Thursday, January 12, 2017

Inspiring Article by Jim Daly, Member of Quimper Village.

Inspiring article about Jim Daly in this months publication of 3rd Act, Aging with Confidence Magazine. I captured this image at one of the Quimper Village picnics last summer.…/navigating…/cant-put-finger/

Quimper Village in Port Townsend

Friday, January 6, 2017

Grooms Don't Wait until Your Wedding Day to Figure out How to Fold Your Pocket Square

Figuring out how to fold the grooms pocket square is almost always an issue as a groom gets dressed on his wedding day. I decided to share the two links below with directions on how to solve this problem. I'm actually going to provide a handout to my upcoming grooms so they have a reference they can look at before the wedding day. I'm also going to carry an extra copy of the directions to fold a pocket square in my equipment bag to have on hand the wedding day too.

Guide: How to Combine Your Pocket Square and Tie

9 Ways to Fold a Pocket Square

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Planning a Wedding in Port Townsend? Looking for a Unique Wedding Venue or Lodging on the Olympic Peninsula? Looking for Equipment Rental Service?

When planning a wedding or other family events in Port Townsend you may be looking for tents, tables, chairs or linens rentals. You can contact A Plus Equipment Rental here in Port Townsend at (360) 385-1010. I spoke to Justin today and he was very helpful giving me quotes for delivering and setting up 10x10, 20x20 or 20x40 tents.

Another vendor that provides the same products is Kitsap Event Rentals located in Port Gamble but they do service Port Townsend and Port Angeles. They can be reached at (360) 621-8711.

While I personally have not worked with either of these vendors I wanted to share a couple options if planning your wedding here in Port Townsend. You can visit my website at Deja View Photography to see more examples of my wedding photography or call me today at (360) 385-2662 to set up an appointment to discuss you upcoming wedding day. I offer a variety of collections to meet each couples specific budget or time requirements.

Many venues here in Port Townsend may already provide tables, chairs and linens as part of their rental fee for their venue so you will want to check specifically with them directly. Below is a list of many of the local venues that offer lodging or a venue space to hold your wedding here in scenic Port Townsend.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Port Townsend Photographer Celebrates 2016

Deja View Photography  had a wonderful year of photographing people and events during 2016. I photographed several weddings at beautiful venues like Fort Worden, the Quimper Unitarian Church, Manressa Castle, and a couple from London that were married at the Inn at Port Ludlow Resort in November. 
Fort Worden Wedding
Newlyweds in front of Point Wilson Lighthouse at Fort Worden
Quimper Unitarian Church in Port Townsend
Manress Castle

Port Townsend Film Festival
In September I volunteered to photographed on for the Port Townsend Film Festival where I captured candids of festival participants. This was my third year to volunteer and I can't wait to do it again next year. I photographed the Taste of Port Townsend for Main Street. Took photos with Main Street members that was used in their poster and advertising for this years Girls Night Out. The event raised Over $6000 to support breast and cervical cancer screening for low income Jefferson County residents. 
St. Mary's Church here in Port Townsend hired me to photograph and document Father John's last year before his retirement. 
The Port Townsend Summer Band needed an updated photo so fellow Photographer Kay Harper and I posed nearly 40 band member along side the Cotton Building for a group photo. Just as we were finishing up the last couple shots the band was dive bombed by a seagull but everyone was great not to freak out and without missing a "beat" we got the last couple photos to complete the session. 

The Business Guides here is Port Townsend hired me in 2015 to take all their updated head shots for their website, They asked me to photograph a group image for their 2015 Christmas card and asked me again in 2016 to capture a festive moment with the group. What a wonderful group of people to work with and photograph. 
I have volunteered to photograph Memorial Day Service and Veterans Day ceremonies at the Marvin G. Shields Memorial American Legion here in Port Townsend for the last ten years. In both May and November of this year local vets from World War II and Korea were honored with quilts made by the women from Quilts of Valor organization. The quilts were spectacular pieces of art created for each individual veteran. What a touching event to document for them. 

This is my 11th year to volunteer at the Humane Society of Jefferson County. Helping by photographing cats and dogs looking for homes has been a wonderful experience for me and a great way to give back to my community. Taking animal photos over the years has made me a better Photographer and far more patient in capturing an image. 

While living in a small community it gives you the flexibility to photograph a variety of events. I'm never bored with the possibilities of different assignments or techniques to learn. Nothing is more rewarding for me as being able to photograph a Senior who was reluctant to have their photos taken and encouraged by parents to be there. But to photograph images that they love and that in the end they had fun capturing is very special to me. Or to get a head shot that perhaps an employer has suggested an employee had to have taken but they just weren't comfortable in having their photo taken. To have them be pleased with their experience and to remark, "the photo looks just like me" is a wonderful feeling. A couple years ago I did a local wedding show and had examples of my work on display. Someone stopped to ask me if I had used models for all the images or if they were real people. I was shocked by her question but she said she assumed they were models since they looked so good and all looked happy in the images. 

I'm already working on my 2016 taxes and with great excitement have new binders created for this years paperwork and client information. I have lots of new ideas for products to share with my clients, personal projects to work on and new ideas to expand my advertising. I can't wait to see what 2017 holds. I would love the opportunity to work with you this year. Give me a call today at (360) 385-2662 or visit my website at Deja View Photography. Best wishes for a wonderful year. 

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Port Townsend Wedding-Elopements-Engagements Event Venues and Services

Right now I'm very excited to be part of a group of businesses that represent venues and services available to couples planning to come to Port Townsend for their destination wedding. A group of Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Members are working together to support and promote couples coming to the Peninsula not only for their wedding but other special events like celebrating anniversaries or family reunions. Port Townsend and the entire Olympic Peninsula is an incredible place to visit and offers an unlimited amount of venues, services, events and activities to take part in while visiting.

Next time your thinking of a destination location for a wedding or other family gathering consider Port Townsend. Many of the venues listed below not only offer event space, or lodging, some have their own restaurant or offer catering. Many of these venues like the Maritime Center and Fort Worden are large enough for bigger groups while others offer more intimate settings for smaller groups, both options should fit any occasion.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Elizabeth and Rob Wed Under the Madrona Tree at Scenic Fort Worden in Port Townsend

As the holidays approach this is the time many couples get engaged. When thinking of a location to hold your wedding Port Townsend and the Olympic Peninsula offer a variety of venues and vendors to plan all your wedding needs right here. Fort Worden is an incredibly scenic location that offers both indoor and outdoor locations plus housing for the bridal party and wedding guests.

This late summer wedding with Elizabeth and Rob, was held at Fort Worden under the beautiful Madrona tree, the reception was held at the JFK building and the bride and groom stayed at Alexanders castle and other family members stayed in nearby cabins also at the Fort.

Rob wrote a wonderful review on my Facebook business page, Deja View Photography Studio describing their day using Deja View Photography which includes myself and my second Photographer Kay Harper. Rob wrote:
"Deja and Kay spent a lot of time preparing for the wedding. Both are very detail oriented, focused, and prepared for the task at hand. We had 100 guest. Deja/Kay photographed all our friends and family. After all was said and done, 528 BEAUTIFUL pictures. We also purchased the album, and it looks wonderful. Hands down, a great experience, we can't say enough about the joy Deja brought to our wedding."

Flowers were from Annie's Flower Farm in Sequim. 
Port Townsend offers a variety of options too for picking a Florist for your wedding day. There is Holly's Flowers, Petal Flower Shop and Wilderbee Farm are additional options right here in Port Townsend. 

The cake was from That Takes the Cake in Sequim. Paul and Sue not only create beautiful cakes but they also taste wonderful. 

If you would like to set up a free consultation at my Port Townsend studio to discuss your wedding day please give me a call at (360) 385-2662. Engagement sessions are included in each of my wedding collections as is digital files and a second Photographer. There is no additional charge to have a second Photographer as a second shooter and helps to capture all the special moments of the wedding day from both the bride and the grooms perspective. You can also visit my website to see more of my photography by visiting Deja View Photography . 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Not Too Late for Port Townsend Senior Portraits

The weather may be gray and wet right now but it isn't too late to get great Port Townsend High School Senior images and met the yearbook deadline. Right now I have openings for in studio sessions for the Senior head shot needed for the yearbook. I have a waiting list for on location sessions when the rain stops and the sun returns. With nicer weather we can get back outside to take photos at the Fort in the bunkers or at the beach or in scenic downtown Port Townsend or a favorite location special just to you. 

The collage of images here are ones I took recently of Rowan who did a studio session first and then we headed out to Fort Worden late afternoon for unique variety of different looks. 

Rowan is very active in local plays at his school and other held at Key City Players here in Port Townsend and need a professional head shot when applying to different collages. He was recently accepted to Cornish College of Arts in Seattle next year. I can't wait to follow his adventures in 2017. I loved working with Rowan for these on location images. As with all the Seniors I photograph it is fun to get to know them during the session, learn about their plans for after graduation and to follow them on Facebook.

Give me a call today at (360) 385-2662 or visit my website at Deja View Photography to book a studio consultation session.

Port Townsend Leader Reader's Choice 2016 Winner of Best Photographer-Deja Webster

What a nice honor to have myself and my business Deja View Photography recognized as the Best Photographer by readers of the Port Townsend Leader. You can see more of my work by visiting my website at  Thank you to all my friends and clients who took the time to vote for this wonderful award.

Deja of Deja View Photographer
Port Townsend Photographer

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Friday, August 26, 2016

National Dog Day-Adopt Jane Today

Jane has been adopted.
Adorable Jane is about 1 1/2 years old and available for adoption from the shelter here in Port Townsend. You can visit the Humane Society of Jefferson County Tuesday-Sunday or call them at (360) 385-3292.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Love on the Olympic Peninsula-Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Focus Group

There was a article in The Leader yesterday about Crystal Delights, a business located here in Port Townsend. Owners Andrew Schwartz and Shellie Yarnell are Jefferson County Chamber members and active in the Wedding and Event group which began meeting several months ago. I also belong to this network of Chamber members that are working together to encourage visitors to hold their wedding or other events here on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula. Keep on the look out for one of their beautiful marbles they have hidden somewhere around Jefferson County.

My Heart is Broken

About a month ago I wrote a post about my dog Max. I was reflecting on his age and hoping we would have another summer together but not taking out time together for granted. So I was heart broken when my other dog Ruby, died two weeks ago. It was sudden and not expected, she was 11 but seemed to be in good health. This was especially shocking since I have been preparing to say goodbye to my older dog Max for some time now. Max is around 14 but losing younger Ruby in a matter of hours has broken my heart. I feel like I have a hole in my heart. Our 10 years of usual routines that happen in our typical day together are gone so moving around in the morning is really hard. Being a Mom to eight dogs over my life time has been an honor and has enriched my life but saying goodbye is heart wrenching. Anyone who has loved and lost a dog will know this pain. We are a lucky group to have had them.

The day after Ruby died was incredibly hard but I got so much support from so many wonderful Facebook friends and other friend that sent flowers, cards or called. A friend came by and helped me bury Ruby in the back yard in the afternoon. I sent her off with flowers, a love letter, photos of her and I, her buddy Max and her favorite Kong. 

All grief whether the death of a beloved pet or a loved family member I think is especially hard when things change in minutes or in this case hours. My partner Don died suddenly from a heart attack so I know how quickly life can change. One minute he was here and 4 minutes later he was gone. So on Tuesday, much like that Sunday morning 14 years ago, all seemed right with my world. In this case I ran off to a job and when I returned just after lunch Ruby met me at the door struggling to breath. I got her immediately to Pet Townsend Vet. Despite the best efforts of Dr. Abby and her staff and being placed on oxygen nothing worked to stabilize Ruby enough to breath on her own so I made the heart wrenching decision to let her go. Dr. Abby felt Ruby had some underlying tumor or cancer of her lungs that caused her condition. 

Being in love is a risky business and losing a loved one or even a beloved pet is a chance one takes when falling in love. I will continue to bet on love. Thank you everyone for your kind words and support, it means the world to me and my buddy Max.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Take Your Dog to Work Day

Today is another a busy day for me working in my office updating software, working on my website, editing photos, leaning how to use new album designing software. By my side as I worked is my faithful dog Max. I adopted Max from the shelter 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. 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, 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. My other shelter dog, Ruby who I fondly call my "devil child" acts like a two year old instead of her true age of ten. She always pushes Max out of the way at the water bowl, or moves in for that one piece of food that has jumped out of Max's bowl and he never snaps or growls at her. Ruby can be at the far end of the yard and she can still be the first to get thru the sliding glass doors as Max gets pushed aside Max waits patiently to enter last.

I'm reminded today of how lucky I am to have handsome Max in my life. My sweet pup with those sad eyes.