Fresh Faces

Some of the best clients I have are upcoming Seniors! I love Senior shoots because they are usually a bit spontaneous and always fun.  I spend the afternoon with Maya and Mily in downtown Olympia for their Senior Portraits. The Painted Plate is always a perfect stop for ice cream, so we couldn’t resist the opportunity for sweets and smiles.

These girls have been friends throughout their  High School years, and have personalities that are so complimentary of each other- Loved spending the afternoon with them. Wishing them only he best for their Senior year.

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Hometown Connections

There are times where I am able to reconnect with old friends. This is Liz and her adorable family…with another on the way.  She was my playmate and neighbor for years as a little girl, and I was so happy to share a moment of joy with her growing family during this photo session. We spent the day in Roslyn, a place where we spent alot of our time as kids together, selling lemonade and playing in the forest. Now her girls will get the chance to do the same.

Wishing her only the best with this new addition.

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Friends, Pottery, Wine- Painted Plate

I have a lovely group of gals in my circle. When I first moved to Olympia to take job and cohabitate with The Handsome, it took time to connect with other women who shared my love for the simple life. Enter these fabulous women; strong, witty, and compassionate. Love them! We try to get together for a drink every now and then just to catch up.  This time I thought we could throw a little art in the mix. The Painted Plate in Olympia was our choice, and boy did it deliver with three hours of wine, food, laughter (…dancing too), and painting.

The Painted Plate offers great little appetizer plates, a minimal but satisfying wine list, and all the white porcelain canvases you could ask for!  Projects range from $6-$60 although all of us found something great in the $20 range.  In the mix was a magnet, a few travel mugs, a soap dish, and a popcorn bowl. The food offering is simple and tasty. We were under the care of Molly, who was more than welcoming including great project suggestions, quick service, and even a change from the less than desirable pop/country Pandora station to something a little more our style.

Our projects were all finished in the evening and were kindly gathered for glaze and firing.  The turnaround for a finished project is about 5 days. I can’t wait to see the finished projects- of course, this was our first time, so there will be more gatherings like this in the future.

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Quick Getaway

We were all in desperate need of a night away and a certain friend was turning 29.  Not the one when you say you are “29”, but the real 29. She mentioned a few weeks back that she had never been gambling. Now being a native to the NW, I know of many Tribal casinos the within 30 minutes of Olympia but the Handsome was eavesdropping and mentioned Quinault Beach Resort & Casino.  “We can stay and PLAY!”  That right there sold us, and we booked rooms right away.  With a call to the dogsitter and quick roadtrip we were off.  Our rooms were nice, fireplace, beach view.  Although the fog was thick both days, we enjoyed the sounds more than the view.  The gambling was a success for most, food was excellent at the buffet- crab legs for the ladies, prime rib for the men.  (sorry no pictures from the casino due to gaming regulations…) We topped the weekend off with a wander down to the beach in the rain and the wind where no one lasted more than a 15 minutes, although I felt like I could have stayed all day with the wind, water, and waves.beach-1 beach-2 beach-5 beach-3

Mima Mounds

We wanted to get out of the house with some friends from the Vancouver area, so we decided on a quick jaunt around the Mima Mounds Natural Area located just South of Olympia, WA. Grassy.mysterious mounds, thought to be created  many years ago by glacial melt, cover an area of the prairie in the most peculiar formations. We enjoyed the landscape, avoided snakes for my dear hubby’s sake, and took in what this local gem had to offer.