block party

Opera Alley is one of my favorite little spots in Tacoma.  It seems like there are tons of creative businesses and studios either on opera alley, or nearby, and there are also some amazing little eateries.  Every year Opera Alley becomes the home of the Downtown Block party, which is today!  I've got a family photo shoot to do this evening, but the block party goes until 10pm, so I think I might be able to catch the end of it.  It always features lots of local artists and there's a beer garden and live music, lots of fun.  It seems like every year there's a new mural painted on the alley for the block party, so it makes it a really colorful little block and a great place to take photos.

I've been doing a ton of photography lately and it feels good to be shooting a lot.  With three weddings, a couple engagement shoots and some family and portrait sessions in the next two months, I'm definitely going to be a busy bee!  I just finished editing my photos from the Brew Five Three festival last Saturday, which was a really cool event with so many breweries and great live music.  It's fun to capture people and events and see them through a different perspective.  I'm still booking for fall/winter weddings, and I'm always taking couples/family/senior clients, email me if you need a photographer!


top/thrifted (free people) :: jeans/courtesy of modcloth :: moccasins/minnetonka
necklaces/courtesy of adorn by sarah lewis
One of my favorite things when thrifting is finding my favorite designers super discounted.  I once found a Dear Creatures dress at the thrift store for only 20 bucks and even though it wasn't in my size I had to snatch it up.  I posted it on twitter, hoping someone would be the right size for it, and found someone to mail it to!  When I bought this top I didn't even look at the brand, but when I got home I looked at it and thought to myself that it looked an awful lot like a Free People-esque top.  Lo and behold, it is a Free People top.  Booyah!  The same thing happened to me once when I found a pair of awesome leggings that ended up being Lululemon leggings.  Such a score!  What's been your best thrifting score ever?