The more things change ...

As we say goodbye to 2015, I'm also saying goodbye to my studio in Kirkland. The signs came down today and the doors will close on Dec 31st. It's been a great space to work and shoot in over the last few years and was a central location to operate from. I appreciate family, clients and friends who supported me. Thank you to all of you!

As a photographer and a designer, I made some decisions and changes that included working as a designer first again, and photographer, second. I'll still be shooting some corporate events and also doing portrait work by special request.

As a designer, I provide project and product design collateral for company marketing and communication campaigns. I've been working as designer for over seventeen years and I'm happy to continue my work with a small group of creatives that provide consulting, writing and design assistance to local and global companies.

There will be some changes to my website over the next few months to reflect the changes in my business and my latest work.

Merry Christmas, happy holidays and may your 2016 be a great one!

Help raise funds for a new picnic shelter at Waverly Beach Park

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I don't normally post items like this, but this is a community supported effort and is a good way to give back to the community your work or live in.

The Kirkland Parks Foundation (‘KPF’) is collaborating with the Rotary Club of Kirkland and the City of Kirkland to raise funds for a new picnic shelter at Waverly Beach Park. The newly formed KPF has a goal of raising $50,000 of the total $150,000 project cost with the help of the community.

The funding is due to be completed by June of 2015 and then the project will be put out to bid. The construction is scheduled to begin fall of 2015 with a targeted completion date of the spring of 2016.

Kirkland currently has four picnic shelters throughout the community and they are utilized extensively for community enhancing events such as family barbeques, neighborhood picnics, etc. The addition of a picnic shelter at Waverly Beach Park would bring the total picnic shelters to five and it would be only the second one with beach access. These facilities are free for the public’s use or can be reserved in advance for a reasonable fee.

To learn more about this project and the new Kirkland Parks Foundation, visit the KPF website - https://www.kirklandparksfoundation.org or call 425-298-4046.

Get on the contact list for the Kirkland Parks Foundation.

Make a donation to the Waverly Beach Picnic shelter. KPF was established in 2014 as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization so all donations are tax-deductible.

How it Happens

January, 2015, has come and is almost gone and so much has already happened in this short time. Minutes turn to hours, hours to days and before you know it, another month will have flown by.

What are your plans this year? Did you make a few New Years resolutions? Are they still intact? It's good to have goals and to watch some of those goals come to fruition. Many things will happen, and we set off to make them happen, but most times, they happen in ways that we couldn't have predicted. Life is that way, and it would be rather boring if it was so predictable.

As I was thinking about this last year and what I wanted to change or improve, I thought about the people—friends, family, co-workers—everyone who may be part of that change or affected by it. So it's no wonder that in order to get from A to B, the path may be as straight as Lombard Street.

I hope for you this year that you may do that thing you've always wanted to do, start that thing you've always wanted to start or be that person you've always wanted to be. How you get there and the experiences you have will be the best part of the journey.

 

Family and the Holidays

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It's hard to believe it's that time of year again. November is here and we are fast-approaching Thanksgiving and the Holiday season. It's a time when families get together for celebrations, and also a time to begin to think about cards, photos and who's going to write the infamous family letter.

Plan now to get some fun fall photos for your card. We can shoot your photos outdoors in between storms, or in our studio. It also doesn't have to be a big formal event, but something casual that can be centered around a planned outing or even with a snowman after the first snowstorm. We're pretty flexible and if you have a grand plan in place, let us know and we'll be there.

No matter your preference, plan now and contact us to schedule your photos and then sit back and enjoy the Holidays knowing you were out in front of it this year :).

High School Senior Portraits

Labor Day is upon us and what follows is the beginning of a new school year. If you're lucking enough to be a Senior this year, that also means that Senior Portraits may also be in your near future.

Many schools, both public and private, request Senior photos earlier in the year so now is the time to schedule your shoot.
You'll get better weather (if done outside), a better selection of times/dates and also be the first to show off your new Senior photos to friends and family.

Speaking of family, why not include a friend and/or family members with you as well. There's no extra charge and it will be a memory that you'll have forever!

Contact us today to schedule your Senior shoot and look forward to the rest of your 2014-15 Senior Year.

You Oughta be in Pictures

Remember all those trips you took and someone was always missing from the photos? It's time for you to be get back in the picture and enjoy your family and friends. School's out, vacations are in full force and we have a way for you to truly enjoy your next vacation, retreat or special occasion, whether this year or beyond.

A little background. As a professional photographer, I take a lot of photos...it goes without saying right? When I get a break and take a vacation, I usually leave all the equipment behind, grab my little point and shoot, and even with that, take it out only for a few "we were here" type of shots. I want to enjoy and actually experience my vacation and not photograph it and experience it later. Does this sound familiar? Do you spend half your time taking pics which end up blurry or never leave your cell phone? Is the family tired of mom/dad taking their photo for the 100th time? "Selfies" anyone? If you're the type who likes to photograph every moment of your vacation then read no further.

If you'd like to leave all the gadgets behind but still have those moments to remember, then this may be just the ticket for you.

Imagine taking a wonderful vacation or going on a retreat with your family, loved ones or friends, and enjoying each moment, camera/gadget-free. A few days later after arriving home, you're sent a link to all your photos of all those great memories you just had. But wait, who took those photos? That's where we come in!

What we're offering:

  • We meet you on your vacation, retreat or other special occasion and tag along with you to capture all your best memories.
  • You get to enjoy your vacation and have professional photos of it without the hassle. You cover the travel expenses plus a fee for the service and I provide all your memories.
  • Every outing is different and we will work with you to find the right balance, but generally, our shoot fee will be around $800-2,500 for the entire trip. All the photos (low/high resolution) we take are included in the package.

This isn't for everyone, but having professional photos of a family retreat, reunion or other outing without missing any of the action may be the perfect way to go. Contact us today to discuss your next camera-free vacation or retreat and find out what you've been missing.