Thursday, August 29, 2013

The Stress of Photographing My Own Kids

Have you ever noticed that no one ever looks like such a goober as when they are playing with a baby? Even staid and serious people will make faces, weird noises, and speak in unintelligible, high pitched, so-cute-you-could-vomit, voices.

I have to admit, I am one of those people.

If an innocent bystander happened to see my behavior and not notice the baby I am making goo-goo eyes at, they would certainly question my sanity. I make a general ass of myself and, to be quite honest, I don't really care. Baby's are cute, man! And, naturally, no mother thinks any baby is as cute as her own baby.

Thus, I spent an evening photographing my Jackson, who is 6 months old. Photographing a baby is like regular baby adoring behavior x2. Almost like hopping on a one way train to Goobersville and visiting every stop on the way. I think the silliness is compounded by the pressure to "get the shot." Even when the kid is MY kid, I still feel the pressure. That makes me anal, I guess, but I don't lower my standards just because no one is paying me.
In fact, it is almost worse because it IS my kid and I can imagine folks looking at the photos and thinking to themselves, "Well if she can't even get a decent shot of her own kid..."

So I have to shake myself and look myself in the eye and say, "Woman, these photos are going to be a physical reminder of what your last baby looked like, and what his personality was like. You aren't saving the world, here. Calm down. You love your kid. You'll love the photos, and that will show with the end result. Now quit talking to me, and start pressing the shutter."

Okay, that was a little dramatic, but my internal conversations can get fairly interesting.

With  no further rambling about my psyche, I will get straight to the mommy-bragging.

Isn't Jackson too stinking adorable!?

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Captivate! The Boudoir Experience

Wow, what a crazy summer!! I've been all over Washington state with my family and it feels like we've been going non-stop for far too long. I can't even express how happy I will be to have everything settle back down into a routine. I will admit, a very large part of that has to do with the fact I will now have time to pick my camera back up!

It's been a while since I've looked though a lens, and there are some very exciting things on the way!

I'm teaming up with the super talented miss Olga from Olga Tenyanin Photography to host a boudoir photography session at the snazzy Hotel Murano in Tacoma this October. Head on over to to check out more of Olga's work. You will be impressed, I promise.

Boudoir sessions are an absolute blast. As a photographer, I love being able to watch women feel sexy and sensual and gain confidence in front of a camera. They always walk away feeling more confident and comfortable with their bodies, and that's a victory!

Confident = sexy

We are hoping to make this session a real experience for the ladies and gentlemen who join us. Hair and makeup are included in the packages, as well as a disc with the print release.

Come out, have a mimosa and some chocolate, and show off YOUR sexy!