Harts & Pearls

Have you ever had one of THOSE mornings, when you feel like everything is about to unravel? I believe we've all been there at some point — a late alarm, traffic, forgot something at home, etc. Sometimes, it can feel seriously hard to turn those days around.

Upon arriving at the studio in Seattle, Desiree expressed she was experiencing one rough morning. I deeply empathized with her and knew this was my opportunity to bring a little extra sunshine on a gloomy day.

For me, that little extra sunshine comes in the form of music and dance. I instantly started playing music on my phone (thank you Spotify for creating a playlist called, "Have a Great Day"!) and could feel the energy start to shift. "Don't Worry, Be Happy" lyrics starting filling up the room and we started smiling and doing silly things to make Desiree laugh! Her sister Traci was there for the shoot and joined in the fun, as well. We were on a roll, creating fun images for her marketing material and then to our surprise, Lauren Foster from South Sound Magazine arrived! She was there to interview Desiree about the successful company she's built from the ground up. In the span of 30 minutes, a rough morning became a dance party full of empowered women.

Harts & Pearls started when Desiree wanted to make sweet accessories for her daughter. Everytime her and her daughter would step out in public, she would receive compliments for her creations. It was then that she realized its potential and the rest is history.

I started shooting for Harts & Pearls many years ago when they first began and it's been so awesome to see how much they have grown! This shoot was truly special and I'm still feeling that happy buzz, high-vibrations from that day! Upon my exit, Desiree took a moment to tell me how much I made a difference in her day and that she really appreciated me keeping such a positive outlook. I'm a firm believer that kindness and love always win! Thank you Harts and Pearls for another great shoot — this Poppi Girl Session was one of my favs!!


Kata + Jim

What better day than this rainy January afternoon to blog about one of the sunniest days of my life last May? That's the great thing about images, you can be transported in time and season (and feeling)! I'm anxiously awaiting longer days and pretty pink petals, and reflecting back on this wedding was exactly what I needed to lift my spirits — there is SO MUCH JOY woven throughout this day.

I was lucky enough to be referred to Kata and Jim by the lovely ladies of Fleurae (who are looking stunning in one of the pictures in this post!) Prior to officially being hired, Kata contacted me and I drove up to Seattle for a coffee date to meet her and talk wedding details. Ten minutes into our conversation, I had my fingers and toes crossed she'd book me for her wedding. I just loved her energy, her relaxed presence and her style! We talked about how she wanted to have all greens and no flowers at her wedding. I like brides who throw tradition out the window — it's your wedding, do whatever you want! She told me the story of how Jim proposed to her, which is hands down my favorite proposal story to date.

"We'd walk around our neighborhood often and there was always this one cat who would come out and greet us. We'd pet the cat every time, then be on our way. One day, as we both knelt down to pet the cat, I looked over at Jim and he was holding a ring,” Kata said.

I love animals. I love people who love animals. And I also was very obsessed with cats when I was little, so this proposal melted my romantic, kitty loving heart.

Their wedding day was so fantastic. Their vows were the true definition of heart touching. I cried, I laughed, I honestly was so moved by their enthusiasm to marry each other that I felt transported, like I was witnessing something not of this world. During the ceremony Kata was so nervous and excited at one point, she joked about needed to vomit. Without skipping a beat, Jim held out his hands in a cupping shape — we all died laughing!

These two are not short of love, humor, loyalty and excitement for being alive. They ended the ceremony with a motto for living that they created together — “I’m scared. Let’s do it anyway.” Beyond being so genuine, intimate and FULL of devotion, this motto also resonated with me as I love trying new things and being adventurous. It made my heart so warm to see a couple who celebrates loving life together. 

Thank you Kata + Jim for a day I will never forget!!

I still have Spring and Summer dates available for small and intimate weddings and would love nothing more than to capture your goofy grins, gorgeous moments and all the LOVE! Head here to learn more

Monica the Marvelous

Monica reached out to me because she needed a simple headshot for her medical residency program, but we all know that “simple headshot” in Poppi land means some headshots, a lot of laughs and a mandatory dance party. 

Monica was also about to move to Atlanta for work and wanted her photo shoot to have a feel of celebration, joy and movement, which I found very fitting as she skipped into the next chapter of her life. 

I loved spending this time together because it was truly was so happy and light and it was deeply inspiring. It’s always filled my heart to watch others chase their dreams and pursue their career goals. The feeling of satisfaction, confidence and self-love that comes from new jobs, new cities and new things to say “yes” to is such a remarkable feeling I hope everyone gets to experience.

I created the Poppi Girl and Poppi Guy package to remind people just how stinkin’ beautiful they are. This includes people of all genders, sizes, races and ages!! The Poppi Girl + Guy session can be for the little ones, too! Hello cute baby clothes, chubby cheeks and bright, toothy smiles!!

To learn more about updated Poppi packages and pricing, head to the booking page. I can’t wait to schedule your dream session in 2018!!


Artisans Group: The One with the Baby Blue Door

"Thoughtful, well-crafted care from napkin sketch dreams through finishing touches and the years that follow - this is The Artisans Group experience.  With projects ranging from large custom residential remodels, through highly efficient custom Passive Houses and commercial Tenant Improvements, your aspirations + our experience = something worth talking about" - Artisans Group

It’s true what they say about stepping outside of your comfort zone and trusting in yourself and the magic that brings you there in the first place. 

I wasn’t sure what I would learn when starting to photograph houses and honestly, what I’ve learned is not always what I expected.

I really thought that photographing beings — both people and animals! — was as intimate as it got; seeing their smile, hearing the laughter (or puppy noises!), capturing their essence. But then I started to photograph houses and I found myself in another dimension of intimacy and soul.

What I've realized is when you photograph homes, it's intimate on a deeper level because you're greeted by the person and you enter into their world. You can see the parts of their lives that they’ve collected over the years; the hanging bell, the painting behind their bed, the knick-knacks on their dresser. It’s a beautiful ode to humans in all their passions and the little sentiments that bring them joy. It’s like learning someone’s favorite color for the first time or their go-to flower. 

It’s also taught me to value, honor and respect people and their space with an even deeper appreciation. Whenever we ask the owners if we can move something around for the shot, I can see how appreciative they are that we asked. These are their memories and they’re sacred. I’m honored to not only be able to capture the gorgeous reality they’ve created for each other, themselves, or their families, but I also feel so lucky to work with a company that really puts their love and soul into every house they design. They work hard to tell a story with their work and in that respect, add richness to the world. 

This particular home is my favorite that I’ve photographed for Artisans Group because of the gorgeous natural night, tall ceilings and that stinkin’ cute baby blue front door. Plus, that view! Holy moly!!

This year, I invested in a brand new carbon fiber tripod and wide angle lens and I am so giddy to use them. I truly look forward to each shoot that I can implement what I'm learning and keep following this adventure that keeps beautifully unfolding before me.

To learn more about Artisans Group and their beautiful, green supportive designs, head here

Jon, Ngam and Kailey

Jon, Ngam, baby Kailey and I gathered one morning while the wildfires were roaring and met that hazy, whimsical, rosy sky that felt as magical as it did ominous — a reminder of the balances in life. 

We chose Alki Beach and ended up in Golden Gardens Park with the last stop at the most delicious and sweet (pun intended!) donut shop, General Porpoise Donuts in Capitol Hill. Those shots were so fun to capture. There is nothing better than baby hands up against a glass window!!

I was instantly impressed with Jon and Ngam as parents. They were so proud and madly in love with their baby girl and it made my heart warm. They also had the best sense of humor and "go with the flow" attitude, something that is seriously important when hanging out with and taking photos of babes!

Their bright outfits matched their bright interiors and I loved the contrast up against the soft skies and neutral urban tones. Both Ngam and I were also super excited to be able to catch the adorable ears on Kailey's hooded sweater! We had the best time putting the hood up and down and catching Kailey in her adorable element (and speaking of adorable element, holy leg rolls and full head of hair!! I was in baby heaven). 

At the end of the shoot, Ngam explained to me that our day together had been a highlight of their year and that they had so much fun. I was so grateful to have given them that and so honored — it was the icing on the cake (or donut).  

Bryant & Katie

These two were the definition of bright eyed and bushy tailed at 7:30 am and upon first smile I knew this was going to be a photo shoot to remember. Their excitement for the day ahead of us was as thick as the fog that hung in the air — magical and sweet. 

I pulled into a dark parking lot in North Bend to meet Bryant and Katie prior to heading to our shoot location and from there we traveled 20-minutes to our destination. As we drove, we saw little blue sky breaks and I crossed my fingers for an epic sunrise.

Mother nature had a different plan for us that morning as the sun never really did make an appearance, but here is the thing: their chemistry rivaled any bright sunrise and I didn't even miss the golden rays because I had true love to photograph alongside a canvas of mountain peaks and tree lines behind them. Talk about dreamy.

We were the only souls on the lake for the entire shoot and we all felt free to be ourselves. I love that about Adventure Sessions — the quiet isolation to be wild, silly and free with your sweetheart. These quiet moments are some of my favorites and these images portray such an innocence, like those first butterfly feelings you get when you meet the love of your life. Simply, I love photographing couples who can't imagine their lives without each other. And these two were just that.

Congratulations to Katie and Bryant on their engagement — I am so excited to continue to watch your deep soul love flourish! 

You Had Me at Roasted Peppers

I decided one day to put it out there in the magical Universe of ours that I wanted to shoot more houses, more apartments, sweet spaces and sweet moments. 

Within days, I heard from a dear friend of mine that she was being interviewed by Apartment Therapy for her business Moon Cycle Bakery and that they were tying her tiny house into the article. They asked her if she knew of anyone in the area to take images for them and she answered without any hesitation, “I know the perfect person.”

My heart wanted to burst!! Ask and you shall receive —that was exactly what this shoot was all about! Not to mention Chef Brian decided to roast peppers during the shoot and ohhh, did it smell GOOD!

Getting to photograph Devon and Brian (and Olive the pup!) in their element was so darn fun and it reminded me of how much I love to capture those in-between, intimate moments that we oftentimes overlook; when we’re cutting vegetables for dinner, when we’re washing dishes with our partner, when we’re snuggled on the couch reading a book or watching our favorite show. 2018 is all about catching those moments and bottling them up like fireflies in a jar — a reminder of the light that comes through when we take a moment to pause. 

Are you interested in having pictures taken of your adorable house or capturing moments of you and your loved ones in your most amazing, everyday moments? Email me at contact@poppiphoto.com and let’s set a day to play!

Zoe Juice Bar

I'm all about embracing the things that served me well in 2017 and continuing to foster them in 2018. 

Zoe Juice Bar is one of those good habits from last year that I am happily bringing with me into the new year.

Zoe's screams joy, fun and color — a few of my favorite things — and shooting for them is a dream come true. I was a frequent customer prior to getting the opportunity to work with Zoe and I've found myself craving it more and more each time I go in. It's such an easy way to get your daily dose of vitamins and each juice or smoothie will absolutely send your tastebuds into "happy dance mode".  My favorite is the Pure Vida Acai Bowl (Hawaii in a cup!!) with extra cinnamon and added fresh pineapple on top. 

A few weeks back, I spoke to the owner and he shared the exciting news with me that they're opening a new west side location and will be hanging prints of these images in their store. It's so fun to see the photos go from the back of your camera to a wall print for many to enjoy. This was such exciting news and he finished the conversation with letting me know that he felt the photos elevated their brand. I took that as such an amazing compliment and walked away with cheeks that hurt from smiling so hard.

If you haven't yet, be sure to stop into this feel-good shop and grab something that is sure to feel like a vacation in your hand — your belly, soul and mood will thank you. 


Nicole and Brandon: Rooftop Lovin'

Oh, the magic of this crazy amazing world has always made me so happy, and this wedding was no exception.

I started following Nicole on Instagram because of her amazing personal style that I love so much. She posted a photo explaining that she was on the hunt for a wedding photographer and would love for people to reach out to her with their portfolio. I jumped at the opportunity and private messaged her right away. To my good fortune, she said she'd love for me to be her wedding photographer and made me the happiest lady!! 

Nicole explained that she was keeping her wedding as simple as possible and only wanted three hours of photography coverage. Just enough for photos prior to the ceremony, the ceremony itself and then a few at the reception. My kind of gal! :) 

On the day of the wedding, I pulled into the parking lot of the venue and saw a woman who I assumed was attending Nicole's wedding. She was paying the meter as I walked over and got in line. We started talking small-talk when she told me she is the bride's sister! We ended up having the sweetest conversation and I was so thankful for her kind words prior to my start time. She told me Nicole was so excited for me to be her wedding photographer and that she loved my work! I was so giddy and felt so excited to be a part of her day. The magic took it’s role again and I knew we were off to a great start.

There were so many things I loved about Nicole’s wedding from her contagious smile and gorgeous look and amount of joy present, but the rooftop wedding reception was my absolute favorite. It was a gorgeous setup at Within Sodo and it blew my socks off — it was SUCH a cool venue and one I will always remember. I loved getting to shed happy tears right along with Nicole and Brandon and from their officiant's special words, it was clear these two were meant to be and brought out the best in each other. 

Celebrating 10 Years of Love at Rainier

I knew this day was going to be magical when I spotted three of the biggest elks I have EVER seen on the drive to Mt. Rainier. And man oh man, was it magical.

In 2017, we weren't the only couple celebrating 10 years of marriage. The Chitwood’s were entering into their 10th year together (along with two adorable and vibrant kiddos) as husband and wife, and I was the extremely fortunate soul who got to capture them as they renewed their vows amongst the alpine trees of Mt. Rainier National Park. 

I felt a kindred spirit with their sweet love story as I could relate to the exact feelings of accomplishment and joy after growing together for a decade. I found their desire to read words from their hearts aloud as a sacred act and one of the best ways to celebrate this milestone. I also adored meeting Amber’s mom who stepped in and watched the babes while Mom and Dad had their heartfelt moment. To witness family in all its tenderness, generosity and deep love, warmed my heart. 

As you well know, I believe photos act like confetti — they enhance any celebration in life — and this intimate photo session was one of my favorites to date. Amber is one of those moms I hope to be someday. She is calm, patient and as sweet as a sugar cookie, which she surprised me with at the end of our session as a thank you! I was blown away by her thoughtfulness and soaked up every second of that view while I ate a cookie (or two) from the full box she gave me before the drive home. 

The last week of July and first two weeks of August are by far my favorite time of the year to book sessions. The wildflowers are tall and happy and awake, the wildlife is in full playtime-mode (oooh, the chipmunks!) and the sunlight is out of this world. It’s a dream of mine to be shooting up there within that small window of time from early morning one day to early morning the next day. The stars are UNREAL— it’s the perfect time of year to plan a day trip around your photo shoot and watch for the Star Parties (also known as astronomy programs) at night. 

These photo shoots have me bursting at the seams because of the pure joy and celebration that take place. Photo shoots are like kaleidoscopes; catching light, different perspectives and vibrancy with every click of the camera. They draw out the deep emotions we carry with us and highlight them in the most beautiful way. If there is something inside of you yelling, “yes!! I want to celebrate life/my family/our love/our pup/flowers/the PNW/health/happiness/being human!!”, let’s make photos together that will last you from one lifetime to the next.

My 2018

My friend turned me onto Death to Stock Photo— a website that collaborates with photographers to offer stock photos to creatives. These are not your typical stock photos, however. They are as real, living and breathing, intimate and simply honest. They invoke feelings and do far more than sit on a website or in a magazine. 

As I dive into more personal work, I'm constantly thinking about how can I can grow as a photographer and create images with more gumption, heart, and whimsy. Images that are embedded with feelings of: Calm. Adventure. Isolation. Wanderlust. Wilderness. With an incredible clientele and my chameleon-like transformation for each job I'm presented with, I'd love to be creating images just for me on my off days; representing how I feel, rather than what I see, and coming from the viewpoint of "if I hired myself, what would I create?" 

This idea excites me to no end because there is no cap to my imagination and my drive for a better image. I know this creative challenge to myself will not only benefit my artsy soul, but it will also benefit my clients as they will be hiring someone who is just as passionate about their work as the day they started. Below you'll find some of my favorite images I've created to kickstart this personal photo journey. Watch out for more personal work in the weeks ahead! 2018 is a year dedicated creativity and wherever she decides to take me next.


Joanna the Warrior

It doesn't matter how healthy you are. It doesn't matter how young or old you might be. Cancer is a disease that when I think about it, I become instantly frustrated because I can't make sense of it. In recent years I lost two amazing Aunts to this horrible disease and it has been absolutely devastating to our family. We miss these two wonderful women dearly and I so wish they could still be here to gain wisdom from, to laugh with and to feel their love.

In my very personal circle, my sweet sister-in-law, my mom's long-term companion and other dear friends have been diagnosed, have been through various types of cancer and are now in remission. Needless to say, I'm all too familiar with how much chemo sucks, cancer sucks and how scary each stage and every doctor's appointment feel like small mountains to climb.

I'm sharing this with you because when my neighbor messaged me about her dear friend getting a cancer diagnosis and wanted to do something to empower her, she asked if she could gift her a Poppi Girl Session prior to starting her chemo treatments, I was blown away by the sentiment (and my answer was absolutely YES).

A few years back, I started these sessions to give women confidence and also as an opportunity to have an updated and beautiful portrait of themselves. I was honored she thought of me and brought my camera to Joanna's home with the most heartfelt, "You will kick cancer's a**" attitude." With each image, I wanted to show her strength, beauty and vibrancy. I had never met her prior to our session and it was an incredibly beautiful experience to connect through this art form and capture her at a moment when the future felt turned upside down. We preserved her will to be an optimist and her determination to overcome life's unjust curveballs. This woman is seriously a warrior, as is every woman I know that has gone through this same diagnosis. She is still fighting her battle and bravely taking on each new moment.

At this time of year when we reflect back on life's ups and downs, I feel this session in my core. I feel my heart bursting with love for Joanna and her family. I am reminded how you have to appreciate everything. Appreciate where you are in life at this very moment because the hard things, the sad things, the happy and joyous things, could change at any moment. Sending you all my most sincere well wishes for health, happiness and gratitude as we end 2017 and begin a new.

Senior Adventure Session: Jordan

There are many reasons I love Instagram — a hub for gorgeous images, oodles of inspiration, and engagement galore — but my favorite reason of all is due to the people I meet along the way.

Jordan is one of them.

I received an email from the kindest family explaining that they were traveling from Texas to Washington for vacation and wanted to set up a photo shoot. Her daughter (the gorgeous leading lady in this post) had found me on Instagram and loved my photos; because of this, they wanted to set up a family session and senior session during their trip and were hoping we could make something work.

I almost melted off my chair!! My heart was so full and I was so blown away by the kind words, sincerity and their excitement for an adventure together! Needless to say, it was a great day.

I am so grateful for the community that continues to create before my eyes and the people that make it up. This day was SO much fun and will go down in history as one of my happiest days in one of the most beautiful places with one of the sweetest families I've yet to meet. 

PS: Can we check out how gorgeous Jordan is and how amazing her jeans are? Immediately on the prowl for a pair...

Moon Cycle Bakery at GRLS Studio

This was one of those weeks where the rain just came and came and came. My sessions were rained out left and right and I wanted to do something to help my clients find some dry space to capture their essence! 

Enter: GRLS Studio in Tacoma — an idyllic, quaint and super stylish little studio with a gorgeous white brick wall, furry pillows, regal-like pink velvet chairs, and this super rad old-fashioned refrigerator we happened to find in the back! 

I was able to book 6 sessions that day and ended with Moon Cycle Bakery. The day overall was SO MUCH FUN and I loved the creativity of being in a new place and using props to help tell a story.

We set up a time lapse, took dance breaks, had fun with ribbons and movement, ate brownies and peppermint chocolate cups and laughed the entire session away. It was a breath of fresh air and a reminder of how my clients become my family. 

Moon Cycle Bakery opened up for pre-orders yesterday! To head to the login page to sign up, head here. If you're looking for something delicious right this instant or want to swoon over Claflin Thayer Co's handmade moon bags (I have one and LOVE it!), head to their shop now where you can purchase for immediate shipping! HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Family Fun

Let me start this post off by saying oh, the dimples!!! Gosh, I just love them and this adorable family had my favorite endearing facial features, plus beaming, happy smiles (all the heart-eye emojis!!) 

I find so much joy in photographing families with their first kiddo. Proud first-time parents know the value of each stage as their sweet babe grows up and it's an honor to capture those moments. It's such new territory and the wrinkles in time fly by so quickly. Weren't they just learning how to crawl? Now, they have a toddler running around with ample independence (and the brightest eyes). I know as the years continue to speed up, they'll reflect back on this awesome session when their boy was hip height, fascinated with his belly button and gave the best heart-filled, sloppy kisses. 

This photoshoot was also a huge inspiration for offering “wardrobe consultations” for my clients. Ashley was torn the day of their shoot and she brought a couple of different shirt/top options to gather feedback on which outfit worked the best. I loved getting to suggest what I thought would look best with what the boys were wearing and she happily trusted my instinct — it was like shopping with a girlfriend! I love the way the pink sets Mamma apart and I’m always happy to help with wardrobe ideas for your photo shoot! (Let’s talk clothes!!)

Vada & Jess

The intimacy, coziness and love in this shoot makes me so darn happy. I met Vada at Barre class quite some time ago and quickly learned that she is an amazing makeup artist who I referred several of my clients to for photo shoots.

Vada now lives in sunny California, but prior to her move, I photographed her and her girlfriend Jess in their home. I asked them not over think what they wore and to be in more loungewear type outfits — I wanted to capture them as if they were having a cozy afternoon in. My hope was to show a new type of session which was based more on connection and love at home, rather than traveling to a remote mountain (which as you know, I would shoot any day of the week!) As an artist, I loved the idea of trying something new and this felt so aligned with my hopeless romantic, homebody self! (Not to mention, how cute are they??)

This session is so beautiful and simple. Master Oakland Enchanted is the adorable kitty who joined in on the fun and I'm so excited to share more of this awesome session with you all. I would love to photograph more couples in their homes as an anniversary session, just-because session or as an engagement session. Be ready to give your sweetie lots of love and I'll have my camera ready!

Thank you so much for letting me spend an afternoon capturing your warm and comforting love, Vada & Jess! It will always be one of my favorites.

J + R: Hearts of Gold

Rachael and Jesse contacted me about photographing their intimate and late August backyard wedding earlier this year and I knew from her sweet correspondence we were going to hit it off! They officially hired me as their wedding day photographer, but as their wedding date approached, they reached out to me to inquire if I was available the evening before their big day. It just so happened that I was free and I couldn't wait to find out what they had in mind.

I was set to take images of their wedding from 3 pm - 6 pm, which would mean we would miss any type of sunset hour golden hue. Rachael knew she wanted images filled with warm sunset light as a part of their most precious memories, so she thought it would be fun to do a special shoot the night before with just the two of them. It was so exciting to me that Rachel knew the value of great lighting for romantic photos and I was SO pumped to capture these moments! Not to mention I was madly in love with their hair and wedding attire — it was all so gorgeous!!

Needless to say, these photos speak for themselves. Rachael and Jesse are bursting with love, kindness and gratitude for this special photo shoot together. We got super lucky with stunning sunset light (one of my favorite captures is the one where the light literally illuminates their hearts!) and It was a wedding eve dream come true.

One of my favorite things was that Rachael had a completely different look the day of her wedding, which was super fun to photograph that following day. I urge you to do what feels right for you and your love! If you feel like having a special shoot the day before your wedding, don't hesitate to get the photos you really want!!

Thank you so much for such a spontaneous, creative and romantic shoot, Jesse and Rachael. You made my photography dreams come true, too!

Baby Bishop on Board

Oh, man! What a special privilege to know top secret info before anyone else!! Pregnancy announcements make me so happy and Olivia and Cody brought the party to celebrate (complete with the most playful and vibrant confetti!!)

My favorite image is Cody spontaneously doing the "YES" clenched fist after I asked them to show me how happy they are to be parents. Right after, this awesome dance party with two very proud parents spontatenously evolved and if you know me, you know I LOVE dance parties!!

I played really happy, wedding reception type music during Olivia and Cody's entire session and we had the best time laughing and creating together. I invite clients to feel free to have their favorite playlist ready for their photoshoots so we can jam out together and capture your rockstar selves. I think music was an amazing addition to this shoot and would love to incorporate it into every shoot!!

CONGRATULATIONS Olivia and Cody!! Baby Bishop is a very lucky little babe to have you two as parents and I couldn't be more excited for you!


The Magical Meg Newton

My lovely friend Meg of Meg Newton Photography booked a Poppi Girl Session with me and I was immediately excited to capture her in her element. She has a deep love for lattes, ferry rides, our local Orcas, Barre classes, farmers markets, brunch on Sundays, road trips, cooking, campfires, and hiking. I know, I know...she is the coolest. (wait until you see her looking so darn cute in her rusted orange beanie...THE COOLEST, I tell you!)

As a photographer, I know the struggle of not having an updated headshot. When you're always behind the camera, you rarely get images of yourself. Meg and I know the ol' "tripod set-up", but it feels cumbersome most of the time and it's hard to capture genuine emotion in that way (something we both value).

I love Meg's work and was so flattered to take portraits of my beautiful friend. I wish the ferry ride to Vashon was longer because I was having so much fun during this shoot, I didn't want it to end! As soon as they gave us the green light, we ran from our cars up to the ferry deck and squeezed in as many images as possible. Meg is an incredible artist and shares my love for all creatures, furry or otherwise. There is something about someone so soulful that you just never forget — that's Meg. 

If you're like me and need updated photos of yourself, I'd love to work with you! Email contact@poppiphoto.com to set up a session!

Thankful for TREE

A big break. Good fortune. Meant to be. I'm not sure which one of these best represents the email that changed my professional career but on February 15th, 2017, I received the following email:

 "As we are are in process of renovating a beautiful historic building in Tacoma as our warehouse and retail boutique, there is conversation about creating opportunities to photograph our progress as TREE establishes itself in the US.  We want to tell a story in imagery that captures our beginnings. We have a beautiful location, unique pieces on-site that we would like to have photographed, as well as create content for our website. We will also have on-going events and are looking to establish a relationship with a local photographer who will brilliantly "see" the magic moments and partner with us on our journey. I have truly enjoyed watching you work and have been impressed with your product. Could you please send us a list of pricing as well as well your availability?" 

I replied with the following, trying to keep it businesslike, even though I wanted to use 100 exclamation points, all-caps on every word and every happy emoji possible.

"First of all, the Hong Kong website is BEAUTIFUL! What amazing pieces of furniture with a wonderful story. I especially loved reading more about how you left the corporate world to pursue your passion! Congratulations on the renovation in Tacoma. I would absolutely love to be your go-to photographer. -Kristina" 

Before I take you through one of the happiest moments in my life, let me explain a little about who TREE is and what they do. TREE creates eco-friendly furniture with heart. Their items are artisan crafted from eco materials or carefully preserved antiques that are created with the utmost consciousness about what materials they use and where they source from. (Something I deeply appreciate.)

The first moment of walking into the Tacoma location is tattooed into my memory. The grandness of the building, the warmness of everyone I met, and the stunning natural light which wrapped around everyone like an amazing Lightroom preset, left me speechless. I felt like I had stepped into my dream job and literally twirled with excitement. (I actually did take a self-timer shot because of how stoked I was for this opportunity) It was and still is surreal that I get to be part of the TREE team. 

The photos, in the beginning, were like watching a flower bloom. I saw each stage of the process to reveal what this incredible space is today. The renovations, the heavy machinery certifications, the garden center and nursery trips, the inventory deliveries, the adding of electrical and lighting and so on. It has been awe-inspiring each time I arrived to take photographs and now I'm so thrilled to announce they are open for business seven days a week from 10am-6pm. Hello, best holiday presents EVER! From home shopping to designing commercial spaces, they have classically timeless and environmentally conscious treasures in every corner waiting for you to discover. 

One of my favorite attributes of TREE is their dedication to giving back. Through their work with Trees4Trees, they have planted over 70,000 trees to date and have plans to keep that number climbing. This is a company with a big heart and they want you to follow yours, too. Signs all around the building say, "Follow your heart to TREE" which I have witnessed keeps patrons flowing in the door! What a sweet reminder to stay true to you.

To say I love working for TREE is an understatement; it's an opportunity I feel I have been working towards since I picked up my camera at art school and I'm thrilled to share with you some of my favorite moments I've captured. Please check out their website and Instagram to see all of my work & and their heart-centered product.

Thank you to Nicole and the entire TREE team for embracing me and providing space for this hybrid palm tree/cedar tree to flourish ;). I'm definitely planted in the right soil with you all and I can't wait to see where this grows.


Images to Look For:
- Me twirling around in the empty warehouse pre TREE magic!!
- An image of a sofa cut in half so you can see all the materials used! SO rad!
- Nicole the lady boss herself! She's the beautiful, blooming, brunette in this gallery. 
- TREE featured in some pretty amazing publications! Heck, yes!