Jeannine Pound Photography: Blog https://www.jeanninepoundphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Jeannine Pound Photography jeannine@jeanninepoundphotography.com (Jeannine Pound Photography) Mon, 20 Sep 2021 03:13:00 GMT Mon, 20 Sep 2021 03:13:00 GMT https://www.jeanninepoundphotography.com/img/s/v-12/u394820820-o619187411-50.jpg Jeannine Pound Photography: Blog https://www.jeanninepoundphotography.com/blog 80 120 Alaina's Road Trip to Sunflower Fields! https://www.jeanninepoundphotography.com/blog/2021/9/alaina-sunflower-fields Senior Portraits with Jeannine Pound PhotographySenior Portraits with Jeannine Pound PhotographySunflowers, crumbly brick alleys, farm truck, forest, rivers, our Ellensburg location shoot had it all! Alaina! Senior at Skyline High School, Class of 2022! We came up with a vision... forests, rivers, and sunflower fields... so we took a little road trip :) 

(Just a note: this portrait session was during a magical time: we were post-vaccinations and pre-D-variant...thus.. we rode together!)

Pre-session:  Salon 074 in Sammamish for a quick blow-dry for sleek & smooth hair, with Stefany :)

1st leg of our Road Trip: Fall City:

Oh, would that I had a daughter with pink hair! ~ my dream since each of my 3 were born!

As I wait for that momentous hair day, I thoroughly enjoyed photographing you, Alaina! Alaina-006-Jeannine-Pound-PhotographyAlaina-006-Jeannine-Pound-PhotographySunflowers, crumbly brick alleys, farm truck, forest, rivers, our Ellensburg location shoot had it all!

One thing I love about portrait photography - we get to PLAY!

I just think "play" brings joy, contentedness, and peace.

Cardio exercise, agility, stretching and strength training all keep our bodies happy & healthy.

I think creative-physical play - like learning a new dance, or playing charades, or performing a photography session scenario, does the same for our minds.

We may start with something "normal" for us, and then "imaginate" to take off on any different trajectory, in a safe environment. And in "play", your finish line is in your control... 

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Alaina's mum, Jeannine, joined our car in Fall City.

Next Stop: Top o' the Pass

with one Alaina & two Jeannines :)

To KittitasTo Kittitas

Bliss is a babbling brook!
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Yes, Alaina chose a forest scene with a river because - beautiful! and so PNW -

& we had a second reason - a forest green theme seemed perfect for... 

our Girl Scout cookies scenario!
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Alaina just doesn't brag,

she doesn't announce her accomplishments with blinking lights,

she doesn't shout about her winnings from the rooftops,

but

she is a WA State record holder!!

This young woman has SOLD

more Girl Scout Cookies than any other,

year after year after year... yummmm!!!

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Ok, I ❤️❤️❤️ the semi-serious shots where my client's eyes are windows to her soul (farther above),

and the laughing mischievous shots transitioning to pure out-and-out crack-up moments :)

3rd Leg of our Road Trip:

To KittitasTo Kittitas

I like for my clients to choose some favorites from the Pinterest board I curate for my own inspiration, to help get ideas rolling for their own session. One of Alaina's favorites was my niece, Taylor, in the sunflower field that her Daddy planted & raised specifically for Taylor's senior portraits :) Acres upon acres upon acres of gorgeous healthy sunflowers :) Taylor's senior portrait session is here

 🌻 Thankfully, Brent & Kirsten have continued to grow sunflowers! 🌻

The 3rd stop of our Road Trip was at Taylor's family's home, in Kittitas.

The talented hair artist who created Taylor's curls, 

Kristen Hoffmann

blessed us by meeting us at our venue, armed to curl :)

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I feel so incredibly blessed that Taylor just happened to be HOME from college & from summer counselor work, on the very day that Alaina & Jeannine & I arrived to make sunflower portraits. Taylor was way excited to join us as official assistant and make more sunflower magic :)

Taylor, the Ellensburg Local, took us to the local photography background spots :)

Graffiti wall, ever changing art

a party dress :)

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& fun with backlight & white fabric:

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Next, our in-house local guide took us to those mid-town Ellensburg old crumbly alleys

new & old and official & unofficial murals

& the patina of age and sun, wind & weather:

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And onward, to the Sunset, to the Sunflower Fields... this was along the way:

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& after bumping and lurching and trusting Taylor that my vehicle could make it through some tall grass and over a little bridge: The sunflowers were there waiting for us!

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Ok, so there was this idea... of floating petals all around our girl... so Taylor & Jeannine (mum) gathered & tore, positioned on each side of the camera

... and threw!

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At this point, the sun had set; we were on our way home... but there was this truck... Alaina-212-Jeannine-Pound-PhotographyAlaina-212-Jeannine-Pound-PhotographySunflowers, crumbly brick alleys, farm truck, forest, rivers, our Ellensburg location shoot had it all! So...

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And that was our finalé :)

We gathered sunflowers for our homes, compliments of Taylor's family,

and we were stocked with drinks and Girl Scout cookies :)

as we meandered back west, over the Pass, to home! 

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It was a bountiful good time :)

I am so happy to have had this playful adventure with you, Alaina & Jeannine!

May the Lord bless you so richly with lives full of play :)

 

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Jon! The Mountains to the Matador... https://www.jeanninepoundphotography.com/blog/2021/8/jon-mountains-to-matador I SO ENJOY repeat clients!  Like Jon's family!

Jonny had a lot to live up to, I mean, THIS was pressure, I mean, his big brother is my cover model - not just for a sample album showing off portraits I ❤️ but Jon's big brother is THE cover model for my STYLE GUIDE.  And he's all over the inside of it too.  That's like, having your older sibling score straight As and graduate valedictorian and the teacher knows who you are before they met you because they liked HIS work. How was Jonny going to hold up???

I loved how we made this Jon's own - I mean, his shoot was completely different from brother's, and Jon rocked it his own way :)  yeah, i must have just made all that up about pressure ^ what? pressure? Jonny don't care! We went hiking!

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                                                                                although i think there may have been a barbaric YAWP! 

                                                                                                                                                          or 2 or 3... echo echo echo
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Jon LOVES the great outdoors! I am betting he is out there now ;) His whole family is woodsy - Jon's mom, Denise, hiked with us - Hi Denise!! - and I was hearing about stone water slides and all these tremendous places I have yet to BE! - VERY inspiring. Like an REI ad :) 

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Jonny's hike was in the Fall. We achieved the serious goal of attaining a senior portrait for the yearbook ✅ But y'know, he wasn't going to actually graduate until June... so... in the Spring, we made some more :) This time, we were in a picturesque block of Redmond, with the walking path, near Molly Moon & including the crumbly old brick and black accents of Matador.

This HAT was Jon's Great Grandpa's - and we so enjoyed including it :) 

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Jon's hair was cut & styled just before his Spring shoot, by Jo at Gene Juarez Men in Bellevue. Jo has a talent for knowing just how to shape a man's hair to fall into place naturally. Way to go, Jo! 
The black door in the old brick wall on the street side of Matador is one of my favorite places to shoot :) This is why :) 

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Jon, I'm glad you were good with using me for your photographer!

I'm looking forward to seeing what the Lord has in store for you!

I'll be praying for loads of His peace as you're movin' on movin' on this Fall!!

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I've so enjoyed photographing Jon's family, I had to include link to  [big bro's photos] ... 

AND...  Jon's DAD is in this photo below...

this was our church band a few years ago... will you guess which one he is?  😁😁😁

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ERICA! 2 Seasons ~ Skyline High School Grad 2021!! https://www.jeanninepoundphotography.com/blog/2021/6/erica Autumn...                                                              

AND Spring!

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Ah, I think this could be a new senior portrait package!  2 seasons!

Creativity flourishes under limitations, right?   Erica's senior portrait "limits" started with COVID ~ like limits for all of us last year!

We had NO options for hair styling or makeup...  two things Erica had been looking forward to in her senior portrait session...

luckily, Erica is capable & made boho beauty DIY style...

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I love Erica's dark eyes... so expressive! windows! 

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One of Erica's first location ideas had been the little old historic Shell station on Front Street in Issaquah... great idea!!!

The building was used for a variety of purposes through the last 100 years, but is now owned by the

Downtown Issaquah Association and is being restored to 1940s-ish glory! 

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^ Between shots, my daughter, Joy, was rushing a feather-filled parka to Erica because...

this was 6am and it was not warm & sunny yet!!  

Cheers & kudos to Erica who put on her best summer afternoon vibes for all her fun portraits this first time around!  

Sometimes, random stairways are just really fun for photos...

i think this could be an album cover. Erica, what will you sing? what will you play? 

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Oh! and we met up with this fun silver backdrop... with a spotlight :)

 

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Another gem in Issaquah is ... The Blue Door!  

There is a seriously heart-warming and inspirational story behind The Blue Door ~

a story of how one young person with an idea sparked personal relationships between

people of 2 cities a world apart from each other :)

The Blue Door is a gift to represent friendship, from the people of Issaquah's sister city, Chefchaouen, Morocco.

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Erica had been a cheerleader for Skyline High School for years, so portraits in cheer attire were a MUST!

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Can you feel the love?!! 

 

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Thank you to Erica's family and all of you who trusted me for photographs during 2020!!

YOU (& masks and hand sanitizer) kept me in business :)

NOW for something fun that Erica's family decided to do...

a second senior portrait session, close to her graduation date in Spring of 2021! 

This time, we had the full portrait session going on ~

still masked up much of the time, but I was able to enjoy a nice long session with Erica

at several locations around Bellevue, just simply having a good time :) 

We started with Bernie! On hair, at Gene Juarez in Redmond

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We took advantage of Erica's voluminous hair in her Autumn portrait session...

so she went for sleek & shiny for her Spring session ^   :)

Thank you, Kelli Strok on make up!!! You are not only gifted, but fun 🤩

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but during COVID, salons were required to shut down makeup, and the sector is not yet back up to speed.

Kelli, however, is!! With Washington's opening-up policies, she has agility!

has-makeup-will-travel! SHE CAME TO US!!

how cool!  Thank you, Kelli!

Erica's Autumn portrait session had been in old-town Issaquah.

Her Spring portrait session? Downtown Bellevue. Sleek & smooth :)

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To all the people who provide public art in towns and cities ~ thank you!

In old town Bellevue, just south of the bright & shiny downtown, is an alley.

It used to be a very plain alley. Not memorable, not a destination (hahaha!),

not cute or pretty in any way... but that changed recently... 

Thank you!!!!! to Crick of DOZERArt

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Your art is MADE for public interaction, how perfectly wonderful for me, and for Erica, and for YOU :)

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And a huge thank you to the sponsor of this artistification:

Thank you!!!!! to Eduardo of “TEH” The Enhanced Home in Bellevue

for this public-welcoming #dozerfly at The Enhanced Home :D

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Skyline robe and cap and all!!  2021 Grad :)

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I so enjoyed my days with you!

Huge graduation congratulations!!

You are modest & resilient & quirky & fun & daring ~

and those are just the things i like most about you!

❤️

 

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Anthony - Woodinville High class of '21 ! https://www.jeanninepoundphotography.com/blog/2021/6/anthony-woodinville-class-of-21 Anthony!

Thank you for choosing my little biz!

Your photoshoot was so much fun for me :) 

Mostly because of our jolly banter.

YOU are a lot of fun :)

Where to start... where to start... at the beginning!

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Anthony was my first under-18-er ( NOT already in my mobile's address book ) to contact me via text about making his senior portraits, 

... and I was really wary that this supposed-high-school-senior-yeah-right would actually be a Colombian scam-artist who preys on naive American small business owners ~ I was just waiting for the misspellings... followed by the circuitous request for dollars or bitcoin!    😆

BUT HE WAS FOR REAL! yay! Anthony, I'm glad you're real!

 It was a great clue when he texted that he needed to ask his Mom about photography dates :) 👌🏼 Then I was feeling ok :) 

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Yep, in my entire experience (8 years?) until Anthony, in cases where I don't already KNOW my high schoolers, it has always been a parent who contacts me about senior portraits ~  So I was impressed with Anthony's maturity & ask-for-what-you-want-assertiveness right out of the box. 

(A, did your parents TELL you to contact me? If so, DON'T tell me; don't ruin it, just let me continue being impressed!)

~

Last Fall of course, we were well pre-vaccine; "vaccine" was just a goal / a dream with about 20 companies planning or recruiting clinical trial participants; but the vaccine dream was like a horse race with no finish line in sight. We were still in stay-home-stay-safe mode, physically in our own little sanitized boxes.

So I first "met" Anthony via text, then email, then finally Zooooming a Planning Meeting ~ 

But meeting for his trim & style at Gene Juarez on Photography Day was the first time we met in person :)

Thank you, Michael (@mmenhennitt) at Redmond Gene Juarez, for Anthony's trim & style!!! ^

~

Anthony's Dad, Phillip, met us outside Gene Juarez afterward, and we caravanned to Anthony's home:

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Anthony's true home ^

that is- a beach :) 

Not necessarilllyyy for sunbathing :)  Mostly for finding the critters :)  

He's a goal-oriented young man, with an inquiring mind, and a passion for the sea... critters!

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So Golden Gardens oceanfront park in Ballard was an ideal location to start shooting.

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...then we took a little roam... south and over the canal... with new opportunities to pull over & explore new places...

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... and so we came to Discovery Park :)

"Discovery" Park... how appropriate...

Anthony is a natural born scientist. He gets it from his Mom, Melinda!  Nature?  Nurture? Gotta be both :)

His curiosity flows into original ideas which flow quite naturally into action.  I don't know whether his family knows that for most people, an idea is just an idea- people don't generally DO something about their ideas.  But here's one of those who may not separate the idea from the doing, if it's a good idea, he does it. That's the impression I had anyway! Where is the fear, Anthony? Where is the possibility of failure tucked away in your mind? Nada.

So, he likes to run experiments.

At the time of our shoot, I believe Anthony was testing standing water in local neighborhoods for the presence of micro-plastic pollution, and then tracking concentrations of the micro-plastics in closed systems (baggies) over time in hopes of discovering plastic-chomping microbes,.. (??) This could totally turn into a mad scientist movie where he develops these microbes and they get unleashed on the world muah-ha-ha and eat up all our plastic life conveniences plunging us back into a time of biodegradable drudgery like the last 70 years never happened! oh the horror!

He's been entering science competitions for half his life (or more)!

In 8th grade, his curiosity was inspired by the movie "The Martian" ~ would plants be able to grow on Mars withOUT a weather-vulnerable pressurized greenhouse?  Hmmm... who knew? so - he took action to discover answers - why not?  He put a variety of food-plants into a vacuum chamber in his basement & added carbon dioxide, to simulate Martian atmospheric composition & pressure 

- AN 8th GRADER! -

and then tested the plants' enzyme functions versus identical control plants at timepoints up to 3 days ~ and THEN crafted the results of his study into a presentation cutely titled

"No Pressure: The Effects of Martian-Like Atmospheric Pressure on Enzyme Catalyzed Reactions in Plants"

which took him to the top 300 then the top 30 then to a Technology Award at the national science competition Broadcom Masters.

Dude!

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^ VERY nice portrait

~ confident, humble, hopeful ~

PERFECT for ANY occasion a headshot could possibly be wanted over your next several years ~

but let's add some "yeah" because this is senior portrait time ...

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awesome ^ ! 

 

but i do want a little more...

how shall we say...

superhero scientist out to save humanity -

 

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that's it!  ^

 

and THIS is why my photoshoot with Anthony was so fun for me :)

We were giggling like school kids and having a ball the entire time

and making super fun portraits :)

 

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Our next couple portraits in this series...

may be described by Anthony as "the Discoverer" ~

like the intrepid explorer who plants a flag on the moon, or on a desert island ~

while I may describe the same portraits as "the Gatsby":

 

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I'm especially intrigued by one of Anthony's previous science-y projects... It wasn't the most exciting for him, if I remember correctly, because the study involved hours upon hours of watching video of an aquarium octopus (instead of being there in person) to understand its behaviors / movement patterns / probability that it would be in one part of the tank or another ~ was this the creature that would get bored and block up the water flow of the tank to get some  tank-cleaning-time excitement?  

Anthony's octopus-observing totally inspires my imagination... on macro-scale quantum mechanics, as applied to an octopus under study. Dear Reader, please allow me to nerd: 


 

And the sun went down...

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And we were given a gift :)

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o da weetle baby! all washed up awone! ^  Anthony had noticed a sign with a phone number to call in case of baby seals on the beach. He made the call and encouraged the gathering crowd to keep well away from baby :)  he was in his element.  

On our walk back to the cars, Anthony's dad, Phillip, shared an astounding video clip of orcas interacting with the family's kayaks during a recent family vacation. This was such fun for me to "immerse" myself into this family's life for a day!! Thank you, Anthony, Melinda & Phillip!  I hope to touch base now and again to see what science-y things the next years hold for Anthony at 

Stony Brook University

:)

Congratulations!!!

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Yasmeen ~ Post Alley https://www.jeanninepoundphotography.com/blog/2021/6/yasmeen-post-alley Oh so fun - Yasmeen's family was one of my VERY FIRST FAMILIES to give my little biz a try ~ and when I delivered her album (masked and all distanced of course!) there were photos of her from that very first shoot right there in the hallway! What joy in my heart!  (feeling poetic!) 

Find itty bitty Yasmeen at ye old blog post, click here to go back to 2013 :)

So to take her seniors last October was SO MUCH FUN for me!!

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Yas is graduating from both high school & from the school where she actually takes her classes: 

Bellevue College!

 

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We made our Senior Portraits last October :)

Near the waterfront of downtown Seattle, at Pike Place Market. & Post Alley

 

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I just love all the texture of the crumbly brick walls,

the odd nooks & unique doorways

& the unexpected colors

and the jovial people

in the Pike Place Market area.

 

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Yasmeen is a PLANNER.

It's her nature :) Inborn.

And Yas is opinionated. She KNOWS what she likes & knows what she doesn't.

This benefitted me.

I liked the texts back-and-forth prior to our shoot.

I appreciated SEEing the outfits under consideration, in advance.

The colors, shapes and their combinations were able to roll & meld in my mind well before, allowing me to consider backgrounds prior to reaching our location.

Whew! That is a huge stress-reliever for me! Just FYI!  

It's like athletics, right? Envision in advance for best results  :)

 

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Thank you to Miguel at Gene Juarez in Redmond, for Yasmeen's beautiful fresh cut & style :)

Thank you to Cody, for your easy-going encouragement & readiness to join in!! 


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Cody & Yasmeen are both taekwondo teachers!!  ^ 

Maybe I'll get to photograph them together, each in a dobok (training uniform) & ddi (belt)  :)

- I just learned that dobok literally means "clothing of the way" 

~ any Mando fans out there? ~


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Love this:

 

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CONGRATULATIONS YASMEEN, 2021 EASTLAKE AND RUNNING START GRAD !!!

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can't resist this last memory...

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Dhruv! ... and my thoughts on films... and in-between moments... https://www.jeanninepoundphotography.com/blog/2021/6/dhruv-liberty-high-school-graduate To the person who recommended me to Dhruv's family for his senior portraits ~ thank you :)  I have so much fun meeting friends of friends of friends, and i think it's funniest when I don't know where or when our extended friendship chain began :D  I'm totally curious, would love for you to LMK if you are the person who placed your recommendation with Shalini! :) 

Dhruv!  You are almost there!

Graduation June 11th :)

Let's walk back down a tiny memory lane from the Fall & Dhruv's senior portraits:

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I LOVE Dhruv's choice of outfit here! It's the NW twist on All American with great textures, great cozy factor,

and of course, great shoes :)

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You know how... in a film...

the best stories are the ones that stretch to ALL the emotions ~ from the serious parts... to all-out laughter!  ~

I think that's how it is with Portrait Sessions as well :)  

The serious moods are so personal,

and the laughing shots are the best ~

but you need both to highlight each other ...

otherwise ... like, say, for example, an action flick that

never ever ever slows down or lets up for a moment -

just one emotion for over an hour can be quite -

boring.  

A roller coaster is only fun if it has highs and lows,

and a portrait session for me is AWESOME when it includes both 

open-soul-serious eyes

AND

laughter that you can practically HEAR  :)  

 

And everything in between!

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I also adore the in-betweener moments!

Those always end up being favorites for me -

ok, i won't tease, ALL people-portrait moments are my favorite moments! -

But i like in-betweeners

like when my client takes a moment aside & is thinking...

:)

below, i might've said something like

"let's imagine you are going to turn in my direction & suddenly see an OLD FRIEND (instead of ME with a CAMERA),

and you're surprised and pleased and you greet me like I'm a good buddy..."    

so here's that in-betweener moment, that thinking look...

as he decides how to look when he suddenly sees an old friend...

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... and then he would come up with one of the looks above ^

The smile, the laugh, the genuine self ~

and here's another favorite in-betweener moment I love,

It's when my client takes a moment to brush back their hair and I see it and- 

"STOP!"

and they look up and

click click

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^ yep, unconsciously

Hollywood

People of all ages / genders happenstance into those moments; we all do - but unlike Flynn Rider (Disney's Rapunzel, film clip below), in life & photoshoots the moment is completely unintentional, it happens when you've been taking photos for quite a while... or just hanging out with friends for quite a while... & you're completely unconscious of yourself... but the camera just happens to be there ~ along with someone who SEES IT  :)

I recall a girls' San Juan Island weekend 3 years ago

(Cara, Beth, Camilla, Jean, Linda, you know the weekend)

We're the only 6 people hanging out on the rocky NW driftwood beach & the August sun is bright & my girlfriends are all wearing summer fabrics & the world seems so colorful

& I'm bending to pick up my camera & Beth says 

"STOP! Stay right there!"

and she gets her phone and click click!

I love those pictures!

Those are images of what others see -

when you are just you.  It's what your friends see. It's what people passing by see - when they see you.

 

 

That said,

Beware... intentionally going for an e-boy / Hollywood or dreaded Insta-girl-kissy-face look don't work... grammar intentional... don't selfie that.

 

 

Altogether a successful photoshoot.

Right down to our primary goal...

our senior yearbook portrait :)

 

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Thank you, Dhruv & family!

I pray for the Lord's love to bless you through and through.

I'm excited for Dhruv to begin a next-chapter of life,

and I feel nostalgic sad-happy for his parents who are finishing a chapter of their own,

although I'm sure the next part of the story will be fun as well!

Thanks!

Jeannine

 

Thank you to Abby at Gene Juarez Men for hair :)


 

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Grace at Seventeen https://www.jeanninepoundphotography.com/blog/2021/5/grace-at-seventeen This Spring, I had the immense pleasure of photographing the daughter of a long-ago friend of mine.  My friend is Kim, and this is Grace.

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Kim highly values photographs, as I do. I remember that 20+ years ago, she had an eye :) And Grace has taken two years of Photography electives in high school, so we were 3 of a kind.  We had our Planning Session via Zoom. and had communicated via text & email about outfits & locations, so we didn't actually meet in person until the day of our shoot, and that felt surreal.  Kim & I are the same but older. How did that happen?? But seriously, it is so comfortable to be with her, she loves me and I love her, and although it has been several years since our last in-person time together ( I had brought my daughters to meet Kim & Grace & their many horses! )  the relationship is like no time has passed. 

I met my mother daughter pair at the place where nearly all of my shoots get to start, at a Gene Juarez Salon.  JC set Grace's hair according to Instagram photos Grace had brought on her mobile, to get just the right look for this day. Her hair would flow and bounce for hours :)  

We had decided our outfits in advance, so there was no stress over what-to-wear in the days just before our shoot. Grace had it all wrinkle-free & in the car.  However, one item that is a little difficult to plan ahead, is a location where cherry trees would be blooming beautifully ON THE DAY that we shoot ~ so the three of us had been keeping eyes open, watching the blossoms wax and then wane here and then there. We knew we may not have cherry blossoms on THE day, but we were hopeful.  Grace is the one who found our location ~ ideally situated at a small church :) 

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Thank you, Lord!

The trees were our first stop, barefoot, with swishy dress, and to me, it felt like heaven.

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Grace's next location choice was a riverside park, on our way to her home. The water was low. The mountains were white. The river rocks were laid bare, and huge tree trunks from winter storms had been piled high. I love that two younger girls stopped me on my walk to the river ~ they'd noticed my camera and were excitedly telling me about a log fort they had made near the bridge, and were hopefully suggesting that I could take some amazing photographs there :) How fun is that!!! However, I was too swept away having the fun we did, and neglected to look for the fort! Another time :) 

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Grace wanted to shoot at her home. They purchased this home about 18 months ago, and of their menagerie (they had operated a horse rescue) they brought 3 horses, several cats, 2 dogs, and pygmy goats :)  The 5 acre property has a ranch arch over the entrance - with their last name on it!! Almost, one letter different, but still ;)  

I was able to meet Sam:

He's been in this family nearly as long as Grace has!

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Recently, the family has installed this pretty blue-grey-green flagstone patio ~ a great place to enjoy various views of their property.

It was a fun place to shoot Grace in her Docs.

Doc Martens :) 

I love these chunky boots too :)

 

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Grace's Mum, Kim, and I had been in a very tight knit Bible Study together, starting 25 years ago, and lasting several years.  We were small, about 5-8 people meeting in the group as it fluctuated over the years. It covered our lives as singles post-college and then through dating and into our first years of our marriages, and then through our first children...  I'm more than thankful for the grounding these women gave me back then.  Our friendship bloomed out of our shared commitment to the Lord. I remember Kim's mission trips, I remember her deep-dive into love, her wedding, her Mom passing, her baby girl born... that was about the point where all us Bible Study Girls were swept up into our family lives and we might see each other once or twice a year or less now, but the love and appreciation is strong. That "iron sharpening iron" we shared in our Bible Study was our formation as young adults...  Strong love. God's daughters. Sisters in Christ :)  It was beautiful to pray with Kim & Grace at our shoot. 

I love this little movie-memory of my day with my beloved friend and

Grace at Seventeen!

 

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Greg's Seniors! Lake Sammamish - Bellevue - Carnation & Tolt https://www.jeanninepoundphotography.com/blog/2021/5/greg---city-country-both Oh that COVID hair was SO FUN!!!

Beach bum looks on every man!

Greg was agreeable to photographing his lengthy locks before cleaning him up!   

Why not In the ski boat?

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We agreed it was unbearable to chop the front flop

so Val

at Gene Juarez Men at the Bravern 

took off the hair in the back, shaping & texturing to Greg's likes:

 

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Greg's Mum, Nici, played sherpa for us :)

& my daughter & baby pup were with us enjoying the city!

My 12-year-old Sasha didn't want to appear in this post, but 3-month-old Hana did not complain!

 

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Then he transformed, back to Mr. Casual :)

 

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Oh, I didn't. Yes, I did!    I have photos of Greg from  years   and years   ago ...

POP QUIZ

 

 

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Greg has an eye for composition:

Shapes, lines, colors, textures ...

Sometimes a photo of his just makes sense compositionally like ahhhhhh ~

& other times he chooses a unique point of view ~

& sometimes it's like whaaaaaa ? ? ? ? am I looking at ? ? ?

y'know, intriguing, a puzzle for the brain :)  

This is a stolen sampling of Greg's photos that I love, from his Instagram :D

Do you see what I mean??? 



 

          On Instagram :)      
 

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Greg's Mom & Pop are from Iowa.

His Grands and relatives are there.

Farms & fields are in his blood :)

He's a little bit Country ~

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i seem to remember another photoshoot...

with Greg...

and a field

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Pop Quiz!

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CONGRATULATIONS, GREG!!!

Eastlake High School Graduation!

On your way to

IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY

for Aerospace Engineering :)

I have had so much fun photographing your family over the years!!

Greg's sister, Olivia's Senior Potraits, and Family Portraits from when I very first started my little biz!

Greg, I will enjoy watching your college career, your years in Iowa, your ambitions and your photographs :)

I'll be arrow-praying for you every time I think of your family :)

Thank you so much for allowing me to make your Senior Portraits!!!

 

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Elly ~ Eastlake Class of 2021 ! https://www.jeanninepoundphotography.com/blog/2021/4/elly-eastlake-class-of-2021 Zip zip! That was Elly! I honestly have never had a client who wanted to be finished with photos as quickly as Elly wanted to be finished with photos ~ I used to say that every client has fun, even the guys ~ but now I may have an exception! Maybe she had fun... oh I dunno, maybe not! But ... SHE DID IT :) She did it for her Mum :) She did it for her yearbook :) She just wanted to get it behind her as fast as possible !  I have photographed Elly once before, and she was fine... maybe because it was an ENTIRE FAMILY shoot, and she could be part of the crowd instead of being the end-all-be-all-center-of-attention! Anyway, she had LOVED her hair at that shoot, done by the experts at Larissa Sofia Salon, in Klahanie :)  So we went there again for her senior portraits !  And her hair was styled just the way she likes it, yippeee!!

Elly's first choice for location is Beaver Lake Park, in Sammamish :)  Sunlight filtered through the canopy for us, it was a gorgeous place for portraits!

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Next, the cutest little flower farm... gorgeous :) 

 

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And Snoqualmie has a fantastic steak house, Woodman Lodge ... it was closed for COVID, but the exterior is still fun, and had gorgeous flowers... 

 

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I so love the colors in this one ^  :D

 

Next, for sunset drama, Elly really wanted Mount Si !

The mountain turns rosy red if we have clear skies at sunset.

We took in the view from the visitor center at Meadowbrook Farm :

 

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Lovely!

 

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A successful senior portrait shoot for Miss Elly!!

She likes her portraits, she loves them, so the way I tortured her was WORTH IT!!

 

I am glad I know you, Elly! I'm glad I have known you since you were LITTLE!

I appreciate how the Lord made you just the way you are ~

your quick sense of humor,

your ability to build tight long-lasting friendships,

your humility & attention focused on others instead of yourself,

your love of the outdoors,

your strong relationships with your family :)

 

Yeah!

Congratulations, Elly!!

2 months until graduation!!!

 

 

 

 

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Zach's Rock Climbing (senior) Portraits :) https://www.jeanninepoundphotography.com/blog/2021/3/zachs-rock-climbing-senior-portraits DO YOU SEE HIM?  

... look at about the halfway point of the cliff, on the right side of the waterfall ~

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~ In Zach's free time, you'll find him in the mountains ~ 
 

:D woot woot! This was near the completion of our time together ~ we built UP TO the waterfall ~ we started (relatively) smaller :)

First: completion of preparations: Zach scheduled a neat trim-up with Barber Val, at Gene Juarez Men, at The Bravern.

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All he needed was packed in his car, so immediately after the Barber, Zach drove East to Snoqualmie Pass.

I followed, and when arriving at our first location, I was a bit confused - I never saw the trailhead.

The entrance felt hidden & secret ~

Zach led the way through tall off-road undergrowth. The moment we were standing at the entrance, I didn't know how I could have missed it ~ 

a huge wildlife tunnel led to our climbing range. Within thick summertime foliage, the yawning tunnel is discreetly hidden from the nearby mountain road.

Headlamps? Check.

At one point, as I followed Zach, his silhouette was so picturesque, and to my eye, shows so much that we don't see in color photos, I had to pause:

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Our Wildlife Tunnel leads to "Fun Forest" , a quintessential PNW rockscape of climbing routes.

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Fellow climber, Brenna, is here to belay & double-check all the safety equipment ^.

I also appreciate our sherpas, thank you Joy & Nancy!

Okay, Forgive Me Now! for mistakes in naming Zach's climbing routes - or better yet - message me the corrections you can see are needed, please!

I LOVE route names!!!! They are whimsical, fun, fantastical :)

Here Zach is starting a route called:

 

MYSTICAL GARDEN OF FREE-WHEELING ANIMALS

 

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Given, it seems that there are likely multiple names for the same routes! Because... everyone who conquers a route would like to name it ;)
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To me, THE iconic route in this part of the playground is inside the detached pillar that forms: 

 

CHIMNEY EXPRESS

 

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YES! Our Warm-Up is finished ;) Next up, Franklin Falls!

I LOVE Franklin Falls, I've enjoyed photographing here several times and its beauty is outrageous. I have yet to do a Winter shoot here with the "ice fall" and snow all around... hmmm...

A delightful trail through old growth forest leads to a narrow staircase, where we stopped to take some potential yearbook shots :) 

 

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The wet slick rocks are FAR too dangerous for climbing. Zach will rappel. 


 

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Securely roped above, and with Brenna belaying below, Zach carefully began his descent.

Waterfall top to bottom:

At this point, Zach is in the middle at about the mid-point of the Falls :)

 

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Exhileration, through the misty view ~ a couple more moments as Zach finishes his descent:

 

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HOORAY!!

Successful Senior Portrait Shoot! Whew! Oh my! 

This was exhilarating for everybody involved. Thank you to Zach & his family for offering this opportunity to me :) 

CONGRATULATIONS, ZACH!

Eastlake High School

&

Lake Washington Institute of Technology.

Class of 2021

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Phoebe! Sun, Lake & Bamboo ! https://www.jeanninepoundphotography.com/blog/2021/3/phoebe-sun-lake-bamboo Phoebe is my kind of girl :) That is to say, we love the same types of photographs :) 

She lives in a semi-minimalist, tall & slender house (how picturesque!) on the lake. Her home doesn't have a lot of "stuff" and each chosen furnishing or piece of decór is ~ unique ~ fun ~ different ~ interesting! I think, it is, quite an interesting allegory for Phoebe!!!

I really think so! Phoebe prefers less. She prefers unique. She prefers simple. She is herself. 

So we started Phoebe's portrait session at sunrise, on her lake :)

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We were invited to photograph in a private garden nearby, a spur-of-the-moment invitation, when the owner chanced to see us making portraits. Oh, did we have fun in the garden :) 

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This inviting garden was irresistibly MADE for bare feet, and aqua-painted toenails!  There was even a stone dragon guarding the bamboo!

The first time anyone is in a Photography Session, we are all a little self-conscious, I wonder if it's more so when posing in bamboo?

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We DID have an audience, after all. Parents Gavin & Kim were present, although not watching too obviously, and my Joy was there assisting & we also had another gracious neighbor with us, Mr. Sherwood!

Within a few frames, and after looking at some of our results on the back of our camera, Phoebe & I were professionals :)

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Moving into our original plan at our host Mr. Sherwood's sandy beach, we were delighted with the tall golden-flowering reeds at the shore. I just love the name Sherwood ~ Here we are, at the lake in Sherwood Forest! - oh, yes, and we had bubble guns. Thank you to Phoebe's Mum, Kim, and to my daughter, Joy, for manning our rapid-fire bubble guns !!

Behind-the-scenes: The blue bubble gun at top left in the first photo is Kim, and the blue bubble gun making an appearance at the right side of the second photo is Joy :)  Decisions, decisions! - how many bubbles are enough? how many are too many? where to aim the bubble guns? at Phoebe's head? her face? her heart? in front of her? behind her? The wind is taking our bubbles away, oh no! I was laughing pretty hard as we all experimented:

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I'm so glad we did this; the portraits with floating bubbles in Sherwood Forest are so fun :)  I think I like to view them all at once:

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We had begun at our shoot at sunrise (6am-ish) ~ partly for the pretty light, and partly to avoid the rain in the forecast ~

At about this time, the rain came tumbling down...

...with perfect timing! We were ready to move on to the INDOOR half of our Photography Session plan. I would experience Phoebe's kitchen ~ Magic happens there :)  Photos soon ~ but prior to that:

 

LOOK at how cool this is!!! PHOEBE GIRL OWNS A BIZ!!

 

Click to check out Phoebe's baked delicacies :)You make me smile, Phoebe, I love your sense of humor!!!

 

& she shares her recipes :) 

https://phoebestressbakes.weebly.com

&

on Instagram as @phoebestressbakes

Thank you, Phoebe, Kim & Gavin, for choosing to make Phoebe's senior portraits with me! I'm so glad I know you!

 

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Daniel, Senior Portraits in Seattle's International District https://www.jeanninepoundphotography.com/blog/2021/2/daniel-senior-portraits-in-seattles-international-district This was fun for me, as we went places I'd never been before :)  Exploring Seattle is one of Daniel's favorite pastimes, and of the options for exploration, the Chinatown - International District is THE favorite! The food, the sights, the International Model Toys shop, the grocery store, the murals & graffiti; everything about it. I was interested ~ I'd always enjoyed my bus ride through the area, past huge dragons twisting around light poles ~ so it was perfect for me to have my own tour guide in Daniel :)

We started at my favorite spot for mens' haircuts / styles:  Gene Juarez Men at The Bravern in Bellevue.

D'Angelo, in his canvas barber's apron with leather & metal accents, with all the tools, in conversation about Daniel's favorite books as he trims & shaves:

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Heading West, Daniel's first location choice was this lovely crumbly brick alley that I had stumbled upon once before, and never could find my way back to it ~ In the evening, it has hanging glass globes light the night, and if you take a little staircase up the side of a building, you might find yourself overlooking the Seattle waterfront. It has long black iron fire escapes, and interesting carve-outs for loading & unloading to business back doors:

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Next, we met at the bold mint & red pavilion in Hing Hay Park. The sun started peeking out, and we returned friendly smiles of the ping-pong players and their audiences ~ so fun! The large park is made up of a series of smaller more intimate areas on various levels, with stairsteps and small tables & chairs and sculptures (& ping pong tables!) & trees providing separation of conversational areas, and making the winding walk interesting ~ Hing Hay was designed by the same architects who designed Freeway Park, which similarly seems to bring people together.  

In this area, central Chinatown - International District, the shop windows were still covered with plywood. And PAINT! 

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I'd love to include names of mural / graffiti artists if any of you know the info!

Seattle's Chinatown - International District (The CID) had A LOT of ups and downs in 2020 ~ there is a fantastic 7-minute documentary from Northwest Asian Weekly relating this roller coaster, I hope you see it!  A strong upside was a grassroots call for artists, who came and transformed a shuttered CID with vibrant color, fun forms, and beautiful testimonies & honor to fallen Americans! 

Daniel's favorite model shop partook... with an uncomfortably close... (Zaku??!!?)

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Daniel & I both gravitated toward the whimsical for his Senior Portraits :D   I'd love the names of these artists !

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A crisp day in Autumn, and venturing out, we were all masked up, we were pleased with the amount of care others gave us as well, wearing their masks on sidewalks. Daniel always had his on when he was not actually on camera, and let me take a shot of the bandido look:

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But then, as he brings a tiny smile to the corners of his mouth... with intensity in his dark eyes... 

a little petite woman passing on the sidewalk at that moment suggested:

"YOU LOOK LIKE JAMES BOND!"

Daniel busted out laughing and his face was so red, it was my favorite moment of our shoot ;)

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And we ended up with a good strong headshot for any occasion :)
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Thank you, Daniel & family!!! This was so fun for me, and I look forward to visiting & supporting our Chinatown - International District again soon!! 

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Zach ~ Skyline High School Senior Photos ~ Class of 2020 https://www.jeanninepoundphotography.com/blog/2019/11/zach-skyline-high-school-senior-photos-class-of-2020 I mean it about having fun :)  Might as well!  I mean, you'll get used to acting like your smile is quite real, but getting those honestly-I-can't-help-it-smiles are a lot easier when you're doing something you enjoy!  Like for Zach when he dribbles around me, or makes lay-ups while I'm shooting down from above the neighborhood hoop :)  I like those smiles!  

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Zach plays for Skyline Spartans Basketball and is looking forward to this, his last year of high school ball!!  

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Our morning had started crazy early, in the dark, because ... well... I thought we'd find ourselves amongst a huge herd of elk... but - uh - we didn't.   It was nice of a moms & infants group to at least show up in the background for a moment :)

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We started picking up the leaves, but ... I don't mind them :)

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So this is like, I'm photographing Zach in the wild, his natural habitat, ssssshhhh :)

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With all the action shots, we weren't quite positive that we had THE ONE, the yearbook shot :)  So we went to... the back yard :)  And all we did were headshots.  

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I absolutely love that black & white, above.  We also had brilliant yellows, greens, and this garden plant with gorgeous red leaves... at first I dismissed it, thinking the leaves were too sparse, but Zach thought we might just try it... and I so love the results!  As Bob pointed out later, at Zach's ordering session, this background gives the look of an impressionist painting - and I could stare at those old masters' paintings for hours (like the museum scene in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, remember?) so that perfectly explains why I love this so much!

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And we found it, THE ONE for the yearbook :)   He and his parents all agreed! THE Zach smile:

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And that is the end of our show :)  And Zach is the end of senior portraits for this family!!! I met Zach's family a few years ago.  My friend Ali was showing Michelle photos of her daughter, Taylor.  I had photographed Taylor's Sweet 16 birthday with girlfriends as one of my verrry first photoshoots, and Ali was showing Michelle Taylor's senior photoshoot which we did at Golden Gardens long sand beach & bath house in Ballard... (& possibly Taylor's Skyline Varsity Basketball Banner photo?) which was just a ball to shoot.  And THAT sharing moment led to a beautiful photography relationship with Michelle's family :)  There's nothing like being set up by a mutual friend!  (Thank you, Ali!)  First I met Zach's sister, Natalie, for her senior portraits in Seattle with Gasworks Park, so-temporary University District graffiti, and Freemont Funkiness.  That seems like YESTERDAY. For me, it was love at first click.  Then I met Zach's brother Jackson for his senior portraits by the water! I got to dive into his world of rowing, and get those smiles when I asked him about his girlfriend (they are still together, cute!!!)  And now Zach's seniors!  It has been a lot of fun getting to know (at least a little bit) each of the siblings separately, and each time I have been able to have experiences that are new to me.  I treasure each. 

Zach, each time I see my past portrait sessions pop up on my website, I get to pray for that person ~ and you made it really easy on me, with your verse right on your Instagram page, one of my faves, Joshua 1:9, so when I see your portraits, I get to pray for you to be strengthened in the Lord's commands, strong and courageous, that the world's discouragement will fall away, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go :)

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Cameron - Bellevue Christian Senior Photos https://www.jeanninepoundphotography.com/blog/2019/11/cameron---bellevue-christian-senior-photos Happy Senior Sunday!! 11 The idea was simply to get one good yearbook portrait for Cameron :)  In the past, Bellevue Christian High School has always hired a pro studio to take all the senior portraits, and they are always very good portraits.  But the excitement that shines when portraits are based on a person's own unique ideas, I suspect that would be missing.  I had so much fun photographing Michael from BCHS in different ways ~ although none of those portraits could be submitted as his yearbook portrait, it was WELL worth the adventure of making them for his family, take a look here.   2019 was the first time families could submit senior photos from their own photographers at BCHS, and wow!  The 2019 senior section is beautiful, with such a fun variety of images, all tied together with a consistent style for names, and a paragraph per person beginning with that person's chosen Bible verse.  A beautiful tribute to graduating seniors!  I'm so glad I get to contribute to the BCHS 2020 yearbook ~ Cameron gets to choose one of these for his senior portrait!  We only needed to make one good one but when we started shooting, it was just too much fun, we kept going...

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Cameron's Mom, Michele, told me a little bit about Cameron's cherry red BMW... THIS car was her DREAM car... then she earned it!  This car was her reward to herself once she made it in the business world, and she loved it.  And now, this is Cameron's car, and he is giving it all the TLC it could need :)  It was glowing for its photoshoot ;)  This baby is in good hands -

3333 And car-care is for real, not just for show - Cameron knows his engines :)  He has been training, and earning both high school and college credits, in STEM courses for Automotive Technology through WANIC at Bellevue High School.    He splits his school days between the automotive lab at BHS and his "regular" classes, at Bellevue Christian High School.

Cameron's eyes are unforgettable, and highly photographable!  Icy blue?  Crystal-blue.  Unique.  With deep blue iris rims - my camera loved his gorgeous eyes and locked focus soooo easily, even as the evening light passed away.  

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Cameron, Michele and I had fun making this photoshoot happen ~ Michele was carrying reflectors and setting up a huge V-flat reflector in the quiet pastoral road, and then deftly directing any sort of traffic that did come along :)  Cameron was all about the details and angles, with ideas I would not have thought of!  I love the car lights turned ON, little detail, big impact :)

4545 1919 The sun left us, and the moon rose... and I think we achieved my #1 goal ~ we had fun :)  Yep, Cameron said it:  the sky turned midnight blue, then black, we were packing up, and Cameron said he hadn't been looking forward to getting his portraits made - but it was fun, it was actually fun ~ goal achieved :)  AND he now has quite the selection from which to choose his BCHS yearbook portrait, that's just bonus :)  Cameron, I get to pray for your life whenever I see your photos pop up on my website, and that will be a blessing to me.  I'll pray that you'll personally know the great faithfulness of our Lord, His power & goodness throughout your life. Amen!

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Dancing in Old Seattle - Lauren's Senior Portraits! https://www.jeanninepoundphotography.com/blog/2019/10/dancing-in-old-seattle---laurens-senior-portraits This portrait session was filled with more fun firsts for me.  I love that about my work!!  Each person is so unique.

Lauren's family recently inflated.

Her Dad married Nancy, our enthusiastic spark-plug cracker-jack Children's Pastor at Pine Lake Covenant Church :)  And that is how I got to meet Miss Lauren, at our "Encore" after-service all-church-hangout-time.  

Two years ago, Nancy and I had soooooo much fun making senior portraits with Nancy's daughter, Issaquah High School 2018 grad, Sarah - Sarah's shoot was scheduled during a forecasted thunderstorm but we prayed and went for it, and that storm held off until we were snug in our cars just leaving the parking lot post-shoot.  Sarah's shoot had been outrageous & silly-fun, check it out check it out here.  And now with a NEW high school senior in her family, I am grateful that Nancy asked me!!! 

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We started at Gene Juarez Downtown with artist, Jesse.  After her appointment with Jesse, Lauren's hair was light as a feather, floating on the wind.  Lauren doesn't usually wear make up any more (totally get that, with her eyelashes & skin tone!) but she tells me of going through a phase where she loved experimenting with it, so she brought her recently-untouched supplies and did her own, beautifully.   

Senior Portraits with Jeannine Pound Photography in SeattleSenior Portraits with Jeannine Pound Photography in Seattle I love that her father enjoyed being with Lauren through our whole evening.  He definitely has an artistic eye and was verrry helpful with arranging flowers in Lauren's hair and pointing out picturesque spots.  He helped Jo carry equipment, drove & parked cars, and he was our Big Bad Bodyguard in the alleys behind Pike Place and Pioneer Square.  It was really fun for me to see their playfulness that evening!  I'm just getting to know them both.

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I love ripped jeans :)  I loved this Thrasher magazine T-shirt & jeans combo on Lauren!  Ahh, if only we had brought her beat up skateboard :)

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Senior Portraits with Jeannine Pound Photography in SeattleSenior Portraits with Jeannine Pound Photography in Seattle Both Lauren & I like the look of Seattle's graffiti / sticker mayhem, and there's been more of it in Seattle lately, it seems (hooray!) - do you think the gum wall is an anonymous form of graffiti?  This stickered & gummed graffiti wall was just down the alley.  By the way, it's fun how people in Seattle stop and watch photos being taken, and often they join in!  It's really a kick.  I did a lot of dancing to avoid intentional photo bombers in Post Alley!  Not above, but for the photo below - we ended up using the wall instead of the alley ~ People casually just weave into the background, and glance up to take a look, it's totally intentional, and kind of hilarious, maybe I'll post a bunch of my Seattle photobombers one day!  

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Seattle may be gray overhead but it is COLORFUL down in the alleys.  It's a treasure trove of backgrounds and ideas to play with!  Examples below.  Who you don't see in these photos is my Jo!  Just outside the edge these photos, she is reflecting light to fill shadows under Lauren's eyebrows, to bring out the sparkle in Lauren's eyes.  I shoulda grabbed a photo of Jo at work :)  She's a lot of fun, and she makes my shoots a lot easier for me.

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Okay, so... I want to thank my model, Lauren, she is an artist, so she gets me when I really wanted to photograph her with (huge) flowers in her hair :)  Lauren really likes the color purple, so we found the closest to purple available at the Pike Place Market that day.  Gorgeous!  And then I spent way too long trying to get them to stay in Lauren's silky smooth hair!  I absolutely love our flower results with Lauren's dark hair & eyes ~  to me, it's kind of like an old Mona Lisa -style beautiful painting, but with today's jeans jacket and Lauren!  Thank you, darling Lauren, for obliging me :)

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Sometimes when I photograph a person doing something they've been TRAINED in, something they've drilled in, even if it's in their past, that person will change their whole posture and presence as they go into auto mode with that training.  Lauren has trained in dance ~ not during her high school years, but before that, through elementary school & middle school.  Both irish dancing and ballet.  And it is so fun to see her performer come out!  I think she smiled the whole time.  This was a ball.  Irish first!

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And now, the drama :)  At one of Jo's & my favorite locations, a rooftop with a view...  

 

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Senior Portraits with Jeannine Pound Photography in SeattleSenior Portraits with Jeannine Pound Photography in Seattle This was just about 5 days after that incredible purple lightning storm that delayed the UW Football game for HOURS with lightning strikes ~ and my husband & Dad & kids were drenched with rain & as the lightning rained down they left their metal bleachers to wait in the stadium's underground concourse for hours before arriving home at midnight with the game still on weather delay - memorable!   And guess what?!?!   Lighting was predicted for our evening as well!!  I'm so thankful to the Lord that we had so much fun, and a couple extra dry hours given to us that night.  From the rooftop, we watched it roll in.  Literally, the sky turned purple.  The rumbles & lightning (in the distance!) were terribly exciting.  And Jo & I enjoyed photographing Lauren's leaps to the music!  i mean, to the storm!  

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I love that Jo captured this behind-the-scenes gorgeous finalé, I think it's my favorite of all our leap portraits:

Senior Portraits with Jeannine Pound Photography in SeattleSenior Portraits with Jeannine Pound Photography in Seattle Just as Lauren was removing her ballet shoes, we all felt the faintest pitter patter of rain... and immediately evacuated the area!  Very reminiscent of my shoot with Lauren's new step-sister, Sarah!  On my drive home, the purple lightning strikes were ... (well, downright scary!) but gorgeous.  Incredible.  I'm glad to have shared our rooftop evening with Jo & Lauren & her Pops!

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I look forward to getting to know them more :)  Big welcome to our church family, Miss Lauren!

 

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Taylor & Sunflower Fields https://www.jeanninepoundphotography.com/blog/2019/9/taylorsunflowerfields A very very favorite time of year for our family is "Farmcation" :)  We travel 90 minutes to a DIFFERENT WORLD!!!  A fantabulous and picturesque world!  A world where childrens' stories come to LIFE!   "The Big Red Barn in the Great Green Field had a weather vane, and a pig that squealed..."  I laugh that city kids (& suburban kids!) grow up with sooo many picture books and songs of farm life - the cow says moo, The Farmer in the Dell, they even sing " Oh beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain!"  Kiddos point at the John Deere colors in their puzzles & school lessons correctly calling out, "Tractor!  Farmer!"  But we really never ever actually engage with these storybook characters in real life, they are like... giraffes!  elephants!  sheep!  pigs!  mermaids!  unicorns!

Senior Portraits with Jeannine Pound Photography in EllensburgSenior Portraits with Jeannine Pound Photography in Ellensburg Our family is soooooooo blessed to be welcomed with open arms into this storybook world ANY time we make the drive east - Our cousins welcome us with open arms - and abundant food :)  The views are stunning to me... and the experiences - I gather bundles of wheat for decorations at home, the kids jump in a whole truck full of oats, Joy drives a tractor that picks up hay bales :)  Aunt Becca takes her family photos at golden hour each year :)  We feed all our food leftovers to the pigs - and wouldn't you know!!! - all that garbage gets recycled into BACON!  God is amazing.  

Senior Portraits with Jeannine Pound Photography in EllensburgSenior Portraits with Jeannine Pound Photography in Ellensburg Our nephew, Tyson, invited me to make his senior portraits and we had a ball at his farm and in the town of Ellensburg.  His senior session here.  I was over the top thrilled when our niece, Taylor, Class of 2020, asked me (a year ago) to make her senior portraits in 2019.  And she knew already, that she wanted sunflowers.  Her Dad obliged with acres and acres of sunflowers that bloomed all together in August 2019 ~  aaaaaahhhhhh heaven :)

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Beauty overflows at Taylor's home.  It busts out of buildings & blue skies & rose-colored sunsets.  My niece, my vibrant sweet niece, allowed me to photograph the beauty God created in her - thank you!  :) 

Sunset colors :)

 

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Taylor's make up was done by her friend ( let me know who, T!) and her gorgeous waves in hair were created by Kristen at Mangos Salon in Ellensburg.  We knew we wanted these waves to last through wind and hot sun that afternoon, and Kristen's waves lasted the entire evening! yay!  

The fun thing at Taylor's farm is that every corner is pretty :)  Barn is old?  All the better.  Blue trunk retired from use?  It will be perfect :)

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Dad stopped by!  He protested my photo ask - farm work gets dirty - but that's the fun of it, right?  He cleans up good, so its fun to get a candid picture as he crosses the field of view!!

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Did you know... that farm kids get up real early?? ... well, not Taylor so much... unless she has an anxious Aunt Photographer trying to catch golden hour :) At 6AM :)  

Senior Portraits with Jeannine Pound Photography in EllensburgSenior Portraits with Jeannine Pound Photography in Ellensburg Taylor has enjoyed a variety of athletics, from gymnastics to soccer & softball, basketball, and she really discovered her strongest talent after experimenting with volleyball.  No surprise to me :)  

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Tay enjoys her Kittitas Secondary School volleyball teammates immensely.  She has also been blessed with a local club team being trained by amazing coaches - so each year she has been able to travel to Nationals to play at the top of her game.  But likely her crowning achievement in the sport (to date) has been journeying two years in a row to become champions in the parent-child division in doubles sand volleyball at the Seaside Beach Volleyball Tournament 2017 & 2018... she played with my husband, Tony Pound :)  We totally cheated.  He's not a parent.  Uncle Tony is really more of a 2nd cousin or something, I can't keep it straight.  And given, there was a lot of beverage and posturing flowing amongst the parents.  I think the smack talk is a traditional virtue for the elder 1/2 of each parent-child team.  Okay, and, given, these divisions were not the official Seaside parent-child divisions, they were aprés-play when-a-net-is-free-grab-it homespun tournaments devised by the parents of Taylor's volleyball team - but still, those were tough games ;)  maybe ;)

A year from now, Summer 2020, T will be playing volleyball for George Fox University.  She is excited to continue the sport she loves at a small college that is devoted to nurturing her & teammates spiritually as well as mentally & physically.  (Congratulations, T!!!)

Brent set up a net in the loft of their large barn.  This is the loft where generations of Taylor's family have played basketball - and I saw roller skates up there - and it's generally been like a really awesome treehouse clubhouse for kids  :)

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And we went for some action shots!

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Taylor, you're strong in knowledge of what's right, along with a heart for justice.  My prayer for you will be that you continue to stick with your gut, your convictions, the ways of your God, and that those around you will be blessed by YOU just being YOU in that fruitful way.  I'm so happy for you, I enjoy hearing your thoughts, and I'm so glad to have been able to get to know you even mo' betta' lately!!  Love that we could make your senior portrait ideas really happen - Taylor in Sunflower Fields :)

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For the Love of Pet Portraits https://www.jeanninepoundphotography.com/blog/2019/8/puppy-love Our kids are avid dog-sitters and dog-walkers.  Earlier this month, we were able to keep "Millie" for a bit, while her humans vacationed in Europe.  We considered our home to be Millie's summer vacation home :)   When Ronnie brought Millie to us, he carried all of her puppy paraphernalia into our home, with 12 pink roses for me :)  Millie turned out to be a snuggly sweetheart.  She liked to leap & play & run with the girls, and then find me to snuggle or stay close for nap time - perched in my lap, or atop a fancy child's chair with a wide view out our front window.  I had purchased the tiny chair at Value Village, as a photography prop.  Days passed quickly.  My roses dried when their time was up.  They were beautiful dried, and I wanted to photograph a person with them.  I happened to be crushing on fancy pet portraits in the 2019 Portrait Masters Competition at that time...  and the opportunity was obvious!  A strong vision came to mind... Millie... on her favorite perch, surrounded by the roses and HUGE soft pink flowers...  

I am really a very shy person, fearful at every moment of "messing things up" / doing things "wrong" / just failing at what I try.  So it feels risky to put action to ideas.  I prayed that God would help me find the right pink flowers and make this idea into real portraits, and took the leap -  to the Issaquah Farmer's Market at Pickering Barn.  I put on my brave face, and swept in.  Prominently displayed at the "Green Cuties" flower stand was a large vase overflowing with enormous fluttering, pillow-like, soft pink dahlias. Yes!!! Thank you Lord! Perfection. I purchased 10!  

Then back to our home to make preparations...  a few Millie-treats were ground up into powder and placed in a bowl.  Light was tested, and reflectors and shades set up in a tiny corner of our office... it became a miniature studio :)  We even had a small fan to create movement in our flower petals and in Millie's luxurious blond hair! The little chair was decorated with abundant Green Cutie gorgeousness.  Finally, Sweet-Pup was invited to take a seat :)  She received such attention & conversation & praise the whole time - and every 60 seconds or so, she could lick treat powder off my fingers :)  That kept her quite alert!  

Millie has been my muse in the past. Nearly one year ago, she joined the photoshoot for "her" Alison's senior portraits.  One of Millie's portraits with Alison was even published!  In the Eastlake High School yearbook :)   See Millie's photoshoot with Alison here.  

Millie was such a conversation-starter with strangers while we had her - and everyone wants to know... what breed is she?  She is a long-haired dachshund, 2 years old.  Her tail had an accident before her family brought her home, so she only has a little stub that wags like crazy when she is happy :)  She is very protective of "her" humans, and it felt like I had passed a test when she became very protective of me!  

Poor Tony walked into his own house that first evening and Millie went nuts growling and barking at this "intruder."  I scooped her up, assuring her that Tony is a good guy, but Millie whipped her head around to give him the evil eye and a growl - and then - TONY lunged at MILLIE and BARKED!    Not helpful.  

But, in the end, after DAYS of suspicion had passed, Millie accepted Tony as part of the family too.  Now Tony is one of "her" humans :)  Yay!

If you might like to make portraits of your pet(s), I may like to make them with you, and we could imagine fun pet portraits and make them really happen :)   Click here to start our conversation!
 

 

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Happy 100th birthday to Sam :) https://www.jeanninepoundphotography.com/blog/2019/8/happy-100th-birthday-to-sam I love Sam :) 

I love his love for Edith :)    Please meet Sam's Edith, by clicking HERE 

And his stories about working his way to financial success in the USA, and THEN going about finding "the right one" to marry.  His own family were still in Austria, which had been taken by Hitler.  They had seen the Nazi advance and had found a way to send their 19-year-old son, Sam, to America before Austria was taken.

I like his stories of army life when he joined up to fight with America in World War 2.  

I like hearing about his adventures as an intelligence officer, talking with (not "interrogating", certainly no torture - more like... joking around with / befriending(?)) captured German troops to gain information.   Of course, his German was perfect, so he could act as a superior German officer... or he could put POWs at ease, offer a cigarette & empathy & conversation... and valuable information eventually finds its way out...

If there are biographers or historical fiction writers out there who would be interested in Sam's stories, please do make a date to talk with him :)  Sharp as a tack!   

Please meet Sam & Edith as young & in love, AND at their diamond anniversary, HERE

This officer & a gentleman celebrated his 100th Birthday in June :) 

He savored the hugs & love from his grandchildren, Hannah & Sarah above, his two sons, and so many family & friends celebrating him together.  

Now that his Edith has gone ahead of him, he is living alone.  You know what he said is REALLY NEEDED at senior living centers??????   

Touch.

Hugs. 

A pat on the shoulder.

A shake of a hand, or a held hand...  

The little touches that we use every day to show care...

This centenarian laments that our society right now is ... a little .... too careful about that (?)  Hmmm.... Maybe I have a future in a Hugs-and-Conversation Volunteer Corps at local assisted living homes :)

In the past few years, it has been such a pleasure of mine to make portraits of Sam's granddaughters - Hannah's senior portraits are here, and Sam and Edith so enjoyed Sarah's Bat Mitzvah celebration, here.  Sam paints portraits, and so regrets that he did not get to finish his portrait of his daughter-in-law, Doreen, based on a headshot Doreen & I had made for him - click here to see Sam's favorite headshot of Doreen - (haha! so just kidding, Doreen! not a link!).  His fingers won't hold the brush so well any more now!  He's one of my biggest fans, and I am one of his!!  :)  Happy 100th Birthday again, Mr. Sam Butterklee :)

Sam's family please find a handful of birthday moments here :)

(And please correct me if I mis-remembered any particulars from conversations! Thanks!)

 

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My Family - Mum's Birthday :) https://www.jeanninepoundphotography.com/blog/2019/7/my-family---mums-birthday My Mom, Janice, just turned 74!

Not a typo!  We celebrated with a photoshoot - I've wanted my Mum to have the experience that our clients enjoy :) :) :)

I also wanted to try a studio-style of photography... attempting Sue Bryce style ... Annie Leibovitz style... so this was an experiment with our family, fun fun!

Mumaaa taught my girls to read when they were little little little, and now all of us list good books as one of our favorite pastimes... yep, a bunch of bookworms - I love reading with my kids, because I get to share in the imaginative adventures and know all the characters like we are actually there :)  ... So Mom requested this photograph!!! Love! 

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TOTALLY 

 

UNDER

 

CONSTRUCTION

 

ENJOY YOUR FIREWORKS!

SEE YA SOON!!!

JEANNINE

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Mihir - the Graduate!! https://www.jeanninepoundphotography.com/blog/2019/6/mihir---graduate Into the great wide open...  

This summer, Mihir plans to pack his calendar with all the most beautiful vistas of Washington.  This is his last grand opportunity for travel adventures here in his Pacific Northwest - his lifelong homeland.  He graduates from Redmond High School this week, and then has a short 2 months to savor our wild spaces before leaving our State.   Like a lot of guys, he had chosen not to make senior photos the summer before his senior year.  He's easy-going, and he simply asked a friend to click a photo for his yearbook, and was completely satisfied.  With senior year ending, and plans being made to pack up and fly 6 hours to his new "home" for college, he decided he wants pictures to commemorate all the mossy rugged goodness he loves in this home.  As an avid skier, he chose to immerse himself in Snoqualmie Pass "backgrounds" for his senior portraits.  

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NO MANMADE BACKDROPS

I was really excited when Mihir chose us to be his Photographers.  He asked for scenes with no manmade structures.  Natural vistas in the fresh, sharp mountain air - yes!  We are in!   The location above was just right, a happy place for Mihir :)  The forested hills stretched on and on with dustings of snow and drifting mist.  These boulders were painted with lichen in rusts and greens.  They reminded me of textured canvas photography backdrops.  So Mihir obliged me :)

"IT'S PERFECT"

All our Photography Sessions include optional barbershop or salon services with high quality professionals.  We had started our afternoon with Abby at "Gene Juarez - Men", voted #1 Barbershop in 425 Magazine for both 2018 & 2019, located in  The Shops at The Bravern in Bellevue.  Abby gave Mihir his haircut, style & shave, and when she was finished, Mihir said he liked it.  It was good.  I usually get more enthusiasm out of my teen clients, and not just the girls.  I know Mihir is cool & collected, thoughtful, not prone to gushes of emotion... but I had to make sure... I suggested that Abby can get his look to be just the way he wants it, I want him to have the best, and he responded "No, it's fine, it's good." or something to that effect. I finally explained that I often get a bit more enthusiasm, and Mihir smiled and looked at me and said "It's perfect."  So we were good to go!  

Mihir wears mostly Patagonia. He likes the way the brand fits & it's comfortable.  After this shoot, Jo & Shruti & I are thinking his jacket & jeans want to get out together a little more often as well :)  

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Aren't these boulders FANTASTIC?!  Mihir gravitates to this stuff, so when he was researching & touring colleges from LA & Seattle to Boston this Spring, he fell for New Hampshire & Dartmouth College.  This distinguished top-tier school actually has a 100-acre, 2-mountain ski area on the college grounds :)  The famous Appalachian Trail runs right through campus.  They have thousands of acres of forest to explore.  Big changes coming up, but it sounds like Mihir could find a lot of new happy places :)

I have to mention - while we were driving to our locations, Mihir mentioned that he REALLY ENJOYS arguing.   (At that, his Mom Shruti in the back seat covered her ears and made a comment about the noise, the NOISE, of arguments in the house! ha!!)  Mihir says he will commonly take a side of an argument that he doesn't even commit to himself, just to make the class (or the discussion) more interesting!  So I nearly laughed when we were at their home, and Mihir and his Dad, Shantanu, started arguing over which one of them loves nature more.  Shantanu was pretty positive he had the greater love, but Mihir couldn't possibly agree less :)  That was awesome.

Senior Portraits with Jeannine Pound Photography in SeattleSenior Portraits with Jeannine Pound Photography in Seattle I'm grateful for being given this fun opportunity.  I expanded my knowledge of gorgeous photo locations near Snoqualmie Pass, I had great fun with our crew:  Jo my incredible right hand & Mihir & Shruti.  I got to know Mihir more than I ever had in 9 years of living next door (!) I got a ride in Mihir's Mustang.  I learned to pronounce Dartmouth properly.  And I love our portrait results!!  

Thank you Jo!  

Thank you Shantanu & Shruti

& Tanaya (we favored the same portraits!)

and

CONGRATULATIONS, MIHIR!!!!


 

 


 

 

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It's Time for Family Portraits 2019! https://www.jeanninepoundphotography.com/blog/2019/5/its-time-for-family-portraits-2019 Family Portraits with Jeannine Pound Photography in SammamishFamily Portraits with Jeannine Pound Photography in Sammamish

Aunt Carolyn's birthday gift from her daughter this year:   Family photos!   with grandsons!!  

And with beloved daughter & son-in-law!  

And with hubby!

I LOVE photographing one family over and over through the years, this is such a kick to me!

Last time, we used Carolyn's home-grown flowers, as a gift from her grandson, and we kept that tradition going in 2019:

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You never know what you're going to get, with a 6-year-old and a 4-year old in the mix!!

Fun is for sure :)

Prepare your silly mood!  

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We tried it all :) and totally happy with results, it's real life :) It's fun. Family Portraits with Jeannine Pound Photography in SammamishFamily Portraits with Jeannine Pound Photography in Sammamish

I love Amanda's clothes.  Her maternity wear was soooooooooo fun to photograph as well:  Lookin' awesome at their second maternity shoot here, and here.  

Now, it's not all about the grandchildren, I think Henry has earned some photos with his birthday girl :)

Jo & I were just enthralled with their cuteness together :)

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These two met when they were teenagers!  It was the '60s, she was in high school, and fell for a young military man she met at the beach :)

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Daughter feels the love as well :)

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This guy has been a great addition to the family (as they all are!) He wrastles all the kids in the extended family, they usually have to all attack at once to have any chance :)  He believes in the importance of family relationships :) Family Portraits with Jeannine Pound Photography in SammamishFamily Portraits with Jeannine Pound Photography in Sammamish

Amanda with her boys'  "Pa"

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Amanda with her boys'  "Nana",

the BIRTHDAY GIRL!  (Winter birthday... but the weather is much more photo-friendly in May!!!

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One more photo, one of my favorites of my Aunt Carolyn... from the Wedding Reception to Beat the Band :)

Old photos don't fade away... they're digitized :) 

Happy belated birthday, to my beloved Auntie Carolyn!

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Erin - Drummer for the Chocolate Frosted Sugar Bombs - Senior Photoshoot https://www.jeanninepoundphotography.com/blog/2019/5/erin---drummer-for-the-chocolate-frosted-sugar-bombs---senior-photoshoot Wow! I love making portraits!!!  Erin has been growing like a weed!  (Or time flies?)  I loved having fun together on this shoot!!

Senior Portraits with Jeannine Pound Photography in SeattleSenior Portraits with Jeannine Pound Photography in Seattle I love a people who aren't afraid to be unique, and Erin is that! from her cropped curly hair to her choice to do Running Start and spend more time with her band... the Chocolate Frosted Sugar Bombs.  They are playing Saturday (May 4th) at the Issaquah Library at 8:30pm, if you're free! Part of Art Walk :)  We started out at Molly Moon Ice Cream...

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Oh wait!  We started out at the library... a library-ish place... for our self-described book nerd :)

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And moved outside with a whole stack of Erin's own books that have been favorites of hers, only her well-worn books.  This portrait might be my favorite... but there are so many more I love :)

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Senior Portraits with Jeannine Pound Photography in SeattleSenior Portraits with Jeannine Pound Photography in Seattle Senior Portraits with Jeannine Pound Photography in SeattleSenior Portraits with Jeannine Pound Photography in Seattle A couple hours before this shoot, Caarin (mom!) and I enjoyed watching experts at work:  Blake on hair, and Dari on make up, at Gene Juarez Salon in Redmond.  I love Erin's choices for clothes, her plaid flannel & ripped jeans are so classic northwest, we could drop her in any decade of the last 4.  Love the (also classic) checkerboard Vans, and the Mouse Rat T-shirt made a big impression on a select few people I know! Apparently ya gotta be in the know... I had to look up the "band" up after the 5th or 6th "rad" "love it" "yeah!!!"  :)

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I was repeatedly stunned at how pretty Erin is during this shoot -

maybe because I lived next door when she was born!  

Maybe because we have been enjoying the same church for the last twelve YEARS and I haven't quite realized that she's nearly an adult already - maybe because when I see her smiling and greeting people at the door, or flopped on the couch in our church Cafè with her phone, it's different than

when she looks directly into my lens with no smile (or hair) to hide behind :)

Senior Portraits with Jeannine Pound Photography in SeattleSenior Portraits with Jeannine Pound Photography in Seattle Erin spoke to our whole church at her confirmation ceremony a few years ago, and she spoke with such sincerity and vulnerability, I was so touched.  I loved getting to know her a little bit more on her senior shoot  :)  I've taken Erin's portrait in the past, along with her sister & brother, and all I really knew about her back then was that she was the one most willing to help me out!!  Hahaaa!  Everyone out there, your family photos go a lot faster when you humor the photographer! Aw, it wasn't that bad, not at all, but Erin did corral her siblings and pull them closer-than-is-comfortable-for-anyone-uh-personal-space!-because-that's-what-looks-best-in-your-photo-for-your-Mom!!

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Senior Portraits with Jeannine Pound Photography in SeattleSenior Portraits with Jeannine Pound Photography in Seattle Senior Portraits with Jeannine Pound Photography in SeattleSenior Portraits with Jeannine Pound Photography in Seattle This day, actually hanging out for the afternoon, I discovered that Erin loves the same books I love!  Officially my girls' books, but I read them avidly too. My kids and I have been on so many adventures together, even when we read them separately, we still have the same memories in our heads, ready conversations on our lips :)

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So fun that Erin performs with her band of the Kaleidoscope School of Music :)  I get to say it again - the Chocolate Covered Sugar Bombs :) 

I love this one, it was when Erin was deciding what to do next - but I like this just how it is:

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I am just so excited to see where the Lord our God takes this girl!

I like her a lot :)

 

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Her irresistibly beautiful smile!!!!

Senior Portraits with Jeannine Pound Photography in SeattleSenior Portraits with Jeannine Pound Photography in Seattle We'll end with a little prayer, and a slideshow :)

God, thank you for Erin.  Fill her always with the safe knowledge of how wide, how high and how deep your love is for her, the glorious & unique creation of yours that is her :)  Thank you Lord, Amen.

 

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My Jo! https://www.jeanninepoundphotography.com/blog/2019/4/my-jo The Lord has blessed me with such fun folks to work with - and I'm finally doing what my cousin Amanda recommended YEARS ago at her maternity photoshoot, click here to see it) - filling up the great gaping galloping gaps in my business-abilities with someone who can complete those tasks efficiently, with low stress!  This brings me too... my Jo!

Jo & Alex James were clients of mine 4 years ago (click to see it), and afterward, Jo volunteered to help out if help was ever needed.  

It takes a lot to ask for a person to ask for help, but 2 years ago I admitted it - I needed it - I asked, and she answered -

smoothly & efficiently with no drama, no stress ;)  

She's fast too!  I barely got her in this frame:

 

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She's amazing.  She's the calm in my storm :)  

This particular storm was during Kara & Eddie's engagement shoot on a hike to a waterfall (click to see it).  Jo carried outfits & camera gear & umbrellas & snacks & waters for all 4 of us.  She is so much fun, AND she poses for light tests:

 

 

She's also my heavy lifter :)  That's why she does cross-fit ;)

(photo credit Scott Cottrille! Thank you!  For more of this shoot, click here!)

 

 

She hauls me with my camera up & out out of tough spots in rivers...

and sometimes she rescues swimming puppies.  For this adventure click here, without splashing

 

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It was another Adventure when I kind of... flipped out... on the way to Sarah's bat mitzvah reception because I forgot the extra camera battery!  and Jo listened calmly, thought for a moment, and came up with an efficient solution, one that my brain was not going to figure out!  

 


 

Jo makes everything easy.  + She loves our photoshoots as much as I do!  

Now she is taking video clips & behind-the-scenes footage, which really help bring memory movies to life:

 

and she now helps polish our portraits in the office, post-shoot:

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and just this week,  I've asked her for help in my greatest struggle - against my arch-nemesis:   TIME.

Jo will fight that beastie for me, using the efficient weapon of a simple calendar.  

Whew!  I have commitment-phobia, calendar-phobia, ink-phobia... but when Jo inks the appointment in the books, we are golden :)  When it comes to

* pinning down dates for our shoot(s),

* planning our planning session,

* ordering up our ordering session -

Jo and her calendar will absolutely take care of you and me :)  

I soooo wish I kept bloopers of Jo for an occasion such as this, well, here's kind of a blooper...

Jo.  With my kids. Typical.

If only this was me with my kids, or Jo with Ben & Hugh!  

But no, it's Jo pretending to be the mom of my kids for a pre-shoot light test :) Per usual.  Love it.

 

Thank you for all your help, Jo James, & I'm looking forward to a lot more fun & adventures with "my Jo"!

:)

 

 

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Alison - Senior Portraits & Sunlight https://www.jeanninepoundphotography.com/blog/2019/3/alison---senior-portraits-sunlight Happy St. Patrick's Day!  May the luck o' the Irish be with thee!

For Alison's family, this is one of the biggest celebrations of the year!  Her parents hail from Ireland, and their 3 children are as American as can be (with our individual mixes of family heritage and neighborhood culture).   Alison does not seem to have an Irish accent at all, but her mother, Trish, has a lilting rhythm to her voice that I could listen to all day!!  It's like music, y'know. 

Alison loves sun flare in portraits - and so do I :)  Alison in her coral dress with sun glowing through her hair, took my breath away.

 

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Her eyes are different.  A light color, blue? green? - with dark dark rims, the color of pretty green stones in the sand on West Coast beaches.  

 

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Alison lives just up the road from me.  This pond & field & fence are practically in our back yard.  Beautiful Pacific Northwest.  Perfect for our afternoon.

 

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Alison's social guard dog, Millie, joined our photoshoot.  She belonged there.  She knew it.

This is the portrait we chose for Alison's Eastlake High School senior photo in her yearbook:

 

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Their beautiful long hair is identically colored, how fun is that!!  

Alison is 18 years old, and Millie is 2,  I think?  But this two-year-old is going to keep her family safe... free from infiltration by flamboyant photographers... or any other odd sorts.  Trish and I were laughing and having a great time making these portraits with Alison - and Millie was alert... Why was Mama focusing her attention on this odd individual who bosses everyone around while pressing a black box to her face??  Was I trying to steal Mama's attention away from Millie??  Suspicious... Very suspicious... hmmmm....

Now, dogs are intuitive sensors of character (not sure what that says about me) and you should see her when Alison's friend, Nick, pays a visit!  Oh, this pup adores him!!! Trust without borders!  Puppy love!

Millie graciously allowed the loud, odd, bossy photographer to photograph both Nick & Alison together, but she was watching our every move.

 

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Oh, how I wish I had kept a certain "blooper"... at this point my daughter, Zoe, obligingly threw Alison's long hair as if the wind was blowing - and my daughter was a little overly zealous... and I had a blooper of hair straight up in the air that was priceless!  if only...

 

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I love this portrait:

 

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And this is one we chose for extra prints for family (with several others!)

 

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I met Alison's bright & energetic mum, Trish, about 5 years ago - about the time I started my photo biz - and I had secretly desired to capture her eyes with my camera that whole 5 years!!  So, yay!  She agreed to jump in!  Eyes the color of glacial lakes :)  Like mother, like daughter.

 

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One funny thing about both Trish and myself, is that we are always so busy - with teens & tweens & husbands & work & responsibilities & schedules & normal life! that we are often crossing paths with intentions to sit down to tea, but instead a quick & sincere chat along the sidewalk keeps us in touch.  It was my joy to make portraits for Alison, it was a joy to discover that she & I adore the same types of portraits.  

And I was able to spend time with my cheery friend, Trish, delightfully savoring her musical brogue :) 

To Alison, soon to be a graduate, Eastlake High School Class of 2019:

May the road rise up to meet you.

May the wind be always at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face;

the rain fall soft upon your fields

and until we meet again, 

may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

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Alison's video slideshow:

 

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Perfectly Imperfect - Angie & Jd https://www.jeanninepoundphotography.com/blog/2018/10/perfectlyimperfect Angie was eager for family candids - portraits of family fun in their home and their back yard - candids seem much less intimidating than trying to conjure a real smile while hold-hold-holding a pose -

Kitchen moments & mountain biking & basketball & swing sets were our starting point -  Then we worked it from there :)  And we love the results !

I love looking at Angie & Jd as this couple who are a solid family of two - and were also blessed by the Lord to have ALL these interesting kids :)   They have had enough experience at this point that they each "parent" (verb) purposefully, recognize mistakes, recover, and build each other up with laughs & full hearts.

IS THEIR FAMILY JUST SO PERFECT (laugh laugh)??  NO, they are PERFECTLY IMPERFECT.  A "big hot mess" (Angie's words) and they aren't trying to fool anyone! 

Plenty of grumpies, frustrations, angst & struggles mix with appreciation and love and a whole lot of laughs in this family - and the portraits they purchased SHOW their silly and imperfect sides as well as some really fun Pinterest moments (because we love those)! I love all these!

Angie & Jd, married 18 years:

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We started at 6AM! Yep!  Way to go, family!  

Lenny McQueen from Quatro Salon Collective in Seattle was sincerely cheerful and enjoyed being with us, at 6am, even though he says he is NOT a morning person. And Lenny created smiles in the mirror with his results - Lenny was on hair for all 3 kids, and Ang:

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Angie & Jd have remodeled their home, and it was fun to start with breakfast in their "new" space.  Home-baked yummies and strawberries for breakfast in pajamas.  Alicia checks the muffins:

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And the coffee was brewing :)  Jd taught Wes how to make his Mom's coffee.  Then the kids piled on top of Angie in her favorite chair, a bright & sunny orange & white design.  Behind them is the fireplace Jd built out of re-purposed wood:

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Yep, "perfectly imperfect" written on their T-shirts ;)  And it's fun that Jd chose the photo above especially due to their teen son's expression (do you just FEEL his emotions here?) instead of nearly identical photos with his big smile!  And I even more love that Angie chose the photo below.  Oh my goodness.  Anyone understand ALL the common emotions being felt HERE? Thank you, Angie & Alicia for a universal mother-tween-daughter-for-real-portrait! 

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Let's go outside.  And race.  Yeah Wes! Go Blaze! Check out that pup!:

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Although a major hope for these photos was to capture the kiddos at these stages of life, I personally wanted to get Jd & Angie on "film" too, that is so important to me, because time flies - and at this time in their lives, this is what Angie & Jd look like...

072-Huleen2018-JeanninePoundPhotography072-Huleen2018-JeanninePoundPhotography ...in the hammock swing that Jd made from these crazy curving branches of a tree in their front yard.  The kids were either playing with Blaze (Jack) or jumping high on the trampoline (Wes & Alicia) while this was taken - a still moment amidst lots of activity!!

There's not much I like better than tulle dresses with Converse sneakers - and add a skateboard?  Yeah, this is an ideal subject for me!  Sometimes portraits can tell more of a complete story if we portray people doing things they wouldn't normally do... so to me, this is a girl who enjoys feeling pretty - as well as a little sports tomboy who does things her own way... love!

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Ooooh, we love this mother-daughter image as well:

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This family has a mountain bike course around the edge of their back yard.  And they were all riding it, wheel to wheel :)  For Jack, mountain biking is especially a favorite activity.  He also really enjoys trimming mushrooms in the lawn with his golf swing - oh yeah, he just did that for photos ;) but he loves golf too!

This portrait was taken after Jack had taken a few quick loops on his bike.  Behind him is the big built-up reclaimed-wood berm that adds fun to that corner.

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The mountain bike loop circles a building and the basketball court - yep - basketball court :) The asphalt court also serves as the biggest chalk board ever! 

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Wes did not feel like sharing his Mama! 

Had to catch that cutie up close:

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In the past, Angie may have written this phrase on her hand... now it's permanent.  "Still I rise..." is Angie's reminder of who she is, where she came from, and the confidence that her spirit can rise above any negative situation put in her life.  Angie today:

And HOW MUCH DO I LOVE that Jd chose THIS photo (below) of Angie, as one he just had to have.  He says she is so pretty (and I agree!) even when she gives him the look:    No wonder he teases her so much ;)

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Yep, Angie, I showed it.  I love it!

At about this point, I asked 14-year-old Jack to do me a favor.  Jack, please pose your Dad & yourself for a portrait of the two of you.  Jack grabbed Jd's arm and drew it around his shoulder.  Angie and I so love the resulting portrait:

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How am I so blessed that I get to hang out with people and make portraits as my "work"?  I so enjoy my work, thank you, Lord!  And a huge thanks to all of my clients!  Yay, Angie & Jd!  I had so much fun!!

 

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Alaska Touring - in a Camper! https://www.jeanninepoundphotography.com/blog/2018/9/alaska-touring---in-a-camper Out of the clear cold blue, Damon & Ferrol ask if we'd like to join them for a family vacation - in Alaska!  Damon used to guide fishing excursions between coastlines and the interior each tourist season - he would live there and guide 5 months out of the year, to pay his way through college.  He had to leave classes before the end of term in May, and start classes later than the other classmates in the Fall, and in between he lived an adventure.  He has fun stories of his work-a-day life in the wilderness, like the time his clients were Dan Marino and his whole offensive line, and stories of living solo, growing his beard, waiting for a float plane to bring in a new group of clients and supplies for a tour.   Now, 20 years later, Damon had planned his family vacation to see some of the best parts of his sometime-home-state on a 7 day tour.  Among the things he had planned were *kayaking with icebergs!* *cuddling sled-dog puppies!* *ziplining* *hiking in Denali*- in short, a family-friendly adventure!

(More iceberg kayaking farther down!) Alaska has always been on Tony's & my list of places to visit, but we had never gotten around to all the research time we would have had to put into planning it - this was amazing to just drop into a former tour-guide's itinerary!  We took an early flight (on Alaska, of course) Seattle to Anchorage,  Alaska Airlines has been a huge economic booster for Anchorage, the airline built the infrastructure to bring goods & tourist dollars into this region via air. 

We arrived in Anchorage around 1pm, and by 4pm we were on the road.  With 4 adults and 5 girls (ages 9-13), we skipped over brick & mortar lodging ($$$) for the utility, price & convenience of rental campers!  ABC = Alaska's Best Campers !  Each family had our own little house, like a family turtle shell home that came with us everywhere.  There were seatbelts in the couches & chairs with great views of movies ;) and cushy front seats with great views of the landscape :)  To me, our two little campers were the funniest things, it seemed like such a crack-up to me, to see Tony & Damon & Ferrol driving the cute little beasts!
 

The air in Anchorage smelled or felt like the air in a ski village resort, but Anchorage is sprawling with long warehouses from the airport to downtown, not like a ski town at all.  The first leg of our journey led from Anchorage to Seward, down the Kenai Peninsula.  The town of Seward is cute, picturesque, and small - with expansive views.  Silver salmon were leaping in Resurrection Bay "catch me! catch me!" and a few fishermen had lines from the shore, doing their best to oblige.  

By appearances, our waterfront RV park may have doubled the population of the town that weekend.  The RV's are adjacent to a super cute public playground, where kids slide through the open mouth of a painted killer whale - nom nom!  The town itself has several small churches, a handful of restaurants, a cute movie theater that is (I've heard since) still operating but appeared abandoned, several souvenir shops, and of the other town structures, an equal amount appeared to be modest homes and beautiful rentals.    

Seward is the historical start of the Iditarod trail, where dog teams brought mail and supplies from ships to railways and towns in the interior of Alaska, and to the coast again at Nome.  Now, the Iditarod Race has a ceremonial start in Anchorage, and really begins a few miles north.  Seward is now pretty famous for a human race up Mount Marathon, every 4th of July - it is a 5k that climbs 3,000 feet & finishes back at sea level!  1,000 racers are drawn by lottery for a position.  While zip lining, our guide related that from our high vantage point, on race day, the runners' bright jerseys look like M&Ms spilling down Mount Marathon from viewpoints on the surrounding hills.  Our original plan was to climb it, our whole families! But in the presence of Mount Marathon, we quailed - except Damon, who tried to make it up, and then warned us away!  

I loved the murals around Seward :) There was a mermaid theme here, which I didn't capture, but I enjoyed all the whimsical curling mermaid accents on homes. 

If in Seward, check out the Alaska Sealife Center on the waterfront - they are way more interesting than a regular "aquarium"!  The touch tank is fabulous, with all shapes of wild-looking critters, from gelatinous globs to spiky decorator crabs as big as my fist.  This center cares for injured and abandoned sea creatures, who you get to meet :)  

We took a Stoney Creek Canopy Adventures ziplining & rappelling tour from Seward, and they were great instructors.  It wasn't their fault that I panicked and thought I was being told to keep my speed up, when in fact they were strenuously asking me to apply my brake... they have back up systems to slow riders down really fast!!!  I felt like "George, George, George of the Jungle, Watch Out for that Treeee!"  but I didn't hit it :)  Here is my Zoe, who faced her fear and enjoyed the rides! Photo by Levi of the canopy crew:

 

We had gorgeous weather in Seward, with highs in the low 70s. However, that night, the wind gusted from the water enough to rock the RV through the night, making it difficult to sleep.   The next AM, we hit the road again, traveling to Quartz Creek Campground, where I slept until it was dark!  Ferrol had hung lights above their picnic table, and Damon had cooked up amazing steak over the campfire, and Tony & I contributed - chips!  Our camping neighbors cruised our campsite for mushrooms to make soup, and their youngster couldn't believe we had not plucked them already!  Our 4 youngest watched movies in one RV, and we adults played Farkel with my 13-year-old at the picnic table until midnight :)  And I enjoyed just a little stargazing - so clear :)

The next morning, adults & kids alike promised each other, for the rest of this trip, we would never allow the Littles stay up until midnight...  

Everybody enjoyed close up looks at bear, a porcupine, wolves, bison, caribou, and more, at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.  Acres with streams running through, very natural looking fields, tall grasses, and rocky hills.  The only shy creatures were the beluga whales, which are often seen in the very shallow bay at one end of the preserve, but no such luck for us!

Tony & Zoe walking through the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center: Tourism is now providing a major source of jobs in Alaska - awesome!  Some railways that used to carry oil & ore are carrying family vacationers, elderly travelers, photographers, and adventurers to areas inaccessible by car :)  We took a cute old tourist train (The Glacier Discovery) to the long glacial Spencer Lake.  The lake  was formed from the rapidly melting Spencer Glacier, which has receded a couple miles in the last 100 years.  Icebergs dotted the lake throughout, chips off the old block :)  

The view from shore is amazingly deceiving - the guides tell us that Spencer Glacier is 100 feet high at that edge behind Zoe's paddle.  Apparently it is miles from my camera.  The guides were talking about how much this glacier has receded in recent years, creating this large glacial lake.  They say the glacier used to reach the shore where I am standing.

I found a photo of Spencer Glacier in 2007, and lined it up with my photo from 2018.  I didn't have a great angle for showing length of recession, but we can see quite a difference in the height the glacier reaches up the hillsides and at its face - !  :  

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Red denotes the recession of Spencer Glacier in the last 11 years:

We did not have time within our hour to paddle to the glacier and back, so we settled for visiting all the icebergs we could get to:

This one is as tall as a house:

Adults were actually on one big SUP (stand up paddle board) because our group of 9 maxed out the kayaks available ;)

Icebergs of all sizes, Zoe was heard to say "I held an iceberg in my hand!"

Why are these icebergs white or blue?  White light from the high sun can be reflected off tiny ice crystals to make an iceberg dazzling white.  Light that is not reflected, but enters the iceberg, loses all its low frequency wavelength red & yellow & orange components (they are stolen by water molecules, whose electrons get all excited) but the high frequency wavelength of the blue component of white sunlight doesn't get absorbed by H2O, passes right through, so we see blue!  

Parts of these icebergs exposed to the sun look white, parts in the shade (no reflected white light) look blue.

This paddle was definitely a high highlight of Alaska!  We ended up soooooooooo thankful (Thank You, God!) that we had sun that day!  The weather we would get during our travel day was ... not kayak weather...

Kind of a funny thing:  there was a helicopter repeatedly flying over us out on the water with the icebergs, and there was a news crew interviewing people where we came ashore... an episode of My Big Fat Fabulous Life, a reality show on TLC, was being filmed... stars and stagehands waiting for our train...

On the road again!  Going to Denali National Park!

Thank you Tony, for driving the camper! And listening to my exclamations of delight and my clicking camera :) :) :) 

It was a long & beautiful haul to the Riley Creek Campground in the NE part of Denali National Park

We found a delightful forest picnic & campfire spot just up a slight hill & between our campers.  Zoe, Fire Master:

Our hike to Savage River was brilliant.  Using a tip, the guys planned our route to gradually, very gradually, ease the kids into steeper climbs, saving the best / worst for last!  It was an incredible hike: amazing views, sun, rain, snow, snacks... a snowball fight in August... fancy-dancing ptarmigans, arctic ground squirrels, a darling snowshoe hare, sounds of hoary marmots here and there near the ptarmigans.  

Well, with my 200mm lens, I caught sight of the little rascals long before I caught up with them (below) - but I was still taken by their surprise snowball ambush!! : Me & my Dude:

We went to a sled dog demo inside the park, and saw 2 week old pups :) These dogs do work in the park during the winter, when motorized vehicles are not allowed entry.  They are pulling dogs, not racers - but just like the smaller athletes, they love to run!!

Next up was a 50 mile bus ride into the park, which stopped for "the Big 5" (moose, grizzly, wolf, caribou, dahl's sheep) ... we passed caribou all in a row...

We photographed 5 bear of the ~250 within Denali National Park :)

A wolf ran along next to our bus - I honestly thought it was someone's tall, thin sled dog - it had a huge collar around its neck - by the time we realized it was a wolf, I missed the shot! haha!  This is a large moose - we see his enormous antlers, and a dark stripe running down his back.  His head is down grazing, toward us.  The low sun was reflecting off his antlers, making him VERY OBVIOUS, shiny & bright, even when far away: 

Dahl's sheep were visible in a land far, far away - at the base of the brown hill:  they are resting :)

After 50 miles in, we took a scramble before our 50 miles back.  No trails.  Climb as best you can and rest on the wonderfully soft, cushy tundra :)

Kodachrome Lookout!

Several of our party were hardcore flame tenders and pitmasters :) You know who you are, thank you :)

Our 7th day in the Pacific North :) we went to visit sled dogs who train for the Iditarod - and many other Alaska races!

Husky Homestead was another big fave of ours - with multi-Iditarod-champ Jeff King & his dogs & family.  When we step from the shuttle, we are handed Alaskan Husky pups - 2 weeks old - to cuddle - they are bred specifically to be future champs! :

Then moving on to pet the 4 month old pups - er - athletes:

And demonstrations and stories and everything you never knew about dog sled racing, with Mr. The King, Jeff King :)




These are Alaskan Huskies.  Bred for speed & brains & desire to race sleds :) They weight 30-60lbs.  During the Iditarod, they each consume 10,000 calories per day!  

Heading home - the long drive back to Anchorage - with 3-4 days in the Park, we had not yet seen the mountain - Denali.  Highest mountain in North America... had somehow been hiding from us for days!  We were excited & grateful to get a peek during the drive home - the clouds parted for us for a short time:

All in all, this vacation was a fantastic one :) The camper was part of the fun, the views were more than breathtaking, the animals made their appearances, the company was a lot of fun :) The cooks were the best ;)  Games and books and movies had their jobs.  Hikes were worthy.  I love exploring places that are new to me... It was fun for me that this vacation was new to both me & Tony... We are appreciative of having had this opportunity, thanks for inviting us, friends!  Alaska is wide open and gorgeous - much like Seattle but without the city (ha!), not many homes, and all the space in the world - I could live there.... except for the cold!!!  We happened to hit a few sunny days at the end of August, and I think we all came back home darker, especially after our farewell dinner outdoors steaming on the roof of the 49th State Craft Brewpub - but a red flag was waving when every tour guide seemed puzzled and excited about the gorgeous weather!

I'm thankful to my God for this fun, exploring with my family :)

 

 

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Jon - The Bear Creek School - Class of 2019! https://www.jeanninepoundphotography.com/blog/2018/8/jon---the-bear-creek-school---class-of-2019 I love meeting friends of friends through photography... I think God made me so that getting to know people lights up my life :):   Jon decided who to hire for his senior portraits based on a referral from Javier, whose son, Daniel, went on a Seattle photography adventure a couple years ago, see Daniel's session here.   I love hearing how each individual would like to be photographed - Jon didn't even consider larger-than-life Seattle City Life or glory-filled lighted baseball fields at night for his portraits, and chose the forest, Snoqualmie River, huge boulders, and oldtown Snoqualmie.  Portraits in his Growlers baseball jersey were made in a quiet old town alley:

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 When pitchers get portraits:

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So, I have only spent a few hours with Jon so far, and I know he has all kinds of unfolding parts of his personality that are not visible at the surface, but he reminds me of a good solid friend of ours.  The strong, silent type.  That's a really rare type of guy, are you lucky enough to know someone that fits that description?  Where then river runs deep - under a smooth surface?  Faithful friend.  Intimidating physique.  Quiet when others are holding forth :)  Gives an honest well-felt laugh - only when something is really funny!  Steps into the conversation when there is room and space for that deep, quiet voice & his thoughts - and only when he's got something to say :)   It might be just coincidence, but both our friend, Mike, and Jon share an ability with a pen.  (or keyboard!)  Mike writes books, nothing published yet, but he plans to, some day.  I happened to see a certificate on Jon's dinner table announcing that he had won an essay contest - he had written and submitted his work without his Dad evening knowing he did it :)   

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Jon unpockets a Rubik's cube that looks so small in his hands.  Says he has entered competitions - that has been a lot of fun, and thought we could incorporate it:  Why, yes!!

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What a lot of people see when they look at Jon:

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Ending with this little clip of Jon's Photography Session:   Jon, I'll be praying for the Lord's deep love to be felt by your heart this Senior year, and all through University - I so enjoyed meeting you.

 

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Malia - Senior Class of 2019!!! https://www.jeanninepoundphotography.com/blog/2018/8/malia---senior-class-of-2019 Oh it's so surprising - we just start brainstorming, and - bibbity-bobbity-boo!  Each person gets an entirely different senior photoshoot - For Malia's shoot, I will begin our story at the end of our shoot ...

We both really love the imagination & story behind "Cinder" - a futuristic Cinderella tale by Marissa Meyer, where a cyborg super-mechanic (Cinder) steals the Prince's heart despite grease smudges & a few big secrets - but this Cinder-ella  loses her entire FOOT on the castle staircase as she runs from the Ball at midnight - it's a metal foot, and it just wasn't hinged properly... 

Malia and I decided to go-for-gold with a Cinder mock-up.  She noticed this 20th century car that belongs to Jeff Routh - it is just the type of vehicle Cinder would rescue from a junkyard.  Cinder's metal foot was "made" in Photoshop from bits of the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP), see the raw photo material in Christopher's senior portraits, here.

Meet ... Cinder:

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Ze Foot!

 

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This imagination fun brings us back to the beginning of this shoot, to one of Malia's favorite places to be... Main Street Books in Monroe.  It's ... quirky.  It's filled with stacks of used books, it hosts story times that Malia attended as a child, and it has super prices!!  Malia with the shop cat, of course with an appropriate story time:

 

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Hmmm... which one next...

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I like the same books Malia grew up with... we could while away the hours...

 

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Before the bookstore, Malia had been treated like a princess Selene with hair to order by Miguel and a light & natural make up with Joni at Gene Juarez in Redmond.

Malia really wanted her hair to look like it does when she styles it herself - except she'd like it to STAY that way all through our shoot!  With Joni, she asked for her tan lines from her sunglasses to disappear.  Bibbity-bobbity-boo!

Another favorite hideaway of Malia's is this forest.

She has fond memories of her adventures here, with friends and siblings, and it is gorgeous:

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More fairyland...

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And she obliged me - even though the sun was bright - isn't it a princess thing to sleep in the moss, or a hollow tree?

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And back to Malia's home for a little normal everyday fun... her trusty bike...

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Malia, I hope I get to see you a lot during your senior year.   And I will like to get prayer updates for you, so Joy & I can pray for your current hopes as you attend Running Start & finish up Legacy Homeschool.  Meanwhile, I'll thank the Lord for making you just as you are :) and thank Him that I know you :)  I so enjoyed making fun senior portraits with you!! 

Legacy Homeschool

 

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Johnstone Strait Kayak Vacay! https://www.jeanninepoundphotography.com/blog/2018/7/johnstone-strait-vacay WE LIVED ON AN ISLAND.

For 4 beautiful days we met more creatures than humans!  A few new acquaintances, thru a 200mm lens :)

An Orca family:

Bear & wolves on the coast eat A LOT of SHELLFISH!  The limpets are huge, and creatures with claws can rip them off the rocks and ... escargot!  Crabs also!  crunch crunch crunch

Dolphins!

Grizzly bear with cub.  (blurry!)  

We also had visits from a sea lion, harbor seals, and a humpback whale :)

We camped on West Craycroft Island, between Vancouver Island & mainland Canada.  About 4 hours of driving, 2 hours of ferry, and 3 hours of water taxi from Sammamish, WA.

Our tour of choice was the "Johnstone Strait Ultimate" on July 17-20, 2018 through Spirit of the West:   highly eco-conscious, amazing cooks, easily sharing knowledge, and most importantly, fun people :)  Our wildlife hopes were quickly checked off our lists - it started with an Orca family we met during our water taxi ride, with Wayne Wright, who also runs grizzly tours.  And yep! He found grizzlies and black bears for us!  Wayne also cut the engine for Orcas & for dolphins:  #kayakrealmofwhales

Our home for the next days:

The next morning was Zoe's 12th birthday :)   What do you know?   Orcas met us in our kayaks to celebrate!

The male whale above is known as A50 or "Fife".  We learned that the family groups are headed by a Mama :)  The sons and daughters stay with the Mama all their lives.  If a Mama dies, the grown sons don't often live long.  The Mum heads the group long after she is able to have calves - she can continue to train her family in cultural practices (language, hunting skills, recreation) and lead her family over her lifetime of 80-100+ years old, much like elephants & people :) Daughters mate with males of other family groups, when they all get together as a huge pod at the end of summer.  But then they say goodbye and stay with Mama & siblings.  The females are pregnant for 18 months.  The Orcas shown here are "Northern Resident" whales.  They WILL NOT mate with our Southern Resident whales that we find in the Puget Sound - the reasons appear to be cultural, not physical.  The two groups do not share a common language, or habits.  The population of the Northern Residents has been slowly increasing.  The Southern Residents are not doing as well.  The Seattle news this week had sad news and explanations:  Read the Seattle Times article here.

Guide, Kevin, brought up sea urchins & starfish for us to learn about & touch, and he showed Cody & Jacob how to make bull kelp into a musical HORN!  A good one!

We love that responsibility is absolutely expected from everyone.  The kids learned that together they could carry pretty heavy kayaks!

That evening, our guides gave Zoe a surprise party, complete with balloons, strings of lights, a card, a birthday cake & a gift:  bubbles!

In the evening, kiddos requested "scary stories" around the fire.... Tom & guide, Ben, told doozies :) Tom has big time storyteller skills!  He told of a cat who disappeared and then was found locked in the basement of the creepy house next door.  Ben told of a dog who had bitten him before, and made half of us jump with his punch line!

Kids were also "hitting dingers" over the edge.

And Corina, Melissa & Ben & I had ideas for the "photo contest":

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Thursday!

 

 

 

We hiked to visit researchers tracking Orcas, dolphins & porpoises - at their lookout called "Eagle Eye".  Across the strait there are cameras set up to watch Orcas rub their bellies on smooth round pebbles, and keep track of their behavior.  

Our buddies with guides Ben & Nicole - thank you to Kevin for manning the camera!

We had a tailwind on the way "home" and kids who had not tried "single" kayaks yet gave it a go.

Of course, it turned into a race ;)

Nobody really wanted to say goodbye to camp the next day.  Nicole took Tony, Joy & I for a sunrise paddle:

The Humpback tent, and beyond is the tent we call the Snoring Forest:

Tony moderating the kids in a game of "Family Feud" boys vs girls:

Views around camp as we say goodbye:

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Load the boat!

So... the water taxi back to Quadra Island... was CRAZY!  For 2-1/2 hours... racous waves... boom boom boom....

And back on Quadra! For a couple nights before drive & ferry home.  What do the kids do?  The same thing they've been doing!

This trip was lovely.  God's creation, human & other.  Spectac.  I'm grateful!  Thank you, Lord.

 

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Freshmen! Jack & Emma! Downtown Seattle for a shoot. https://www.jeanninepoundphotography.com/blog/2018/7/jackemma2018 Voila!  Just like that, one is now a college freshman, the other is now a high school freshman.  Crazy.  I'm thankful for this opportunity to spend time with Jack & Emma, children of my friend-from-the-time-we-were-THEIR-AGE, doing one of my favorite things to do!!  I also super enjoyed the company & assistance of my longtime-college-friend Beth, and wonder-assistant, Alyssa, and especially grandparents David & Annie.  A short video, until I get more of our portraits up on this page :)

 

 

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Emma will soon be off to Gonzaga & Jack will also be entering a whole new phase of life at Skyline High School.  I listened to Emma's graduation speech (she got to close down graduation, la grande finale) and she starts out by mentioning a couple reasons why middle school is hard... well, Jack is moving on up, and it's got to be nice to know that his sister found a lot of joy and inspiration at the new school when she took that big step.   Jack is actually the youngest of 5 siblings at home, so he's probably seen it all & knows what to expect!

The kids' Grandpa, Baboo, I mean, David, commissioned portraits of the kids nearly 5 years ago, November 2013, when I was just a couple months into this biz - you must see them - click here for Emma & Jack as little people.   And again, click here.   Such a treasure in my heart to spend a day doing this again.

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SHS attire! 

After Emma spent a full summer day nannying for an adorable little girl, she was cared for herself :)

At the Downtown Seattle Gene Juarez, Emma's hair is by Carson, and this is Raquel on low-key make up:

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Pike Place Market:

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The Harbor Steps:

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My lovely friend, Alyssa, was assisting today - Alyssa of the handheld reflectors, Alyssa of the many things to carry, Alyssa - of Gonzaga! :)  And it so turns out that both girls will be at Gonzaga this Fall.  Alyssa and Emma were chatting it up, Alyssa offering to show her around the town, the church, talking about opportunities for study abroad - this ended up being something Emma really enjoyed about our day :)   

We had been expecting sun... but it was pretty cold out, instead... while our group was warming up the Seattle way with coffee, I stole kids away for more:

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The benefits of group-think!  Beth had shown us the way to the Harbor Steps.  Then Alyssa asks if we will shoot at the Pink Wall - the wha?  Oh my, all new to me - the Pink Wall:

 

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And the golden lighting on the staircase was too good to pass up:

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Back to the Market:

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And the last shots we were interested in were Emma's running shots - we found more interesting colors!

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Lord, I ask your blessings of love and grace to be showered on these two kids (and all their siblings!) as they head into grand new stages of life! 

And thank you, Baboo!  :)

 

 

 

 

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Goodbye, Seattle! Family Photos at Pike Place Market https://www.jeanninepoundphotography.com/blog/2018/7/goodbye-seattle-family-photos-at-pike-place-market Shay is a visionary!  I really enjoy the way she decorated her Sammamish home - when I walked in, I felt like I belonged there :)  Her family has since packed it all up (or sold it all!) after 11 years, to move back to Boston, her & Brian's hometown.  However, to Riley, Aidan & Maeve, Sammamish is home!  The entire family has loved their years here, in the greater Seattle area.  So Shay's vision was a "Goodbye Seattle" family photoshoot with iconic landmarks, to create large & striking wall art & memories in their new Boston home.

And she packaged her vision into a MOTHER'S DAY REQUEST!  Brilliant!  Shay's husband & 3 teenagers were in Seattle at 6am, looking good! Doin' it for Mom!

As an artist, I LONG to see my photographs as WALL ART!  BIG! REALLY BIG! So as Shay & I brainstormed & sketched out our plan in advance, I was over the moon.  Our shoot went well, they saw the proofs -  And then Shay's family gifted this to me - I mean, to her - this is what we made, printed on three 20 x 30" metal panels with a matte finish.  A total width of nearly 5 feet on the wall - ooooh! Goodie!!  I can't wait for to "see" it on a Boston wall when Shay sends a pic:

Next up in her Mother's Day gift, Shay would like photos of her 3 teens.  Riley is now an Eastlake High School graduate, Aidan will be a Junior and is excited to continue rowing in Boston, and Maeve wrapped up her stint as ASB Prez at her middle school and gets to start high school soon(!)

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Speaking of Jo, want to see Jo doing her thing?

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Shay "won" this photoshoot by putting all her raffle tickets into one pot for this prize! Yay! Thank you, Shay!  All her raffle ticket purchases directly funded Athletes for Kids, a local Sammamish group that pairs high school athletes with younger kiddos who could use a friend.  Find out more at this link:  Athletes for Kids.  The charity event was held at Sasquatch Crossfit in Redmond (located in Sammamish as well).  Sasquatch Crossfit held a morning of free come-one-come-all-and-try-our-workouts classes for the greater community, and they recruited local businesses to donate raffle prizes to benefit AFK.  I've seen evidence of SC workouts in my lovely friend, Jo - she is strong!! And has endurance, that's why she carries my equipment when we hike up to waterfalls and across rivers by hopping boulders :) Thank you, Sasquatch Crossfit owners & managers for holding this raffle event :)  All about Sasquatch Crossfit here:  Sasquatch Crossfit.

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My intrepid assistant and I also grabbed detail shots, to be used in Shay's album:

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(Shay, it was tough but I left out all the bloopers, those are just for you guys, )

And Jo was clutch - taking video clips of behind-the-scenes moments to spice up our Session Movie, thank you Jo James!  Our movie:

 

 

I am grateful for all of you, our clients, and I can't tell you how much fun Jo and i have with you!  Shay and Brian were so encouraging and fun, I'm thankful to have met them *just* before they moved across the entire country!  Now we have (more) friends in Boston :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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David - Skyline High School - Class of 2018 https://www.jeanninepoundphotography.com/blog/2018/5/david---skyline-high-school---class-of-2018 I've known David since he was this high!  Caarin & Mike were our across-the-fence neighbors when Tony & I were first married :)  David's littlest sister, Katie, was born just days apart from the birth of our first daughter, Joy.  My biggest memory of being in David's place is the time that I locked myself out of my own house, with baby Joy still inside, and I ran to their house and called for Tony to come home with the key and watched my baby sleep through the windows(!)  Their home was warm, friendly, and CHAOTIC!  Yep, now 3 children later, our home is chaotic too!

David serves our church congregation in the Worship Ministry.  Wow, it's been so crazy cool to see him develop his musical talent through the years.  I believe he taught himself to play the piano (?) David also sings & plays guitar.  For his Autumn senior photoshoot, he chose to showcase his acoustic guitar.  I think his little movie says it all:

 

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation, David!!!  I thank the Lord for you being the person you are, and I'm glad I know you!  See you Sunday :)

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Alison Joy - Cedarcrest High School Senior Portraits https://www.jeanninepoundphotography.com/blog/2018/5/alison-joy---cedarcrest-high-school-senior-portraits Ali's Alley!  First stop for senior portraits of Cedarcrest senior, Alison Joy!  A winding trail through sword ferns & Douglas fir, over a little bridge, lined with mossy logs and river rock.  A place of adventure and picnics with Beth when Ali was small, and now a place of winding trails & boulder steps where she & Pauli Girl cover the hill in bounds :)  

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This is typical of Ali's back yard, carefully cultivated to look NATURAL, yet crowded with flowers and color in the understory of the tall fir trees.  Just lovely.  

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And the garden shed tucked into the forested slope above the LOG HOME (yes!) where Ali grew up:

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A moment back in time, earlier today, Ali & her Mom enjoyed such a relaxing experience at Gene Juarez in Redmond.  Both had hair by Mandy, and make up by Joni.  Such a fun experience.  Photo-ready by the pros with no stress:  

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After Ali's Alley, we moved on to a lonely dirt road stretching into the forest. I was pretty excited about bringing a favorite family vehicle into our shoot.  This 1972 Chevy truck is a classic that Mike had searched for until he found it.  I love the color, inside & out.  Alison likes to use it in the summertime with her pup, Pauli Girl.   We had fun with various angles with this big ray of sunshine :)

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We wanted to incorporate Ali's competitive side by showcasing her hurdling, without actually traveling to a school track.  So this long road was ideal.  Hurdling has always confused me - and it was fun to see how Ali hops them so speedily and easily, and I can't even wrap my brain around how to get my legs over the barrier without plowing through it - it's a brain twister - goodness!  So fun to see Ali in action!  A clip is in the video at the end of this post.  Before beginning the action, I thought that even her stretches were picturesque :)

 

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Go time:

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And we are off to the races:

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Back to Ali's home, 

The front yard is lakefront, a beautiful small lake in the hills of Carnation.   What is better than dancing with Daddy on the dock??  I think any girl of any age would enjoy this :)  I would!

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And seriously, where are the dancing photos with Mom?? Good gravy, next time we photograph this family, Shannon gets the something-crazy :) But meanwhile, I like the bright-eyed cuties together here:

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As the evening is winding down, it seemed a good time for some mellow acoustics by Miss Alison Joy.  I love these:

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The family leaves to make a night on the town - and Jo & I are feeling content and glowing because we had such a good time.  

I enjoyed meeting this family of 3 with their tight-knit relationships and sense of fun.  I enjoyed the tears that came so quickly to Shannon's eyes as she watched her daughter getting her portraits made at their family home.  It's too close for me, it feels, I'll be there in 5 years with my eldest, Joy...  I like that Mike & Shannon and my husband & I all share a love of that name :)  Later,  I enjoyed meeting Alison Joy's close friend, Beth, and hearing that they have memories together that stretch back soooooooo farrrrrrr back.  Senior portraits are taken at a precious time of life!  Just before all that is familiar become memories to cherish, instead of present-day-every-day-life!   Oh! Let's end with a little video:

 

 

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Gaurav - Class of 2018 - The Overlake School https://www.jeanninepoundphotography.com/blog/2018/3/gaurav---class-of-2018---the-overlake-school One of the best parts of being a photographer is getting to know people :)  Gaurav has been one of our neighbors for years, but I got to know him better in an afternoon than in all that time.  I still thought of Gaurav as the 10 year old who makes robots :)  And his little sister, who is like a 4th sister of my 3 girls, has filled me in on his hobbies occasionally, but spending an afternoon with him and listening to his stories and interests was truly delightful.  I don't know whether he'd consider himself right- or left-brained (he has a great amount of both!) but that right-brain appreciation of visual design is obvious in our conversations.  Gaurav gets more animated when we use negative space in his portrait, or find leading lines or use painted walls with graphics.  In fact, his descriptions of the  senior portraits he wanted were all feelings & colors:  asked for words to describe what he is looking for, he said "OPTIMISTIC"!  I love that!  He asked for blues and greens, and expansive views of Seattle.  He wanted to go Downtown, with its busy motion.  He wanted texture, like crumbling brick and tarnished metal, rather than sleek & new construction.  So... that puts him squarely into my kind of senior portraits, yay!  :) 

Original SizeOriginal Size My friend, Lesley (links to Lesley's family portraits with me here and also here), was our assistant that day.  She also loves spending a day in the city, and she had nuggets of treasure in her brain!  Lesley's hair artist, Tiffany, is an independent stylist at Skyn Spa.  Lesley mentioned the salon's blue velvet couch, and we were all over it, knocking at the bolted door.  Tiffany graciously welcomed us to make use of her couch and lobby, and we had a ball.  Lesley also mentioned the old metal staircase used by bicycle & pedestrian commuters.  Fun!   One aspect of the shoot that Gaurav & Lesley & I enjoyed the most was the serendipity.  This staircase was not on my radar, we just ran across it (with all the whimsical globe hanging lights in the alley) when we stopped for soda pops:  

Yearbook SubmissionYearbook Submission It was also serendipitous at our first stop in Soho to find 2 or 3 police cars and an resentful man in handcuffs right in front of the small brick garage we had hoped to shoot in.  We used it anyway!  What an odd looking scene that must have been, with the party just outside the garage, and our party just inside, with Lesley holding a big reflector, and my camera clicking, and Gaurav looking as casual as possible :)  He was the one to see what was going on at the entrance, as Lesley and I were just focused on him!  

At the end of this beautiful sunshine-y day, we visited Kerry Park!  I think Gaurav's optimism shines in his eyes, I think that part of our assignment was a given, a slam-dunk, guaranteed like the precipitation in Seattle.  We were so thankful that the sun was brilliant on this one day of the week, sandwiched by snow the previous afternoon, and rain later that evening!  The sunset lit Mount Rainier and quickly disappeared, and the city lights took the cue. This was a great way to end the day:

Original SizeOriginal Size I'm sooooo glad to get to know Gaurav so much more, before he leaves home next year!  California?  To play tennis and soak up the sun?  UW?  Close to home?  Decisions, decisions!  He appreciates the education he has received at The Overlake School.  One of the classes he has enjoyed most was all about design - developing ideas for increased functionality combined with a look that strongly appeals to people - it will be fun to see where the right side of his brain lands in his life choices, it's where he lights up.  I think it may pull him to his own niche in whatever future he chooses!  :)   

 

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Christopher - Class of 2018! Part 2: Downtown https://www.jeanninepoundphotography.com/blog/2018/2/christopher---part-2 Christopher obliged me with multiple outfits & musical instruments, and he shaved in between so we had lots of different looks.  I really enjoyed our portrait photography tour of MoPOP, Seattle's Museum of Pop Culture, in "part 1" which can be viewed by clicking here.  Now dressed in his concert attire and with his french horn, our ideal hope was to make portraits in Benaroya Hall, home of the Seattle Symphony.  I so appreciate the people of Benaroya who allowed us inside during their preparations for an evening performance, so we could use the iconic lobby as background for Christopher's senior portraits. 

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Let's have more touring of Seattle's musical nightlife!  We also explored famous & historical Jazz Alley.  

Christopher's collection of brass now includes a sax that I think looks shiny spectac with the brown & steel tones in the alley behind the famous all-ages nightclub.  

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It was literally freezing on this day - temperatures in the teens and twenties.  Snow expected any moment according to my weather app.  Our lovely assistants - my daughters, Joy, Zoe & Sasha, were jumping up and down with the reflectors, trying to warm up.  Through chattering teeth they talk non-stop of snow on its way, and I say yes! how great that would be - and Christopher confidently says that it is not going to snow.  I say "But the weather forecast says -" 

He points up at the clear blue sky :)  

Oh well!  All 5 of us ran (or walked swiftly) for a nearby cozy McD's after one more smile:

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At Seattle Center, with my friend Alyssa assisting,

we not only visited the MoPOP but strolled the grounds.  Some favorites :)

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To see our Museum of Pop Culture photos from Part 1, click here. 

And a little vid of the fun we had making Christopher's Seniors, ta-da! 

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Christopher - Class of 2018! Part 1: MoPOP Seattle https://www.jeanninepoundphotography.com/blog/2018/2/christopher---part-1 I. had. so. much. fun!!  with Christopher :)  And Alyssa, and Joy, and Sasha, and Zoe.  So much fun it will take 2 blog posts :)  Click here for Part 2.  I love texture in photos.  And "light is everything" (so true) - so light reflecting off the smooth brass of Christopher's collection of music-makers, along with dull gleams off the weathered studded metal background, and rough cement & low ethereal clouds & Christopher's hair and this was a fun start for me!  

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Senior Portraits with Jeannine Pound Photography in SeattleSenior Portraits with Jeannine Pound Photography in Seattle We started at the MoPOP (the Museum of Pop Culture) in Seattle Center.  Christopher has loved -- ok, wait, I'm imagining an amplitude of feeling & expression like I would use -- instead -- Christopher really likes taking part in the Eastlake High School Band :)  He plays french horn in the marching band & also enjoys trumpet and is picking up drums & saxophone.  The MoPOP made sense for a musician and a video game enthusiast, and it has really fun & crazy lighting.  We cruised the outside of the building first, and Christopher played it cool & casual with no regard to the passing audience of traffic & pedestrians :)

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Senior Portraits with Jeannine Pound Photography in SeattleSenior Portraits with Jeannine Pound Photography in Seattle Senior Portraits with Jeannine Pound Photography in SeattleSenior Portraits with Jeannine Pound Photography in Seattle Our model today is wearing Achievement Hunter threads from Rooster Teeth.  Are you a player or are you a playa?  Check OUT the tight KICKS, Husky fans!  Custom Nike, uh-huh. One-of-a-kind. You don't BUY these shoes, you DESIGN these shoes, yo. 

Christopher has been to MoPOP before, and since Alyssa and I are not... the best with maps... we made him our tour guide :)  We stopped every time I saw something crazy fun for photos ;) Here are a few:

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Our Photography Assistant on this day was Alyssa!!  Alyssa is a friend, babysitter, former co-Sunday-School-teacher, and photography-model from my church, Pine Lake Covenant Church!  So it turns out that the three of us toured MoPOP during a celebration of 50 years of Star Trek :)  

#MOPOPSTARTREK  

And we were there at the verrrry end of the day, nearly had the place to ourselves.  So when we saw the opportunity, we went for it.  

#BEAMMEUP Scotty :)

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Okay, maybe Christopher hadn't been surprised, I think he was expecting a video game - so there was a lot of boom-blast-shoot-'em-up for a minute and then silence.... and my favorite Christopher quote of the day,

"Well... that happened."

 

Moving on!

Near Data's-Head-in-the-Floor, there was this red orange light that I actually really love, and thus some of my favorite shots of Christopher :)

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More of my favorites from my

Seattle session with Christopher,

and a fun little video, in

Part 2: Downtown!

 

 

 

 

 

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An Afternoon with Heather :) https://www.jeanninepoundphotography.com/blog/2018/2/an-afternoon-with-heather This chica is full of surprises :)  As we sat in her living room planning her shoot, it was a major train-of-thought, throw-them-all-out-there, everything-sounds-crazy-fun Planning Session - I suppose it would have taken us a week to complete 1/2 the ideas but then we would have just thought of more - I loved it :)  My ADD brain was a little overwhelmed, but I can deal :)  So, for the girl who is interested in everything, here is a gorgeous sampling of our completed photoshoot!

Heather's Dad, Kevin, is (understatement coming) really into interesting cars, so what does he help his daughter select... well, something relatively fuel efficient, something that can get her from A to B, quickly, and something that looks nice, y'know?  Oh - and something that goes with her personality :)  Heather has an interesting personality :) Just be quiet and listen to all the ideas she floats in the silence, and all of a sudden this happens:

Senior Portraits with Jeannine Pound Photography in SeattleSenior Portraits with Jeannine Pound Photography in Seattle I learned her ride perfectly suits her, this is her Honda Rebel 300 :) Heather is super bright & careful.  She scored higher than her Pops getting her license ;)  

Our afternoon adventure began in Heather's home with my lovely & so-fun friend Lisabella on Hair & Make Up,  As Jo was unavailable, my daughter, Joy, joined us to assist, and Joy loved this experience.  Heather's Mum, Lisa, was part of everything, and specializes in smile-getting & laugh-induction :) It was so great to have Lisa with us the whole time.

When I received photos of her outfits, a few days before our shoot, there was a theme:  purples, reds, magentas & pinks - in a variety of styles.  I don't think Heather realized that her fave outfits were all similar color groups until we went over them together!  Even Heather's hair color is pink - or - "chocolate dusty mauve" :) And here is one of our favorite shots, I love Heather's dress, hair, relaxed smile, but mostly, I love her eyes:

Heather sings with the Seattle Girls' Choir in Seattle and has trained at Seattle Opera.  Serious dedication to voice education bringing great joy :)  She has no problem on stage.  At this time, she was auditioning with several universities, where will she be singing in the Fall?

A favorite spot of hers is Molly Moon's handmade ice cream shop in Redmond.  I hadn't been there before, so that was extra fun for me, a new place :)  BTW, I like Heather's entire closet, I'm crazy for these sleeves when she walks:

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Kick boxing.  Let's go.  Look ferocious.  Did I mention that Heather's giggle is musical and completely contagious?  Serious mischief in those eyes!  We visited the Serres Farm in Redmond for some shadow boxing because we love their pumpkin patch!  Our Boxing Babe:

Senior Portraits with Jeannine Pound Photography in SeattleSenior Portraits with Jeannine Pound Photography in Seattle I really enjoy getting to know people during an afternoon together, making portraits.  This girl has so many interests!  College will be a smorgasbord of new knowledge and experiences.  She hopes to continue singing at University - choral music / musicals / classical voice training / opera, and also dive into political science, perhaps, and / or law... double major? triple? an adventure to be had :)  

This photo was Lisa's idea, the windmill reminded them of European travels, and I love it because you can practically hear Heather's laugh:

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The sun had disappeared at the end of our afternoon, when we found some dark leaves to play off Heather's chocolate dusty mauve hair :) I think our cozy portrait (below) emphasizes Heather's joy of living life :)  I think I asked her to give herself a cozy hug, and Mom Lisa was heckling from right behind me :)  There were so many ideas we thought of but didn't try.  

We actually did have her lie down in the pine needles & we decorated her hair with leaves & pine cones... but not all my ideas turn out the way I envision!  We skipped our idea to float Heather in the lake with flowers.  We also decided against paddle board portraits as too logistically laborious.  We ran out of time to photograph Heather in a red dress on a theatre stage singing into a mic, with flowers falling all around her.  * So I actually have not had the privilege of hearing Heather sing, one of her favorite activities in life! * We didn't develop the baking idea, letting it fall flat.  We didn't really go Project Runway, except perhaps a little bit on the sidewalk in Redmond.  We skipped the forest trails / waterfall idea in favor of pumpkins.  Oh - and we skipped Bowling!! That was our rainy-day alternative and another (of many) favorites! :)  

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I met Heather through a referral from her family friends - Hannah had quite the opposite vision for her senior photoshoot - she had ONE super-definite idea: forest trails with a river :)  Done.  See the diversity to be had on one trail in Hannah's forest photoshoot here.

I personally wish that I could live 1000 lifetimes and try everything.  I get the feeling Heather might be that way too (?)  I think that wish is the reason I love portrait photography - making portraits of people (I have just met!) means asking for their trust - it's a vulnerable thing to be in front of a camera!  We get to meet each other and dive into his / her life & interests.  We make super-fun plans - and put them into reality for an afternoon.  Then we look at our results and feel great.   I hope to keep in touch with Miss Heather occasionally to see which direction(s) she chooses with this 1 life of hers! So many options!  Each time I remember her show-stopping smile & jovial twinkling eyes, I'll praise God for His creation of the person she is, her fountain of creativity, her pluck & resilience, her strong sense of responsibility, her dedication toward her desires, and her unique sense of self and humor :)  Heather, keep doing life the way you do it, I'm a fan in your audience, applauding!  

  

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Sarah's Bat Mitzvah! https://www.jeanninepoundphotography.com/blog/2017/10/sarahs-bat-mitzvah Laughing, talking with everyone, introducing children to each other, leaning over the fence to wave and say "hi" - that was Sarah - the first time I met her - it was her first day of kindergarten - yep! She stuck in my memory!  I thought, "I'd like my kiddo to get to know HER!"  She has remained one of the most friendly, social, kind, and inclusive people I know.  

Sarah's family were some of the first to hire my fledgling biz 4 years ago, see her grandparents' 60th anniversary photoshoot here.  See the senior portraits of Sarah's sister, Hannah, here.  I've known for years that I would be able to shoot Sarah's Bat Mitzvah - totally exciting to me - and it seemed like forever to wait!  Good things are worth the wait :)  All the years of Sarah's Hebrew studies led to this celebratory event, and the beginning of her studies of the Torah as an adult.  Sarah led this Sukkot service, reading the Torah portion in Hebrew, and giving her own thoughts on Exodus chapter 32 and second chances.  Jo James joined me as second photographer :)  Jo & I felt so privileged to be a part of this event!

Oh, such silly photos from our getting-ready-hair-&-makeup part of our day - which I promised-not-to-show-anyone!  But this cutie is ok:

Pro hair & make up for Sarah, mum & sister, provided by Lisabella :)   I will tell you, as each of those ladies strode into the temple one by one, they each took my breath away! 

Test-test shot that is - pure Sarah -

Pre-ceremony photos.  

We are at Temple De Hirsch Sinai:

Then a cozy respite from hustle & bustle to relax and sign paperwork with Rabbi Aaron Meyer, and witness Neil Weinstein.  

Sarah commits to a lifetime study of the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah.

Now off to the ceremony :)

The ceremony is so beautiful - the reading of the Torah is like singing.  The lettering in the scroll is like art.  The beautiful acoustic music by Neil Weinstein was welcoming & comforting, like a hug from family.  I could listen all day.  Doreen brings the tallis bag to Sarah and presents her beautiful handmade tallit to her daughter.  Sarah will wear this prayer shawl for this service.  It matches Sarah's kippa, her head covering, also handmade by her Mum.

The Ark is opened and the Torah in Sukkot (Feast of Booths) dress is brought out.  

The Torah is ceremonially handed down from generation to generation :)  All Sarah's grandparents, and her parents, and Sarah.  Then Sarah walks the Torah through the congregation:

Sarah's family members join Rabbi Meyer & Sarah for opening the Torah and reading blessings,

and Sarah reads the Torah portion for this day.

Then the scroll is raised and dressed.  

Sarah gives a talk with thoughts about the reading. Her parents each give a talk about Sarah :) 

Sarah is presented with gifts & certificates from teachers, and then helps put the Torah into the Ark. 

Her friends join in the singing.

Celebration begins as the ceremony ends - a bus ride to the Legacy Ballroom at the Hilton Garden Inn of Issaquah :)

Sarah's Mum, Doreen, and friends created the table decorations!

An item of ceremony is the candle lighting:  Candles are lit by various groups of Sarah's family & friends.  A gift has been given to a charity in honor of each group, a cause Sarah chose that is special to their hearts.

And now the lights dim -

DJ Hayden Hall is in the HOUSE :)

Eat, drink, be merry :)

A slideshow of Sarah throughout her life settles the action for a few minutes.

Artist Vincent Yee makes guests' caricatures!

And the Hora dance, Sarah's Dad & Grandpa & Uncles raising Sarah's chair high in the air!! & circles of dancers all around her -

 

Sarah! I was enraptured by your whole event :)  I loved it and could have stayed forever.  

Congratulations, young Bat Mitzvah :)  

I am impressed by your dedication and vitality!!  

Sarah's family and friends can download your free photos here: 

Sarah

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Jackson - Skyline High School Senior Portraits https://www.jeanninepoundphotography.com/blog/2017/9/jackson---skyline-high-school-senior-portraits Jack will graduate from Skyline High School in just a few more months!  He spends nearly as much of his time down the hill at the Sammamish Rowing Association with his Junior Competitive Rowing team, and this is where we made his senior portraits!  SRA juniors teams field rowers from many Eastside high schools.  This Association has become a source of pride for our community, welcoming youth and adult rowers, from first-time novices to nationally competitive athletes.  

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[(Rowing 3 Hours / Day)  x  (5 Days per Week)) + Weekend Competitions + Strength Training]  x Several Years = 1 Fit High School Senior!

 

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Jack is easy to hang out with.  He has a gentle, quiet, confident manner.  It was fun to make these portraits on his own turf, at sunrise before school.  There was nobody around, after the hustle bustle of early morning crew teams taking their boats to the water.  Jack & his Mom, Michelle, with Jo & I, had this A.M. hour to ourselves.  Being outside with the scents of the forest & the slosh of the water as we walked the dock, birds calling, and crisp cold morning air was a great way to start this day.

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The Rowing athletes I've been able to photograph are impressive to me:  Each is faithful to the commitment he/she makes to spend hours of each day in our gorgeous outdoors - not only in heavenly summer sunshine but in our real daily crazy Northwest weather.  You can't be a flake and do Crew!  There is serious persistence and commitment there.  There is also a crazy amount of physical fitness.  I remember Madi relating in a very casual way that her crew team runs 10 miles - like - no big deal.  Diving into the world of a Crew athlete for a photoshoot has been a joy every time.   Click to see our photoshoots with Madi in 2015 & Sydney last Fall.

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Sarah - Issaquah High School Senior Portraits https://www.jeanninepoundphotography.com/blog/2017/9/sarah---issaquah-high-school-senior-portraits This whole idea got rolling on the Church Nursery floor - along with our toy cars and tractors - Sarah and I are crawling on the floor, to be eye level with our toddler friends, and in between sing-song sound-bytes, Sarah says "I want you to do my senior photos," which delights me.  So we continued to race cars and build train tracks and sing "Jesus Loves Me" as we tossed ideas across the room.  Sarah is hoping to incorporate some of her football charges - she has been managing the Issaquah High School football team for 3 seasons and she loves it.  This is a new theme for me, and that delights me even more :)

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This is football, let's look tough:

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Prior to meeting her players at the high school, we had had fun with Sarah's outfits & the camera in the Issaquah Highlands.  Hair and make up are by Anta at Sorella Salon & Spa.    

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Okay, the rain didn't hold off completely, but it wasn't pushy.  It participated in our photos for a few minutes:

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This had been a huge day for Sarah - she had given a speech in class, and she didn't shy away from difficult topics.  She shared the story of her father passing away 5 years ago, and how she and her Mom and brother then made a big move to Washington, plugging into an entirely new community.  Her speech had gone smoothly, and being able to share a tough part of her life and feel support from classmates was emotional and good.  Sarah's father had given her this necklace :) 
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It was a gift to me to spend time with both Sarah & her Mom, Nancy.  They laugh and tease and trust each other's ideas.  Nancy and I were both suggesting poses and Sarah was all over it, and my daughter, Joy, was blowing Sarah's hair, and we were all laughing and loving our results in the camera.  We were praising God for His creation of Sarah, she is His unique design - responsible, humble, in charge, optimistic, beautiful, silly, and filled with laughter... and she's a lot of fun :)  Thank you for this opportunity, Sarah! Senior Portraits with Jeannine Pound Photography in SeattleSenior Portraits with Jeannine Pound Photography in Seattle

And our little slideshow video contains some additional shots:

 

 

 

 

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Hannah - Eastlake High School Senior Portraits https://www.jeanninepoundphotography.com/blog/2017/9/hannah---eastlake-high-school-senior-portraits Miss Hannah of the Golden Eyes, went bouldering in the Snoqualmie River :)  She felt 'at home' hugging tree giants that dwarf her, as if she was a tiny woodland elf :)  I've rarely had to click so fast - she moves from tree to river to rocks, from one idea to the next.  Here (for a moment) stillness:

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And smiles  :)

 

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This was Hannah's Senior Photoshoot hike to Twin Falls.  her mom, Doreen, was there - and their pup, Stanley.  Stanley covers the ground with as much ambition as his teen owner!  Jo came with us as well, yay!  This path is familiar to Jo because of the gorgeous rainy engagement shoot we did together.  There weren't a lot of folks on the trail this day, so Hannah could switch outfits in the forest with privacy.  Doreen & Jo carried all of Hannah's outfits and our camera equipment for the 2 mile hike to the waterfall, so I could try to keep up with our girl and her bouncing pup!  This type of day fills me with wonder that we live in a part of our Earth that is sooooo pretty - and the scent of fresh cedar is heavenly.  Praise God :) 

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Before attending Eastlake for High School, Hannah enjoyed the choice  "Environmental and Adventure School" or "EAS" in Bellevue, WA.  This middle school includes all-school camping trips, winter electives like parkour or snorkeling, and Spring week-long adventures in the western States!  Her love of the outdoors is also evident in her choice to be at Camp Kalsman for A LOT of each summer - first as a camper and then a counselor.  

Hannah's hair is styled by "Hannah" at Gene Juarez Salon & Spa in Redmond.  Her make up is by Kelli Brooks of Kelli Brooks Beauty.  Kelli knows the natural look that Hannah & I like best!

Hannah delights in river crossings & bouldering & balancing on logs across rivers.  I am not sure whether Hannah prefers the forest or the river - I think all of it rolled together - with river crossings & this enormous waterfall!   This is one of my absolute favorites:

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I've been acquainted with Hannah since she was below my shoulders (a long time!) and it was a thrill for me to photograph her.  By serendipity, my girls & I were at a Sammamish physical therapy clinic on the day when Hannah was shadowing the PTs.  It was lovely to see her exuding calm and friendliness in the clinic.  How natural it is that she'd like to help people recover their physical activity.  My prayer for Hannah is that she'll feed the joy she feels when she is outside in God's beauty, understanding how important that is for her well-being :)   I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to hike and photograph this girl one beautiful day in our Great Outdoors!  

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Tyson - Kittitas Senior Portraits https://www.jeanninepoundphotography.com/blog/2017/9/tyson---kittitas-senior-portraits Wow, I find it kind of shocking to watch a kid grow up right in front of my eyes :)  Tyson's Dad, Brent & my husband, Tony, are cousins.  We spend every Labor Day weekend at Tyson's home.  He has taken our girls riding on his 4-wheelers for years and years until they learned to handle the vehicles on their own... (not SO well.... uh... sorry about that crash, Brent & Kirsten!)  It will be a little sad this 2018 Labor Day if Tyson is off to college already!  We like to sink into the farm life for a weekend.  Brent lets my girls drive the HUGE farm machinery with him, stacking alfalfa bales or cutting hay.  We pick corn for dinner.  Visit the sunflowers.  The kids all bury each other in the truck of seed oats.  We visit the owl in the barn loft.  I photograph that old truck.  The boys put on a show on the trampoline.  Kirsten runs in and out of her own home, back & forth from the Fair, and the fridge and pantry are packed FULL of yummies for all the relatives, and somehow she makes everyone feel at home.  We appreciate the cute cows from last summer as we enjoy our BBQ dinner, and then feed the pigs our corn cobs.  We play volleyball in the back yard with all the cousins, aunts & uncles.  And we take photos near sunset - This is the farm Tyson's grandparents owned, now his parents, and he has worked it his whole life.  He is attending Central Washington University through Running Start.  After this year, he gets to head into a city of choice for college, and experience urban life.  I look forward to hearing about his adventures :)  

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We started his senior portraits in downtown Ellensburg, the old brick alleys:

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And then home, home on the range:

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Baseball has been a huge part of Tyson's life, his Kittitas Coyotes #15 jersey:

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Oh Tyson, you're lucky I don't have well organized picture files from the past... there are lots of years of Farmcation photos of you that I wish I could tag on to the end of this post ;)  I'm so glad that we are family :) Well, ok, here's one of my favorites, before the video -

circa 2011:

 

 

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Grace in Olympia - Eastlake High School Senior Portraits https://www.jeanninepoundphotography.com/blog/2017/9/grace-in-olympia---eastlake-high-school-senior-portraits Oh my goodness, what fun ideas my clients bring :)  Grace has been my muse for years now, see her first shoot (with horses!), and Grace's Sweet 16 Photoshoot, and now her Senior Portraits :)  Grace attends Bellevue College through the Running Start program at Eastlake High School.  She intentionally keeps in touch with friends at EHS and attends events / dances.  She also has a tight-knit youth group at Pine Lake Covenant Church, and she really enjoys all the friends she meets from across Washington State through Youth and Government each year.  In YaG, students throughout the State bring their brains to local issues, develop ideas for solutions,  and form "bills" which they bring for debate when all the YaG representatives gather at our State Capitol in Olympia in May.    One of the many student bills will be considered by our Washington State Legislature, so their stakes are real!  This has been an empowering and hugely fun activity for Grace, and thus, her choice for Senior Portrait location was our State Capitol in Olympia :)

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There's nothing like playing photo booth in public, on stage, at the very top of the huge staircase of the State Capitol Building :)

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