Category Archives: Personal

girl | sunset | golden gardens | seattle | emily mccann photography

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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spring is coming | pink tree buds | emily mccann

I know the world is bruised and bleeding, and though it is important not to ignore its pain, it is also critical to refuse to succumb to its malevolence.
-Toni Morrison

What are you doing this weekend? Seattle schools are on mid-winter break, and I’m only a tiny bit envious (i.e. positively green) of those who are headed to warmer climes. Whether you need to while away some time in an airport or practice hygge at home, here are a few links from around the web that have caught my eye in the past few weeks.

The Grandeur and Limits of Science: On Being is always a bright spot in my week, however this episode is particularly beautiful. So much so, that I’ve saved it to listen to again.

How to Celebrate President’s Day: Via Austin Kleon. I am going to try and do every single one of these things.

Parmesan Broth with Kale and White Beans: This soup kind of blew my mind. You can find little tubs of Parmesan rinds near the Murray’s cheese counter at the Greenwood Fred Meyer, though I’m sure there are many places in Seattle that carry them.

DIY Finger Knitted Scarf: I’m keeping this idea in my back pocket, should I need something to occupy the children (and okay, fine, myself too) during mid-winter break.

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: Love this. I don’t actually have a copy yet, but it’s on the short list of Books I Need.

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girl in golden light at discovery park | seattle | emily mccann

Five things that are making me happy right now:

  • Soulful gazes and golden autumnal light.
  • Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie Bars: I made them without the skillet and the bar.
  • #SPLWeekly: While the public library in my small Oregon hometown is struggling desperately to stay afloat, here in Seattle we have the most wonderful library system that I hope to never take for granted. We go to the library weekly, and I’ve started a hashtag on Instagram documenting our visits.
  • Jem Nut Butters: This line of Pacific Northwest made nut butters are a delicious little splurge.  I’ve found them locally at Whole Foods, but you can also purchase them online.
  • Nikki Frumkin: The December artist for Post Art Northwest. If you aren’t yet familiar with her work, take five minutes and check it out now.

 

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girl in purple shirt | golden gardens | seattle | emily mccann

It is a gloriously stormy day here in Seattle, and I for one am loving it.  I took this photo of my youngest daughter earlier this week at Golden Gardens, when the park was all about living up to it’s name.  She turned eight years old yesterday, and as usual I am having a hard time wrapping my mind around the passing of another year.  We celebrated eight with pumpkin pie and dyeing green streaks in her hair.  It was the best birthday ever (she says that every year).

For dinner tonight: Winter Squash Soup with Curry and Coconut Milk
Halloween Books: For older kids and for younger kids.
Have you listened to the new podcast How I Built This?  The one with Sara Blakely about Spanx was fantastic.
I’m in love with this Instagram feed: Olga Ezova-Denisova

Happy Friday!

 

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girl with fan | emily mccann photography girl in fan | emily mccann photography

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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