Happy Saturday! It is sunny with a light wind today in Seattle Washington and I am loving it. Feels good as I am uploading this gorgeous film for you.
I had an absolute blast hiking to Rattlesnake Ledge with my good friend Inna. This hike is about 4 miles round trip and is a pretty easy hike in North Bend, Washington. Take it from me who is crazy out of shape. The snow cleared up fast so that isn’t something you need to worry about this Spring if you were hoping out getting out there. This film was taken on the Ledge of the first view. There is a second view that is further up.
Inna did not hike up in her stylish boots or dress. We took a breather on the ledge, ate some lunch and then she changed. I am looking into purchasing a portable changing room for clients to make this process a little more professional and comfortable. These changing rooms are about $40.00 and I would recommend also looking into one if these are shoots you’re interested in doing with clients. Or even just with friends.
April showers brings May flowers! And April is bringing on the showers. There has been rain all day and 20 mph winds that are supposed to last until 10:00pm (PST) tonight. Would you believe me if I told you yesterday embodied a warm summer’s day?
Yesterday I convinced my older brother to go on a bike ride with me. After work I rushed into his room with a smile on my face declaring its bike riding time due to the sunny weather outside. It took a second to convince him since the bicycles were hung up on the ceiling in the garage out of reach from any normal human being. It took muscles and a lot of brains (mostly a lot of muscle) to get the bikes down a tires pumped up. Don’t tell my sister but I may have borrowed her bike without asking. By the time we were finally ready to go out on the riding sunset was fifteen minutes away.
As we were riding the difficulty level was extreme. And after my brother made fun of me for being so slow we figured out there was something wrong with the bike. Now, I am not a bike expert but I believe the brakes were too tight and were putting pressure on the wheels. Let me tell ya! That was one of the hardest bicycle rides I have ever been on. It was like pedaling through a desert. When I got home I was sweating and had spaghetti legs. I think I am going to have to bring my sister’s bike to work and let a real exert take a look at it (I work for a bicycle company).
Long story short here are some images from a sunnier day than today. Inna killing it yet again.
I have been drooling since Monday night over these images. Not everyone knows this but I work full time for a bicycle company in the Seattle area. And when I am not working there I am squeezing trips, adventures and photography into every extra second. Tonight was the night to buckle down and go through the film. I took some alone time and drove to Noir Cafe located in Federal Way. I had a much needed BLT sandwich along with ginger tea and a chocolate cheesecake to munch on the rest of the night. I hope the cafe doesn’t kick me out. I am pretty sure I have been here for four hours… Oops! I didn’t even realize that until now. Don’t worry Noir employees I will be leaving right after I post this blog post.
I want to give you a little look into Inna and my friendship. I had a sunset shoot planned with another friend after work however due to health complications she had to cancel last minute and I was left ready for a photoshoot with no one to pose for me. So, I thought of my beautiful photogenic friend Inna. She was busy going to her grandmothers place in Olympia however quick on our feet a couple text messages later we were meeting up for a short car trip over a bridge and through the woods to grandmother’s house. Aren’t those friends just the best? The ones you can randomly tag along on an adventure with. Car rides with Inna and her little brother are gold in my book. These pictures represent the warmth inside my heart from a nice Monday night.
I really hope you enjoy these photos as much as I have. My editing skills need some improvement. I am sure we all know practice makes perfect! We hope anyway. *insert windy face*
This session was taken a while back however this Sunday morning I awoke with the sick bug. Where Sunday mornings are for church today I am staying in bed sipping a nice warm cup of tea followed up by ice cold water. Unable to fall back to sleep I found myself checking on some old sessions and couldn’t believe I hadn’t shared this one with you yet. This session is so cute and fun I hope you enjoy.
Gabby and I had this session right in her bedroom with the curtains drawn back for the soft natural lighting. I can’t get over her intense blue and green eyes. She’s sporting one of my lovely grey sweaters. What are sisters for if not to steal each other’s clothing.
Stay warm or cool (depending on your location), eat fruit and veggies and keep that sick bug away.
Rain in Washington!? No way! Yes way. Holy cow! The days have been an on and off down pour to sun kissed cheeks and back to rain. It just so happens I lucked out and got rain every photo session I have had this past week. Thats okay though because I live in Washington and would expect no less. But, Sarah and I really did luck out because the sun showed long enough to snap a few sunny photos. I would like to congratulate this girl on graduating from UW Tacoma. Thank you for walking in the rain in heals and allowing me to capture these sweet moments for you.
The first stop we went to was the Point Defiance Rose Garden in Tacoma then took a shower at Silver Cloud Inn – Tacoma Waterfront. Small little fact; I had my high school senior photos taken at this Rose Garden. Oh, the memories of a round faced, frizzy haired teenager. You ever look back at photos and think ‘why in the world would do my hair like that’ or ‘why in the world did I wake up in the morning and put that outfit on’. Well, I do! All in good humor of course. I wonder what future Rachel is going to think about what I am wearing right now… Anyway, hope you enjoy this session as much as I did.
Happy almost sixteenth birthday Gabby. My sister Gabby is turning 16 this week and I am so excited for her. Of course the party planning was saved for the last minute. Originally we planned to go on a hike with her friends however we ended up not having enough car space. So, the day before Gabby’s party she let us know her big plans. We needed to figure out how to have an outside movie with a fire, smores and enough snacks to feed an army. Along with this we had to prepare ourselves for the worst which in this case would be rain. We made a couple quick stops to Fred Meyer (junk food), Joann’s (mason jar wire hangers), Lowe’s (tubing), Good Will (sheet) and Party City (sixteen balloon gold). Gabby and I worked together to create a screen for the projector which turned out great. However, our father brought home a projector screen and hung it in the trees which proved to looked better. We’re glad that he only acquired a rope burn when he slipped and fell off the tree. After Red Robbin for dinner we headed home to quickly set up everything so the party could get started. The decorations and electronics didn’t go outside until we got home from dinner. With a few more decorations brought by Gabby’s friend we created an amazing fireside / outside movie ambiance which was to die for. Here are a few pictures from last night. Hope you enjoy.
Inna and I had a grand time dancing in the rain. Hanging out with this lady is rejuvenating. We went to Weyerhaeuser in Federal Way which is absolutely gorgeous. Since I live in Washington I have become accustomed to the rain not ruining shoots but adding its own element to the photos. Something to note for fellow photographers is to purchase rain covers for your camera. I didn’t use one for this shoot since we were mostly under cover when it was raining hard. I have used the covers in downtown Seattle and on hikes. I’m okay with my hair and clothes getting wet but I’d love my camera to stay nice a dry.
After Weyerhaeuser we made our way to Bluebeard Coffee Roasters in Tacoma. This place was very indie or you could use the word hipster. I recommend checking this coffee shop out. After relaxing for a bit with a warm drink we made our way to Scorpio thrift store in Tacoma. This thrift store was small but had a few antics with some great retro finds. If you’re into 1920 dresses or big comfy sweaters I’d suggest you check this place out as well. Across the street from the thrift store was HI-Voltage Records which we stopped in at and bought a couple records each.
To complete the day we ate dinner at The Table on the same strip as the thrift store. This restaurant was to die for. The customer service was out of this world and the food is heavenly. Everything is locally produced and formed into plate masterpieces. The atmosphere is relaxing, clean and delightful.