Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Watercolor Fun

Working on some major updates on my home which has had me sorting through spaces representing different phases in my life. Found & scanned this simple watercolor I did years ago inspired by a postcard with an image by Winslow Homer. One day when not consumed with photography I think I'll try more watercolors and dig out my basket making supplies from my days with my business Natures Baskets by Deja. So much to do and so little time.

Friday, July 5, 2019

Great band playing this evening at Port Townsend Brewery from 5-8 with no cover charge. I first heard Joy in Mudville at a Main Streets Concert on the Dock a couple years ago. In fact if you can't make it out to hear them tonight they will be playing Thursday, August 8th at Concert on the Dock. Got these fun images of the band a couple years ago. #dejasphotos.com #PortTownsendMainStreet #DejaViewPhotography

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Compliment Your Mirror Day

Believe it or not today is Stay Out of the Sun Day & Compliment Your Mirror Day. Looking outside my window the first one should be easy to follow today. The second one is a good remind of something we should do every day for ourselves. As a Photographer I know it is not easy having your photo taken. I find when I photograph men and especially woman we are all tough on ourselves & often describe flaws in detail, nearly all of them I don't see. Everyone has one eye bigger than the other which many people are surprised to find when we look at their image. All my clients are beautiful to me. For the 30 minutes or so I have with them I hope I make them feel that way & they see that in their final image. Be good to yourself today, give that mirror a great big compliment this morning. #dejasphotos.com

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Rakers Car Show in Port Townsend

Beautiful day for a car show. Check out the Rakers Car Show at Port Townsend Memorial Field today. #dejasphotos.com #porttownsendphotographer #rakerscarclub #dejaviewphotography

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Bumped into some friends downtown during Steampunk weekend here in Port Townsend. #dejasphotos.com #dejaviewphotography

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Port Townsend Wearable Art Show

Another collage from the 2018 Port Townsend Wearable Art Show. Kay Harper  and I are excited about photographing this event again this year. This piece won the 2018 People's Choice award and was named "Queen Sew Sew, "Mending the Sorrows of the World." The artist was Clara Graham and the piece was modeled by Julie Read. 
#porttownsendwearableartshow #dejasphotos.com  #dejaviewphotography

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Dr. Mattern, from Jefferson Healthcare in Port Townsend, honored by WA Rural Health Association

A couple years ago I was hired by Jefferson Healthcare to photography staff at what was the new Sheridan Medical Building. I got lots of great images over several days but one of my favorite moments was sitting in with Dr. Mattern as he visited with a new mom. I tried to be a fly on the wall while taking candids. I was touched to see him interacting with this family and captured this sweet moment with the baby in his arms. Dr. Joseph Mattern is both the Jefferson Healthcare Chief Medical Officer as well as a primary care Physician. He was just recognized for his work by the Washington Rural Health Association. I also took this image that was included with an article about him and his award in the PDN this week. Congratualtions Dr. Mattern. #dejasphotos.com #jeffersonhealthcare http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/…/jefferson-healthcare-c…/

Monday, April 29, 2019

So even when I'm not working I have fun taking photos. Last week I wandered around the Jefferson County Farmers Market and captured some fun images. I love going to the market on Saturdays and fondly remember the six years I was there as a vendor selling my photography prints and cards. It is a wonderful community of hard working people that make up one of the biggest Farmers Market in Washington state. Bumped into my dear friend Linda Pollard, with her sister, who was visiting PT. Linda did the market for many years including some of the time that I also was a vendor at the market so it was great to see her.  #dejasphotos.com #dejaviewphotography

Sunday, April 28, 2019

2019 Port Townsend Women and Film Festival

A fun collage with more images from the Port Townsend Women and Film held just two weeks ago. The festival was held at the Rose Theatre and was a weekend filled with great films and lots of opportunities to meet with many of the Filmmakers and Directors. The rainy weather limited me a bit from taking as many candid images outside as I have done in the past but it gave me more time to visit during the festival. It was fun for me to meet and photograph some of the returning participants from previous festivals. If you missed the festival this year you can visit the PTFF page to view the movies that were shown, see the trailers and learn about the directors. Can't wait for the Port Townsend Film Festival in September which will be held the 19th-22nd of this year. http://www.ptfilmfest.com/…/Women…/W&F-Current-Program.html… #porttownsendfilmfestival #dejasphotos.com

Monday, April 22, 2019

Looking for Homes in Port Townsend

Adorable groups of cats and dogs looking for their forever homes here in Port Townsend. You can visit the Humane Society of Jefferson County Tuesday-Sunday from 12-5 or call them at 385-3292. #humanescocietyofjeffersoncounty #dejasphotos.com

Saturday, April 6, 2019


Bugs bugging, bees buzzing, birds tweeting, buds bursting, brooks babbling, beautiful blue skies, boats sailing, baseball batted, bikers biking, butterflies fluttering. Must be spring. Saw lots of "B" words on my walk today with my dog Sherman. 

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Upcoming Session with Quiet Parks International

Today I booked a event with Quiet Parks International to be held next month at Manresa Castle. They will be presenting an award to someone who is coming all the way from the Amazon to accept the award for capturing the quietest place on earth. I think the group was originally called One Square Inch. The founder, Gordon Hempton, did a recording in the Hoh Rain Forest & describes the location as possibly one of the quietest places in the US. The 14 minute recording is lovely to listen to. https://onesquareinch.org/ I'm looking forward to photographing this interesting event. #dejasphotos.com

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Saying Goodbye Is Never Easy

The day after seems so hard. The unfinished eclairs & Cheetos are now in the garbage. After Dr. Ginny left yesterday I just left Max resting on the floor where he had spent the last couple weeks. Now his spirit has had time to soar to a better place. Thank you Jim for dropping by with tea and homemade biscotti. 

As I came down the stairs this morning Max looked so perfect I thought he might just wake up. Thank you to my friend Aaron for coming by to help me carry Max out to his final resting place. Max is wrapped in an old coat from our walking days together, kinda like having my arms around him forever. Listening to sad country western songs and finishing a love letter to accompany Max on his next journey. 

Rolled up the stained area rug from the living room & set it out for a dump run. Straightening the room feels a bit like returning the hospital bed after hospice care. Sherman & I sense the quiet today. It hit me in the face when we returned from our walk knowing Max wasn't inside waiting for his turn. I'm amazed at the similarities of losing my partner and losing Max. Grief is grief no matter if a loved one or pet.

A couple things I learned of while caring for Max. One was the miracle of giving Glucosamine HCL with MSM, meant for people, but suggested by my friend Doug who was using it on his dogs. Your Vet should be able to give you an idea of correct dosage based on your dogs weight. It made a hug difference in his ability to get around and the results were immediate plus it gave us more time. The other thing that happened to Max as he aged was he got confused and really restless at night. I thought leaving a light on would help but it didn't, what did help was Gabapentin. There really is something similar to Sundowners Syndrome that you find in elderly adults but it is also found in dogs. Your Vet should be able to make suggestions on the dosage based on weight. It made a difference in both of us being able to sleep at night. I also got a little Velcro belly band to put on at night if he had an accident. I got it from the pet store & adding a Kotex inside the liner helped even more. https://positively.com/contri.../sundowner-syndrome-in-dogs/ 

I thought sharing this might help others who have gone through or are going through a similar situation. Sharing with my FB friends has been very helpful for me. Again thank you everyone for your support & kind words.

Friday, March 8, 2019

The Final Goodbye-Saying Goodbye to My Best Friend Max

Max 2002-2019

Saying goodbye is so hard. I'm eating eclairs & Cheetos tonight while Max is eating cheeseburgers and sausage egg McMuffins. We have an appointment with the Vet in the morning. Max has been in "dogie hospice" for a long time so this is no surprise but no less difficult. At times over the last year he has been like the Energizer bunny but at 17 1/2 his poor old body is just worn out. I've watched his body change as his legs seem to have gotten longer, he has lost weight despite a big appetite, he's bent in stature, vision changes and gray around his muzzle. Last May he collapsed in the back yard and I just couldn't get him in the house. Thinking this was the end and not wanting him to pass alone I laid at his side until morning. We survived the windy night without having a branch falling on us laying in the yard. At sunrise he awoke & looked at me like we were both crazy for being out in the cold covered with blankets. 

I have been blessed to see his sweet face every morning for 15 1/2 years. The day I adopted Max from the shelter I remember taking five dogs out for walks. He was the only one who put his head in my lap and looked at me as if to say please take me home. He had my heart at that moment. 

He still is a handsome dog. People have always commented on what a good looking dog he was. His once flowing Golden Retriever tail & assortment of colors in his fur with white, black, burnt sienna, yellow ocher, raw umber and now gray around his Chow like muzzle and almond eyes. 

For years we had a nightly routine of him following me after I would head up the stairs for bed. Only minutes after all the lights were off I would hear his paws hit the tile at the foot of the stairs, then up he would climb. He would reach the bedroom put his head on the bed to get his bearings and then leap up. Never figured out why he didn't come up with the lights on. In the morning there he would be looking at me almost shouting wake up wake up like someone at a store window at Christmas waiting for the store to open. 

Always patient with my other dogs in my family as they ate his food or pushed aside at the water bowl or getting in the back door. Our life together has been a series of small moments the daily routine of having a dog. When one talks to themselves you appear a little less crazy if a dog is in the house. He knew when to put his head in my lap to comfort me when I was sad. He loved snuggling at my feet as we laid on the couch watching Law and Order on a lazy Saturday afternoon. He loved following the sun around the back yard always moving to be warmed by its afternoon rays. How we loved our daily walks together. 

For many years twice a day up to the Castle and home, then once a day, then just to the mailbox, then around the yard then just around the house and now laying on the floor surrounded by old towels creating a quilt around him. Whenever I walked thru the front door of our home he always looked at me like he just won the lottery. How lucky I have been to have him in my life but a piece of my heart will go with Max tomorrow. 

“And it is exceedingly short, his galloping life. Dogs die so soon. I have my stories of that grief, no doubt many of you do also. It is almost a failure of will, a failure of love, to let them grow old—or so it feels. We would do anything to keep them with us, and to keep them young. The one gift we cannot give."
― Mary Oliver, Dog Songs

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Professional Head Shots in Port Townsend

I was thrilled when contacted by Michelle, from Windermere Real Estate, and asked to photograph the agents in her office. The Leader ran this full page ad in the Wednesday paper last week. It featured all the agents photos and a detailed list of all the ways the local office and agents gave back to the community in 2018. I really enjoyed the opportunity to work with and photograph everyone and learn about each of their unique backgrounds and expertise. While I'm incredibly proud of all the images I can't take credit for the photo taken of Chuck. Thank you Michelle.
 #windermereporttownsend#dejasphotos.com #porttownsendprofessionalheadshots

Friday, February 22, 2019

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

My Favorite Valentine

I first shared this card 6 years ago but it has become more special with the passing of years. 

This is my favorite Valentine despite being a little beat up and faded. However I do love store bought Hallmark cards too. Any of the Hallmark holiday commercials have me in tears as soon as I hear their theme music. However this special card was made with just a sheet of copy paper, a red marker and lots of love. Inside is a very artistic red heart drawn by my boyfriend. Don, my partner, who was working in Alaska on a tug and unable to get to a store so he made this card for me. I don't know where he got the little image of a couple embracing that he taped on the top. I loved the card when he sent to me over 15 years ago but over time it has became even more special to me since his death 11 years ago on the 17th of this month.

Remembering the anniversary date of a loved ones passing doesn't mean I haven't moved on with my life. What it does mean is that on this date I pause and reflect on what a wonderful the life we had together. Only someone who has gone through the grief of losing a loved one knows how quickly life can change. It took only minutes for his heart to stop and for my world to change forever. This simple card reminds me how lucky I was to have such a great guy in my life and that he wanted me to be his special Valentine.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Jefferson Healthcare

I have really enjoyed photographing special events and professional headshots for Jefferson Healthcare. This series of photos I took was part of their ad campaign for new surgeons at the hospital. This screenshot is from their Facebook page but they have also run this ad at the local Rose Theater. I'm very proud whenever I see my images used, especially on the big screen at the Rose. With my studio being located so close to the hospital it has been a great experience getting to know new staff at Jefferson Healthcare.  I have also help them by taking images for them when updating their website. Having the hospital only a couple blocks away has another added benefit it makes it easy to swing by their Cafe for a delicious lunch or dinner. Our community is so lucky to have the variety of professionals available here in Jefferson County to meet all our medical needs.