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Skyline HS Senior | Betty

Posted in Seniors

high school senior in grey sweater at sunset

Betty is an incoming senior at Skyline High School. She is a member of her school’s cheerleading team and spends hours a day practicing. She hopes to go to the University of Washington or a university in California after she graduates. At that point she hopes to study to be a nurse. When Betty isn’t busy with cheerleading and studying, she enjoys volunteering, spending time with friends and family, reading, and playing guitar and piano. Her session took place on a very gorgeous summer evening at Discovery Park. The tall grass looks absolutely beautiful at this time of year! We had a great time exploring and enjoying the sweeping Puget Sound scenery.

Hotel Terra Wedding | Chris & Tamara

Posted in Weddings

bride and groom cheering in front of cody peak in jackson hole

Chris and Tamara are adventurous, passionate, and so so in love. I knew we would be a great fit when their initial email said “Looking for an awesome photographer for our awesome wedding” – no need to say more, I’m in! These two hail from Salt Lake City but have spent years visiting and skiing in the Tetons. They tied the knot backdropped by sweeping views of the mountains at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort at the beautiful Hotel Terra. They began their day with a first look at the top of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort Tram – a tradition that I think should be carried out by more couples! There was nothing more romantic than watching Tamara ran across the mountain top to greet her beaming groom. All smiles and lots of passionate kisses, these two reveled in their first few moments together on their wedding day. Their group of friends cheered as they greeted them and beers and tequila shot-skis were enjoyed by all. We rode the tram back down, which basically turned into one big party. The tram operator was happy to oblige and played all of the group’s favorite songs. The ceremony was backdropped with sweeping mountain views of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort on a rooftop at Hotel Terra. To personalize their ceremony, the couple tied a climbing knot together. Shortly after their first kiss as husband and wife, the two took a ride on one of the chairlifts where they got to spend some quality alone time together before the party got going. Guests enjoyed specialty cocktails and locally brewed beer, followed by a lovely plated dinner provided by the Hotel Terra catering staff. It was a fabulous mountain wedding that these two will surely treasure in their memories for years to come.

Venue: Hotel Terra
Catering: Hotel Terra
Hair & Makeup: Kelly Rene
DJ: David Rudisill
Wedding Gown: Berta Bridal
Groom’s Suit: Roberto Leone
2nd Photographer: Megan Peterson

MV Skansonia Wedding | Bobby & Jenny

Posted in Weddings

groom kissing bride on cheek on mv skansonia

Bobby and Jenny were married on a beautiful summer day on the MV Skansonia. The lovely couple hails from the state of Hawaii. When Bobby got a job in Seattle, Jenny moved with him and they’ve been building their lives together in the Pacific Northwest ever since. I was fortunate to get to know Jenny through several folks that I met while slinging cocktails in Fremont years ago. Bobby and Jenny are both extremely genuine, kind, and fun-loving spirits. The chose the MV Skansonia, which is an old ferry boat that has been transformed into a beautiful wedding and event space overlooking the Seattle skyline. When planning their wedding, they hoped to incorporate bits of their Hawaiian heritage. Bobby and Jenny chose to deck the place out with pineapples, orchids, and bright tropical colors. Everything had a playful, laid-back island vibe.

The celebration began at Seattle’s famous Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill where we played with confetti and explored the beauty of the park. We then moved on to one of Bobby and Jenny’s favorite haunts, The Roanoke. A little ping pong was played and tequila was sipped while everyone relaxed before heading over to the ceremony. Once arriving at the MV Skansonia, the couple shared heartfelt vows on the bow of the boat and drank and danced the night away. Guests loved sipping their Mai Tai’s while staring out at the incoming lightning storm that entertained well into the evening. We wish these two a huge congratulations and thank them so much for trusting us to capture their special day.

Wedding Planner: Knox Standard
Floral Design: Juniper Flowers
Catering: MV Skansonia
Cake: Rachel Fream
Hair & Makeup: Stylus Salon
Photo Booth: The SnapBar
Wedding Gown: BHLDN

2017 Senior Ambassadors

Posted in Seniors

Wow! So suffice it to say, this past month has been a total whirlwind. Not only have I been traveling, but I’ve been taking photos of all of our 2017 Senior Ambassadors! If you haven’t heard about our Ambassador Program, let me explain. Each year, we select 6-10 seniors to represent our business at their school. Applications are accepted online in the spring of the junior year and each potential candidate tells us about their involvement in sports, school, and volunteer programs. We receive about 25-30 applications each year. After carefully reading through all of the applications, we make selections based on who we think would do a great job representing our business and spreading the word to their friends. Once an applicant receives a confirmation letter that they have been selected, we decide on a location for their senior session, which takes place before the end of June. Each selected Ambassador receives a 1.5 hour session completely complimentary, with the option of adding on hair and makeup by Yessie Libby. After the session, each upcoming senior selects five images that they get to share on social media throughout the summer with their friends, along with a set of their very own personalized cards. If they are able to refer three of their friends to book a session with us, they get a fantastic print collection at no charge! It’s very exciting for all involved and we are so happy to be able to offer this opportunity. New for Class of 2017 Senior Ambassadors, we will be offering a complimentary styled session for the senior (plus a couple of their closest buds!) who sends us the most bookings by the end of their senior year. And at that, let me introduce to you our six wonderful Ambassadors!











– SYRA –

Swiftwater Cellars Wedding | Tory & Annea

Posted in Weddings

While they had gone to school together for years, it wasn’t until their 10 year high school reunion in Woodinville that Tory and Annea connected. Just a year and a half later, Tory popped the question while overlooking Century Link Field. It was the perfect engagement for this Hawks-loving duo! The happy couple began planning their wedding and six months later found themselves at Swiftwater Cellars in Roslyn, Washington on a beautiful sunny (and very hot!) summer afternoon. A navy and coral color palette complemented the surrounding mountain lodge feel beautifully and Annea carried a bouquet of 21 gorgeous white peonies. The couple began the day getting ready in the surrounding homes of Suncadia. They then had their first look at the winery and proceeded to recite their very own personal vows in front of their closest friends and family. They spent some time cooling off in the thankfully air-conditioned bridal and groom’s suites before the real ceremony began and they said their “I Do’s”. Guests enjoyed wine and cocktails and lawn games post-ceremony as the sun set behind the tall trees. If you haven’t been to Swiftwater Cellars, the reception space downstairs is magical. Walking into it was like walking into a scene from Game of Thrones. It is dark and romantically lit with string lights, wine barrels lining the walls and a private space with a long king’s table where guests shared congratulations on the couples’ live video guest book. Everyone danced the night away and waved sparklers as the bride and groom made their exit in their very own golf cart.

Venue and Catering: Swiftwater Cellars
Florist: Carol Allmand
Dessert: Lush Desserts
Hair and Makeup: Salon Maison
DJ: Miked Up Productions
Videographer: Anthony Hayward Productions
Dress: Monique Lhuillier from Marcella’s

Skyline High School Senior | Hannah

Posted in Seniors

It’s an exciting time of year for high school graduates! As I drive around Seattle, it seems like there is a graduation almost every evening. As these new grads embark on a new adventure, I can’t help but think that I’ve had some small part of it all in their lives. Taking senior portraits has been one crazy journey since I started that portion of my business three years ago. It is so exciting to capture these moments in a young person’s life. It keeps me inspired and wanting to constantly push myself in new directions. I love learning about what graduating seniors hope to become, what their dreams are, and what their experience has been like so far. I’m always impressed by how many activities they are involved in at school and outside of school. Whether it’s playing many different instruments along with being a track star to having a passion for working with kids and volunteering in their free time, these young adults are truly inspiring! I will leave you with some of my favorites from a session I did last year with young Hannah. Her session took place at Discovery Park on a hot summer evening in August. The wildfires last year in Washington shifted smoke far enough south that it reached the Seattle area which made for some very majestic sunsets. Hannah is graduating from Skyline high school this year. She ran track for her high school and also helps take care of her three year old sister. Because of this, she has a passion for working with young kids and hopes to continue that as she begins the next chapter of her life. Congratulations Hannah, we hope you have a wonderful graduation!

For anyone interested in booking a senior session with us this summer, we are currently running a special for the month of June. Purchase your session now and receive 30% off of your session fee. The session can be used any time throughout the summer! It’s a great way to save now and take your photos later when the weather is really nice. Email for booking information.

Ferry Engagement Session | Nafees & Lindsay

Posted in Engagement

I met Nafees and Lindsay on a random trip last fall that David and I took out to Roslyn, Washington. We had a free weekend and wanted to get away into the mountains. One evening at The Brick (one of the oldest bars in Washington), we happened upon a group of fun people playing shuffleboard and decided to join in. I come to find out that it was Lindsay’s birthday and that she and her fiancé Nafees were in the area looking at Swiftwater Cellars for a potential wedding venue. All of this wedding talk got us chatting as we were recently married ourselves, and I ended up handing her my info before the end of the night. Turns out we are now booked to photograph their wedding in May 2017! It always seems that some of my best clients come from chance meetings and these two are no exception. Their love for each other is so sweet and natural. They laugh a lot and know how to have fun together. I had the privilege of spending another evening with them for their engagement photos. It felt a lot less like a photo session and more like a time of just hanging out and getting to know them more. We had a fantastic time riding the ferry to Bainbridge Island and taking photos at one of the beautiful local beaches. We topped off the evening with some gorgeous views off the ferry at twilight and a glittering Seattle skyline. I’m beyond excited to continue building our relationship with these two as their wedding approaches for next year. 🙂

Edmonds-Woodway Senior | Cheyenna

Posted in Seniors

‘Tis early spring which means it’s time for our Senior Ambassador photo sessions! I am so excited about this year’s selection of seniors that we have representing our business. First up, meet Cheyenna. She will be graduating in the Class of 2017 from Edmonds-Woodway High School. Cheyenna is an incredible young lady. She enjoys acting, photography, modeling, and traveling. She even starred in a play called “Sound” in Seattle last fall in which she played the part of a young deaf woman who has to make a decision whether or not to get cochlear implants which would allow her to hear. Like the character she played, Cheyenna is also deaf. She strives to bring awareness to the fact that deaf and hearing people can work together. Cheyenna was an absolute natural in front of the camera and such a joy to work with. Discovery Park provided a perfect backdrop of tall flowing summer grass, rustic buildings, and the perfect golden light. We spent lots of time exploring the dusty trails, strolling through tall grass, and even playing with dandelions. We are so excited to have Cheyenna representing our business and we wish her all the best with her senior year!

Hair and Makeup by Yessie Libby.

A Day in Sedona, Arizona

Posted in Travel

This past spring I spent some time visiting my family down in Arizona, which included a fabulous day trip with my sister up to Sedona. It is always interesting to think about the fact that I grew up in the desert now that I have such a profound love of snow. Alas, I did and it always feels good to go home. Life in the desert is simply different than up in the Pacific Northwest and the scenery is so beautiful in its own way. It had been years since I’d been up to Sedona and it was just as spectacular as I remember. A mere two hours of driving from Phoenix gets you to views of the most stunning rock red rock features. We did a short hike up to Soldier Pass, admiring the views and the myriad of cactus species along the way. We saw sights like the Seven Sacred Pools and the giant hole in the ground called Devil’s Sinkhole. The weather was pleasantly hovering in the 70s and we celebrated our hard work with Mexican food at a local restaurant. It was a beautiful day well-spent in the desert and ended up with one of the most colorfully painted desert skies I’d ever seen.

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tahoma high school senior | connor

Posted in Seniors

I was so excited when Connor’s mom booked me for his senior pictures in April. I had worked with his older sister Madi who graduated last year and was a joy to photograph. Connor was no exception and we returned to Luther Burbank Park for his session. Being that it’s his senior year, Connor has some big decisions to make and lots of changes ahead. His main goal after he graduates is to get into the Navy. Connor is polite, easy going, and very easy to work with. I’m sure this strong young man will be able to accomplish whatever he sets his mind to. Congratulations on the final weeks of your senior year, Connor, we wish you all the best!