I spent Saturday downtown. That is, after I got a good sleep-in, two solid cups of coffee and eventually slithered out of the house. It was a mild day, no real rain, but lots of gray clouds. Every year, Olympia’s community spills to the streets to participate in the Procession of the Species for ArtsWalk as a way to mark the incoming of spring, nature, and the general beauty around us. I managed to catch a few of the galleries, respectfully restrained from photos within each exhibit, and headed to the Cascadia Grill to listen to The Burren Boys. They put on a great set of uptempo Irish music in a relaxed atmosphere. I love seeing the community come together to celebrate art, music, nature in one weekend. If only downtown always had such a joyful bustle to it….
I have had more of an opportunity to really hone in on my skills for portraits this summer. Be it vacation, business, or just around the house, I love to snap photos of the unique personalities around me. Here are a few examples of why:
My handsome Hubby- He is probably more often than not my number one subject. Lucky for me he is
willing tolerant of my massive photo obsession. He always knows how to pose comfortably and really let me do my thing.
Kids- They always give an honest expression, like it or not, it is what it is. I can’t even count the many photos snapped with boogers, frowns, and tears….that is until I crawl in the mud to get the shot. Somehow, I always get a smile for that one.
Brides- These girls are all dolled up on one of the biggest and most exciting days of their lives. Even with endless amounts of stress and excitement, they can sit for a few photos with smiles that can be seen for miles.
Sisters- They always know just the right way to ham it up for the camera. There are always genuine smiles, comfortable and silly poses.
Dads & their kids- When they don’t think the camera is on them, these can be some of the best shots. Always fun, lots of giggles, and the perfect capture of a memory.
Musicians- As a huge fan of acoustic music, I am fortunate to be surrounded by it. Austin Radio happens to be friends of mine, so I often get a change to snap a few photos for them. The beauty is, the photos can so easily show the feel for the music and the all around atmosphere of the performance.
Haunting, Acoustic, Raw.
I discovered The Civil Wars while brushing my teeth one winter morning while getting ready for work. I always keep noise in the background when I am getting ready, and this particular morning I had chosen VH1’s JumpStart. I usually hear typical and overly produced tunes on VH1, yet, this day I stopped dead in my brushing when I heard the first chord of their song Barton Hollow and they were listed as a You Oughta Know Artist. I immediately went to Amazon and downloaded the album and fell in LOVE.
I have passed this duo’s name to every music lover I know. I want the entire world to hear their voices, songwriting and musical craftsmanship. My Brother and Sister-in-Law as Austin Radio have started performing “Forget Me Not”. My Grandma has a copy of the Barton Hollow Album, my coworkers are dealing with my Pandora station with numerous songs by them- it is EVERYWHERE!
We were given the opportunity via 103.7 the Mountain to hear them up close and personal after I dropped the ball and didn’t get tickets to their Seattle show in time. It was a small in studio performance with around 30 audience members. Myself, Husband, Brother and Sis-in-Law all sat in the audience captivated by their talent. We managed to have a quick chat with Joy and John Paul before we left. What down to earth artists they are. We ADORE them and their music. If you want a taste of their sound, check out their free download from Edie’s Attic.
We are very blessed to have such talented musicians surrounding us. I have always been a fan of real music made by real musicians. Last night we were celebrating our Sister-in-Law’s Birthday, and guitars came out. Terry and Jerry Holder, local songwriters and musicians jammed on the electrics, which turned out to be a treat for everyone.