A Proper Portrait

Sadie 2008
Sadie 2010
Sadie 2015

Images of Sadie from 2008 through 2015. I’ve been visiting Castine, Maine for the past eight years and photographing the annual growth and change of one family. A body of work has emerged over the years that I am quite pleased with, a collection of quiet stares. Photography has changed so much in recent years, most portrait sessions feel like mini weddings full of movement and laughter and hundreds of images. However there is something drawing me backwards to something more classic and simple. Back to a carefully crafted black and white frame capturing the subject’s stillness. Just one frame that captures a person instead of 100. I’ve coined it a “Proper Portrait”. I hope to make more Proper Portraits this year and take it step further by developing and printing them myself, old school in a darkroom. Please contact me if you are interested in going on this portrait journey with me. -Heather

tacoma engagement- jessica & riley

Our afternoon with these two in Tacoma flew by. I guess that’s what happens when you’re having a good time. We started in downtown and ended at Point Defiance Park. It was quintessential PNW with flannels, moss and a menacing raccoon. We have been telling everyone that will listen about The Foss Waterway Seaport for weddings in Tacoma. We are blown away by it’s amazing location and beautiful renovation and are dying to shoot a wedding there. When we met Riley and Jessica and they told us that Tacoma was on there short list for their wedding, we started chanting Seaport Seaport Seaport! OK not really. But we did sing it’s praises and are thrilled that they will be our first wedding at the Foss Waterway Seaport this summer! It’s going to be awesome.

griffith redwoods, santa rosa wedding- rachel & jonathan

Being obsessed with the weather report comes with the territory. I start checking on Tuesday when I think I can get an accurate read on the weekend. Around Thursday we know if we’ll need to pack umbrellas and have a back up plan. Most couples decide by Friday if they need to rent tents or relocate the wedding. However Rachel just couldn’t change course even though the weather forecast was telling her to arrange for a tent. She just couldn’t do it. She had a vision of her wedding in the redwoods and a white tent wasn’t in that vision. So they winged it, stuck with their plan and hoped for the best. Unfortunately this time the bet didn’t pay off and although the rain held off for their ceremony, it became clear that they would need to relocate the reception. Their friends, family and wedding planner went above and beyond to save the day. They found a quaint little hall close to their original venue and went to work redecorating it and making it party worthy. In the end I think Rachel sums up it best….

Even if it rains and you have no backup plan and your outdoor reception gets moved to a local hall that you’ve never seen before in your life . . . with linoleum floors, ceiling fans, metal folding chairs, and a weird smell . . . it will still be amazing. Seriously.”

Wedding Details:

Venue: Griffith Woods // Event Planning: Bertoli Bridal & Design, Leah Bertoli // Catering: Savory Truffle, Rick Rozet // Floral Design: Passion Stories, Kate Kittredge // Music: The Speakeasies  // Bride’s Dress & Veil: Stone Fox Bride // Groom’s Apparel: Neiman Marcus