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

Port Townsend 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!

Port Townsend Farmers Market features Kristin and Otto Smith this Saturday.

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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Chimacum High School Seniors its not too late for 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

Point Hudson Family Photos

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."

Port Townsend Main Street Uptown Street Fair

August 31, 2022

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

Exploring My Creative Side

June 30, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

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? 

We All Have a Story

May 11, 2022

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.

Jodi Picoult quote.

April 10, 2022

"This is what I like about photographs. They're proof that once, even if just for a heartbeat, everything was perfect." Jodi Picoult

National Doctors' Day

March 30, 2022

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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Saying Goodbye to Sherman

February 28, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

Someone asked me what the most difficult thing about having a dog was. I replied – the goodbye” – Unknown

It has been a tough week. I said goodbye to Sherman last Tuesday afternoon. Cancer in his tummy moved too quickly to his lungs. I buried him with a jar stuffed with photos of him and Hailey and a love letter I wrote to him. A friend brought by flowers that I added to his grave. I can't count the number of times during Covid, that I've said, "I would've been lost if not for my dogs." Being home more the last two years has made his sudden absence even harder for me. Hailey and I both look for him throughout the day.

He stole my heart the first time I saw him at the shelter with those adorable teddy bear ears. I'm glad I have some nice photos of him and a couple of videos of him playing in the yard. He taught me many things including afternoon naps are ok, remember to drink lots of water, go for long walks while you still can, it's ok to stop and smell the roses or whatever else is laying along the trail and rituals are important whether saying goodbye to a pet or a loved one. Thank you to friends who have reached out to me this last week. I just wish we would've had more time together. This photo was from just over a month ago, what a handsome fellow.

I know I'm not alone in the sadness when losing a pet. How have you handled the loss of your cat or dog? Did you do a little ritual when saying goodbye? 

Port Townsend Pups Enjoy the Snow

January 09, 2022

I'm so blessed to have two beautiful shelter dogs in my life. I adopted Sherman over four years and Hailey a couple of years ago. Sherman is the tri-colored Border Collie mix is around nine. We had several inches of snow here in Port Townsend a week or ago and I was surprised to see how much Sherman loved laying in the snow. Hailey, the German Shepherd mix, is three and more active. She loved running and playing in the snow. 

Last year I stepped down from photographing shelter animals looking to be adopted at our local animal shelter the Humane Society of Jefferson County. I had volunteered there for over 15 years, taking photos every Sunday, creating a poster, and sharing my photos with the shelter for them to post on the website Petfinder. Petfinder is a searchable database that helps animals find homes.

I really enjoy taking pet photos for my clients and wish I took more of them, luckily I have my own models. Too often I'm asked to take photos of a family's cat or dog when an owner finds that their pet has become sick. I would much rather be able to include a family pet anytime when taking family photos for a client. I have the ability to photograph dogs, or cats, in my Port Townsend studio. Taking photos in the studio offers fewer distractions and my constant lights reduce the fear a dog might have with a flash going off. The gray background paper I use really makes for a lovely photo. You can visit my Pet Photography Gallery to see more photos. Don't put off taking a photo of your "fur" family member, anytime is a great time to photograph your family pet. 

Jefferson County Professional, is it time to update your business headshot?

December 28, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

January is the perfect time to consider updating your Professional Headshot. While the weather may be frightful right now, with our cold temps and snow on the ground, my studio is warm and toasty. My Port Townsend portrait studio is located just down from Jefferson Healthcare. I do 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'll put you at ease and capture a business portrait you will be pleased to use on social media or business cards.  Give me, Deja, a call today to set up an appointment. You can reach me at (360) 385-2662.

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Voted 2021 Best Photographer in Jefferson County by PDN Readers-Deja View Photography

December 26, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

Thank you to everyone who took the time to fill out a ballot and vote for Deja View Photography in the Peninsula Daily News. The notice of the winners of 2021 Best of Jefferson County came out in the Fall and later I received this nice certificate from the Peninsula Daily News. It is an honor to have my photography business recognized as Best Photographer, especially with so many talented photographers in the Port Townsend area. I started my business over fifteen years ago selling cards and prints at the Port Townsend Farmers Market. After several years I left the market to focus on portrait photography and converted my garage into a portrait studio. I offer a variety of different portrait photography including professional headshots, families, event photography, and High School Seniors. Again, thank you to everyone who voted for me and for those that continue to support my business by using my photography services. It is a joy to be part of our community here in Jefferson County.

Deja View Photography was voted the winner, by Peninsula Daily News Readers as the 2021 Best Photographer in Jefferson County.