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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

January 2016 – 5 on 5

On the fifth of every month a group of photographers will each post five favorite photos from the previous month. It’s a “blog circle” aka virtual gallery hop that will take you around to not only different corners of the interwebs, but the country.  We all live in different places and have different styles and loves of  subject mater and photography, but the what we share is inspiration and moments from our everyday and our professional photography. At the end of each Fave 5 on 5 there will be a link to the next photographer. Be sure to click on the link and hop over to the next gallery. Enjoy!

I have a back log of client posts to share and a few personal projects I need to get up here too. I spent two back to back weekends in Portland, Oregon with family and friends, but those DSLR images will have to wait for another post because I am in the middle of a computer upgrade (YEAH!) that involves migrating 5+ years of work (UGGG!). All photos I am sharing today were taken using my iPhone 6 – I am rarely without my phone and so, a lot of my life is captured with it.

These five on five posts give you all a small glimpse into my day to day life- something that can be a little intimidating when running a business. What I really hope though is that it makes you stop and say, “Hey that gal looks like fun and she takes a damn good photo too. Let’s hire HER to capture our wedding day, our family photos, our small business”.

And so, I bring you my super silly and wonderfully full January, 2016.

UntitledA weekend away with some of my childhood girlfriends. I call this one, The Reunion Tour.
UntitledI have been listening to Josh Ritter for so long and to finally see him live and sing along with him (and that smile, yup). It was such a GREAT night!
UntitledThese people. My family. My loves. My life. This was such a sweet afternoon spent at a favorite spot in town (actually one of the first places we ever went out to eat at in Tacoma).
UntitledI started the new year off with a daily yoga practice. I loved that the kids wanted to join me as we followed along with the youtube videos. And that southern exposure light we get in the living room, yes please.
UntitledBlue hour commute. It was after 7am, but with the rain and the shorter days, it was still so very dark out on this particular morning.
Please don’t forget that these monthly posts are part of a blog ring. Make sure to hop on over to Adriana’s blog to see what she was up to last month.

Keep chasing that light, Vanessa

Shake it Out | A Personal Photography Project

At the beginning of 2013 I was coming off from a year long self portrait challenge. One photo a day, taken with my Canon DSRL. I decided I would processed each of these images in black and white and pushed myself to stay on track with the goal  I wasn’t sure I could do another year of the same thing. It was a big accomplishment, but I needed something a little less time consuming, so I didn’t set any goals. That is until mid afternoon on January 1st, 2014. I felt really lost, like I had forgotten to do something really important. Had I combed my hair? Did I brush my teeth? Did I take a shower and eat breakfast? Then I realized, I hadn’t taken a photo yet. I picked up my iphone, opened the Hipstamtic App and shook the phone. If you aren’t familiar with the app, here is why I did that last part. When you shake the phone, it randomizes the film/lens/flash combo for the camera. The app doesn’t allow for the camera to flip, so I aimed as best I could and took a photo of myself, at arms length, blindly.

The next day I did it again, and then the next, and then the next. The hashtag, #shakeitout2014  was added and BOOM! I had my 2014 project for the year. I had others ask me what I was doing and would I mind if they join me? We were shaking it out all over instagram and it was awesome! It was pure magic to see the faces and film/lens combos that were popping up in my feed. I loved the randomization and the chance of each photo. Over time, I got better and better at knowing where to hold the phone to get my full face (if that’s what I was after), I found angles I loved. I found backgrounds I adored and that really worked for me. My original plan was to shoot in the same spot for the year, strangely enough, in my bathroom at the rental house. But then we moved, not once, but twice. So I had to adjust that plan and hunt down the light in the new places and spaces (which I actually loved doing!)

So here are a few favorites! ready, steady, GO!





The double exposures were pure magic. 70284

I used motion and blur360

I used props- hats are a favorite around here, but I like a good mask too.



I had others join me in the fun. Family and amazing friends. 318

Thank you to all of you who have followed along, cheered me on, been in the frame with me or who have commented or shared my project. I think the success lies in the fun I had all year long shaking it up and keeping it simple.

now? what to do for 2015?!!

Mobile Monday – Out and About in Tacoma

We are truly tourist in our own city right now. Checking out little hot spots to eat, drink, and play. Everything is new and I am seeing light and shadow, shapes and colors a little bit different then I might have back in Reno, where I was comfortable and used to the surroundings. I am also spotting tons of places that I want to have a photo shoot at, there are so many great spots to explore!

Although this month has given the area record amounts of rain, it’s not all grey and blah. When the sun comes out, it is incredibly pretty.

#tacoma you so pretty this #morning ! #nofilter #upperleftusa #blurryonpurpose #sky #sunrise #pnw #ourcollectivestart #shuttersisters #mortalmuses
Morning sunshine from the kitchen window.
#sunset on Sixth #tacoma #tacomalife #pnw #upperleftusa
Setting sun along 6th Ave

We are surrounded by the water of the Puget Sound. There are lots of places for the kids overturn rocks and discover treasures like sea glass, shells, or crabs. There are also plenty of things to admire out of the water too. Like the awesome Narrows Bridge, or our new furry friend Rosie.

Point of View
Rosie at Chambers Bay

As I mentioned in another post, the flowers are incredible right now. They are pretty on the ground, as well as in the trees.

Pedal power - #spring #pnw #upperleftusa #tacoma #tacomalife #momentswithfifi #fromwhereistand
Happy feet at the local library
Magnolia trees along my walking route

With all those petals and water, there are also many birds to be seen.  We actually do get to watch a real hummingbird that comes to visit the feeder on the back deck, so when Fifi and I spotted this stencil we had to take a photo!

Robin on a wire
Humming along downtown

Nature isn’t all we have been exploring.  Over the weekend we did a bit of wandering around in downtown Tacoma. I can’t resist a window fun sign or classic barber chairs for that matter.

Barbershop classics
Get them all cut!

As I get settled into this new city and new market, I will be posting more sessions. Until then I am going to have fun sharing all of our adventures! I am enjoying the time to play and learn a little bit more about my gear. That said, I am itching to test some of my recent inspiration on people other than my family, who are a tad bit over my camera in their face all the time.  If you have family or friends in the Pacific Northwest, please spread the word.  I can’t wait to get shooting professionally  again!