Captured Faithfule

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Project 365 will resume promise

My siblings and I have shared many things over the years.  Some good and some bad.  Apparently, no matter how old you get, sharing stuff with siblings never ends.  Last week my darling baby sister shared her germs with me (to her credit it was not intentional) and I’ve been under the weather for a few days.  She and my sweet little nephew are praying for me though and I’m feeling a little better today finally.  Hopefully I’ll be back to shooting something every day soon.


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Yesterday was a sad day.  I had to send my buddy back.  The Canon 24-105mm L series lens and I have been like “this” since it arrived a month ago.  Sadly though, our time together was up and I had to send it back so it could be rented by someone else.  Before sending it back, I shot this:


I think I will include this image on my goal poster to help me look forward to the time when I can own this glass.  It really was quite nice to work with.

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Project 365 Day 11

It’s only been about two weeks since I started this Project 365 and already I’m starting to think I look like this from hauling around my camera with me everywhere I go:

The best glass I have in my collection is the 24-105 L series lens that I rented.  Sadly it has to go back today.  I can’t wait till I can make that lens mine.  It’s great for so many things.  At any rate, as my daughter and I ran all over town yesterday, I lugged it with me and on our way to ship some packages we came across this:


It’s sunny and beautiful again today and I again have some errands to run so who knows what I’ll come up with today.  Maybe I’ll even carry my entire camera bag so I’m ready if I see a shot I can’t take because I have the wrong glass with me.   Hopefully there’s something amazing to capture because you can only shoot flowers so many times and keep it interesting right?!?!?

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Project 365 Day 10

“He laid His hands on every one of them, and healed them”  Luke 4:40.


At the Visitors Center for the Portland Oregon Temple stands a Christus.  I kept looking at the outstretched arms and wounded hands and feet  and felt compelled to capture both.


“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”  Isaiah  53:5

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Project 365 Day 9

Life is precious.  Even rodent life.  Our family had a tragedy yesterday that inspired today’s image.  Those of you who read my blog that were friends on my personal Facebook page know that my daughter has three guinea pigs.  One took a serious turn for the worse about 3 days after we got him, but then made a miraculous recover.  Yesterday however, when we came home from our walk, we found him laying in his food bowl covered in his own feces and urine and not breathing.  I’m not even a pet person but cried and cried right along with my darling daughter.  It occurred to me that I need to make a more conscientious choice to include pets more in my family photography and so today I bring you Mo Wild.


We call Mo our teenager.  He’s got a Mohawk  he’s got a white stripe on his forehead (he bleached his hair) and one of his feet are tattooed (not really but it’s white and all the rest are black).  Then, we just noticed today he’s got some bleached (white) whiskers too.  He’s our little rebel.  And yes, that IS an earring you see in his ear.  He had a perfect pierced ear when we got him and it was just screaming for an earring.  While we miss HipHop severely, we have had a good time with Mo today.

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Far better to give than receive

I believe the talent I originally saw in my photography came from God.  This talent, once discovered, has become a skill I’ve worked diligently to improve on over the last year.  It is something I will always work to improve.  What J. Williamson said is true “school is never out for the pro.”  Because I believe it came from God (all good things do right?), it’s something I want to use to glorify and honor Him any chance I get.  It was recently placed on my heart to give sessions to high school seniors in foster care who may not be able to afford senior portraits otherwise.  This offer is open to all Portland/Vancouver area foster kids in need of senior pictures.  Please share this post with anyone who could benefit from this decision. There are no limits to the amount of sessions I’m willing to do and sessions can take place in my home, at the park across the street from me, at Burnt Bridge Creek Trail, Ft. Vancouver, or Delta Park.  If these venues don’t work, I’m happy to discuss other locations and if I can make them happen I will.

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Project 365 Day 8

I’ve been a lot of places…about 30 of the 50 states, maybe more.  Nowhere in all the world is the sky as amazing as in the Northwest.  Check out what it looked like on a family walk I took with my kiddos after church today:


I wonder what this would have looked like if I would have had one of my star-point filters.  Maybe tomorrow’s sky will be as amazing (or better even) and I can find out!

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What to wear

Probably the single most asked question I get is “what do I wear” and there are so many options it’s impossible to cover them all.  Here are a few basic recommendations from Darlene Hildebrandt, teacher at Niagara School of Imaging, and myself:

  • Wear solid colored clothing:    We want to see all of your faces and make sure no one person stands out. If you wear stripes or flowers, you will stand out from the rest of your group.
  • Choose muted tones that are a bit subdued:  This ensures that you are the subject not your clothes and you don’t stand out from the group. Bright colors project (especially reds, oranges, and yellows), which also makes you look larger.
  • Choose similar tones for your top and bottom (both dark or both light) so that one doesn’t look bigger than the other:  White top, dark pants will make your top look bigger.  White pants, dark top will make your butt look bigger.
  • Choose 1-3 colors for your group portrait, ones with similar tones that go nicely together and have everyone work within that color palette: For example: dark green, navy, and burgundy – all dark jewel tones.  OR tan, a lighter olive-green, and denims – all lighter, softer tones.  So that we see the people first and your portrait looks stunning. Wedding group photos look so good because they’re all wearing the same colors and the people stand out!
  • Choose a top with sleeves at least to the elbow: Your arms take up more skin area than your face and will draw attention and it may also make your arms look large.
  • Choose long pants for men/women or a skirt below the knee for women:  This is so your legs don’t take attention from your faces, and you will be able to sit and bend without showing too much leg.
  • Choose dark socks and footwear (unless it’s a barefoot photo on the beach):  White just sticks out like a sore thumb and that’s all you’ll notice in your portrait
  • Keep jewelry simple and m minimalistic:  Too much draws attention from your face
  • Do your hair the way you’d normally do it while wearing these clothes: No fancy up-dos with jeans, no pony tails with evening gowns, etc.  By doing this, your portrait will be more timeless and represent more closely who you are, not just what you look like.
  • If getting a haircut or new hairdo, make your appointment at least 2 weeks before your portrait session:  Fresh hair cuts rarely look their best the same or next day.  Allow some time to live with your new look before your portrait session.
  • Makeup: Just like with a new haircut or style, be sure to try any new colors or looks several days before your session.  Tweeze, wax, or pluck brows at least 48 hours before your session and when choosing eye, cheek and lip colors remember that matte colors are better for photography.  Do use mascara and neutral lip gloss at the bare minimum.  This helps create depth in your image.  Consider bringing lip gloss and a flat, translucent powder along with you if you need to do a touch-up during your session.

For more session tips, please click here.  For more wardrobe tips, check out some sample ideas here.