Intimate Portraits of a Pacific Northwest Goddess

August 28, 2020  •  1 Comment

​​​Sophie's actual home is the ocean.

She swims, she surfs, she dives to the ocean floor and harvests sea urchin to snack on the uni. If you eat enough uni, it can give you a bit of a high (it contains anandamide- a chemical neurotransmitter). That's sort of Sophie in a nutshell- a bit of a buzz that comes from the most natural of places. High off of energy that comes from being connected to your environment.

 

Her second choice of home is her property tucked back into the woods.

Sophie owns 12 acres of pure wild Washington growth.  Her house is full of art by her friends or made herself, warmed by a wood stove, and covered by living roof over the garage. Soon she and her partner will start work on building a new earthen home. 


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A Photography Dream


When Sophie asked me to photograph her for a portrait session, I immediately said yes! Getting to photograph a friend is such an honor. She told me that one of the reasons she wanted to do this session was to document her home and her land. It was all about highlighting her essence in her own spaces. Her energy radiates through her- touching everybody and everything around her. It was a dream scenario for me.

 

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Her soulmate Quil is as self-sufficient and loyal as one could ever hope to find.

So, of course, he makes multiple appearances. Home is all the things and people and creatures that make us feel most like ourselves.


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Sophie was my first and only Summer Love

I met Sophie in 2015 when I moved into a house of seasonal National Park employees. My partner worked for the Park, so I joined him for the summer. Shout out to the #goodvibes house! I fell in love with her so deeply that I felt a fissure in my heart when I left after a few months to go back to Michigan. We held each other and cried on my mattress on the floor as we struggled to say goodbye. That summer love evolved into what I hope will be a lifelong affair. 



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A Kitchen Full of Love

​​​​​​I go to Sophie when I need:

-to laugh

-to cry

-a homemade meal

-craft time


-a drink in my hand before I even walk in the door

 

 

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The Good Time G&T

Sophie made us Gin&Tonics as we moved our photo shoot into the kitchen. Oh that kitchen. It's defined by pickled veggies and a constant stream of homemade sourdough bread. The open room concept means that I usually get to sit on the couch and relax as Soph whips up something delicious. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sophie's actual home is the ocean.

But damn if those green ferns and mossy woods don't fit her just as well. 

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The Sophie Vibe: Soulful Adventure

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Myrian Preiser(non-registered)
Those photos of Sophie in the ferns are BEAUTIFUL!
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