We decided to take a quick weekend trek to Bend, OR to escape the grey of home and for some skiing and lounging about. Mother Nature had a very different plan and bombarded the region with a winter storm. We drove away from the storm and did a day hike at Smith Rock (one of my favorite places), and we definitely did plenty of lounging. Thank you to the Olympics for the added entertainment. We still got to ski the morning we flew back to Seattle.
Made a quick visit to Alaska for the holidays. I'd never been to Alaska during the darkness of the winter solstice. I was sleeping so much I felt like a hibernating bear. But it was also interesting to see how locals treated the darkness. People didn't hole up in their homes, that were out and about, going on walks, skiing, brewery hopping. I don't know why expected anything different! Here are some moments from the brief daylight:
I've been taking portraits of the students at Year Up Puget Sound for several years. I always have so much fun photographing these amazing folks. I only get a couple minutes with each student, but I find it important to capture the spirit of each person. This fall, I photographed 236 students and staff. Here are just a few of my favorites!
I'm down here working the Mill Valley Film Festival (40th year!! My third year) and we awoke on Monday to the smell of smoke and the hills hidden from view, ash raining down from the sky. It reminded me of the fires we've had up in Washington this August. But this fire is different. This one is tearing through Sonoma and Napa, on a rampage, fueled by years of drought and swift winds that change daily. In just a few days over 160,000 acres have burned to the ground. To put that in perspective, that's 250 square miles, or the city of Chicago. Or three Seattles.
Today was my day off and I was able to tag along with two other fine folks to volunteer up in Napa at The Napa Deli. We drove 40 minutes through thickening smoke and scorched landscapes. We arrived at the deli a little before the lunch hour ready to work. This deli is incredible! They made 300 sandwiches yesterday, today they fed over 1,200 first responders. They are making meals for firefighters and evacuees and driving boxes of food to nearby shelters. The community next to them is being evacuated today, but they are staying until the last hour to get meals out to those in need.
Adam, of Red Element Studios, and I were both working for the same client and during some down time we popped upstairs to do some quick portraits for his linked in and social media. Here are our favorites!
Every year we gather a bunch of folks and go splash around in Lake Chelan. It's when we all get to relax, hang out, and, for one, conquer their fear of water. Ok, yes, that's me. I have an odd fear of deep water if I can't see the bottom. So what better way than to go to the third deepest lake in the country. Clocking in at 1,486 feet, it is definitely the nightmare of the fearful. But oh so much fun!
This year we weren't met with scads of sunshine but smoke filled skies from the 215 fires in the surrounding area. Thank you, Canada. Didn't damper the mood too much. Below are a few of my favorite moments.
I was invited to spend the weekend in Little Compton, RI. My dear friend and I prepped food all night in an 80 degree kitchen (I may or may not have panicked as my pâte sucrée melted.) to bring to an annual potluck/concert that is hosted in the backyard of a beautiful, historic cabin.
The two hosts for the weekend are both incredibly talented human beings: One is an excellent chef and the other an eclectic musician. One is quick to laugh in a load and friendly manner, enveloping whoever is nearby. The other more quiet but just as witty with a twinkle in their eye. Both are some of the most welcoming human beings I've had the pleasure to meet. Below are a few of my favorite photos from my time there.