Category archives: Commercial

Rococo Dreams

Rococo Dreams
Sometimes my ideas tell a story, sometimes they make a statement, and sometimes they are just built around a color palette, a feeling, or an element of nature. About three years ago I started thinking about doing a conceptual shoot with a Rococo vibe (I love the colors, the motifs, the sheer over-the-topness of it), but like most of my ideas it didn't see the light of[...]

Red Salon Aveda Holiday Show

Red Salon Aveda Holiday Show
Another super fun holiday artwalk show put on by Red Salon Aveda here in Anacortes. Showcasing the paintings of Terry MacDonald (also used as the backdrops for these images), the ah-mazing team of Rainchild Stylist, Kelsey Ekstrom, Astrid Wight and Corinna Carter who created these looks inspired by the paintings on display that evening. Always so much fun to be a part[...]

Fine Art Creative Portraits {And a new website!}

Fine Art Creative Portraits {And a new website!}
So - I have just launched my new website in an effort to highlight a new direction I am taking my business. While weddings and various types of contemporary portraiture are still my mainstay, I have been making more and more room for something (for lack of a better descriptor) I am calling "Fine Art Creative Portraits". This type of portrait has been a natural outg[...]

Vintage Scandinavian Elopement

Vintage Scandinavian Elopement
So I had this idea in my head for a vintage Scandinavian elopement styled shoot...I envisioned snow, a dramatic mountain as the backdrop, and a couple of wolf-ish looking dogs to go with the bride and groom. Well, easier said than done - especially in the west Cascades. Weather and scheduling everyone involved was really problematic, but I couldn't let go of the idea.[...]

Amélie Concept Shoot

Amélie Concept Shoot
What happens when you are chatting with your client about her upcoming senior session, and she mentions her favorite movie Amélie (which also happens to be one of mine - which immediately got me excited), asking if we could take a couple of shots inspired by it? Did I mention I got excited? Once it was on the table, I knew that I wanted to do a whole shoot around the [...]

Artistic Growth and Branding

Artistic Growth and Branding
I recently saw a brief comment by another photographer that touched on something that has been on my mind for the past couple of years in a vague, somewhat oppressive way. In that moment, the form of what had been eating at me took shape and gained clarity. I wonder how many other artists have been struggling with the same thing, unable to articulate it, but feeling i[...]

SODO Styled Shoot

SODO Styled Shoot
This SODO styled shoot was inspired by - and celebrating, that gay marriage is now legal. We wanted to show an idea for a sophisticated, upscale urban vibe for a lesbian wedding.  For a couple of grown-up girls with couture tastes looking to make a different statement on their wedding day... to pair cutting edge fashion (a sleek two-piece pantsuit, an elegant gown) wi[...]

Simply Bridal Styled Shoot

Simply Bridal Styled Shoot
Simply Bridal Styled Shoot This shoot was originally supposed to be shot outside, but the Pacific Northwest being what it is, we got thoroughly skunked and had to go to Plan B. (You always have to have a Plan B in the PNW!). It rained, it poured, the wind kicked up...ya know, the usual. We started at the beautiful Volunteer Park Conservatory which was fairly packed[...]

Mad Max {Red Salon}

Mad Max {Red Salon}
If you live in Anacortes - or nearby, you probably know about the themed holiday shows that Aveda Concept Red Salon puts on every year....and if you've been a fan from the beginning, you know they just get better every year. Well, pretty sure this year the team of creatives knocked it out of the park with their Mad Max theme. I can't stress enough how much work goe[...]

French Knot Couture

French Knot Couture
French Knot Couture Spring Collection 2016 How lovely are these soft pastels in the French Knot Couture Spring Collection?! Light and airy, and full of potential for swishing your way through your day., these classic beauties have such lovely little details whether you're coming or going.  This was a super fun shoot - and we were graced with sunshine! A huge shout ou[...]

Rooftop Elegance & Couture Dresses

Rooftop Elegance & Couture Dresses
A little rooftop elegance and couture dresses for you today...This fast paced shoot during business hours was so much fun with our great models, Jane, EJ, and Ryan...and we lucked out with some great weather (although it was a bit windy up on the roof!). Shot at the historic Majestic Inn & Spa, and in the ballroom and rooftop lounge in their new addition, it wa[...]

2015: Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes…

2015: Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes...
"Still don't know what I was waitin' for..." David Bowie is in my head this morning. 2015 is in my head this morning. It's just another year, right? Right. No big deal...I'm even past the whole resolution thing. It's not a resolution I need - it's a paradigm shift. It's been percolating all year - a loop tape in the background of everything else going on around [...]

Red Salon: Birds of a Feather

Red Salon: Birds of a Feather
Red Salon: Birds of a Feather If you live in Anacortes, you know that every year for the December Artwalk, Red Salon puts on their holiday party....throwing open their doors to the public with a different theme every time. Each year, five models are transformed by the talents of Kelsey Ekstrom Hair & Makeup Artist, Rainchild Stylist, and this year House of Paloma[...]

Couture Bridal Shoot

Couture Bridal Shoot
French Knot Couture Bridal Shoot Loved this styled shoot for wedding dress designer Colleen Thorsen of French Knot Couture. Shot at the Captain Whidbey Inn on Whidbey Island, Washington, our fabulous models braved the freezing cold as we held our breath the entire time hoping we would get through before it started raining. We lucked out, but not before the models han[...]