Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Josh + Heather and their little Darlings

Yes, another cold stormy winter day of shooting! I love harsh weather in photos, but I need to make sure everyone is keeping warm and toasty at the same time. It was a joy to capture the Schmitt family on digital film. :) Josh and Heather have 2 super sweet and beautiful daughters Faith and Ryleigh. I was so stunned to see such vibrant beautiful blue eyes on these girls, but that is probably because Josh and Heather have stunning blue eyes themselves! Just look! After a few family shots, I took Josh and Heather out for some more romantic photos! ;) They were up for anything, no matter how chilly it was! Enjoy....

Cheers,
jewels
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And check out these eyes!

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Ok, so I told Heather to kiss Josh, and put her leg up at the same time...something was lost in translation. She gave me this...
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I was hoping for something more like this... :)
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Saturday, January 26, 2008

Does anyone want some cookies?

I made chocolate chip cookies today. I love to mix those tiny milk- chocolate chips with the Ghirardelli semi-sweet big chocolate chips. They are so delicious! Wish I could share them with you all!

Cheers,
jewels

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Friday, January 25, 2008

Big Surprise............

click HERE

Cheers,
jewels

Thursday, January 17, 2008

The Bunnell Family

This last fall, I donated a photo package to Whatcom County's annual Young Life Dinner and Auction. I didn't know what to expect, but when I received a call from Mrs. Gini Bunnell, I was excited that someone had won my donation. The weather was cold and blustery, with the occasional snowfall, so we opted to do the photoshoot inside their beautiful condo overlooking all of Bellingham, and the Bay. I was welcomed with a warm cup of coffee, and immediately upon entering their home I was captivated by the amazing paintings adorning the walls. It turns out that Gini is a gifted artist. I could have stayed all day just to look at her art. I might have to take lessons from her one of these days! It was a pleasure to meet your beautiful family. I hope you enjoy the memories on film! :)

Cheers,
jewels

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Monday, January 14, 2008

Painted

I know this wonderfully talented artist, Kaz, who takes photos then alters them into digital paintings. I love the different textures and vibrant colors in her paintings. Please check her out by clicking on her name, they are fun to look at. Below you will find the photo of mine she chose to paint. This is a bridal photo from Curt and Katie's session last summer.

Cheers,
jewels

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Friday, January 11, 2008

The Kiss

Ok, so I keep thinking that I will not blog out of order, but I cannot help it again! I'm almost finished editing photos of Josh and Heather and their two lovely daughters, and this photo has stood out to me from the beginning! I look at it, and feel like I'm spying on their moment, as though I shouldn't have been there for "The Kiss." This was taken right after sunset, so there is just enough light to see their faces, but it is still dark and mysterious!

After I blog some more in order, I'll finish posting photos from their session!

Cheers,
jewels
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Sunday, January 6, 2008

POTD

Here's my Photo Of The Day. (I'll probably be good for photo of the week). This weeks theme is "focus into 2008."

f5.6 @ 1/250 ISO 200 Auto WB. :) I love that the "s" is out of focus, on the word "focus." I guess it adds to the irony! This is a long telescope used to watch sailboats in Bellingham Bay. The second photo is me trying to focus about a foot into the other end of the scope, I thought it would be a cool self portrait. (It didn't work) HA!

Cheers,
jewels

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Saturday, January 5, 2008

I have good friends :)

Remember that songwriter, Sara Bareilles, I posted on my blog? Well as a thank-you gift from Dee (see maternity photos below), she bought me the CD! :) I'm so excited. I've been listening to it everyday. Thank you so much Dee.

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The Kubs and Susan's Hair

The Kubanda's have been my 2nd family for as long as I can remember. Justine, their daughter, and I have lived more like sisters than friends. (I have the scars to prove it!) One of my most memorable summer's was the time I lived in Tucson with Justine and her grandparents, Nonna and Nunu. Nonna and Nunu not only employed me at their landscaping company, but also gave me room and board with Justine. Among the many "lessons" I learned while down there, I will never forget Nunu murmuring, "The squeaky wheel gets the grease." If you know Nunu, and his strong Italian background, you'd understand this better. His sayings continue to encourage me daily!

Anyways, during a quick visit to my hometown a couple weeks ago, I was able to snap a few photos of Mike and Susan, and their son Carman. Their other children, Justine and Gabe, live in other states, but we had to get the photos quick because Susan's hair was about to fall out. Almost 2 months ago, Susan was diagnosed with lymphoma breast cancer. She quickly began chemotherapy, but wanted some photos of her hair before it all fell out!

I learned that the morning after we did the photos, she awoke to the first strands of lost hair on her pillow. Christmas Morning (in Tucson, at Nonna and Nunu's house!) I still have yet to see what it looks like now! I'm sure it can't look that crazy since she has such a beautiful face!

Cheers,
jewels

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Thursday, January 3, 2008

The Website is almost done.....

Here are some more sneak peeks at my website which will launch very very soon! I am so excited!

Cheers,
jewels




The Splash Page
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The Home Page
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And the Contact Section
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Wednesday, January 2, 2008

North Carolina meets Washington

Is it OK to blog out of order? I almost feel rebellious doing so, but I just can't help it right now! :) I was so privileged to photograph Tonya, Rex, Mikayla and Dylan. They left the warmer North Carolina weather to be together as a family in Bellingham. Dressed warmly, I took them out in the cold Washington winter weather!!! Yes, we visited some indoor locations, but they held out better than I did! Tonya dropped her watch in the bay, but braving the cold, retrieved it safely, and with only a little bit of water (38 degrees) up her legs!! I had so much fun photographing your family, and visiting over hot coffee afterwards! Thank you for choosing me to be your photographer!! I love your photos.

Cheers,
jewels

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Madeline's First Ballet Recital

Madeline, at the young age of 4, danced as a sheep in "We Danced our Best for Him." It is Dancing For Joy's" annual Christmas Recital. The best part was watching her wave histarically me when she found me in the audience. Many thanks to Eric Dustrude and his wife for letting me share front row seats to photograph! :)

Madeline's ballet teacher, Amanda, played Mary as seen in a few of the following photos.

Cheers,
jewels


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Madeline is in the Middle. :)
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