The Mother Daughter Bond

When Naida told me she wanted to come to Vancouver, WA to be photographed and have portraits taken with her mother, I was joyously shook with the honor of creating these images for them. This is one of my favorite things in the world to do… here’s something I read recently that I’d like to share with you:

“The relationship between a woman and her mother is so powerful, it affects everything from her health and self-esteem to all her other relationships. The mother-daughter relationship is the most powerful bond in the world, for better or for worse. It sets the stage for all other relationships.” 

“I’m a big believer in mother-daughter time. I think we underestimate how important it is for mums and daughters to do things together…” 

“Start mother-daughter traditions, such as going on long walks together, dining at a favorite restaurant or spending time together updating family photo albums. Go shopping together. Make something together - cookies, a cake, an egg-carton caterpillar. Watch a movie together, even if it’s just at home on the couch.”
Read the whole piece here:

I’d like to add being photographed together! Spend the day, get dressed up, get hair and makeup done, sip something bubbly together and end up with a beautiful package of photos and wall portraits for your home to pass down.

Naida is also a photographer building her business in her new home town of Hood River. Her mother is spending the next few months here… she lives in Texas.
Here are their beautiful photos…

Wallpaper as Backdrops

I really love wallpaper. I know a lot of people thinks it’s garish and stupid, and I get it. It has been used badly in places! But as a glamour influenced portrait photographer, I am always thinking of cool ways to photograph people and create interesting backdrops (if I’m not using my favorite solid black!). I’m thinking of wallpapering some boards or something to have in the studio… I think it could be colorful and fun! What say yeeze fine people of Vancouver, Washington?

Some wallpapers now are just about texture or look like paintings and are very organic looking. Some are simply beautiful!

Here’s a great link to some fabulous producers of fine wallpapers. Of course, I will have to consult with my favorite interior designer, David Mucci.

Yea, that’s wallpaper!

I photographed another photographer. Again.

So, let me tell you about Missy Fant. She’s a photographer, music lover and trivia night team member… and works right here in Vancouver, Washington. She has rarely appeared in photos, and if she is in them, she’s in the distance or with her back turned or just hanging out with her dog or her kids… she does not love the idea of being in front of the camera at all. 

It’s such an honor every time anyone entrusts me with their portrait experience, but when that someone happens to be a photographer as well, it’s an extra honor. We often have much higher standards than the typical non-photographer consumer, and we also know a plethora of other camera-wielders and tend to settle for a couple of nice “play shots” from friends here and there.

The photographer who understands the value of a custom designed photography experience and the accompanying photos is a gem and, you know, it’s still eeeeeeeeeshk, they know what they’re doing, and so it’s a little more nerve-wracking, cuz, you know, they are definitely gonna judge me! But Missy is fun and different and a misfit like me, so we had a lot of fun in her “office” (Tap Union Freehouse in downtown Vancouver). 

Thanks Missy for such a great time! For trusting me with your vision of being yourself, beer in hand! I just love this session!

Chack out her work and her website!


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