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Fashion! YSL exhibit at the SAM…extraordinary

 (Elisa Sherman) Fashion in its purest form. This curated exhibit was stunning to behold – we are so lucky to have had it at the Seattle Art Museum. We, the hubs and I, caught it in the waning hours as its run came to a close. The book, The Perfection of Style, was sold out (much like the tickets were within an hour after we picked up ours), but I was able to find the book in stock online at Barnes and Noble (back order at the SAM and on Amazon) here. I highly recommend – it has everything from the exhibit and more. A must for any fashion historian and lover of the art of fashion, in my opinion.

So, fashion is in my heart, if not in my closet at all times. I graduated with a degree in Apparel Merchandising and Textiles from Washington State University. The study of it fascinated me from childhood. The textures, the business, the artists. So while my career path has decidely gone in a technical direction, my heart beats a little faster at illustrations of some of the greatest couture ever created. And make no mistake, Yves Saint Laurent was one of the great artists in this arena that is fashion, couture. YSL are initials that live beyond his life.

This exhibit brings the full arc of what he brought to our lives. Grand at it’s minimum. Stunning is yet an understatement.

I didn’t take my big camera because I wanted to take it in…but as is so often in life, I couldn’t help but record snaps of my own. Come with me as I tour(ed) the fabulous views of what was exhibited.


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2016 in Review

 (Elisa Sherman)It’s been a year.

Massive love, happiness, fear, frustration and more ~ highs and lows. There haven’t been that many clicks of the big camera, that is for sure. But I always say, the best camera is the camera you have with you. And just like everyone else, I have my phone with me all the time. So, if I want to review the year faithfully – that is where I am going to look.

It was a lot of fun actually going through the year, reliving it a bit…from pulling over to capture a sunset, marking the first snow of the year, trying to capture a speedy little one, taking the ever elusive perfect selfie, maybe taking one or two or too many kitty cat pix, perhaps gratuitous food images(sorry! lol), lot’s of wedding prep, pix of Wade – so many lol, and so much more. The images that recorded life through the year tell the story of the year fairly well I think. Here’s to 2017 – who knows what we will see.

Leading off with the best of insta’s, more @elisasherman.

For the big camera blogs ~ Big Island, Pride, Wedding.

Now for the year in my life ~ 2016.

…someone may have gotten me this interesting sunny side up egg stencil? lol…


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There may be a few (or endless) snaps from our honeymoon location in Puerto Vallarta…

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House sitting…kitties. (we miss you Bonçuk! xo)

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Sunrise over the park…

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…did I mention kitty cat?!

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Paradise…well, Nuevo Vallarta – same same.

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…the hubs at sunset – xo

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…wedding gifts were fun, I’m not going to lie….

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…the cutest shower gifts…

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…lot’s of sunsets….

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Louise, close up!

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Selfie, because…

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First-ish snow of the year – yes, this is out of order…

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Magnets…

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Because – lol.

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The farm that would later be where we got married…

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The Grand opening of the 520…it was so cool to walk out over the lake…

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Crabs…or rather crab.

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Puppies seem appropriate?!

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First engagement ring pix…because, well endless wedding references and photos…I warned…

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At the gorgeous church in Puerto Vallarta…

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…this was a missed pic, that I love the colors – shall we call it art? lol…

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Those are just a handful of my faves…until the end of 2017….

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And the full year…start to finish…



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Endless Wedding Prep, Endless Honeymoon…

marriedpost-copySo I got married (Facebook photo and post courtesy of my wonderful new Husband, Wade Hasbrouck – xoxo). Yep. A big day. It went perfectly (everyone said yes, and I do!) and we all had fun – thank you to all of our friends and family, love you all – xoxo. Extra special thanks to all of the friends and family that pitched in to help put together the flowers, favors and big set up day of – we couldn’t have done it without you.

I did not photograph my own wedding – the fabulous Meredith McKee of Meredith McKee Photography did…see the day on her blog! Meredith captured all of our moments, almost rainy day and all. We cannot thank her enough.

However, I did snap lots of the details along the way leading up to the big event. We did so many fun DIY details ourselves that I dubbed #endlessweddingprepWE in the days and weeks leading up to the main event. I captured everything with my handy iphone and shared it via instagram. Our goal was to make everything very personal – from the airplane themes to the photo features.

As many DIY as there were, one of our favorite personal theme items was actually from our cake vendor Mike’s Amazing Cakes – who was able to perfectly create this super awesome cake and topper(which is a sculpture we get to keep!)…

Special thanks to #mikesamazingcakes for our delish cake and awesome topper! #WadeAndElisa @mikemccarey

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Wade, my new Hubby, was the master folder of airplane styled programs(and 80+ favor boxes scroll down a few pix)…they were on point!

Someone was a folding factory?? @wadehas #endlessweddingprepWE

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…believe it or not, I was head candy plane maker :) (these went inside our final favors)

#smartieair manufacturing complete…fleet ready for takeoff ? #endlessweddingprep #endlessweddingprepWE

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Speaking of favors, a little making of shot. Note the sectional chart boxes that the hubs had folded – aka airplane maps :)

Flashback to the favor making #endlessweddingprepWE

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Our theme and decor included lots of aviation items, but also included lots of reference to our combined passion of photography, ranging from decopage letters of our personal and coupled evolution…

Boom! Dècoupage master project completed? ? @wadehas #endlessweddingprepWE

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…Along with our travel photo as featured wall decor at our reception…

#WadeAndElisa photos on wall at the wedding ?

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…and even our own DIY photobooth…the Hubs set up with my camera…He clicked the shutter on our shots – so photo credit again, Wade Hasbrouck :)

#fiesta ? #WadeAndElisa #photobooth

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And of course the colors were red and TURQUOISE…I’ve been told that must be my favorite color – what?!? lol, yes.

Before… #WadeAndElisa #cravenfarm

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Looking back before the madness? #WadeAndElisa #cravenfarm

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To see anything we and a few other folks posted from the wedding, check #WadeAndElisa for instagrams, including the lovely sunsets and whatnot from our honeymoon:)

Memories?#honeymoon #nuevovallarta #puertovallarta #WadeAndElisa

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In closing special thanks to all of our vendors and honeymoon host for helping to make our wedding and honeymoon a great day, week and memory.
Cake: Mike’s Amazing Cakes
Flowers: Pike Place Flowers
Venue: Craven Farm
Photographer: Meredith McKee Photography
Day of Coordinator: Nancy Keith
Catering: Alexa’s Cafe
Honeymoon Resort: Occidental Grand Nuevo Vallarta

And additional details vendors –
Invitations, Programs & Thank You’s – Perfect Press & Merchants Design

Programs & Ty's #WadeAndElisa

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Personalized water bottles & Turquoise burlap – Oriental Trading

Personalized favor tags: Roberto Sand

Favor box tags (early favor protypes) #endlessweddingprepWE

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Personalized clothespins: Etched in Time

Personalized clothespins we used for placecards and photo wall hanging #WadeAndElisa #endlessweddingprepWE

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Some cocktail napkins with a plane graphic – no problem thanks to ForYourParty.com

Our napkins @foryourparty thank you! #WadeAndElisa

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Oh and for some quick super big poster boards? Walgreens! Ha :)

Big printing posters from Walgreens…yep #endlessweddingprepWE

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BIG Thanks to everyone!!!!

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Lava, Luau, Loco Moco & Love…Big Island Hawaii 2016

 (Elisa Sherman)So, where to start…

I decided last spring that I wanted to spend my next birthday in Hawaii…because, well, sun, beaches, sunsets and paradise;) It’s good for the soul, and glorious for the camera sensor.

It really is peaceful excitement when you first set foot in paradise, and this trip proved why in many ways.

Let’s get the big excitement out the way first, #engagement…it was perfect and photographic all at once. We were walking around the Japanese garden in Hilo. I was like, why aren’t you taking more pictures…?! LOL.

Then he gave me a gorgeous book of all the pictures and fun we have had together over the last 2+ years, a birthday present I thought…and wrapped it up with a perfect proposal. There is much more backstory to the what led up to that, but for now, we’ll just say it was a perfection in paradise.

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In photographs, the vacation bookends the perfect engagement setting with bountiful beautiful gazing sights. Just don’t forget the mosquito repellant!(serious Dengue Fever has the island in a current state of Emergency)…

From lazing on the beach, glowing crater, sea arch, and this apparent island specialty – Loco Moco, it just got better and better.


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Oh, and there was a luau, a sunset or two, a sunrise with steam rising, palm trees and waves…and even the southern most point in the whole U.S. of A…not necessesarily in any of that order…


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And maybe, some turtles, Banyan trees and oh yeah, that one Japanese garden…

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Gates of the Mountains bursting in the Sun

…and through you go. So pretty, up from Holter Lake & dam up through the Gates of the Mountains and to Upper Holter Lake…all part of the Missouri River…on a bright 100 degree day…at 30 mph, it was quite nice:)

Bright, bursting sun in the sky, that ball of light…not to mention some thirsty mountain sheep (slideshow),that kind of look like deer or goats, but no, they’re sheep 😉 .


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Holter Lake & Gates of the Mountains, July 2015 – Images by Elisa Sherman

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NYC – Welcome to the Jungle

…the concrete jungle that is. So much of what hit my sensors (iPhone, big camera) screamed big city, big apple, classic, kitchy, reverent, New York City.

Last time, in 2014, it was a speedy spin through the city (link).

This time, bang bang – heat, humidity, tall sky scrapers, taxis abound, lights endless, building(s) everywhere.

New York City. One like no other. This trip, not unlike last years, was prompted by a show – this time a couple big name home town favorites, together in sold out landmark performances at Radio City Music Hall – the forever young – Tony Bennett, and the extraordinarily excessive Lady Gaga.

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It was fantastic. Check my instagram for more on the show.

Show aside, the city is rich with imagery, classic to kitch. Big and well bigger.

Until next time.


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New York, June 2015 – Images by Elisa Sherman

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2014 in Review…

2014…and that is it…

Kind of a fast and furious year. My camera only left my bag on occasion, or request. Some images never left my cards, before reformat…well that may have been a slight forgetful error, but still.

As in recent years past, a lot of images were captured in snapshot form, via iPhone to Instagram&Tumblr. There’s a fair bit of life that’s caught here, that I would never pull the big rig out for. I know I also enjoy a look back at the moments, the scenes, the selfies :)

There was also the chance to try out a Sony full frame mirrorless and shoot it along side my Canon 5d2…it did pretty well. I might get one before traveling abroad this next year…can’t beat the size/quality ratio, that is for sure.

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A couple trips…

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Pride Love…

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Music…

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And Victory, amongst the many good times in #fullframe…

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And on to 2015…check out a small selection of 2014 below, or to review full sets, check the full 2014 collection:)




2014 in review – Images by Elisa Sherman

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Great Falls, Big Sky…Montana

 (Elisa Sherman)If there is one thing most folks associate with the great state of Montana…it’s the Big Sky…Big Sky Country as it’s referred. It’s beautiful, vast, bits of fluffy clouds, winding rivers, great big falls, and prairie for days.

I haven’t been for ages, and had never been this far past the Rockies, as Great Falls… Beauty abounds. Mostly, when you visit new places, you are removed from the taken for granted beauty of your local surroundings; even as they are common to the folks that live there. This struck me as we were visiting my boyfriends home town. He took me around to all of the just down the street magnificence. It made me think, all this beauty just in your back yard? So common, yet so easily overlooked. Alas, as a visitor, it was easy for me to gaze upon it, and and want to capture it click after click…in between visiting the fave Taco (Treat) and Pizza joints, oh and the Mermaid bar…yep, you heard me;) Yes, Big Sky Country, and Great Falls in particular, has said mermaid, Black Swans, and perhaps a Buffalo-fish…
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Instagram snaps aside, the vastness that Lewis & Clark once passed through, of the prairie and river is grand…and beckoned the full frame…
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Great Falls, Montana ~ June 2014 – Images by Elisa Sherman

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Beach time…yes, we have Beaches…

Yes, it’s Seattle, West Seattle to be specific…where we have this little beachy part of town we call Alki…it’s where all the hipster yuppies who wear flip flops(and have too much money) live. There is sand, and yes, even palm trees…to go with the jagged mountain back drop. And before you round the bend heading to Alki point, you look back and see the gorgeous Seattle skyline(that would be downtown, from across Elliot Bay). It is beautiful here, and days like this, remind us why we all live here in the pacific northwest…and why the rest of the world can only dream of our emerald city:) Some of my faves from this gorgeous walk to the beach last weekend…

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Perhaps fresh Yosemite images in about a week or so?! :)

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Victory, a moment of Loudness, and how I found my way back to the Seahawks…

 (Elisa Sherman)The Seahawks win Super Bowl XLVIII… …Wait, what? Yep, that’s right, we won. We won big. Huge. Jealous? LOL:) And shockingly(or not) I went out to spend a few hours in freezing temps among 700ish thousand(some say a million) fellow Seattlites, to celebrate and to click the joy of the fans, the team, and just soak it in…and scream – it was law, after all, at 12:12. For context, this was an interesting journey for me. I haven’t seriously watched football for oh, 14+ (Elisa Sherman) years, and if we’re being honest seriously since the 80’s. I had realized, as we waited 2 weeks for the Super Bowl, that I hadn’t followed the team at all or been familar with any player names since at least the 90’s…I hadn’t consciously given up on them. More, it was something I used to watch with my dad growing up. It was around 1980-82, when rather than go into the other room or playing somewhere else, I actually sat through an entire game and asked my dad questions about it…what was a 1st down, how did they score, etc. Otherwise it just looked like a bunch of big guys running into each other (right?)… When my dad passed in 2000, that touch point of sitting in the living room watching the games together, just wasn’t there anymore. I watched baseball, or went to concerts, or just did and watched other things. I hadn’t realized, until I thought about for a minute, why I had stopped watching. The current excitment, made me think back and wonder why, and the timing was inescapable. My sister captured our fond memories perfectly here –

“So, growing up in my house, every Sunday during football season, you’d be sure to find my  (Elisa Sherman)dad sitting in his spot at the end of our rust-colored, sectional-recliner couch, yelling at the TV with a Lowenbrau or a Mountain Dew in his hand (or one, then the other) and a bag of nacho-flavored Doritos not too far away. Despite superstars like Steve Largent and Curt Warner, more often than not, things were not going well for the Seahawks. But still, he watched/yelled, and so we watched. This is one of my most enduring and cherished memories, trite as it may be. It’s why I’m so excited for today’s game. Go Seahawks!! — with Stella Sherman and Elisa Sherman.” ~Monique

Oddly, even our first unsuccessful run at the Super Bowl, didn’t penetrate, for me. I didn’t care, and barely paid attention. But something changed this year. It was some sort of odd unrecognizable energy in the air here in Seattle. Some will say it was the 12th man. Others, the Legion of Boom. I don’t know. I only know, that I started seeing these card board cut outs around the office of this guys head. I had to presume it was a Seahawk – with dreds, and sign saying Richard Sherman. Odd. Funny that a player basically had my dad’s name. Eventually, my curiousity and the news of the winning made me (Elisa Sherman) start turning on the games as filler while I would sit working on other things on Sundays. Then watching it seriously as the season, and the playoffs were becoming a reality. Ulitimately, caring if we had won enough to get the desired home field advantage. Clearly I was firmly back on the #bandwagon. With each playoff game, we believed. The NFC championship was almost unbelievable. To that final tip, I didn’t know what would happen, but it was like we couldn’t lose – and then, we didn’t. And it was the Super Bowl. Gathered around with friends and party food…we sat down to watch, the pregame, listen to all the commentators say how good the Seahawks were, but hey, Peyton would probably carry the Broncos to victory. Eye rolls all around. Then the game. And O.M.G. Now I know for those not Seahawks fans, it was probably the worse game ever; either boring or heartbreaking. But for Seattle – it was simple. It was euphoric. Screaming at every score, every interception, every run, every catch. It was both stunning yet completely unsurprising at some level, for those fans, the now famous 12th man, that had believed from the beginning. So, with the excitement not abating even after watching endless coverage post game, and basking in the afterglow for a few days, I donned my warmest layers, and worked my way to a good viewing spot just north of Westlake, north of the corner at 4th Ave and Stewart – and waited. Waited for an extra hour as the victory parade got a late start. Waited as my toes started screaming, and my fingertips icy. And then they were there, Mr. Skittles leading the charge, the party. And I clicked. Love you Seattle, Love you Seahawks. Love you Dad – this ones for you.

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