Shall we peek around the corner? {summer 2015}

What’s up with Whispering Roses for the summer of 2015? Well, let me give you just a peek into our summer schedule.

June 26 & 27, 2015
Tacoma Highland Games
Info here!

July 31st, 2015 | 4:30pm
Colville Rendezvous Days
An exciting event for Colville and the surrounding area!
Learn more here.

August 1st, 2015 | 9:00-5:30
Spokane Highland Games
We’re delighted to come to Spokane for the first time!
More info here!

August 15-16, 2015 | 9-7 on Saturday, 9-4 on Sunday

Bitterroot Scottish Irish Festival
This fest and the people to organize it have won their way to our hearts! We look forward to playing on the grounds of the beautiful Marcus Daly Mansion once again.

Details here.

We LOVE what we do!

BTW, Janna will be joining us for the summer festivals! Be sure to get one of them on your schedule! Share the dates with friends in Tacoma, Spokane, or Missoula/Bitterroots/MT.

Local {Portland} appearances will be announced here as well! Stay tuned!

What are your summer plans?

~the 4th Rose

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Janna & Luke: a Rose given in Marriage

What on earth happened? This blog has been sadly neglected! With the engagement and marriage of Janna, our harpist, change is in the air for Whispering Roses. We couldn’t be more thrilled for Luke and Janna. They are awesome together. We continue to love music and are booking concerts and performances for the spring and summer (more on those coming soon). For now, I will share a few wedding photos! Her adventures are an her blog: adventuresoftherose.wordpress.com

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Janna and Luke were married on February 7th, 2015.

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Family photo.

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Wedding party. It was so special for each of us to be a part of this glorious day.

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The four sisters who form Whispering Roses. Did you know that Janna was the one who came up with the name for our band?

It was a beautiful day, and an important new chapter begins for Janna and Luke. It’s a new chapter for Sarah, Krista, Noah and I as well, as we navigate decisions with the band now that Janna is moving out of town. Check back as I resurrect this blog and let you know what’s in store for Whispering Roses in 2015!

I want to give a shout out to Kamirin of Crooked Stream photography, who did an incredible job with the photos, and Kim of Fetching Florals, whose flowers were beyond-stunning.

Cheers until next time,
Kathrina

On Our Way to Prosser

What a beautiful day for a drive as we head up to play at the Prosser Scottish Fest in Washington! We drove past the magnificent Columbia river and now are winding our way through the Yakima Valley.

This will be our first time at the Prosser Scottish Fest and we’re looking forward to it tomorrow! We’ll be playing on the main music stage at 10:45 am and 3:30 pm. Prosser, here we come!

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Interview and Give-Away with Photographer Kamirin Couch

I’m very excited to be sharing this interview with my friend and photographer Kamirin Couch of Crooked Stream Photography. She is a professional photographer who has done several lovely photo shoots for us!

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Tell us a bit more about yourself. In three sentences—who is Crooked Stream Photography?IMG_0156-1Photo by Kathrina Bisceglia (All other photos by Crooked Stream)

I love life, and have had a deep appreciation for the beauty of life ever since I was very young. I loved capturing once in a lifetime moments in every way I could, and I soon discovered that a camera was one of my favorite instruments to use for recording life. That’s how it all began!

What is your background in photography?

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When I was 11, I would take pictures of every beautiful thing I came across with a point-and-shoot camera, when I was 15 I photographed my first wedding with a Canon 20D, and today I’m still that same girl- taking pictures of every beautiful thing I come across- except I’ve gained a lot of experience from it and a Canon 5D mkII.

 

What is your favorite aspect of shooting a wedding?IMG_1116-1

The emotion! Wedding photography is set apart in a really unique way by this factor. There’s something deep about an emotion-filled photograph, and with weddings, it seems like everywhere I turn there are deep moments to capture. I love seeing families re-unite, the twinkle in the bride’s eyes, the laughter, the groom watching his bride walk down the isle, and the teamwork and fun times with everyone there… I love being a part of it all… And when I realize that I am holding the tool that will be recording these once in a lifetime moments, it’s the most amazing, thrilling, and scary thought in the whole world. It’s once-in-a-lifetime, it’s priceless and I love it!

About how many weddings do you photograph a year? How does your profession integrate with your life?

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A few years ago I started shooting more and more weddings, and then realized it started to become too much: it encroached upon life in general, and started to become the “old grind” and the “art” part of it began to slip away, when I wanted to keep that element intact more than anything! So, I’ve cut back to only shooting a few weddings a year. It’s not any “less” work-it’s just more concentrated work; so I can focus more on the few jobs I do have, produce quality above quantity, and have a little extra free time for other important things in life.

 

What tips do you have for brides planning their wedding day? Should the photos be before or after the wedding? What kind of shots does the bride need to plan out?IMG_8748

One of the most important things to plan is TIME for photos. Just because you schedule a lot of time for pictures doesn’t mean you will be standing in front of the camera for 4 hours, but what you’re factoring in: is that Uncle Tom might arrive 2 hours late (it’s happened), or groomsmen will have to go fetch forgotten ties (that’s happened too), or the fact that herding groups of people just takes time. Think of it as a nice “insurance” to have as a buffer time for unexpected occurrences. It really cuts back on stress… Which brings me to the second question-doing photos before the ceremony seems to cut back on stress as well. I’ve done photos before and after the ceremony, and “before” always seems to yield the best results. First of all, you have everyone freshly ready, looking their best and not yet lost in the crowd of guests. Second, I’ve noticed the bride and groom relax so much more (it shows in the photos) when they’ve been able to see each other before the ceremony. Thirdly, doing photos before the ceremony makes it so the VIP’s are free to mingle after the ceremony and you don’t have to take them away from the guests. As far as planning shots, your photographer should provide you with a “shot list” that you can customize (by adding to or taking away). If there’s a shot that’s really important to you, be sure to write it down so it doesn’t get forgotten. Lastly, talk with your photographer about a photo schedule (add more time to it than you expect to use) and before the wedding day tell/email your wedding party and family where the photographer expects them to be and at what time, and you should have the show on the road! Enjoy it!!!

In addition to weddings, what else do you photograph?

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My natural bent is definitely people- I love portraiture, telling stories with photos, and working with people: families, seniors, babies, engagements- all stages of life. Although, recently, I’ve done some construction photography and promo shoots for businesses, and I enjoyed those jobs as well.

How can people book you for a photo shoot?

kamirin@live.com

Now for some fun stuff:

1: Do you prefer movies or books – or neither?IMG_8442

Books. I love paper!!! I rarely sit down long enough to finish a book (or movie), but if I do, you will usually find a “how-to” book in my hand.

 

2: If you could pick, what three places in the world would you visit?

Scotland, all 3 times. Ok, ok… I would choose Ireland and England after Scotland.

3: What is your favorite sport?

Does tubing behind a skiff (in Alaska) in a lifeboat count? It was so much fun! I don’t think I’ve ever screamed as loudly as I did then. Friday night Basketball with friends and family is pretty fun too. J

4: Is there another photographer or artist who inspires you?

Yes! I have incredible artists as friends who constantly inspire, encourage and bless me! Chimera Singer is a photographer and friend who I love hiring to shoot weddings with me. Sara Boggs is also an artist and friend who recently introduced me to these AMAZING travel watercolor brushes that every traveling artist should buy:

5: After a long day on the job, what is your favorite way to relax?

I love to eat after a long workday, because I usually don’t eat very much when I’m in work mode. I also love to look at my photos on my laptop (no matter what time it is) because I can’t relax until I do! I also might play my fiddle if no one is asleep. J

It’s been lovely getting to know you better, Kami! And be sure to check out Crooked Stream Photography here! www.crookedstreamphotography.blogspot.com

And now….to enter the giveaway!  The prize will be a framed scenic photograph by Crooked Streams Photography. Comment once for each thing that you complete. Think of each comment as a raffle ticket.  The more comments you have, the more chances of winning!  The drawing will be June 18, 2014.

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Concert at Crossroad’s Coffee Cafe

IMG_0281 (800x600)A couple of times a year we haul our instruments to the charming Crossroad’s Coffee Cafe and put on a concert for our local fans.  We enjoyed a full house Saturday evening and loved seeing familiar faces as well as meeting the new folks who came to hear us for the first time. We used our own sound system this time, which allowed us to finally mix the bass notes of the harp up enough! The ease of mixing with a system our dad already knew was worth it!  It was a fun concert!

IMG_0283 (800x600)Of course, one of the best parts is all the yummy sandwiches and delicious drinks. If you stop by before our next concert you might find us there just having lunch!

NW FolkLife 2014

IMG_0237[1]For the second year we all loaded up into our big silver van and drove up to Seattle to participate in the 43rd annual Northwest Folklife Festival. Our conversation on the way up was so vibrant we missed the exit to our favorite Fiddler’s Coffee, but I guess we were buzzed up enough on adrenalin.

We set up our instruments and busked beside the walkway.  We didn’t get as many people watching this year as we had last year, but Luke Engell played banjo with us, so that was fun! The NW Court Stage where we played last year was not available for festival use this year, so we ended up a little more squished on the Trad Stage, but at least we don’t mind being close together!  There were only seats for about 20 people, so we were thrilled when at least 100 more decided to stand for the duration of our set of music!  After playing we came to our favorite part – walking around and looking at all the vendors!  I tried African food for the first time and bought an organic cotton T-shirt.  I liked both of them.

IMG_0257 (800x600)We had agreed to meet at a certain place at 7pm and Dad was planning on bringing the van around, but since no van was forthcoming several of us found the coffee we missed earlier in the day. It was very good.

IMG_0251 (800x600)Kathrina had decided to be healthy and not drink coffee…so she had to occupy herself taking photos.  Dad finally showed up with the van and then he drove on the way home while the rest of us napped.  It was another fun adventure into Seattle!

Consider Yourself One of Us

With the daffodils in bloom and five weddings already on the calendar for this coming summer, I’m starting to think of what other fun activities we’ll get to enjoy this year!

One of our annual highlights is attending a very special family camp in central Oregon.  Last year, we rewrote the lyrics to Consider Yourself from the musical Oliver! to specifically reflect the warm family spirit of Camp Dwight.  We had a blast performing it and hope you enjoy this peek back in time as we anticipate the upcoming summer fun!

 

 

Featured on Stardust and Gravel

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We’ve been featured on the Stardust and Gravel blog! I thought that you all might enjoy reading the interview here.  You can also enter the giveaway on the blog to win one of our CDs.

I’ve known the blog author, Sarah Scheele, for several years now and have enjoyed several of her works of fiction. Take some time to browse her blog and look at her writings!

Also, let us know if you learned anything new about us from the interview…