When I sat down in January to start my Decade in Review, guided by the force that is Marie Forleo, I already new I wanted big change in 2020. After taking time to write down and revisit personal and professional accomplishments for the last 10 years, I am proud and ready to kick some booty in my next decade. I know what it’s like to look at a day, a month, a year and feel like nothing moved forward. Look back at 10 years though, and you will impress yourself!
In 2020 I am reimagining my business and how best to serve as a writer and photographer.
My roots are in Oregon. I’ve always known it was a privilege to grow up surrounded by beautiful spaces and by people that care deeply about protecting them. My vision is to move my professional and personal projects in a direction that supports kindness to our planet as a philanthropist, influencer, and change maker.
Each baby step we take toward a new vision is important. For now, I am setting my intentions and learning a little something every day. I am also committed to taking action. I plan to trust my instincts and avoid spinning my wheels in research mode. Self-designing my new logo was a perfect way for me to get things moving. Once I had it finished, I waited maybe five minutes to update my website and social media. I was so excited.
A quick story on the new logo.
Over 16 years ago, my husband and I bought a little piece of land in Sherwood, Oregon. It was almost entirely pasture. Except for “The Big Tree.” While I’ve planted nearly 100 trees on our land since then, that glorious fir tree dominates the landscape. The Big Tree has held my kids’ rope swing, served as the backdrop for family photos, cradled kittens in its branches, and created a home for countless creatures. When people talk about having a “view” in this area they often mean Mt. Hood. I had that view as a child, but it had a big tree just like ours slicing through the middle of it. Nobody ever cut it down. I was always pretty proud of that. Sometimes the big tree isn’t blocking the view, it is the view.
In 2020, it’s time to see a bigger picture. I plan to find the forest through the trees.
I’m a lucky parent. My son has surrounded himself with wonderful friends that I adore. Bridgett is one of those friends. I love her sense of humor and how she embraces and lifts up her friends. She is also a gifted artist and a fellow lover of fleurs (flowers). I feel very fortunate to have been a small part of her senior year and also for getting to take her senior portraits.
This shot of Bridgett is definitely a favorite of mine. I was super excited when her parents, Rick and Shelley, chose it as their Senior Favorite. Shelley says, “I feel like it captures, not only how naturally pretty she is (IMHO), but also her personality. I can hear her deep belly laugh, and I’m reminded of how good she is at not taking herself too seriously when I look at this picture. I am also reminded of how she got her smile from my dad who passed away when she wasn’t quite three.” 🙂
I am pretty excited that Bridgett has chosen to study art therapy at Oregon State University in the fall. That’s where my son will be, too, and I feel great that he has such great company right away. And, maybe Bridgett will share her extra meal points with him…just kidding!
It’s pretty humbling to be approached for an article like this. We truly enjoyed our interview and conversation with Ray Pitz (he’s very music savvy and a totally nice guy) and are thrilled with this article that ran in a special section of the Tigard/Tualatin and Beaverton Valley Times. We were still basking in the glow of the fantastic article covering The Macks debut EP in the Sherwood Gazette when this one hit. Reactions of our friends and neighbors have been priceless. We’re certainly getting our 15 minutes of fame from the two articles. True story: I asked for a friend to save her copy of the section for me and she said, “No, I’ll get you another copy. You’re going to need to sign mine.” Love her.
A photo session with Angie Windheim Photography is up for bid at an upcoming Raindrops to Refuge fundraiser. I needed a portfolio display quick and went to my trusty friend, Shutterfly, to put one together.
You can get a sneak peek or come see it in person on the 25th.
Host: Raindrops to Refuge
Event: Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction F
Date: February 25th
Location: Rebekah Hall in Sherwood
Cost: $5 adults, $2.50 kids plus $1 for homemade dessert
Entertainment: Local favorite, Myron LeRoy, with guest student, Ben Windheim (yep, that’s my boy)
While I love to go hunting for grand stages for photography in fields and parks, I also love the intimacy and relaxed nature of photographing kids in their own backyard. Ana was comfortable at home with her tree, her flowers, her dog and her trike. I think we got a lot more out of her than if we’d tired her out away from home.
I had a very successful photo shoot with The Sherwood 7th Grade Boys Classic team in January. Taking basketball team photos can present lots of challenges with lighting, space and composition. Fortunately, a little prep and patience solves all of those issues.
The boys were very relaxed. After quickly adjusting the camera and clearing space on the bleachers, I got some really nice shots. I avoid flash in the gyms and rely on some clever ISO and shutter speed adjustments until I get the right color and clarity. My favorite photos are the silly ones. I tell the boys to do something crazy and then “freeze.” You really get to see their personalities shine in those photos.
The actual game that afternoon was an overtime, barn burner. Sherwood was victorious. Hopefully, the action pics will help them remember a very fun game. You can check out all the photos in the gallery.