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I don't remember when I first heard about Cliff Mautner, but it was probably about three years ago as I was just getting started with my photography business.
Every time his work was discussed by fellow photographers, it was almost in the reverent tones used when speaking of a spiritual guru...or at least a master artist.
For those who aren't photographers, let me mention that there are hundreds (maybe thousands) of photography coaches, mentors, and workshops to choose from. If you are paying attention, you learn that many of them do not have your best interests at heart...they take your hard-earned money and return a few morsels of information, lots of pep talk, a “You can do it!” mantra, and send you on your way.
When I was a little girl, I remember being a bit obsessed with my mom's scrapbook album. Even though the book was nearly falling apart, I never tired of turning the big, black pages, pulling them close to my face, and studying the people in the photos.
I would peer at the faces of my parents as 20-year olds, put the book down, and then the questions would begin. "What did you think the first time you met Dad?" I'd ask. I remember Mom telling me that she was getting so old that she often didn't remember all of the details. I was horrified, wondering how anyone could forget those things!
If you or someone you know is newly engaged and planning a wedding in 2015, now is your chance to act! Between now and the end of March, you can receive $200+ off your wedding package by claiming the Sweetheart Special offer!
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Recently, I was asked by the lovely Amber Peterson to share my top tips for couples planning their wedding photography. Amber happens to own Cheers Wedding & Event Planning and she was kind enough to share my answers on her own blog. If you're looking for a wedding or event planner, I highly recommend Amber! You can check out her blog here.
Honestly, when I first looked at the list of questions, my mind went blank! (Only because there was so much I could say.)
Hard to believe 2014 is now but a memory, but, thankfully, I have lots of photos and video to remember the year!
I was blessed to photograph many wonderful families, couples, babies, and individuals. My head is spinning with what a joy it is to be a photographer!
Jami and Bjorn are a fun, adventurous couple who love hiking, fishing, hunting, and nature. (Bjorn is a commercial fisherman, so he comes by it naturally.) Oh, and they love dogs, so they are my kind of people!
It's hard to put into words how much I enjoy photography and what a gift it has been to me in this season of my life.
I have always loved visual beauty, especially in design and photography. It's a passion I've had my whole life, but I never stopped to really pay attention until after what happened in 2008.
The 90-degree sun glared down as I exited my car and made my way down the pathway to the banks of the river just outside Wenatchee, Washington. As I passed sagebrush on either side, hauling my camera, lenses, and a paltry single bottle of water, a few other women joined me and we began talking excitedly about why we were there.
Besides being a photographer, I'm also a wife and a mom. A little over a year ago, my daughter got engaged and was married six months later. Within that span of time, I learned ALL about planning a wedding and, of course, I wanted my daughter to have beautiful wedding photography (no, I didn't take the photos; I wanted to relax and enjoy the day!).
It's now two days after Christmas 2013 and I'm more jazzed than ever. In two weeks (God willing), I plan to be in Phoenix for the largest photography conference in the United States. The commitment and financial sacrifice to attend ImagingUSA is one more step in the direction of kicking Bella Vita Creative (and myself) up a notch.
Last April, I visited the “D” family home for my very first photo session of three-month old Amelia. We turned the living room into a makeshift studio, using the abundant window light.
Really, how could I go wrong with such a sweet, beautiful baby? Amelia was wide-eyed and cooperative for her portraits; we even managed to get in a few photos with her big brother, mom and dad.
I can't begin to describe how thrilled (and ready!) I was to do my first newborn session! I was very prepared and excited to preserve these precious memories for little Dorothy and her parents.
We did Dorothy's session eight days after her birth. For those who don't know, newborn sessions are best at around five to ten days after birth . . . they are only this young once! At three months, they’re all baby, and there’s not much left to remind you of the newborn they once were--except pictures.
This post is long overdue; I'm so excited to share these photos with everyone!
Last April, I attended a photography workshop hosted by the incredible Holli True, located in Eugene, Oregon. For two full days, I collaborated with five other photographers in hands-on learning for our photography businesses.
It's not every day that a photographer gets to capture maternity photos of her own daughter and son-in-law, but that's exactly what I was privileged to do recently. I met up with Ariel and James (and their sweet dog, Nick), for a late afternoon shoot. Of course, we had to include Nick in their family photo as well.
I have known Karen for several years, since we attend the same church together. She is an incredible woman, the mother of nine (and caretaker of more), an artist and craftsperson, a lover of beauty (and of God)--there are so many things I could say about her, but the thing that stands out the most to me is Karen's heart.
“Beauty sets the heart aright, and opens it to God."
Frederica Mathewes Green
For those who don't know, I live in the Pacific Northwest—Washington state, to be exact. I was born and raised here, so I'm used to the rain for which Washington is known.
I've shared before how much I have a passion for keeping memories . . . seems like I have always gravitated to those things, even as a kid.Example: when I was a kid, if one of our pets died, it was traumatizing to me. I was not able to move through my grief until I'd done something to memorialize my beloved furry friend. Sometimes it was in the form of a poem, other times a childlike, makeshift gravestone. Either way, I was compelled to find a way to keep their memory alive.
I have been ‘chomping at the bit' to attend a photography conference for quite some time. Not only am I interested in the technical information I might add to my repertoire, but I also want to get to know some of my fellow photographers in the Skagit/Whatcom county areas. So, a month ago, I paid a very nominal fee to attend a photography conference in March called Photo Lush in Bellingham, Washington.
I am w-a-a-y-y past due in blogging Nichole and Kodie's wedding! I feel bad about that, but when the flu bug takes a big bite out of your life, whaddya gonna do?
On December 29th, 2012, I was honored to take wedding and reception photos for Nichole and Kodie, who (as you will see), are one heckuva gorgeous couple! Their wedding took place at the beautiful Skagit Valley Casino Resort, which was still decorated with twinkling Christmas lights, adding to the festive and gorgeous atmosphere.