• July 13, 2024

TIPS: Prep for your session

For great looking headshot portraits, it’s important for your skin to look its best. Here are some tips to prepare ahead of time. I hope you find these tips simple enough and helpful to add even to your regular skincare routine.

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No Dirty Pictures

To everyone who came by my little soap stand at the Swedish Club Holiday Bazaar this past weekend, thank you so much for your support! I know you enjoyed the crafts at this bazaar as well as the food, the drinks and the company. It is a well attended, very friendly family event. It’s my favorite. If you missed it and want to see any in person, I have a few items in my studio and you can check them out when you come in for your Christmas Portrait. If…

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For the Cutest Christmas Portraits In Town!

My annual portrait event takes place during the month of November so you have enough time before Christmas to get your images and create gifts and holiday cards. As I write this, November is two weeks away. Thanksgiving is six weeks away. Christmas Day is in ten weeks. So if you want to plan ahead, here’s the link. Save $15 when you book anytime between now and Oct 31. use code CPE2022 at checkout. Granted it’s not even Halloween yet as I’m posting this, it may seem like I’m rushing…

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Behind the Lens

Photographing for the edit. To have the end in mind from the beginning. To have a “why” before knowing the “how” – the mission that starts from a purpose. What is the finished image? What makes a great portrait? The how is definitely the vehicle that drives but the why provides the road map of where to go. To photograph with the end in mind is to visualize the finished style right in front of the lens while taking it. I like to visualize what I’m photographing as art, l…

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The Science of Beauty

HA! How many times have you heard that one before? Photography is a science of light. How light wraps, how it reflects color, how it shadows and fills. My favorite type of photography is portrait. I love people, I love to photograph people. And I want the people in my photographs to look their best. When it comes to headshots, other than wardrobe and lighting, my clients will look their best with radiant skin and hair. As a woman seeking beauty most of my life, finding the right combination of…

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Front Porch Pandemic Portraits

Did I come over to your house in 2020 and take a picture of you and your family on your front lawn, back yard or your front porch during the pandemic? Although there were times we may have been worried about the plague, we sure did have some great weather for being outdoors. The Spring and Summer of 2020 were some of the best days to be stuck in the PNW. Now that life has moved beyond a daily panic of pandemic pandemonium and we’re feeling more familiar with our…

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Why I Snapped

I was going to write a blog post today about weddings. I have all the photographs sorted and ready. Then I got distracted. I have been distracted trying to figure out how to get found on Google. What do I have to do? There is no help for this. Then I find other photographers. SO. MANY. OTHER. PHOTOGRAPHERS. And one thing I saw more than once in other photographers’ “about me” pages is that they talk about how they “first picked up a camera when they were 7 years old.”…

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Wardrobe Shopping at Ladders in Stanwood!

Ladders is my new favorite stop when it comes to wardrobe must haves.

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Wardrobe Styling: Vixen

Boutique shopping is great retail therapy, too!

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19th Century Baby Picture


If you’ve ever seen mothers covered up in old photographs, don’t automatically think the worst. It was for a purpose of practicality at the time. In the Victorian Era of photography, camera’s worked on a very basic level. They needed long exposure times to capture a detailed image. Cameras back then were not at all close to what we have tucked inside our handbags or burnishing our blue jean pockets today. These days a picture-making mechanism has a quick shutter and a sensor so sensitive it can be adjusted to…

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