my friends ben and ember make the cutest babies. a few weeks ago, em and i made a quick escape with their third babe abe out to our cabin. we filled the car with bins of paint and made a wonderful mess. em made a painting for abe, inspired from a page in the richard scarry's best storybook ever! it turned out so adorable! free weekends like this are very rare and very special.
our nephews soren and reece with their new skateboards and scabs. they don't go very long without a punch, tackle or scream. but they also don't go long without a cuddle. reece is like me and forgives fast. soren will almost always say sorry. these two make good brothers.
"i don't believe an accident of birth makes people sisters or brothers. it makes them siblings, gives them mutuality of parentage. sisterhood and brotherhood is a condition people have to work at."
my friend sean flanigan taught an awesome photography workshop last month here in tacoma. folks traveled from all over the place to attend. you can see more images from the workshop over on sean's blog. sean's work is always inspiring to me, so i was very flattered when he asked me to speak at the workshop. i decided to hang out the rest of the day and observe. all the other photographers at the workshop were so incredibly kind and talented, it was an wonderful experience. this was not a typical workshop with a big group shoot with models. instead sean photographed a couple in an old big warehouse and we observed his process. i couldn't help myself and pulled my camera out of my purse for a few frames. i only shot eight frames total (which was somewhat refreshing).
above ali walker who does beautiful work over in walla walla.
see the stunning portraits that sean created in this space over here.
the other day i was ricocheting slowly off the blue walls of this room, moving as if underwater from typewriter to piano, from bookshelf to an envelope lying on the floor, when i found myself in the L section of the dictionary where my eyes fell upon the word lanyard.
no cookie nibbled by a french novelist could send one into the past more suddenly— a past where i sat at a workbench at a camp by a deep adirondack lake learning how to braid long thin plastic strips into a lanyard, a gift for my mother.
i had never seen anyone use a lanyard or wear one, if that’s what you did with them, but that did not keep me from crossing strand over strand again and again until i had made a boxy red and white lanyard for my mother.
she gave me life and milk from her breasts, and i gave her a lanyard. she nursed me in many a sick room, lifted spoons of medicine to my lips, laid cold face-cloths on my forehead, and then led me out into the airy light
and taught me to walk and swim, and i, in turn, presented her with a lanyard. here are thousands of meals, she said, and here is clothing and a good education. And here is your lanyard, i replied, which i made with a little help from a counselor.
here is a breathing body and a beating heart, strong legs, bones and teeth, and two clear eyes to read the world, she whispered, and here, i said, is the lanyard i made at camp. and here, i wish to say to her now, is a smaller gift—not the worn truth
that you can never repay your mother, but the rueful admission that when she took the two-tone lanyard from my hand, i was as sure as a boy could be that this useless, worthless thing i wove out of boredom would be enough to make us even.
by billy collins
laura and scott of wallflower photography are our friends and fellow photographers. last year was a big one for them with caleb joining their family. love seeing how other woman balance motherhood with their photography. laura seems to be a natural. in order to stay home a bit more with the babe she is focusing on baby portraits, check out her new studio and site bump & bambino. the poem above was discovered through alison morris who wrote this insightful post about good poems to read at weddings.
yesterday jon and i took a quick trip over to vashon island to check out the spot where we will be hosting our first photography workshop in may, the tahlequah outlook house. winter made a little comeback this week, which made for a perfectly chilly northwest winter adventure. the house is charming and cozy, we are excited about our intimate group of talented photographers who will be attending the workshop! visiting the house confirmed that it's all turning out just how i pictured in my head. i can't wait to see the island again in the spring, all in bloom! if you would like to complete our group, hop on over to our workshop blog to get all the details. we only have one spot left, so don't delay!
this painting makes me happy (and makes me want to go camping). on our way home we made a quick stop at bargain world. it's fun taking photos in the thrift store.
this time we left empty handed. so next time we should score big.
(more workshop info over here, only one spot left)!
we've received a lot of sweet messages and comments on our may workshop. it's going to be so much fun! we had a couple folks ask if we could split up the workshop because they were mainly interested in photography and could only make it to the first day. then i had coffee with some non-photographer friends, and they said the exact opposite. they want to learn about the mixed media art on day two, but weren't as interested in the photography stuff on day one. so, it got me thinking......
everyone is unique with different desires, interests and needs, that's what makes life so sublime. i've never been one to fit into a box or to try to put someone into one. so, we've decided to split the workshop up into two days to allow more flexibility for our attendees. feel free to sign up for just one day, either focusing on photography
(day one) or mixed media art (day two) or spend both days with us, and enjoy the whole shebang!