Category Other Places

Get Out There – Exploring Washington

It’s strange to be ‘new’ to an area. Even with my third summer coming to a close in the Pacific Northwest, I still feel new here.. 20160814-IMG_9961There seems to be so many places I never “had time” to explored while living in the Reno-Tahoe area, (and, I got out A LOT during my 30+ years of living there). Now that I am in Washington, I have a new list growing of places and spots. Some are ‘secret’ and secluded, others not so much.  20160814-IMG_9933Over the weekend I was able to mark one of the not so secret and fairly iconic Tacoma/Seattle hikes off the list. 20160814-IMG_9965Join me over on the Viewfinders  blog to see more of the trail to Rattlesnake Ledge.

Keep Chasing that light,

Vanessa

ViewFinders – A Photographer’s Community

Did you all know I am a regular contributor over at the ViewFinders? I have been writing with this group of woman for several years now and although sometimes it feels overwhelming to have an article deadline looming, I love that I have a place of incredible inspiration, friendship, and diverse photographic voice.
FIP (21 of 24)The work I share on the blog isn’t client work like it usually is here. But rather, adventures of my own. It’s a place I go to push and pull my photography. To stretch my craft like taffy and see where I land when I jump a little bit higher and further than my comfort zone normally is. I follow the light, I stop the car, I walk a little more slowly, and wander down roads I might not if I didn’t have a camera attached to me almost all of the time.
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When I write a post for the ViewFinders I am often reminded of one of my favorite Story People quotes:

There are things you do because they feel right & they may make no sense & they may make no money & it may be the real reason we are here: to love each other & to eat each other’s cooking & say it was good. – Story People

OffTractOneYear_FIP (14 of 160)In this case, the cooking is photography and the visual feast that this international group of female photographers presents to me daily. We all know how food always tastes better with good friends at the table. Thank you Viewfinders, for constantly pushing me to be better, do better, and to keep exploring this amazing world of photography!

5-4-3-2-1, Viewfinders Blast Off

I am thrilled to announce the launch a brand new photography collaboration. It’s been hard to keep this quiet as the 14 other woman and I have been working behind the scenes getting things set up and ready. But today, we LAUNCH and the site is beautiful.

Photography is so much more to me than just clicking a button. I love the community (like these silly humans in the photo below who I met through an a year of self-portraits class).

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Take a walk on over to the new Viewfinders and have a look around.

 

We can also be found on all your favorite social media sites:

Facebook

Instagram, @viewfinders_io

Twitter, @_viewfinders

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The Hours 2014

Last year I was invited to participate in an amazing project. A group of photographers, all of whom I had “met” via the photo sharing platform, Flickr, had decided they missed the community and friendships we had on the old social media site. We wanted to have a place where we could share and celebrate each other’s work AND share it with the world.

With that, The Hours was born. We decided to use the clock as our guide. Each of us photographing within a specific hour of the day, changing and moving up the hour every month.  What happened next was beautiful. The blog became a space that I loved to stop by every Sunday morning. It is a quiet, calm stop along the internet.  While some of the women had a plan for the full year (shoot all film, black and white processing only, photos of specific family member), I didn’t over think it or make it too structured. I wanted my year to unfold on it’s own (and boy, did it ever).  All but one of my images was taken with my DSLR, the exception was shot with my iPhone and taken on the day before we relocated from Reno, NV to Tacoma, WA.

I always love looking back at a year of my photography and life. (Want to see my much larger year long projects? Here is 2011,  2012, and of course my self portrait series of 2013) .  When I look back over a year worth of work, I see where I have grown and how my photography has stayed consistent. I get to day dream about our adventures and our every day moments. Maybe in the 2015 round of The Hours, I will have more of a plan.  With that said, here’s to a huge 2014! So much change, so much adjusting, so many great adventures.

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