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Mama, Papa & 3 Sisters

These 3 young sisters and their lovely parents were a perfect blend into the late summer grasses and trees of Western Washington.  Oh how I love the long grass.  Give me an unmanicured field of grass, and I am a HAPPY CAMPER. 

I also recently had modified the way I post-process my photos, and this family was a beautiful showcase of this change.  Enjoy this little shoot with the Richmon family!

 

 

“For there is no friend like a sister

In calm or stormy weather; 

To cheer one on the tedious way, 

To fetch one if one goes astray,

To lift one if one totters down, 

To strengthen whilst one stands” 

-Christina Rossetti

 

James and Kaitlyn

I began this journey with James and Kaitlyn about 10 months... a couple who could karaoke to the Paula Abdul song "Opposites Attract," and all their friends would hold up a glass and nod in agreement.  Kaitlyn is full of fire and passion and James is logical and level-headed.  But also, from what I observed over the months, they share a common respect and love for each other and value for unique ways the other thinks.  They also both are ready for a fun adventure which most certainly characterized their wedding day.  This day arrived in a whirl of rain and sun with both clouds and blue sky on a Saturday in March.  We didn't know if it would be down-pouring rain or drizzling or hurricaning or sunny.  I think, in the end, we got a little of all of it. 

We began the day at a lake house where James was staying with some friends.  Then we moved onto Kaitlyn and James' home where Kaitlyn was preparing for the day.  She had a gang of friends there in support and to help celebrate.  The first-look happened at a local beach cove, and then we transitioned to a park for portraits where we made our way to cliffs overlooking the Puget Sound.  And all the while, James and Kaitlyn took in the moments together and gladly went wherever I thought we might get a good shot.  Although it was cold and Kaitlyn's hair was no longer perfect by the end, she continued to smile, laugh, and make the most of every opportunity.  As soon as we got in the car, the hurricane kicked in.  The ceremony and reception took place on a boat overlooking Seattle.  If I were to assign one word to summarize their evening with their family and friends, I would use "laughter."  Between their good friend who officiated the wedding, James' family's legitimate comedic genes, and a light-hearted atmosphere, everyone was excited for this couple.  And I am so excited for them and the future that lies ahead. 

Enjoy the story of their wedding day!

 

Snowy Elopement

On a Sunday afternoon, I took a walk with Nattalie and Ryan on an elopement wedding inspiration shoot.  We tromped through the snow, braved the cold, and marveled at the majestic mountains surrounding us.  With elopement weddings becoming an increasingly popular desirable to avoid the wedding planning stress, winter provides a beautiful backdrop. 

Tim and Aubrey's Rustic Wedding

A barn in the fields during a rainy day in November rang the wedding bells for Tim and Aubrey.  After preparing for the day in century-old farmhouses, the couple met up in an intimate moment and made their way to the barn where the would exchange vows in front of God, family, and friends.  We stole away for bride and groom portraits in the pouring rain- we ran for cover at times while ventured out into the mist at other moments.  This couple- they giggled, kissed passionately, made silly faces, and whispered their hopes of the future.  I love them dearly, and I am so thankful that I was able to share such a special day with them.  Big thanks to my partner Kristin Hallak of Kristin Hallak Photography and Makayla O. Designs for such amazing styling and flowers!

Red October Engagement

I took a walk with Katie and James on a sunny and warm evening in October.  And let me tell you, Red October is no joke!  As the sun went down, we were engulfed in warm reds, oranges, and yellows.  We ran to catch the sunset and landed out in the Sound.  Katie danced- and got James to dance too!  We laughed and got to know each other.  I can't wait for their wedding!  Enjoy this glimpse of our time together!


Project Light: Just as the Sun Went Down

We have come to our final set of photos in my collaboration with Fashion Blogger, Carolyn, from Hey Pretty Thing.  We climbed a windy ridge and trekked to an old train bridge.  As we braced ourselves against the forceful wind and held onto each other as we walked, we managed to snap a few photos!  Carolyn is wearing a beautiful Acne leather jacket that she picked up in Europe.  Paired with a cotton dress and booties, its a perfect fall outfit for these sunny days we have been enjoying.  Check out her website or Instagram for more details!  And, if you have missed our previous shoots, scroll back in my blog or her's for more beautiful shots.  Enjoy!

We out.  

Senior Photos: Jessamyn

This lady: a beautiful, personable, friendly, and capable young woman starting her senior year of high school.  Jessamyn is ASB President and college-bound.  When I asked her how she wants to affect change at her school during her presidency, she responded (in so many words) that she hopes to support and acknowledge all students without prejudice for greater inclusion and community within her school.  Jessamyn is certainly a mature young woman who is wise beyond her years!

For her senior photo shoot, we headed out of town to find some wide open spaces that the city struggles to provide.  We walked around to find an old, crumbling building, a bridge, a river, and a meadow.  Check out our adventure below!