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.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

The Joy of the Port Townsend Farmers Market

Oh my gosh it is, April the month we all look forward to the opening of the Port Townsend Farmers Market, The first market always features a GOAT PARADE. Hundreds braved the wind and rain to watch a women lead several goats thru the crowds past the vendor stalls to their little cages where they spent the rest of the market. Kids and adults marveled at how cute they were as they were photographed from every angle and included in tons of selfies. I saw the parade but decided to enjoy the opening parade without being behind the lens of a camera only to return later once the rain stopped. 

There was lots of hugging going on since the last market was a whole three months ago and many of us had not seen each other in this long period of time. We all marveled at new cluster of babies experiencing their first market. Beautiful Heidi from Java Gypsy was there surrounded by her children, She served coffee made with love and blessed each of us with her smile as she handed us our drinks. The market already seems at capacity with over 60 vendors, music and lots of food. Attending the markets on Saturdays we all celebrate the fact made it through another work week and reunite to agree how lucky we are to live in paradise here in beautiful Port Townsend. 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Where has the month gone?

Wow what a busy month and this usually is a quiet time for me. I have met with and booked four wedding so far and I'm  really excited about each couple I will be photographing. The venues include two weddings at Fort Worden in Port Townsend, one at Fort Flagler and the other at the Troll Garden in Sequim. I also recently photographed several head shots for Jefferson Healthcare as well as bank employees from First Federal and Kitsap Bank and a local real estate broker. I volunteered to take photos for the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce award luncheon and a monthly meeting of the Chambers Young Professional Network mixer.

Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Luncheon with Stephanie
from With These Rings

Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors 
Port Townsend Film Festival Academy Awards Event

Hosts for the Port Townsend Film Festival Academy Awards ceremony
Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Young Professional Network mixer

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

National Pig Day or Engagement Couple Photo Bombed by Pigs

I can't let National Pig Day end without posting a photo from a unique engagement session and it includes more than one pig. It seems like only yesterday, but it was May of 2014 when I photographed Charlotte and Martin at One Straw Ranch out on Marrowstone. The early evening light was magical and the whole ranch glowed with the most beautiful soft filtered light. I photographed Charlotte and Martin all around the ranch with different animals but this was really fun when we were photo bombed by the pigs.
To see more photos from other engagement sessions, wedding and other portraits you can visit Deja View Photography at  This is a very busy time right now meeting with and booking 2017 weddings. If you would like to schedule an appointment with me today you can reach me here in Port Townsend at (360) 385-2662. 

Monday, February 20, 2017

National Love Your Pet Day

Today is another a busy day for me working in my office updating software, working on my website, editing photos plus leaning how to use new album designing software. By my side as I work is my faithful dog Max. I adopted Max from the shelter over thirteen years ago. My German Shepard Gypsy had just died and I knew I wanted another dog. Not to replace her but to give another shelter pup a good life like Gypsy had had in my home. The shelter told me Max was about two but he acted more like a puppy under a year than a two year old adult. His age doesn't really matter unless I'm looking at how much more time I have left with this sweet dog. I can see him slipping a bit in the last six months. He seems confused like not wanting to go through the door to my office or waiting by the wrong door to come in from outside. He still has his appetite and hasn't lost his mobility except he's now hesitant to tackle the stairs to the bed he loved to lay on.

As an adult I have always had a dog, always a shelter dog of mixed heritage. Max is the best natured, loving dog I have ever owned. He is very sensitive dog, aware of my feeling. If I'm happy or especially when sad he seems to know. He decides to curl up on the couch with me when I sob through one of those Humane Society commercials with all the animals that need to get adopted. Even after years of walking together he still always walks in front of me, encouraging me to pick up my pace. As for disposition he doesn't have a mean bone in his body. I lost my other shelter dog, Ruby several months back. I fondly called her my "devil child" as she acted like a two year old instead of her actual age of ten. She would push Max out of the way at the water bowl, or moved in for that one piece of food that had jumped out of Max's bowl. He never snapped or growled at her. Ruby could be at the far end of the yard and she could still be the first to get thru the sliding glass doors as Max got pushed aside and waited patiently to enter last.

I'm reminded today of how lucky I am to have handsome Max in my life. Those of us who know the love of a dog are indeed blessed.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Happy One Year Wedding Anniversary

What a wonderful couple I had the opportunity to photograph last year at this time. I actually thought the date was Valentine's Day & just realized my mistake, it was yesterday not today. A lovely couple, wonderful family, great location having the wedding held at Manresa Castle, just a perfect day. Belated Happy Anniversary Barb & Alan.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Deja View Photography and 6999 Others Attend the 45th Seattle Wedding Show

Last Saturday Kay Harper and I attended the 45th Seattle Wedding Show. This is the 4th year we have gone into Seattle for the wedding show. I heard from one of the vendors that over 7000 people attended the 2017 show. Every year it is fun to observe the excitement of Mother and daughters, newly engaged couples or groups of friends with the bride to be roaming the Seattle Convention Center with hundreds of vendors as they peruse the aisles.

Just before the show I read over the booklet of 2017 Wedding Trends from Wedding Wire and it was right on for what we saw at the show. The high energy fashion show had many models wearing wedding dresses with intricate, detailed long sleeved dresses many which were covered with detailed sequins. Lots of models wore dresses with long flowing lacy veils that trailed behind them down the runway. Some of the most striking dresses were from I Do Bridal and I Do Bridal Too out of Seattle. One was a vintage lace gown with sheer inserts with a nude underlay worn by a stunning model. The dress was gorgeous. There was also a striking floral print chiffon ball gown with a pleated skirt, pockets and a giant way over sized orange hat. This floral gown looked like something Mary from Downton Abby would have worn to a cricket match. Then there were two piece lace top pant suits. I couldn't help but wonder if they were inspired by Hillary Clinton. I wasn't sure if the pant suits were meant for the bride or just for the bridesmaids.

The other thing that was striking was the detail and uniqueness of the wedding cakes. Colorful marble and metal looking cakes, drip and even donut cakes. So many bakeries had incredible geode cakes that looked like realistic amethyst crystals on the inside.

Everywhere was the influence of Pantone's 2017 color of the year which is called Greenery. One could see the focus on Greenery every where. Green repeated in the table decorations, in almost all the floral arrangements, the elaborate details in the wedding cakes and the stationary even envelopes. So much color and textures at time the show could be a bit visually overwhelming. Kay and I had a chance to meet and visit with several Photographers and found them to be very friendly and willing to share tends they were seeing in their work this year. We stopped by the Port Townsend Fort Worden booth to visit with Julie, Eileen and Tim who were manning the booth. The Fort's display looked great. Julie had one of my wedding albums on display from a wedding I photographed last summer under the unique Madrone tree at the Fort

The show doesn't allow cameras but I caught a couple images, mainly cakes with my cell phone. It was a fun show and a great day in Seattle. I'm really excited about this upcoming wedding season. If you would like to sit down to discuss your wedding day I offer a free pre-consultation with Deja View Photography.  Best wishes to all the couples who have found love and have plans to be wed this year.