Portraits of Teens

An Awesome Seattle Family Photographer!

Honored to be chosen in a recent contest run and hosted by a local, reputable parent magazine Red Tricycle, as:

“the best local family photographer who produced fantastic, quality photos of your family in 2012.”

With client’s and friend’s generous support, I am known among “The Most Awesome Family Photographers” in the area!

Toddler Photography

The Order of Things. Toddler photography in Seattle,WA

Upon arriving at a photo session, I was told that kids would be eating black berries as the last thing, so as not to mess up hands, attire and all in site….. We soon found out that eating berries was the first thing on the agenda and it was non-negotiable. Hey! Kids know their priorities….

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Cowboy Photography

White shirt cowboy. Photography of the moment. Anita Nowacka Photography, Seattle, WA

I photographed him on my way home from Wyoming. He worked with grace and confidence. His gestures were soft and he held the rains lightly. He whistled gently to the animals. In thick dust he wore stylish attire. I felt I was watching a dancer on a horse.

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Pet and Child Photography

Boy, dog, the river and the end of summer. Kid photography, Seattle, WA

This was about the tail-end of the Northwest Summer. This was about a child’s joie de vivre. This was about a friendship between a dog and a boy. This was about the Stillaguamish River that was still inviting during the first days of September. This was about my own nostalgia for my beloved Baltic Sea and the carefree moments I loved as a child.

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Georgetown, Seattle Family Photography

Location, Location, Location… Family photography session in Georgetown, Seattle, WA

You might have heard people say that location is the most important thing for a business. Then, the next most important is … location. All true in photography as well or speaking from my experience: in family photography. Kids and parents open up in front of a camera more if the location of the photo session takes place in a playful setting, among many props and colors that surprise the eye. Georgetown in Seattle never disappoints. The rough-around-the-edges Seattle district has much to offer for any photographer. To me, a family photographer, Georgetown is an urban goldmine of textures, old buildings, objects, and is never boring where rustic walls or graffiti serve as a perfect backdrop. I often like to start my photography session from a yellow leather couch at the well-known by now All City Coffee (where baristas  know how to smooth out their espresso, where chai is spicy and day’s assortment of motorcycles is parked out front while all kinds of resident artists and free thinkers enjoy their beverage) and then venture from there to find more, and be amazed and amused. Georgetown rocks!

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Family Photography

“Ode to beautiful light.” Yellow grasses and family photo session at Discovery Park in Seattle, WA

I shared a photo from my recent family photo session with my friend, Martha. She responded: “Great shot! This reminds me of a Rilke poem, she added, translated by Robert Bly called, “A Walk.” Then she quoted the poem:

“My eyes already touch the sunny hill,
going far ahead of the road I have begun.
So we are grasped by what we cannot grasp;
it has inner light, even from a distance –
and changes us, even if we do not reach it,
into something else, which, hardly sensing it,
we already are; a gesture waves us on
answering our own wave…
but what we feel is the wind in our faces”.

 Thank you Martha and thank you Rainer Maria Rilke.

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Mother and Son Photography

Mother and Son. Part 2. Family Photography at Carkeek Park in Seattle, WA

Working as a family photographer I strive for simple portraits. I like the simplicity in expressions, gestures, composition, and light. Sometimes it comes quickly and easily, but mostly it is a dance between finding the right moment, the right time, and the right opening to people’s energy and moods. It always starts a bit like a clumsy dance; stepping on each others toes, so to speak, when “partners” need to get to know one another. Later on, it moves  to finding that right balance between the subject and the components of photography: the photographer, camera, lenses, light, timing, moods and whatever might happen in the moment which often makes an image that much more interesting. In this case, it was a straw hat that appeared onto a set several minutes into the session. I tell you, simple things matter…

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Flowers on Boat

Finding a visual story within the ordinary. Photography coaching sessions, Seattle, WA

Another photography coaching session this morning with a soon to be art student (with emphasis on photography in her school program). The objective was to find a visual story within an ordinary setting, with an emphasis on deliberate composition. We photographed together for 30 min and then shared the images and discussed them over coffee. A great morning at work!

 

 “Being intentional, coming up with a story beforehand helps me not to waste time, think about what I want to say visually, struggled with that before, photos come easier when you know what you’re looking for before you make an image.”

Kendall, an 18 year old art student, regarding what she gained from photography coaching sessions with me.