Shannon & Trout

18 08 2014

Of all the different types of photography I do, I enjoy engagements and weddings the most. Everyone is happy and the expectation for the future great.  It is fun to be invited into this positive energy and captured these shared moments.  Recently, I met up with Shannon and Trout to photograph their engagement announcement.

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Shannon and Trout

They are still finalizing their wedding plans and I am happy to say, I will be there to capture their day.  Stay tuned!!

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Summer Love

12 07 2012

Summer doesn’t arrive in the Pacific Northwest until after the beginning of July.  Ha!  If you aren’t raised here, it takes a bit getting used to watching the rest of the world enjoying the sunshine, heat and shorts… while we’re shivering in the cold rain and clouds.  But for a photographer, the diffused light from the grey skies softens the skin tones and eliminates the extreme contrasts of bright sunlight.

A few weeks I received a call to take photos of a family’s new addition – a new baby boy.

A father’s love is strong and complete…

Summer brings the sunshine (to some areas sooner than others), flowers, baby birds, butterflies, and bees.  Wait… I sense something here. Yes, summer brings out love.  Shortly, this summer will bring together Lauren and Anthony.

Ah!  Summer love, it is something to behold… through a lens.





Vance Creek Cycling Road Race

6 05 2012

I joined a cycling racing team here in Olympia this year.  (As if I didn’t experience enough public humiliation).  I didn’t race the other day, but I helped out by driving a ‘follow car’ for a morning race for the beginning group of racers called Category 5 (or “Cat 5”).  In the afternoon, I was the lead car for the Master’s 50+.  I didn’t get to take many photos throughout the day, but it sure is something I could enjoy doing.  I did get a couple of photos before and after the races.

These racers are tough folks. Before and after the race, they are all smiles, good friends and quick to laugh… but put them on a bike, point them in the same direction and let them go, then it is pure competition.  The best racers are able to ignore the burn in their legs, lack of air in their lungs… or the sting of souvenir scrapes and gashes on their arms and legs.  Yes, the road can be hard. This competitive spirit reminds me of horses.  Get two or more of them together and it is a race.  Neither horse wants to be behind. They all want to be in the lead!

Well… since I was volunteering at the race, and not there to officially take photos, I only got a couple .  I look forward to the rest of the season of racing – both as a racer and as an opportunity to capture the athletes of the sport.  Stay tuned, it is only just beginning!

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If you want to see more cycling photos, I recommend you check out Graham Watson’s website.  He is perhaps the best known and most accomplished cycling photographer. Based in the UK, Graham follows the peloton around Europe on the back of a motorcycle capturing the beauty and sometimes pain of the sport.  Check him out!





Victoria, BC

3 04 2011

I’ve been fortunate to visit many different places. One of my favorites is Victoria, British Columbia. I just recently visited Victoria with Sherry. While she attended her Rotary meetings, I enjoyed the sights and sounds of this small Provincial Capitol… of course with camera in hand.

For those of you who may not know, Victoria is situated on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, across the Strait of Juan de Fuca from Port Angeles, Washington. Victoria is a great destination for a get away. You can get there by car (requires a ferry from Vancouver, or Port Angeles), by plane (float planes fly here from Vancouver and Seattle) or of course, boat. We’ve always traveled here by car and ferry, though one of these times I plan on bringing a bike! Hotels are reasonably priced, and the food is great. At some point, I will want to blog about the eating opportunities, but that will have to wait for a later time.

Walking around Victoria, there is much to see, starting first with the main feature of Victoria, the waterfront.

Just walk along the waterfront, you will find many different interesting sights. For instance, not too far from the photo above I found this doorway into the lower level of an old warehouse. I am drawn to old doors. Not sure why, but it doesn’t really matter. They make great subjects for photos!

Victoria is known for its gardens. This year, we were here about a week or two early. The cherry blossoms were just coming out. On the warm hillsides, the buds were blooming. In the shade or cooler areas, the buds were almost there.

I found the flowers below down along the waterside. I will have to look them up or perhaps someone will know what they are, but they were very delicate.

One of the “Grand Hotels” of Victoria is the Empress Hotel. Prominently situated on Victoria’s Inner Harbor, the Empress watches over the city’s comings and goings as the floatplanes and ferries dock just across the street. This is an impressive hotel – one that I rank right up there with the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado (where The Shining was filmed) and the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan (where Somewhere In Time was filmed). The Empress appears ready for a visit from British Royalty at any moment. In fact, they prepare authentic Afternoon Tea every day.

If you travel with a camera in hand… (and who doesn’t these days with digital cameras in every cell phone!) I recommend that one of your trips take you Victoria. Make sure you plan on bringing that camera, your favorite traveling companion and your appetite. You will not be disappointed in your trip in the least.

I have several new posts in the works including a recap of 2010 Operation: Love Reunited families and the wedding of Liz and Tyler in Cheyenne!

Until then…





2010 Military Family Support Day

15 11 2010

It has been a busy summer.  It is slowing down now with the fall so it is my intent to get somethings posted that have long been delayed.  First and quickly, I want to post the slideshow from this year’s Military Family Support Day.  The MFSD was established 8 years ago by the Hawks Prairie Rotary Club to recognize the sacrifice of the families left behind when a soldier deploys.  Money raised in the community for the event are directly back into programs to assist military families in the Lacey and Olympia, Washington, area.  It all goes back.  It is a wonderful program and one that I help sponsor through my donation of photographs the event for the Hawks Prairie Rotary Club.

You can view the slideshow on YourTube here: 

Stay tune for more updates in the coming days.  I have photos from sessions this past summer and fall I will be posting!





Signs of Spring

24 03 2010

Signs of Spring

We moved to the Pacific Northwest in April 5, 2004, from Colorado.  It was quite the caravan:  One car with a dying transmission, 1 flatulent dog, one constipated and very unhappy cat, a very chatty African Grey Parrot,  5 hermit crabs, 3 curious Arabian horses in a trailer, being pulled by a F350.  It took three days and two nights.  There were no problems, although the car did not last the first week in our new state before it was traded in.  Anyways…

When we first we moved here, we rented a house with 7 acres and a barn (that’s why I started with the caravan story…)  It wasn’t long afterward, that we noticed that the barn and sky were full of these little acrobats joyfully flying through the morning and evening skies.  The Violet-Green Swallow makes its summer home here and other parts of the West.  They are so much fun to see zip through the sky catching and eating flies, mosquitoes, and other small insects.  The spring after we moved into our current home, we nailed a swallow nest to the back of the house and it was quickly adopted by a pair of these wonderful little creatures.  For the past 4 years that nesting box has been used and each of those years, a clutch of swallows leave the box, spend a few weeks around the neighborhood while the juveniles gain strength and endurance.  During this time, I always have a camera in hand or at least close by. You will see their photos at different locations on my site.  (Yep!  One of them are on the splash page.)  Before the end of August, the newly enlarged families start disappearing and start their flights south.

It is getting close… they’re getting close, returning from their winter vacations in Mexico.  There are plenty of bugs flying now and I’ve cleaned last year’s litter out of the nesting box, ready for clutch number 5.  Everything is ready.  I cannot wait, because the return of these little acrobats is my sign that spring has arrived!!

Thanks for reading!





Family Touch Points

18 03 2010
The Distifeno Family

The Distifeno Family

I had the privilege to photograph another family under the Operation: Love Reunited program: The Distifeno family.  Chris is about to be deployed to Afghanistan and I will be sending him his album shortly after he deploys.  They are a fun loving family and their love for each other shines.  It was a great pleasure for me to share in their afternoon.

It is obvious to anyone who knows or has worked with me that I love working with families.  Capturing these images, these slices of time in their lives, preserves the moment long after the memory of the event has faded. In fact, when the children grow older and they look at the photos on their… iPhones, iPads, iWhatever… they won’t remember who took it or even that there was a photographer present.  They will see their lives – their childhoods – as they remember them and almost from the viewpoint of an omnipresent story teller.   As they grow older, photos will become the anchor points to their life’s memories, feelings, sights and sounds.  It is being the anonymous ‘man behind the curtain,’ providing these photographic touch points, that motivates me.

I created a short slide show from the shoot.  You can view it here:

Thanks for reading!

— Jeff