Uffda and the Westphal Family {Atlanta Area Family Photography}

So, I learned a new word at my session at the Westphals, originally of North Dakota.


A few details…

I walk into their immaculate, and immaculately decorated home, (step on their cat), (scare their daughter since I am the mean lady that stepped on the cat), and marvel at how beautiful the house (and daughter) are.

On one wall is a huge sign that has the word “Uffda” written in bold red letters. I think they were red, but the super smart photographer (same one who stepped on the cat) forgot to take a picture of the sign. Blerg.

I find out from the North Dakotans that Uffda is “often used in the Pacific Northwest and Upper Midwest as a term for sensory overload. It can be used as an expression of surprise, astonishment, exhaustion, relief and sometimes dismay. For many, Uff da is an all-purpose expression with a variety of nuances, and covering a variety of situations. The expression has lost its original connotation, and it is increasingly difficult to specify what it means now in America. Within Scandinavian-American culture, Uff da frequently translates into: I am overwhelmed. It has become a mark of Scandinavian roots, particularly for people from Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, northern Illinois, Minnesota, Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and enclaves in and around Seattle, Washington.[2][3] Uff da can often be used as an alternative for many common day swear words.”

Ashley (mom) is an check her out here. amazing senior photographer here in Atlanta and lemme tell you that’s all kinds of intimidating, especially if you maim the family pet before you even hit the shutter.

Uffda is right.


October 23, 2013 - 3:12 pm

Jamie - These are amazing! Love these kind of shoots. I want you to come and do my family’s!