Because Life Is Too Short (To Hide Behind a Camera)


I have such beautiful pictures with my mom at our impromptu hospital wedding last May and together virtually via Skype for our Hawaii wedding a week later and they really do mean the world to me.  In the few weeks between our Hawaii wedding and my mom’s passing I spent more nights sleeping in a hospital chair than I did at home and had some of the most important and meaningful conversations and moments of my life thus far.

And yet in all the pictures that were taken I wasn’t in a single one of them.  Occupational hazard I suppose.

I was, however, wise enough to hire amazing artists to document my weddings with still photography and video so it’s not exactly sad.  (Another occupational hazard perhaps…)

I feel like I still have plenty from that fleeting time – but it’s made me keenly aware to be in pictures more from here on out – and inspired me to take on this latest project.

Simply stated: life is too short to hide behind the camera.

As my first motherless/parentless Mother’s Day approached I thought a lot about how to celebrate my mom and attempt to fill some of the void left behind after she passed away last June.  I decided that the best way to honor her this year is to set aside some of the time I would normally be spending with her this spring and summer and use it to spread joy to others around me.  And after some serious soul searching I decided the best way to do that is to document the low key every day moments of the lives of several photographers in the area as they hang out with their families.

And so I am gifting (Photographer) Family Life Portrait Sessions to ten local colleagues.

These are lifestyle, photojournalistic sessions with minimal posing and maximum playing.  We’ll work together to create casual, relaxed, unscripted images of you hanging out at home or playing in pretty places with the ones you love most.

Sessions are untimed but will generally last 30-90 minutes.

15-20 edited digital files included.

RAW files of the extras available for those who won’t embarrass me with Photoshop tricks. 🙂

Priority given to those who can complete sessions by July 15.

Local Western Washington/Puget Sound area photographers only, please.  Travel beyond the greater Seattle/Eastside area will be considered on a case by case basis but you’re always welcome to come to one of the many beautiful locations I’ve found here in Kirkland.  🙂


To participate you must:

Be a professional photographer.  To me this means at the very least being registered with the Department of Revenue, collecting and delivering sales tax as applicable, and having focused, properly exposed images on a functional website.

Sign the usual model releases.

Get your date and a backup date on the calendar by May 27 and ideally have your session completed by July 15.  My availability after this point is minimal and not guaranteed.

Set up a Google Hangout/Skype date to collaborate and plan your session by May 27 to be completed before your session.

Set up a Google Hangout/Skype date to preview your images by May 27 to be completed by July 25.

Agree to pay it forward by spending 5-10 hours making the world a better place this summer and posting/sending me a few snapshots of your project.  An obvious choice would be to gift a session to another photographer but I’m flexible if you have other ideas.  Just promise me it’s something beyond what you do already as I want this gift to grow into other gifts and spread as much new joy as possible.  J

If you’re interested in participating apply by May 22nd  at

Families will be selected and notified by May 23, announced on the blog at the end of May, and featured throughout the summer and fall.




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