About M

The ability to pursue one’s life passion is a wonderful opportunity — regardless of the challenging obstacles you have to overcome. I believe the challenges force you to develop the skills that set you apart from the ordinary.

For me, photography is more than just “aim and shoot” with the camera. Every picture has a story to tell, silently or verbally about life and the world around us. I enjoy the challenge of using the camera in creative ways to capture life’s passing moments.

Thank you for your visit. Please let me know if you have questions or need more information regarding my services or ordering products.

Make a Great Day!


My first summer in Montreal, Quebec – Beautiful city, lovely people (except for our landlord; but that’s another story) and great food. I moved there hoping to make a new home but got home sick and ended up moving back to Seattle, Washington after living there for a year. It’s like one of those old sayings… ” You don’t realize what you have until it’s gone.” kind of discovery.

Hopefully, with time, dedication, and patience… Alvis and I will be making beautiful music together forever. 😀

My pride and joy — my sons Dean and Kyle.



My Furry kids: Max & Evie

59 thoughts on “About M

  1. Nice blog, beautiful dogs. I too have a Golden, and as you know, there is something deep and affirming in sharing a life with one.

    1. It’s such a wonderful adventure to see others point of view through words and images from around world. Without sharing, life certainly would be shallow and boring. Thank you Mike for visiting my blog and sharing your kind words. 🙂

    1. So sorry Rosie for the late reply. Somehow I missed your comment. While I found Montreal to be a beautiful city, I didn’t stay mainly because of the language and yes, the freezing winter. Although I’m sure I would eventually learn to speak French, I didn’t feel I would be able to learn it fluent enough to gain employment. I still have trouble with English after all these years… and I discovered why all the houses in Montreal have at least double or triple pane windows after I spent my first winter. Burrr… 🙂

  2. Okay Emily, no problem. I understand where it is you are coming from and I can appreciate what it is that you are saying. A year or so ago, I had some people lifting my stuff 100% and reposting it on their blog as their material. We put a stop to that quickie pronto, but it was not easy.


  3. I read your blog almost everyday, have it bookmarked and all that. I don’t really agree with this: “Please do not re-blog my posts without permission.” I think you are missing out on something there.

    Every now and then I will re-blog someone, but it is rare.

    Let me explain. If I see something I really like, i am prone to share it with others, and re-blogging is the easiest way to do it, and you get all the credit. Most of the time I will give you or someone noteworthy a “link” in my blog to call attention to something I feel is extraordinary or out of the norm.

    This I feel is a compliment and not infringement. Having some 1 million people visit my site, it is sometimes a shot in the arm for someone who is just getting started (I get a lot of daily traffic) and I feel as if you are helping them along. This is a good thing as I see it, and not necessarily borrowing someone else’s material for my gain.

    Writing a daily piece often doesn’t allow time for securing permission and all that, so I just thought I would throw my two cents in there for what it is worth. You are doing a super job and I enjoy the site.


    1. Thank you LDS for the wonderful compliment and your 2 cents. 🙂 I appreciate and value your opinions. I do agree with you about the fact that it should be taken as a compliment when someone wants to re-blog my posts. I do feel honored and it is a compliment when someone likes my work enough to want to re-blog the post on their website. However, I guess my note is more for those whose sole purpose of having a blog with only other people’s posts. I’ve been getting a lot of those lately… I always check out their blog and when I see that they have contributed absolutely nothing of their own, then I really don’t want them to use my work to promote me or probably more for themselves.

      Now if you for example want to re-blog my posts, then I am totally fine with that because I enjoy your blog and all your hard work of coming up with interesting and thought provoking posts. And I know most of your audience are people who also enjoys what you have to offer and not someone who is using others to try to build up their own readership or worst spam me with their stuff.

      Thanks again, and you have my permission to re-blog any of my posts… now and future. 😀

  4. Emily, I’ve heard of your blog several times and have always been meaning to look you up – and today saw your link on my good friend Gary Bolstad’s blog – I’m looking forward to seeing your pictures! Adrian

  5. I love your blog and I wanted to do something to really show my appreciation for all your beautiful posts so, I’m giving you this award … the Liebster Award. If you’d like to honor other bloggers with this award, you can see how to do that in the post at my blog. If you’d like to simply receive the award and enjoy the honor, that’s fine too. Just know that I think you’ve got a great blog and I thought all my followers should know it too. Have a great night! 😀

    1. Thank you so much for your wonderful compliment and gesture. While I’m not one to follow the guidelines for getting the award, I really appreciate the award and feel honor to receive it. Make a Great Day! 🙂

      1. You’re so welcome and that’s all that matters … that you feel honored and know that you are special. In a sea of so many wonderful blogs, it’s always so great to realize you stand out. You certainly do and that’s what I wanted you to know. Have a great day. 😀

  6. Your gift is wonderful. You have inspired me. I’ve always loved photography and come from a lineage of photographers. Unfortunately, I never really pursued it until now, but I am beginning the journey of learning and discovering. Hearing your story just stoked that fire even more. Thank you.

    1. Thank you so much for the lovely compliment. I’m glad you find my work inspiring. I hope you will continue with your photography. Look forward to seeing your work. 🙂

    1. Golden Retrievers are amazing. I know my life would never be the same without my Maximus. He has the most loving heart and his unconditional love is priceless. Okay… to be fair, Evie is just amazing too in her own way. 🙂

      Thank you for visiting my blog and the wonderful compliment. I look forward to following your blog and seeing your part of the world.

  7. Emily,
    Nice Blog. It looks like you and I share at least two passions – photography and acoustic guitar. I’m really enjoying the constant learning experience in both areas. Have fun!

    1. Thank you Scott. Likewise, I find your blog refreshing to read and enjoy seeing your photographic style. Yes, I am definitely very passionate about photography and the guitar. Although, my skills in photography seems a lot easier to achieve than making music with Alvis. Right now, the only tunes I can play would make a cat singing on the fence sound great. 🙂

  8. Hi Emily 😀 Just to let you know, I’ve put a link to your blog on my page called “My Blogging Friends” 😀

    Hope you’re having a good weekend,
    Chloe xx

  9. Hi Emily, I took note that you crossed the path of my blog and I love to see who it is that has similar interests as myself. I saw a great shot of what i am assuming is your Pitbull. Sure hope the surgery was a success!! My Pit recently had surgery to remove a cancerous tumor and it looks as if she has a clean bill of health now 🙂

    Your work is beautiful and it has been a pleasure visiting your blog.
    All the best
    Michael Brian

    1. Actually, I don’t own a pitbull. I have a Golden Retriever and a Lhasa Poo. I’m thinking you are referring to the post Beggars Can’t Be Choosers and the pitbull dog in the suitcase. Glad to hear your pup’s surgery went well. I’m sure my surgery will be fine too. Thank you Michael for stopping by. I’m glad you enjoyed my blog. 🙂

    1. I have Photoshop CS4. Though, I don’t use it as much for processing my photos since I got Adobe Lightroom 3. I find it much more user friendly and better quality. Although, I still use photoshop for removing undesirable spots and objects.

  10. I appreciate you stopping by my blog and leaving the nice compliment so I wanted to look at yours and I’m blown away by your work! It’s wonderful! Looking forward to seeing more!

  11. I love your photographs and stories. I stumbled upon your blog through other people who have commented on my posts and referenced yours in their blogroll. I’m glad I took the time to look.

  12. Wow…I have followed your blog for a while but never read this part. Your experience about writing and English as a second language hits home. I think, in my case and perhaps in yours, I was forced to concentrate more on how I wrote rather than what I wrote. Writing is as freeing to me as photography and the fundamentals of photography work well for writing.

    1. First of all, thank you for reading my blog. I’m happy to know you find it interesting to follow. Like you, I have to concentrate more on how I write too. Even now, it drives me nuts when I start to second guess my choice of word usage and sentences. But oh well, I try not not get too critical about it… for the most part I think most people can understand my writing and hopefully, can see that I am an intelligent person. 😉

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