I love meeting families as wonderful as the Liu family! They are such lovely, nice people and were an absolute delight to spend the afternoon with. The day of our family photography session out at Discovery Park in Magnolia was one of those gorgeous warm(ish) February days that felt more like spring than winter, which made the walk down to the beach, and the evening’s sunset, even more delightful.
Happy, lovely, smiley, adorable couple Rachel & Alexandru were an absolute pleasure to work with. We headed into downtown Seattle on an unusually foggy afternoon (two days before the Superbowl I might add, so Seahawks fans were out in packs) for an engagement photo session featuring a tour of some of downtown’s most colorful locations. We started at Seattle Central Library where bright colors and geometric shapes dominate the interior design of the building, and then headed down towards the water with stops at Pike’s Place Market, Post Alley, the Gum Wall and finally ended up at the Great Wheel.
In late January I spent an afternoon in Redmond with the Segal family who were anxiously awaiting the mid-February arrival of a baby boy. Ashton came into the world about a week and a half after our maternity shoot (those photos coming soon!) and was instantly the object of extreme love and affection from both of his big sisters and his parents. Family maternity photo sessions are so lovely because you can just feel the anticipation and love and happiness swirling through the air in the weeks leading up to the new baby.
Last month I was invited, by the head instructor at Greenlake Martial Arts, to come and photograph his Saturday morning youth and adult martial arts classes. He wanted pictures that he could post online in social media settings such as Facebook and Instagram, so that people could get a better idea of what goes on inside the studio. At the same time, we also talked about this shoot being the start of a collection of documentary images that we could use to tell the story of what it means to be a part of this martial arts studio and the culture and history that has helped shape it into what it is today.
With this post, I close out my 2014 wedding season. And what a great couple to end with. Janiene and Christopher were nothing short of wonderful to work with. Their attitude and approach to life, their friends and family, and to each other is bursting to the seams with extreme happiness and appreciation for everything. And the amount of stability they have is just amazing. Also amazing, their love for their dog, Dodger. Dodger played a big part in how their wedding day played out, in a completely unplanned way. Janiene and Chris got married at St. George Church in Beacon Hill and headed to nearby Georgetown for photos with their wedding party and as a couple. Dodger’s dog-sitter was scheduled to meet us in Georgetown at a certain time so that Janiene and Chris could get a few photographs with their main man. As we arrived in Georgetown, they got a frantic call from the dog-sitter saying that she had lost their dog at Marymoor park in Redmond. Long story short, they chose to forego their portrait time and drive their rented party bus, with their wedding party, all the way out to Marymoor (which is at least a 30 minute drive, maybe more) to look for the dog. Talk about true love. (And I wouldn’t be telling this story unless it had a happy ending, so don’t fret dog-lovers.)
A few minutes away from Marymoor, someone called to say they had found Dodger. Minutes from sunset, we pulled into the parking lot at Marymoor. I grabbed my gear and started shooting bride/groom portraits right away. I had nothing of the two of them at this point and wasn’t about to waste a second. The pink sky worked perfectly with the pink tones in Janiene and Chris’s wedding getup and really brought some warmth to the photos on this cold, slightly snowy November day. (I haven’t mentioned this yet, but this was also the only day it snowed in Seattle this whole winter season!). Afterwards we headed to the Seattle Airport Marriott for a lovely evening filled with dinner, drinks and dancing, and Janiene and Chris celebrated with friends and family, toasting to the start of their marriage and the safe return of their beloved pooch.