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. 

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