MOODY BRIDALS

She’s moving and wanted pictures with a PNW vibe to remember Washington by. I figured we couldn’t go wrong with a rocky beach and all that green.

Non-traditional bridal portraits are so much fun.

“The core of your true self is never lost. Let go of all the pretending and the becoming you’ve done just to belong. Curl up with your rawness and come home. You don’t have to find yourself; you just have to let yourself in.” ~  D. Antoinette Foy

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THE CALL OF THE WILD

I thrive in nature.  My spirit belongs in the country.  In the stillness of the mountains, alongside the deafening roar of the ocean.  Running through the plains, my fingertips brushing the tall prairie grass…  I need rain on my eyelashes and the sun on my face.  The sweet, musky scent of the forest and the tangy salt air of the beach is what I crave. 

Yet.

I wanted to try shooting in the city, amidst the concrete jungle of brick and mortar buildings and screaming automobiles.

It’s good to try new things.  Obviously.  It helps you to grow, to expand, to realize – remember –  what truly makes your soul sing.

For me, stepping out of my comfort zone and shooting in the city reminded me of who I am.  Of what I love. 

I’m a country girl.  There’s no pretending.  I prefer open sky and clean air to a cluttered cityscape and throngs of people.  The vastness of nature to the confinement of overcrowded, jigsaw streets.  

I answer to the call of the wild.  My heart rejoices in the freedom of the untamed wilderness.  My creativity flourishes most when I surround myself in the beauty of Mother Nature and create alongside her.

Still…  How pretty is this sweet girl?!  Thanks, Alyssa, for brightening up that dark, rainy corner of Pioneer Square!

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

It’s Halloween!  And….  I haven’t even carved a pumpkin.

This month, my favorite month, has flown by so fast that it’s been a blur.  Aside from my day job, I’ve done 7 shoots.  And, as my other photographer friends know, the time you spend shooing with the client is a drop in the bucket compared to the hours spent sifting through images and editing at your computer.  From the 1st of the month to today, I’ve tallied the hours of two full-time jobs.  I have to admit, I’m exhausted. 

And pretty damn exhilarated.

But it’s also been a month of transition, of finally hitting my stride, upping my game, and making the extra effort to (much belatedly) polish my technique and hone my skills.  My shooting style has evolved, as have several other areas of my life.  Whereas autumn usually marks the ending of things – a time to slow down, relax, and cozy up by the fire after the long summer – I’m ramping up.  Flying.  Going faster than I ever have.  I feel I’m emerging from this season fully charged. Changed.  Morphing into the creative I’ve always wanted to be but never allowed myself to become. 

 So, now that all my rambling is out of the way… Happy Halloween!  I’m off to buy a pumpkin and carve it.  I still have, oh, twelve or so hours left of this awesome holiday, and I plan to soak up every bit of spookiness that I can before midnight. 

 Mwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahaha.

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* All Photos, content, and text © Lisa Sorbe 2016

MOODY. DARK. DREAMY.

I tried something new today and shot in a way that I’ve always dreamed about shooting. 

Trying to find your style as a photographer can be challenging.  The fear that people will hate what you produce (because, yes, some people will) can be paralyzing.  It can keep you from moving forward, from pushing boundaries and, most importantly, from growing.  Fear can keep you complacent, comfortable – never evolving or bettering your art, but just sort of staying put, ho-hum, and shooting the same things, the same people, in the same way over and over and over again.

Fear is boring.

My dear friend, Taryn, helped me push past a block today.  She patiently waited (looking completely gorgeous while she did) while I fiddled with buttons, flipped modes, and admitted that I really wasn’t sure how this was all gonna turn out. 

Fortunately, it did.

So here’s to pushing past doubt, shattering creative blocks, and completely giving the finger to fear. 

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* All Photos, content, and text © Lisa Sorbe 2016

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