list. Here is a post to explain more. This photo was created for my sweet friend and Tacoma creative, Liz Lamoreux.

PatienceWe adopted a cat from Tacoma Humane Society. Ruben has been the most amazing fella. He is sweet, calm and puts up with all sorts of antics from his biggest fan, Fifi.

7 I have loved capturing individual moments of the kids, but some of my favorites are actually the times they are together in my view finder. Seeing them love each other is incredible. Seattle_CSA (3 of 6)

And finally, in an effort to keep my head clear in the foggy days- I have been getting down to one of the many parks and waterfronts on a regular basis. This is Titlow Park, the sun was breaking through the soupy fog. Five minutes after I took this photo, you could actually see the Narrows Bridge out there beyond the trees.

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Thanks for stopping by today. I love sharing my personal work with all of you. This post is part of a group, so make sure to click over to see what January looked like for Adriana of Smallroots.

Keep Chasing that light,

Vanessa

Tina’s Traveling Nails | Environmental Portrait Session | Tacoma, Washington

On the last day of January, I photographed the first of what I hope will be many more, environmental portrait sessions. Have you heard about the Nail Fairy?

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I was so inspired by Tina’s actions, and when she responded to my instagram post, I was thrilled! What an awesome idea to bring a bit of pampering and normalcy to these kids. Martina is a Tacoma creative who spends a portion of her month as the Nail Fairy, but she can also be found working at the downtown Tacoma salon, Harlequin Hair Designs. As her business name suggests, she can also be found all over Tacoma doing in-home manicure and pedicure visits, hence her business name, Tina’s Traveling Nails.

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This is Tina’s faithful sidekick, Charm. She adds a little extra love and lap warming during your pedi-mani experience.

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The salon is bright and fun, but most of all, comfortable. This was something that both Tina and her business partner, Heather both really wanted to make sure of. The space is located on the second floor, so you feel like you are up in the trees and have a great view of the sound from the big windows. While I was there, the conversation drifted from what people were making for their Superbowl parties, to pet jelly fish! WebReady_FIP (55 of 76)WebReady_FIP (16 of 76)WebReady_FIP (39 of 76)WebReady_FIP (1 of 76) WebReady_FIP (35 of 76)WebReady_FIP (52 of 76)

Tina often gets asked, “what does it look like when you travel? Can you really set up anywhere?” Nothing a little suitcase on wheels can’t handle, and we were off to her last client of the day. What a treat to get to visit her client Laura’s beautiful home!WebReady_FIP (57 of 76)WebReady_FIP (69 of 76)WebReady_FIP (59 of 76)Tina, thank you so much for having me along for the afternoon. You have amazing clients and mad skills with that tiny paint brush of yours! I can’t wait to come in for a little nail love soon.

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What a great response I have had so far to my call for Pacific Northwest creatives, this project has me so excited. I have one more of these promo- sessions available. Do you know a Tacoma creative or small business who would love to participate? I would love to hear from them.

Keep chasing that light,

Vanessa