Monday, October 12, 2020

Happy Birthday Mom

Today would have been my Mom's birthday. She would have turned 90 today but she died at the end of March. Last time I saw her was at my Dad's funeral last October. I was only home for a couple days for Dad's funeral and my brother and I scrambled to deal with paperwork while there. I didn't have much time to take photos but one night I was able to visit with my niece's children. Her daughter Eva asked you to use my camera to take some photos. Within about three minutes of instructions, she was running around the house taking photos. Photos I will treasure as this was the last time I was with Mom and one of the last photos of her. This was such a lovely image we used it for her obituary. Eight months later I'm still sad I wasn't with her as she passed or at her funeral. I'm thankful for the time I was able to be with her on Facetime as my brother Bob sat with her as she passed. He did a Zoom meeting so I could be there along with my nephew in Alaska and cousin in Fredericksburg. Mom died of natural causes but my heart goes out to all the families who have lost ones due to Covid and especially those that couldn't be with them as they passed.

The Humane Society of Jefferson County is still closed to the public but there are several cats and dogs available for adoption. You can find more information about each animal by visiting You can call the shelter at 385-3292 to get more information too.

Friday, September 11, 2020

Deja View Photograph Studio Open for Business.

What a strange time the last couple of months have been. Since my photography and my clients have always been a big part of my everyday life the shutdown has been difficult. I have started doing professional headshots again in the studio. I'm taking precautions to be safe throughout the session. I do a forehead temperature check when a client arrives in the studio, keep the doors open, wear a mask, and stay at least 6 feet apart. After taking the photos I head into my office to edit them for review and load them to my website for my client to look over. I join my client back at the studio to interact with them, from afar, as they view their images and pick their favorite one. Everything takes just a bit longer than coming directly into my studio office. This routine seems to be working while we are still in Phase 2 and being cautious. I have done a couple family sessions working within the state's guidelines for interacting during Phase 2. Now is the perfect time to do High School Seniors and I just booked one yesterday and look forward to sharing those images. Thanks to everyone for their patience as we adjust to this challenging time. I have shared a lot of photo memories on my FaceBook personal page but realized it had been too long since I made a post on my Blog.

Monday, June 1, 2020

Good morning. I just ran across this photo. This quote is from this old autograph book I bought at a yard sale years ago. All the quotes and messages date back to 1877-78. All the comments are in a beautiful flowing script. Perhaps it was used as a guest book when you visited someone's home. The visitors all seem to be from Massachusets. "May heaven smile upon thy way and light thy path from day to day." signed Mary The flower arrangements were created by Deanna Kitchen for centerpieces at a wedding. We took some additional photos the next day in my studio and that is when I brought out this old book for this image.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Fun Sharing Artwork

Good Morning. Found this little watercolor I had done of whales on heavy Strathmore card stock. Reminds me of the weekend I spent at Friday Harbor seeing Killer Whales out at Lime Kiln Point at sunset. As it got darker listening to the sound of them so close to the shore breathing air out of their blowholes was a sound not soon forgotten. Adding a whale watching trip with the Puget Sound Express and spending time on Friday Harbor to my wish list of things to do down the road. Strathmore offers some fun watercolor tutorials on their website.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Fun Artwork

I have been going through some of the art work my kids did when I taught 5th Grade. I think this was a writing/art assignment using the letter S. Don't see a name to give the artist credit. Pretty creative, slurping from the salsa jars. 

Another favorite drawing from an art project by one of my Fifth Grade students. Despite leaving my job in Maine 30 years ago I still had these art pieces tucked away. Love the flamingos, flat fish and log float. Not sure who the young artist was but bet a family member was a logger. Artist unknown.

I have been going through some of the art work my kids did when I taught 5th Grade. I think this was a writing/art assignment using the letter W. Seems like a perfect way to share on a windy Wednesday with worldly whales wading and wondering west out in the watery bay while WWll warplanes fly way overhead. Art credit to Sandy K.

Monday, March 23, 2020

National Puppy Day

Oh my gosh it is National Puppy Day. This is my sweet dog Sherman that I adopted a couple years ago from the shelter. His previous owner, who had to surrender him, took this adorable photo of him when he was a pup. Just so darn cute wanted to share today.

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Usually, February is a tad slow but I'm loving how busy I am right now. Did a couple headshots last week, booked a wedding, photographed the Well Hearts Event on Friday and the The Night Before the Oscars for the Port Townsend Film Festival on Saturday night. Sunday I did another headshot and a family session, tomorrow I'm photographing a local business doing their headshots and groups photos. This week I'm photographing a home built by QED Builders and a 50th anniversary party at the Alcohol Plant. I love the variety of work I get to do & all the wonderful clients I get to work with. #dejaviewphotography

Jefferson Healthcare Well Heart Event

Port Townsend Film Festival 

QED Builders

50th Anniversary Part at the Old Alcohol Plant 

Friday, February 21, 2020

Heashots in Port Townsend Studio with Deja View Photography

February is the perfect time to book a session for an updated head shot for your social media sites. The constant daylight balanced lights that I use in my Port Townsend studio make for flattering headshots, perfect images for your website or profile photo on your social media accounts. Give me a call today at (360) 385-2662 or visit my website to see more examples of my portrait photography. #dejaviewphotograpy #porttownsendheadshots

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Even the toughest dog can be afraid of a vacuum.

Weekly Adoption Poster for the Humane Society of Jefferson County

I want to bring them all home but already have two dogs at my home. You can visit the shelter Tuesday-Sunday from 12-5 or call them at 385-2662. 

Monday, February 17, 2020

Will You Be My Valentine?

I first shared this card several years ago but it has become more special with the passing of each year

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 18 years ago but over time it has became even more special to me since his death 18 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. I wish everyone is as lucky as I have been in finding that special someone. 

Thursday, February 6, 2020

It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.
~Chinese Proverb

Well Hearts Event Happening this Friday-Sponsored by Jefferson Healthcare Foundations

I'm excited to be photographing the Well Hearts Event tomorrow sponsored by Jefferson Healthcare and the Jefferson Healthcare Foundation. This will be my third time, Deja View Photography, will photograph this fun event. I tried to upload a larger file for this video but the size was to large for use here on Blogger. Love the song that goes along with all the smiles I got from past participants over the last couple years. Everyone looked great in red, my favorite color to wear too. This event raises money to help women in our community.

Friday, January 31, 2020

Deja View Photography wins 2019 Best of the Peninsula for Jefferson County sponsored by the Peninsula Daily News

Thank you everyone for your comments on winning the Reader's Choice Award. Several months ago Deja View Photography also won the 2019 Best of the Peninsula Photographer for Jefferson County sponsored by the PDN. What a honor to be recognized in this way. Thank you again for everyone who took the time to vote for Deja View Photography. #dejaviewphotography

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Planning Your Wedding and Need a Bartender-Call Tipsy Gyspy

I just met with several other local wedding vendors tonight at Finn River here in Port Townsend. Heidi from Tipsy Gypsy was there and told us about the variety of services she offers with her bartending business. She is also willing to travel to provide these services outside of the Port Townsend area for weddings and other events including cooperate events  You can visit her website to learn more about her bartending services.

Monday, January 27, 2020

Image Resolution Chart for Social Media

I can't count the number of times I have Googled the dimensions of a certain platform when adding photos on my social media accounts. I found this great chart in a recent magazine. Easier to read once you click on it for a larger image. Thank you Rangerfinder for this chart. 

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Visit Sea Marine at the Seattle Boat Show

I'm excited to see Sea Marine's display this year at the Seattle Boat Show . Two years ago Sandy from Sea Marine hired me to take photos of their building, staff and crew as they worked. She wanted to use those images for the large backdrop you see here in a staff photo taken at the show. I hopped on the local Port Townsend/Keystone ferry to get the large scenic image they used for the center of the backdrop. The rest of the shots were captured as staff worked the boat yard.

Sea Marine is a full service boat yard located at Point Hudson here in beautiful Port Townsend. Great people to work with. Photo below taken by Sea Marine staff but images on backdrop are by Deja View Photography. 

Saturday, January 25, 2020

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. Marcel Proust

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Deja View Photography wins the Port Townsend Leader's Readers Choice as Best Photographer for 2019.

What an honor to have Deja View Photography win "The Leader's Readers Choice as Best Photographer for 2019." Thank you to everyone who took the time to either drop off or mail their ballet. I feel very blessed to get to do what I love and work with so many wonderful people. #dejaviewphotography

Monday, January 20, 2020

A ship in a harbor is safe, but that's not what ships are built for.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Resharing Professional Head Shot Images Done for Windermere Port Townsend

It was last year at about this time that I had the privilege of photographing 28 local agents from Windermere Real Estate here in Port Townsend. The beginning of year is a perfect time to considering contacting me to update you business head shot. My Port Townsend studio is conveniently located just down from Jefferson Healthcare. Give me a call today to set up an appointment. You can reach me, Deja at (360) 385-2662 or at my website Deja View Photography.

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. #porttownsendprofessionalheadshots

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Port Townsend Farmers Market

While the Port Townsend Farmers Market doesn't start again until April I just ran across a couple photo from a previous market. I love taking candid images while at the market and hope to get more this upcoming season. 

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Beautiful Like Wallpaper. What a lovely compliment.

I have been on a major cleaning jag recently. In the process I have been going through old cards and notes I have saved over the years. This one is from a student when I taught at New Suncook School in Lowell, Maine. I was so blessed to have had so many wonderful children in my classes over the years. This made me smile.

Friday, January 10, 2020

The tail is a dog's PR department, a smile is yours!

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Humane Society of Jefferson County adopts 340 animals in 2019.

The shelter has just tallied up the number of adoptions for 2019 and it looks like 340 cats and dogs were adopted. This is pretty amazing for our small town shelter here in Port Townsend. The male barn cat looks unhappy. He really needs to find a home where he can keep to himself and chase mice all day. Jessie and Scraps have been a the shelter for awhile and really deserve to get out of the shelter to their forever homes. You can visit the Humane Society of Jefferson County Tuesday-Sunday from 12-5 or reach them at (360) 385-3292. 

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Sea Marine in Port Townsend

I have had the pleasure of working with the owners and staff of Sea Marine three times recently. Once to update their photos for their website and their booth at the Seattle Boat Show. Then last year I did their Christmas card and again this year. I had no idea the variety of services Sea Marine offers as a full service boat yard. Chris and Sandy Bakken own the business and have 13 full time employees. Chris overseas the boat yard and Sandy is the boat broker. Everyone was great to work with to get candids of employees at work and the group photos especially this year with their son Andrew's dog patiently wearing alters for the Christmas photo. There is a really nice write up about the business in this weeks Leader inside the Business Insider and includes a couple more of my images. You can visit my website at Deja View Photography.