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Kids & Photography

Hello Under a Northwest Moon! I didn’t mean to stay away so long, and thank you so much for all your sweet messages wondering when the blog would be back, they meant so much to me. The truth is I’m still finding balance as I develop my little Northwest Moon world. After having Eleanor this blog let me flex my creative muscle a little and feel good about putting something back out into the world again.…

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Standing Rock

I have been following the protests at Standing Rock in North Dakota since early this summer. In the months since protesters first camped on the banks of the Missouri and Cannonball rivers I have become more and more invested in their fight. On Labour day weekend when I first saw the videos of private security attacking the peaceful protesters with dogs and pepper spray I was shaken to my core. Each passing month has only…

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Ruth Gruber

One of the pioneers of photojournalism and a personal hero of mine passed away this week at the age of 105 and I wanted to take a moment to commemorate her extraordinary life. Ruth Gruber bore witness to some of the greatest atrocities of the twentieth century. Her work documenting refugees, concentration camp survivors and marginalized peoples humanized these events and continues to serve as an important historical record. Among some of her many accomplishments,…

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A Mother’s Beauty

I found photographer Jenna Hobbs on Instagram shortly after I had Eleanor. Jenna lives on a farm with her four beautiful children and her documentation of their lives stopped me in my tracks. There are hundreds of brilliant photographers on Instagram, but when I saw her account I knew it was something special. After so many years of working in a studio I have only started getting my bearings as a natural light and portrait photographer,…

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Romina Ressia

Sometimes you discover an artist who leaves you speechless. I don’t even know where to start with Romina Ressia and her gorgeous portraits. I love them so much. That is as eloquent as I can be.  I have such a soft spot for portraiture. One of my dreams is to have a home filled to the brim with old portraits. Italian renaissance, Spanish Baroque, 17th century Dutch, and 18 and 19th century British portraits. I…

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Rodney Smith

When I’m feeling short on inspiration there are a few artists I can turn to who always leave me feeling recharged. Rodney Smith is at the top of that list. Smith is an American born fashion and portrait photographer, but he describes himself as, “a landscape photographer. Who places people in landscapes”. This wit and sense of whimsy is a hallmark of his work. He is a master storyteller. Within one still frame he manages…

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Max Wanger

The Pacific Northwest has a funny relationship with California. She’s our sunny, popular, cheerleader, older sister. She is the apple of her parents eye, perfect and eager to please. In contrast we are the moody younger sibling who spends all her time listening to Morrissey and Clash B-sides. We mostly wear black and have recently gotten really into German Romanticism and concepts of the Sublime. While we also have gorgeous scenery to spare it is…

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Mobile Living

A few years ago a trend started to spread among my friends. A growing number of them were ditching their apartments and their rent and moving into vans, campers, and RV’s. These are not sad down and out type stories. These are employed and generally privileged people who decided that the burden and restrictions of traditional rentals were no longer worth the benefits. Vancouver is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, but…

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FOUND, Summer Nostalgia

In 2013 National Geographic started a tumblr to celebrate their 125th anniversary called FOUND. It’s a curated selection on photos from vintage issues of the magazine along with previously unpublished photos from their archives. It is such a brilliant resource of vintage photos from around the world. It might be because summer just finally arrived on the West Coast, and I am loving every minute of it, but when I was scrolling through FOUND the other…

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Louise Bourgeois

A number of years ago I had the good fortune to live in London for a short while. After arriving at an empty apartment and without knowing a soul in the city I set out to look around. I took the tube to St Paul’s, walked towards the river, and across the Millennium Footbridge. In front of the Tate Modern Gallery stood the enormous bronze spider Maman (1999) by Louise Bourgeois. Maman stands over 30 feet…

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