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Front Porch Project

A long overdue post back from the 2020 COVID era – I certainly wasn’t the only photographer who came across this idea and had fun with it. To photograph people in our community from the CDC social distancing guidelines. Observe the boundary placed before us and make something with it.

Shot on a few formats – the bulk of what is shown is shot on a Pentax 6×7 medium format body with the 105/2.4 lens; there’s a couple shot on the Mamiya 645 1000s. All black and white images are shot on Kodak TriX 400 film. I hand processed the negatives at home and scanned these myself using the Epson V500 flatbed scanner. The color shots were shot on the long discontinued and Fuji Fp-100c peel-a-part film, shot using the Intrepid 4×5 Field Camera and Nikkor 180/5.6 and a Polaroid back.

I had quite a bit of difficulty with the instant peel-a-part film and the Intrepid Camera. For me it’s far too janky to be trust worthy in the field – the Polaroid back is bulky and the camera isn’t stable enough to support it all. The ground glass “locking” mechanism isn’t strong enough to lock things in effectively. Additionally lining up the shot was difficult as the peel-a-part film isn’t the same format as the 4×5 camera so the coverage is different.

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    Allyn Beachside Wedding – Nalina + Peter

    Every now an again I shoot a wedding that is difficult to edit, not because of the content, but rather because the event produced so many quality images it makes it hard to choose favorite images. When you’re planning your wedding it’s hard to imagine the outcome sometimes, so what’s best in my opinion is to create an environment for good energy and vibe, pray for weather and then ensure that those who you love are there and everything should fall into place.

    Another crucial factor in being able to create a lot of great images is the benefit of time. I cannot understate how critical it is to hire your photographer for the full length of your day and to stretch the day to allow for gaps of freedom and peace throughout the hectic affairs of the day. I could go on and on about all of things Nalina and Peter did right with their special day, so I’ll keep it limited to the details featured in the photos I’ve selected to share.

    The fine details were well thought out in advance and Nalina is a great delegator. The wedding website was designed by Peter and he also designed all of the invitations and matchbooks. The venue is Peter’s parents property with excellent beachfront access on Case Inlet in Allyn, WA. An excellent site for hosting guests, Nalina and Peter would frequent the property with workers in tow to scour the beach for attractive driftwood and rocks, cleaning the ones that are to be displayed. Beach combing was ultimately necessary as the ceremony was to be held on the beach, with our intrepid groom Peter making his entrance via boat.

    The family style dinner was very social and jovial. Guests recounting their last encounters over drinks, kids running around until being wrangled in for their dinner. Dinner made way to very moving toasts by those closest to Nalina and Peter. The stones which adorned the tables were taken by the guests out to the shore and tossed into Case Inlet with a wish of good fortune for the Bride and Groom.

    Flowers: Bleed Foot Florals

    Dress: The Dress Theory

    Planner: Rachel Elder @ The Manette Gracie

    Hair/Makeup: Dawn Dominick @ Urbanista Weddings

    Catering: Crescent Moon Catering

    Videography: William King @ Film Notch

    The newlyweds honeymooned in Bali, Indonesia

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      Tacoma Portrait – Maggie/@the_social_sister

      Maggie initially came to me looking to ask a series of interview questions for her blog www.the-social-sister.com which features local businesses in and around Tacoma. I answered her questions and chatted for a bit and then offered her some portraits for her personal promotion. All said everything worked out and she even had her Uncle bring his vintage Sears moped scooter down for the shoot!

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        Seattle Studio Engagement Session – Oneal + Ryan

        Hosting studio days is always fun. It can be a long day if I have it booked for a full 8hrs and have it packed with shoots, but it has it’s rewards.

        Oneal got a hold of me to do a session with her then-new fiance Ryan (they’ve sinced eloped!). I told them coordinate wardrobe and show up camera ready and boy howdy did they deliver! We had a great time shooting their set and their outfits and expression are more than I could have asked for.

        Natural light brings out the best in everyone I shoot!

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