Jesse & Lucy giggle away

This was the first time mom had taken the kids for ‘professional’ photos; she was pleasantly surprised at how well the kids took to the situation.  We placed them in the big orange chair and let them just have fun. There were giggles and grins and mile wide! But my favorite part was when mom was getting Lucy into her car seat and Jesse sat down to have a little snack….”Want some?”

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Crohn’s & Colitis Benefit Luncheon

My sister has Crohn’s disease so I feel like I share it with her. It is my privilege to once again be on hand to photograph the annual benefit luncheon. Our good friend Lois Fink along with state representative Marko Liias helped pass a bill which would give individuals with certain medical condiditons the right to use employee only restrooms if necessitated by their disease. On May 11, 2009 ESHB 1138 was signed into law. Lois received the 2010 Mike McCready & Ashley O’Connor Award.

Mike McCready of Pearl Jam took a moment to pose with Elizabeth Smith (featured speaker) and her family. Elizabeth, 11 years old, has endured Crohn’s for most of her young life yet lives a normal kids life. She plays football, soccer, swims and loves to act!

Last up was Susan Ershler who along with her husband Phil were the first couple in history to climb the fabled Seven Summits including Mt. Everest. Most remarkable is the fact the Susan had never hiked or climbed until she met Phil at age 35. And Phil, battled Crohn’s all through his life as a professional mountain guide. We thank Susan for sharing her inspirational story. Look for their book “Together on top of the World.”

To see photos of the entire event click here.

Fairhaven to Conway

I photographed a lovely wedding on Friday and stayed the night in Bellingham. I decided to explore the  back road from Fairhaven  District to Conway looking for tulips only to find the season is pretty much over. But not to worry, I found plenty of interesting sites to photograph along the way! From the “Last Supper” to the farmer’s market and a few tulips. You can see more by clicking here!

Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run is a non-profit who uses the power of running to educate, instill self-respect and encourage healthy living to girls in an after-school program for 3rd – 5th grade. The continually train for 5K running events including the upcoming New Balance Girls on the Run 5k to be held May 22 at Seward Park. For more information click here: http://www.girlsrun.org/5k

To see images from the Go Girl Soiree & Auction click here! http://www.gailannphotography.com/GOTR2010/

Mention Girls on the Run when you book your session and $35 of the $55 session fee will be donated to Girls on the Run! Valid thru August 1st.

Envision Women by Lesley Holdcroft

I meet the most interesting people at my studio.  I didn’t realize I had met Lesley before (as a ghost of West Seattle’s past!). She now stops in regularly to share her wisdom and her most current project: Envison Women – Opening the Feminine Mind; A cultural event that will be held in May at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Stage.  From one artist to another my gift to her was a photo session that was most rewarding. She inspired me to create this graceful triptych.

If you would like to become part of Lesley’s project visit http://envisionseattlewomen.viviti.com