Beginner Photo Workshop March 24th 2013

***Early Bird Registration $150 until February 15 then back to $175***

Okay, you asked for it, and so here we go again with another Beginner Photo Class!  This class is for the gal with the DSLR camera she got for (insert occasion here) but still shoots in point n shoot mode.  My goal is to put you in manual mode and teach you the three basic functions ISO, aperture, and shutter speed.  Learning these will help you learn how to use light instead of that dreadful flash and create better photographs!  I will also teach you how to get those great blurry background, creative shots that I love so much.

So class will run from 10am (see I let you sleep in) until 2pm.  The first half of class we will go over our basic functions.  This is all hands on so bring your cameras, your lenses, manuals, battery chargers, etc.  While I am talking, I encourage you to fiddle, take pictures, etc.  We will stop after each section and practice a bit.  After the classroom part we will have lunch set up for you.  And honestly I think this might be one of the favorite parts of class.  My dear friends Karen and Amara prepare the best lunch ever.  I am not kidding, you will want to be all proper and stuff and only take one helping, but your taste buds will be dragging you back for seconds.  After class I have some beautiful little models that show up for us to have a real live photo shoot!  This is for you to practice your settings and for me to come around and help you all!  Depending on the weather we will set up props outside, but if we must remain indoors, the building has lots of windows that provide a lot of beautiful light for us.  After the photo shoot we all come back in for wrap up.  This is for you to ask any questions about anything.  This includes, photoshop (I wont really touch on that much but I can answer basic questions) business, or the basics we just went over.

Class will be held at the adorable Glen Echo Community Center in Everson, Wa.  This is an old schoolhouse and has plenty of charm.  I love it and I know you will too.  Cost will be $150 and that will cover your lunch and materials.  The link to registration is

I will cap the class at 15.  If you have any questions please feel free to email me


Kara Maternity Photos

I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see.  ~John Burrough

I honestly feel this way every day!  This year flew by and I am kind of sad to see it go, I was having so much fun.  But I look forward to all the things I can’t wait to do next year!  Here are some lovely photo’s of my gorgeous friend Kara.  I love Kara, because she trusts whatever I want to do, or wherever.  In this case my house and my bedroom.  She is such a good sport!  And thank you Kara for the yummy coffee, even though it got dumped fairly quickly on my carpet upstairs. 😦

This last photo I took, but I cannot take credit for the idea.  Kara found this idea online and so we re created it.  Still super cute!


I can’t believe I never posted this wedding.  I was so excited to have my brother Matt call and ask if I would shoot his wedding in Chicago!  I have never been there before and the thought of going it alone with no kids was a thrill.  Kind of felt like I was 20 again and I had the whole world at my fingertips.  So as most of you know, I don’t fly.  Ever.  So me and my little bug took a 3 day journey across the US.  No worries, I wasnt completely alone.  My dad insisted on driving with me…just in case :).  Chicago was like nothing I had ever experienced.  I wish I had more days to explore the city, but in the short week I had, I was able to see quite a few things.  I went to the Art Institute of Chicago, and that completely blew my mind.  It really is too hard to express in words what an amazing museum they have.  I went to the Museum of Science and Industry (this is where I started missing the kids, they would have loved this).  Was treated to some serious Chicago pizza, and many other lovely dinners that my brother took me too.  I’m sure it will be awhile before I ever have the chance to go back, but I can’t wait!  I am sure I can dig up some photos of the trip itself but for now I will post some photos of my bro’s wedding.

Just another chilly day…

By the end of our hour session, my pinky finger was so cold I could no longer feel it.  I know I said I was taking the month of December off for this very reason of freezing cold weather, but sometimes the light and the subjects are just too good to pass up.  Here are some lovelies for you to view.

but i like the color one too…

I like this one in color too…

and one silly one..

And just a little something I read tonight that I fell in love with…

Experience.  Dream.  Risk.  Close your eyes and jump.  Enjoy the freefall.  Choose exhilaration over comfort.  Choose magic over predictability.  Choose potential over saftey.  Wake up to the magic of everyday life.  Make friends with your intuition.  Trust your gut.  Discover the beauty of uncertainty.  Know yourself fully before you make promises to another.  Make millions of mistakes so that you will know how to choose what you really need.  Know when to hold on and when to let go.  Love hard and often and without reservation.  Seek knowledge.  Open yourself to possibility.  Keep your heart open, your head high, and your spirit free.  Embrace your darkness along with your light.  Be wrong every once in a while, and dont be afraid to admit it.  Awaken to the brilliance in ordinary moments.  Tell the truth about yourself no matter the cost.  Own your reality without apology.  See goodness in the world.  Be bold.  Be fierce.  Be grateful.  Be wild, crazy, and gloriously free.  Be you.

Go now and live.

Good night all.


One of the most precious little girls!

Last year I had the pleasure of babysitting this adorable little girl!  We had a lot of fun and was able to play around with my camera.  Her mama brought her by yesterday for a visit so of course it was raining out so I had to come up with something.  I made her a cozy, little, nook in my office.  Super cute.  Here are a few shots of the babe.

I’m Back…I promise!

Wow!  What an incredibly busy, amazing summer I have had.  I can’t believe how quick it went by and that we are actually into fall now!  I have finally been able to catch up on a lot of editing and photo shoots.  I do have a lot of family stuff coming up but the wedding season is over which seems to take up a whole lot of my time.  I have so much to share with you all.  Lots of wedding to post since I have not been keeping up on much with the blog.  I will be getting a lot of sessions up for people to see even though it’s a few months old.  I was able to even travel to Chicago to shoot my brothers wedding.  Chicago is amazing!  I celebrated my 7th wedding anniversary on October 9th to my amazing husband and turned the big ole 37 on the 12th.  Funny that I have been telling people who I was 37 already for some time now, so its like I never even aged another year!  I also held another beginner photo class this month.  So much fun and I will be getting some photos of that up soon too!

Here is one of my weddings from this summer!

Congrats to Kaitlyn and Dan

School Photos!

Get your calendars marked for school pictures on October 16th 2011!  This is going to be a one day event only so it is first come first serve on the times.  Here is how its going to work…

Location: Glen Echo Community Center

7694 Goodwin Rd, Everson Wa. 98247

(corner of Goodwin and South Pass Rd)

Times:  These will be 20 minute session (per child) 10 minute break between each session.

If you sign up for a time PLEASE arrive 10-15 minutes early so you are prepared to start your session on time.  Being late will result in shorter session or coming back at the end to get your full 20 minutes in.

I have room for 15 sessions.

9am-9:20  Amy VanLant

9:30-9:50 Angela Gum

10:00-10:20 Angela Gum

10:30-10:50 Liz W

11:00-11:20 Liz W

11:30-11:50 Susie Coberly

12:00-12:20 Susie Coberly


1:00-1:20 Donna Swendt

1:30-1:50 Tricia Bravener

2:00-2:20 Leah Roorda

2:30-2:50 Leah Roorda

3:00-3:20 Amy Triplett

3:30-3:50 Amy Triplett

4:00-4:20  Lisa

4:30-4:50  Lisa

This is rain or shine as I have rented out the building and we are able to do shots indoor as well.  We will try to have a couple different options for props for people to choose from.

Package prices

Classic $60

(1) 8×10

(4) 5×7’s

(8) wallets

(16) mini wallets

Premium Package $80

(3) 8×10’s

(6) 5×7’s

(16) wallets

(16) mini wallets

ALA CARTE (can only be added to a package)

(1) 8×10 – $10

(2) 5×7 – $10

(8) wallets – $10

(16) mini wallets – $10

digital file – $20 each

Other details

Limit one child per package and session time.

Package fee is due at time of session.  I will accept check, cash or CC.  If you are paying with CC please let me know ahead of time.

An online gallery will  be available for you to choose the image you wish to order for your package after October 26th.  You will have roughly 5-7 images to choose from.

You will be notified when your order is ready and I will let you know where and when you can pick up.  If you are unavailable to pick up on that day I will make other arrangements with you.

If you need to cancel, I trust you will give me enough notice to fill your spot.

Please email me or comment below if you would like to reserve a time.  I will remove times listed above as they are taken.  Please leave me your name, email, and session time/s you would like to reserve and I will email you information on the day.

I hope I didnt leave anything out, but feel free to ask me any questions!

Kailey~Senior Photos~ Lynden, Wa

It is time for senior photos!  Im not kidding when I say you should schedule soon and get them done now.  1.  If you like decent weather, you should probably think about scheduling real soon.  Summer was here for a couple days, might be here for a couple more, but fall is right around the corner.  You know what that means…rain.  2.  My schedule is filling up very fast.  I have some dates left in August, I will be gone a few weeks in September, and family photos are starting to come in as well for Christmas season.  So email me if you’re looking to book and we can set up a pre consult meeting and talk about what we want to do.  Email at, or call 360-927-8816 and leave a message with your info and I will get back to you ASAP.

So here is the lovely and gorgeous Kailey.  We had an incredibly sunny day down at the beach but it was lots of fun.

A few thoughts..

If you don’t like sappy stuff, then stop reading now.  I might go there.

There is a photo sitting near me of my husband and I on the day we got engaged.  Looking at the date I realized that was just 7 years ago on the 25th of June.  It was 9 years ago on the 25th that we had our very first date.  We have been through some tough times together, and then some really tough times together.  But our love has always been strong enough to get us through it all.  Thank goodness the good far outweighs the bad!  I look around at all that I have been given and my heart swells with joy.  I honestly do feel like I am one of the luckiest girls in the world.  I have some truly wonderful, talented children.  I don’t know what in the world I did to deserve them, but I can say they are my greatest achievement in life.  I am in awe of them daily.  I would much rather spend an afternoon with them then out shopping by myself.  Really.  They are growing up so fast it scares me sometimes but I am excited to see what the future holds for them.  I am also so thankful for my friends.  They really do kick ass.  Not only are they my friends but neighbors as well.  I had always dreamt of my kids being able to run about the neighborhood with all their friends while the parents sat back had a beer and really enjoyed everything.  I do love our lazy evenings sitting about laughing and chatting while the kids play.  I guess I would consider them more like family then just friends.

Of course I cannot leave out my sweet husband.  He puts up with a lot from me.  My occasional crabbiness, my wanderlust, my ideas, my cooking, the list could go on but he really is a saint.  He works all day, comes home without a complaint.  Will eat tacos and say its wonderful even though its one of the few things I can make.  Tells me I am beautiful everyday.  Makes time for all the kids, and there are four of them!  Helps out around the house when he knows I need it.  Rubs my back every night to help me fall asleep.  He’s a good man, and I am proud to say he is mine.

Often I think of how quickly things can and do change.  How you can lose someone when you think you have forever.  That is what scares me the most.  I have in the past wasted so much time worrying or hating or occupying my thoughts with people who I have thought did me wrong.  I have let all of that go.  Life is short, too short.  We need to be happy and spend time with those that love us and encourage us and help us to be the best we can be.  And we need to be that person to others.  Get rid of the garbage in your life.  It only holds you down.  Forgive where you can, and ask forgiveness from those that you hurt.  Then move on.

We only live once and I intend on making it count.

(These thought today probably brought on by some minor PMS after I saw a hallmark commercial)