50 swiss francs | emily mccann photography

Tucked behind my keyboard is an old Calissons tin filled with an odd assortment of things from beach rocks to spare keys. Going through it earlier today I even found receipts for the Christmas gifts I got for my husband in 2016 (Those I did just toss-I think the time period for exchanges has definitely expired). For the most part however, I use the tin to store things I want to hang on to for sentimental reasons-things like this banknote for 50 Swiss Fracs. My friend Sheena gave it to me in 2010, when we were still living in Switzerland, in exchange for some photos I took for her. That was the very first time someone paid me for my photographs. It was four more years before anybody paid me for my work again, once we moved back to Seattle and I officially began taking clients. Looking back, the photos were not worth 50 CHF (so sorry, Sheena!), but that first gesture of faith in my abilities sure meant a lot to me.

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It seems like the leaves are slow to change this year in Seattle and we haven’t yet had any foggy mornings, but it still feels like October. The mornings are chilly. The kids are playing Halloween music. My favorite cat bowl has been dug out of the attic and is filled with my favorite foil wrapped pumpkin chocolates from the bulk bins at Ballard Market. And there’s an actual pumpkin growing in our front garden bed. The bottom has been nibbled on by urban wildlife and it’s on the small side, but it’s round and nearly completely orange, and we grew a pumpkin. Next year maybe we can grow five and figure out a way to keep them safe from being nibbled.

I’ve admired Sophia Trinh’s work on Instagram for many many months, and it’s such a pleasure to be able to feature her here this month. Her work feels very rooted in the Pacific Northwest, and I adore it. I especially love her watercolors of trees. They have a dream-like quality to them that perfectly captures how the forests here feel on grey, misty days.

post art northwest | october 2017 | sophia trinh & emily mccann

 

SIX QUESTIONS FOR SOPHIA

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a naturopathic doctor but any field that could help others. I explored being an art therapist for a while as well.

Do you consider yourself an introvert, and extrovert, or somewhere in between the two?

I am extroverted, who enjoys having meaningful conversations with strangers. My favorite topic is understanding what other’s are passionate about and drives them in life. With that being said, as an extrovert I have been learning that it is important for me to have alone time to reflect, think, go inward, and have introspection of what’s happening in my life. As I mature and grow, I am learning more to have space to have introspection so that I can cultivate listening to my intuition.

What are your top three Seattle area restaurants?

This is a very difficult question because I love food! But if I had to choose three it would be the following:
1. Revel (Fremont)
2. Mike’s Noodle House (International District)
3. Japonessa (Downtown)

Do you have a favorite book?

Another difficult question! I love books, and while I don’t particularly like reading, I am naturally curious and love to learn new things. One of my all time favorite books is Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman and any book by Malcolm Gladwell.

What was the last book you read? Did you like it?

The last book I read was Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. What I loved about it was her description of creativity, and how she personifies creativity as a gift of inspiration that chooses the artist on it’s own time. Creativity can’t be forced, and it needs to be honored.

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Thank you so much Sophia, for being a part of Post Art Northwest!

Find Sophia: Website, Instagram, Facebook

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Just a few photographs from a recent session with the family of one of my very dearest friends who I have known since college. These photos, to capture those fleeting newborn days of her newest daughter, Zoey, were such a joy to make. All in black and white, just because it’s my favorite for newborns. Jodi and Danny-congratulations and much love to you all. Zoey is the absolutely perfect addition to your beautiful family.

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  • Jodi - It’s only been a few weeks but I already feel this enormous sense of gratitude that you captured this special time in our lives that we have now and for always to look back upon. What a treasure of memories! Thank you, Emily!ReplyCancel

    • Emily - Oh, Jodi, You are so very welcome! That’s exactly the kind of reaction I strive for with all of my sessions. Your kind words mean more to me than you know. xoxoReplyCancel