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I had the most lovely morning with this family at Discovery Park a few weeks ago. Extended family sessions can be a little challenging in a lot of ways. There’s my own expectations to manage-I want to capture everything I would in a normal session for each family unit, but time constraints (the swiftly moving sun and kid attention spans) just don’t allow for that. And then the family themselves-it’s hard work to wrangle that many people out the door at a certain time. And everyone wants so desperately for the photos to go well, which can make tensions run a bit high. None of that with this family. Everyone was totally easy going, relaxed and up for anything I suggested. Sweet crying babies? Adorable toddler doing what toddlers do? Everyone just rolled with it. Combine all of that with the perfect summer morning in Seattle, and the resulting photographs couldn’t be anything but gorgeous.

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Amanda Jorgenson is really good at painting animals. And I mean really, really good. Birds, insects, sea creatures, hedgehogs, squirrels-she bring them all to life. She also has a knack for enhancing magazines in a way that completely delights me. When we met up in person last month at Discovery Park it was no surprise that Amanda is fun, and hilarious, and totally up for trying anything. In addition to making beautiful photographs, we discovered all sorts of odd similarities. She’s half Swiss, and I lived in Switzerland for four years. Her little sister is named Emily and my older sister is named Amanda. Small connections like that never fail to make it seem like the universe is weaving life together with a certain amount of very deliberate magic.

post art northwest | july 2017 | amanda jorgenson & emily mccann

SIX QUESTIONS FOR AMANDA

What did you want to be when you grew up?

Ornithologist. I fell in love with birds in fifth grade because my teacher taught a whole segment on them. They are the focal point of a good deal of my illustrations.

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

An extrovert to a fault. I have always enjoyed meeting new people and getting to know where they come from, their experiences and otherwise. Before I turned to illustration full-time, I was a German instructor, which gave me opportunities to meet many people in different stages in their lives. That’s what I miss when drawing/illustrating: it’s mostly a solitary endeavor.

What are your top three Seattle area restaurants?

1. Roux (in Fremont)
2. Bongos (in Green Lake)
3. Taking suggestions!

Do you have a favorite book?

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson has been a long-time favorite, which I have read at least 20+ times.

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

Lady Cop Makes Trouble by Amy Stewart. I cancelled all my plans and finished it in a day. It was necessary.

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

Find Amanda: Etsy, Instagram

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A few photos from a late spring morning with this lovely family at one of my favorite parks in Seattle. Clients who are friends, friends who are clients–whichever way you say it, it’s pretty awesome. Thanks so much, Jennifer & Matt! I hope you enjoy your photos.

When my alarm goes off at 4:30 in the morning the sky is already shifting from dark to light and the birds are singing. I’ve switched out the clothes in my kid’s drawers from winter to summer, the vegetable garden has been planted, and last week I saw on Facebook that the berry farm we usually go to will be open soon. It’s not yet officially summer, but it’s imminent. Hurrah!

I’m so very happy to have Seattle illustrator Kelly Bjork as the June artist for Post Art Northwest. I love Kelly’s depictions of life’s quiet, everyday moments, and the unwavering honesty that I see in her work is always inspiring.

post art northwest | Kelly Bjork & Emily McCann | June 2017

 

SIX QUESTIONS FOR KELLY

What did you want to be when you grew up?

An artist!

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

Definitely an introvert. I’ve been told I appear to be an extrovert, but I think that is because when I go out to socialize, I give it all I’ve got; then I need to go home to be alone and recharge for a good while.

What are your top three Seattle area restaurants?

Katsu Burger, Honey Hole, and Annapurna Cafe

Do you have a favorite book?

Sex for One: The Joy of Self-Loving by Betty Dodson — this magical book taught me how to have my first orgasm, I owe this books SO MUCH!

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

You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson — would recommend this book to everyone. She goes deep into talking about race and gender while making you laugh out loud throughout the entire book, absolutely loved it.

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

Find Kelly: Website, Instagram, Facebook, Pilgrim Paper Co.

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My middle child turned eleven a few weeks ago, a birthday she’s been looking forward to for years because she’s finally old enough to get her ears pierced. She and a friend are going to do it together at Slave to the Needle in Ballard next week. I’m pretty happy to be avoiding the usual shopping mall kiosk, as I’m pretty certain that a little bit of my soul is sucked away every time I set foot inside a mall.

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