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Sunday, January 7, 2018

2018 Week 1 Self Portrait

I joined a group that was doing a photo a week for 2018. Figured I could use it as inspiration to create more this year. Although I have an entire binder full of ideas, I usually slack and never get them done. Thought this was a good way to keep me motivated and use the key word as a springboard.

The first week was "Self Portrait". A little easier for me since I shoot mostly self portraits. So I thought I would have it be more of what my passion is and what would represent me and then go from there. Of course that would be a camera. Since I already did a photo last year where the camera on a tripod and me merged to make one, I thought I would just do something simple. Just me sitting on my camera on a shelf.

"Sit and Shoot"
Self Portraits are a way of revealing something about oneself - Eric Kandel

So what will I reveal in 2018!

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Pumpkin Family

Pumpkin Family

Happy October everyone!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016


"You see things. You keep quiet about them. And you understand." - The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Some of you reading this will say that this photo is perfect for me. The wallflower/shy one who stands by the back wall and just takes everything in while not needing to speak. Others will be shocked that I could even identify with this type of image at all. I've always been both types. I can be the life of the party and very outgoing when it's a setting I am comfortable in or know everyone. But put me in a place with all new people and it takes some time for me to warm up (and others to warm up to me).

I don't make friends easy. I can be really shy in person and it can come across as rude or standoffish. I don't want to talk to everyone at the store. I don't want to make phone calls. I'm not as comfortable around strangers. Very introvertish. But once you get to know me, I can be funny and crazy. Especially if we meet or group up at some sort of activity that I am very passionate about. I am very comfortable in photography settings. I use to have a blast at scrapbook conventions. I can start a photography conversation with anyone. I can jump right in with any person because I know and love the topic.

In general many of my self portraits show my more outgoing, crazy, silly, fun side. I wanted to do one that showed the other side of me as well. The person that has many times blended into the wall and was the person that someone might say "was Angela here tonight?".

This is that portrait :)

Friday, September 23, 2016

Still Life

Still Life

"Learning how to be still, to really be still and let life happen - that stillness becomes radiance." - Morgan Freeman

I've had the idea to do a lamp on my head for a few months but never got around to shooting it. I just didn't quite know how I wanted it to work and then it hit me that I could be the lamp on a table.

Monday, September 19, 2016


verb re·charge \(ˌ)rē-ˈchärj\
to regain your energy and strength

A fun easy one that I'm sure everyone can relate to. There are times when we just all need a moment to recharge ourselves :)

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Self Portrait

Self Portrait

"The camera is much more than a recording apparatus. It is a medium via which messages reach us from another world". - Orson Welles

I love when an idea is quick and easy. I shot this in about 10 minutes and the edit took about an hour. It hasn't even been 24 hours since I started. So many of my portraits are well thought out and take lots of time and thoughtful preparation and post editing, so its nice when I have an idea that can be done start to finish in one day.

I've had this idea for about 3 weeks and was born out of an idea to take the meaning of "self portrait" to another level. I have taken self portraits for about 5-6 years now and at times my camera on its tripod is just as much "me" as me and is just as important in the process. So when I started to think of ways to showcase "self portrait", the idea to merge these two ideas was born and create the ultimate self portrait of myself :)

Thursday, September 1, 2016


"Every adventure requires a first step". - The Cheshire Cat

Last September I set out to grow in my photography journey. I wanted to create photographs that were more art pieces and dive into fine art with my creative ideas. This was the first photo I created with that mindset. And I am very happy to announce that almost a year later it will be hanging at the Washington State Fair as the winner of the Fair Medal of Originality in Large Color in the Northwest International Exhibition of Photography! I could not be more excited that they chose this photograph as a winner since it really brings me full circle from where I was a year ago at this time.  

This photo was born out of an idea when I acquired the umbrella from my Great-Aunt Alice when she had to move and give away many of her belongings. I ended up with this umbrella and as soon as it was in my hand, I KNEW I would use it for an Alice in Wonderland themed self portrait. It didn't take long for me to sketch out that idea and come up with what you see above.

The below video gives some tidbits of what I was thinking right after I shot this photo back in September 2015. It gives some behind the scenes stuff and why I choose what I did.

While doing this self portrait I was live on Periscope for the first time. Unfortunately the video of me shooting is corrupted and after several attempts to get it to work, I'm pretty sure its gone, but a few of you got to watch it live :) However I do still have the follow up Periscope and that is here:

(or you can see it on you tube at this LINK)

Go and see this portrait at the Washington State Fair from September 2-25!

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