Jen Utley

Last year I had the honor of being interviewed for Project Girl Crush by two charming and engaging women, Jen Utley and Genevieve Peirson.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with this authentic and deeply unveiling Seattle project, I'd encourage you to check out their site

I remember when Jen called and informed me that the questions she'd be asking would require me to get well acquainted with both the goodness I know of myself and the barriers of my internal landscape.  I became nervous as I began to reflect on the latter half of those questions.

This is who Jen is.  She brings this kind of presence.  A presence that invites the other to find their own strength and boldness, their own voice.  She's fierce, but not in a bullying way.  Jen's fierceness evokes the fierce in me, the fierce that is buried underneath all the people pleasing parts of me.

On top of being a stunning writer for PJC, Jen and her business partner Genevieve manage their creative film project, Common Thread Collective.

I asked Jen if I could photograph her beautiful self in her Seattle based home.  Having done some modeling as well, Jen moved throughout her space with ease, grace, and spontaneous giggles.  Needless to say, we became friends and now you can find us curled up on her sofa with her two dogs and new kitten, sipping hot tea and bringing our real selves.



A couples of months back, my friend Nicole introduced me to the most amazing ambient restaurant in Seattle, "Damn the weather."  Fun name right?  It's rather small interior makes room for around 10 tables, all situated against an exposed brick wall that makes one feel they are in a secret location.  No secret anymore!  This place has become the prime dinner spot or the place to grab a yummy cocktail!  Point of the story?  Well, overtime I got to know one of the servers, Landon.  After snippets of conversations, we both planned to do a photo shoot for him to begin building his model portfolio.  I was so excited to work with him for his very first photo shoot!  Here are the gems.


I always love it when my friends hire me to photograph them.  They are seldom just looking for photos but rather an experience to feel their own inner beauty unlocked.

Being photographed can be quite an anxiety producing experience.  Standing in front of that one small lens stirs up an array of insecurities and doubts about body and beauty.

I find it to be quite an awakening for clients.  To feel their body move and to come alive during a shoot.  To move from caring to not caring and just being free to be exactly who you are created to be, you.

This is Hayden.  She came alive during this shoot and it was stunning to witness her beauty