Monday, September 22, 2008


My brother sent me this great article this morning entitled: Class. I thought it was spot on, and couldn't come from a better source. Thanks, Joe.


Class never runs scared. It is sure-footed and confident. It can handle whatever comes along.

Class has a sense of humor. It knows that a good laugh is the best lubricant for oiling the machinery of human relations.

Class never makes excuses. It takes its lumps and learns from past mistakes. Class knows that good manners are nothing more than a series of petty sacrifices.

Class bespeaks an aristocracy that has nothing to do with money. Some extremely wealthy people have no class at all while other who are struggling to make ends meet are loaded with it.

Class is real. You can't fake it.

The person with class make everyone feel comfortable because he is comfortable with himself.

If you have class you've got it made. If you don't have class, no matter what else you have, it doesn't make any difference.

- Author unknown

Friday, September 19, 2008

Random Acts of Kindness

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience
in which you really stop to look fear in the face.
~Eleanor Roosevelt

On my walk to the ferry the other day, I came across this random pink ribbon on a pole at the pier. I couldn't help but wonder who took the time to put it there and what their intention behind the random act was. To me it triggered an automatic feeling of immense gratitude that lies deep within me, as I am a breast cancer survivor (almost 5 years now!).

So, I took a quick snapshot of it from my Blackberry and decided to post it on the blog. To all my wonderful female friends, please get your annual mammograms. That's the only reason my cancer was found - and possibly the only reason I'm still walking to tell about it.

And the next time you see a random little reminder - share it with us. It's good juu juu for everyone.

To my bosom buddies everywhere who may be suffering from this challenging Winston Churchill said, "Never, never, never give up."

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Awaiting the coconut bra the meantime, April rocks.

Every once in awhile you find someone that just 'clicks' - with your ideals, your humor, your quality, and even your quirks. We have been so fortunate to find that person in April Greer - photographer extraordinaire. She is the real deal. Amazingly (capital 'A') talented, fun, honest, hard-working (capital 'H'), and we have been honored to work with her on our most recent wedding. Our couple - Sean & Avanie have been more than a delight to work with. Residing in Denmark, much of our correspondence over the past 14 months has been via email and conference calls - and the results of all the communication was an absolutely amazing wedding that took place last weekend in Seattle.

The happy couple is now honeymooning in Maui (and have promised to send photos of them wearing coconut bras and grass skirts).... It is this type of wedding that makes our job such a joy. We'll post the wedding photos when they are available, but in the meantime, please take a look at the following entry which is straight out of April Greer's awesome blog:


avanie + sean

meet avanie + sean, they flew in from denmark for this session. and the bridal shoot.
and the wedding. For those of you who heard about the couple that
'vaccuums together' this is the couple! They are just as adventurous and
spontaneous as they look. I'm not shitting you. Their energy levels are phenomenal.
This couple kept me on my toes. The e-session was 95% photojournalistic.
In Avanie's words: Denmark is the shittiest small country in Europe.
She doesn't say much, but when she does, its to be remembered well.

Joe Buissink reminded us in a seminar once:
'followers like to be lead, leaders like to be followed.'
I had so much fun following Sean + Avanie.
Following people is unusual. I like it.

As you can see by the was a typical Seattle day. To the non-Seattlite readers:
if you have the chance to shoot here, the clouds will be your friend.
The effects offer some of the most eccentric lighting.
Reflections bouncing off buildings, diffused everywhere.

A little break in the clouds...

Love Sean's wild 'man-hair.'

suggestive+ fresh.

held close to the ground

whoa baby.

Sean is talkative and physically expressive. Avanie is a good listener.

Such a beautiful exotic face.

she cannot stop smiling when he's around.
a happy wife = a happy life.

Sean + Avanie :Thank you so much for allowing me into your
life as a photographer. It means so much to me to get up close & personal.
Wishing you many happy, happy years together!

Mahalo, S&A. Safe Travels home.