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This time last year studio photography was the last thing on my mind.   I never thought I'd love studio. 

But then I started borrowing equipment for a creative shoot, and realized it was something I was interested.  You know, JUST for the creative stuff.   And then I got some of my own equipment and started playing with it and found a new love.   There is something so beautiful and classic about it.  No distractions.  Nothing but your subject and the camera.  I find myself loving this work more than my outdoor location shooting.   And in a state where we recieve more rain than sun, it's amazing to be able to just set a day/time and be able to stick to it.

I get so excited about setting the studio up.  It's nothing fancy.  I work out of my garage, it is seriously low key.  But the space that I have is enormous.  I can do things in there that I wouldn't be able to achieve in so many other spaces since the ceilings are so high.  It also gives me a lot of room to move around and be able to pull things in and out of the frame easily.

One of the first studio shoots I did was in my kitchen with three friends.  Two stylists and another photographer meant that we had fun playing dress up.  Here are just a few of our vintage shoot.

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On that same day, a neighbor from down the street came over for some maternity pictures.  Full body images are certainly hard to take when I'm set up in the kitchen, so I was really looking forward to moving out to the garage once things warmed up.


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That last image was taken standing on my counter - sometimes the kitchen has it's advantages.  The biggest one being the comfort factor, especially during the colder days as I soon to find out with Heather who was having her sixth little peanut!   It wasn't too bad in the garage, but not somewhere you want to hang out for a long time when it's cold out.   I'm just waiting for us to build a shed now, so we can seal the floors and maybe get a heater out there.

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To keep babies and mom comfortable, I do love being in the kitchen - it creates a warm and welcoming space with everything you need close at hand such as washcloths and coffee.




And thus began my new love.  It's low key, allows for a relaxed shoot, it's consistent - I don't have to worry about rain or worse, a clear bright day - I can play with light, shaping and moulding the look I want to achieve, and it works for so many kinds of photography.    I'm looking at making this a staple in my business.  It's not something typically done in Whatcom county so I love that it sets me apart in a very saturated market.  One of the biggest things I love about it is that I don't have to find a sitter for the kids if they're home during a shoot.  It makes timing easy - not having to wait for golden hour or low tide, wondering if Artist point is open, etc, etc.   And it gives me a clean background to work on so many different projects.   I can't wait to see where studio takes me next (it's another floral collaborative project ;) )

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  • located in Lynden, Washington only 25 minutes away from Bellingham, Washington, an hour and a half from Vancouver, BC Canada and two and a half from Seattle,WA
  • Maternity, motherhood, kids, families, dance, boudoir photography.
  • images feature hair and makeup by Laurel Does Hair and Arista Beauty Co.
  • Floral projects witht the help of Botanikal and Pozie by Natalie
  • Gowns mostly by Sew Trendy Accessories
  • Lighting used - Paul C Buff Alien B500 and Alien B1600
  • Images shot on Canon 5DMkiii - lenses vary but mostly Sigma 35 art and Sigma 85
  • Images edited with a mix of Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop CS5