Archive for ‘Seattle’

January 14, 2013

Baby Ayla

Totally going out of order at this point, but I’m determined to get some of these posts up!

I’d like to share a little photo + video slideshow of Baris and Sheena + her adorable baby bump. I just love getting a little peek into their personalities! It was a fun project – I’m looking forward to doing more of these this year!

…And here’s introducing the beautiful baby Ayla! I can’t wait to photograph this family again and see how much she’s grown!

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April 26, 2012

You Belong in Your Family Photos

Do you have a favorite family photograph?

I have quite a few. I actually had a very difficult time picking one out, but for the purpose of this post, I will focus on this photo:

My mom passed away when I was 9, so the images we had with my mom in them; well, that was it. I’m not saying that I would prefer this image to a professional image of my mom and I, but instead, it got me thinking about all of the rest of the old family photos. Our family has a TON of candid photos that make the memories come flooding back, like the one pictured. Me opening my first glo-worm on Christmas, swimming in the pool with my sisters, smiling with a mouthful of marshmallow by the campfire; the list goes on. I had originally set out to find a family photo that included all of us. I didn’t have much luck finding one that would be “favorite photo” material Basically, the few photos of our family were taken of us literally standing next to each other, as if we barely knew each other. Some were really dark, some bright, and others were fuzzy. And while I love the pictures because of the people of them, I can’t find any image that shows our family being us, like the candids did… so I started looking for an image that made me feel something.

When thinking about why it is one of my favorites, I realized that it had nothing to do with the quality of the image, which is usually what initially draws me into a photo, but instead, it had much to do with the people in the picture itself, which happen to be me and my mom, and the feeling/memory that is attached to it. It isn’t a professional picture, but my dad definitely captured a moment that I can never get back. I cherish all of the photos I have with my mom in them, just as much as I cherish the photos with my dad in them, but I do find myself wishing I had more images like this, with my mom and my dad in them. It’s too late now, but I wish that we would have had a family photographer to capture these moments of us, all of us.

I have a family of my own now. I have followed in the footsteps of my dad, being the shutterbug at family events, and in turn, I’m not in many of our family photos unless we set up the camera on self timer, or have them professionally taken. Try getting good quality, candid family moments while simultaneously pressing the shutter remote button… Not easy…

So, what do I suggest?

I want to stress that snapshots are important. Take the camera out of your purse when you’re together with family and friends, and you’ll have a good chance of getting some really great candids of your loved ones being themselves. But, don’t ignore the other images that are even more important. The ones with you in them, too.

October 22, 2011

Saul + Cory | Plateau Club, Sammamish Wedding

Remember this stunning couple from this session? Saul and Cory met through their softball league. When first meeting Cory, Saul described her as “A beautiful woman who plays softball- this is awesome!”
Their wedding was at the beautiful Plateau Club in Sammamish. It had been typical Seattle – on again, off again – rainy weather all week, and that pattern continued through into their wedding day, but it complemented the day beautifully.
Cory is a classic beauty – I could imagine her alongside of Grace Kelly and Rita Hayworth – and she was a dream to photograph. Her dress was gorgeous, and I loved her choice of red heels! While the girls were getting ready, Saul and his groomsmen were keeping themselves entertained with a game. Their wedding day went without a hitch. They had an awesome magician during their cocktail hour, and the reception was so much fun to photograph! Congratulations to Saul and Cory, it was an honor to be a part of your wedding day!

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August 6, 2011

Ryan + Megan | Bear Creek Country Club, Woodinville Wedding

Ryan and Megan met through a mutual friend at Lake Cushman, and immediately connected. They exchanged phone numbers and when they returned home, there wasn’t a day that passed that they didn’t communicate with each other. Their gorgeous wedding was at Bear Creek Country Club in Woodinville. What an amazing venue! Megan looked absolutely stunning in her wedding dress. It was an emotional day for her, and I even had trouble seeing through the tears during the father daughter dance. I think they taught everyone who witnessed that wedding a little something about what love truly is. Congratulations to Ryan and Megan! It was a pleasure to be a part of your special day!

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July 25, 2010

Margot – Senior Portraits

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July 25, 2010

Grieb, Blue and Jurado Family

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July 24, 2010

Borodenko Wedding

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July 1, 2010

Nuttall Family

We split this session into two. First, I did little Jackson’s 17-day old newborn portraits at my house, and then I met up with them at a park a few evenings later. We were lucky to have perfect picture weather for the session, but as we walked to the car it started to rain. This family is absolutely adorable and Jackson’s parents are so loving.  I look forward to photographing them again soon!

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May 23, 2010

sweet, sweet caroline

April 15, 2010

At the tulip fields…