This was my second time photographing this family, but instead of meeting a park like for our previous session, this time I came to them at their Mercer Island home.  The weather was amazing (it’s been so hit or miss this summer), and all the boys + the dog (I need a French Bulldog!!) made for a lot of awesome energy.  Yep, it was 100% chaos.  But it was also 100% fun, and their photos turned out fantastic.  These first four with their Frenchie going after J’s lollipop are pretty much the best thing ever.

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This first installment of Project Postcard features on the front: a photo of a seagull standing on top of the train bridge at Carkeek Park, taken with my father’s old Minolta film camera.  On the back: a beautiful sketch by Seattle artist Isobelle Ouzman.  Isobelle specializes in altered books, which are nothing short of magical. I fell in love with her work the minute I laid eyes on it, and I’m so thrilled that she is joining me on this project.

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SIX QUESTIONS FOR ISOBELLE

What did you want to be when you grew up?

My nana recently told me that when I was a little girl, she used to say I would become an artist. I’ve always been happiest while making something and didn’t ever believe I would do anything else but be an artist, though I realize only now where that idea came from.

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

I am definitely an introvert (and always have been). I was a quiet child, but after moving to America at age 13 I became extremely shy and spent the majority of my time drawing or reading. Now in my mid-twenties I’m still fairly quiet, but have found more of a balance between my introverted nature and the extroverted life city living has provided.

What are your top three Seattle restaurants?

So hard to pick! I would say my favorites so far are, Island Soul (Columbia City), Hallava Falafel (Georgetown) aaand Maharaja (West Seattle).

Do you have a favorite book?

Being an avid reader, I have too many. But if I were to pick my top three, I would say Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and The Grimm Brothers Tales. Oh and Wind in the Willows and all of Beatrix Potters lovely tales! Ah! I can’t even pick three!

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

The book I’m currently reading and almost finished with is Trainspotting, by Irvine Welsh. My partner loves the movie and recently introduced me to it. I decided after watching it that I absolutely had to read the book. A big fan so far, for sure.

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Thank you so much Isobelle, for being a part of Project Postcard!

Find Isobelle: website | Instagram | Facebook | Etsy

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Congratulations Jodi D, you are the winner of our August postcard!
If you haven’t already, don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter.  All subscribers are automatically entered into a random monthly drawing for a chance to receive a postcard from Project Postcard.

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In case you missed the announcement in my July newsletter, I am starting a new project called Project Postcard. Project Postcard is a collaboration with artists from around the Pacific Northwest.  Every month one EMP newsletter subscriber will be chosen at random to receive a postcard that features a photograph from my personal work on the front and a sketch or drawing from a PNW artist on the back. Each postcard will be featured on my blog, along with a short interview with the artist.

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The first postcard, with an absolutely beautiful sketch by Seattle artist Isobelle Ouzman, goes out in a little over a week, on Friday, August 5th.  I’ll have more about Isobelle on the blog next week, but for now-if you aren’t familiar with her work stop what you are doing right now and go check out her website.  She is amazing, and I am beyond excited to show you all the postcard.

To celebrate the start of this project the phenomenal print company, Artifact Uprising, is giving away one $50 gift certificate to an EMP newsletter subscriber.  I’m sure it comes as no surprise that Artifact Uprising’s maxim, Inspired by the disappearing beauty of the tangible, resonates deeply with me.  Forays into film, letterpress, printed photographs, and now a digital newsletter with a snail mail twist…I am all about the tangible.  Artifact Uprising’s products are stunning, and I have been thrilled with every single thing I have ordered from them.

I will randomly select the winners of both the Artifact Uprising gift certificate and Isobelle’s and my August postcard from the EMP newsletter subscriber list on Thursday August 4th at 8pm PST.  All subscribers are eligible, no matter if you live here in the Pacific Northwest or in the farthest reaches of Antarctica.  Sign up today!

Update: The winners have been emailed.  Thanks for participating!

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Well, the days are long and cool, so it must be June in Seattle.  I took these photos of my youngest during that bizarre stretch of hot days we had a few weeks ago, when even blowing the fans full force wasn’t making the house any cooler.  Playing with the fans was only a brief distraction from the stifling heat in our old, most-windows-don’t-open house, so I confess to being grateful for the return of our regular Juneuary days.

It’s been pretty quiet around the blog these past few months, partly because I felt at loose ends without a project to move me through the winter months, and partly because I’ve been doing a lot of thinking, with photography suspended before my eyes in a sea of misty grey.  After what feels like eons, ideas are finally starting to materialize.  The first one being my new monthly newsletter.  I’ve spent a lot of time pondering how exactly to put together a newsletter that would be interesting, a little bit different, and above all else, not not spammy.  I think I’ve figured it out, but because the newsletter is not yet fully developed I’m keeping the details under wrap for just a bit longer.  I am almost there however, and trust me, it’s going to be awesome.

To celebrate my upcoming newsletter launch, I’ve teamed up with the lovely people at Mpix to give away two $25 Mpix gift certificates. My first giveaway (!), and I can’t think of a better one to start with.  Mpix is one of my very favorite places to get prints of my photographs, and a company that I’ve been sending friends and clients to for years because the quality is fantastic and the customer service is outstanding.  I know that despite your best intentions you’ve got pictures from months or (more likely) years past languishing on your phone or computer.  This is the perfect chance to turn those pixels into something tangible, whether it be prints, books, magnets, or one of the other many options available at Mpix.  For the chance to be one of two winners, simply sign up for my newsletter by Thursday, June 30th at 8:00pm PST, at which time I will randomly select the winners from my subscriber list.

Update: The winners have been emailed. Thanks for playing!

P.S.
Check out the July issue of Seattle Magazine!

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  • Karen - I love love love this! The joy on her face! I cannot help but smile! xoxoReplyCancel