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Aany & Rumzi Wedding Reception

Aany & Rumzi Wedding Reception

I had the amazing opportunity to shoot photos at Aany and Rumzi’s reception, and it was such a colorful and life-filled event. Aany’s heritage is Pakistani and Rumzi’s is Palestinian, and there were many traditional moments from both cultures. I wish them the best of their new adventures together!

Neighborhood Discovery – Wetland Park

Neighborhood Discovery – Wetland Park

One of my favorite parts of living in the Northwest is how nature can often be found right alongside neighborhoods. I’ve driven by this wetland park countless times on my way to somewhere else, and finally decided to stop near sunset and take a walk around it. Having my camera with helps me look for and see details and elements of the park I would normally walk by. And then sunset happens at the same time as the full moon rises above the trees, and the photos pretty much take themselves.

Here’s a map to this location in suburban Sammamish:

Stained Glass Wonder

Stained Glass Wonder

I attended Trinity Lutheran College (it was Lutheran Bible Institute, Seattle in my time) from 1988-1991. One of my favorite places on campus was the chapel. The 14 stained glass windows made even our gloomy northwest winter days shine with light. In 2008, I returned to campus to take photos of those windows with my real camera (Nikon D300). The light was wonderful, as always. 

 

TLC/LBI Stained Glass Windows Issaquah WA

 

I recently read that the campus will be torn down soon for a new development. No one is sure, yet, what will happen to the chapel windows (they are not only beautiful, but structural at over 4 inches thick and joined by concrete.) I am so glad I have these photos. I am so glad I can share these with other members of the TLC/LBI family who also have a special connection to this place. 

 

TLC/LBI Stained Glass Windows Issaquah WA

 

Photography has the ability to connect us to the past. It can allow us to remember the past in the best possible light, from a perspective we don’t normally see, and feel the emotions of those moments once again. I am so glad I took these pictures…

Worldwide Photowalk 2015!

Worldwide Photowalk 2015!

I’ll be participating again in Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photowalk again this year and will be leading a walk in downtown Bellevue on Saturday, October 3, 2015. 

The walk will start at the Bellevue Farmers Market at 11:00am and then make its way to the downtown core and transit center. The walk will conclude around 1:00pm, and be followed by lunch together. The walk is free. The lunch is not.

Register for the walk here – http://kelbyone.com/photowalk/walk/bellevue-wa-united-states-next-to-barnes-noble/

If you have any questions, please send me an email.

I’m looking forward to seeing you on October 3!

The Super Simple Secret to Better Phone Photos

The Super Simple Secret to Better Phone Photos

THE PROBLEM:
Do your phone photos look hazy and lack sharpness and clarity as in the “Before” photo above? If you answered, “YES!” read on for the Simple Solution…


THE SOLUTION:
Step 1: Turn your phone over to the back side camera

Step 2: Find a lint-free, non-abrasive cloth (examples: eye glass cleaning cloth, 100% cotton t-shirt)

Step 3: Wipe the camera lens for 3-5 seconds with the non-abrasive cloth

Told you it was simple!

Since our phones end up in pockets, purses, and all sorts of places, they get touched a lot. During that time, there’s a pretty good chance your fingerprints ended up smudging the camera lens, resulting in hazy photos.