Ostara: A Spring Portrait Session

There’s still a chill in the air, but spring has been edging her way into the scene for some time now.

A bloom here, tender green leaves just beginning to unfurl there, quiet explosions of color and birdsong where winter left bare branches not so long ago.

The cycle of birth and rebirth moves on, and untamed Ostara breathes new life into even the most barren of surroundings once again.

Model: Tiffany Mayfield

A distorted image of Ostara standing in a barren, rocky landscape in a black gown.
A slightly distorted image of Ostara dancing in a barren and rocky place.
Slightly distorted image of Ostara dancing in a barren and rocky place.
The wind whips at Ostara’s black gown as she walks through a barren, rocky landscape under a cloudless blue sky.
Ostara crouches among dead trees, surrounded by bare branches.
Woman in a black gown sits on a rocky surface, red blooms appearing beneath her outstretched hand.
Tiny red and white blooms.
A green-eyed woman in a black gown rests her head on a million tiny white flowers.
Woman in a black dress standing in a field of tall golden grass under a cloudless blue sky.
Portrait of a woman lying on moss.
What was once rocky and barren is now covered in lush moss and yellow flowers as Ostara dances her way through the landscape.
Ostara basks in the warmth, turning her face to the sun, a sprig of yellow flowers tucked behind her ear.

Seattle: Child Portrait Session

I moved to Seattle nearly two years ago, and I have to say I've fallen in love with this place.

The sheer variety of gorgeous, photo-shoot-worthy locations in the city alone is staggering. Want an urban feel for your engagement session? There's a spot for that. A windswept beach vibe for a family portrait session? There's a spot for that. How about a perfectly manicured garden in full bloom for a sophisticated senior photography session? There's a spot for that, too. 

For this session, I wanted a backdrop that would perfectly complement the vintage feel of this darling pinafore dress, and I think this location was spot on. 

Bonus: what child doesn't love throwing pebbles into water or climbing rocks and balancing on giant pieces of driftwood?

The essence of childhood truly comes out in those pure, unguarded moments when a child just lets loose her imagination and plays. 

During this portrait session, little Alice looked for pirate ships on the horizon and tossed pebbles into the waves to count their ripples. She ran up and down the small stretch of beach, chasing imaginary dragons up the rocky "mountains" and showing off her amazing twirling skills. 

I may not be able to literally freeze her in time and keep her small forever, but she'll always have these photos to look back on and remember the innocent joy of childhood. 


Atlanta Portrait Session

"And the rest is rust and stardust."
-Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita

There's something romantic about old things.  It's like the rust and dust hold echoes of the past, and I almost feel like I'm stepping through time. 

Unsurprisingly, I leapt at the chance to shoot a portrait session in an old railway museum. Most of the trains are in remarkably good condition, and they made an absolutely perfect backdrop