The Boston Terrier Monster Mash

It’s not a typical holiday card, but it is definitely one that their friends/family will remember!! Enjoy the transformation of Nigel the Boston Terrier into Nigel-stein, Melinda as Mom of Nigel-Stein, and Joe as the Mad Scientist!!

Boston Terrier Frankenstein Mad Scientist, better ask my mama how to make a monster,

Melinda & Joe are fans of The Cramps, a psychobilly band, and the phrase was inspiration from the song Creatures From The Black Lagoon.  

They didn’t start out as monsters though, the transformation began with stylist Tisha Arterberry helped Melinda with her hair raising 1960s hive before taking family photos amongst the beautiful roses in their community garden. Then with a touch of digital artwork magic they turned from Sweet and innocent by day into Monster Mash by night.

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Marie Most – An Anniversary Gift That Lasts All Year Long

Marie’s 1 year wedding anniversary was earlier this year and she needed her “Paper” gift to be extra special. She was looking for pin ups and we knew that a Calendar Art photoshoot would be personalized and perfect to enjoy the entire year long.

Starting with her Anniversary month of September with her actual garter and champagne glass with our cute 50’s wedding dress & veil.

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One of their favorite celebrations is Oktoberfest! So we thought beer would be an important month.

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She says cooking is more of a science experiment, but at least she has fun in the kitchen.

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For their second Christmas together, she is the perfect gift!

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Her husband plays the drums so we wanted to incorporate this into one of the months. we decided it would be a great way to start the new year.

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She still looks classy when she is miss behaving. If only everyone could pull this look off so elegantly.

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Some people drink green beer, but this couple LOVES Jameson Whiskey, St Patrick’s Day just isn’t the same without it.

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Marie is a singer & Performer so we couldn’t miss a photo with a piano singing.

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I am pretty sure her husband will like this month!

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Marie’s not the cook…her hubby is great with the BBQ and smoker…but she makes a great sous chef.

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A little red white and blue for you.

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They are the camping kind of couple, so we wanted to make sure to show that off.

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A special shout out to our lively stylist, Tisha Ricco at BellaRicco Artistry and Happy Anniversary you two!! I hope you’ve enjoyed the calendar so far!

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Identical Twins 2013 Calendar Art Photo Shoot

Around this time last year we announced our big plans to move back to my hometown in WA State and to celebrate we hosted a contest for our Facebook fans to win a Free Calendar Art Photoshoot. Not just any photoshoot, they would be our very 1st photoshoot back in WA. Well, it was an intense competition but our contest winners were the lovely Nester Twins!calendar art twins by Seattle/Tacoma

We decided to create a calendar theme sharing little insights of the life of a twin. Like the one question that makes them cringe … “Are You Two Twins?”. They brought their doggies with them for a couple shots, the story goes that these two twins are not only gorgeous but they are also super sweet & caring. They used to volunteer at the humane society and both dogs were adopted from there too. While the twins were styled by Lacey of Blushing Babes Make-up Design, their furry kids got some much needed snuggle time on their laps.

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Once the photoshoot began we were on a roll with wardrobe flying off and on, flowers and accessories being changed throughout and posing to make the theme thrive. For anyone  interested in your own calendar, prices & details can be found on our Artwork page. The last day that we offer calendar shoots to be ready for the holidays is Oct 31st aka Halloween each year…but they are offered year round and the month can start at any time.02OneSoul_WEB

Sometimes we didn’t have the exact color of wardrobe needed to perfectly match so we used some photomagic :) can you tell what was not originally green/black?


We love photographing twins, one year we photographed 5 different sets of twins with ages ranging from newborn to adult but not all were identical. I can see how this quote rings true…


We got to play cowgirl/country girl a little for their May image.


We added balloons and their furry kids to celebrate their June birthdays.


The twins came up with their own phrases before the shoot, this helps us think of poses and background ideas ahead of time.


No calendar would be complete without a sunny August swimsuit shot.08August_WEB

They don’t actually dress identical, but they did just for the photoshoot.


No Harley’s were harmed in the making of this photo for their October image :) it was a little more artwork than we normally do but when you have a Harley Davidson in the image plain is just crazy – we needed some pizzazz.


Happy Thanksgiving & thank you for being so sweet!!


Last but not least, one my my favorites and I bet this one is so true.


Thanks Again Brittni & Brandi you are fantastic!!! Hope your modeling career takes you to many fabulous places. We were proud to be your photographers and happy that you were our very first photoshoot in WA 2013!!

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Emerald City Comic Con 2013

This March was our first Emerald City Comic Con experience after going to the International Comic Con in San Diego for a few years. There are pros and cons to both but generally we had a blast, made some new friends and can’t wait for next year!

Enjoy an artwork piece we’ve created “When I Get My Vines On You” featuring Crystal as Poison Ivy. Costume, Hair/Make-up and Artwork by Alisha. We offer digital artwork for costly clients as well as vintage pin up style fun. I Get My Vines On You Poison Ivy
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“In Widow’s Moon” SLISP Artwork Process

“13 Stripes for 13 Years In Widow’s Moon He Still Appears” Artwork by Alisha McGraw ©, Do Not Crop/Alter (Pinning/Sharing is OK)

This marks 13 years that Jenn has been surviving on memories of her husband Michael, a U.S. Marine. She approached me with the idea of doing something special with his photo. It was different than the normal whimsical style of pin up artwork or holiday artwork we have created for her in the past, and it really was my pleasure to do something new and more meaningful.

Essentially I created this Blog to share with you how our artistic process works. Many new clients are curious about Digital Art, but not brave enough to give it a try until after a portrait session where I explain it in person. Have no fear, explanation is here!! :)

It all started with a meeting. Jenn had booked us for a Pin Up themed Digital Artwork session and we added on this memorial. Our Digital Artwork sessions include a couple different images, with one style of hair & make-up. We planned ahead that we would take her hair down for this one and it wouldn’t be too much of a difficult change for her photo. Jenn had a general idea of what she wanted, but not everyone has ideas or a vision when they come to us for artwork, which is completely fine. If you don’t have an idea we will brain storm ideas together in that first meeting. I can’t emphasize how difficult it is to do a session without the consultation. When people want to skip it or talk over the phone I always feel bad. That meeting is really where I get to know you and where ideas will develop best and its when I get to think about what I need to do to prepare for your session ahead of time. The same day as your meeting, you try on wardrobe from our wardrobe rack (if you don’t have anything of your own and you want vintage pin up looking outfits). Jenn was wearing casual clothes in this one, so she brought the outfit with her to take a look.

OK, here’s the embarrassing part … my initial sketch. I provide a little hand drawn sketch for anyone who has a good enough imagination to visualize with me haha. Sometimes clients trust me 100% with the artistic direction and I love that, but once I have invested hours into an art design I can’t go back and start over, so its always safer to have an approved sketch at least. I have taken art classes and should be much better at drawing but I’ll keep my job as a photographer/digital artist haha. These are usually drawn up in 2 minutes or so, just to give a general idea about the composition I am going for. Here is the sketch for Jenn’s Digital Artwork image … on the back I was brainstorming about the title. I decided on a little poem I made but didn’t tell her until the image was complete, since sometimes it changes in the process.

Jenn’s general ideas was her sitting on the beach alone looking at the moon. Originally we thought we would make Michael an angel behind her but she was open to any ideas I had if I wanted to make some changes. So she emailed me his photo and I sketched the idea in a few ways and decided to use the one above, including him in the moon.

I knew I needed a few good foundation photos for the artwork. This is a photo of a beach I took during a camping trip in Humboldt County (Northern California)…at one point my Boston Terriers were in the image but I removed them with photoshop magic.

This is from the fountain which is at the end of The Prado at Balboa Park (San Diego), at night, when the fountain was off. I tinted it blue since it was a warm color from the lights around…

Then, at Jenn’s pinup artwork session, after all the cutsie pin up photos were done, we took her hair down and she got into her clothes for this image…

I worked my computer magic (and I have actually taken photoshop classes in college & at workshops to learn what I call magic) merging the photos together.

There are 13 stripes, I wanted to do something since this was the 13 year point for her. I couldn’t avoid thinking of including patriotic symbols since he was a Marine and decided that 13 stripes in the water would be perfect. Plus a night’s sky needed stars, why not the stars from a flag so I added those individually…there are 50 stars in the sky.

After a few hours (about 10-15 hours were put into this one image since I already had the foundation images and didn’t need to take any photos for the image to be complete) this is the result. :) There are still a couple things I plan to do for the print size, like a nice framed finish with a little different crop, but overall I was very happy with how it turned out. Hope you enjoyed a peak into my process.

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– 2012 Digital Imaging Photographer of the Year, Professional Photographers of San Diego County