Travels | Pacific Northwest

Pacific Northwest Travels - Iphone | Azzari Jarrett

Last week, my husband and I set out on a quick trip to the Pacific Northwest. It was the first time for both of us, and I don't quite think that we were prepared for so much beauty.  I was expecting weather in the 50's and 60's with rain and light drizzle, but we lucked up with clear sunny skies and temperatures in the 70's. Gorgeous weather for exploring!

For this trip, I decided to bring only film cameras - my Nikon F100 and my Instax Mini, along with my iPhone for digital captures. If your struggling with what photography gear to pack on a trip, see this post.   

As I wait for my film to be developed, I can't help but share these iPhone snaps from our trip.

Our first stop was Seattle.  And no trip to Seattle is complete without a visit to the Pike Place Market.

Pacific Northwest Travels - Iphone | Azzari Jarrett

So many sights and sounds and colors.  So much goodness to capture.  The flowers were my favorite.  At $5 and $10 a bundle, their price is hard to beat.  It took every ounce of my willpower not to pick up a bouquet.

Pacific Northwest Travels - Iphone | Azzari Jarrett

For dinner, a friend recommended La Rustica, an Italian restaurant in West Seattle with breathtaking views (see above).  Definitely worth visiting if you enjoy good food, wine, and getting away from the touristy spots.  

Pacific Northwest Travels - Iphone | Azzari Jarrett

The next day, we enjoyed a strong cup of coffee and breakfast at Odd Fellows Cafe + Bar. The windows were open and there was such a nice breeze.  I definitely enjoyed the vibe here.

Pacific Northwest Travels - iPhone | Azzari Jarrett

Right next door to Odd Fellows is Totokaelo (above left photo) - a beautifully designed store full of art and textiles, as well as clothes and shoes.  I couldn't help myself and picked out a mug to add to my collection!

We also made a quick stop to the Melrose Market, home to an eclectic group of shops including Marigold and Mint (above right photo).

Pacific Northwest Travels - iPhone | The London Plane by Azzari Jarrett

On our last day in Seattle, we enjoyed the cafe at The London Plane (above), which had the most beautiful flower shop. Definitely worth a visit!

Pacific Northwest Travels - iPhone | Azzari Jarrett

On Saturday, we rented a car and drove to Tacoma, Washington to visit friends.  They took us on a tour of Tacoma, which we loved.  The above image was taken at Point Defiance Park.  

Pacific Northwest Travels - iPhone | Azzari Jarrett

Tacoma has so many parks with breathtaking views.  I don't think you can take a bad picture here if you tried.

Pacific Northwest Travels - iPhone | Ace Hotel by Azzari Jarrett

We rounded out our trip with a visit to Portland.  And of course, an obligatory visit to the Ace Hotel Portland and the famous photo booth in the lobby.  I can't wait to document those photos!

Pacific Northwest Travels - iPhone | Azzari Jarrett

A quick stop in Adler and Co to see the beautiful flowers of Hilary Horvath. And again, so hard to resist.

Pacific Northwest Travels - iPhone | Blue Star Donuts by Azzari Jarrett

On our last day, we picked up donuts and coffee at Blue Star Donuts and headed for the Oregon Coast. 

Pacific Northwest Travels - iPhone | Cannon Beach, Oregon Coast by Azzari Jarrett

After an easy one and half hour drive, we were greeted with this beautiful sight. The dramatic rock formations of Haystack Rock on  Cannon Beach were truly breathtaking.

Not until I posted this on Instagram did I realize that a few scenes from the Goonies (one of my all time favorite movies as a kid) was filmed here!

Needless to say, I can't wait to head back to the Pacific Northwest!

summer flowers

Enjoying the beauty of these summer months - so much color!

My husband and I just returned from a trip to Greece, and I have so much to share. Still dealing with a bit of jet lag, which I definitely under-estimated. I'm waiting patiently for film to be developed and I will share more from our travels soon.



Viewfinders is a group of 15 photographers dedicated to recording the world around them.  There is so much photo goodness to be found on their site.  

One aspect that I love the most is the Viewfinders Manifesto.  Learn is my favorite - "We believe that making mistakes is essential on the road to making great images: We aim to inspire with beautiful images but we're not afraid to share our struggles and missteps and the learnings that came from them."


Photography, as with any creative pursuit, requires trial and error in order to find your voice, your perspective, your style.

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lost film photos - labor day weekend

One aspect of film that I love is when I forget about a roll.  And I inevitably find it months later, and I have no idea what was captured.

In this case, it was a roll of 35mm Kodak Portra 400 film.  I love the anticipation of waiting for my images.

And when I received them, I realized that the pictures were from this past summer.  Our family trip during Labor Day Weekend in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.  It was just what I needed see in the middle of winter.  Can't wait for warmer days ahead.

hello july

I enjoyed making my first video so much, that I thought I would create another as a reminder of the sights and sounds of what July is like for us this year.  We are really enjoying warm summer nights, trips to the pool, playground visits, a messy workspace, and watching the garden grow.

I am really enjoying these visual diaries.  Normally, I would have photographed each of these moments, but I love how video brings my images to life.  Yet another way for me to express myself creatively.

Hello July - here's to a great summer!

summer's winding down

Summer is winding down.

It's the same signs every year - my oldest daughter is back in school, the days are a bit shorter, and I love the coolness of the mornings and late evening.

And I finally got around to developing + scanning the rest of my images from our beach vacation.  I could definitely use a couple more days on the beach.

I'm taking some time away in the next few weeks - posting will be light as I work on some photography projects that I have had in mind, and enjoy the last days of summer.

mornings on the beach

I slipped out of our hotel room a little early one morning to spend a little time on the beach alone, and I took the Polaroid Land Camera with me.

The blues this film captures is amazing.  And as Dottie's photos confirm, peel apart film does not like sand (see the 1st photo as evidence).

So calm. So comforting.  And as I do on almost every vacation, I often convince myself that we should simply move.  Right here on the beach.