I’ve gotten a few emails and questions lately about portrait sessions. So I’ve got the answer for you! Before I get to that, one other thing: I’ve been nominated for the KREM Best of Spokane 2014. And if you haven’t voted, I’d really love it if you could vote. Right now I’m in 8th place, but I’d love to get into the top 5. So if you can spare a few minutes and vote, I’d really appreciate it. Click here: http://spokane.cityvoter.com/emily-wenzel-photography/biz/684193 to vote for me.
Now, on to the portrait sessions. Guys, I am so busy this fall that these might be the only chance I have to do portraits before November. So if you are looking for warm weather family photos for those Christmas cards, or just a few to update what is on your wall, this is a fantastic deal! Plus, we’ll have gorgeous late summer and early fall weather. And that’s always a bonus.
And ALASKA. You guys, I’m so psyched we get to to head to Anchorage this fall. If you’re in Anchorage, I’d love to explore a little of your city with you and capture some beautiful moments.
And more info:
Tax not included (ugh, sorry). There will be a max of 4 sessions per city, your spot is not reserved until I have both a contract and payment from you. Locations are TBD depending on multiple factors like: weather, my mood, and who signs up. Once you have your spot reserved, I am here for you. We’ll talk about what you’re looking for in the session and what you want to wear, and I’m here to answer any other questions as well.
I spent most of last week off the internet. Some of you are shaking your heads right now – you saw I was posting photos – but it’s true. On Saturday, I assisted all day at a wedding, then Sunday left for a few short days of vacation time. I didn’t have cell service and so I used the phone occasionally snap some photos, and when I’d go to the main lodge buildings, to check my emails and post on Instagram.Wednesday brought me back to society for a short while as I flew down to Eugene, but it wasn’t long before I was out in the middle of nowhere again with limited service. Texts could sometimes get through, but not much else. Friday I flew back to Spokane, but I was so busy trying to get home after a cancelled flight, that checking the news was the last thing on my mind.
[Side Note: while it sucks that my flight was cancelled - on my birthday, no less! - Alaska Airlines was amazing about getting us all taken care of. And frankly, when the reason your flight is cancelled is because they decide the plane isn't safe to fly, I'd rather be delayed. You know?]
The beauty of going more or less off internet is living in the moment.
The danger of going more or less off internet is the onslaught of information you’re handed upon your return.
Like death. And pain. And whole bunch of racism that makes your heart hurt. The purpose of this blog is to show off my photography, to promote my business. But when I could barely focus on work, because I couldn’t stop reading all these heartbreaking reports of racism and hate in Missouri? That needs to be said. It needs to be said here and elsewhere that these things are not okay.
But the longer I stare at this page, the more I realize, I don’t know if I have the words. Because I am one of the privileged, and because words are not my strong suit.
All I can think about is that someone has failed. Many someones have failed. Failed to teach hundreds of thousands of people that all of this is wrong. And that hurts. And I don’t know what to do, except say that it’s not okay. It’s never okay to treat someone like crap – regardless of what they look like or where they’re from – and it’s never okay to use your position of power to further your personal hatred.
But other than that, I have no other words. I only have some photos from the last week, something that maybe can bring you peace and a smile.
1. Amber Waves of Grain. Somewhere between The Dalles & Maupin, in Oregon.
2. My ONA Bags Chelsea was amazing for travel, and once I reached the wedding, I pulled my books and such out, and put my camera gear in. Boom. (For photographers out there, I use the Think Tank Airport 4-Sight and it even fits easily in the Q-400 planes that Horizon Airlines uses around the PNW, but it looks like it’s no longer available? Sad. Looks like they’ve replaced it with the Airport Roller Derby.)
3. White River Falls State Park. It’s amazing and this is only the upper half of the falls. You can see another image in my Instagram feed.
4. Flying from small town to small town in the PNW means that you usually have a layover in Seattle, so I grabbed some Beecher’s mac’n’cheese (concourse C, near gate C2) for a snack. So good.
I’m back! Whew. The last week was crazy and fun, but I’m happy to be home! I spent the first part of my week on vacation with my family, and besides a few Instagram snaps (there are more to come!), I shot the whole week on film and our little waterproof camera (while rafting). I’ve got a stack of film from the last few trips that I need to (finally) send off.
Midway through the week, I hopped a couple tiny flights and ended up south of Eugene, Oregon in a tiny town called Elkton, where I shot Ann & Michael’s beautiful destination wedding. Ann is a dear, dear friend of mine, and I’m so glad I was able to photograph their wedding. I mean, I don’t fly in little planes for just anyone!! :) Also, can I just mention how absolutely gorgeous Ann is? And that dress. Oh boy. I have a bit of dress envy over that beauty, which is why I’m only showing you a bit of it. You have to wait for the rest.
I’m so excited to share more of this wedding with you soon!!
PS – If you’ve emailed me in the past week, I’m working through my inbox today. Thanks for your patience while I was out of town!!