A 60s Inspired Session with the Step-Kid

Every year, Chelsea, my step-daughter, comes to visit during the holidays. We always come up with some sort of way to photograph her… she loves it and we always have so much fun! Last year we were in San Francisco and took those moody photos on the rocky coastline with that big, black, tulle skirt. Remember?

Well, this year, she wanted to do a Priscilla Presley style, 60s kind of shoot. I was completely on board! We went down to see my friend Diana at Center Stage Clothiers to rent a couple of items. She has so many great pieces from every decade! If you haven’t stopped by there, you really should. 

Anyway, we rented a few items, and Chelsea even bought one dress, she loved it so much.

We had quite a day! Not only getting some retro looks, but also getting a few headshots and something a little more creative with makeup and fabrics. Check it out! The first photo is before any makeup or styling. 

Come Create With Me


I am jazzed and working on a creative project to keep pushing forward my creativity.

I am working on creating a series of photographs, possibly to be exhibited in a gallery, which explore the subjects’ ethnicity and culture.

This came to me when I attended a workshop a few months ago. I was inspired to look to my past for inspiration, to think of something that may surprise a viewer.

I remembered that I have all these Serbian articles of clothing and leather shoes, all authentic and imagined that I could be photographed with these items and include the things that remind me of being in Serbia as a child. Blue plumbs, cigarettes (lots of cigarettes ew), Turkish coffee, etc. I imagined a fine art, old master sort of approach to creating an evocative scene and a work of beauty including all these things.

The photo shown here in this post is from the shoot I did with a Dutch woman, the fabulous Susan Vandervlugt. No, you can’t see the final photo until they are ALL ready! I also have the wonderful Romanian Irina Negrean lined up. I am so excited!

I am looking for more people from other places. I would love to end up with 10 knockout, classic portraits.

This is America and this is what I believe we are all about. We are from everywhere, and we should celebrate that. We can come here to find a new life, the way my father did, and still cherish our cultures, our past and our traditions while being fiercely American.

Looking for people from different parts of Asia, South Asia, South America, etc. All ages and sizes are welcome! More Europeans would be welcome as well!


Here are the details:

Age requirement: any age

Wardrobe: must have own attire and important props. I will provide anything I can.

Styling: If makeup and hair styling is needed, please be prepared to pay $125

What you get: creative consultation and design meeting, fully guided photo shoot, one 11x14 matted, archival print OR $250 print credit towards a collection of photographs.

Must be available on a weekday morning in January 2019.

Please call me if you are interested! 360-209-4174. Please leave a message! I am often with my fabulous clients and don’t always pick up <3

If I had a dollar for every time…

I don’t really know how many people dream of getting portraits done of themselves. I know it’s a lot, and my brand of magazine quality photography for the everyday person is highly desirable and exceedingly enjoyable. It’s like having your very own photoshoot for Vanity Fair, or something comparable. 

But, if I had a dollar for every time a woman told me, “But, I’m not photogenic at all” I’d certainly be a millionaire! 

There is no such thing. 

Every woman, or man, can have beautiful photos of themselves. But it’s not up to you… that is my job. The photographer. A really good photographer can see you, really see you, ascertain face shape, what your “good side” is, body type, and through skilled direction, posing and knowledge of lighting and wardrobe, reveal to you, that no one is any more spectacular than you are. I direct you right down to you pinky finger… and you will love every minute of it. 

All of these people told me either that they were not photogenic or hated having their picture taken or look terrible in photos. 

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