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.


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,


20 Comments Five on Five – My January Favorites

  1. Staci Lee February 5, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    That shot of Fifi and Ruben is perfection.

    1. Vanessa Simpson February 5, 2015 at 10:06 pm

      It is getting a frame… pure love right there… so silly

  2. Alison February 5, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    Such lovely shots – the one of Fifi and O on the couch together is just sweet. And Ruben! Seems like the *perfect* cat.

    1. Vanessa Simpson February 5, 2015 at 10:06 pm

      They are really sweet, O loves to read to her and it melts me… and yes, so far Ruben has been an amazing addition to our crew!

  3. erin perry February 5, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    i recall and love each of these. i’d love to visit that park, in the last shot …. so moody and beautiful

    1. Vanessa Simpson February 5, 2015 at 10:05 pm

      I would love to have you for a visit, Erin! let’s make that happen this year!

  4. Hannah Nielsen February 9, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    Mmm the orange one makes me want one right now! I’m not big on still lifes, but I love that one.

  5. Melissa February 9, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    Ooooo really beautiful. LOVE your use of light!

  6. Alex February 9, 2015 at 10:35 pm

    Love this! I am doing a Project 365 this year, too 🙂 Good luck with your daily photos!

    1. Vanessa Simpson February 9, 2015 at 11:27 pm

      Thanks Alex! 365s are such a great way to keep my creativity moving. Good luck on yours, too!

  7. Arica February 10, 2015 at 3:26 am

    I have never done a 365 Project, but I SO need to! I love that you are doing this with your family in mind. What a treasure and fun time it will be to look back on these next year.

    1. Vanessa Simpson February 10, 2015 at 3:58 am

      the looking back is the best part! I know we will all love having these photos later. thanks for stopping by.

  8. Aimee Trawick February 10, 2015 at 4:49 am

    Wow, this are beautiful! I love your lighting! <3

    1. Vanessa Simpson February 10, 2015 at 6:13 pm

      Something I am really playing with is the dark and the light. thanks for stopping by!

  9. Cherlyn Wagner February 10, 2015 at 6:08 am

    I love how you frame your images and really capture/document the day & those you love. The every day is really magical. Thank you for sharing your January favorites.

    1. Vanessa Simpson February 10, 2015 at 6:14 pm

      Thank you Cherlyn! I truly appreciate your comment.

  10. Jenny Storment February 10, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    Prefect representation of the Pacific Northwest.

  11. Whitney Lane February 10, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    I need to remember to take more photos of my personal life. These are beautiful


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