About Me

Hi! I am a photographer/baker/reader/hiker/former park ranger now living in Milton, Washington.
I moved here a few months ago year ago (whoa!), and have been enjoying exploring the Puget Sound!

It’s so beautiful here, and there is so much to see and do.

I have been taking photos for about 10 years, beginning in my high school’s darkroom where I learned to process black and white prints. I didn’t realize it could be a potential career until recently.

I find myself shooting a lot of macro; the close-ups of both nature and man-made stuff is what most interests me.

The purpose of this blog is to help me decide if I want to try photography as a career. I love photography, but I’m not sure if I have what it takes to make it a career. Or, if art photography is a financially viable way to support myself. 

I also love baking. Pie is my special love, though I have been trying some different bread doughs and cookie doughs lately. I am blogging and working on a 365 photo project to figure out if I like photography or baking better. Or maybe there is a way to combine my two loves?

Do you have a recipe you think I should try? Drop me a line.

I am currently building my portfolio, and I want to include all the types of photography that I think I might be interested in. That list includes: nature, landscapes, people, pets, and macro, to name the main ones.

I have not had a lot of experience in photographing people, and I want to work on this.
Isaac has been my on-call model since we moved to Renton. We don’t know anyone else in the area just yet. He has been a mostly obliging subject. However, I would love to photograph YOU!

Since I’m just building my portfolio, I can offer you a free session with a disc of the images taken in exchange for your time. Sound good to you? Drop me an email here!   Depending on the type of photos you’d like (Individual, family, kids, senior portraits) the length of the time for the session will vary.

I also want to work on my pet photography, and I have been a volunteer photographer working with the stray cats at the Seattle Humane Society in Bellevue.

Want photos taken of your pet? I am looking for dog and cat clients as well as human. Same offer as above applies, a free session and a CD with the images taken during the session in exchange for your time! A pet session would probably be around 1-2 hours depending on the pet. Some seem to get bored after 45 minutes or so.

Want a free photo session? Email me here! Let’s set something up!

25 thoughts on “About Me

  1. I just wanted to leave you a quick note to say I have been enjoying your blog for about a week now. I am not a blog reader, and I have forgotten how I found this one, but I look forward to enjoying more posts with my morning coffee. :) I like to start the day with someone / something positive, fresh, and inspirational. Thanks.

    • Hi Chrystal!
      Welcome to my blog!
      That’s awesome that we’re neighbors! My boyfriend and I have been exploring a bunch, mostly the nature areas – local parks, preserves, etc – he jogs and I take photos!
      Let me know if you know of any sweet spots we should check out!

  2. You’ve probably been there, but if you haven’t explored Whidbey, now is the time for that while our weather is still gorgeous :) Welcome to the area!

    • Hi Elizabeth! Thank you! I actually haven’t been out there yet, though it’s on my list of places I’d like to explore. Maybe I could combine a trip up to see the tulips in Mt Vernon and Whidbey Island!
      (I’m currently looking at your blog, and your photos are really great. If you are ever in need of a second shooter, or just someone to loiter around and get in your way, I would love to apply. I have so much I’d still like to learn, and portraiture is on the top of my list)

      • Aw- thanks! I really appreciate that feedback. You should look at my website- http://www.inlumenphotography.com for a bit of portraiture inspiration : ) I’m novice enough that it might be applicable : ) I live in Bellingham, so if you make up that way sometime, maybe we could loaf around : ) The weather is becoming lovely!

        • I would love to! I have a friend going to school up there, and I plan to make my way up there at some point in the next few months, maybe we can get together! I’ve heard there are some local places perfect for crazy photographers. ;) I am really enjoying looking at your website, out of curiosity, is it wordpress? I like the layout, everything is so accessible.

    • Hi! Thanks for stopping by, and commenting.Yup, I’m still on the poor side of things, so those extension tubes were the way to go. Someday I will invest in a macro, but for now these guys are great. :)

  3. Become a pie photographer…..post a shot of a blueberry Pie and I’d probably eat it. I’m kidding. Thanks for the look at my place.. I like your breezy style. Great Shot of you. Cheers!

  4. Hi Abra!!! I found your blog through the NickExposed gallery… & I am glad I did!! Love that you are exploring the possibility of making photography your full-time “job”!! I wish I had the opportunity to do that!! (although, like you, I also still need tons & tons of practise & exposure!!) I am a structural engineer living in South Africa – & if all goes well, moving to Alberta, Canada at the end of this year!! Looking forward to seeing more of your photography – I’m sure I’ll be learning a lot from you!!

    • Hi Xandré! Welcome! First of all, I gotta say that I love your name! Does it have a special meaning? (I tried googling “baby names Xandré” but mostly all that came back were various links to YOUR blog!:D ) And secondly, thanks for the encouragement! I vacillate wildly between deciding to try and make photography a career and just keeping it a hobby. I’m not sure my type of photography is the type one could live on, but we shall see. I too need loads of practice! When you move to Alberta, we’ll be sort-of-almost neighbors! I’d love to get together and shoot with you!

      • Thank you Abra!! You’ve got a pretty interesting name yourself!! My name is from Alexandra (which is not my full name, that’s just Xandré!! ;) ) – So it means ‘defender of men’… So, are you born on a Tuesday?? Or a father of many?? ;) I have the same dilemma with the photography.. oh well!! One can always try – & I admire you that you are!! :) Would LOVE to get together and have a few photography sessions!! That would be great fun!! :) Keep well Abra!! :) **

  5. Dear Abra – Thank you for joining my blog. You have a difficult challenge in choosing between baking and photography! How about becoming a professional photographer of foods, esp baked good?

    Sometimes I have to take some time off from blogging due to health reasons, but know that I appreciate your interest and always return.

    ~Anne

  6. Dear Abra: Thank you for joining my blog. You have a difficult choice to make – how about becoming a professional food/baked goods photographyer? I enjoy your comments and your posts, as well. Sometimes I have to take some time off from blogging due to health reasons, but know that I appreciate your interest and always return.

    ~Anne

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