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  • Writer's pictureTina Witherspoon

Landscape Photography: Side Yard Oasis

As we wait patiently for the impending snowfall that is predicted to blanket Seattle for the next week, I'm enjoying a look back at this sunset photoshoot from last August. I arrived to set up around 6pm, and over the period of 2 hours the light changed from streaks of sun sprinkling sideways to an overall glowing light, finally giving up as the string of lights came on in the yard. Such a beautiful oasis in the middle of the city!

This little side yard would make for a lovely spot to come home to after a long day in the city. Even before I decided to focus on lifestyle imagery, it was always a part of my workflow. Staging and arranging furniture, deciding which elements to omit — less is more — is something I've always enjoyed about photography. My theatre background provided the foundation for this. In college I made costumes, painted sets, inventoried the props closet — you name it, I did it. In the real world, it's not much different. While working in the Seattle fringe theatre scene in the mid-90's, the low budgets dictated that an actor often had to come up with her character's costume cobbled together from her own personal wardrobe and a trip to the thrift store. We also helped build the sets which was really fun until you realized all your efforts would be torn down in 3 weeks when the show closed.

Landscape design by Board & Vellum and built by Sage and Stone. Check out more images of this sanctuary and read the backstory in B&V's portfolio.

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