Seattle Space Needle In Fall

18 Feb
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The Seattle Space Needle surrounded by fall trees

In keeping with the past few posts I am again posting from the fall. This photograph was taken when my family and I taveled to Seattle, Washington for the day. We went to try and see an Arctic Fox at the zoo as a part of my son’s school project, but it was quite elusive.

We spent the morning at the zoo and the afternoon at the Space Needle and other places around the Space Needle. We discovered that the science museum there is free if you are a member of Portland, Oregon’s OMSI so we took in live butterflies, moving dinosaurs, a tide pool, and more before moving on to my son’s biggest interest the Space Needle.

I did not take a lot of photographs, but I did really like this one of the Space Needle surrounded by a couple fall colored trees. There are a few more a ways back in my Instagram feed as well (those are from my phone) if you care to go check those out, my name is Livelovecreatebehappy.

I found that these day trips can be really fun for our family, finially! I hope to travel somewhat locally like this a bit more since it was so fun. Do you like day trips? What are you favorites? Do have any recommendations for Oregon or Washington?

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Fall Japanese Maple Photographs

10 Feb

At some point last spring I noticed the Japanese Maple tree in Camas, Washington by the library and grabbed my camera to go photograph it. When it came around to fall I figured it was time to take my camera back and take some more photographs of this same tree.

I often find I don’t have the time to sit down and look through my photographs,  but I have finally gotten to the photos I took of this maple tree in  downtown Camas, Washington in the fall.

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I have seen photographs of the maple tree in the Japanese Garden in Portland, Oregon that are stunning and I thought I was finally going to get there this fall to go photograph it, but the Garden was closed for the fall! Next year I hope! This tree is probably equally as beautiful, but it is difficult to photograph it without getting cars, street, or buildings in the background. Still I enjoyed taking the time to take these photographs.

Photography of Multnomah Falls

3 Feb

This fall I had the pleasure of having the opportunity to show my cousin around the Portland, Oregon area for a day.

My cousin is from New York, which has its fair share of beautiful hikes, landscapes, and waterfalls to be sure. If you only think of New York as the Big Apple you should really check out one of my posts from trips I have taken out there.

In any case I wanted to show her a little of the many things I love about the greater Portland area and the Columbia Gorge and Multnomah Falls was high on my list. I had never in my 30 years of living in the Pacific Northwest hiked all the way to the top of the falls so I decided to take this opportunity to share that experience with my cousin.

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It turns out, it is really steep at parts, but it seems at the spot everyone stops to take a rest or give up, you are basically there. So if you go and feel like you have hit your limit, take a breather and plug on, you are probably really, really close!

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The top has a beautiful view of the gorge and you can see the falls as they drop over the cliff. I will say that from the top, that is about all you can see of the large falls, but there is a small falls just before the drop off, and the view of the gorge plus the acompishment were worth the rather short trek.

After we looked over the edge we back tracked a bit to this little bridge which is where Larch Mountain Trail splits off of the Multnomah Falls Trail. I loved how lush and green it was in this spot.

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Photographs of Family Trip to Smith Rock

29 Jan

Two weeks ago I shared a couple of my favorite photographs from the short trip my family took to Smith Rock in September and I have a few more photographs that show more what it was like to be visiting that magnificent Oregon State park. We ended up doing quite a long loop that was a bit much for my kids. I ended up giving each of them turns on my back for the last mile or two.

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It was really neat to see the climbers in action, especially the ones on Monkey Face which is almost unfathomable to me. We got to watch three people come down off the top of it. The next most facinating thing was watching someone tight rope walk across a giant cliff to another cliff, it really made me worry that person would fall, so much so that I did not even want to photograph it.

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The blue sky was quite vibrant this day which was way in my initial post I was hesitant to make the photographs black and whiye, even though I really like the end result.

Photographs of Portland, Oregon Bernie Sanders Rally

23 Jan

Today in Portland, Oregon there was a rally in support of presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders. The event took place in downtown Portland at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Despite the rain there were many in attendance and some really great speakers who were obviously passionate and optimistic about the cause. As I usually do I donned my camera and took photographs while enjoying the event.

As this weeks photography challenge is optimistic, I thought I would share some photos of this optimistic crowd.

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Smith Rock Photographs in Black and White

13 Jan Black and white photograph, lone tree at Smith Rock, Oregon

Smith Rock Photograph in Black and White, by www.emiliabrasier.wordpress.comIn September I traveled to the Bend area with my kids and my Mom. We had the opportunity to stay at Eagle Crest Resort for the weekend. The resort itself had wonderful amenities, but of course we wanted to make it out to see Smith Rock which is a destination for rock climbers and hikers traveling to Eastern Oregon. The sheer cliffs are quite dramatic and create a fun photography destination as well. These two photographs I decided to try out in black and white and ended up really liking them even though they lose the blue sky and orange rock color.

Black and white photograph, lone tree at Smith Rock, Oregon

We were there right in the middle of the day so contrast was really high and although it was sunny, since it was September, it was a quite cool day. I look forward to sharing some photographs of us at the top of those cliffs and of a climber descending from Monkey Rock, which was hard to believe (to me) they could ascend in the first place. 🙂

Mt Hood and Downtown Portland

11 Jan Mount Hood and Downtown Portland, Oregon

I cannot believe it took me this many years to find this spot in Portland, Oregon! A friend and I decided we are going to try and hike all of Wildwood trail in Forest Park this year and set out this last Sunday to start. We began our hike at the Audobon Society of Portland and walked up to Pittock Mansion where we were able to view downtown Portland and Mount Hood at the same time, it was a beautiful site!

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Portland Portrait Photography: Camas, Washington

5 Jan

This year Portland was hot and dry right up until about the time of year that I try and take my holiday portrait photographs of these kiddos to send to various family members. We ended up having to wait out the Oregon and Washington storms which created flooding throughout the area and barely squeezed in this set of portraits in time to get them developed and sent out.

We were waiting and waiting for a break in the winter rain storms that were beating up Oregon and Washington. The second we got a break in the rain I gathered up the kids and we headed over to Lacamas Lake Heritage Trail in Camas, Washington to try and take some photographs that at least had some pine trees in the back ground to create some winter holiday feelings. To change things up it was my daughter that did not want to cooperate with getting portraits taken this year, so we once again only took a few photographs and the entire photo session lasted about 15 minutes.

The Sibling Portrait

Portraits at Lacamas Lake in Camas, Washington by www.emiliabrasierphotography.wordpress.com

My son made the decision on his own that he wanted to have some more photographs taken of him. He has been really into playing tennis as of late and he really wanted to continue having portraits taken of him posing with his tennis racket using different strokes.

Portrait of a Young Aspiring Tennis Player

Kids portraits, Camas, WA by photographer Emilia Brasier www.emiliabrasierphotography.wordpress.com

 

We were hoping to get our new puppy in the portraits, but my daughter was already so out of sorts it did not seem like a good idea at the time of the actual photo session. I think this is the most hurried and harried session we have had to date. Somehow I still managed to pull out a few usable portraits. 🙂 I hope you have all had a wonderful holiday season and have a great 2016! Come check me out on Instagram: Livelovecreatebehappy.

All photographs copyright and may not be used without permission.

 

Portraits of a Nine Year Old in Portland

14 Nov Portrait photograph taken in Portland

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It has take a while for me to finally get around to taking my son’s nine year portrait photographs, but we finally did it despite is very clear protest. I really wanted a nice fall tree background so we headed down to Portland, Oregon near the airport to where I had seen a nice area of colorful trees recently.

Although my son did not want to cooperate we were able to catch a few portraits that will do. He tried hiding, climbing, making faces, and moving too much to get a clear photograph, but finally cooperated enough to satisfy this mamma and I am claiming victory and including this as my post for the weekly photography challenge!

Extra(ordinary): Weekly Photography Challenge

21 Oct

I am choosing this weeks photography challenge to make what to me is an extraordinary announcement, but to many is probably more of an extra-ordinary one. I have taken the leap into selling my photography! I have been very nervous about doing this and have spent time (years in fact) waffling about it, but finally have taken the plunge despite feeling extremely anxious about putting my work out into the world in this way.

It has taken me years of time grappling with anxiety and trepidation to finally sort through and choose from the different options for putting my photographs online for sale. I am hopeful that I will find support for doing this and my trepidation over loosing the love of photography. I am starting slow and will be adding to the site frequently. My facebook page will be updated immediately with new photographs that are made available. So head over to that page and like it, www.facebook.com/emiliabrasierphotography.

For my first offered photograph I chose one that I started with here on wordpress, because after all this time it remains one of my favorite photographs especially when combine with another four that I took at the same time. Thank you for following me this far in my photographic journey and watching me make this leap. I hope you continue along and maybe consider supporting me by sharing with your friends. 🙂

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Here is where to see my photograph for sale, and check out all the options from prints to pillows!

Thank you for putting up with my extra(ordinary) announcement for this weekly photography challenge post!

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