A Better Reality


I know many of you out there are purists when it comes to your photographs, and that’s okay. Power lines, stop signs, annoying tourists stepping in front of your shot – all part of the moment. I don’t see it that way, and Photoshop was made for a girl like me.

I layered one shot on top of the other, letting the tulip line on the second layer cover the greenhouses and other “junk”. Then, I erased the pieces of the second layer I didn’t want and cropped the final photo slightly. I feel this draws the eye to the photographer more and provides a better sense of scale. She isn’t competing for attention. Power lines, stop signs, and tourists – good-bye!



Courtesy of RoozenGaarde

The tulips are here! Every spring, for a few short weeks, the Skagit Valley glows with miles and miles of blossoming fields. My friend Sarah and I visited the RoozenGaarde fields last night for some photos. I’m in the middle of sifting through a couple hundred and plan to post more this weekend as well as provide some information on the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.

A quick note to photographers who may visit these fields: If you are a professional, or intend to post your photos to a website or display your work in some way, you are required to download and sign a consent form . You will need to take it to the Washington Bulb Company office, which is a short walk from the main RoozenGaarde 3-acre garden.

Courtesy of RoozenGaarde

Daffodil Backdrop


My friend Sarah and I took a drive past the daffodil fields in Mount Vernon last month. I thought – how can I take pictures of the daffodils in a different way? Everyone takes pictures of the fields…what if? So, I decided to use the daffodils as a backdrop for some rusty items on one of our stops. Perhaps these aren’t shots you’d frame and hang up on your wall, but maybe interesting nonetheless?

Visit Harris Avenue Cafe

2010 was tough, but a creative gold mine.  I took thousands of photographs this past summer and fall!   I was scheduled to display my work at Harris Avenue Cafe this month, so I had to narrow it down to my 10 favorites.   This was quite the challenge.

After much debate and buying a $5 Home Depot hammer, I nailed my 10 framed choices to their walls.  So, if you happen to be up in Bellingham, Washington…and in the Fairhaven area…and if you happen to be hungry, you should visit Harris Avenue Cafe!   I personally recommend the Eggs Toulouse with smoked salmon.  

Here are the 10 I am displaying.  Which is your favorite and why?  I ask because, as a photographer, I’m always curious as to what moves people. 

8×10 Print; $50

Bellingham, Washington

8×10 Print; $50
Bellingham, Washington

11×14 Print;  $75
Whatcom County

12×18 Print;  $85
Bellingham, Washington

12×18 Print; $85
Mount Vernon, Washington

Twisted II
11×14 Print; $75
Bellingham, Washington

Vanishing Point
11×14 Print;  $75
Dublin, Ireland

8×10 Print; $50
Bellingham, Washington

Closed Door
11×14 Print; $75
Whatcom County

On Edge
11×14 Print; $75
Sedro Woolley, Washington; Northern State Hospital

You can purchase prints from my website at jolenehanson.com.   If you are interested in any of the above photos, which are already framed and matted, visit my website for contact information.   I am willing to print, frame, and mat any photo of your choice from my galleries.  Canvas prints are also an option (much less expensive if you purchase from me directly than from the website).  

I love doing this stuff!


If only I could remember the name of the pumpkin patch where I took this picture!!

The word International always reminds me of my dad, because it reminds me of farm equipment.  So, this picture I take for my dad.  🙂  I miss all of you in Minnesota and hope you are having a great Autumn so far. 

Camera:  Canon 40d
Location:  I wish I knew!  On someone’s farm in Mount Vernon, Washington

The Long Road Home

5:00 a.m.   Curses!  I’m up 45 minutes too early!!  Attempts to fall back to sleep?  Futile.

6:30 a.m.   Hang photography on the walls at Tony’s Coffee in Fairhaven. 

7:30 a.m.  Start worrying about the public scrutiny of my babies (cause that’s how I feel about my work!)

Photo courtesy of Andy Phay (aphay.com)

8:00 a.m.   Head to Facets training with delicious coffee from Tony’s and the best blueberry scone I’ve ever had in my life!

11: 45 a.m.  Drive to Mount Vernon with David to do a speed photo walk over lunch.

“Art Imitates Life” …Even the driftwood seemed in a hurry to get somewhere today.

Sunny 16 co-founder leads the way back to the car…and back to work!

12:49 p.m.   Walk in a tad late to Facets training.   I’m starving, but realize my hobby is now more important than food.

 1:10  p.m.
   Get called into my boss’s office – to be told I get the day off tomorrow so I can spend time with my brother and his family!  Yay!

 4:30 p.m.   Leave work and take the long way, stopping to take a picture or two.

David says, “Make something ugly look beautiful today.”

6:00 p.m.   Arrive home to play with pictures. 

6:30 p.m.    Suicidal fly drowns himself  in my wine glass.  Jerk. 

Overall mood?  Satisfied.