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Welcome to my Blog. Last year I said goodbye to my Google Blog that I've had since 2009, however, I'm keeping the tab on my menu with a link to it. I hope to post more often in 2023 sharing some of my portrait work I have done recently of events, families and professional headshots for many local businesses here in Port Townsend.

Some browsers may not be able to load the Blog 2009-2021, which is why I'm starting this new Blog page my website. 

Is it Time to Update Your Professional Headshots?

January 07, 2023

January is the perfect time to consider updating your Professional Headshot. While the weather may be frightful right now, with our cooler temps, wind, and rain, but my studio is warm and toasty. My Port Townsend portrait studio is located just down from Jefferson Healthcare. I photograph many of the Jefferson Healthcare employees along with local Port Townsend local real estate agents and even local authors needing headshots for their book jackets. I love taking headshots. I'll put you at ease and capture a business portrait you will be pleased to use on social media or as a business card.  Give me, Deja, a call today to set up an appointment. You can reach me at (360) 385-2662 or email me at [email protected] I can send you a handout with tips for your headshot and information on the process of having your photo taken plus a map to my studio, located just down from the Hospital. 
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Rainy Days and A Good Book

January 07, 2023  •  Leave a Comment

“Rainy days should be spent at home with a cup of tea and a good book.”
― Bill Watterson,

I took this photo one year at the Port Townsend Film Festival. This gentleman was waiting patiently in line to get into the theater to view a movie. If you live in the Pacific Northwest you don't let a little rain stop you from having fun. Today I'm enjoying being inside curled up on the couch with my dog, a cup of coffee, and a good book. 

Free Online Class with Dana K. White Sponsored by Jefferson County Library

January 05, 2023

What a perfect way to start the year out by registering for a free live author talk with Dana White. The Jefferson County Library, in Port Hadlock, is offering this online class on Tuesday, January 17th from 11-12 Pacific time. Several months ago I discovered White’s book, Decluttering at the Speed of Life on Amazon as part of my monthly Kindle Unlimited subscription. It is one of the best decluttering books I have ever read. Instead of thinking of decluttering your home or office and how your things will fit into additional pretty Rubbermaid containers or renting a new storage unit, think of your space as limited. If your home is really a container with limited space then when "full" consider some of your things as items to be donated or off to the trash. There is a  has a great Facebook group called Buy Nothing Port Townsend, WA which is a great way to gift ones treasures instead of tossing them. White tackles the subject with common sense advice, repetition of tasks for each room and a real sense of honesty, and most of all humor.

A link is attached above to register for the online class. I have already registered for the class and look forward to being inspired as we head into the new year. Here is another link directly to her website. The image of her three books are from her website. 

Deja View Photography recognized by PDN as Best Photographer in Jefferson County

December 29, 2022

Thank you to everyone who voted for Deja View Photography. The notice listing the winners of the Best of Jefferson County came out in the Peninsula Daily News in the fall but recently I received this lovely certificate. It is an honor to have my photography business recognized as Best Photographer, especially with so many talented photographers in our area. I started my business seventeen years ago selling cards and prints at the Farmers Market. After several years I left the market to focus on offering portrait photography in my Port Townsend studio. Currently, I specialize in professional headshots, family photos, event photography and High School Seniors. Again, thank you to all who voted for me and who support my business throughout the year by using my services. It is a joy to be part of our community.

If interested in setting up a session with me just give me a call at 385-2662. January is the perfect time to think about an updated professional headshot. My Port Townsend studio is located just a few blocks from Jefferson Healthcare. 

Get Your Tickets Now for the 2023 Seattle Wedding Show Coming January 28th and 29th.

December 28, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

The Seattle Wedding Show has thousands of attendees each year. I found attending on Sunday you’ll find things a bit quieter than Saturday, opening day. The show offers the ability to see and chat with wedding service providers, view the latest trends, pick up free literature like the latest bridal magazine and often even try on wedding gowns. My friend Kay and I always had fun attending. Kay was my second Photographer when I photographed weddings. The high-energy fashion show was one of my favorite parts and it happened several times each day. I would plan my day around making sure I caught one of the shows.

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Each year it was interesting to see how the cake and flower venues worked in the Pantone Color of the Year into their creations. The Pantone Color of the Year for 2023 even influenced dresses, mainly those for bridesmaids and mothers of the bride. It will be interesting to see this year the color is Viva Magenta.

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Most couples from the Olympic Peninsula will pick vendors and venues closer to home. However, this show offers couples a chance to ask questions of Photographers and other vendors that could help them in their decision-making process as they plan their wedding using local services.

One of the weddings I photographed years ago had a small cake that the bride and groom cut and then offered different flavored cupcakes to their guests. Locally It Takes the Cake in Sequim offers both delicious and unique wedding cakes and cupcakes. They have made cakes and cupcakes for several of the weddings I have photographed. Owners, Sue and Paul were great to work with. 

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As 2022 Comes to an End

December 27, 2022

Thank you to all my friends and clients who have helped to make 2022 such a wonderful year. I can't wait to see what 2023 holds for all of us. 

My friend Skip shared these beautiful words from Author Melody Beattie.

"The journey of a year is drawing to a close. Cherish the moments, all of them, even the ups and downs. Cherish the places you've visited, the people you've seen. Say good-bye to those whose journeys have called them someplace else. Know you can always call them back by thinking loving thoughts. Know all those you love will be there for you when you need them most. Honor the lessons you've learned, and the people who helped you learn them. Honor the journey your soul mapped out for you. Trust all the places you've been. Make a scrapbook in your heart to help you remember."

How to Edit your Post in Facebook

December 27, 2022

Did you know what you can do after you have made a FB post and catch a spelling error or want to edit your post? I often see people make a comment after they realize they have made a spelling error without realizing what tools are available if you click on the 3 dots to the right of your post. It took me forever to realize the power of the dots. 🙂 There is also a free tool with Grammarly that helps when writing and editing one's posts.

To edit a post you've shared on Facebook:

Go to your post.

Click in the top right of the post.

Click Edit post.

Make your changes.

Click Save.

If photos are included in your post, keep in mind:

In most cases, you can delete photos without deleting the entire post. Hover over any photos you'd like to delete and click in the top right of the photo.

To add more photos, or other items to your post, click Add to your post.

You can't delete photos from your post if you shared your post from a third-party app (example: Spotify, a news site) or a photo album.

You can't delete photos from your post if you shared your post from a third-party app (example: Spotify, a news site) or a photo album.

Thinking of Sherman

December 26, 2022

We had several inches of snow this week and I found myself feeling melancholy about seeing the beautiful snow covering the trees and my backyard. Just a year ago I captured probably one of my best photos, of my dog Sherman, playing in the snow. He so enjoyed just laying in it, it was hard to get him to come into the house despite the cold. He looks so perfect in this photo. How could I have known that a month later the Vet would find he had a tumor in his tummy and that cancer had moved into his lungs. So in February, we had one more short week together and then I said goodbye to him on the 8th. I have this image blown up as a print on my wall and truly treasure truly the nearly five years we had together. I was grateful the snow only lasted a couple of days and then the rain moved in and everything melted. Luckily we don't get snow very often here in Port Townsend but it will take me a while before I can view snow again without being sad. 

I love the poems Mary Oliver wrote in her book Dog Songs.

“And it is exceedingly short, his galloping life. Dogs die so soon. I have my stories of that grief, no doubt many of you do also. It is almost a failure of will, a failure of love, to let them grow old—or so it feels. We would do anything to keep them with us, and to keep them young. The one gift we cannot give.”
― Mary Oliver, Dog Songs

Deja View Photography Readers' Choice Finalist as Best Photographer in Jefferson County.

November 15, 2022

What an honor to have Deja View Photography win "The Leader's Readers' Choice as a Finalist for Best Photographer in Jefferson County for 2022." Thank you to everyone who took the time to either drop off or mail in their ballet at The Leader. I feel very blessed to get to do what I love and work with so many wonderful people. 

Painterly Fall Apples

November 02, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

Who knew there were so many wonderful quotes about apples?

"Comfort me with apples, for I am sick of love." ~ Solomon

"Why not upset the apple cart? If you don't, the apples will rot anyway." ~ Frank A. Clark

"An apple a day keeps anyone away, if you throw it hard enough." ~ Stephen Colbert

"If life gives you lemons, make apple juice and make people wonder how the hell you did it." ~ Gurbaksh Chahal

"Why not upset the apple cart? If you don't, the apples will rot anyway." ~ Frank A. Clark

"If you put good apples into a bad situation, you’ll get bad apples." ~ Philip Zimbardo

Surprise Engagement Session at Fort Worden

November 01, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

This last weekend Annie and Tom were married in Hawaii. I had the pleasure of working with this lovely couple back in July of last year. At the time I photographed them, here in Port Townsend, they were living in the Tacoma area but right after their engagement session, they relocated to Nebraska.

The young man, who was based out of Joint Lewis McChord, hired me to photograph a surprise engagement session for his girlfriend out at Fort Worden. A friend helped me scope out, in advance, the best spots for good evening light, what the tides were at if we ended up on the beach, wind speed direction, as well as the angle of the setting sun. All these calculations were taken to pull off the perfect surprise session. I watched as the couple arrived at the Fort and worked their way toward the Point Wilson Lighthouse. Tom maneuver them into position in front of the Lighthouse and we waited for several groups of families to pass. It was the 4th of July weekend and I worried there might be too many people to pull off the session. I stood on a knoll pretending to be photographing the Lighthouse but actually captured him dropping to one knee with the ring in hand.

It was a lovely moment and afterward, we took lots of fun photos all around Point Wilson. What a lovely event to be part of and what an honor to capture this special moment for them. I think I have the greatest job ever. I thought in honor of their wedding last Saturday I thought it would be fun to post some of my favorites from their session. 

Thank you to Tom for sharing this nice Review on my Google page. "Deja was truly a blessing to work with and exceeded our expectations in every category. She captured our proposal and presented us with photos that we’ll cherish for the rest of our lives. As if planning a proposal isn’t daunting enough, Deja went ‘above and beyond’ and put my mind at ease by scouting out the location in the days prior to ensure conditions were perfect. She then presented recommendations based on weather, tide, natural light (based on time of day), and possible locations to get down on one knee. Prior to this trip, I have never been to Port Townsend and the on-site photo examples definitely helped me decide where to propose. Bottom line, Deja is professional, personable and a darn good photographer. We couldn’t be happier with the quality of her work and we 100% recommend Deja!

Kristin and Otto Smith Play at Port Townsend Farmers Market

October 29, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

I had the pleasure of photographing Kristin and Otto Smith's family back in 2016. They are a wonderfully talented couple and such an asset to our community. You can hear them play today at the PT Farmers Market. Can you tell we all had fun during their family session?

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It's Not too Late for Chimacum High School Seniors Yearbook Photos

October 29, 2022

Chimacum High School parents, if your Senior still needs a photo for the yearbook the deadline is November 1st. I have some openings this weekend where I could get a studio headshot in time to meet the yearbook deadline. I can get it taken, edited and submitted by Tuesday, November 1st. If you want to book a session just give me a call, at 385-2662. We can do the traditional studio yearbook image now and later find a favorite location like Fort Worden, downtown Port Townsend or Chetzemoka Park for more fun casual photos. You can visit my Gallery of High School Seniors on my website, Deja View Photography. 

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Fall Flowers

October 25, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

If you question whether every day is a great day, try missing a few and you'll find out. Cavett Robert

Family Photos this Summer at Point Hudson in Port Townsend

October 12, 2022

I have been thinking a lot recently about how much I enjoy taking family photos. I often don't share those images on Facebook or here, as many times families with younger children ask that I don't share their session. However, if you haven't visited my website before you can view some of my photos in the Families Gallery. The photo that shows up, with the link below, is from a family session at Point Hudson. The family gathers every summer to rent RV spaces at Point Hudson. It was really fun to connect with them this year and capture smaller individual groupings as well as this larger group image. I hope I have the opportunity to work with them again. The family pictured here purchased a copy of this image as a 10x20. It was printed on a styrene board with a protective coating so it was all ready to drop into a frame. I the largest group I have photographed was a family reunion of 50 who were renting on Officers Row at Fort Worden.

With the holidays fast approaching it is not too late to think about purchasing a gift certificate to give as a present to a friend or family member. A family portrait can become a gift that is appreciated for many years. Just give me a call for details or email at [email protected] or visit my website at Deja View Photography.

Thank you to Ken for writing this nice Review about photographing his family. "We are very pleased with Deja and our large family photo session this August in Port Townsend. Involved multiple groups of our family, including small children. We highly recommend Deja View Photography."