happy self-love day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

hello! and happy day of loving yourself. and in turn, loving others.(aka happy valentines day :)


a few weeks ago, my friend valerie and i, anticipating the day of valentine, decided to put together a creative shoot highlighting SELF LOVE.


i've started out sharing some of my more abstract images - which i ALWAYS love best. no joke. blurry light. confusing compositions. strange facial emotions. they make me wonder. they make me see a bit deeper into the moment. which, i invite you to do as well.


kristin abigail bellevue portrait photographer captures beautiful lady caught in tree + light vortex in seattle! .beautiful woman in large evergreen tree with blobs of gorgeous light in seattle captured by kristin abigail, pnw portrait photographer
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val and i found this massive evergreen tree (which is not difficult to do in seattle) and decided together we ought to go play in and around it.


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and i feel like a little magical tree vortex appeared. and valerie transformed into its reigning goddess.


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kristin abigail bellevue portrait photographer_light and shadow_female portraiture_self love_seattle photographer_pnw photographer


the truth is - and it's cheesy as fuck but i'm going to say it anyways - we all have the capacity to tap into our inner goddess selves.


whatever kind of goddess that may be!


my goddess is a potty mouth, who dresses half like a tom-boy and half like a colorful madewell model.



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kristin abigail bellevue portrait photographer_light and shadow_female portraiture_self love_seattle photographer_pnw photographer
kristin abigail bellevue portrait photographer_light and shadow_female portraiture_self love_seattle photographer_pnw photographer


val's goddess (in my view) is dreamy + sweet + lively + feminine + GENUINE.



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kristin abigail bellevue portrait photographer_light and shadow_female portraiture_self love_seattle photographer_pnw photographer



oh, and FREE.



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kristin abigail bellevue portrait photographer_light and shadow_female portraiture_self love_seattle photographer_pnw photographer

can you see all that reflected in these images? can i share with you how much this was NOT manufactured?


there was no team - no makeup artists. no fancy lighting. no frills.



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kristin abigail bellevue portrait photographer_light and shadow_female portraiture_self love_seattle photographer_pnw photographer
kristin abigail bellevue portrait photographer_light and shadow_female portraiture_self love_seattle photographer_pnw photographer



just valerie, me and my camera. our bodies. our souls. the freshly rained seattle air. lake washington. the evergreen tree. and our imaginations. oh, and i must mention of course, our vulnerability.

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kristin abigail bellevue portrait photographer_light and shadow_female portraiture_self love_seattle photographer_pnw photographer


because art IS vulnerability.


and the more we engage with it - the more we surrender ourselves to it - the greater our capacity to UNDERSTAND what lies within ourselves. our very souls.


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art, therefore - photography, painting, graphic design, calligraphy, what have you.


is an OUTWARD EXPRESSION OF OUR SOULS.



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MIC DROP.


until next time. oh, and happy valentine's day to EVERYBODY IN EVERY WAY IN EVERY PLACE WITH ALL YOUR BEAUTIFUL +UNIQUE FACES.


xoxoxoxo.