CJ Wilkes

About CJ Wilkes Photography

Capturing Your Dance In The Rain is such a thrill and joy to me. Being able to look back on those special times through beautiful artistic imagery makes it a worthwhile challenge.
Learning to Dance in the Rain has been very easy for me. I am drawn to Water & Life! The exciting part for me is to teach you to enjoy your moment in the dance as I capture it from behind my camera.
Looking forward to Capturing Your Dance In The Rain
CJ Wilkes

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Birthdays and Pictures

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

I find that Birthdays are some of the best time for pictures. Don’t be surprised if you see lots of pictures of my own children the months of Feb. April and Sept.  That is when their birthdays fall and I enjoy capturing the passing of another year. I am captivated at how quickly time passes. It is inspiring to watch their progress and growth. So here is how I spent the morning / mid day hours on Feb. 2, 2013 – taking pics of my kids being – My kids!

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Those are marbles for anyone wondering. They were tossing marbles into the air to see them glisten in the sun. Then they would laugh hysterically.  These are things that people just can’t imagine until they see it. My little goofballs. Awesome part is that I have it all in pictures.

You know – Pictures really can be taken almost anywhere. This particular spot is in our yard near our chicken coup. The dried grass and the coop made for such a lovely spot that I had to take individuals.

Birthday Boy

Birthday Boy

This young man was so excited to finally be 5! He is such a go getter and goofy as all get out! The sticks? I have no idea – but they made him happy. As you can see he was grinning ear to ear!

The stick

The stick

 

I had even asked him to put it down – “You mean this, Mom?”  He is all boy and I love it!

Holding On

Holding On

 

I don’t know about other people’s kids, but my boys seem to always have to be doing something with their hands.  I have to take these moments for them and for me. I don’t remember everything so looking back just makes me giggle inward and say “You remember how so and so always had to….”

Laughter makes a heart happy!

Laughter makes a heart happy!

I have said it over and over again. I will say it here now too. Laughter is one of my very very favorite things to see in pictures. There is not enough of it in this world. When this boy of mine laughs it is so contagious.  He cracks me up – cause when he laughs he shakes all over, letting his whole being enjoy the laughter. You know that if anything he is enjoying the moment. Hahahaha.

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Then you get the twins together and it just keeps going! They can laugh for hours on end!

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Being the oldest can be hard because mom and dad rely so heavily on their help. Days like this are beautiful because she is able to just be a kid and have fun. Being able to enjoy one’s childhood is vital in my opinion. From they way they dress themselves to how they play.

Last Day being 10

Last Day being 10

 

In our house we have birthdays in pairs. My youngest child was born the day before my oldest turned six. I try to let them have their own days, but sometimes it is nice to do pictures on the same day. A little less work for mom.

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This image is a bitter sweet image for us. The sweet is the love my daughter has for our animals. You can see her light up when our cats or dogs are around. The bitter is that she was our favorite cat and she has since past. Had I known then what I do now – we would have taken more pictures of her with our children.

Dusty and my Girl

Dusty and my Girl

It is true what they say “A picture can tell a thousand words”!

This moment in time is ours forever. I am grateful I do not have to rely on my own brain to remember all the details. I have enjoyed that day all over again while putting this post together to share with all of you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wakeena Redsky DeLaCruz ~ Native American High School Graduate

Friday, January 25th, 2013

I have had the honor and privilege of photographing this beautiful young woman in her cultural regalia for her high school senior portraits. To tell you about her I have asked her mother Kamimi Ogemahgeshig-Estavillo to write in her words their heritage and about the clothing in this photo shoot. Here are her words about her daughter Wakeena and Wakeena’s heritage:

“Wakeena Redsky DeLaCruz is Quinault and Squaxin from the Northwest coastal nations and Anishinabe from the Eastern woodlands region. Wakeena has participated in canoe journeys since a young girl on the canoe Haynisisoos, which was named after her Uncle Phillip Martin Sr. She skippered this canoe (pictured) for the first time on the last canoe journey to Squaxin Island. Wakeena’s regalia is representative of her coastal and Anishinaabe ancestry. The cape design consists of a winged Eagle (zaagi) which is her Anishinaabe family clan (dodem). The buttons on the robe are representative of Anishinaabe fire signs, the buttons on the tail wing represent the council of three fires, the buttons along the body represent seventh generation and the four in the heart of the Eagle represent balance consistent with the four directions. Wakeena actively participates in her coastal nations traditions through drum and dance group, and is now in preparation to start jingle dance from Anishinaabe which will also be shown in her senior pictures. These photos taken are consistent with who Wakeena is and the traditional values she has carried and exemplified through her life. Participating in canoe journeys, drum and dance, potlatch, and jingle dance are very important aspects of her life and these photos represent who she is as a young Native American woman.”

This particular photoshoot is a series of three or four different shoots I will be bringing to you. As mentioned Wakeena is now in preparation to start jingle dance from Anishinaabe. Her grandmother is currently working on her jingle dress. We have some other shoots in the works to bring that to you and a few other very special images as well.
These photo sessions are dear to my heart and that of my family because of my husband and our children being Northwest Coastal Natives as well. The regalia with the button blanket is something that we are very familiar with ~ something we hold dear to our hearts. The art is a part of our home too which you will see represented on the canoe. There is symbolism and legends to the art you see on the blankets, canoes, totems, long houses. As you can see from Kamimi’s words, even the buttons have meaning.  My husband often includes the legend to the art that he draws (which can be found at WilkeronArt.com). Culture is a huge part of our life, so bringing this to you is more that just a thrill of a life time, it is a sacred honor. Thank you Wakeena and Kamimi. Thank you to all those that also helped in putting this shoot together.

I will start out with the unloading of the canoe and the owner Phil Martin Sr. with his wife Lynnell Martin.

There were others there helping. I wish I had more images with everyone in it so you all have your proper thanks. My gratitude is with all of you!

We were at the Point Grenville beach (which is currently in the process of being renamed to a native name that holds significance to the Quinault tribe). This next image pictures Point Grenville behind Wakeena.

The button blanket in the images above is Wakeena’s. The button blanket below in the next few images is that of her sister, Tashia Sky Delacruz.

Here you can see Wakeena wearing a traditional Northwest Coast hand woven hat. The next image was done so that you can see the design of the front of the canoe as well. I love the look of the canoes from all the different tribes. Often you will see a similar piece on many canoes. It sometimes goes along with the name of the canoe, or the crest of the clan, or just a legend that speaks to the canoe maker or family. I felt the angle here not only showed it while capturing Wakeena very flatteringly, but it also gave you a better view of the different paddles. Some useful and others for design as you can see with the artwork.

Of coarse ~ I love to play with different lenses. My fisheye gives such a fun view on life and worked wonders here. The first image here is awesome because it has some of my equipment and Wakeena’s mother with 2 sisters. I see this and just love that we caught this moment. (I am weird that way – where I love the back behind the scenes shots hahaha.)

In this next image Tashia (Wakeena’s sister) if straitening the heirloom necklace for the following shot. At that moment her mother Kamimi told me that the necklace there is close to 150 years old or older and had been in their family this entire time.

The colors of the sky and the beach are ever changing. Wakeena out on the beach near sunset was no less than breathtakingly stunning. She was such a trooper and it has all paid off beautifully.

I am looking forward to the next few sets from our series to be brought to all of you! Please feel free to leave love on the blog.

Thank you again to all involved. This is not just one moment in time. This is historical. Looking forward to the years events that are coming up and am grateful that all of you have touched my life.

 

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