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Ballard High School Senior | Claire

Posted in Seniors

ballard high school senior in tall grass at golden gardens

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

bride and groom walking along river at schwabacher's landing in grand teton national park

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


North Cascades Backpacking | Wing Lake

Posted in Personal

wing lake in the north cascades of washington

This summer’s bookings have been really interesting. While I was super busy in June and July and I’m fully booked in September, August was just a bit slower. This was the complete opposite of last year! That being said, it made for a few really nice weekends off where we were able to spend time with family and friends doing what we love to do in the summer – backpacking! A few weeks ago we spent some time up the North Cascades with David’s sister and her boyfriend and our friend Evan and his girlfriend. We weren’t able to leave until Saturday due to a Friday evening session I had so we woke up at the crack of dawn and got on the road to the North Cascades. Getting to Wing Lake seemed pretty tame from first glance – 12 miles round trip with an elevation gain of 2652 feet. That being said, most of this trail isn’t actually a marked trail and leads to the popular scramble up Black Peak. Over three hours of driving on the beautiful Mountain Loop Highway dropped us at the popular trailhead that starts the Heather-Maple Pass Loop. There were a lot of families out enjoying the nice weather and sunshine and it wasn’t long before we ditched the trail to head towards Wing Lake. The split off was pretty easy to spot and we followed a meandering path through some lovely meadows.

From there we hit the real meat of the trail and began a long scramble over a boulder field. Large packs make this type of travel pretty slow and strenuous so we took our time. Before long, we had reached the beautiful alpine gem that is Lewis Lake. Turquoise in color and set up in a pretty little basin, this lake was tempting but we new we had a lot more elevation to gain to reach our final destination so we pressed on.

At this point I was getting pretty winded (have I mentioned I was 20 weeks pregnant for this hike??) and took very slow, calculated steps up each bit of the climb. Once we reached Wing Lake with Black Peak towering in the background, we couldn’t have been more excited to be there. We met up with Evan and Katie and set up camp for the night. Our evening was spent relaxing in a hammock, swimming, fishing, exploring the basin and enjoying the lightning show off in the distance. David caught a beautiful rainbow trout as well. Can’t even believe there are fish in that icy lake! Late at night we even caught the end of the Perseid Meteor Shower when the stars came out. All in all it was pretty magical and well worth the effort it took to get there! This much welcome break from the madness of my busy season and I was just so refreshed when we returned.


Skyline High School 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.

WEDDING TEAM:
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 TEAM
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!

– AILEEN –

 

– CHEYENNA –

 

– MAKAILA –

 

– QUYEN –

 

– RIDDHI –

 

– 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.

WEDDING TEAM
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 amy@amygalbraith.com for booking information.