I recently visited my sister-in-law Katie who lives in Seattle. Since it was my first time there we walked all over, and I captured all the little things that caught my eye along the way. A visit to the Public Market was a must. The botanical garden in Volunteer Park reminded me a lot of Phipps Conservatory, which I love. Katie treated me to a belated birthday dinner at the Walrus and the Carpenter where we sampled 9 different kinds of oysters, which were all AMAZING. I also met up with my friend Per-Ola, and his Anatolian Shepherd Quentin, whom I met 10 years ago on a mailing list for Swedes around the world. It was so great to finally meet in person. Seattle is such a cool place, and I can't wait to go back. 

All photos were shot with my Nikon F100, Portra 800 film, and developed by Richard Photo Lab.

Yan Fam Way 2.0 - Oregon

It rained every single time we pulled out our cameras during Yan Fam Way 2.0 at the Oregon Coast, and yet it was perfect. While sharing a house with 15 other photographers who had also taken Yan Palmer's workshop in the past, we dug deep to explore the big why behind our photography, and how it guides the images that we make. For me it brought back a memory of being out driving with my family as a kid, and stopping alongside the road for a little picnic in the middle of the blueberry patches. The joy of being together and enjoying a moment is something I often encapsulate in my work. 

It was so special to spend the weekend with these beautiful souls, chatting, laughing, doing morning yoga, cooking, shooting, and reviewing each other's portfolios. Each individual really showed up and were completely open to give and receive feedback on how we could each grow as artists. So much gratitude for Yan who brings together this one of a kind community of creatives. Yan herself is a rare gift and amazing artist. She gives so much of herself in her teachings, and makes every single person feel seen. This weekend was magical.

An Adventure in Saddle Mountain State Park

It is with the fondest of memories that I think back to the trip from Portland to the Oregon Coast with my dear friends Jenna and Elena. We were headed to Manzanita to attend Yanfamway 2.0, an alumni retreat for family photographers who had attended Yan Palmer's workshop in the past. Several times along the way we stopped, and ran out with our cameras in the wilderness. Elena took most of the photos of me in this post, and the square ones towards the end are Jenna's. We were completely mesmerized by the nature and light that surrounded us that day. As we zig-zagged our way through Saddle Mountain State Park we held our breath that none of the potholes or branches from the aftermath of 90 mph winds the night before would stop our adventure. Once we reached the ocean I was completely awestruck. I felt like a kid that day, and that feeling I'll always carry with me.

Being Boss Miami

I recently traveled to Miami to attend a retreat for creative entrepreneurs. Women business owners from around the country were all brought together at The Palms Hotel thanks to Kathleen Shannon and Emily Thompson's podcast, Being Boss. In addition to some much needed beach time, amazing food, an evening on a yacht, and a guided tour of little Havana, we also participated in live podcast recordings, round table discussions, and lectures. The best thing about this conference was meeting all of these amazing bosses whom have done the work and figured out what makes them and their businesses unique. In conversation after conversation I gained a new friend, and a pretty badass tribe.