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Nisqually Wildlife Refuge

I think I can say with confidence that anyone that lives near Olympia, WA and enjoys taking photos with any type of camera has been to the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge. The miles of boardwalk through the marshy portion of the reserve adds a fantastic element to the greenery that surrounds you on your relaxed stroll.

I love bringing clients here for portrait shoots. The atmosphere is perfect for helping people feel at ease and have that beautiful, natural smile for my camera lens!

On this particular day, It was only me, my camera, and my 70-200 2.8 Canon lens. The sun came out after a long, dreary stretch of western Washington weather, and I had the itch to get out and shoot something…

I love the old barns on the refuge…

This little guy seemed to think I had a treat for him!

A sweet couple on the boardwalk saw my “big fancy camera” and pointed out this lovely bird to me. They figured I would love to get a picture of her… They figured right!

And then just as I was getting close to the end of my stroll, there was a huge flock of Canadian Geese right in my path!

Needless to say, as always, The Nisqually Wildlife Refuge once again proved to be as beautiful and relaxing as always…


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Engagement Shoot: Take Two

What a perfect day to finish up the Engagement Shoot that we started a few months ago. The weather did not cooperate with us the first time, and we were finally able to meet up for a second session. We decided with the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge, one of my favorite places to shoot.

I am so excited to capture Melissa and William’s wedding next month! Melissa will be such a beautiful bride…. making my job easy! 🙂

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A Beautiful Autumn Day

Yesterday I had the pleasure of doing a session with Jet, a co-worker and dear friend. She came to me wanting to have some nice pictures taken to give to her husband for Christmas. Her first words to me were: “You have no idea how hard this is to ask… I hate having my picture taken… ”

We decided to meet at her favorite local place: the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge. With miles of “boardwalks”, beautiful fall foliage and some magestic old barns, it was sure to be a good session. Right as we pulled into the parking lot, the looming fog lifted, taking with it our concerns of a gloomy day.
We lazily strolled one of the loops, looking for those perfect opportunities to capture beautiful memories. An hour and a half later, we had over 60 shots that were worth keeping. Below are a few samples of our day. For not liking her picture taken, she sure looks beautiful!

Thank you for the fun session, and, of course, for the wonderful “trade”! Jet’s husband is the inventor of “Split the Sheets” (visit his website at: and she gave me two sets for the session! All I can say is, I have never slept better!! Try them – you won’t be sorry!

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