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Seattle Family Portraits | The Bogensbergers

Posted in Family

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This fall I started my first ever mini-session event! I have been contemplating the idea for a while now and finally had the time to pull it all together. Mini-sessions are just what they sound like – mini versions of a portrait session with me. They are perfect for the family or couple looking for an updated photo for their holiday cards or fantastic for families with pets or young kids that don’t have long attention spans. My event was held on October 29 at Discovery Park when the leaves were at their brightest. I held a series of family portraits for all of the groups that signed up. While the weather wasn’t the nicest to us, we had plenty of umbrella space and rain gear and everyone had a great time! I don’t always advertise family portraits, I definitely take them and love working with little kids! I’m sure the addition of a little one to our lives will also make me more inclined to work with lots of families 🙂

As we welcome the Thanksgiving holiday tomorrow, I am really thinking a lot about what this time of year is all about. To me, the holidays are a special time to spend with friends and family. I am not fortunate enough to have my family in the state and this year am unable to fly due to being 34 weeks pregnant. Luckily my husband has family in town and we all get together for a giant feast with family and friends that don’t have relatives in Seattle. I hope that everyone has the opportunity to spend the holiday with someone they love this year.

In honor of family, I’m excited to share these sweet family portraits of Hannah and Jim with their adorable little ones. I do truly hope this holiday brings you lots of joy with good food, fun, and time with family. Happy Thanksgiving!


Honalee Farm Boise Wedding | Steve & Jenni

Posted in Weddings

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I had the amazing opportunity to photograph my first Boise wedding this past fall! It was perfect timing as my aunt and uncle recently retired there and I was able to not only visit them but photograph a beautiful wedding for an amazing couple. Steve and Jenni hail from Boise, Idaho. While they are now living in downtown Seattle, they knew they had to get married amidst all of their friends and family in their hometown. Their wedding was on a beautiful and warm September day at the lovely Honalee Farm and Event Center. The couple chose a garden romance theme for their wedding and the scenery complimented it perfectly. Guests enjoyed an entirely outdoor wedding under the bistro lights with a BBQ dinner and dancing under the stars. When I think back to their day, I can’t help but giggle at some of the hilarious moments that happened. With college friends surrounding them, there were some pretty funny memories that were brought up during the toasts. The best man had a poster of Steve created with his college nickname, “Street-Fighter Steve.” Everyone was rolling with laughter and the poster even made some appearances on the dance floor later in the evening. Also, Jenni’s bouquet toss was one of the most memorable I’ve seen yet. Lots of lovely young ladies all jumped at once as the bouquet flew through the air but one very dedicated guest flew off of her feet in such a way that she ended up on the floor. Finally, I can’t get enough of Steve’s groomsmen gifts! He gave each of his friends a personalized bobblehead doll that was made to look like them. It was pretty amazing and they were a big hit! The dance floor seriously rocked the entire night and you could tell that nobody wanted the day to end. It was a memorable day for all!

WEDDING TEAM
Venue: Honalee Farm & Event Center
Floral Design: Alberton’s
Cake: Alberton’s
Dance Floor and Lighting: Sound Wave Events
DJ: DJ Dave
Officiant: David Lorenzo
Rentals: Tates Tents & Events
Catering: Goodwood BBQ
Wedding Gown: BB Bridal
Hair: Ali Malvini
Makeup: M.N.M. Beauty Studios


Snoqualmie Engagement | Scott & Lindsey

Posted in Engagement

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It’s that time of year – no, not the holidays, but it’s engagement season! Between booking multiple weddings for next year, shooting a proposal last week, and also this recent Snoqualmie engagement session, love is certainly in the air. I’m getting so excited to meet all of the new brides and grooms getting married next year and to see what the new year brings. Today, I bring you a lovely autumn engagement session. Scott and Lindsey are planning their wedding for next August at Camp Korey. I feel like I already have a pretty special connection with these two. Last summer I photographed Scott’s sister’s wedding on Bainbridge Island and Scott and Lindsey both played an important part in the logistics of his sister’s Stevens Pass engagement session. They hiked with us and carted up all of the wardrobe options. I could tell at that time that these two had great energy and would probably end up tying the knot themselves one day. And so they are! Scott proposed to Lindsey while they were on a weekend trip in Leavenworth and the rest is history.

For their engagement session, we definitely pictured something that showcased some of the Northwest’s beautiful mountains. Without wanting to drive too far, we explored the area around the city of Snoqualmie. Scott’s sister had helped find some great locations and views beforehand. We showed up to a stunning clear day with endless views of Mt. Si. We spent a bit of time exploring down by the Snoqualmie River then made our way to enjoy the stunning views of the sun’s golden rays lighting up the flanks of Mt. Si. As the sun dipped behind the hills, we had ourselves quite the show of a herd of elk. Overall I’d say it was a pretty magical day in the mountains and I’m so glad I got to spend it with these two!


Issaquah High School Senior | Alyssa

Posted in Seniors

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Meet Alyssa! She is a senior at Issaquah High School this year and certainly keeps herself very busy. She participates in cross country, is the ASB senior class president, and works as a soccer referee on the weekends. When she’s not busy studying and playing sports, she loves hanging out with friends, traveling, and spending time with her family. She hopes to study sports medicine at Utah State where she has been accepted to go to college. We had a fantastic day for a fall session at Luther Burbank Park on Mercer Island. Alyssa is super easy going, fun to hang out with, and radiates confidence. I have no doubt that her life will be filled with many successes!


Vineyard Wisconsin Wedding | Ben & Kelsey

Posted in Weddings

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Last year, I had the honor of photographing Ben and Kelsey in stunning Mt. Rainier National Park. They were the winners of my spring engagement session giveaway and I was thrilled to get to know them as a couple. When they told me they were going to have a Wisconsin wedding and they wanted me to come along as their photographer, I was completely honored! It’s not every day that someone loves your work so much that they want to fly you across the country to capture their wedding day. That being said, I absolutely love traveling for weddings and was incredibly excited to get to photograph a wedding in a new place.

As the autumn rains started rolling into the Northwest, I made my way east to Wisconsin to the land of cornfields and long golden sunsets. Ben and Kelsey, while they live in the Seattle area now, hail from the midwest and had their sights set on a beautiful Wisconsin wedding that would bring all of their best friends and family together. It made the most sense to them to travel back to their roots and say “I do” in a place they hold dear. Loved ones gathered from across the country to send the couple their love as they tied the knot amidst the vineyards and golden fields of Over the Vines. An original barn, built in 1888, set the backdrop in a perfect vineyard setting amidst rolling hills and cornfields. The sunset couldn’t have been more beautiful and the words spoken about the couple couldn’t have been more heartwarming. What an honor it was to have them bring me to this special place and photograph their incredible wedding! Wishing these two many years of happy marriage.

WEDDING TEAM
Venue: Over the Vines
Floral Design: Fifty Flowers
Catering: Best Events Catering & Events
Dessert: Tarts & Truffles
Hair: Bellasazi Salon & Spa
Dress Shop: LaineeMeg Bridal
DJ: Jukebox Bandstand
Headpiece: Eleven Skies Studio
Groom’s Suit: Men’s Wearhouse


Mount Si High School Senior | Sophia

Posted in Seniors

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I’ve had so much fun photographing seniors with their horses this summer! It’s absolutely wonderful to incorporate something into your session that you’re so passionate about. Whether it be a sport, an animal, or even your favorite book, personalization is key to having a unique session that’s all about you. Here is the lovely Sophia pictured with her sweet horse Noah. Sophia is on a competitive horse team at Deerfield Farm, where she’s grown up riding. She now continues to ride, compete, and even train young kids in her free time. Deerfield Farm is absolutely gorgeous and I am so glad I got to photograph her in a place that is so special to her. While Sophia is already attending classes at Bellevue College, she will be graduating with the Class of 2017 from Mount Si High School. We wish her all the best as she finishes up classes and moves onto college!


Hidden Meadows Wedding | Scott & Tiffany

Posted in Weddings

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It’s hard to choose just a few moments to share from Scott and Tiffany’s wedding at Hidden Meadows in Snohomish. It was the epitome of a perfect Northwest summer day. These two adventurous, laid-back and fun-loving humans had all of their friends and family surrounding them with endless love as they said their “I dos”. I met Scott and Tiffany, funny enough, through Instagram. We had a mutual friend that David and I had gone snowboarding with on Mt. Rainier. We ended up skiing the same slope on the same day but in two different groups! They saw my posts from the day, found out I was also a wedding photographer AND had photographed their friend’s wedding, and the rest is history. I had a great time getting to know them when we took an adventure to Mt. Baker for their engagement session. It truly makes my job the most fun hearing each couple’s story and also finding that we have some things in common! Like us, these two love snowboarding, backpacking, and just being in the great outdoors.

Their wedding came together in one beautiful celebration at Hidden Meadows. I loved how they incorporated different details about adventure and the outdoors yet also keeping a very simple and beautiful color scheme. It was clear that these two are loved by many and the party was one rocking-good time! If I had to choose just one part of the day that was my favorite, it would definitely be Tiffany’s brother’s toast. The memories and stories he shared from their childhood had everyone in tears! Congrats to this amazing couple, I’m sure you will have many years of happy marriage to come 🙂

WEDDING TEAM
Venue: Hidden Meadows
Wedding Coordinator: Sweetly Hosted
Catering: Cabbage Patch
Floral Design: Sweetly Hosted
DJ: Otto Olson
Cake & Dessert: Metropolitan Market
Videographer: Anthony Rowe Films


Ballard High School Senior | Claire

Posted in Seniors

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Claire is a senior at Ballard High School. She loves hanging out in the historic part of Ballard which made for some super fun urban senior photos! I love the mixture of textured backdrops, adorable storefronts, and interesting lighting that the streets around old Ballard offer. It was a beautiful day to be strolling around the city enjoying the last bit of summer. We ended her session at Golden Gardens with one of the most beautiful golden hour sessions yet. Golden Gardens is a popular place for Seattle-ites to hang out on sunny days. That day was no exception! While crowded, we were able to find some secret spots that showcased the beach scenery and tranquil waters of Puget Sound. The sunset was simply gorgeous! Claire is excited to be a senior this year. She is not 100% sure on what school she will go to when she graduates yet but knows she wants to attend a large university on the west coast. She is interested in film and will possibly make that her main area of study. Wishing Claire the best of luck for the rest of her time as a student at Ballard High!

If you are still looking to book senior photos, we have openings starting October 11. Please email amy@amygalbraith.com for rates and availability.


Now Booking | 2016 Autumn Mini-Sessions

Posted in Announcements

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We are excited to announce that this year we will be offering a one day only opportunity for mini-sessions! Need an updated family photo or a fresh look for your holiday greeting cards? Then this is for you! What is a mini-session? Basically, it’s an abbreviated version of a full portrait session with us. Each mini-session is $250** and includes the following:

20 minutes of photography for up to five people (additional family members welcome at $25/per person)
One location and outfit
In-person viewing session at our location in Seattle
$150 print and product credit
**digital files and sales tax are not included

Please note this is a ONE DAY ONLY event. We will be holding up to eight mini-sessions at Discovery Park on October 29, 2016. This event will happen rain or shine, with the only exception being incredibly high winds or thunderstorm. So get out those fall boots and scarves, grab some hot cocoa, and come and enjoy the crisp fall air and play in the leaves!

Sessions are not limited to any one style of photography. Families, high school seniors, couples, pets, and kids of all ages are welcome. If you are interested, please email me at amy@amygalbraith.com to secure your spot. We will have the following times available:

9:00am – 9:20am
9:30am – 9:50am
10:00am – 10:20am
10:30am – 10:50am
11:00am – 11:20am
11:30am – 11:50am
12:00pm – 12:20pm
12:30pm – 12:50pm

All sessions will take place at the upper section of Discovery Park near the south parking lot. Once your spot is confirmed, plan on meeting at the old white church just up the stairs from the parking lot. I look forward to hearing from you!

GET IN TOUCH TO BOOK YOUR SESSION HERE.


Grand Teton Wedding | Andrew & Laura

Posted in Weddings

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What a treat it was to photograph Laura and Andrew’s intimate mountain wedding at Grand Teton National Park in Jackson Hole. No more than 40 of their closest friends and family traveled from all over the country to witness the couple saying their “I dos”. The ceremony took place at the infamous Schwabacher’s Landing in alongside the Snake River. Laura’s family is full of incredibly talented musicians. A small chorus filled the air as everyone gazed at the stunning Teton views before them. After the ceremony, everyone made their way up to The Granary at Spring Creek Ranch for a mountain top dinner and cocktail hour. Everyone enjoyed local fare of elk and bison and sipped signature cocktails while taking in the views of a cotton-candy colored sunset over the mountains. When the sun went down, everyone went upstairs to enjoy local jazz artists that play weekly on Friday nights at the bar. It was all so perfect for this mountain-loving duo who met while participating in a backpacking group. They love spending their spare time together trekking through the mountains across various parts of the country. I can’t thank them enough for trusting me to capture this very special day for them.

WEDDING TEAM
Wedding Planner: Parker Thomas Events
Floral Design: Creative Botanicals
Hair & Makeup: Jenny B Artistry
Catering & Dessert: The Granary