On a very cold and foggy northwest morning, I met up with Rachelle and Ross and their pup, Allen. We had a blast on Snoqualmie Pass and you could just see the love and passion in these two. They made my job easy! What else could a photographer want?
I met Theresa Piasta on a rainy seattle day, we spent the whole afternoon together talking about her story and her goals for her life and her budding business, Puppy Mama. Theresa is not only stunningly beautiful, she is strong, intelligent and fierce! She has fought for our country and is an inspiration to us all!
The following is written by her:
Military service has always been a big part of my family. My grandfather fought in the Battle of the Bulge in WWII, my father is a retired Colonel in the U.S. Army, and two of my brothers are Army veterans as well. After 9/11, I joined Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) and started active duty after graduating from Wellesley College.
Four years of active duty in the Army and 14 months in Iraq did a lot of damage to my health and well-being. I left the military and immediately transitioned to a Wall Street sales and trading job in the aftermath of the financial crisis, which frankly compounded the issue. Those who know me would agree th...
I am now on Part 6 of this project and let me tell you, being able to meet all of these amazing women and photograph them has been so rewarding. The strength of each of these women is unreal, I am in awe of all of them....
Angela Missler is no different.
Angela was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at 22 years old. This disease affects so many people, yet not many know exactly what MS is. Angela's mission is to not only spread awareness of this disease, but also show people that this disease does NOT control your life.
She has been told she was a BURDEN for having the disease, and anytime she doesn't want to get out of bed, she thinks back to that statement and decides to prove that person wrong. Not only does she get out of bed, she climbs mountains! She is any BUT a burden and continues to prove people wrong. I am so lucky to have met her!
The following is written by her:
"I was 12 years old and it was a week before Christmas, I woke up to my mother in the midst of a seizure. I grabbed he...
I had the honor of meeting Valéria Tennyson this weekend for the second woman in the Woman’s Warrior Project lineup. She is battling a disease called Endometriosis and recently had a hysterectomy. While she has gone through struggles with this disease almost her entire life, she has remained such a positive and gorgeous woman inside and out. The following is written by her about her battle with Endometriosis.
“I’ve always struggled with bad cramps during my monthly periods. Not the “normal” cramps but the ones that would made me shiver, debilitating. I always missed some days a month at school during high school year, then later on I missed college and work. I’ve had doctors, saying that I should tough it up. So, it was just “ part of being a woman”, so I did. I would smile on the outside while feeling crushed on the inside. Since the age of 12 I visited many doctors back home in Brazil but none could figured anything out. At the time I had no idea it was going to take 14 years to get...
I am excited to announce a new project in the works. It is called The Woman Warrior Project and the goal is to showcase inspiring women around the PNW who have gone through, or are going through hard times, severe health issues, domestic violence, and drug addiction. These women have either overcome or are in the process of overcoming these challenges.
Meet Jana Morrelli, a 34 year old Seattle Woman. The following is written by her:
"Seven years ago, I got the flu. Not the cool flu like swine flu or bird flu. No, I got the regular old flu. As it turns out, that virus attacked my heart, killing a majority of the muscle. It did as much damage as two massive heart attacks. Within three weeks I went from a totally normal newlywed to the ICU with end-stage heart failure and couldn't even hold up my head. After 11 days in intensive care, I could have gotten slightly worse and died but luckily I got slightly better and lived.
Over the next six years I worked with an amazing medical team to...
Today I was able to see the sunrise at the tulip fields in my hometown of Mount Vernon with my good friends and their dogs. Waking up at 4am was absolutely worth seeing the fields void of the crowds.The Skagit Valley is truly one of the MOST gorgeous places on earth, and it took me almost 20 years to realize this.
While I can't live here full time, this will forever be my home