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February 27, 2012

Monday Beat: The City

Normally reserved for random Fridays... here's a Monday beat that's getting me officially started 
for the week ;) Not only do I love the music but the visuals too. 

Enjoy all this sunshine! Perfect way to start the week 

February 26, 2012

Trophy Cupcakes Party Room: Happy Birthday Isla! {Preview}

Isla was so precious and loved even before she was born... like many (if not all) parents feel.
And that is exactly the kind of love I love to see. I've seen the way Irene & Michael talk about their
little girl - their eyes light up and I can hear the slight twinge of anticipation at the thought of their
little girl growing up each and every day.

Irene is a planner, which is why when I received an email from her asking me to document Isla's
room (yes, this was before Isla was even born!) and then Isla's first year birthday party, I was
touched. For someone who plans and is very detailed oriented it was an honor for me to
document such an important milestone in Irene & Michael's first newborn's life! 

Here's a glimpse into the love, laughter, and joy this family has. Isla is so loved and to see the
same love reflected back to her parents is a beautiful thing.

Happy Birthday Isla!

February 23, 2012

Oh.... Life

Came across this randomly on the web and I had to share... so true sometimes ;p

Here's to a fabulous Thursday! I'm enjoying this sunshine, editing the Sweet 16, meeting a
fabulous colleague and friend of mine, and then dinner with a friend to catch up on our travels.
Enjoy each moment.. love, s.

February 21, 2012

San Francisco Make-Up Artist: Pretty By Julianne {in-depth}

I had the wonderful honor of witnessing (and documenting!) my dear friend's wedding ceremony
in San Francisco last month. Friends flew in from all over the world (NY, Hong Kong, Portland,
NJ, etc.) and it was such an intimate setting where only the most closest family and friends
were invited to see these two vow to love each other forever 

Aside from the silly and teary moments that can only come from these two (really..), I had the 

most fabulous time getting to know local San Francisco wedding vendors! These people were
like friends and we talked as if we just had lunch yesterday. One vendor I had a chance to
interview is Julianne from Pretty by Julianne

Before I go on and on about how much we talked about loving make-up... here's an {in-depth}
interview of Julianne herself:

Q. What is your favorite breakfast food? 
A. Eggs and bacon. Ok anything with eggs. I love egg yolk!

Q. Your go to morning drink? 
A. Peppermint tea. Harney & Sons has the best peppermint tea on the planet.

Q. First word that comes to your mind? 
A. I'm hungry. (not an uncommon state in my world)

Q. Ok, on to the real questions! What do you love about weddings? 
A. The OPTIONS that makeup gives. I mean, why do so many women get excited about
makeup (like me)?? It's the chance to look different, to enhance, to improve, to create
beauty. To be the best they can be. That's what I love about makeup. :-)

Q. If you had only 30 seconds to speak with a bride, what would you tell them? 
A. Practice. Makeup is all about technique and if you don't practice what you learn from a
makeup artist or on YouTube, you'll never be able to do it "right" if you don't practice. Also,
beauty is individualized. You can see a great look on YouTube or a magazine but you need
to own it and understand it to make it work for your face.

Q. What do YOU specialize in? 
A.  I specialize in making women feel beautiful with what they have. Enhancing their
natural beauty. Sounds so simple right? As I mentioned earlier, beauty is individualized.
Just like how every brow has it's own shape and must match the owner.

Q. What inspires you? 
A. Eyes inspire me. Whether it be almond eyes with mono-lids or bright colored eyes... I
think about how I can enhance with different eyeshadows and eyeliner! I also get inspired
by moments. A happy smile that I see from a bride or a cute little baby to the blue sky. If I
am part of that happy moment, I am inspired. Is this too cheesy?? 

(SC: umm, NOT at all.. ;))

Q. Why is makeup essential to photo shoots?
A. What our eyes capture and what the camera captures is very different. Makeup can
enhance eyes to make them stand out, a carefully applied blush will bring a healthy glow
to the face, and lip color can make someone look healthy... You get the idea. Makeup can
definitely enhance, camouflage, chisel, feature and brighten so that you are photo ready.

Q. What is the Client's reaction when they first see the finished look?
A. Do you know what I love the most? After I am done with makeup, and the client sees
themselves for the first time in the mirror. They have the biggest smile! Usually because
they are really happy with the way they look. I had a makeup trial with a bride yesterday.
 She looked at herself in the mirror when I was done (she was dying to see) and she smiled
so widely and nodded up and down! She was really happy with the look! She hugged me
like 9 times before she left the appointment. Stuff like that makes me feel SO good.

Thank you so much Julianne!! I don't remember how many times I told her I wish I had her make-
up set for my own personal use ;)

If you've never had make-up professionally done (whether it's for a shoot or not) I'd highly
recommend it. It's fun and you will always learn something a little fabulous! 

February 20, 2012

Seattle Portrait Photographer: Tera {Preview}

This session + Tera = one word: grace

I absolutely heart this session. The words that come to mind when describing the day:
peace, joy, grace, fun, powerful, and full of life. Working on getting the full session on the blog 
soon. :)

February 17, 2012

The Art Of Adventure

“A man practices the art of adventure when he breaks the chain of
routine and renews his life through reading new books, traveling to
new places, making new friends, taking up new hobbies and
adopting new viewpoints” – Winfield Peterson

I just came across this quote and I absolutely LOOOOOOVE this. It's so true and it's exactly how
I hope I'm living my life. I think routine is good and necessary at times, but I absolutely love
introducing new things into my life - breathing fresh perspective and ideas and friends into what
makes life such a spectacular adventure.

I've realized (and by that I mean, really came to understand) a few years ago this is exactly the
type of life philosophy I need to thrive... no matter how big or small, to be the best I can be to my
soul; to really feel like I'm living life; and upon reading this quote I'm so glad to say I've never
looked back. Instead, I find myself running; running towards what makes me thrive. To some it
may seem crazy, but I'd rather try/taste/see/live/feel what peaks my curiosity than to wonder..
"what if?" later ;)

Which reminds me.. my dear friend sent me this article and I thought I'd share it. So good!

love, s.

February 15, 2012

LOVE in 2 Minutes

For the wandering heart who loves adventure, travel, and most of all.. love. I discovered this
amazing video and had to share it. I love you in 100 languages in 2 minutes ;)

Have a fabulous weekend with all of your loved ones.


Whether you have a Valentine or not, BFFs are forever and ever 

Happy Valentine's Day! xxx

February 13, 2012

Seattle Senior Pictures: BFF Sessions

Working on this latest BFF session.. more coming soon!

In the meantime, for more info feel free to visit: http://seniors.sphotographylife.com for more!


February 8, 2012

Cabo, Mexico Portraits: Meet Jennifer

Jennifer is so full of LIFE. As soon as you meet her you're going to wonder what that little grin 
on her face is from and her spunky personality is just spectacular. Not to mention this girl is
straight from the 20's.  Jenn loves everything vintage and it's just so evident that this is what 
truly inspires her. 

I'm so glad to have been able to capture a few frames of this sweet little chica. Mucho love Jenn!

Love, love, love... your grace and this amazingly gorgeous light

And a few from early morning light..

haha, love! work it girl!

So fun... Jen, hope you're having a blast in nyc! Till we meet again Cabo.. 

February 5, 2012

SPL Model Search

Invites have been sent out and I am looking for a few more fabulous Models to kick off this
amazing season! If you love life and want to be involved with an amazing group of people then
reach out at susan@sphotographylife.com for more info! I'd love to share the pretty details ;)

Enjoy this gorgeous sunshine.. it's going to be an amazing year ;) xxoo!

February 3, 2012


Presence is when you're no longer waiting for the next moment,
 believing that the next moment will be more fulfilling than this one.
--Eckhart Tolle

I remember a time when I didn't know what "presence" truly meant. And if I did feel it I wasn't
aware of it's true meaning and why I felt it. But a few years ago
 - during a phase of self-discovery
 & traveling all over the eastern hemisphere -
 I suddenly felt peace and just knew that this is
what true presence was and is.

And for the moments I let the world and it's thought come over me I remind myself of what 
is truly important and enjoy each moment... (& if all else fails, at least I have coconut ice
and tacos) ;)

For more: The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle.

Happy fabulous Friday!

February 2, 2012

TUMBLR: A Place For Life, Loves & Seniors

I created another separate place for anything girly, cute, and makes my heart pitter-patter. From
 fashion, make-up (i heart mac), inspirational quotes, and everything else I find fabulous it's all