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Orange Photograph Collection: WP Challenge 2

12 Mar photograph of an orange poppy with grey background

Here is a collection of orange photographs from my site over the years. I had fun going back and seeing what I had taken photographs of that featured orange. It was amazing to me how many photographs I had that were dominated by the color orange.

There are photographs from all over the country also: Portland, Neskowin, & Salem, Oregon, Camas & Vancouver, Washington, Maine, and New York.

The photographs include portraits, events, sunsets, landscapes, and of course flowers. ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope you enjoy looking back at my collection of orange photographs from the past as much as I did. Have a good week!

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Weekly Photography Challenge: Sign

8 Oct

This last weekend was my fifth year participating in the Discover Pink walk in honor of my best friend Margaret. Here are a few photos from that walk.sign3Below you see our yearly umbrella encircled with signs.



I want to add, the portrait of Margaret used on the umbrella and in our signs is by Becky Straub she is a great portrait photographer in Portland who also was very close with Margaret.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Split-Second Story

6 Jun


Currently the Oregon Zoo is creating a much larger enclosure for their elephants. Today while I was there with my son’s school before opening hours we saw the elephants seeming to take some interest in the work going on.

It was interesting to think about if the elephants do find it interesting to watch, out if it is a misguidance to them because of the noise and the vibrations from the machines.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life

28 Mar


For this photo challenge I am choosing to share some photographs I took while in Corning, NY this last fall during the government shutdown. I have the privileged of having a family that has always been very involved in expressing their political views. My Aunt, in particular, has been very involved in organizing and orchestrating various protests. She also was a part of the Christian Peacemaker Team in the Gaza Strip for many years. I have great respect for that work in particular that she has been involved in.


My Aunt on the left.

Needless to say, while I was in New York and the US Government decided it would be a good time to shut down, my Aunt and her friends decided they should stage a protest about the shutdown. She asked me to come with her to her building to help put a sign up from the roof. I decided that it would be a lot of fun to witness her in her element, not to mention I love being up on the top of roof of her two story downtown building. street1

She owns a building across the street from Congressman Tom Reed’s office, and so even though he was not in the office everyone agrees it is a great place to hang a banner to get his attention. The protest was scheduled for lunch time, and most of the people in attendance were either retired or workers using their lunch break to join the protest. street4

It was fun to see my Aunt in her element, and see how this small community works so hard to try and make a difference in the political system. My Aunt even reminded me that I took my first steps in the middle of a New York, NY street during a very very large protest, with Peter, Paul, and Mary playing in the background. street2You can join the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge (click the link).

Girls Night Out Camas, WA

28 Oct

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These are photos from the Camas, Washington Girls Night Out, which is a fundraiser for Pink Lemonade a breast cancer foundation, and a fun way to go out with friends. If you live in the area I recommend this as a fun evening out with friends. I volunteered for this event as a remembrance of my best friend Margaret Swank Straub, whom died three years ago, at the age of 28, from breast cancer. Last minute I was asked to switch from photographing the women in shops to photographing the models as they entered the runway, this was a new experience for me and there were a lot of changes from the time I arrived until the end of the night.

I photographed the runway show, with some last minute changes from photographing the models inside on the runway instead of outside right before entering the runway, because it was pouring rain. I was born and raised in Oregon and I even thought that rain storm was too much to walk through.

We did still photograph all of the models under the cover of the Liberty Theater after the runway show. Thankfully, the rain had let up quite a bit by that time. Next time I will need to take a ladder for this size group so I can really make sure to get everyone in the shot. The balloons also fought me on this point.

This was a fun event to join in and I hope to be involved again next year. I learned a lot about photographing this style of event during this venture.

Next up my trip to New York!
๐Ÿ™‚ Emilia

Weekly Photo Challenge: Carefree: The Photos From Multnomah Days 2013

23 Aug

Hello everyone I am back from the editing black hole, how I found my way out I am not entirely sure. ๐Ÿ™‚

I took quite a few photos last week at Multnomah Days 2013 and want to share just a few with you. I am thinking at least a few of these fit the photo challenge posed last Friday as well which was Carefree. These kids and adults really enjoyed the events in the kids area brought to the Multnomah village with the help of PDX Kids Calendar/Metro-Parents Magazine.

Do-Jump was there to help people get their acrobat selves some play time, along with many musical, story, and puppet performers. (Red Yarn, Olive & Dingo, Penny’s Puppet Production, and Spanish story time with the Portland Early Learning Project)

There were bubbles at the photos booth this year which really got the kids into their carefree moods, they LOVED the bubble machine. I believe a few (or maybe fore than a few) kids stayed and played with the bubbles for at least 20 minutes!

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Multnomah Days

15 Aug

Last year I spend quite a few days of the summer doing photography for the PDX Kids Calendar photo booth. This summer they have not done as many, but I will be back with them on Saturday the 17th from 9 to 4. Anyone who would like to can come and get their picture taken at the photo booth and join in the fun at Multnomah Days.

There will be food, music, and fun for everyone so I hope to see some of you there. ๐Ÿ™‚ If you don’t live in the area maybe someday you will get to visit the lovely city of Portland or south west Washington.

(Photo from event last year)


Modified Style Portland: Clothing Swap

17 Feb

Sometimes things happy with such serendipity. Like the opportunity to do some photography for this wonderful fundraiser in Portland called Modified Style.ย  Modified Style raises money for three different organizations in Portland: Sisters of the Road, The Pixie Project, and Bark. They hold a fashion show where designers create new designs out of found and donated scrap fabric. Cool right?

I would never have known about this awesome benefit in Portland except that a girl that I went to elementary school with forwarded me an e-mail she received from another person we went to elementary school with who now is Vice President of Modified Style. This women was reaching out to find people to donate to the cause.

Well years ago my father played in benefit concerts for Sisters of the Road (his band played in this benefit show many different years). I figured that this would be a great project for me to find a way to include myself in. I e-mailed Amy (the Vice President of Modified Style) and told her that I would love to volunteer possibly doing photography or anything else they needed.

They eventually did need a photographer for the clothing swap they were having. I attended this fun party and took pictures. I have to say this event was a ton of fun and I am so glad I got to go. The darkness made shooting difficult and the clothing swappers were so serious!

Here are a few of the photos from the event. If you live in the Portland area I encourage you to check out Modified Style.

Weekly Photo Challenge: My 2012 in Pictures

25 Jan

Over the last year I have started a few projects including 2 blogs, this one focused on photography, and one that focuses on parenting, children, and projects to do with families (Blogging with Children). I have also continued to be a stay at home Mom to my two wonderful children. I have also joined the worlds of Instagram and Twitter (one which I utilize much more than the other, I will give you one guess as to which one that might be).

In starting up this blog I also offered to do photography for a local resource for parents called PDX Kids Calendar. I began going to events here and there and taking photographs of people at their photo booth and doing the crafts there. I got the chance to go on Halloween to the Oregon Zoo to help PDX Kids Calendar celebrate the two tigers birthday (they are sibling tigers). It was rainy and I had my 3 year old with me but it was a lot of fun and tigers are my favorite animal so it was fun to see them.

While I was actively trying to find subjects to photograph for this blog I was also taking snapshot type photos of my everyday life because, well honestly a lot of the time that is about all that my sometimes chaotic life can handle. ๐Ÿ™‚

So here are some of the photos that I feel embody MY 2012 these are going to mostly be snap shot type photos. ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Holidays

26 Dec

Thank you everyone who has been following along with me on this journey the past few months. I have been enjoying the challenge of finding photos that are worth sharing with everyone. I hope that everyone has happy holidays and that the new year treats you well.

Here are the photos I took to share with my family for the holiday season.









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