The People of Pike Place Market

Together Rosemary Dai Ross, Pike Place Market Foundation and Seattle Weekly crafted "People of Pike Place". An effort to share the deep rooted stories that make Pike Place so unique. The stories came at a time when illuminating one of Seattles treasures became even more important to notice during the Pike Up campaign. Pike Place Market Foundation worked tirelessly to raise almost $10 million for the Pike Place expansion that not only provided Seattle with a new market waterfront but created over 50 new homes for underprivileged Seniors. During the interviews for the stories the common thread for these vendors was "family". The people of Pike Place are truly unique and special people whose energy draws in over 10 million people every year. Over 12 different languages are spoken in Pike Place Market and was founded by "Josepe Joe" an immigrant Italian at a time when farmers could barely make ends meet from the commercial markets at the time. Pike Place is much more than a market, it provides Senior housing, has it's own day care, food bank and medical clinic. The kind of support this community gives back to each other is one of the most unique, colorful and caring communities and is an example to what thriving communities can be.

Seattle Weekly Stories:












Stories can also be seen at Pike Place Market Foundation: 

Road To Voracious with Seattle Weekly

 In the Atrium Kitchen with Eat Seattle and chefs: Maximillian Petty (Eden Hill Restaurant), Harry Mills & Chris Horn (The Purple Cafe), Wayne Johnson (FareStart), Liz McCune (Eat Seattle) Jay Midwood (Eat Seattle).

In the Atrium Kitchen with Eat Seattle and chefs: Maximillian Petty (Eden Hill Restaurant), Harry Mills & Chris Horn (The Purple Cafe), Wayne Johnson (FareStart), Liz McCune (Eat Seattle) Jay Midwood (Eat Seattle).


The Client: Seattle Weekly

"Seattle Weekly connects readers to the doers, thinkers, businesses, and entertainers that shape Seattle and give it life." SW

Seattle Weekly has been dedicated to the life of Seattle for over 40 years now.

 Voracious 2016

Voracious 2016

The Project: Road To Voracious

Road to Voracious, a foodie fest with over 35 of Seattle's top restaurants, chefs, distilleries, breweries, wineries, and sweet shops hosted by Seattle Weekly. The 2016 event benefited Pike Place Market Foundation as they worked towards their "Pike Up" campaign. For our story telling ad campaign, we teamed up with Eat Seattle Tours featuring some of Seattle's finest chefs sourcing some of Seattle's finest foods from Pike Place Market. Over the course of 2 seasons we featured a chef story along with a featured class with Eat Seattle.

Read Seattle Weekly Stories from R2V:






The Experience: 

8 shoots with different chefs and a vast set of skills flavored with personality! Photography, branding and consulting affords me a prime audience with some of Seattle's best known talent and many that grow into long term friendships. In the time that we worked on these shoots Bella Sanger got a twinkle in her eye for her new kitchen "Village Kitchen" (Opening Fall 2017), Maximillian had a baby, Pike Place Brewing opened up their expansion, Jay Midwood joined Eat Seattle and with Wayne Johnson FareStart not only opens a new restaurant but Amazon matched $1m in donations to the project. And Chris Horn taught me that there are probably more sulfites in fries, pre sliced fruits and dried fruits than a glass of wine. Who knew!!

Seattle’s top restaurants, chefs, distilleries, breweries, wineries, and sweet shops.




NK Architects


The Client:

NK Architects is a leading firm specializing in  urban housing and Passive House design. Passive House design focuses on  superior comfort, indoor environmental quality, acoustics, and energy efficiency. Slashing building energy use by 75%. NK is located in the Pacific Northwest and Mid Atlantic regions.



The Project:

Image Branding

NK Architects were looking for strong  image branding that could speak to the talent and to the work of NK. We worked on their website imagery for their new look, and then paired that look with inspiring Passive House team shots and individual branded headshots for the entire staff.



The experience:

Coming up with strong imagery requires not only a good imagination with a platform of the client's mission in their business, but also thinking of clients as well as continuing to attract talent. Coming up with options for this imagery is a combination of creating the right setting with  light, space and people. Creating the website imagery is about a half day shoot and because we were working with such a creative and efficient team, the shooting was as efficient as their buildings. Not all businesses are created alike. Part of the joy of working with so many different businesses is adapting to their work style. For NK it was a pleasure to step into their business to create these images for them. Part of the bonus package to our work is being involved in building strong images and marketing support for projects deserving of that kind of showcase. The headshot experience with a team this size takes about two days. Most middle to larger companies factory through headshots onsite giving employees about 2-5 minutes in front of the camera. The results can often prove to be similar to school photos. We take a different approach to showcasing talent, by paying special attention to the lighting setup (currently natural light is trending), slowing down to let talent relax and then getting outside of the box, which I would almost say is untraining posing.

Marketing Like the Crush You Can't Quit

 Coffee Shop Love: Dai Ross

Coffee Shop Love: Dai Ross

Creating a business, you love can sometimes be the easy part with a start up in comparison to drawing in an audience. If you are like me, someone always putting new ideas out there, you will start seeing coaching related ads for building an audience. It can feel overwhelming trying to put all the pieces together and testing them on the market. A common occurrence I see across the board from small to big start-ups is what I call “distracted dating.” You are single therefore eligible for partnership, so you sign up for dating sites slap up a photo, fill out the content and interact with any interest. At the end of the day, you are not attracting anyone you are interested in, and the dating site phase fizzles out. Which is similar to many businesses trying to get content on social media sites but not getting the interactions they were hoping to gain.


A recent conversation about an incredible creative project was a common one. The client had excellent creative ideas to draw in an audience, but when I asked about the strategy for attracting eyes on the project, it became difficult to describe how that might work. Just merely putting them up on active social media sites, might not draw interaction. For so many businesses struggling with how to invest time in marketing strategies is common. Just trying to get anything out there can be a struggle. However, just merely getting content out isn't the most efficient use of resources and time.


So I came up with this scenario, imagine for a minute the biggest crush you have ever had. Now actually pause, visualize that person. Try to remember the behavior you had. Where did you show up, how often? Did you find yourself looking at her Facebook, find out what her favorite book was, then pass in the hallway at work with that book so you could strike up a conversation about it? Did you figure out what time He frequents the local coffee shop, so you can conveniently be there in your almost slightly too sexy for work outfit?


Good marketing is about actually thinking about that crush, who are they, what do they like, where do they hang out, how can you run into them? Then how do you find ways to share about your business so you can attract them?


Sometimes our online strategies for marketing look more like the guy in the back of a coffee shop hiding behind a computer screen waiting for someone to approach him, rather than the guy behind you in line at your favorite coffee shop who strikes up a conversation about how pretty the day is. Alternatively, our marketing strategies can look like the guy with bad breath who keeps awkwardly showing up in your social circles with a sign that reads, want to buy me coffee?


If you have invested in creating a business, or product that you love, get out there and find the love of your life! Market like you want "the one," not just an "anyone." Find out what your clients like and where they hang out.

If you are too busy or don't know how to do that, find someone who does. Your ideas deserve a fair chance!

Business Jumpstart: Starting with Your Image


Branding is the biggest keyword for entrepreneurs. But so often profile pictures get left out of the mix. However it’s the first thing anyone notices about you while traveling across social media platforms networking and generating new leads.  Ok, I’m imagining you super star entrepreneurs running off to the nearest photographer for a headshot. DON’T!  At least read this first:

Pro headshots are a great step in the right direction. A pro shot will give the impression you are invested in your professional world. A year ago I worked designing headshots for the staff of Seattle Met magazine. During that time one of the recruiters for the magazine explained, the first thing she looked for while searching talent on Linkedin was their profile photo. If they didn’t have a photo she wouldn’t bother, if they had a non pro photo she would overlook them, but if something was interesting or intriguing in that image, it always got her exploring their business profile. On another occasion I was speaking with a friend looking for a life coach, she said that the profile image was the prime factor in narrowing down who she would investigate. If they looked too stuffy she would move on, if the image didn’t seem professional, she moved on.

We have found that the process of finding your voice through personal branding is just a jumpstart into finding your voice for other areas of your business. We have a funny term we use in our businesses to help us determine if a product or campaign is good. We call it “Narcissistic Business Practices”. For short we will call it NBP. If we think that we have fallen into that whole we label it NBP and throw it out! Why is identifying NBP important for business? Ever get caught in a rip tide? NBP is like getting caught in a rip tide in your business. You're working so hard at what you do and trying to get it out there but it feels like you’re drowning. The way we choose a portfolio image if so often an NBP. We put out what we like rather than looking out for what a client might be attracted to. 

Ok let’s have some fun and get creative! Jump on your favorite social media site, go to a group you are not active on, pick out 5-10 people based on their profile image and do these things based on their profile image without investigating: 

1. Try to determine their job. 

2. Does this person look like someone you want to meet?

3. Will you remember them?

4. What will you remember about that picture, if anything?

5. Did you have a really hard time not investigating more about them?

6. How experienced do they seem?

Now that you have asked those questions, go back and investigate. Was your first impression right or close? Some might have been dead on and some probably a big miss. 

Head to your current profile shot on your favorite social media outlet. If you didn’t know you, what would you think about you? Go back to the list and ask the same questions again. Write down your answers. Then think about your target audience and write down what you think they might want to see. If you are a life coach it’s probably not a black and white moody lit studio portrait, your client is probably looking for some inspiration and clarity. If you are a CEO of a company you many want to look like you can command a room and look innovative, if you are a lawyer you many want to look exceptionally professional, if in a creative field, get as creative as your work!  

Before you head over to pinterest to start pinning photos of people you think you should look like, take a minute to run through your past profile images. You might find a quick match to the person you are trying to put out there. Professional images can set you up a notch if done well, but you can get started on that quick fix right now.

If you’ve found something that works, put that same image everywhere you need a profile image! People who are just starting to interact with you online are going to remember you by the familiarity of that image before they remember the details of your face. Especially update your email. Email is usually the last stop for the first in person introduction and we want to see a familiar face. 

Now that you’ve started this process it should ignite inspiration and development for your image brand. Most of our clients are so excited by the first headshot, that they start developing a brand around it.

For fun we asked a few of our clients to look for a good spot to take a selfie they might use on a social media site.

Here are the before and after shots:

For help creating your branded image check out thePOSTheadshot

People of Pike Place Market/ Why Stories Matter

 Dai Ross/ Chue

Dai Ross/ Chue

Read the latest story at SW here:

I found myself profoundly inspired by an idea and the need to investigate a story about a year and a half ago. I was lucky that my desire to know more about the People of Pike Place Market, was met with equal enthusiasm from Patricia at Pike Place Market Foundation. Together we teamed up with Bob Baranski/Seattle Weekly to tackle these special stories. You don’t have to know the stories to sense that something very unique occurs in this magical place that draws 10 million people to it every year. But I promise the stories will enhance the magic you already sense about the place. I will soon share excerpts from my journey in discovering these stories.


From a business standpoint I discovered something incredibly powerful in storytelling. People are no doubt over stimulated and it’s an easy conclusion they are tired of being sold to. People crave connection. Good storytelling helps develop organic traffic to any business, authentically through word of mouth. After the first story, I started hearing the stories told back to me. And after the sixth story, they were all being told back to me on a regular basis as if they were new leads to exciting stories. I have a lot of pride in participating and initiating a series of stories that illuminated such a unique community. I’m stirring up the pot for new stories to tell.

For the full collection of stories: People of Pike Place Market



Making a shift from Fail to Pivot

 Dai Ross/ Laurie Kearney owner/creator of Ghost Gallery

Dai Ross/ Laurie Kearney owner/creator of Ghost Gallery

As creatives often our biggest challenge is knowing which idea to get off the ground. I have about twenty projects I want to do and 3 businesses. This is my fair attempt at trying to narrow things down over the past 3 years. I wake up often and think, “I don’t have enough time to do it all and it’s all so exciting!” As one who has started two photography businesses on top of an existing 15 year photography business, the reality of big ideas requiring a lot of work hit hard. A 15 year business was a lot of work and I was suddenly trying to launch two new businesses from scratch. Even with all the starts and fails of the first business to launch from, it was and is still a lot of work.



One challenge I found emotionally in launching new ideas was the feeling of failure when it’s not going the way you imagined. It’s a tough thing to invest countless hours and passion into something and it doesn’t seem to launch the way you think it should.



Yesterday I was listening to a talk on Inspiring Women from 425live, this woman was talking about  her start up and pointed out that 9 out of 10 startups fail. Which clearly wasn’t very encouraging. Me Single parenting with 1 kid ready for college and the other not far behind, 1 photography business and 2 start ups is no easy task and the possibility of failure is high. But something really struck me in this talk. The speaker mentioned that her start up had failed 9 times but she learned something, it was the art of the pivot. At that moment I was like “Yes!” Someone named it! It made so much sense. In the last year that I launched one Start Up we would start and then fail. The fail is so hard unless you look for the pivot. For me it was taking all the good stuff, then shifting and finding new angles. We started a second startup that was launched off of the first, which immediately did a lot better on the market. What we learned from the second reflected back on the first and now we are making a pivot with the first. The thing that helped with naming the shift was moving away from the term “fail” and putting an action word like “pivot” in it’s stead. It placed a value on the work and a position of hope with shifting. That shift has given me a little more peace about the next big project which is a pivot from the second startup now introducing education.

Creative Awakenings, an introduction to the art of creative concept and design. The first intensive seminar is set for Oct. 2017. Look for more on this collaboration education over the next few months. It will be an incredible project about creativity, inspiration and the mechanics of thinking big and making it happen. I have an incredible creative team coming alongside me for this project. I can't wait to introduce you to them!


Stop Telling Women What They Want

 DAI Ross/ Poker Night

DAI Ross/ Poker Night

In a group education conversation this morning the topic of altering faces and body in photoshop came up. I realized it’s a hot topic.  A lot of photographers are getting a lot of heat and pressure for altering women’s bodies. It is clearly no surprise. Women have been seeing unrealistic expectations of what a women should be from magazines for years. When my daughter was a toddler, I wished I could find a checkout at the grocery store where I didn’t have to walk her through twenty magazines with photoshopped mostly nude women on the cover. It wasn’t that the imagery wasn’t beautiful, it just sent a daily message narrow sighting the value of women to one ideal. Mother’s and Father’s are pretty stoked that Barbie finally caught on to celebrate outside the box thinking on the differences of women.


There is an importance to that argument, but it doesn’t just fall on the shoulders of altering bodies to fix what’s broken. I’ve also seen women completely empowered by imagery that has been altered. A woman’s value in history has been funneled into this one attribute as the most important and clearly we are so much more. Women also take a lot of joy and pride in feeling beautiful, if altering imagery is empowering, why is it wrong for her?


One of the comments about a photographer who’d brought up the subject of altering bodies ended in being harassed. I am unclear on the details of the conversation that led there. It sounded like a horrible experience for everyone, and a big indication something went terribly wrong. In my humble opinion, I would back up to the golden rule, Stop telling women what they should want for themselves!! One woman might love imagery of her in her natural state and another might love the fantasy of glamorization. But the one thing I do know, it’s not your job to tell her what she wants or should not want. A woman's voice and personal choices are her power, not what someone has determined is her power. The very best thing you can do with any client is to talk about it. What are the mechanics of your work? What does the client like, what do they want from your work?


I have a personal rule in particular with headshots, not to alter faces. I talk about this with my clients, letting them know this rule exists because the purpose of a headshot is to introduce you to new eyes. You don’t want to look too different in person or you will lose trust. If that doesn’t resonate with the client and they want altering, it’s their body their choice.


When I’m creating an art piece for women, we talk about their feelings on altering prior to the session, that way it allows them all choices on the subject. The journey and choices belong to her. I am just the agent for creating the art.

That’s the way I operate. I would imagine that other photographers would say NO WAY to altering bodies. Which is totally cool in my book too. But, I think it’s important to talk about your methods prior to a session and don’t, please don’t ever tell a woman what she should want or not want when it comes to their bodies. If she loves altering and you don’t, there's only “Not a good fit”.

What's Up With Post Alley



My clients are always asking about Schwabacher building, and the neighborhood. Over time I’ve gathered up a few good stories to share with them. This one is a great little nugget:


I spend quite a few writing days on the 3rd floor of 89 Yesler above Dai Ross studio. My perch looks out over Post Alley. One of the most photographed streets in Pioneer Square. About every ten minutes I scope out pro’s and amateurs along the brick walls. It is truly a gorgeous spot for fashion, headshots, and portraits. But a little known fact about this secretly famous ally is, The Man in The High Castle filmed portions of their first episode there. That’s right about a year ago we were walking back in time to 1962 in post WWII Nazi Germany for a few days. I still remember the shoot out scene. It was a little creepy and awesome to watch at the same time.


Next time you run out of things to talk about while shooting in Post alley off Yesler, share this little story with your clients. I’m sure they will be talking up their images, but that little story will be a cherry on top.


A Studio Inspiring Your Creativity and So Much More

 Dai Ross Studios/Pioneer Square Seattle

Dai Ross Studios/Pioneer Square Seattle

Many of our Studio guests travel to Seattle and seek out our gorgeous industrial studio. Some love it just for what it is, an amazing creative space. In addition we are also located in historic Pioneer Square. Which is a fine artwork hub both for creatives and galleries and also a leading location for startup businesses. It is one of the most inspiring places to work on a creative business or project. It's a dream for our members and guests.

If you are fond of coffee, this is your heaven. Cafe D'arte is just below our studio. if you like something familiar Starbucks is across the street, or step it up and experience Italian-style espresso at Caffe Umbria. Every few blocks you can discover a half dozen other artisan coffee shops within minutes of the studio. Caffe Vita, Zeitgeist, Elm, Slate, Convoy, Cherry Street, and Diva to name a few. Hungry? Be careful you will want to stay forever. Order up a big salad delivered to the studio from Sprout, or begin your addiction with a sandwich at Delicatus just bellow the space. Casco Antiguo is a secret escape to the best tacos around. Don't pass up the chips and Guacamole and take some salsa home. During the lunch hour you can get a good variety of Food Trucks in Occidental Square or on a rainy day grab some Pho at Pho Fuchsia.

Our studio is gorgeous and an amazing light filled space, but it’s also an excellent launching point to get outside the box and take advantage of local features within footsteps of the door. Pioneer Square is historically preserved and provides a unique backdrop for creatives. Look for Post alley across the street,  and Occidental Square nearby. You can get a completely different look just by heading to the waterfront, or a 15 minute walk up to Pike Place Market. Creative opportunity is around every corner.

Creativity can simply start with gorgeous natural light or check in at Glazers Camera for big ideas. We are lucky to have Glazers Rental department, providing us with the opportunity to rent high quality equipment at reasonable rates to tackle our creative goals.

Welcome to one of the most inspiring creative spaces in Seattle! 

The Partnership of Trend and Technique

 Family Photojournalism/ Dai Ross

Family Photojournalism/ Dai Ross

The questions between fine art photography and selling trends


Have you ever heard the phrase “Watch out for trends!” Keeping up on the latest trends in the fashion industry is a good thing. For photography it can sell portrait session after portrait session. So what are you watching out for?


About a decade ago when digital photography was in it’s toddler phases, we were all experimenting with ideas and techniques that were new to us at the time. The limitless doors of art had swung open. One of the fastest growing trends at the time was blk/white images with one element left in color. Blue Eyes, Red Scarf, Yellow Boots. This inspired by the hand painting of film images. This trend came in like a wildfire for family/senior portrait work and went out just as quickly. Using it to sell imagery as a treatment option was a big seller for a minute, but building a portfolio off this trend would have killed a business.


Some of the latest trends in photography are filters. And let’s be honest, some gorgeous filters. I’m particularly fond of the Alien Skin film looks. Holy crap it makes my film loving heart skip a beat. These trends will be harder to dictate how fast they come in and out and again are great tools to sell work while it’s in season. But building an entire portfolio off of a filter trend could kill your business. Value lies in what is under that filter. The quality of the work and the technique that goes into creating the piece prior to editing. An athlete isn't created from the gear they wear.

Editing trends tend to fall under inspiration or nostalgia, determining its long term value for your work depends on your clientele. Big coastal cities tend to move through trends a lot quicker than smaller inland areas. With the digital world, that is changing too. Some photographers build portfolios based on nostalgic ideas and trends, which is not a bad thing. Clients relate to the excitement of that trend. However in the long term, the photographer can be setting themselves up to start all over. Consistency in developing technique holds the true value. I think that’s why wedding photojournalism caught on so well in the early 2000’s. An amazing storyteller/photojournalist can capture moments that will last forever, no matter which filter you put on it.


My philosophy in building my work is in the layers. Building the framework, knowing the soul of the work, timeless techniques, and then trends if applicable.

The Art of Product and Service Design

 Image by Dai Ross                              "I'm Ready World"

Image by Dai Ross                              "I'm Ready World"

The Art of Product and Service Design

by Dai Ross

Are you selling a common product in your industry or specializing in a product your clients are looking for?


In the photography industry, I’ve been blindsided by a few core traps many of us get hung up on. In an attempt to establish a business, we declare what we are passionate about, do a search on our competitors, then create prices and products that are familiar and competitive in price.  

As I’ve been developing several new businesses and products over the past few years, I’ve found common places where clients needs get missed in the products we sell. Our desire is to create the work we love, but to what application? Do the formulas that worked 5 years ago for portraits work today?

When I designed The POST Headshot I discovered applications where the standard for headshots today, were not meeting the client's actual needs.  We found that clients knew to search for headshots, but they didn’t know how to find the product they needed.  Profile images are not simply cropped in one format and while a CEO may look great posed traditionally, a business coach might be needing something light and unposed. The POST headshot is about individual and business branding which actually often breaks the “rules” of what is deemed a headshot. It’s not necessarily reinventing the wheel but rather adapting it for a new vehicle.

I had a great conversation with a colleague who is now expanding into a 4th salon in only 5 years as a sugaring business.  You are probably asking what that is.  If I told you she had a waxing company, you might quickly make the connection it’s a hair removal service. Sugaring is a stretch, because it’s a new idea. She got this and found that marketing with a waxing mindset was a faster connection to her audience.  Once she had the audience she could speak to the benefits of sugaring as an alternate hair removal service. She was able to use what is familiar to sell what is not. This is where a lot of us get hung up when creating products. We have two common voices when designing products, the professional standard in photography and the familiarity of product to client.

Digging deeper into what you want to offer, what you want to specialize in and meeting the desires of your clients, you’ll have a satisfying experience for both of you and set yourself apart in the industry.  You don’t have to reinvent the wheel just make it better!

2017 Studios Members




 Dyllan Hackett

Dyllan Hackett

Dyllan Hackett


I use photography as a form of self expression. In my regular life I would consider myself a very easy going person, which I think shows in my work. I don't try to say that I only shoot one category of photography and I honestly don't know that you could really categorize my work. Primarily my goal is to create images that people genuinely love and react to. Photography has gone from being a occasional hobby into a way for me to deeply invest my time and efforts into a passion that only keeps growing. I love changing and mixing my photography as much as possible.


I have always been fascinated by portraits and incorporating unique surroundings or objects to create a truly interesting image. I thoroughly enjoy changing my techniques on a regular basis and constantly trying new concepts. I ultimately love creating work that has a weird look to it and is eye catching. I love to step out of my comfort zone for shoots as much as possible. While shooting I carry a variety of cameras, both digital and film, I am fascinated by the natural uniqueness that film creates as well as all the possibilities digital images give me.


My work has been published in Coy Magazine and Institute Magazine, both out of the U.K. I have a strong working relationship with modeling agencies in Seattle, including Heffner Management and TCM Models, as well as Q Models in Portland. I have been so lucky to work with Free People Seattle, as well as local jewelry companies like Speckled & Clay and Lembas Jewelry.


Dyllan Hackett

Portrait & Fashion Photographer


t.   425.492.5721



i.   @dyllanhackett


 Jenny Penney

Jenny Penney

Jenny Penney – Family Lifestyle Photographer


Artist Statement


What does real family life look like?  All around us, we see ‘best of’ imagery.  The thoughtfully culled collections of social media give the impression that our own messy and ordinary lives are somehow lacking.


This collection of images comes from a larger body my work that shows a year in the life of my little family, an honest telling.  Embracing the unkempt and everyday moments, and finding some sense of order amidst the chaos of raising two children in a small home.  Unexpected symmetry and visual humor presents itself daily, if only we’re there to take notice.

 Jennifer Boyle

Jennifer Boyle

Jennifer Boyle Photography


Artist Statement


As most women out there, I imagine, I face a nearly constant battle between the different sides of myself and how I would like the world to perceive me.  I want to be strong—of will and of heart…but also feminine, with a certain understated sexuality….but also possessing the nurturing and maternal instincts that are supposedly inherent in each of us women.  This struggle between these different sides is only exaggerated by acknowledging that most of us also fall prey to the danger that is comparison.  The fear of coming up short when measured against every woman in the room, whatever that ‘room’ may be.


I enjoy having women in front of my camera, always aiming to help them feel in touch with the parts of themselves that they most want to connect with.  The result I’m seeking is exposure, sometimes literal and sometimes figurative—sometimes literal leading to figurative, as removing layers can certainly help to open up emotionally.  My subjects are exploring all their battling sides during our time together—sides that they may not have known were there—and my role is to give them a safe space where there is no need for cruel comparison.  


*Kristy Jessica of EmotePro


    Every living being has the gift of emotion, and our passions can be conveyed artfully with moving pictures. As a visual artist, my favorite creative projects involve emotional portraiture with a message. The topics I love to portray are ones that may inspire, empathize, or bring light to an area of human consciousness that is shunned in darkness.

    Currently, I am driven to meld moving pictures with sound to deliver my message. In the backseat of the family van, I used to close my eyes and conjure up intriguing visuals that danced to whatever song my parent's radio played. Years went by, and I clouded my creative visions for videography, stunted by the gossip about expensive camera equipment and complicated editing software.

    I have been musing in front of the lens since the age of eighteen, collaborating with photographers as well as painters and sketch artists. Through the use of my body as an art form, I have finally built up the courage to purchase my video camera and instigate my own productions with the actors, musicians, and models I have connected with along my journey.

    I am still in the experimental "honeymoon phase" of my video art. Fall of 2017 I upgraded to top-tier editing software, and I feel I have barely scraped the tip of the iceberg in exploring its capacities. My daydreams are finally living!

    Metaphoric symbolism tied to universal emotions and predicaments are the essence of my short films. I strive to challenge, empathize, and rejuvenate those who graciously give their time to view my work. Thank you!


 Jon Conte

Jon Conte

Aplomb Images


The dynamic balance which is at the heart of masterful positions and movements.  It is the inner confidence and control which leads to the creation of beauty, grace, and mastery to create form, movement and a vision of something fleeting but memorable.

Photographer – Jon Conte


 Stephanie Michaelis

Stephanie Michaelis

Stephanie Michaelis

My name is Stephanie Michaelis and photography is my passion.  I started my business in 2015 and it has been the most incredibly fulfilling journey.  I've always had a passion for photography but it wasn't until I had my 5th (you read that right, FIFTH) child that I realized how much a I enjoy documenting everyday life.  Do you have a milestone moment that needs to be captured or want to create beautiful art of your everyday life?  I can show you options on the perfect way to create lasting memories.


I consider myself a documentary photographer, I love to capture real life and moments as they are.  There's nothing better than a real laugh, a deep hug, or a loving smile. I photograph people in their homes, outdoors or in my Seattle studio space.  I keep a very relaxed environment, no stressing, and no posing.  I ask you to be yourself and enjoy the moment.  It’s the perfect opportunity to focus only on loving and connecting with the people that mean the most to you.   


I am currently booking in studio Baby Love sessions with the focus on the parent/child bond.  I am also booking outdoor and in-home documentary sessions.  I would be happy to talk to you about what type of session is right for you and your family.  You can also find more information about my business on my website or on my Facebook business page.  I look forward to photographing you!



 Adam Boender

Adam Boender

Adam Boender

Adam is a Seattle based photographer that specializes in capturing candid moments. His work reveals authentic human emotion and character without anybody ever being hurt. For inquiries about personal sessions, events, special projects or just to chat please call (206) 351-8194 or email.