Archive for October, 2011

Seattle Portrait Photography – Chicago’s Own: Bessie

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Bessie and I met in the office hallway at our previous jobs.  I remember her walking towards me and honestly, I was a little intimidated.  I knew she was beautiful and she walked with authority…as if she was on a mission…or very late for a meeting.  As she approached closer, her face lit up with a huge smile and she said something to me, what exactly I forget, but it was something that made me smile and think, “what a nice person”!  And that was how our friendship started.

Bessie was in town for a long term project and I felt like we hit it off immediately.  It was pretty rare for me to believe that someone so stunning and beautiful on the outside, could be just as so on the inside.  She and I talked about shopping, diamonds, and most importantly…designer jeans!  Prior to meeting me, Bessie was a designer jean virgin!  A sin indeed!  She’s since converted and now owns somewhere in the vicinity of 15 pairs of designers!

Eventually Bessie had to return back to Chicago, her home town, but we never stopped staying in touch.  Now five years later, we both left our old jobs, I got married, she got an MBA and is now running the most popular Bravoe Runway Blog. So when Chris and I were in Chicago this September, we just had to meet up with Bessie for a photoshoot.  Bravoe Runway is a one stop shop for outfit inspiration, advice, and bargain shopping tips.  I’m a daily reader and I hope you stop by to say hi to my wonderful, dear friend.  Here’s a few highlights from our shoot.

This is one of my favorites from the shoot. How FIERCE is she!

Bag = LOVE!!! And look how great Bessie looks with it!

A natural...natural beauty!

The light was amazing right behind the Wrigley Building in downtown Chicago. We had to take advantage of it.

Seattle Wedding Photography: Wai+Tats – Trash the Dress – Discovery Park

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Brides, you spend thousands of dollars on your white dress, and countless months planning THE perfect day…just to wear that dress for THAT perfect day.  Whenever I think about my wedding dress, which is still sadly hung on an office chair I have in our guest bedroom closet, I feel a little…saddened.  I wished I could have worn it one more time, frolic around in the city or in a nearby park, and just have a blast of a time.

Even before Wai+Tats wed, Wai decided she’d squeeze into her wedding dress post wedding for a trash the dress shoot.  Her favorite spot in Seattle for photos is Discovery Park, so why not take a stroll in one of the most amazing parks in THE most amazing dress.  In a post wedding trash the dress shoot, the bride and groom both are way more relaxed than on their wedding day.  And a more relaxed couple usually means a couple a little bit more comfortable in front of the camera.  And well…the result?  An amazing shoot.



Wai+Tats Trash the Dress Shoot

Discovery Park, Seattle WA

Song: David Choi – By My Side

5 Things You Didn’t Know About My Love

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Being in this business, we’re constantly surrounded by love.  We talk about it a ton, this love thing.  We’re blessed to be able to do what we love, and love doing what we do around this love thing.

Love — you learn from it, you grow from it, and if you’re lucky enough, you live it.

But I don’t think we’ve talked enough about my love.  No, not photography — Cindi.


5 things I bet you didn’t know about my love.

1)  She’s a reformed cat burglar.  OK, maybe that’s the wrong term.  What I mean to say, is she’s a reformed catnapper.  I’ve never been an animal person, but Cindi was a package deal with a dog and a cat.  She has this affinity for animals that took me forever to quite understand.  She squeals around dogs like I do around children or miniature fruit tarts.  Her heart melts when we pass the MaxMobile pet adoption truck, the very same way mine does when we pass an ice cream truck.I must admit, I do now very much love hanging out with our little loyal pets, and I credit Cindi with teaching me what that is.  I later learned that this love for animals started at a very young age.  Once upon a time, wee little Cindi met a neighbor’s cat that she adored.  So much so, she stole it and took it home.  For reals.

2)  She reminds me of Looney Toons.   Not just because she’s constantly animated or throws facial expressions like something out of an anime.  But because she also learned English as a second language at a young age by watching TV. At times, this has resulted in passing off some interesting vocabulary and phrases as hilarious proper English.  My fave is when she stacks modals and says things like “I used to could,” before jumping in to the air, freezing for a second, and then disappearing out of view with a whizbang and smoke-cloud trail.

3)  She ran a fashion blog.  It’s true.  Over at Simply Cindi.  If you don’t know, now you knowww…

4)  She didn’t think she was creative.  When we first met, and she found out I was into the arts, she was amazed.  She had always considered herself a huge fan of artistic endeavors, but didn’t consider herself a creative person.  In fact, she felt a natural gravitation toward Marketing and Advertising, but opted instead for the safer Finance/Accounting route coming out of University because she doubted her ability to be creative.  Mostly because when playing Pictionary her pictures looked… well, … like this:



But when she found out I had a thing for photography, she really pushed for us to pick up some pro-ish gear.  In a flash she had bought us a Nikon DSLR and lenses for me to snap photos of our life away on.  It wasn’t long before her appreciation of photography became a love for creating.  We ditched the Nikon when we (mostly driven by her) found ourselves more Canon-folk.  She started herself on a used body, which she outgrew in mere weeks, and it wasn’t too long before she had found herself with her very own overflowing drawer of pro-level gear.  All to herself.  I’m constantly amazed at the shots she captures, the keen eye she shares, when I think back to how black-white-and-gray her life buried in financial spreadsheets was.

5)  She’s not very good at following rules.  At least when they come from me, or as noted above, the English.  She’s bold is all.  She follows her heart and what she knows is right, regardless of whether it is “the norm,” the expected, or even the common practice.  I’ve learned a lot from ever since combining efforts and deciding we’d do this photography thing together.  She’s shown me how to be less self-conscious, something I don’t think I would’ve been able to pick up if it weren’t for her, and I think it’s made us a bolder, more fearless pair of photographers.  She’s constantly pushing us to try harder and go further, while challenging us to evaluate how we do things — just because everybody else may do something one way, doesn’t mean it exemplifies a true focus on the client and delivers what’s best for them.

Yeah, she’s pretty cool.