Ft. Steilacoom Park
A little bit of beautiful, and rare, Washington winter sun, a breathetaking bride and the perfect bouquet really go a long way!
Epic floral masterpiece by A Moment in Time Floral Design
Such a fun and sweet couple! These two are some of the nicest people I've met and they have a passion for life, their family, helping others.... and each other of course!
Alli + Reese's couples session at Ft. Steilacoom Park was loaded full of favorites! One of my favorite photographer friends, her favorite boy, one of my favorite locations, my favorite type of session (love stories!!), my favorite type of weather (no rain!), one of my favorite colors to photograph (those PURPLE pants!!!) and my favorite atmosphere - relaxed, lots of laughs and LOVE! I'm also very drawn to the dark greens that winter in the PNW provides!
Although winter photos do lack the warm beautiful sun of summer portraits, there is just something so nice and calming about the grey of Pacific Northwest during rainy season. A big difference being that the greens are very muted compared to when it's summer so there are nice dark greens in the background rather than bright green of summer. Visually this can be an excellent thing!
It is already April and we are starting to get more and more nice days where the clouds and rain take a break and the bright warm sun illuminates the earth, and our moods. Soon every day will be sunny and a variety of plants and flowers will be in full bloom. Summer portraits full of flowers, blue sky and a warm glow will soon be possible.
Every season has it's perks - summer has flowers and warm, golden sun, fall has beautiful orange foliage and falling leaves, winter has neutral and calming tones - and snow! - and spring has flowers and a mix of winter and summer tones. This is important to consider when planning portraits as you want the scenery and light to match the mood of the images. So if you are thinking about getting portraits done, plan ahead and if you aren't sure what season is best then message me and we will find the perfect time to get the look you are aiming for.
No matter what time of year you step in front of my camera we will have some fun and create some relaxed, memorable and fun images.
Passion, lust, love, adventure, fun and amorous. Just some of the words that come to mind when I think about this magnetic couple's Tacoma portrait session. Sarah + Deven were so relaxed in front of my camera and there is nothing shy about their love, not to mention how adorable they are together.
I love when my couples trust me to take creative control and are up to get some fun moments. For the past 6 months I've been moving away from posed images and moving towards more candid images. I just love ones with movement, may it be hair blowing in the wind, a romantic twirl or a fun little wrestling match. The images that capture the feelings between a couple without a single word or a playful moment are by far the most memorable. I'm a bit of a hopeless romantic and a dreamer so when I see love that meets those rather high expectations it always makes me so happy. The power of love is so amazing because it has such a positive effect not only on those experiencing it but to all those who witness it too. Love like this helps overcome some of the over-abundance of hate that exists in this world.
We even pulled off an epic dance move from the movie Dirty Dancing that would have made Patrick Swayze proud and it gave us some good giggles too!
Couples sessions (and weddings) are my fave!! So fun to capture the dynamic spark between two people! Sarah + Deven, you two are so stinkin' adorable together - I can't stand it!! Come and see me again!!!
I'll leave you with a romantic passage from the book 'God of Small Things.' Soul-searing, raw and poetic, a bit like love.
“The way her body existed only where he touched her. The rest of her was smoke.” -Arundhati Roy
I met this sweet senior's mother, Letitia, at a get together with some friends and she started telling me about her soccer-loving daughter, Dnycia, so I was excited when Letitia contacted me to do Dyncia's senior portraits! We had one reschedule due to rain but as a Pacific Northwest Senior Photographer I considered that lucky because the next was beautiful and we even had some sun!!
Letitia had warned me that Dnycia was shy but camera's don't lie! Just look at that smile!!! Once she warmed up a bit I think she even had fun! I know I did! So nice to meet you Dnycia, good luck in the rest of your senior year and I'll see you for family photos in the summer.
In October I joined a fabulous group of photographers and local vendors to so a Fall Stylized wedding, and it was absolutely amazing! All the details were so gorgeous and the couples did such a great job - as a Pacific Northwest Wedding Photographer, this is my FUN!! I love for these shoots.
I'd like to first mention the flowers....not that I have to, they speak for themselves but I was blown away by them so I want to talk about them. Guys! I'm so excited because I finally found a GO-TO florist! Shannon from Floral Noir has an amazing eye for color and texture. Her bouquets are absolutely stunning and a wedding photographer's dream! Take a minute to check out the flower pictures and REALLLLLY enjoy them. Just look how the colors go so well together and all the amazing textures. This is not your average bouquet! Brides, husbands, fathers, ladies.....if you are looking for flowers that will leave a lasting impression, for any occasion, contact Floral Noir (Keep an eye out for her website too, it's launching soon!!!)
Another lovely detail I'd like to mention about the day is the gorgeous dresses! They were supplied by Lace N Links. How perfect are they!! They are perfectly accented by gorgeous make-up done by Katie Horton of Bridal Esthetics By Katie. She did such an amazing job highlighting the features of the brides and she's currently booking for summer weddings so contact her if you need make-up done professionally.
Next, lets talk about this elegant wedding cake, it's simple and stunning and makes a statement. I love the accent of fall colored flowers and the wooden heart. This beauty was made by Stephanie Williams, thanks for spending time to make this for us Stephanie - it was perfect for the setting! The decor was tied together with an amazing sign and adorable little pumpkins made by Jennifer Lauer. Such sweet details that really pulled together the mood of this stylized fall wedding.
Thank you to all the vendors and the two lovely photographers who planned out this amazing shoot. Kellie and Jennifer, you rocked it!
Contact me today and lets document all those little moments that make life beautiful
This sweet couple, Heather + Curtis, are getting ready to welcome a little boy! Can't wait to see his chubby cheeks and cute little toes! Congrats to you two!
This adorable couple is going to make one gorgeous baby. I don't do newborn photos but I call dibs on holding her!
Purple Mermaid dress by IBC Boutique. Visit their page here to see a variety of STUNNING maternity dresses.