Five on Five – December 2106

I didn’t really pull together any “best ofs” this year, I didn’t do a year in review. Heck, I haven’t even blogged my final wedding or the four family sessions I have done since November. But, I am not missing the regularly scheduled five on five blog that I do each month. (and maybe, just maybe I will find some words to share about all those amazing clients I have had in the past couple of months while I am out here writing!)

Here’s the deal – on the fifth day of each month, I get together (virtual – maybe one day we all will be in one spot!) with a group of photographers. We each share our five favorite images from the previous month.

It’s a blog circle!

Make sure to follow the link at the bottom of this post, and head over to Adriana’s blog next!


The kids were invited to a friend’s birthday party at the very cool shop called, Tinkertopia. It’s arguably one of my favorite shops in town and it’s super fun that they have “tinker” parties for the kids to build and create with all recycled or up-cycled items. I love all the creations hanging and displayed around the store.  I spent my birthday weekend in Seattle. I was thrilled to have good friends up from Reno and we had a really fun time. If you have ever been to Pike Market, there is a very good chance you have seen and heard this piano player, Jonny Hahn. He rolls that piano up and down the hill every time he plays. I am not going to lie, hearing him play brought me to tears. I don’t really know what it was- but the pure dedication to doing something that he loves for almost three decades- it’s tear worthy. (and if you would like to learn a little bit more about him, this is a good listen) A self portrait on the morning of my birthday. (I swear I was happy, I was just tired and also coming down with a cold – that I still have, ug) Christmas day with my crew. My mom got the kids metal detectors so they could treasure hunt, but these four are my treasure- no detector needed! Finally, this little monkey. He turned one last month and since I have been documenting him since before he was earth-side, It was pretty special to snap a set of photos of him as he hit this one year mark. I love this one showing so much personality and not much regard for that fantastic red balloon.

And there you have it- my December in a nutshell. Hope you all are off to a beautiful start to 2017. Make sure you hit up Adriana’s and then on to the other ladies to see what their final month of the year looked like.

Keep chasing that light, Vanessa

12 Comments Five on Five – December 2106

  1. Rebeca Eugenia Gordienko Wadsworth January 5, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    This was enjoyable to read. I appreciate the raw truth of your writing Vanessa.
    As an inspiring photographer myself, I have drawn inspiration from you and now in the process of having my own website. Update coming soon.
    This journey is for ever evolving and I am pleased as to where it is taking me.
    Thank you Vanessa,

    1. Vanessa Simpson January 5, 2017 at 4:51 pm

      Thanks Rebeca! I appreciate your words. Wishing you well in the new year!

  2. Audrey January 5, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    Like whoa Vanessa! I think I am sad that I don’t have you in my real physical world cause I think we would be such friends your words resonate with me and we’d be crying happy moving tears over everything. xo

    1. Vanessa Simpson January 5, 2017 at 7:05 pm

      I remember when I first found you on Flickr. Your work and your words were so beautiful, but I was SO shy to even start commenting on your photos. I now know how silly that was and I know we would be fast friends in real life. one day my sweet friend, one day!

  3. STACI KENNELLY January 5, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    So beautiful! I don’t care if you were getting sick, that self-portrait is stunning!

  4. Alison January 5, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    That Tinker place sounds fantastic – and metal detectors as gifts? I’m totally tucking that in my back pocket for some years down the road 🙂 So fun! Happy new year! I’m totally with Audrey too – can we get teletransportation invented real quick now? Pretty please?

    1. Vanessa Simpson January 5, 2017 at 8:58 pm

      I still think we need a meet up. Let’s get that in the works!
      and yes- the detectors are super fun and I see them getting a ton of use this summer during camp trips!

  5. Stephanie Gough January 5, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    Your self portraits always speak deeply to me. You have a face full of character my friend. I’ve always loved your work and need to remember to stop by here more often! Lovely 5 on 5! Happy New Year!

    1. Vanessa Simpson January 5, 2017 at 11:05 pm

      what a compliment Stephanie. Thank you so much for stopping by and saying hello. I hope to get better about posting more often (client and personal work!) have a look around if you have a bit of time.

      Hope you are well!

  6. Jill January 6, 2017 at 3:18 am

    I want to to jump into each one of these photos! Hope you kick that cold soon!


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