Tina’s Traveling Nails | Environmental Portrait Session | Tacoma, Washington

On the last day of January, I photographed the first of what I hope will be many more, environmental portrait sessions. Have you heard about the Nail Fairy?

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I was so inspired by Tina’s actions, and when she responded to my instagram post, I was thrilled! What an awesome idea to bring a bit of pampering and normalcy to these kids. Martina is a Tacoma creative who spends a portion of her month as the Nail Fairy, but she can also be found working at the downtown Tacoma salon, Harlequin Hair Designs. As her business name suggests, she can also be found all over Tacoma doing in-home manicure and pedicure visits, hence her business name, Tina’s Traveling Nails.

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This is Tina’s faithful sidekick, Charm. She adds a little extra love and lap warming during your pedi-mani experience.

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The salon is bright and fun, but most of all, comfortable. This was something that both Tina and her business partner, Heather both really wanted to make sure of. The space is located on the second floor, so you feel like you are up in the trees and have a great view of the sound from the big windows. While I was there, the conversation drifted from what people were making for their Superbowl parties, to pet jelly fish! WebReady_FIP (55 of 76)WebReady_FIP (16 of 76)WebReady_FIP (39 of 76)WebReady_FIP (1 of 76) WebReady_FIP (35 of 76)WebReady_FIP (52 of 76)

Tina often gets asked, “what does it look like when you travel? Can you really set up anywhere?” Nothing a little suitcase on wheels can’t handle, and we were off to her last client of the day. What a treat to get to visit her client Laura’s beautiful home!WebReady_FIP (57 of 76)WebReady_FIP (69 of 76)WebReady_FIP (59 of 76)Tina, thank you so much for having me along for the afternoon. You have amazing clients and mad skills with that tiny paint brush of yours! I can’t wait to come in for a little nail love soon.

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What a great response I have had so far to my call for Pacific Northwest creatives, this project has me so excited. I have one more of these promo- sessions available. Do you know a Tacoma creative or small business who would love to participate? I would love to hear from them.

Keep chasing that light,

Vanessa

14 Comments Tina’s Traveling Nails | Environmental Portrait Session | Tacoma, Washington

  1. Hannah Nielsen February 9, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    Great story and great storytelling images! I love this!

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    1. Vanessa Simpson February 9, 2015 at 8:36 pm

      Thank you Hannah! I am very excited about this project.

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

    How fun! Love that she brings her “sidekick” 🙂

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

      I know! I love it. we were joking that her tag line could be, “Charm included”.

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  3. Gwen Workman February 9, 2015 at 11:15 pm

    Oh my the is the cutest side kick ever…. Charm… such a cute name…. and love the images… such a great idea.. and looks like you had a lot of fun too!!!

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    1. Vanessa Simpson February 9, 2015 at 11:26 pm

      Isn’t Charm awesome?! And yes, I was have a great time.

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

    I want Charm to come to my nail appointments too! Really great story telling. I felt like I was there experiencing it all.

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    1. Vanessa Simpson February 10, 2015 at 3:57 am

      Thanks Arica. I can’t wait to do more of these sessions…even if there isn’t a Charm at everyone.

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  5. Aimee Trawick February 10, 2015 at 4:48 am

    Wow, these are great pictures! 🙂

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

    This is genius – your project to document creatives but also Tina’s concept of traveling nail salon..You are a great visual story teller.

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

      oh I do hope so! I am having so much fun with this project.

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  7. Jenny Storment February 10, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    Tina’s traveling nails is such an interesting thing to photography. Love these photos!

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  8. Whitney Lane February 10, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    This made me realize it’s time for a manicure 😛

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