Capturing memories: Contest winners reflect on people photography

Cathy Harris captured her son John’s pond-skimming ski ride at the Summit at Snoqualmie, and won first place in the “people” photograhy category - Cathy Harris
Cathy Harris captured her son John’s pond-skimming ski ride at the Summit at Snoqualmie, and won first place in the “people” photograhy category
— image credit: Cathy Harris

Fall City native Cathy Harris won first place in the people category for the photo of her son John, pond-skimming on skis at the Summit at Snoqualmie.

“Last year my older son did it and made it across,” Harris told the Record. “This year,  my younger son had to try it. He too made it across! Bragging rights!”

Harris is always taking pictures, especially of her children at their sporting events, family gatherings and holidays.

“I have always enjoyed taking pictures,” she said. “My mom was notorious for having her camera/video camera with her at all times! I guess that’s where my passion for photography started.”

Harris is an avid skier, and takes photos to show her adventures to others.

“I usually send a picture to my husband or kids, we call ‘picture of the day’ with a caption that says, ‘the best day ever!’” says Harris. “A great action shoot, for me is taking pictures of my family doing what they are passionate about, skiing, wrestling, track, biking, playing or just enjoying life. I try to capture the moment  as my mom did for me. I am carrying her torch.”

Absorbing the scene

Rachel Mallasch, a North Bend resident and senior at Mount Si High School, won second place in the people category for her sylvan portrait of her friend, Myia.

The two had been working on a video, so in January, they filmed a scene at a grove near North Bend’s TruckTown.

“I am her cinematographer for the project and while she was setting up, I started taking pictures because I loved the look of the light through the trees,” Mallasch said. “I love catching people when they don’t notice you taking a picture of them because there isn’t a preconceived emotion. When you take a posed photo, the subject is told how to feel and act. Myia was in her ‘director mode’ and she was absorbed into the scene.”

Mallasch got her first camera in first grade.

“I love photography because it traps memories,” she says.

She plans to study film at university.

• See more People photography on the Valley Record Flickr page:

Mount Si senior Rachel Mallasch’s portrait of her friend Myia, taken in a forest near Truck Town, won second place.

Phani Kowta’s photo of a woman putting on make-up.

Kendall Wright’s portrait, “Mariah”





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