Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Saying Goodbye to a Pet

I wish I was a wiser woman. Saying goodbye has never been harder. I have seen changes in my dog Max since last year with what looked like Sundowner syndrome, very similar to what adults get. Gabapentin has helped with those symptoms along with Carprofen for pain. But Max is slowly approaching 17 and I see our days together numbered. I had hoped Max would give me a sign, he is still eating, drinking, going for very short walks and getting outside to go to the bathroom. My floors are a patchwork collage of old towels and sheets catching those midnight accidents. We are both struggling to achieve quality in his life. It just isn't something that you think about the day you see this adorable bouncy dog at the shelter barking for attention. I remember walking all the dogs available for adoption 15 years ago. He was the only one who put his head in my lap and gave me a look with those sad eyes as if to say take me home I'm all yours. I had just started taking photos when I captured this image of Max 12 years ago. What a handsome best friend. 

10 Ways You Know when to Say Goodbye to your Pet

Monday, July 9, 2018

Port Townsend Destination Wedding-Photos by Deja View Photography

Last week was the one year anniversary of Elizabeth and Casey's wedding. The couple lives in Texas but the groom's family lives in the area so they picked Fort Worden for their wedding location. The July weather cooperated from the party the night before at the Kitchen Shelter, to the bride getting ready at the Swan Hotel Penthouse, to the posed photos before the wedding in the beautiful garden at the Bishop Hotel. Tanya Rublaitus was the wedding coordinated and Julie from the Fort helped with all the advance planning needed for this destination wedding. The spectacular flowers were created by Petals here in Port Townsend. The wedding itself was under the giant Madrone tree at the Fort and the reception was at the Northwest Maritime Center which was decorated by Rebekah from Seed Design. The scrumptious food was catered by the Silverwater, the incredible geode cake, the groom is a Geologist, was from That Takes the Cake and DJ Scott Fijolek had everyone out on the dance floor rocking out. Thank you to fellow Photographers Kay Harper and Mitchell Osborn for the use of their images from the rehearsal and wedding day. A family member did a wonderful video documenting their day and I have added that link from YouTube.  Casey and Elizabeth's Wedding    #weddingsacrossthesound  #dejasphotos.com #fortworden #thattakesthecake #porttownsendmaritimecenter #seeddesign

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Shelter Animals Looking for Love

Several adoptions since my trip to the shelter last week. Still several cats available along with two orange male kittens that are about 9 weeks old. You can visit the shelter Tuesday-Sunday from 12-5 or call them at 385-3292.

If you have a missing pet be sure to call the shelter and file a missing pet report with them.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Rackers Car Show set for June 16th

2018 Rakers Car Show this Saturday at Memorial Field here in Port Townsend. The show starts at 9:30. A few favorites to share from previous car shows.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Deja View Photography Voted 2017 Best Photographer on the Peninsula Contest

Thanks to all who voted for Deja View during last years Peninsula Daily News contest. Voting ends for the 2018 awards on May 30th. Thanks again if you took time to vote this year as it does take a bit of time to take the poll and register to enter. It is an honor to be recognized by my community. Port Townsend is a incredible community to live in and I'm truly blessed to have so many wonderful clients.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

2017 Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Annual Leadership Award Winners

On Sunday, April 22nd, 135 community and business leaders, family, friends and supporters gathered for the Chamber’s Annual Leadership Awards. The luncheon celebrated the impressive nominees in each category: Business Leader, Young Professional, and Citizen of the Year.  This is my fourth year to photograph this event and to listen and learn about all the amazing volunteers in our community. 
Here is a link to the Chamber of Jefferson County to read all the details of the event including details on all the nominees and winners. Chambers Annual Leadership Award Luncheon

Rita Hubbard (Citizen of the Year), Sam Lillie (Young Professional), Melanie Bozak (Citizen of the Year), Betsy Davis (Business Leader)

There lots of fun moments before and during the luncheon making a perfect time to catch some candids images. 

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Looking for Love in Port Townsend

Handsome group of cats and dogs looking for their forever homes here in Port Townsend. You can visit the Humane Society of Jefferson County from 12-5 Tuesday-Saturday or call them at 385-3292.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

National Love Your Pet Day

It's National Love Your Pet Day and I'm blessed to have two sweet dogs in my life. Max is over 16 now and Sherman is 5. Max I adopted from our local shelter when he was just a puppy. He has been such a wonderful companion all these years. I adopted Sherman from the Port Townsend animal shelter last fall. He is 5 going on 2, he snores when sleeping, snorts when happy and is the most sociable dog I have ever owned. When walking if he sees someone a block away he gets all excited thinking they must stop to pet him and confirm how handsome he is. I just can't imagine not having a dog in my life. The boxer pictured below is Ruby who died in 2016. All wonderful shelter dogs. I have been very blessed. 

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Jefferson Healthcare – Free Menopause Discussion Group

Last year I had the pleasure of photographing Jane Albee. Jane is a staff member at Jefferson Healthcare Women’s Health Clinic and is hosting a five week discussion for pre and menopausal women.  

This information is from the Jefferson Healthcare website: Starting February 23, and continuing March 2, March 9, March 23 and March 30 from noon to 1:00 pm in the Women’s Health Clinic on the main campus.  The best treatment for menopause is information.  Topics to be explored in a supportive atmosphere with other women include: menopause overview, managing menopause with hormones, sexual health, pelvic health and other medical impacts of menopause.  All registered participants receive a complimentary copy of the Menopause Guidebook.

The group is facilitated by Jefferson Healthcare’s Jane Albee, ARNP and Certified Menopause Practitioner through the North American Menopause Society. Jane has been a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner for thirty-five years.  Prior to moving to the Olympic Peninsula in 1991, Jane worked in college Health.  Jane was the clinic manager for the Hall Health Women's clinic at the University of Washington in the 1980s.  She also started the college health service for the University of Alaska, Juneau.  Before coming to work with Jefferson Healthcare, Jane worked with Dr. Robert Palmer in private gynecology practice for twenty years.  Jane’s interests include mid-life health, menopause, hormone therapy, diagnosing and treating difficult vaginal conditions, sexual concerns and contraceptive issues. She offers menopause support and educational talks to groups as a service to the community.

For questions contact: Elizabeth Clapp, Practice Manager Women’s Health Clinic, 360.344.0403

A Day of Reflection

Hard to believe 16 years ago my life was perfect at 6 a.m. but by 6:04 my world had changed forever. I was so blessed to have found a good man & fall in love but watching him die in front of me never goes away. In time all memories soften. You move on, build a good life, do things you didn't think you could do and try to help others going thru the same grief. But you never forget the day everything changed. You see the world with different eyes others don't see. Searching for passion I picked up a camera and found joy and success I couldn't have imagined in those early days of grief.
Thou different I can't help but feel the pain and heartbreak the parents and families of the 17 people who died this week and know they will never be the same. All death is hard but sudden death often leaves us with so many questions that go unanswered and words unsaid. My heart also goes out to two of my PT friends who lost loved ones this week.

"...what we have enjoyed, we can never lose...all that we love deeply becomes a part of us." Helen Keller
Out of every crisis comes the chance to be reborn, to re-conceive ourselves as individuals, to choose the kind of change that will help us grow and fill ourselves more completely. Nena O'Neill
"It is hard to hang with turkeys when you have flown with eagles." Deja Webster

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Deja Webster Recognized as Best of the Best by Port Townsend Leader Readers

It was very nice to be recognized by the readers of our local paper here in Port Townsend. This is the second year in a row that I have been honored in this category. It is interesting that the community uses my name when voting not my business name, Deja View Photography. Thank you to everyone who took the time to fill out a ballot. I'm  proud to be part of such a wonderful community.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Grieve at the End of the First Year

I just ran across this post on Facebook that a woman wrote as she was experiencing the end of the first year after her husband's death. From my own experience this is a very touching and realistic view of what life is like after losing your partner. The article was originally a post on the Huffington Post,  I Am Ending My Year Of Firsts After My Husband’s Death 

As the holidays approach it is important to be sensitive to people who have lost loved ones and the difficulties they may experience missing them during the holidays. Often I have said whoever put Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years and Valentines so close together on the calendar never knew what is like to miss a loved one during so many special holidays so close in time.

Adopt Don't Shop-Port Townsend Animals Looking for Homes

Monday, May 29, 2017

Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad.

My parents are celebrating their 67th wedding anniversary today. I have this photo sitting in my studio along side my work. It reminds me of how important photos are to me. I'm in awe of their Photographer capturing this image on film without the advantages I have today using a digital camera. I'm also impressed with the print itself and the longevity of this image printed 67 years ago. I love the ties the guys are wearing, the details in my Mom's dress and veil, she might even have gloves on. The Photographer did a nice job getting Mom's dress to flow down the stairs, I wonder what he used for lighting. They look so young and so happy. My Uncle Bob, my Mother's brother, is on the far left. Thank you to my parents for the many values they have taught me. They have shown me by example a strong work ethic, the importance of living thrifty and in saving and to remember to give back to ones community.