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Jackson Hole Wedding | Patrick & Jessica

Posted in Weddings

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Years ago when I was living the ski bum life in Jackson Hole just trying to make ends meet, I worked as a fine-dining server at the stunning Amangani resort. Seriously, if you’ve never heard of it, check it out. My days consisted of waking up and snowboarding in the morning, then getting all prettied up and driving the winding road up the bluff to serve local fare and fine wine to some of Jackson Hole’s more luxurious visitors. Our crew all had the same mindset – work hard, play hard – and we all bonded over working in that beautiful space. Jessica happened to be a hostess for a while during the time I worked there. While the years have gone by, it felt like no time had passed when she called to ask me about photographing her wedding. We are now both leading professional lives but our love for Jackson Hole and its mountains never faded. I was thrilled to meet her amazing fiancé and these two sure do make the perfect pair. Their love for the river surely had a hand in their venue choice, the Snake River Sporting Club. The leaves were stunning and golden on their wedding day and the autumn light illuminated their ceremony with the mountains all around. All guests were wide-eyed when Jessica made her entrance in her stunning Oscar de la Renta ball gown. Details from the area like foraged antlers, autumn-inspired bouquets, and catering by the locally-loved Cafe Genevieve made for a very personalized wedding celebration. The local band Whiskey Mornin’ serenaded guests as they danced the night away under that big Wyoming sky.

WEDDING TEAM
Venue: Snake River Sporting Club
Event Planning: Hitched JH
Catering: Cafe Genevieve
Floral Design: Lily & Co
Band: Whiskey Mornin’
Wedding Gown: Oscar de la Renta
Dress Shop: Joan Pillow Bridal Salon
Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale
Hair & Makeup: Tori Salon


Holy Names Senior Photos | Grace

Posted in Seniors

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This is Grace! I met Grace while attending her mom’s fitness studio, STRENGTHstudio. Her mom is a total inspiration and really has kept me in the best of shape for both my wedding last year and all throughout my pregnancy this year. I was attending her classes all the way up until I gave birth! Knowing Grace’s mom, it’s no surprise that Grace is as dedicated and motivated as she is. Grace is the oldest of three beautiful young ladies in her family and is graduating from Holy Names Academy with the Class of 2017. She is an incredibly talented rower for her school and recently signed her letter of intent to row for Stanford next year! The community is so proud of her and all of her hard work. Grace and I headed out to Lincoln Park in West Seattle for her session and enjoyed a beautiful fall day complete with snowy Olympic Mountains in the distance. This was my first time photographing a session at Lincoln Park. What a fantastic location for that classic Seattle look! It has the best of everything Northwest – towering evergreens, a beach loaded with driftwood, and spectacular views of the ferries crossing Puget Sound and the mountains in the distance. While this session was in the fall, I think it would be a great location at any time of year! Wishing Grace the best as she finishes off the rest of her senior year 🙂

For more information on scheduling a senior or portrait session with us, email amy@amygalbraith.com.


Best of 2016 | That’s a Wrap!

Posted in Engagement, Family, Personal, Seniors, Weddings

What a year it has been! I have to admit that putting together this little (or not-so-little) best of 2016 year end post has become one of my favorite traditions. It really gives me a chance to look back and reflect on how far I’ve come not only as a photographer, but as a business owner and person in general. This year definitely did not disappoint! I was faced with a challenging busy schedule during the summer months, over 40 days of snowboarding in the winter, a massive amount of traveling in the fall, and of course the anticipation of our little one arriving! I can only imagine what type of new experiences and challenges 2017 will bring.

And here are my top 10 favorite memories from 2016:

1. Riding the line “Brain Damage” on the Silver King at Crystal Mountain. Definitely one of the scarier and most exhilarating trips I’ve taken down the slopes!
2. Visiting my family in Arizona in March and getting to spend a day in Sedona hiking and wine tasting with my sister.
3. Celebrating David’s 30th birthday in Whistler with a massive group of friends during the World Ski and Snowboard Festival in April.
4. Finding out I was pregnant with a little boy! (Also scary but oh-so exciting!)
5. Heading back to the national baton twirling championships at Notre Dame in July and earning my NBTA Judging License.
6. Having a couple of weekends off in August to spend backpacking with David and our friends. Slowly getting that hiking bucket list checked off!
7. My crazy month of traveling in September – Wisconsin, Boise, Virginia, and 2 weeks in Jackson Hole. While all trips were for weddings, I got to visit my cousins who I seldom see in Chicago, my aunt and uncle in Boise, and also celebrate our 1st anniversary and see our best friends in Jackson.
8. Watching the Washington Huskies go 12-1 and clinch the PAC-12 Championship! With days away until the College Football Playoffs, maybe they will be headed to the National Championship??
9. Hearing about my sister-in-law getting engaged! I just love weddings (obviously) and can’t wait to share this special time in her life with her.
10. Finally, one of the greatest moments of our lives – On December 26 at 1:56 am we welcomed our baby boy, Banks Jackson Duffy into the world. We are so in love with this little bundle of joy. More on his story in a future post!

Also, I just want to say THANK YOU! Thank you to each and every one of my clients for making this year a huge success. Thank you for putting your trust in me to capture the special moments in your lives. I’m so fortunate to get to meet so many incredible people who can support this amazing career that I’ve chosen. You all have touched my heart in one way or another and I’m truly lucky to know you.

I hope you enjoy this compilation of some of my favorite moments from this year. May your new year be filled with happiness, health, and a whole lot of adventure!


A Winter Adventure | Olympic National Park

Posted in Travel

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A few weeks ago I had the luxury to just get away for a few days to Olympic National Park. David was due to be out of town for three days for a business trip so I thought, “Why not take a trip of my own?” I poured over many ideas – a cabin in the woods, a forest retreat, or a trip to the wild Washington coast? After many hours of research and contemplating my options, I ultimately decided to head to the coast and explore many of the beaches and forests in Olympic National Park. While we’ve done some backpacking out there before, I knew I just needed a few days to relax by myself. With my due date rapidly approaching, I know it will be much harder to take time for myself once the little man arrives.

For lodging, I chose the Kalaloch Lodge. Driving distance of about 3.5 hours from Seattle with no need for a ferry ride, it was easy to get to and they were running a fantastic fall special. I was able to book a private cabin that overlooked the ocean. There really is nothing like waking up to the sound of breaking waves. There also wasn’t any internet access or phone service which made my trip that much more of a relaxing getaway.

The day I arrived, it was late in the afternoon and the sun was setting. There was a little trail that went down to the beach outside of the lodge and the tide was low so I was able to walk down and explore the views. I couldn’t believe the number of drift logs that had washed up on the shore! Apparently they become very dangerous at high tide and with the winter winds rolling through, I can definitely see why.

The next day, I drove about 40 minutes north to the Hoh Rainforest, a place I’ve been simply dying to go! It was sadly a very rainy day but I guess being in a rainforest is the best place to be for that. There were only a few other cars in the lot after driving down 12 miles of road through the winding mossy forest. I set out to explore a bit of the Hoh River Trail. What’s amazing about this trail is the length of it. You can go as far or as near as you want and still see some spectacular sights. I only went about a mile and a half in as I had more I wanted to explore and am well, pregnant, so I can’t do too much lengthy hiking. If you keep going, you can go as far as 17 miles to Glacier Meadows which is just incredible to me! What an adventure it would be to plan a trip all the way out there.

After the Hoh River Trail, I decided to explore the little side trails near the parking lot. There was the Spruce Nature trail which is a 1.2 mile interpretive loop. Unfortunately there was a massive downed tree part of the way through the loop so I only saw a little bit of it. That being said, the trickling streams and giant ferns made me feel like I had just stepped into the scene of my favorite childhood movie Fern Gully. There was also the Hall of Mosses Trail which is just under a mile and explores a little big of higher terrain near the parking lot. It was an easy loop and the scenes filled with draping mosses were simply spectacular.

After I was finished exploring the rainforest I had to get to the beaches. The tide was scheduled to be high during most of the daylight hours so I waited as long as I could to get out there. The beaches south of the Hoh Rainforest are very simple to get to and require only a small hike to see some incredible views. My first stop was Ruby Beach. I was so impressed by the power of the waves crashing against the sea stacks there. After that I stopped at Beach 4. A little longer of a walk down to the beach and not another soul in sight. A little driftwood bridge crossed a small stream that led to the perfect rock to sit and soak in the salty air of the Pacific Ocean. Weather conditions had improved and I was treated to a golden sunset with just me and the sea birds to enjoy. It was a really peaceful moment.

After the beach adventures I headed back to the lodge to have some dinner and another quick walk on the beach at dusk. While I wish I had brought some of my own food to cook (I booked the trip at 5pm the night before!), I was certainly not disappointed with what they had to offer. The food was fresh and healthy and the service was fantastic! I topped off both of my evenings there with reading and building a fire in the wood stove in my cabin. They supplied fresh wood every day which kept it nice and toasty.

The day that I left, I made sure to get up early enough for a little more exploring before heading back to Seattle. I made a stop at the beautiful Quinault Rainforest about 30 minutes south of Kalaloch. It was on my way home and I saw there were some simple trails there that would probably be appropriate for my very pregnant self. I chose to take the 3.9 mile loop that linked up with the Cedar Bog and part of the Falls Creek Loop. A little bit of everything! This trail offered gorgeous views of multiple waterfalls, giant towering cedar trees and a walk along the shores of Lake Quinault. It was simply stunning and the perfect way to end my trip on the coast.

I would highly recommend Olympic National Park and its coastal hikes for anyone looking for a winter hiking adventure not involving snow. What are some of your favorite winter hikes?


Romance Along the Snake River | Rob & Edie

Posted in Weddings

a couple smiles together while the sun sets behind the mountains near the snake river sporting club in jackson hole

I had the pleasure of photographing this absolutely stunning Snake River Sporting Club wedding in Jackson Hole during one of my busiest months of photography yet this past year. September was a total whirlwind – the first weekend in Wisconsin, the second in Boise, then off to Jackson Hole for two weeks and a quick flight out to Virginia while I was there. I knew it would be busy and I knew it would be a lot of hard work but it was all worth it in the end. I got to photograph some of the most stunning weddings and travel to places I’d never been. While Jackson Hole is a standard in my travel repertoire, it’s beauty never ceases to inspire and amaze me. While I was there for those two weeks, I photographed two weddings, updated some merchandise photos for a friend’s website, invested some time doing some online marketing training, and spent multiple days hiking and exploring Grand Teton National Park with nothing but my camera. I drove my own car out there and just got to spend some real quality time relaxing and being myself in the mountains.

Rob and Edie’s wedding brings back so many wonderful memories for me. The two of them just seem to fit together. Traveling to photograph a wedding that’s a destination wedding for a couple can be interesting. I hadn’t met either of them other than a few phone conversations which can sometimes make me feel a bit disconnected compared to the couples I photograph here in the Northwest. That being said, they came all the way up from Florida to the beautiful Teton range to tie the knot – I knew that meant they had already felt that connection to Jackson Hole that so many people are drawn to and I can definitely get on board with that. Their wedding at the Snake River Sporting Club took place on a cool fall day in September. The colors were just beginning to change, the winds making the aspen leaves sparkle, and the air was feeling crisp. They chose to wait to see each other until Edie officially walked down the aisle and I could tell that Rob was just simply smitten when he saw his bride. Edie donned a mint wedding gown that looked beautiful amongst the sagebrush. I loved the use of aspen boughs to line the aisle and arbor, bringing out the character of the landscape that already surrounded them. About 40 guests attended an intimate candlelight dinner where they toasted the couple and enjoyed views of the stars as the night fell.

WEDDING TEAM
Venue: Snake River Sporting Club
Wedding Planner: Simply Grand Events
Floral Designer: Someday Soon Flowers
Cake: Everything But the Dress
Rentals: Canvas Unlimited
Videographer: Hughes Productions
Wedding Gown: Halston
Hair Accessory: Jennifer Behr
Jewelry: Luna Skye
Bridesmaid’s Dress: BHLDN
Groom’s Attire: J. Crew
Bride’s Shoes: Manola Blahnik

2017 is just around the corner and I can hardly believe it! If you’re recently engaged and getting married next year, please don’t hesitate to get in touch about my availability. In honor of this holiday season, we are offering one additional hour of coverage complimentary ($500 value) to any couples who inquire and complete their booking between now and January 1, 2017. Email amy@amygalbraith.com for more information!


Tesla STEM Senior Photos | Camila

Posted in Seniors

tesla stem senior in cozy sweater during fall photo session at seattle center

Meet Camila! She is senior at Tesla STEM High School this year. This lovely young lady is a swimmer, is on prom committee, and hopes to study mechanical engineering when she goes off to college. I had a great time taking her photos during a brief break from the fall rains in downtown Seattle. We started off her session at Seattle Center. Camila loves hanging out downtown and exploring the sights of the city. Her fun trendy style fit in perfectly with the fall leaves and bright colors of the recently renamed MoPOP Museum. Next we headed down to Olympic Sculpture Park. She had never been there before and loved the different sculptures along with the views of the Space Needle and Puget Sound. I loved how we were able to get a really good mix of urban backgrounds and even some true Northwest-y beach scenes. Please note this session was on a super cloudy day! While most hope for sun during their sessions, clouds can be just as good. The skin tones are so even and the colors really pop. We are super lucky to have so much diverse weather and beauty here in Seattle. As with all of our seniors, we wish Camila the very best of luck as she finishes her senior year!

While most seniors get their photos taken in the fall, I’m open for senior sessions at any time during the year. The vibrant colors of fall, chilly snow scenes of winter, fresh vibes of spring, and of course the long golden sunset of summer all make for great backdrops. Please don’t hesitate to email me at any time if you are still in need of senior photos. Sessions start at $350 and can be booked by emailing amy@amygalbraith.com for availability.


Stevens Pass Engagement | Chris & Kim

Posted in Engagement

a couple stands on a tall mossy rock along a river off of highway 2

I had the best time photographing Chris and Kim at their Stevens Pass engagement session. These two are from Des Moines and are passionate about the outdoors and spending time together snowboarding at Stevens Pass. Usually I take some time to scout out locations before an engagement session but these two had a number of favorite spots along Highway 2 that are special to them already. Chris’s grandmother owns a cabin in the adorable little town of Skykomish. They’ve spent numerous holidays growing up together as a family there and most weekends in the winter snowboarding. Summers are spent along the river, cliff jumping and floating. Winter weekends are spent skiing at the pass, just 20 minutes away. When Chris met Kim, he introduced her to this fabulous little family cabin and the rest is history. They’ve created so many memories together exploring the mountains around the cabin and I was so grateful that they shared some of these meaningful places with me. I’m beyond excited to continue capturing Chris and Kim’s connection and photograph their wedding on the beach in Des Moines, WA next year. As a couple, they are perfect together. Laid back, kind, and best of all, they make each other laugh. I had to laugh as we were getting ready for photos at the ski resort. Kim said that all she really wanted to wear was a flannel and a beanie – I knew we would have no problem getting along after that! I hope you enjoy viewing the photos from this session as much as I loved taking them. Congrats to an amazing couple!

I absolutely love photographing engagement sessions in the mountains. To book a session with me, email amy@amygalbraith for pricing and availability.


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!