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Five on Five | September

Better late than never. I am coming in just under the wire with my September favorites. I actually have a few more that I really love, but because they are from weddings that have yet to be delivered, I can’t share (trust me, it’s killing me!). These images might not be over the top perfect technically, but they do capture moments that I really want to remember from the month.  Silly, every day moments. Beautiful quiet moments.  I hope you enjoy.

And don’t forget to take the little trip to the other blogs who are participating in the Favorites on the Fifth. Start with Adrian and head on through!
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My girl, on the eve of her fourth birthday. We spent the afternoon visiting a local park that also happens to be a pick-your-own apple orchard. I think she was practicing her Hamlet here, not sure?

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This sweet face outside one of our favorite spots for date night, The Spar. He reminded my husband and I of a dog that we met in Mexico named, Bonifacio.

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The world at sunset, reflected and flipped upside-down. The trees remind me of heart beats or sound waves.  I took this during my weekend at yoga camp.

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Lovely new jewelry created by my friend Liz. I am so blessed to have this woman and her spirit just minutes away from me in my new town. This necklace is part of her fall collection, and couldn’t be more beautiful.

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More reflections. I am having a little love affair with the way the water distorts and paints the world anew. Taken during the Tacoma Maritime Festival last month.

Five on Five | August

Over the summer my Five on Five project took the back seat. Even today, I am a little overwhelmed and wondering if I have time to write this post. But I know, in a year from now, I will love looking back to see a small collection of my favorite images. August was a very busy business month for me, but was full personally as well.

I captured an amazing wedding in Reno, NV

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And these adorable brothers in Truckee, CAemilydWeb (14 of 25)

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But there was personal work as well.

This photo of my daughter, is probably an all time favorite.

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And this photo of my son and his grandfather during an intense game of giant jenga is a classic

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Yep full, and wonderful. Thanks for stopping by today! Don’t forget to swing by the other blogs in this blog hop. First stop is Adriana‘s post.


P.S.  I am sharing a little bit of my film photography over on Mortal Muses today, hop on over and see.

Language and Song

It has been a busy week of blogging for me, it might not seem like it since this space has been very quiet, but I am sharing thoughts and photos elsewhere and it’s pretty wonderful.  Want to hear my take on how song (this month’s theme on Our Collective)? Click over and have a read.

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How about the language of summer time? I have a sweet little poem and set of polaroids to share with you today on Mortal Muses. Simpson-fading-1

Another installment of 2pm images went live on Sunday over on The Hours.

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And get ready, because I have some awesome blogs in the works. Wedding, family and an adorable couple. You are going to want to keep up, so stay tuned!


Keep chasing that light,  Vanessa

Characters on the Street

How often do we see someone that is seriously asking to have their photograph taken, and we then we pass it up because we are too shy to ask or are afraid of being told, “no.” Today, I am sharing images from a time when I was brave enough to just start taking photos and I truly love the results.

Click on over to Mortal Muses for more photos and words about this Seattle-ite.


Keep Chasing the Light,


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.




Focus in Photography Goes OffTract


A few months back I was asked to assist and take part in a very special photo shoot. I wasn’t the photographer, that was the lovely and talented, Kaylynne. I did get to photograph behind the scenes and meet a crew of people that I truly enjoyed. From the stylist, to the models, to the sweet women that make up OffTract I was filled up with creativity and inspiration. I also made a few friends (and saw a few that I hadn’t in many years, much to my surprise).


Meeting and working with the women of the OffTract blog was fantastic. I started talking with Anna, our kids went to the same elementary school when I was in Reno, so I would run into here some mornings. I told her I was very interested in contributing and participating with their blog. Lucky for me, she sent me a message last month and asked me to do a story about The Hours project I had been posting about.  Yesterday, my post went live. I hope you take a moment to click on over and read more about me and this fantastic photography project, and then make another click over to The Hours. I promise, you won’t be disappointed.

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Thanks again to the OffTract ladies for having me share. I hope I get to see you all this summer when I visit the biggest little city.

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Keep chasing the light,


The Hours


Have you made it over to the Hours blog yet? We are three months in to this project and our worlds are starting to wake up and fill with light. When I was asked to be one of the contributors I was beyond flattered. It’s an honor to work in along side women photographers from all over the globe and to see their day unfold is something very special. One thing I love about this project is the quiet that space holds. It’s a perfect place to sip your Sunday morning coffee.


A little bit about the vision and the photographers involved:

This website is a collective project in which a group of photographers, who met on Flickr, each post a single image every month, taken during a particular hour of the day. We’re starting in January 2014 with 7am (so images posted that month will be taken between 7am and 8am) and then moving through the day by an hour each month: to 8am in February 2014, and so forth. Each month’s post is updated every Sunday. We hope that posting images taken in different places around the world, but at the same time of day, will both celebrate the diversity of our lives and bring us together as we share glimpses of our daily activities.


The month of March has an extra Sunday, so we are encouraging our followers to be sure to contribute to our Flickr group.  We may just pick your image to be featured on the blog! You can also Like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter at @thehours2014 or use the hashtag #thehours2014.