Markie Jones Photography, LLC: Blog en-us (c) Markie Jones Photography LLC 2010-2017 (Markie Jones Photography, LLC) Fri, 06 Jul 2018 11:43:00 GMT Fri, 06 Jul 2018 11:43:00 GMT Markie Jones Photography, LLC: Blog 80 120 Fourth of July: Broken Arm Style Miss G broke her arm 

On Monday, July 2nd, our little daredevil, Miss G, took a corner too fast on her tiny bike and fell. I was in the house at the time so I didn't see it happen, but I'm told very enthusiastically by her older sister that she went "really fast this way and turned that way and her bike went this way and she went that way". So there you have it. A bike crash, resulting in one broken arm, three pins and four weeks in a cast. 

This whole thing tossed our usual July 4th plans out the window. Instead of heading to a celebration fair, we stayed home to watch Masha and The Bear, play board games and eventually roast marshmallows and light fireworks with Noni and Opi. While I'd been looking forward to the fair in Auburn, I found I was much more satisfied with the snuggle time on the couch and staying at home. It forced us to think outside the box and gave us the opportunity to spend some extra time together; time that didn't revolve around another busy day. 

Miss G is recovering well, and she'll be getting her hard cast on Tuesday when I return from Connecticut. She's still a daredevil: climbing things one handedly, skating through the house on breakfast dishes and trying to surf on the wagon. If she doesn't break the other arm, it's pretty obvious nothing is gonna hold her down. 

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The Grandparent Project | Grandma Sue Last week, Grandma Sue joined me in the studio to help with my Grandparent Project. While she’s never been any less than Grandma Sue to me, our family is blended. My grandparents divorced when my dad was 18, and my grandpa remarried shortly after, to Grandma Sue. She’s been an amazing great grandma to my girls, visiting when she can and always thinking of them while she’s out thrifting (who doesn’t love a good thrift gift?!) then mailing things she found for them from all the way across the country.

She’s a fireball all right, and I’m glad to call her my grandma.


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Meghan's Sweet Pink Tutu Session It's a major compliment when photographer friends send you their models. It's an even bigger compliment when said photographer is in Southern California.

The amazing Brooke of Boudoir by Brooke Champlin recommended me to Meghan for a session during her visit to Seattle. This incredible woman came in to celebrate her accomplishments while she skips around the country during her summer vacation. I'm thrilled to have spent my birthday with her in the studio chatting, laughing and having a grand time. She'll be headed home to SoCal at the end of this summer to start her new career. I can't wait to see where life takes her! 

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Kaysen's First Birthday Bubble Bath-ish | Tacoma Milestone Photographer This isn't your average bubble bath. 

In fact, Kaysen wasn't thrilled with the bubble bath portion of his first year session at all. He didn't want to get in the tub, nor did he want to be wet. He much preferred to stay dry and play with the duckies in the water. 

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Kaysen's First Birthday Cake Smash | Tacoma Milestone Photographer The best cake, is a cake smash cake. 

Kaysen's first birthday session continued with a cake smash. Noni picked out this incredible green cake, which tied into the Wild Child shirt that Kaysen got for his birthday from me. When we first placed the cake in front of him, I'm convinced he thought we'd lost our marbles (not that its hard for us to do that). Soon, he started digging in and by the end he didn't want to let us take the cake away. 


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Kaysen's First Birthday Portraits | Tacoma Milestone Photographer Kaysen hit plenty of milestones this first year. 

But the best ones are those I'm blessed to photograph. He came into the studio for his first birthday and celebrated with a three part session: Portraits, Cake Smash and Bath time. The portrait session kept him busy, with balloons to play with, a crate to sit in, and plenty of play things so he wasn't creeped out by Auntie Markie's blue hair. 

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Gluten Free Dairy free Cupcakes from Scratch I'm not a baker. I'm a photographer. 

Last week, I was doing the millennial parenting thing and tossed tablets at both of my kids while I finished up my weeks worth of work. When it was time to shut them off, I finally looked at what Mimi was watching... cooking videos on YouTube. YouTube isn't something I like the kids watching, but when she chooses cooking shows over those strange toy commercials (you know the ones, where kids watch someone else open a bunch of toys and play with them? They're weird but apparently popular.), I can't help but oblige her requests to learn to bake. Her current obsession is cupcakes. Elsa cupcakes, angry birds cupcakes, cupcakes with little bees on them... she wants to bake them all. So today, as promised, I told everyone I was booked up and went home to make cupcakes with my Mimi. 

Attempting to use more of what I already have, we scoured the cupboards for the necessary ingredients, and the internet for a recipe. I wasn't happy with any of the ones I found, so I pulled out a cookbook I was given for Christmas called Living Freely Gluten Free and we set to work. (For those who don't know, I've been Gluten Free/Dairy Free for over a year due to some health issues that removing these two items from my diet solved for me. This doesn't mean I never eat gluten or dairy... I do, but I know it will have consequences, LOL). I have to say though, these cupcakes were perfect when we were finished. Even Noni said she wouldn't have known they were GF/DF if she didn't know they came from my house. 

We made cupcakes. We made marshmallow fondant (surprisingly good shoulder workout). We made vegan buttercream frosting. We spent all afternoon baking, laughing and having a good time as a family (even though we sent Daddy & Gracie to the store to get dinner). Days like these, are the ones that refill my love for documentary photography. Even if I'm just taking pictures of half melted cupcakes. 

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Kaysen's First Birthday Party | Bump to Baby Photographer Sweet Kaysen turned one year old this year. 

It's amazing where time goes when you're jet setting around the world. Mr Kaysen and his parents spent the first few months of this year outside of Tokyo Japan for daddy's job. The leaps and bounds Kaysen made while he was gone, from crawling to walking and eating solid foods, made the time seem like he'd been gone forever. 

I was lucky to be invited to photograph his Japan themed birthday party. From seaweed crackers to pot stickers, the food was incredible. This little man celebrated his birthday in style in his own little kimono outfit and dined on a delicious cake his mama made. 

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Dying Eggs with Rice I always dreamed of being the pinterest mom. 

But realistically, I'm more of the hot mess mom. It's a good thing if I put on pants in the morning, because working from home allows me to be lazy. ;) My mom on the other hand, she's got an artsy-craftsy side that I might be able to tune into if I wasn't so focused on other things. This year she found these dyed eggs using rice. It was supposed to be less messy, and since I have a bit of a hoarder complex when it comes to baking supplies, I had the necessary billions of food dye colors so we could get every possible color we needed. Seeing these projects come to life is always a fun experiment and the girls always have a good time doing crafts with Noni. One thing to note if you do this, the eggs that were soaked in vinegar took the color better... all the way through the eggs. (I'm hoping to try this next year with homemade food coloring!)

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2018 Shoot & Share Contest Review | 2017 Results The Shoot & Share Contest

Honestly, this is probably the biggest contest I'll ever enter. One because I'm lazy and two because it's a wonderful whirlwind to spice up a rather mundane month in the photography world. Let's be realistic. February is cold, dreary and really doesn't give us much (unless we're talking booty then there's boudoir and baby booties galore up in here!). 

In 2017 I entered on a whim, not expecting to get anywhere with my images. There are literally thousands of AMAZING photographers out there who blow my work out of the water. But out of 50 images entered.... I had one in the top 20%, one in the top 30% and one image that made it to round 6 (out of 12). That's definitely not bad for a first year. These three were those winning images. 


The anxiety of waiting for results is almost enough to drive a photographer insane. I'm not even sure anymore how far my images made it and won't have that info until at least March 19th. Tiffany entered a couple of images for Wink Wedding Collective as well as a few of her own. Fingers crossed, one of our Wink images made it to round 12 (we think there is one, but we can't be sure until the results are in!). Below are a few of my favorites that I entered into the 2018 contest.  Tiny Hands DetailTiny Hands Detail

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Grand Opening Sale-abration! | Tacoma Boudoir Photographer Tacoma Boudoir Photography from $49 until March 31st!

The opening of Wink studio has been a huge opportunity for me to really grow and expand my availability to all of you lovely guys and gals. To celebrate, I've put together a Grand Opening Deal that won't be around for long! 

Session Fee

$299 $79 on Saturdays/Sundays, $199 $49 on Wednesdays/Fridays

45 minute photography session
Unlimited outfit changes (within session time)
Two (2) 5x7 prints

Additional Prints & Products

Loose Prints
4x6: $10
5x7: $15
8x10: $20

8x8: $600
10x10: $800
12x12: $1000
11x14: $299
16x20: $499
20x30: $799
High Resolution
Digital Files

1-5 Digital Files: $325
10-15 Digital Files: $400
20+ Digital files: $500
9x6 Little Black Book: $550 "Oil Painted" Upgrade
(Prints or Canvas): $250

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A Date with Jessica Rabbit | Tacoma Boudoir Photography "I'm not bad. I'm just drawn that way" - Jessica Rabbit


It's not every day that you get to bring a celebrity into your studio, and lucky me, I have the ability to do it on the regular. Behold the amazing Carmie Cosplay as Ebony Jessica Rabbit. 

An avid Disney fan, I just adore anything and everything Disney themed. From weddings to newborns to boudoir shoots, I've enjoyed every Disney Theme there is. But this one was something else. Arriving straight from Toon Town USA, Ebony Jessica Rabbit is a bombshell to behold in everything.... and right down to her skivvies. Carmie really pulled this one off. Starting with the gorgeous purple gown, she put on a real show with her vocals. A woman of many talents, she can sing. 


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Celebrating Seniority | A 2018 Personal Project Here's to strong women. 
May we know them.
May we be them.
May we raise them.

When my Nana found out that I'd secured a studio in Tacoma, she asked to come model for me. While she may have very well been joking, I took her up on the chance to do what I'd so deeply regretted not asking to do before Papa died. I gave her a modern day portrait session. 

It got me thinking, why is it we don't take more photos of our grandparents? Do you have either a modern or classic portrait of your parents or grandparents? I have photos of birthdays, anniversaries, etc. and thankfully, my grandpa insisted on getting their photos done every anniversary. Just a 5 minute, simple portrait but those mean the world to me. 

We celebrate births with birth, fresh 48 and newborn photography. We celebrate first birthdays with cake smashes and portrait sessions. We celebrate kids growing up with school photos; graduation from high school with senior portraits; engagements, weddings, first anniversaries, women's empowerment. We celebrate all of these milestones over the course of our lives.... but when do we celebrate our seniors?

The truth is, we should celebrate them every single day. These are the men and women who raised us; who loved us at our worst and forgave our biggest mistakes. These are our parents and grandparents, the grandparents and great-grandparents of our children; the ones who gave us life, who picked us up when we fell down and sometimes the ones who laid there with us when we couldn't get back up. They deserve to be celebrated. 

Going forward, my goal is to photograph 2-3 seniors a month. If you know someone who would enjoy (or not) a short session to help with my personal project, please shoot a message to

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2018 Valentine's Minis Announcement Let me call you sweetheart, I'm in love with you....

I'm so excited that we can do these cute little setups now! With Valentine's Day just around the corner, what a perfect gift for Mom, Dad, or the Grandparents! I don't know about yours, but my parents are always asking for new photos of the grand kids. So get them dressed up and head into Wink Studio for a cutesy Valentine's Day mini session to show them you DO listen to your parents. ;) 

Valentine's Day Minis - $60

20 minute photography session
Two (2) 5x7 prints


Need ideas on what to wear?

Kids: Grab some cute Valentine's themed outfits, or even an adorable pair of Valentine's PJs! It seems the little ones get all the good cute outfits, so this should be a breeze! (And the perfect excuse to buy some new pjs for Junior.) Another option is similar to my kids pink and black "church" dresses. A little fancier but still perfect for these pink and red themed minis. 

Pre-Teens & Teens: The best options here are the classic jeans and Valentines or white tee combo. Pair them with a jean jacket or cute vest for a classy, yet age appropriate look. 

Moms & Dads: These are the hard ones! With so many amazing outfits, it can be hard to narrow down a look. If you have kiddos in graphic tees or super cutesy outfits, stick with neutral colors to balance out the cute and classic. 


Fine Print

Clients will receive a watermarked online gallery for proofing and selecting their images for the included prints. Payment is due at the time of booking. Appointments can be made through the online booking calendar and will take place at Wink Studio in Tacoma. If you have any questions, please email and your questions will be answered within 72 hours. 


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Wink Studio Grand Opening Almost ten years ago....

I was semi-unwillingly nominated to become the "official" Team Photographer for a Pop Warner Football team outside of Pacifica, California. Never in a million years did I dare to imagine that moment would take me this far. To tell the truth, I didn't want to believe that I could do this. I kept telling myself I wasn't ready, I didn't have the client base, I couldn't make it work. Then I met Tiffany, and she proved to be the other half of my brain. The part that says "You can do this. You will do this. You are doing this." So we made that leap. 

And now, we have opened a gorgeous studio, located in the heart of downtown Tacoma's Theater District. We're steps from Dorkys, Matador and Firemen's park. I'm pretty sure there isn't anywhere better for us to be. Ironic, my mom used to work in one of these buildings, quite possibly the same one our studio is located in! I haven't taken enough photos of the studio setup, but without further ado..... here are the few I have! 

Of course I had to include Tiffany in there too. ;) Watch for the announcement for the studio grand opening sale! 

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Welcome to 2018! Let's revisit 2017.... When one door closes, another opens. 

2017 was officially my craziest year yet. I would have to sit down and count how many different sessions I had, and that number is probably up over 100. Ain't nobody got time for that. But in the midst of all the crazy, I started to dream bigger. December rolled around, and the talk of securing an actual studio space quickly grew into a number one priority for Sashem Photography and I. But that's a post for another day. 


January was officially my slowest month. A few boudoir sessions, and an anniversary session pretty much summed up my entire month. A lot of dreaming was done during January, but not a whole lot of doing. This was also the month I met Tessa of The Chittle Homestead, and was honored to photograph her gorgeous DIY kitchen remodel for The Perpetual You. 


Another slow month, Tiffany and I tried to schedule a styled shoot that basically encompassed everything we loved. Weddings, Rock-n-Roll and Vintage thrift finds. Things fell apart at the last minute, but I was able to jump on the opportunity to join Lessie Blue Photography for an amazing wedding on the MV Skansonia. It was the start of a wonderful friendship and wedding season. 


Sashem Photography and I finally manage to get that styled shoot in, and it turns out marvelous! I'm incredibly stunned with how well our styles mesh and blend together, and we begin to dream of a wedding collective. 

April, May & June

Somewhere in here, wedding season starts. Things take off full speed ahead for my business and I'm busier than ever before. Almost every weekend I'm doing something either family related, or wedding related. 

July, August, & September

It doesn't stop. It doesn't slow down. It just keeps on trucking. By this point, Wink Wedding Collective has begun to take form and I'm scheduling winter mini sessions. We start looking a whole year out by this point and wonder how we're going to manage everything. Somewhere during this time, The Perpetual You launches it's print magazine, and I find myself falling in love with the whole collaboration, submitting photos to them left and right, and it brings me a new perspective on shooting for myself. 

The Rest of the Year

Things should have slowed down come October, but the truth is they didn't. Weddings continued right up until Christmas this year, concluding with the gorgeous Ben & Dagon at East King County Courthouse in Issaquah on December 22nd. Tiffany and I find a studio almost at the very last minute, and three years to the day I closed on my house, we got the call that we'd been approved to move into the studio. 

Somehow, we survived. And this year, while things are shifting for us, doors keep opening. Here's to 2018. 

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In Front of the Lens | A Lesson in Perfect Imperfection "The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any." - Alice Walker


Coming up with the words for this post is hard. I still struggle on a regular basis with loving myself and embracing my imperfections. If I tried, I could probably pick out half a dozen things in each of these photos that I dislike about them or myself. But I won't because that's not fair to the woman I am right now. 

A close friend said "I think we get so caught up in how we’d like to look that we forget to appreciate where we are right now. We can love our “now” even if we are working towards future goals. Also we are our own worst critics. Those who love us see our inner and outer’s important to capture is painfully short at times." It's an incredibly honest view on what happens when we step in front of the mirror.

But stepping in front of the camera is somehow freeing. It's an incredible gift to get to see how someone else views you, even for just a moment in time. It's a moment all to yourself, to embrace your beauty, confidence, sexuality. For a moment, you're not just a mother/wife/daughter. You're a siren, a bombshell, the most magnificent creature to grace the earth.

"Embrace the beautiful mess you are." - Elizabeth Gilbert 

After all. You were born to be real. 

Book your boudoir session today by visiting: Gimme A Wink Boudoir

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Our 2018 Photography Studio Wishes Dreaming of places I love.... 

It seems like there comes a time in every photographers "life" where they find they need a studio. This year, that time has come. Finding that perfectly beautiful white walled, well lit space is challenging. So Tiffany and I are hoping someone out there may be able to help. We've put together a short list of things we need our studio to have, and a longer list of things we'd love to have. 

Our Bare-Necessities:

  • 300 square feet. 
  • One large window
  • White walls (or permission to paint the walls white)
  • Utilities included
  • Located between Puyallup and Auburn, including the surrounding areas

Our Dream Studio List:

  • Walking distance to parks and urban backdrops
  • Private bathroom/dressing room
  • At least one naked brick wall
  • Internet included
  • Ability to mount backdrops to the wall
  • Ample Free Parking
  • Floor to ceiling windows
  • Puyallup location 

Do you know of a space that might suit our needs? Email: pretty please and let me know what you have! 

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A Magical Harry Potter Halloween Party Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light. 
~ Professor Dumbledore

There is an entire generation of kids that were disappointed to learn of the world of Wizardry after their 11th birthday. I may have been one of them. (Ok. I probably was one of them). So when my girls and I were invited to our friends Harry Potter Party last October, I couldn't pass up the chance to go. 

Jayne put an amazing amount of thought into this party. From homemade butter beer to some pretty exquisite wands (I still have mine), there wasn't a detail overlooked. Invitations even hung above the chimney searching out the elusive Harry. I'm truly in love with the beautiful details she put into her decorations and food! 

The girls had a blast and still play with their (now broken and very Weasley-esque) wands. I really think that was the highlight of the night for those two. 

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