Mukilteo Lighthouse Session

Recently I read this quote from Henri Nouwen in his book Reaching Out:


“Hospitality means primarily the creation of free space where the stranger can enter and become a friend instead of an enemy. Hospitality is not to change people, but to offer them space where change can take place. It is not to bring men and women over to our side, but to offer freedom not disturbed by dividing lines.”


I couldn’t help but think of Addie.  Her hospitality to me has been literal and figurative, and I’m so grateful to call her a friend.  Besides, look how beautiful her family is?


Sunsets at Spencer Island

My friend Bridget showed me Spencer Island for the very first time this summer, and it’s now topping the list of fantastic places to let the kids run free.  So satisfying that her family is the first I get to photograph here, and sunset sessions are my favorite.  

Fall Encaustic Workshop

The leaves are starting to turn and I can hardly wait to heat up my wax and begin to create indoors. If you missed my spring workshop now is your chance to learn this awesome technique. 


November 16th, 2014


Bellingham WA





The 200.00 class fee includes, instruction, wax, glue, tape, three 4×6 or 4×4 boards, sandpaper, and use of all the heat tools needed. I will have additional boards for sale as well, however my sizes will not exceed 5×7 because the larger the piece, the harder it is to work with. You can also purchase boards at Artist and Craftsman in the university district. They are called Elephant cradleboards. Please let me know in advance if you would like to buy the boards from me, so that I purchase enough ahead of time. : )

How incredible would it be if you make your holiday gifts this year?!

To register for the class email me at

I hope to see you in class this November!


Sometimes I think it’s hard to see yourself as others do, especially when you are pregnant. It always astounds me that the women I capture have no idea how gorgeous they are. I recently had the honor of capturing one such woman and I am so glad she decided to do a maternity session! This beautiful woman is carrying twins and is doing a fantastic job! He husband was wonderful and kept saying how lucky he felt. I felt lucky too. She glows. Absolutely glows! Sometimes it takes an outside perspective to see how you truly shine.


We decided to start a new family tradition this year of lighting off paper lanterns the night before the first day of school to bless the new year and bring intention to some areas where we would all like to grow. We began to brainstorm words last week and the kids settled on these: kindness, patience, leadership (standing up for yourself and others), bravery, focus and perseverance. So with great anticipation we set out to light the lantern on the waters edge. I will give you one clue as to why this picturesque location didn’t work….

Did you spot the sailboat? So yeah, the wind plus fire was a no go. We packed up and headed to an ugly parking lot. Seemed like the only place that was less windy.

In case you were wondering, these paper lantern are not easy to light or safe in any way shape or form. It was a gong show to the highest degree.

Lilly’s best Friend came with us too and her face here says it all. SO MUCH WAITING! : ) One 2nd degree burn on my finger later we did it! This pink lantern was Finn’s. We all said his words and sent it off.

Next was Lilly’s lantern. The kids decided to follow it, even though we were yelling “don’t go under it!!!! Burning hot wax! Seriously kids!!!! Stop!”. Oye.


Lucy’s balloon was last. Her word was brave and we all cheered it on and said BRAVE! Lucy closed her eyes and said it in her heart. Such a sweet moment.

We will be doing this again next year for sure. It was worth it. Not at all what I was picturing but I almost like the way it ended up better, ugly parking lot and all.

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