Thursday, April 29, 2010

Class of 2010 - Amanda {Tacoma Senior Photography}

Meet the latest from the Class of 2010...Amanda!  After trying to get her pictures done a couple of different dates, we finally had a sunny spring day and went out and had a blast!!  Amanda was fun to be with, easy to talk to and a pleasure to photograph!

We headed down to the beach...I think Amanda looks like she just belongs there!

I think this one may be my *FAVORITE*!!  I love how sweet and fun it is!!

Amanda decided to bring this great dress...which I love, by the way!  We headed down to the train tracks (and trains) and had some fun.

OK...maybe this is my favorite.  Oh, who am I kidding?  I love them all...and think Amanda is just beautiful!

Amanda, you rocked in front of the camera!!  It was a pleasure to photograph you.  I wish you the best for the rest of your Senior Year (actually I just hope the time goes by quickly for you!!)

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Breathe {inspiration for wednesdays}

I was reading a book by my favorite author (C.S. Lewis) the other day and came across the following quote.  It stopped me in my tracks...because sometimes I think I opt for Unselfishness instead of Love.  But unselfishness by itself is really just an exoskeleton with no substance inside (that's what the picture is!).

"If you asked twenty good men today what they thought the highest of the virtues, nineteen of them would reply, Unselfishness.  But if you had asked almost any of the great Christians of old, he would have replied, Love.  You see what has happened?  A negative term has been substituted for a positive, and this is of more than philological importance.  The negative idea of Unselfishness carries with it the suggestion not primarily of securing good things for others, but of going without them ourselves, as if our abstinence and not their happiness was the important issue."  ~C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory

Today, not only do I want to Breathe....I want to Love.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Apple of Their Eye {Bothell Baby Photography}

So, I've decided that I have a new "backdrop" for little ones....and that backdrop is Mom.  Sometimes there are some kiddos (usually between 9 months and a year) who don't really like me very much - can you imagine??- and they just want to hold on to mom - can you blame them?  So what do we do then?  We let mom (or at least part of her) be in most of the pictures.  Let me demonstrate in this set of pictures...

This super cutie - Ravenna - was not sure what she thought about me and my camera...

...and she definitely did NOT like my flower pot.

But as soon as Mom was near, out went the tears and here came the smiles!!  (Can you see that big tear on her cheek?  SO CUTE!!!)

Ravenna's mom was so great to play along with all of this.  (Can you see her laying on the ground?)  But look at that sweet smile from this little girl....she is so delicious, I could gobble her up!

We did try a little "cheerio" enticement, which worked for a moment or two...after all, kids big and little are always willing to participate for food!!  (Me too, by the way!)

We did a little clothing change and went for a few more pictures.  I *LOVE* this hat!!  The garden is the perfect place for this little gardener to be!

We tried the flower pot again and guess what???  She still was not going to have anything to do with it...

However....right at the end Mom (the wonderful backdrop) had a great idea!!  She pulled out an apple and let this little one have some delicious fun.  Ravenna kept looking to be sure that mom was still there, but that apple was just what we needed to catch this series of pictures.

I think maybe this little girl could be a perfect poster child for Washington apples.  I would buy a whole truckload from her!!

I had so much fun with Ravenna and her mom!   Ravenna is a sweet little girl with a great smile and mom was such a trooper to do everything I asked her to do.  (She may have worked harder than I did that day!!)

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Kiss Me: Kris and Steve {Seattle Engagement Photography}

A beautiful sunny day, blue sky, a couple in love, and a little goofiness makes a recipe for a perfect engagement session!!  Kris and Steve were so fun to photograph because they are so much in love but don't take themselves too seriously...just wait and you'll see what I mean!!

Always love to show a little *BLING*

These two met in a local running club and are avid runners.  I think Kris has to run twice as fast in order to keep up with Steve when they run.  He is so tall!!
(I love this little series of pictures!!)

I told you there was a little fun spiritedness in them...

....and then I turned around caught even more fun!!  Steve, I wouldn't make her mad too often!!

A little more "docile"  picture with the local foliage...

We headed up to Gasworks Park and I just loved watching the two of them enjoy and tease one another.

Kris and Steve, it was a pleasure to get to hang out with you guys for a couple of hours, to capture a bit of your love story and see the FUN side of you two!!  There is a quote that says:
"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing."
If that is true, then you two will NEVER grow old...and I love that!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Marry Me: Alisa and Matt {Seattle Wedding Photography}

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then get ready for 50,000+ words!!  Matt and Alisa's story starts in the Seattle area where they grew up...but didn't know one another.  In fact, they had to both go to New York to have that fated meeting that would lead to this big day.  From there, they both moved across the country to the L.A. area, where they live now.  Just think...all that travel to meet someone that you lived 10 minutes apart from while you were growing up! 

Well, they hopped on a plane once again to come back home for this amazing day.  Surrounded by family and friends, these two celebrated their love for one another!

Alisa got ready at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in downtown Seattle...a very "bridal" hotel, if I do say so myself....she was amazingly beautiful and there were many tears of happiness shed that day.  (There were also some very funny moments.  Someone was sent out to get Alisa a necklace to wear, but obviously didn't want to make that we had box #1, box #2, and box #3!)

The dress was originally her mom's dress that she had remade for her!  I LOVE that!!  What a special memory for the two of them...and I like how the dress became her "something old".

What the Fairmont is to a bride, the W Hotel (across the street) is to the groom.  Sleek and modern, it made a great backdrop for some great groom's shots.  Thanks to my friend, Chris Maddox, who came all the way from Arizona to photograph the wedding with me!!

A few bride and groom'll see the difference between the two hotels as well...

Matt and Alisa decided to do a "first look".  I already said there were lots of happy tears Alisa came around the corner, her eyes filled with tears...

I am so glad they decided on that first look, because in good Seattle fashion, the weather gave us a mix of all it had.  We at least got a pocket of nice (not raining!) was almost like a wedding gift to Alisa and Matt.

With her sweet nieces and flower girls...

I loved all the details and tradition they put into the wedding.  Alisa had something old (dress), something new (Matt gave her new diamond earrings!), something borrowed (a hankie from a friend), and something blue (something cute that will not be mentioned).  But did you know that the old wedding rhyme doesn't end there?  It ends with "and a sixpence in your shoe".  Well...guess what?  As she took of her shoes for some grass pictures...there it was - a sixpence.  

This wedding party came from all over the country to join these two in their celebration.  They were fun, funny and fun to photograph!!  (I love the girls laughing in the bottom picture!  We sent the flower girls out of the picture and told them to go stand by dad, but instead they ended up backing up in Chris's legs.  They stood there the way kids sometimes do - when they think they are with a parent - and put a hand around his leg.  All along the bridesmaids and Alisa just kept cracking up!!)

I just loved this picture.  It reminded me of the quote:
Don't walk behind me, I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.

The ceremony...(I love, love, love these mason jars filled with flowers!!)

In good Seattle fashion again, it was POURING rain by the time the ceremony was done!  We all crammed into a very hot, humid (and NOT made for 16 people!!) limo and decided to drive down to the water.  We figured that the way the weather shifts and changes in our area, the rain might be gone by the time we got there.  And guess what?  As we neared the parking lot, the rain stopped!!  Then it started all over again as we walked out onto the pier.  All I can say is that this bridal party was not daunted by those huge drops of rain...they braved the elements and we got some great pictures.  I love this one!!

First dances...

...and a few more "together" pictures.  (Notice the sun in the back and how nice the light is in the next picture???  Welcome to the ever shifting weather where I live!!)

What an exit!!

And I just had to put this one in last...I think it might be my favorite.  It reminds me of that painting by Jack Vettriano called The Singing Butler!  Such a beautiful couple!!

Matt and Alisa, it was a pleasure to be invited to your wedding!!  I wish you years and years and years of happiness and joy!!  (Enjoy these pictures until you have the total collection in your hands!)