Astraea is Two {Auburn Child Photography}

What a joy it’s been to photograph sweet Astraea as she’s grown.  She turned two at the end of December and her mom and I were happy to have a sunny morning to take her two year old portraits mini session.  She has a very soft little heart and lovely personality and  has her three big brothers adoring her.  I would guess that Astraea’s favorite person is her mama and though she was a bit shy about doing all her pictures on her own, I’m thrilled to document the love that this mama and her girl have for each other. Thank you, Mindi, for the joy of photographing your family!

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Shooting in Manual With Talia Modeling

I absolutely love teaching photography classes.  It satisfies my need to teach and my need to photograph things.  The Shooting in Manual class also satisfies my (desperate) need for  gnocchi with tomato vodka sauce as I eat a big plate of it at Sorci’s in Sumner with whoever in my class can stay and eat lunch at the end!  I have taught over a dozen intro classes: Photographing Your Life: First Steps with a D-SLR.  In that class we go over lighting and composition and connecting with subjects.  We also tackle the basic components of exposure and I send out people shooting in Aperture Priority mode.  From my experience and the confirmation of lots of class members that I’ve asked, they are just saturated with new information at that point and need some time to get familiar with how aperture, ISO and shutter speed all work together before taking complete control of all of them in manual.

A couple years ago, some of the people who had taken the first class asked for more and that’s where my Shooting in Manual class started.  Designed the teach students how to technically nail shots in challenging situations like very dark and very light situations, lighting contrasts, and with varying shutter speeds, we do an hour of sit down teaching and then three hours of shooting together.  It’s a small class and the goal is the be able to have the dots connect as we practice these challenging scenarios together.  It’s terribly fun!

I just taught a class and we had a super group of ladies, including Talia.  I met her last year when we were painting sets at the elementary school for the play her mom was directing.  When Sarah and her oldest daughter signed up for the class, I knew Talia would be an awesome model for us to practice with.  She’s got a great personality and is very engaging and beautiful inside and out!  I have some pictures for her from the day of the class and also from a sunnier day so I could give her a few with beautiful light.

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Head Shots Available

Having good images for websites and publications is so important. People like to see a face with a name.

This is a great time of year for a refresh. If your business, school or church needs an update, contact me for pricing and more information.

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Senior Portraits with Josh and His Car

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I met up with Josh to do a mini session of senior pictures.  Great guy and way easy going.  His only request was to use his vehicle in some pictures so I was thrilled with being able to set up some shots using some fun angles, even laying on the greasy parking lot in the industrial yards to get a few shots (can’t help myself).  His mom, Diane, laughed and said she realized why I had recently blogged about needed new jeans after wearing out the knees of my old ones, crawling around. I loved the fog, the chippy warehouse we used, the gritty feel to the old brick. It was fun to do something different than the usual and I appreciated Josh and his sweet mom who were all about letting me go for it.  Hope you have a great rest of your senior  year, Josh!

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Looking Ahead at 2015

I think I’m getting more comfortable in my own skin as a photographer.  Like any creative, I’ve wrestled with growth and picking my own work apart, things I wanted to learn and struggled with, comparison (which is a yucky, slippery slope worth getting off!), and reconciling how I am and what makes my heart sing. I’m feeling pretty good, actually really good. There’s such a spectrum out there of great photography and I am happy to be tucked in my niche of where my heart keeps going back to.

I’m really loving what I’m doing.  I love teaching classes and seeing others flourish.  I’m loving photographing the awesome people that choose me, not because of anything else but that they want my perspective and heart to capture connections. I love that I have some personal projects under my belt.

I am so drawn to people and it fills my cup to be able to capture relationships like I do.  Families, seniors, kids, couples.  I love to be able to connect with people and then hold up the mirror.

I have a few things on my wish list that I’d like to shoot this year.  If your heart jumps at any of these, please shoot me an email.  I have a few perks that I’d like to throw in for you, if you could help me accomplish these things.

Cassandra’s Wish List:

1. I want to shoot one or two all black and white sessions.  I crave black and white, for what can be seen more clearly in the contrast and simplicity.

2. I want to shoot one, maybe two weddings this year.  I used to be strictly “no weddings” but some great experiences with some wonderful couples made me open up the door a crack.  I can’t fill up my calendar with this season of my life but I’d love to do one or two.  If you are interested, let’s talk.

3. I want to shoot a session at the Seattle Public Library.  Couple, senior, family.  Doesn’t matter.

4. I want to shoot a sunrise session at the UW Quad during cherry blossom season.  Some of those trees are 80 years old and I’m itching to photograph there….really itching….nice perk involved.

5. I want to photograph a birth, home or hospital.  I’ve loved the three birth sessions that I’ve done and I want to do another.

The other thing that I’m planning on doing this year are mini sessions each season: spring (maybe in the lupines one evening?), summer, fall and winter.  I may do another silhouette mini session night too as my silhouette hunger has not been satiated yet.

Thank you for your support, your encouragement, and for those who step in front of my camera and trust me…I am very grateful!

I am booking regular sessions for 2015 as well!

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