2016 Bainbridge Island High School Senior, Cora, loves fashion, style and anything purple! Her natural and simple style is what motivated us to include some time at the beach but her hipster side took us straight to the bunker. Yoga and workouts keep her dancer's body in shape even if she does love Ben & Jerry's Phish Phood! Texting, movies and hanging with friends are just part of her senior high plans. Cora hopes to study nursing in college so I'm sure her senior year will be filled with visits to colleges and  . . . dare I say . . . more testing. That's TESTING not texting! Good Luck, Cora! Your calm and sweet personality will make you a great caregiver and be a valuable asset in anything you choose to do.

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I had a great time with you, Cora. Thanks for being so much fun!


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Saturday mornings at Strawberry Hill Park are THE CUTEST! That's right. It's little league time! Baseball uniforms, gloves, bats. The works! It's so fun to watch them learn and practice and then play their little hearts out. While I was standing there, one of the kids asked me "do you know where third base is?"  I just forgot how that knowledge isn't innate because I've known it for so long. They are all fast learners though and before this season is over, they will be ball players!  This is my favorite little ball player in the league, Gage. He's five. (You might've guessed) And he's determined! Reminds me of my little grandsons playing in other states this summer. 
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And he has the cutest little face!

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It's all in the wrist action - practice, practice, practice!

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It works! Batter, batter, batter, batter . . . .
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He's off and running!
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SLIDE!!!!

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Heading for home plate!

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Just another inning, right? 

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Gotta watch those cousins. They totally score runs. 

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Time flies doesn't it? He's getting so big! Thanks for letting me hang out at your game, Gage! 
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Ahhh Sunday. I love it so! If you know me at all, then you know I have a wee bit o ADHD - the kind we all jokingly shout "squirrel" and laugh about. Just like Dug, I get distracted easily. But, over the years I've discovered ways to maintain my focus. The easiest way is to eliminate the distractions over which I have control! Well, I don't need to tell you that social media is one of those things BIG TIME. While they are all a part of my business and life, I just can't allow myself to get hypnotized by them every day, all day long. Believe me, it could happen!  So, if I don't answer you on Facebook right away, don't take it personally. I try to schedule times to check it and Pinterest and my email WITH A TIMER ON so I can get on with my life and stay on track. FOCUS..FOCUS. Caffeine is my friend. Sugar - not so much. So, enough about that! Long story short -- SUNDAY IS MY DAY OFF FROM ADHD MANAGEMENT. I've actually developed a ritual of sorts for Sunday. I stay in my PJ's, eat pancakes and Pinterest until noon! WOO HOO! With -- and this is the important part -- NO GUILT. So, I'm going to go back to my pinning right now! And, on Sunday mornings, if you think of me, you'll know just what I'm doing. Pancakes, PJ's and Pinterest! You can follow me HERE to see what I'm pinning if you'd like. 

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I've met a lot of new people since moving to the PNW. I tell people I'm a professional photographer and they often ask what I photograph. I say my favorite thing to photograph is seniors. Many of them think I mean senior citizens - over the age of 65. Uh, no. In the photography world when we say seniors -- it's HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS. Not Senior Citizens. So, there's my "SENIOR MOMENT". Explaining to people the two very distinct types of "SENIORS". Ha! Many look at me like I just grew another head when I try to explain that when a child is graduating from high school he/she is a "senior" and their parents like to have a nice portrait of them before they leave the nest, and often, it's their last time to get a family portrait when the family is all still together every day.  

As a portrait artist, I always want to please my client but in the case of the "Senior" I really have two clients. 1) The Senior and 2) their parents. It's a tough time for both. The Senior is actually becoming an adult and leaving to go to school or work full time. It's their time to shine in that little window in between the ease of childhood and the reality of adulthood. They don't know it yet but they never had it so good. Right? Most of them are really feeling it. They can't wait to get out there and put themselves into the thick of it. Show the world who they are. They LOVE having beautiful, fun pictures of themselves.  The Parents - well, that's a different story. Most of us are starting to whine a bit to our friends and spouse (especially if they're the first to leave us). It's so hard to let them go. We can't stop thinking about how they were just little yesterday. How did this happen?! So when people ask me "do you really like taking pictures of senior high school students"? I don't have to even think about it. I absolutely do. Because I know that my photographs make them feel empowered and ready to take on the world they so much want to enter AND these same photographs will give comfort to their parents as they watch this person they've created and nurtured go out into that world. They won't be at the breakfast table every morning anymore. There won't be anyone to wait up for at night. But it's comforting to walk by a portrait that captures the the essence of who your child is and smile because they are a good person and are out there doing the best they can and trying to take a bite out of the world. I want you to look at these images and give yourself a pat on the back!  You did good! I want you to feel they're close, even when they may be far away at school. I also know you want your child to feel the very best about themselves and, let's face it, good portraits will do just that! They have fun and get some amazing images of themselves! 

Once upon a time when I was questioning my decision to focus more on senior portraits, I had an email from a mother who told me what a difference I had made in her daughter's life. Her daughter had never felt like she was pretty or special, no matter what her mother told her. She had an older sister who was always in the limelight and she just let her take it all in and stayed in the shadows.  She had an undiagnosed disease for years that had her growth and she had been way behind her peers until that year. She had a senior session with me. We had so much fun! She changed clothes, we braided her hair, we went to cool locations and played fashion model and acted silly and serious and in-between. The same thing I do with all my seniors. BUT it meant so much more to her. It always means the world to me. I would be honored to create something wonderful for you and your senior this year. 

Please join me at an Open House at Ericksen & Wallace Way, April 25th, 10-5pm. Come and visit, ask all the questions you may have about senior portraits, have refreshments, look at beautiful portraits and book your 2016 senior portrait session that day to receive $75 off your session fee. Let's create something beautiful for you!

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Moving to a new state and then actually living on an island has been quite an adventure. I'm not in Oklahoma anymore, Toto! The summer's here are so incredible and there's tons to do right here on Bainbridge Island and across the sound in Seattle but we decided to take a little trip to Victoria, B.C..  Did you hear that? A little trip. That's right. From here, you can do it in a day. We actually opted to stay over one night but seriously, you could do it in a day. We drove from Bainbridge to Port Angeles, WA  (maybe 45 minutes) and from there we took the Coho Ferry to Victoria.  If you're leaving from the Seattle side, take the Ferry (Clipper) to Victoria. I will say, I did get a teeny bit queasy on the Coho but I have pretty bad motion sickness and it wasn't as bad as a car trip to the racetrack in Arkansas! (Highway 7--UGH) I didn't BARF! There's a little cafe and it's a nice ride over, about 90 minutes long.  I'll have a few posts to get it all in but it was a BLAST! 

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Beautiful day, high tea, Fairmont hotel, and some of the BEST food and drinks EVER! I can still taste this breakfast we had. Stay tuned for all the details BUT first up is LUNCH! We arrived just before lunch time so we were a little early for check in so we parked our overnight gear and started out in search of food.

We decided to let social media and apps guide our culinary trek. We landed at a place -- not on the beaten path in Victoria but still in walking distance from our hotel (FYI the biggest, baddest hotel) -- we found on UrbanSpoon. Of course there were several but we were intrigued by this one. Guess why?  It's called:  THE PINK BICYCLE!! Yes! You read that right. P-I-N-K! My favorite! Jay, of course, totally indulged me in that decision and we marched off in search of THE PINK BICYCLE. It's touted as a burger genius bar so, hey, WE ARE IN!

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It's all PINK! 
 
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The drink menu at The Pink Bicycle was really nice. Look! What do you think I had? 

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YOU GUESSED IT! The PINK one! It was very tasty too! (Yes, it was lunchtime but I'M ON VACATION!)

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And the winner is:   The Truffle Mushroom burger! With the roasted beet and arugula salad. OMG! Heaven! (well, just this side of it anyway)

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Yep! There really is a PINK BICYCLE  in the window!  Jay had the Blue Cheese burger with the truffle fries. It was equally DE-LISH!

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come back to see where we went next! We decided to do a Signature Cocktail tour while we were there. Here's a hint:

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Our dirty work clothes, rotten jeans, and tank top days are WAY OVER, so we were totally in the clear! 

If you're heading to Victoria, B.C., I would totally recommend a trip to The Pink Bicycle if you are a carnivore. The Burgers are definitely some of the best we've ever eaten and we are from Cow Country! 1008 Blanshard Street, Victoria, BC and on the web at www.pinkbicycleburger.com





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