The School Sessions

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Fellow photographer Jamie Delaine and her husband Randy are the founders of The School Sessions: a one-day event across the globe on Sunday, April 12, 2015 to raise $200,000 to build a school in Haiti. They reached out to me asking if I’d like to be involved and of course I jumped at the chance! Jamie and Randy’s belief that business needs to be about more than just making money, that we should use our platforms to give back and encourage others in our industry to do the same really resonated with me.

Here is a quick description of what The School Sessions is all about:

The School Sessions is a one-day event across the globe on Sunday, April 12, 2015 to raise $200,000 to build a school in Haiti. Portrait photographers can sign up online to photograph one (or more!) portrait sessions and donate 100% of fees to The School Sessions. $200,000 will buy land and build a ten-classroom school for 220 students. The previous building was destroyed by the 2010 earthquake and these children (ages 3 to 16) are in need of a earthquake and hurricane-proof school to learn and grow. By empowering hundreds of photographers across the world with a simple way to give back, together we will meet our goal. Join us in Making Haiti’s Future Bright.

So I’m excited to announce that on April 12th here in Seattle I will be holding mini portrait sessions for anyone who would like to donate. You will get a 30 min portrait session for $250. The final edit images and printing rights will be included. If you’d like to purchase a whole hour the price goes up to $500. 100% of the funds raised that day goes straight to The School Sessions. If you’d like to book a session contact me here. If you’d like to learn even more about the The School Sessions check out their website and promotional video.

Any fellow Seattle photographers that want to be involved let me know and we can coordinate our efforts!

“Education is the key to unlocking the world, a passport to freedom.” -Oprah Winfrey

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Sweet Baby Georgia Lynn

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Oh man, where do I even start! Precious Georgia Lynn was born October 24th to my dear friends Kara and Mark Burfeind. They had decided to wait to find out the sex of their child until the delivery day and we were all convinced she was going to have a boy. Instead the most perfect baby girl came into this world and I for one am completely and totally smitten! Two weeks after Georgia was born Kara asked if I would take just a few photos of her. She was already growing and changing so much and she wanted to remember what Georgia looked like those first few magical weeks home. I of course had to take more than just a few…I couldn’t help myself!

Kara and Mark I’m so overjoyed for you. Georgia is incredibly lucky to have you for parents, and I can’t wait to watch her grow and change right along with you! Congratulations!!

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My Holiday Card

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When I was in San Francisco last September I ran across this incredible ribbon store in Laurel Heights called The Ribbonerie. They happened to carry a ribbon of my family tartan all the way from Edinburgh (MacKenzie..my maiden name)…which for me was super exciting! Needless to say I bought the whole roll. I adore the colors in our tartan; deep navy, green and red and decided that the ribbon would be the perfect jumping off point for my holiday card this year.

The Lovely Molly of En Fleur was nice enough to lend me her family’s mini horse…yes…that’s right… mini horse!!!…for an adorable photoshoot. Molly and her husband Josh modeled for me and Molly even made the stunning wreath that Mick was wearing. Mick (named after Mick Jagger) was the sweetest most lovable thing ever! Gosh he is a cutie! It took a little convincing for him to wear the wreath but once he warmed up to it he was striking poses left and right. Thank you Molly for making my Christmas card dreams come true!

Sally of La Happy was a huge help in deciding the direction of the design of the card. She had the beautiful letterpress cards printed for me and suggested the addition of a velvet navy ribbon. When Sally suggests something….you heed her suggestion!! They turned out so beautiful, thank you Sally for your vision!

Overall, this entire project from start to finish brought me so much joy, which is exactly what a holiday card should do. Bring lots of joy and lots of smiles. I hope my card did just that.

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A Whimsical Wonderland Tabletop by Coco+Kelley

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When Cassandra La Valle asked if I would photograph a tabletop she put together for a holiday post for her incredibly popular design blog Coco+Kelley I jumped at the chance. In the off season it’s nice to take my wedding photographer hat off and work on fun editorials…especially editorials as pretty as this one! I loved her take on a whimsical wonderland tabletop. The multi colored bottle-brush trees and the bright color palette make this table feel modern and festive. I adored the stitched cloth napkins from Anthropologie and the raspberry pink souffles. The bright colors really popped against the white brick backdrop and the white Christmas tree. It was hard not to smile and be cheerful while in this space. It truly is joy inducing design at it’s best!! Check out Coco+Kelley for recipes and links so can recreate your own whimsical wonderland tabletop!

Here are a few of my favorite images from the shoot.

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Re-Brand, Re-New, Re-Launch!

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katie_parra_secondary_logoWell it’s finally time! I’m so excited to share my new branding created by the incredibly talented Sally Balt of La Happy. I have never really officially branded my business before. So it was refreshing to sit down and pull together a look that I thought best represented me and my work. I’ve been a fan of Sally’s for some time and knew that she could help me bring my vision to life!  Re-branding and trying to define yourself as an artist is an incredibly scary and yet, exciting experience. Trying to stay away from trends and be unique enough to stand out, all while trying to stay classic and timeless…and true to myself. In the end I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. It feels like me, and it makes me smile every time I see it! Thank you Sally. Thank you for being an amazing listener and for pushing me out of my comfort zone. Thank you for helping me express me! You’re amazing!

The next step in this process was to obtain some updated imagery of myself….I was not excited about this part. I very much prefer to be on the other side of the lens and dreaded the idea of cheesy portraits of me holding my camera smiling like a goof, no thank you! So I decided to make it fun and to do things my own way. I called up my wedding photographer and good buddy KT Merry and asked when she was going to be on the west coast. We decided to meet in Sonoma at the beginning of September and do a fun lifestlye shoot. Thank you KT for always being such an inspiration! I always feel so comfortable and at ease in front of your lens. I could dislike how I look in an image and still love it because it was such a beautifully photographed image! Ha! Luckily though I did like how I looked and now have so many lovely images of myself that I’m thrilled to share with everyone. Thank you for helping me to express myself through your imagery and for being such a supportive and loving friend!

I followed my own advice that I give to all my clients when going into a photoshoot. If you’re uncomfortable in front of the camera then you need to set yourself up for success. Get a new outfit, get your hair and makeup done, get your nails done and plan ahead so you aren’t stressed the day of the shoot. It just so happens that my favorite hair and makeup artist, and all around fantastic lady, Jane Kim lives in San Francisco. Jane….girl…you made me feel so beautiful. I felt comfortable in my own skin and you kept me laughing and at ease all day. I can’t thank you enough! I also want to thank Miranda, my sister in law, for being my emotional support that day. The day wouldn’t have been nearly as fun if you hadn’t been by my side! Another big thank you to Melanie and Chris for letting me stay in their apartment even though they were both out of town! What a huge help that was. Especially at a time where I felt like more money was going out than in!! Thank you!

Thank you Justin and Jason of Creation-1 Interactive for helping me clean up my site and implement a few new design changes. You guys listened patiently to all my quirky ideas of what I wanted and made it happen! You’re the best!

Lastly, I want to thank all of you for sticking with me through this process. I haven’t blogged since September and haven’t been able to properly share with you much of my latest work. I’ve teased you with sneak peeks and features on other blogs, but now I can finally catch up and tell you all about the fun I had this year. All the love on social media means the world to me and pushes me to strive even higher and conquer even more goals. So thank you!

Feel free to peruse the site and check out all the new content. I’ve added some new images to the front page slideshow and all the portfolios have been updated. Also keep an eye out in the following weeks for lots of new blog posts!

Below I’ve included a few more favorites from my shoot with the lovely KT Merry.

 

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