Senior Hikaru Class of 2015

Senior Year is nearly finished for many Pacific Northwest high school students.

I had the pleasure of working with Hikaru, a Senior from Packwood HS and exchange student from Japan. We took to the Washington State Capitol for this photo session on a clear and very brisk morning. The flowers were in full spring bloom.

Hikaru had the opportunity to make her journey to the US through a high school exchange. She has been enjoying the adventure so far and will return to Japan in the summer to finish out another year of school before deciding on college.  This very bright young woman will do great in whatever she does- the adventure continues!  Good Luck to you Hikaru!

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Baby K

I’ve never had an immediate passion for newborn photography. I’ve always thought of it to be posed, pressured, and expensive.  Over the last few years,  my personal compass has needed an adjustment when it comes to newborn photography.  First, many of my closest friends have had children recently and second, there is a need to capture the sweet first few days as they pass so quickly with the rush of visitors, appointments, feedings, and (maybe) sleeping.

With one of my close friends having a happy and healthy baby boy a few weeks back, I couldn’t help but offer to take a few photos of his sweet little self for their memory books.

We approached the photos as an afternoon in his nursery and 100% up to his sleep & feeding schedule. Using simple blankets and using natural light, we managed to capture some very sweet faces.  He is bright, beaming, and such a sweet little guy.  I can’t wait to capture more as he grows.

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Year #2

I have been very lucky to have met some really amazing people by way of photography.

I met the two wonderful people below a few years ago through a mutual friend’s referral.  I was honored to photograph their wedding and later take photos of their new baby. Baby C has been growing and is turning two.  We spent a beautiful fall morning playing at Priest Point Park. After some warming up, I had a chance to really capture the beautiful smile of this bright and beaming little girl.

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Plum Fresh

Or should it be more appropriate to call it “Fresh Plum” today?share a bit of love DIY Plum Sauce1

I obtained a large basket of perfectly ripened Italian Plums this week from a colleague. To avoid the inevitable fruit flies that have run havoc around my kitchen this summer, I opted to make plum sauce.

Plum jam was really on my mind, but then I realized I was plum (ha!) out of my main canning staples. Enter Plum Sauce.  It just sounds decadent over vanilla ice cream, cheesecake, scones, goat cheese toast, or even as a glaze on a slow roasted turkey breast- doesn’t it?

Here is what is needed:

  • 4 cups of washed & halved Italian Plums
  • 1 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of lemon/lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons of pumpkin pie spice

In a large non reactive sauce pan, pour plums, sugar, spices and lemon juice. Simmer on low-medium for about an hour and a half while stopping to stir and to make sure the mixture doesn’t over boil.  220 (f) degrees should probably do the trick.  Your house will smell amazing. Meanwhile, prepare your jars for canning.  While the jars are still hot, spoon the sauce into each jar, and process using a water bath. Lick the delicious leftovers off the spoon and swoon at the late summer taste of beautiful Italian Plums.

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In the Garden

I have this little piece of paradise. It happens to be in my very own backyard. It is so peaceful and calm- in the middle of the Suburban west. Slug destruction aside, this is a quiet little delicious sanctuary that I take pride in every time I clip a leaf of kale for salad or pull a carrot fresh from the soil.

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Market Finds

Oh, sweet Pacific Northwest Summer.  I love you.

The Olympia Farmer’s Market is currently packed with the most amazing produce- local farmers are really delivering the goods this year.  I picked up a few ingredients from three of my favorite vendors (Smoked Chicken from Johnson’s Smokehouse, Beets/Carrots from Kirsop Farm, Walla Walla Sweet Onions from The Fresh Approach, rosemary garlic bread from the San Francisco Street Bakery this week to throw together some smoked chicken stew.

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Austin Radio

What does a little rain, a guitar, and family all have in common? A photo session with Austin Radio.

I had the pleasure of taking some new promo shots for my favorite acoustic rock & country duo.  They happen to be family, but don’t jump to conclusions thinking that I am biased about their talent. These two elude fun when they sing. They are engaging, personal, and above all, incredible musicians.  We took a rainy summer evening and knocked out a few shots at an undisclosed location. (Let’s say, we didn’t get permission…)

If you get a chance, check them out and go see them live.  They have a few gigs lined up this summer in the Olympia area.

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