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Vashon Portrait Photography: Groundbreaking!

Friday, October 24th, 2014

I am so proud to be working with Vashon Allied Arts. They are an integral part of this island community that I love so much.  Look at how cute these kids are!

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Another place near and dear to my heart is the Vashon Wilderness Program.  They put on a beautiful story telling night at the O Space:

A little bit of local family portraits from Spring and Fall:

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Vashon Photographer: Where’d you go?

Friday, September 5th, 2014

It’s been 3 years since we packed up our home in Virginia and headed west. I still get contacted for work in the metro-DC area. *sigh* Sometimes I am tempted–the memories of life and work there are really special.

Though we left Virginia for work in the San Francisco Bay Area, we found home 800 miles to the north. We placed ourselves on Vashon Island 1 year ago after a 2-year detour in Northern California. Vashon is a bucolic place about 14 miles long and 5 miles wide. We are a short ferry ride from Seattle and Tacoma. And bless that ferry–Vashon is its own world because of it. I knew the moment I sat and listened to someone describe her life on it (thank you Anna Olive) that it was perfect for our family.

While cruising the US in the summer of 2012, I spent a week, turned 11 days, in the Pacific Northwest before returning to California. I didn’t want to leave–I felt like I was home. But we packed up our Vanagon and headed back to California and got the girls back in school. I told Kev my vision–to live on Vashon. He listened. A month later we visited together.

Vashon was still the Vashon I remembered from childhood and everything I read about it. With its woods and water, I found it all very Maine-esque. People were quieter. There were roadside farms with their pay-by-honor stands. It was still called “Pot Island” by the areas surrounding though I didn’t smell anything, but there were many old VWs covered in moss with “Keep Vashon Weird” stickers splayed across the back. But after summer in Maxie, our Vanagon, I found nothing out of the ordinary. With two groceries stores to choose from, I found the Thriftway a mix somewhere between Whole Foods and Safeway, regardless there are Trader Joes off either ferry so my favorite foods were close by. The downtown had a few galleries and the restaurants hung local artists’ work for a month after a First Friday art tour. With about 10 restaurants on the island, one vegan, another vegetarian, and a Thai restaurant that wasn’t Americanized but really good, I was set.

After two days of tooling around with Kev, I stood in the middle of the main intersection of town and said, “I don’t have an original idea. It’s all here.” It felt like home.

Today, we are year into Vashon, and life is good! Kev is working downtown and does the best with his 12 minutes of driving, 25 minutes of riding, and 25 minutes walking commute. He even purchased rain pants to put over his jeans so he could still walk in the sideways rain of November. He has a SUP and little boat to get on the water and crab on. The girls are happy here and we have filled our home up with love, friends, 9 chickens and 4 doves. Bella started at a local private school for 7th grade after a year of homeschooling, and is ready for another year of silk aerial. Lisee is finishing out her final year at the local elementary school, and has picked up soccer and dance.

I wake up to light, salt water, and beauty every day along with a small orchard with some very mature (maybe planted by the Shermans–original island homesteaders) apples trees and some new fig, plum, pear and blueberries that we’ve planted. It’s our little slice of heaven. Home.

Linda Crayton Photography has been on hold. I’ve missed it. It’s time for me to explore what Linda Crayton (Photography) will be here.

I am hanging my shingle!

If you want to see what I’ve been doing in life, I relied on my iPhone and Instagram to record it all. Click here to view and follow my instagram.

While on our East Coast Voyage 2014 I was lucky enough to see Zoe & Max again. Blessed. That’s what I am. I met Max as a newborn in their home in DC and serendipitously they moved close to where Kev’s folks live. We pencil each other in every summer. They are a great family. Here are some of my favorite from their session.

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Modern Family Portraits: New furry love

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

What is better than a puppy? A sweet, snugly puppy that is so much fun to be with. Mom, Dad, kids & pup brought it for this fun shoot.  I love this sweet family!

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Moms & Their Babies: Loving your laugh lines

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

“I just found out I don’t look thirty anymore.”  I was flabbergasted the first time a mom said this to me while I presented her with my absolutely favorite image of her and her baby from their session.  The image showed two people completely connected, joyful, and in-the-moment, but all she can see are laugh lines.  And this happened often as my clientele slid toward and over 40.

I need to be honest–I had to work at not taking it personally or judging, trying instead to understand and feel empathy. Standing in front of the mirror with perfect light, making the lightest face possible, we could trick ourselves into sometimes believing we aren’t changing.  But seeing yourself in a true guffaw, mouth open in pure joy, crows feet and laugh lines reaching into your jowls, can be jolting. If that is all you are looking at.  But there is so much more to see.

I  wanted to ask “Why in the world did you ask me to do your pictures?  There are 20 standard portrait photographers within a 10 mile radius.”  But I have learned the answer.  They chose my photography for a reason.  It is what they saw in my images.  It is connection.  I’ve come to understand it’s just sometimes hard to see it on yourself.

So I stick to my formula.  I know these moms will come to love the connection they see in the photos as the years pass and they and their children change.  They will love the gooey sloppy kiss or the laugh lines and crinkles in their nose from a good giggle, because it is certainly what their children love to see when they look at them.

I think Allison Tate summed it up beautifully here.

East Bay Family Portraits: At what age does a kid start to win at one-on-one?

Friday, October 5th, 2012

It’s not often I get asked to shoot a family with older kids.  People often go years between photos so the kids jump from being littler tykes to big kids without much documentation beyond school and sport pics. I’m glad to see they broke the mold.  What a great family…

It’s so NoCal to have flip flops on in the fall:

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