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2013 Is Going to Be BIG!

2013 Is Going to Be BIG!

For a “creative type” I’m pretty left brained. I love setting goals, updating my calendar, making lists, and reorganizing.   For this reason January is one of my favorite months. (That and it’s my birthday month too!) The new year is a great time to look back over the previous year, and then look forward and find new opportunities and ways to improve. Last year I was inspired by a TED talk to make monthly goals that forced me to try something new every 30 days in addition to my regular new year’s resolutions. My monthly goals included a raw foods diet, 60 minutes of cardio every day, reading the scriptures daily for 30 minutes, meditating every morning, etc. Some of the goals worked out great and have become part of my regular routine (I now love going to the gym and I lost 25 lbs last year) and others I will never do again (going without chocolate was terrible!)

This year I’ve created personal goals and business goals. My business goals are as follows:

  • Donate $100,000 to charity.
  • Publish my events and class schedule in January.
  • Create portraits for my clients that go above and beyond their expectations.
  • Add value to each portrait order with brand new “extras” you can’t get anywhere else.

Obviously, I’m going to need some help to meet these goals. My success relies heavily on the generosity of my clients. Together we choose charitable organizations to donate a portion of each session’s proceeds to.  And together, we create beautiful portraits that increase in value year after year.  Below is my 2013 calendar. (Look at that, one goal completed already!) Additional details about these events and classes will be posted in the coming months. If you are interested in participating please contact me directly via email or phone, 425.232.5263.

March 5 – April 2 & April 23 – May 14:

Portrait Photography Class

If you own a DSLR, have a basic understanding of how to use it, and want to take your photography to the next level you’ll love this class!  Over the course of 5 weeks we discuss all kinds of lighting techniques and how to create portraits that evoke emotion while telling a story. More information about this class can be found at the Mill Creek Parks & Recreation website. Register online to participate or check out my blog post to read details about the curriculum from last year. Classes are Tuesday nights at 6:30pm to 7:30pm.

April 5: Free Headshot Friday

Back by popular demand, this event is a perfect opportunity for anyone. We ALL could use an updated, flattering, head shot for social media. During this event you’re donation of 3 or more  non-perishable food items gives you a 10 minute session and free web ready head shot emailed directly to you within 48 hours. You’ll be able to view and choose your favorite portrait instantly. All sessions are held in my amazingly beautiful 4000+ sq studio.  Space for this event fills up quickly, so mark your calendars and call now to get your appointment time. Adults only please. Food donations will go to benefit the Lake Stevens Food Bank.

June 21: “When I grow up…” Portrait Session Event

Does your child dream of being a doctor, love to cook, build with Legos for hours, or sing and dance? This portrait event is designed to capture the essence of childhood and your son/daughter’s unique perspective on life. During each 30 minute session your child will be photographed doing what he/she does best, play pretend. The only exception is that they will be provided real life costumes and props to make their imaginations run wild! Each session will be custom designed with your child’s personality in mind.  This is your chance to capture your child in a new and creative way that you will treasure for generations. Children ages 4-11 are invited. Only 12 sessions available. Additional details to follow.

July 12- Aug. 2: Basic Photography Course

Owners of a new Digital SLR this is the class for you! During this four week course we go on location to learn how to operate your camera. Within a month you’ll be able to shoot in any mode from automatic to full manual. Each week’s class includes guided practice to help you take your photography to the next level.  Locations will be announced in May along with a more specifics about the curriculum. This class is open to anyone 16 years old and up. A digital SLR required and tripod recommended. Classes are held Friday nights from 6pm-8pm.

October 12: Family Portrait Event

Fall is the perfect time for family portraits outside! Booking your mini-portrait session early will give you a head start on Christmas Cards and holiday gifts at the same time you create a updated family portrait for your home. Each 30 minute session will take full advantage of the fall foliage and warm autumn light.  Each session will include a family portrait as well as additional groupings (time permitting), rustic scenery, and complementary hot cocoa to share. So bring your favorite sweater and don’t forget to call and book your appointment now! Groups of 8 people or less please.

There you have it! 2013 is going to be full of great chances to learn and create sophisticated artwork. I hope you’ll join me! Call 425.232.5263 if you need additional information about any of the events or classes scheduled. Please don’t hesitate to share this post with your friends and family. A referral is the best complement I can get and I love to return the favor with gift cards towards your next portrait purchase as well. Talk about a win-win right? Happy New Year all!

Capturing Christmas Morning

Capturing Christmas Morning

In the past I have been guilty of setting up my entire studio lighting kit in my living room with the intent of capturing every moment of Christmas morning. It’s been comforting to know I can capture the magic as it happens with quality exposures and perfectly executed lighting. From the street my neighbors canContinue Reading

Florescent Lighting: A Cheap and Easy Way to Make Beautiful Portraits

Florescent Lighting:  A Cheap and Easy Way to Make Beautiful Portraits

I have really been enjoying teaching my most recent portrait photography class. It’s so fun to hang out with other people who love portraiture as much as I do! Last night we photographed using old fashion florescent tubes as the main lighting source. This is a great way to repurpose something you probably already have in your garage. Best of all,Continue Reading

Photographing Children and Infants

Photographing Children and Infants

Recently I have been teaching a portrait photography course through the Mill Creek Parks and Recreation Department. Tuesday’s class was focused around working with infants and children. I thought it might be helpful to provide some photographic evidence and antidotes about how I’ve gotten great portraits out of children year after year. I’ll do myContinue Reading

Finding Inspiration

Finding Inspiration

“No one is immune to human contact; Art is not made in a vacuum.” -R. B. Kitaj. When I was a student at The Art Institute of Seattle my favorite professor, Raymond Gendreau, would paraphrase the above quote during each class.  Although I can only speculate on his reasoning for the repetition and whatever his motivation,Continue Reading