Sunday, April 10, 2016

Moving Forward

About 4 years ago I decided to step away from doing portrait photography. My life was in turmoil and I need to take some time for myself. I had only planned on taking 1 year off. But one year turned to 4 before I'd even realized how much time had passed. Now I find myself wanting to once again build my portrait photography business. My first step was to re-build my website. I'm excited to announce my website will also be the new location of my blog. This will be my last post on this platform. To continue to follow my photography you can see my updated blog on my new website.

Monday, October 26, 2015


It's been a few years since I've taken senior photos. So I was excited when Kailie asked if I would take hers. I'd taken her sisters senior photos 4 years ago. It was a lot of fun to meet up with this family again.

Kailie is looking forward to her senior year being over. I don't blame her since she gets to go on a cruise with her grandparents next summer. That along with a trip to Hawaii with a friend, Kailie has a lot to look forward to this year. 

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Conquering Fear in Oneonta Gorge

In a previous blog post I told you about a new Meetup group I joined. Early in June I had the opportunity to head out with the group again.

About 2 years ago I heard about a location in the Columbia River Gorge that I had to see. I looked up pictures of Oneonta Gorge on the Internet and read everything I could find. My desire to visit this location grew. But having never been to the location I was reluctant to go alone. This wasn’t your normal hike. This was a hike through a river that at times got 5 feet deep. Not to mention the logjam you had to climb over before you can really begin the hike.

I’d been trying to find someone to go with me for 2 years with no luck. So imagine my excitement when my meetup group decided to go. By the time I went to sign up all the slots were taken so I put my name on the wait list.

A couple weeks before the scheduled day I got the notification that I could go. What was my initial response . . . fear. I immediately thought "I can’t go, I need to decline". I’m not completely sure what triggered my initial fear. Most likely fear of the unknown. I’d never been to the location, I didn’t know what exactly to expect.

After about a day of trying to decide if I should go I realized something. I was letting FEAR GET IN THE WAY of something I had wanted to do for over 2 years!! How ridiculous!!

From that moment I decided I was going, no matter how scared I was. And fear turned into a spirit of adventure.

Once we got to the location, excitement and trepidation intermingled. The logjam was huge. More like a log wall. Because I’m not the most coordinated person, and the logs were wet and slippery, I was a little worried. But I went slow and made it to the other side.

After crossing the log wall, we walked through the river stopping to take photo’s every few feet. It was so much fun to walk through a river instead of on a dusty trail. Even though the water was cold, it was a blast!

Then came the section of the river that was chest deep. I started wading into the deeper water with my camera over my head. As the water slowly rose it was exciting. Then the water got to my chest. I started to panic. (Having nearly drown in high school, water and I are on tenuous terms.) The cold river water felt like a band tightening around my chest and I found it hard to breath. To calm myself down I started talking to myself. “You are ok, you can still touch the ground, just keep breathing” were repeated over and over until I got back to shallow water. It was then I could begin to see the waterfall.

At first it was just hints of the waterfall around the edges of the rock walls. The sound of the waterfall grew louder as we got closer. Then we walked around a corner and there it was. The waterfall was tall and graceful surrounded by the lush green walls of the gorge.  

If I had let my fear control me and stop me from going, I would never have experienced the adventure of hiking through a river, crossing over a logjam and wading through deep water. I would never have seen the waterfall that made the journey worth it. 
                                                                              This photo does not accurately convey the size of the logjam. ;)
                                                            Besides crossing the logjam we also had to cross over random logs laying across the river.
                                                                                   Can you see the hint of waterfall in the photo above?

                                                                                             Looking back over the way we had come.
                                                                                          I had to get one last shot before we left.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Powell Butte and The Beginning of a New Journey

Two and a half years ago I began a new journey in my life. I started graduate school to become a counselor. I wrote a little about my decision to go back to school in an earlier post. It has been a long hard journey and I learned a lot about myself in the process. After 2 1/2 years of the most intensive schooling I've ever been through I am DONE. Now its time for me to begin a new journey helping others.

To celebrate the completion of school, on the day we turned in our very last assignment, my classmate and I went to Powell Butte in Portland. Its a beautiful, peaceful place in the middle of Portland. You can walk the park trials in solitude or while chatting with a friend. You can find a quite spot to sit and enjoy the nature around you, or you can stop every few feet to take pictures.

                                                                                  I loved watching how the light danced through the trees.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Seattle for Spring Break

A few days before Spring Break one of my friends asked me if I'd like to take a day trip to Seattle with her and her daughter. My first reaction was "I can't". But after thinking about it realized there was no reason why I couldn't go. It had been so long since I'd done something spontaneous, so I decided to say "Yes".

                                                                                            The Chihuly glass exhibit was truly beautiful.

                                                        I don't often shoot reflection selfies, but I thought this one with the Space Needle was fun.
                                      The glass chandeliers really had me captivated. All the different shapes and twisty turns of the glass was intriguing.
                                                             We took a tour boat ride and I was able to capture this view of Seattle from the sound.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A Trip to Oceanside

In an effort to meet some local photographers I joined a Meetup group dedicated to hiking and photography. I joined this group because I wanted to explore more than just the tourist locations I know so well. I also wanted to make some new friends while exploring. It took me a while to build up the courage to actually attend one of the meet ups. My school and work schedule got in the way a few times. But in truth a little social anxiety played a role in my delay as well. 

When they planned a trip to the coast, I know it was time for me to join. I knew the Oregon Coast well enough, I at least knew what I was getting into. And though we were going to an area I'd never been, I was comfortable enough to join. 

We got up super early so we could be on the beach before the tide came in. Much of this part of the beach is only accessible during low tide. Even though I had to get up at 3:30am, I'm so glad I went. The group was friendly and the location beautiful.

I've always wanted to see actual starfish outside of an aquarium. But I've never found them on the coast. Now I know why. They are all on a small stretch of beach outside of Oceanside. There were tide pools and starfish everywhere. Not to mention waterfalls and caves. I will definitely need to go back to Oceanside.

                                 For some reason the above photo feels like a scene from a fantasy movie . . . like it doesn't really belong in this world.

                                                                             I think this photo of the starfish is one of my favorites of the day.

                                                2 minutes after I took this photo the starfish and the rock it's attached to were completely under water.
 This was the only picture I got from the caves. The water was dripping off the walls and I found the water drops more interesting than the caves themselves.