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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

The Female Frame

Friends, I am over on the ViewFinders blog today sharing about how we as photographers tell the female story. I would love for you to click over and have a read today!

Keep chasing that light,



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,


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.
Dining Car
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!