Welcome to my blog! I'm so excited to have you here as I share my love for capturing event photography out and about in Port Townsend. I'll also post session photos from family gatherings to high school seniors, and even the adorable pets that steal our hearts, I believe every photo has a unique story.
Join me on this journey as I showcase my favorite portraits and share the stories behind them. I invite you to enjoy my posts including some fun videos/slideshows I have shared. Don't hesitate to leave a comment. Your feedback and interaction mean the world to me as I continue to pursue my passion for photography.
Point Hudson during Wooden Boat Festival
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!
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?
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.
If you question whether every day is a great day, try missing a few and you'll find out. Cavett Robert
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."
Oh my gosh, the 30th Port Townsend Uptown Street Fair was last weekend. This is one of the many fun events happening each summer in Port Townsend. The event includes a two-block parade. This is matched in distance to the Port Townsend Farmers Market opening ceremony in April which offers a goat parade.
This yearly event celebrates the Port Townsend Uptown Historic District. I’m not sure how many people attended this year, but before Covid, as many as 2000 showed up for this all-day event which included the local Farmers’ Market. The local band, the Unexpected Brass Band put on quite a show as they always do. The Port Townsend Arts & Craft Fair was also happening along with all sorts of fun art activities for the kids. The weather was perfect and it was a lovely day to be out and about in Port Townsend.
You can view more of my Event Photography that I have taken over the years by visiting my website. I also have lots of colorful images of boats and flowers from many of the Wooden Boat Festivals I have photographed in a Gallery called Colorful Port Townsend.
I'm working on some major updates on my home which has had me sorting through spaces representing different phases in my life. I found and scanned this simple watercolor I did years ago inspired by a postcard with an image by Winslow Homer. I was so new to painting I used plain typing paper, which I should have tapped down, and a set of six of those inexpensive Crayola watercolors. One day when I'm not consumed with my photography business I think I'll try doing some more watercolors. I also would love to dig out my basket-making supplies from my days with my business Natures Baskets by Deja. I have pounds of beautiful Cedar bark, sweetgrass and pine needles just waiting for me to turn them into some beautiful basket. So much to do and so little time.
I bet I'm not alone it working too much and not playing enough. I need to find time for some fun art projects I know I would enjoy doing once I got started. What are you putting off doing with your creative energy?
After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the World. – Philip Pullman
Many years ago I captured this photo of a woman walking up one of the steep hills just outside of Pikes Street Market. I didn't see her face, I only caught her from behind but my mind raced even as a took the photo. Who was she, was that a real fur, how was she managing those heavy bags and what did they contain? One could write a short story from just such an image.
"This is what I like about photographs. They're proof that once, even if just for a heartbeat, everything was perfect." Jodi Picoult
Today is National Doctors' Day. What a wonderful opportunity to thank the JHC Doctors specifically, Nurses, and all the healthcare providers/staff who have worked so hard to provide our community with care during COVID-19. Jefferson Healthcare celebrated Doctors' Day by sharing a thank you to the staff in The Leader today. I have had the pleasure of photographing all but one provider on this page plus other JHC headshots since 2016.
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