Kayla Schroader

Experience Tacoma Editor;
Writer and photographer
I have loved Tacoma since my first breath out of Tacoma General Hospital some 30 years ago. This city never seems to lack sources of inspiration. I can feel enlightened on the waterfront between the magnitude of Mount Rainier and the branching Puget Sound. I can brainstorm while running across a busy Narrows Bridge. I love the rush of productivity when I work from my favorite coffee shops like Metronome and Anthem. But at the end of the day, it’s the face-to-face interaction that really gets me excited about my work – being greeted by my barista, popping in to say hi to my friends at Indochine or catching up with the team at the M Agency. These are my people and I love being able to give back to that community through my writing.
See Kayla’s work:

Vanessa Simpson

Photographer and blogger

Vanessa Simpson is a chaser of light and catcher of moments, a chocolate-chip eater and a handstand enthusiast. She holds a degree in Geography from the University of Nevada, Reno, but her heart is, and always has been in the art of photography. Vanessa loves the thrill of photographing couples and weddings, loves working with families, has taken head shots and custom stock photography for several small businesses throughout the west-coast, and has documented non-profit and local events in Reno, NV, Truckee, CA, and Seattle, WA. She is a regular contributor to the photography blog, ViewFinders and has had her work featured in the Reno Gazette JournalReno Tahoe Tonight Magazine, and Mabel Magazine. Vanessa can be found leading yoga classes weekly at her local YMCA and wandering the shores of the Puget Sound collecting treasures and memories with her two children and husband
See Vanessa’s work:
Take 5 Series, featuring small businesses within the city

Danny Owens


Danny is a Photographer and Creative Consultant who loves to capture visual moments that tell stories. His magnetic personality and deep interest in his subject allows him to develop authentically beautiful visual experiences.

Danny has also been drawn to work in the social media world through his visual storytelling. He has worked with Alaska Airlines, HP, GAP, Frank & Oak, Bucketfeet, Jim Beam, Bolthouse Farms and more to curate and execute successful social campaigns.

The story behind the photo is what inspires Danny to create on a daily basis, and developing that story has often led to some amazing experiences.

See Danny’s work:
On Experience Tacoma spotlight features like Indo Asian Street Eatery and UrbanXchange.

Lisa Blackmore

My favorite animal is a sea horse because they are so delicate and the dad gives birth. Amazing.
I was a teacher in Thailand for 3 years which enabled me to travel around to places such at China, India and Vietnam.
My most embarrassing moment was when my shirt flipped up during a pep assembly while I was doing backhand springs across the floor.
If there is a room full of people and one baby, I will want to talk with the baby.
I cry when I’m happy, sad, mad, or stressed out. It’s how I work I guess. 
See Lisa’s work:
ET exclusive event at Indo Asian Eatery
National Night Out
and many other events and social media posts for Experience Tacoma 


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