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A lot like Alice… | From The Archives

I don’t know if I feel smaller or bigger when I fly. Seeing the whole world in neatly organized rows and methodically placed circles. The cars, like tiny blood cells traveling from the heart center to the more rural and distant locations of this living breathing body we call Earth.

I watch the clouds pass, fluffy and mash potato like. The bumps of air, which make my tummy and head feel a little fuzzy, remind me to keep breathing. The moon rises out one side of the airplane, while the sun sets out the other oval next to me. It’s surreal, and disorienting. For an hour or more, we are placed so closely to others and at the same time, pulled apart from other as the wheels pull up and tuck neatly below. There are headphones signaling silence, nervous hands signaling fear. There are little bags of peanuts and cups of ginger ale quietly bubbling on the tray table.

I have had scary moments and tender moments while 10,000 feet in the air. And I realize again that it isn’t really the destination- it’s the journey….  If you’re traveling this weekend,be kind to those around you. They maybe rushing to see loved ones or traveling from beautifully exhausting families. I wish smooth landings and quick security lines and, may there be a rainbow of peace hugging your flight as you go.

Keep chasing that light, Vanessa

This post was originally written and photographed by me for the ViewFinders and part of a new series called, From the Archives. Source: A lot like Alice… | ViewFinders

Shake it Out | A Personal Photography Project

At the beginning of 2013 I was coming off from a year long self portrait challenge. One photo a day, taken with my Canon DSRL. I decided I would processed each of these images in black and white and pushed myself to stay on track with the goal  I wasn’t sure I could do another year of the same thing. It was a big accomplishment, but I needed something a little less time consuming, so I didn’t set any goals. That is until mid afternoon on January 1st, 2014. I felt really lost, like I had forgotten to do something really important. Had I combed my hair? Did I brush my teeth? Did I take a shower and eat breakfast? Then I realized, I hadn’t taken a photo yet. I picked up my iphone, opened the Hipstamtic App and shook the phone. If you aren’t familiar with the app, here is why I did that last part. When you shake the phone, it randomizes the film/lens/flash combo for the camera. The app doesn’t allow for the camera to flip, so I aimed as best I could and took a photo of myself, at arms length, blindly.

The next day I did it again, and then the next, and then the next. The hashtag, #shakeitout2014  was added and BOOM! I had my 2014 project for the year. I had others ask me what I was doing and would I mind if they join me? We were shaking it out all over instagram and it was awesome! It was pure magic to see the faces and film/lens combos that were popping up in my feed. I loved the randomization and the chance of each photo. Over time, I got better and better at knowing where to hold the phone to get my full face (if that’s what I was after), I found angles I loved. I found backgrounds I adored and that really worked for me. My original plan was to shoot in the same spot for the year, strangely enough, in my bathroom at the rental house. But then we moved, not once, but twice. So I had to adjust that plan and hunt down the light in the new places and spaces (which I actually loved doing!)

So here are a few favorites! ready, steady, GO!





The double exposures were pure magic. 70284

I used motion and blur360

I used props- hats are a favorite around here, but I like a good mask too.



I had others join me in the fun. Family and amazing friends. 318

Thank you to all of you who have followed along, cheered me on, been in the frame with me or who have commented or shared my project. I think the success lies in the fun I had all year long shaking it up and keeping it simple.

now? what to do for 2015?!!

The Rhtym of a (Steller) Story

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Have you played with the new app, Steller? A few weeks ago, fellow Muse, Kirstin wrote about it and ever since I have been hooked. Today, I am talking about how this simple app is helping me find inspiration and use my photography to tell better stories.  Check it out over on Mortal Muses.

Keep chasing the light, Vanessa

PS I am @vanessa over on Steller, if you want to follow along.




Mobile Monday – Out and About in Tacoma

We are truly tourist in our own city right now. Checking out little hot spots to eat, drink, and play. Everything is new and I am seeing light and shadow, shapes and colors a little bit different then I might have back in Reno, where I was comfortable and used to the surroundings. I am also spotting tons of places that I want to have a photo shoot at, there are so many great spots to explore!

Although this month has given the area record amounts of rain, it’s not all grey and blah. When the sun comes out, it is incredibly pretty.

#tacoma you so pretty this #morning ! #nofilter #upperleftusa #blurryonpurpose #sky #sunrise #pnw #ourcollectivestart #shuttersisters #mortalmuses
Morning sunshine from the kitchen window.
#sunset on Sixth #tacoma #tacomalife #pnw #upperleftusa
Setting sun along 6th Ave

We are surrounded by the water of the Puget Sound. There are lots of places for the kids overturn rocks and discover treasures like sea glass, shells, or crabs. There are also plenty of things to admire out of the water too. Like the awesome Narrows Bridge, or our new furry friend Rosie.

Point of View
Rosie at Chambers Bay

As I mentioned in another post, the flowers are incredible right now. They are pretty on the ground, as well as in the trees.

Pedal power - #spring #pnw #upperleftusa #tacoma #tacomalife #momentswithfifi #fromwhereistand
Happy feet at the local library
Magnolia trees along my walking route

With all those petals and water, there are also many birds to be seen.  We actually do get to watch a real hummingbird that comes to visit the feeder on the back deck, so when Fifi and I spotted this stencil we had to take a photo!

Robin on a wire
Humming along downtown

Nature isn’t all we have been exploring.  Over the weekend we did a bit of wandering around in downtown Tacoma. I can’t resist a window fun sign or classic barber chairs for that matter.

Barbershop classics
Get them all cut!

As I get settled into this new city and new market, I will be posting more sessions. Until then I am going to have fun sharing all of our adventures! I am enjoying the time to play and learn a little bit more about my gear. That said, I am itching to test some of my recent inspiration on people other than my family, who are a tad bit over my camera in their face all the time.  If you have family or friends in the Pacific Northwest, please spread the word.  I can’t wait to get shooting professionally  again!

little moments

Earlier... #momentswitho
he’s getting big. it blows me away that he came from me… 
I love watching him play and explore.
Team work at the smile shop!
Team work at the Smile shop.
I am glad he wants to be a dentist when he grows up, because she was scared to get up in that big old chair alone…
Post shower silly attack
silly. silly. silly
Orange ya glad?! #momentswithfifi
she is here to make us laugh. truly.
She is also a move and a shaker.
Swimming lessons.
Swim lesson every Wednesday.
Followed by beautiful nap times.
yoga and post yoga coffee dates with my old coworkers-
who came to my class and made me feel pretty stinking supported on this journey.
Coffee and convo.
blue skies and open windows
It can only get better from here, right? #morning #fromwhereistand #beansandglasseverywhere
clumsy mornings where I spill the beans, literally.
Today's #work.
A lap and a heart that is full.

Film Friday

Inspired by the talent over at Mortal Muses earlier this week, I decided to take myself out and about on the town. I put the Minolta (35mm slr), the Yashica (120 tlr), the Polaroid (pull apart film) and the Canon (dslr) into the back pack. 
I made sure I had film in all of them and the flash card was empty, batteries were charged, that I have the gorilla pod and the remote, just in case I felt like doing a self portrait, and off I went.
#reno #homemeansnevada
(shot with my iphone)

Here is My One Hour Story…..

I took myself on a little walk in the fantastic and evolving  Midtown District of Reno.
(shot with my iphone)
Seriously, there is so many little hidden gems in this area right now it’s fantastic.
(shot with the Polaroid 103)
I found some really great alley way graffiti
(shot with my iphone)
And tucked away coffee shops and of course, tattoo parlors galore.
(shot with the Polaroid 103)
So many amazingly good eateries and micro-brews to enjoy.
 I love seeing my city grow and evolve.
(shot with the Polaroid 103)
And now, I want to move into the hood and feel like an urban-ite in the biggest little city that I call home.
Evidence... #ishootfilm #filmisnotdead
(shot with my iphone)

over the weekend

Over the weekend we took pictures.
Fluttered in the wind
ran in the fog.
explored at the Discovery Museum
The brighter the color the faster you'll go. #shoes #soccer
went shoe shopping
Great lips... #signage
Made brownies while singing “where is thumb man…”
Magnetized by color From our visit at the discovery museum yesterday
played with color
ignored the sorting and noticed the light
Living out loud #nowyouworkshops #self #color
Found more color
and opted for naps and snuggles when the house was quite and still.