E.K. and Mike got married on a cloudy day in June surrounded by dozens of their closest friends and family members at the Mayflower Park Hotel in downtown Seattle. It is so wonderful to live in a state where same-sex couples are no longer discriminated against, and it was equally as wonderful to be invited along to document E.K. and Mike’s big day. The grooms started out the afternoon with wedding portraits at Olympic Sculpture Park, where we were able to use both the waterfront and the Space Needle as backdrops. Very Seattle-y, as requested by the guys. We then headed back to the Mayflower Park Hotel for the ceremony and reception in the ‘Plymouth Room’. The ceremony set-up and decor had been a surprise for E.K., Mike designed it with the help of their vendors, and managed to keep the whole thing a secret from his soon-to-be husband. The entire evening was a blast, everyone was having a great time, and then things just got so much better. You’ll have to scroll to the bottom to see (hint: it may or may not involve an awesome drag performance).
My cousin Troy came into town to visit his brother at UW last month, so I had the opportunity to take his senior photos. He expressed interest in an urban setting, so I immediately thought Ballard would be perfect. The train tracks, the industrial buildings, the shipping yards, I knew he would love it. Coming from a school in the Denver suburbs, he would definitely be going home with some unique high school senior portraits.
I love senior photos. I love making a potentially awkward situation (um, getting your photos taken on a summer evening in the middle of a hopping, busy neighborhood can definitely be nerve-wracking for a teen) not so awkward and actually fun. I provided plenty of direction, and hopefully some humor, to ease the situation and help Troy feel more comfortable out there. He did great though, a pro in front of the camera for sure.
This summer I have had the pleasure of photographing so many baby girls. Meet Elle, the newest, cutest resident of Belltown. Only a week old and she already had a mop of hair and so much personality. She spent a good deal of our in-home portrait session locked onto her mom and dad’s faces, you could just see her trying to soak in as much as she could, about this new world outside of the womb. And then she passed out from exhaustion. Beautiful baby, beautiful new parents, (happy sigh) ……
Last month Dr. Alena Zweben of Market Place Naturopathic reached out to me for some candid business portraits and photos of her office setting, which is located right across the street from Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle. I spent some time with her in the office taking detail photographs of some of the tools and supplements that she frequently works with, and then we ventured outside for natural light portraits and some scene setting images near the market. Dr. Alena Zweben is a joy to be around, and extremely knowledgeable and current when it comes to to the world of naturopathic medicine. If you are looking for a caring and hands-on naturopathic doctor in the Seattle area, I highly recommend her.
For all you non-believers out there, I have to let you know that yes, the sun does come out in Seattle. And in full-force apparently. For the last month we have had nothing but gorgeous, sunny, and sometimes even hot, days here in the Pacific Northwest. I’ve had to adapt the way I shoot and rely on some of the tricks I learned while shooting in Arizona. It’s definitely different than the typical cloudy day we are used to, but man when you use the sun right during your photo shoots, you sure can make magic happen.
Geneva and Kellen and I headed out to Olympic Sculpture park for their engagement session last month. Both looked great, and the colors they chose were perfect. Geneva with her gorgeous orange tips and Kellen in his green pants and gold watch. Perfect touches for this bright summer evening.