Photographer: Eric Striffler
Location: The Hamptons
For my boyfriend, Matt’s, birthday this year he wanted to go to the NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways. It was a hot and sunny all day and all you could really smell was the gas burning from all the cars. It wasn’t what I expected it to be, though! I thought it was going to be something boring, but after we got there it was a lot of fun. I was glad I wasn’t the only girl to go with our group. Nate Whitehill’s sister, Amira, came with us and she had a great time watching the drag races too. We al had so much fun watching the cars, and the “people watching” was hilarious. The cars were super loud, and they would be going 300 mph in less then 5 seconds. It felt like a rush of adrenaline when the cars would rush by… you could feel it throughout your whole body!
Sunday afternoon ended up to be a very sad and tragic day. A Top Alcohol driver named Mark Niver died at the race. When he went to pull his shoot it flew off of his car so he couldn’t stop. He was slowing down on his own but when he got the end of the track where there is a safety net he ran into it and his car folded over. He died at the scene, unfortunately. Law enforcement shut down the race before it was even over. He would had made it to the next round if that hadn’t had happened. Mark was a great racer and built is own cars and engines. My sympathy goes out to his family and friends.
On a lighter note, we got to walk around and look at the cars while they were being worked on. I found this to be very interesting and fun to see how they would take apart the engine and put it back together. We stood behind one car as they started up the engine, it was so loud and the gas burning made my eyes burn so bad I couldn’t even see because we were right in front. What a great day!
Today, after work, I went to the chiropractor. Since it was 90 degrees outside, I couldn’t leave Sadie in the car. So she came with me into the office. I put her into her little bag, and carried her into the reception area. At first, she sat in there and just growled at everyone that walked by. After we got into the room she settled down a little. She didn’t have “work” done on her this time but I think when we go back on Monday she will. It’s always worth trying once.
This week was a very eventful week for Sadie. We went on a walk through the woods on Monday evening and she had her first snake encounter. She likes to stop and smell every thing, and this time when she stopped there was a garter snake. She smelled around and stuck her nose right into the center of the snake. The snake lifted up and Sadie jumped back standing just on her back legs and ran away. When we got home later that evening all she wanted to do was cuddle with her bunny and go to sleep.
July 4th was a day she would like to forget. She spent half of the day hiding in a shelf or in the corner in the room. She wasn’t a huge fan of the fireworks, maybe because the boys were making large explosives that were super loud. 🙂
Over the weekend I decided to teach Sadie how to swim.
We went to the little dog store in the harbor and bought her first life jacket. It’s pink with white dots, and it even has a handle. I thought we would start somewhere easy, so I chose the bathtub. We filled the bathtub up but all she would do was stand still. The tub wasn’t deep enough for her to even paddle…
I decided we would go up to my boyfriend‘s house and teach her in his bathtub. The first thing she did was sink, and while she was paddling she was sinking. So, Matt decided to hold on to her and just let her learn to paddle. She didn’t like it so much but she is learning. I think maybe 2 or 3 more times in the tub and she will be ready for the lake. 🙂
Over the years, I’ve done a ton of photo shoots. This is one that I really enjoyed, and it’s going to be a fond memory of mine for years to come.
Instead of flying, I drove with my mom from Phoenix to Los Angeles. If you’ve ever made the trip in your car, you know what I’m saying when I say it is painfully boring. Imagine an endless strip of road, snaking its way through the lifeless span that is the southwestern Sonoran Desert. Seriously, it has the cacti and rolling tumbleweed. I think I even saw Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner one time…
After being in the car for 5 hours, we finally arrived to the studio where we were shooting. I was in hair and makeup for 3 hours if you can belive that. Then, it was time to shoot.
The photographer had a huge fan blowing on me the whole time we were shooting, and it was freezing cold. I had to drink coffee and hot coco just to keep warm! By the end of the night I was an over-caffeinated ice cube that couldn’t get to sleep…
Sheila Frank, a fashion clothing designer, was the brain behind this photo shoot. She liked the photos enough to use them on her swimsuit tags! Needless to say, I was super excited about that.
The amazing photographer, who I have shot with many times in the past, was Lucinda Wedge. She is incredibly talented at what she does, and she only produces the best of the best pictures.
I’m truly blessed to have been the model in this shoot, and I’ll always be grateful for the amazing time I had!
I always wanted to experience a gum wall, and had heard rumors of one being in Seattle. After the all the years of going down to Pikes Place Market, I finally figured out where it was. After asking a guy behind one of the many fish stands in the market, his response was, “go down the that hall,then down the stairs and take a right into the ally. You cant miss it”. Right. Gotcha.
As luck would have it, there was a bum sitting on the side of the wall in the ally I had to go down. It was creepy, and he was staring at me the whole time I walked by. Thanks creepy guy.
I have never seen so much gum in my life! So I added my gum and what happens? It falls off, of course. So, I had to chew another piece and stick it on the wall. It was quite the experience (sarcasm)… BUT, it’s one thing I can check off the list of things I want to do in the next five years. 🙂 If you’re ever in the area, check out the Seattle Gum Wall.
This photo comes from a shoot I did for NAHA (North American Hairstyling Awards).
Let me say this… I never knew you could make so much out of ties! How crazy is this outfit I’m wearing? I mean crazy in a good way, though. 🙂
All of my outfits were made from ties sewn together in wild designs. They were fabulously conceived by a really unique designer by the name of Carol DeLange Grandaw. Hats off to her for coming up with one of my favorite looks from my photo shoots.
Photographer: Tom Hanser
Makeup Artist: Teryl Hawk
Designer and Hair Stylist: Carol DeLange Grandaw
This shoot took place at a old apartment building in Seattle. The location made it a fun shoot, and working with a great photographer. I thought this dress went perfect with this location because the colors, and all the flowers. When I found this dress I knew it had to be in a photo shoot at some point, and I think it was perfect for this one.
Photographer: Tom Hanser