Garfield High School senior Shane and I headed out to Capitol Hill at the end of August for his senior photo session. Cal Anderson park, Seattle Central Community College and random pockets and nooks between office buildings on Broadway served as our backdrops. We shot during the latest part of the day and the sun did an amazing job of creating some beautiful backlight and lots of color for me to play with.
When the weather is nice and the kids are still home for the summer, it’s prime ‘family photo’ time. The Eckert’s took advantage of the opportunity on a Saturday in late August when both of their adult sons were home, in-between summer jobs/sports/etc. We headed out to Capitol Hill, first hitting Volunteer Park for some portraits and later moving the shoot to the north end of Cal Anderson Park by the art wall surrounding the light-rail construction site. Happy parents, great kids, lots of laughter, it was plain to see that they have a strong family unit and that they actually like being around one-another. Thanks Eckert family, you were a joy to photograph!
Lauren and Matt have been so great since the day I met them last August. I can say that I truly feel as if they are my friends now, in addition to being my clients. The love and the joy they feel when they are around each other is so easy to see. I am so happy that I was able to see them married and I just know that they will most definitely live happily ever after.
The day started out with hair and makeup in central Capital Hill at a condo that Lauren’s parents had rented for the weekend. Shortly after, the bride and groom had their first look inside Melrose Market to the delight of a group of people having lunch at the cafe (I overheard “they are so in love” more than once while we were in there shooting). Portraits were taken in the vicinity of Melrose Market Studios, at Pillar Park and other locations along Pine St. including the freeway overpass. Skillet Street Food provided an amazing meal of chicken sandwiches, fries and kale salad. Great food, great friends, great party. Congrats Lauren and Matt! I wish you all the best in your future ventures as Mr. & Mrs.!
The Jenkins family and I headed down into Carkeek Park in the Greenwood neighborhood of Seattle at the beginning of August for a family portrait session. Photographing young children can be a challenge, we all know that. My photo session with the Jenkins family is a perfect example of how I approach these shoots. The very first thing I do at my family portrait sessions is take a posed group shot so that I make sure I have that locked down before we start to lose the kids (their attention, not lose the actual children). After that, it’s whatever goes. I let them be crazy and run, chase each other, throw the kids in the air, etc. I basically let the kids do their kid thing, which doesn’t involved too much sitting still. And I photograph it. And I love it. Family portraits don’t have to always be everyone sitting together all smiling at the camera. Portraits can simply be images that depict who you are as a family unit and how you interact together. Those are portraits too.
All told, this is the best way to capture young children as they actually are, as well as always coming away with a solid family portrait for mom and dad. (The first two frames below are a great example of a group shot from the very beginning of the session and a group shot from the end).
This is the reason I shoot weddings. This wedding right here.
It’s not too often I catch myself feeling a little emotional during a wedding ceremony or during toasts at the wedding reception. But these two guys, and their two amazing kids, managed to make me feel that lump in my throat. I am so happy and honored that I was able to document Michael and Christian’s wedding celebration. This family deserved this day so much. SO much. After 18 years together, Michael and Christian were finally able to legally wed. And celebrate, and drink, and laugh and party with their friends and family. Michael and Christian have such a strong connection with each other, it was so easy to see during the ceremony. And with the kids as well. Both children had the guests in tears during their heartfelt, open, honest speeches that they gave during toasts.