Dan & Yuka

Dan & Yuka got married in a lovely afternoon ceremony at Ray’s Northwest Room in Shilshole.  They had an intimate group of their closest family and friends around them.  The weather was quite typical of Seattle with a white “lightbox” sky. Ray’s really affords the opportunity for wonderful naturally lit, candid photography with it’s outdoor patio area in addition to its fabulous views of the Sound.  I love an afternoon wedding because the sun never goes down and the light is plentiful.  One addition to Ray’s that was new to me this year was their parlor room.  I was impressed with its spaciousness and style.  It proved a great spot for getting ready photos of Yuka.  The dress suited her elegance but then she finished off her great look with a pair of  gorgeous Jimmy Choos and gobs of pearls.  Dan was dazzled and relieved all at once when she came up to see him for first look.  You could feel the tension melt away.  It is one of my favorite moments when bride and groom stop and connect to share an intimate conversation, some laughs and hugs before the crowd descends.  It may well be their only chance all day to be alone, ironically.

Special thanks as always to my fabulous second shooter: Sullivan Hester

Location: Ray’s Boathouse Northwest Room

Florist: Pocket Full of Posies

Cake:  Macrina Bakery

Invitations: Studio SMT Stationary

Engaged to be Married

Kevin and Sarah are a beautiful couple who were married this last May 30, 2010 at the Bellevue Harbor Club.  We met the week prior to break the ice with some engagement portraits on Lake Washington.  Sometimes I get the question, “Why do engagement pictures?” Their wedding was a great example to see the added dimension they provide.  The photos serve to enhance the wedding story by adding their casual, relaxed side, that is also very much a part of documenting who they are as young newlyweds.  I love the opportunity to work with couples in this way so they can see how I work and I can see how they “fit” together.  Their chemistry, their physical bodies, and their sense of humor are all parts of the puzzle I want to capture and are unique to them alone.  I loved learning that they met as lab partners in Inorganic Chemisty, while studying to be doctors!

Environment is also a key element.  I always ask if there is a significant place such as the spot of proposal, or to ask them what sort of landscape they see as representative to them.  In this case, water was an important element to Sarah & Kevin as they met and live in Newport beach, California.  In some of the shots, we were also able to incorporate the wedding location in the background!

Lastly, the weather being a tad(hee hee) unreliable in the Northwest, engagement sessions are a way to guarantee some outdoor photos with lots of natural light.  This was true for Sarah and Kevin whose chosen day was a little damp.  As you can see from the photos though, everybody had a REALLY good time.  It was truly an elegant & gorgeous wedding despite the weather!

Many thanks to my fab second shooter Sullivan Hester for once again outdoing herself for the “day of” wedding photos!

Lauren’s 6 month portraits

I had photographed Mike and Traci’s weddings back in 2005 in Portland and Seattle.  Yes, you heard right, they had so many people coming they needed two weddings to accommodate their guests!  Well of course it was more complicated then that but I won’t go into detail as my reason for blogging is their 6 month old daughter Lauren.  They approached me to do a series of photographs over the course of Lauren’s first year.  My Baby’s 1st Year in photos series I do for clients really interested in capturing that special time when so much changes so quickly developmentally and we parents are all too sleep deprived to remember much of it later! I offer three sessions and let them decide between maternity/newborn/6 months/1st year. The end product of which is a lovely custom keep sake album with highlights from the chosen three sessions.  Here are some of my favorites from the 6 month session with Lauren.   Lauren is a very patient subject and super expressive!  We also invited her slightly younger cousin Matthew to join in, who has his own session coming up.  They are quite the pair!

Wedding Chicks post for Lulu Weddings

One great thing about being a wedding photographer is my community.  Part of that community is a cooperative organization of amazing women photographers that I am a part of called Lulu Weddings.  Lulu has been around for over five years offering brides and their grooms with wonderfully detailed reviews of potential vendors from us, the women photographers who have worked side by side with these various vendors and seen how they work.  The beauty of this in my opinion is that no money is changing hands.  We aren’t being paid by vendors to push them like some websites.  We are currently retooling and regrouping our website so stay tuned for the new site!   In the meantime, to see a recent post of mine on behalf of Lulu in the Real Weddings section of the Wedding Chicks website click the link.  Have a great week.