what’ll they think of next? ’cause i’ll shoot it. or…maybe not.

i’ve been thinking about something.

there’s a somewhat new craze for birth photography sessions.
my thoughts:  this is right up my alley.



1)  i’m a mom.  i’ve given birth twice – my daughter was a natural birth, my son, cesarean section…i know the goings on of these things.

2)  i’ve been in the room for others giving birth.  even had the awesome privilege of cutting the cord for a friend!  never will forget that experience.  i would be unobtrusive, where you would barely even know i’m there…unless you want to know i’m there…i have been counted on for my sense of humor in these situations as well.  let’s just say that most people find me very comfortable to be around, and know that i like to laugh…a LOT.  i’ll totally cry over the birth of your baby, too.  can’t help myself…it’s the coolest, most awe-inspiring experience in the world.  but, i will see through my tears to get some rad photos.

3)  remember how i love emotion in my photography?  how i love to tell a story?  well, shewwwwwt, what is more storytelling and emotional than the birth of your child???  let me just answer that.  nothing.  absolutely nothing.

4)  i wouldn’t plan on taking any shots that you wouldn’t want to show your friends…if you know what i mean…’cause there are much more crude ways for me to put that.  i think you get the gist.

yeah, i love births.  i love birth stories.  i’d love to help you tell yours.  i just don’t know how many people think this is of importance enough for me to make it something i offer in my photography services…thoughts?

that brings me to the subject of newborn photography.  i don’t think i’m a newborn photographer.  i think i’m a photographer of you WITH your newborn, but, not so much the photographer of your newborn propped in a boot, or a flower, or a pea pod, etcetera, etcetera…
don’t get me wrong…i took SO MANY PICTURES of my son after he was born, and, yes, millions since, in this past year and a half.  it’s not that i don’t like newborn pictures…it’s just that it goes back to that whole storytelling/emotion thing…as adorable as i find your baby, i find it even more adorable how adorable YOU find your baby, and that is what i want to capture.  make sense?

p.s. there is another new craze of wedding night photography sessions…like, not at the wedding.  nope.  just with the bride and groom on their wedding night.  yup.  no, i’m not kidding.  and, no, i’m not interested.

here is one photo from our son’s birth…how i wish i had even THOUGHT about hiring a professional to capture such a time.

no photographer would’ve been allowed in here, but, having one a couple of hours later to capture the sheer amount of love written on our faces would have been priceless.

eat, drink, drink some more, and be merry.

here we are in hood river, oregon.
i’m not gonna write much, because this is a VACATION.  vacations don’t look like blogging, do they?  vacations look like holding hands with my boyfriend and hitting all of the local breweries and wineries because we can.  grandma is at home with the kids (THANK GOODNESS FOR GRANDMAS), so, i basically went into pure relaxation mode the second we hit the road.  it’s been perfect.
guess what?  i didn’t bring my camera.  i love my camera and i love photography, but, it can feel a little bit like work if i’m obsessing about it too much, so, these photos come to you courtesy of the iphone 4s, and some with some extra lovin’ from instagram.

okay, enjoy.  today’s adventure:  wine!  lots of wine.

alana  🙂

hittin’ the road.
if you know us, you know that we always do some obligatory dumb photo of whenever we are going anywhere of substance (camping, hiking, vacationing, etc), so, this was to be no different.

my guy, doin’ the hard driving work.

told you, instant relaxation…in my kirkland costco socks, obviously.


and scenic some more.

tunnels are cool.

outside our condo vacation rental. who else prefers vacation rentals to hotels? i certainly do.

ready to start our beer tasting (i.e. drinking a bunch) at full sail brewery…half a block from where we’re staying. can i get a “hell yes”???!!!

ready, set, GO.

aaaaaaaaand, yum.

“are you taking a picture of me AGAIN?”
why, yes. yes, i am.

samplin’ some more…this time at double mountain brewery. more yums.

walking from double mountain brewery to pfriem brewery…i am bad at pictures…

on our way to phriem, there was a lone xylophone player off in the fog.
no. i’m not kidding. he’s right there.

sign in the bathroom at pfriem.
i REALLY want this to happen in tacoma…none of our good breweries allow kids. it’s time for a change…

this morning at breakfast. NOT hungover. wheeeeeeeee!

i put makeup on today.

crab benedict at bette’s place.
it was good…except for the shells i ran into occasionally…



my guy figuring out some communication problem between my laptop and my iphone.
what a guy. 🙂

sitting here…just before i started writing this for you guys.
and now, signing off…and drinking more.

wine. the family. not the beverage.

guess what day it iiiiiiiiiiis…
that’s right. sunday blogday.
i’ve decided that i can blog to my heart’s content any day of the week i want, or NOT blog, but i must blog on sunday.  why sunday?  hellifiknow.  i guess i just started this on a sunday.  consistency.  i lack it in so many things, may as well have it in this.

anyway, yesterday was fun.  i had a family shoot with the wine family.  you know how i love to have fun on my shoots?  so do these guys.  my kind of people.  🙂  they have had the more “traditional” type of family shots done each year in the past, but were looking forward to getting out of the box a little bit and having some fun…so, that we did.  it became a “no rules day” for little ava, which ended up meaning that she could go jumping into lake sammamish with her clothes on and have a naked car ride home.  think she’s gonna remember that?  i think so.  🙂

so, i’ll share a few shots here…not too many, for the sake of not spoiling the rest of the images for the wine family and friends…after they have seen the rest, i shall share more with you.

i’m also posting a “review” of sorts that mona (mrs. wine) posted on my facebook page before we had even done their family photo shoot.  it makes my heart smile.  she’s a super awesome lady and i appreciate every word she said.  (also, she sent me home with snacks after the shoot.  yeah, snacks.  how sweet is that??)


“From me, your customer: Why you are going to raise your prices and we are going to love you anyway.

One shot. It took one shot, one photo of my beautiful daughter, to steer me to alana t photography. And it was unexpected. We have been using the same photographer for our candid and natural family photos since my daughter was born. They are terrific photos. I have been happy with them. Have referred folks to this photographer. We also have sat for the obligatory studio photos and they were just ok, but we did them.Then I took my daughter to her friend’s birthday party that alana t. was shooting. In one shot, one camera click, she captured my daughter. Her joy for life, her spirit, her love of fun and her inner happiness. One shot.

I actually have paid more for ok studio photos, and more for the more natural and artistic photos that I have loved. But, they have never come close to “That shot”.Before I looked at the rest of the sample photos on the site, I had booked our families’ annual photo shoot with alana t. photography. I could just tell.My daughter and her spirit and our love for her is priceless. If alana t. photography can capture some of that spirit and love, to me, there is no other choice.”
so. nice.
and then the pressure was on for their family photos…  🙂

good intentions and happy accidents. (part 2)

i’m still sick. blogging in some pj pants and a hoodie.
but, let’s move on…

numero sette…

as you saw in part 1 of this blog (or maybe you didn’t see), all of those photos happened while i was in school.  well, i then became surprisingly and happily pregnant with my son and took off a little over a year from shooting to just focus on mommy-ing.  this photo shoot here brought me back.  meet swamp lady.  a shoot that was a brainchild of my super talented friend, rhi, of rhivolver (you can find her brilliance here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/RhiVolver/238295929552781). anyway, rhi came up with the smart idea of getting a few of us ladies back into shooting by creating a very small women-of-tacoma photography group.  i must thank her for this, because it really brought me back and brought me back strong!  i’m absolutely LOVING shooting again. (thank you, rhi!)
anyhow, we got down and swampy dirty with our lovely model here.  there were creatures greeting our legs beneath the surface that we wouldn’t be able to identify if we tried.  we all felt like we were going to be stuck in the swampy muck at different points while shooting, but we persisted, and i’m glad we did.  it was hilarious, super fun, and somehow empowering.
the technical stuffs: canon rebel xsi, 24-70mm, ƒ2.8, 1/400, ISO 100. 
p.s. are any of you familiar with “The Lady of Shalott” painting?  i remember it on the wall of my dad’s house when i was a child, and when i was editing this photo, it reminded me of that.  just a personal side note.

moving on…

ahhhhhh, maternity photos.  i’ve always dreaded taking maternity photos because i’m not into taking cheesy, super-posed photos.  i do realize that that is what some people want…i just prefer the more photojournalistic/editorial style.
anyway, this is mara and greg.  they were having a baby.  (i say “were”, because they just had their son, balen, a few days ago!  i cannot wait to meet him!!!)  they were awesome and willing to go with my vision of maternity photos and make it about them and how happy they were to soon be welcoming their son.  of course the belly would be in the photos!  it just doesn’t have to be allllll about the belly, you know?  so, we went to places that they like to go together and hang out, and we took some photos of them…being them.  my favorite.
i love this shot because she really looks like she just came to the realization, “WHAT?! WE’RE HAVING A BABY??” and greg is just like, “really..?” mara is always full of expressions and i love this woman for it.  she is suuuuuper easy to photograph.
the technical stuffs: canon 7D, 50mm, ƒ2.5, 1/320, ISO 6400 (yeah, super high ISO, we got a late start and were chaaaaaasing the sun. thank you, 7D, for still making this possible.)

numero nove…

same shoot, obviously.  i felt it was super important to shoot at Husky Stadium, where these guys met, fell in love, and continue to enjoy rooting for their team.  i love the story this photo tells, as greg is telling little balen where he met his mama.  this really captures who these guys are…awesome, fun-loving, hilarious people.
the technical stuffs: canon 7D, 24-70mm ƒ2.8, 1/500, ƒ2.8, ISO 2500.


haha. animals.  i had the pleasure of shooting the copeland family, complete with their adorable dog, darby.  this shot just was priceless.  i love that you can see the spray, complete with their expressions in the background.  mallery’s shock, tony’s amusement, and little owen’s awesome smirk.  yeah, i just love all of that.
the technical stuffs: canon 7D, 50mm ƒ1.4, 1/4000, ƒ1.4, ISO 400.

and on…
this photo will go down in history as a top favorite of mine.  maybe you recognize my brother now, from my last post.  this is his family…complete with my niece and nephew, my new sister-in-law, and my new niece, maya.  we did some standard family photos (by standard, i mean photojournalistic style, at a “park” sort of place…), and then we executed my ridiculous and hilarious brother’s vision of doing some pretty white-trashed-out photos.  i don’t think i need to say much more than that.
but, i love all of this…and i think that maya’s expression really takes it over the top.  the radio flyer doesn’t hurt, either.
the technical stuffs: canon 7D, 24-70mm ƒ2.8, 1/60, ƒ2.8, ISO 100. 

numbers twelve and thirteenaΩ…

kids.  the carefree spirit of kids.  these two photos are favorites of mine merely because i love that carefree spirit.  these were taken at a birthday party for a pretty adorable little two year old (more photos can be seen here: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151156208956392.484404.344986076391&type=3).
the technical stuffs: (1st photo) canon 7D, 50mm ƒ1.4, 1/4000, ƒ2.5, ISO 100.  (2nd photo) canon 7D, 24-70mm ƒ2.8, 1/2000, ƒ2.8, ISO 100.  the composition of both of these contributes to why i like them as much as i do, as well.  some photos need SPACE…these are those kinds of photos, in my opinion.

last (but not least) three…

man, i loved this shoot.  the idea for this had been bobbing about in my head for the previous two years, ever since i saw a “trash the dress” shoot for the first time.  (if you are not familiar with the “trash the dress” concept, it is basically when you finally realize that your wedding dress is just going to hang in your closet for the rest of your marriage doing nothing, so, why not do something awesome with it and take it out in style??  therefore, women “trash” their dress…usually in a beach/lake/creek setting, all pretty and dainty-like.) i thought, if you’re going to actually “trash” the dress, why don’t we REALLY trash it?  make it pretty, yet edgy…why not on a pig farm?
for two years i thought about this, with no idea where to shoot it, until i remembered that my cousin and her generous husband own pigs near mt. adams.  after they so kindly agreed to help me out, everything came into play.  this model has never modeled before (i know, unbelievable) – she just lives in the area and was awesome enough to help us out.  she didn’t have to trash her own dress…i was gifted this dress to use (thank you, again, nanette!), which fit jaecee, our model, perfectly.  i did her makeup, we ratted out her hair, and we began shooting – in some swampy reeds, on a 4-wheeler, in some rain, running down a dusty road, laying in the middle of another road, chillin with some pigs, and sittin on top of a truck. (these can all be found on my facebook page as well.)

as far as these photos, specifically…

the top one is one of the first photos of the shoot.  i didn’t want a “model” look to the shoot so much…i wanted it to look like a girl who sorta got left behind on the side of the road for these shots.  thus, the super casual pose and the gun propped behind her – not her posing and holding the gun all model-style.  the setting was also super important to me.  i LOVE that blue wall as a backdrop. when we originally arrived, there was a camper trailer stationed in front of the wall. i almost didn’t say anything about it, but then decided that i would regret not having that backdrop, so, i asked. shane was kindly willing, moved it, and..voila! ask and you shall receive.
the technical stuffs: canon 7D, 24-70mm ƒ2.8, 1/640, ƒ2.8, ISO 100.

the second photo i love because of all of the texture, the positioning of her arms, everything…
i feel like this one has more of an editorial feel to it.  if i’m going to do a shoot with a model, as opposed to a family shoot, or portrait of someone, i’d like it to tell a story.  i feel like this shoot might have accomplished that.
the technical stuffs: canon 7D, 24-70mm ƒ2.8, 1/125, ƒ2.8, ISO 100. 

the third photo…do you even need to ask me this?  when do you see emotion conveyed BY A PIG?  the pig actually took a step back here when jaecee scolded him for getting way up in her business.  🙂  so awesome.
the technical stuffs: canon 7D, 24-70mm ƒ2.8, 1/80, ƒ2.8, ISO 100.

okay.  that is all of my favorites so far.  between this and part 1, there are 16 photos.  maybe there should be less.  maybe there should be more.  i dunno.

bottom line: i love the photos i take to tell a story.  i love emotion.  this is why i love these in particular.

thank you for reading. ❤
’til next time… (which i think will be sooner than later, this week.  there are some questions i have and some things i need to say…)