Amy Galbraith Photography Blog


Seattle Senior Portraits at Discovery Park | Melissa

Posted in Seniors

It’s graduation time! Working with seniors the past few years has been a blast. I’ve gotten to know so many amazing, inspiring young people. I love hearing about their plans for the future, the goals they aspire to, and what they have loved about high school. I had the pleasure of working with Melissa’s older sister a few years ago, and Melissa came to me as one of our Senior Ambassadors this year. Melissa is graduating from Kentlake High School. We did her Seattle senior portraits at Discovery Park, famous for its tall fields of golden grass. I love the bright summery light, dreamy backdrops, and her cute outfits! Thanks for choosing me to capture this time of your life Melissa!

Downtown Seattle Engagement Photos | Steve & Katie

Posted in Engagement

downtown Seattle engagement photos at sunset

I’m always so amazed at the way the internet has brought fantastic couples together. The story is no different with Steve and Katie. They met online and set up their first date for The Octopus, a quirky bar in Seattle’s quaint Wallingford neighborhood. They shared their interests with each other and both were equally intrigued. Steve loves the opera, music, and the symphony. This is no surprise given he played the trumpet in the Louisiana State marching band. Katie and I actually met through backpacking. She loves the outdoors and hiking long distances to camp under the stars. Throughout their time dating they have introduced these very different interests to each other — Steve taking Katie on date nights to swanky downtown Seattle cocktail bars introducing her to the finer things in life, and Katie showing Steve the benefits of spending time appreciating nature and the benefits of being in the great outdoors. We scheduled their downtown Seattle engagement photos on a rare spring sunny day in Seattle. I loved the casual feel of the shots at Seattle’s Pike Place Market versus the cocktail attire in Pioneer Square. We even had a bonus of still having the famous cherry blossoms in bloom! These two are simply effortless together and I couldn’t be more excited to photograph their wedding this fall.

Intimate Seattle Wedding | Carl & Hannah

Posted in Weddings

Carl and Hannah had the sweetest intimate Seattle wedding at 10 Degrees in downtown Seattle. They met while completing law school together and made their way back to Seattle where Carl grew up. Their wedding was a small intimate gathering of guests in a bright and clear September day. Hannah’s vision of a vintage-inspired event came to life with personalized soda pop bottles with candy-striped straws, complete with a pale pink polka dot wedding gown. They were married by a judge and kept the ceremony short and sweet. After the ceremony we spent some time strolling the streets of Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. Upon their return, they sat down and enjoyed BBQ with their guests and opened up the celebration for games and mingling. I love seeing how couples personalize their weddings to be uniquely them and this one was no exception. Congratulations Carl and Hannah and thank you for including me in your wedding celebration!

3 Ways to Display Your Engagement Photos

Posted in Engagement

So you’ve finished up your session, received those gorgeous images from your photographer in digital format, posted them all over social media, updated the images on your wedding website, so…now what? Engagement photos are such a beautiful way to document this exciting time in your lives as a couple. With all of the focus on wedding photos though, it’s easy to forget about these special images you created together. I’ve come up with a few creative ways to use your photos that hopefully will get those images off your hard drives and out in the world for all to see!

Save the Dates. Announce your wedding in style with beautifully designed Save the Date cards! With hundreds of designs to choose from and endless paper choices, your photos are sure to find something that fits your wedding theme and design. It’s also great for your guests to hang on their fridges and remind them of your upcoming event! I’m a huge fan of Basic Invite. See above for your discount for 20% off!

Photo Guestbook. One of my favorite ways to use engagement photos is in a photo guestbook. Pages are designed in a way so that you can have your guests sign and leave messages around the images. You can order professional quality guest books from your photographer, or make one on your own with one of my personal favorite printers, Artifact Uprising.

PRINT! Remember the days of filing through boxes of photos that your parents had kept throughout the years? It makes me a little sad to think that the next generation won’t get that experience. One way to change that is to print your engagement photos! Whether you’ve got a few frames you need to fill, want some fun images to display on the gift table at your wedding, or need a new piece from the wall, there are high-quality printers out there that can help you do just that! One of my favorite consumer-level print labs is MPix – professional stuff right there!

I hope this has been inspiring for you to come up with some ways to use your engagement photos. Have you used printed your photos in a really fun way that you think others would love? I’d love to hear more of your ideas!

West Seattle Senior Photos | Mia

Posted in Seniors

west seattle senior photos at lincoln park

Mia has grown up in West Seattle her whole life. It was only fitting that we took her senior photos in a location that was special to her! Graduating from Seattle Prep this spring, Mia will be attending the University of Washington this fall. Her West Seattle senior photos were taken at Lincoln Park during the lovely fall season we get to enjoy here in Seattle. I love that she incorporated a variety of cute and classy outfits and also brought along her furry friend Cody! Congratulations on your upcoming graduation Mia, I’m sure you will do wonderful this fall!

Skiing Engagement Photos at Crystal Mountain

Posted in Engagement

backcountry skiing engagement photos at crystal mountain

Matt and Devan met while ski racing. They’ve spent basically their whole lives skiing at Crystal Mountain. I was so incredibly excited when they reached out to me about photographing their wedding this September in Winthrop. Not only do I love Winthrop, but our interests coincided when we started telling funny stories about days skiing at Crystal Mountain followed by nights dancing at the Snorting Elk. Staging their engagement session at Crystal Mountain only seemed appropriate! Not only that but went a step further and did skiing engagement photos! Their session started out with a walk into the snowy woods with their fun pups Oly and Maverick. We then snapped a few photos at everyone’s favorite mountainside watering hole, the Snorting Elk. After that we all got our ski gear (well, snowboard for me) on and we went on a little adventure on the slopes! We made our way into Crystal Mountain’s sidecountry. After enjoying the views from the top, we were lucky enough to find some powder out in Silver Basin. This session was such a blast! Congratulations Matt and Devan and I can’t wait to capture your special day this fall!

Brown Family Homestead Wedding | Kevin & Melissa

Posted in Weddings

brown family homestead wedding in the mountains of leavenworth

Melissa and Kevin met years ago through friends in Tacoma but it wasn’t until they crossed paths again at Oktoberfest in Leavenworth that sparks flew. A few years of dating went buy and Kevin popped the question while he was on a world-travel trip and Melissa came to meet him in Albania. When discussing wedding plans, they knew they wanted to return to Leavenworth to tie the knot where it all began.

Their Brown Family Homestead wedding was the perfect setting for a fall celebration of love. Though it started lightly raining, Melissa knew she wanted an outdoor wedding surrounded by the beautiful Cascade mountains. Under umbrellas and a romantic drizzle, Kevin and Melissa said “I do”. Everyone then cozied up under the heated tent where they enjoyed a rustic BBQ feast, pie for dessert, and of course an evening of dancing under the Northwest sky. Congratulations to this sweet couple, I am honored to have been a part of your day!

Melissa also had some sweet words to say about her experience with me: “Amy was great to work with and the photos were gorgeous! She helped walk us through the entire process of listing out beforehand what pictures we wanted to take so we were sure to capture every moment that we felt was important. And afterwards we were pleasantly surprised how quickly she got the pictures back to us. I couldn’t have asked for a better photography experience.” <3 Thanks Melissa!

North Bend Maternity Photos | Daniella & Kenny

Posted in Family

maternity photos in north bend in winter with mt si

It’s pretty easy to get caught up sharing lots of spring photos around here these days. That being said, I’m thrilled to share this gorgeous session from this past winter. I photographed Daniella’s North Bend maternity photos on a gorgeous crisp winter day in February. I just love the views of Mt. Si covered in snow and how beautiful Daniella looks with a little one growing in her belly. I’m so excited to meet this one, coming at the end of this month!

Engagement Session Photo Ideas in Seattle

Posted in Engagement

Tis the season for engagement sessions! I’ve had a blast so far this spring getting outside and capturing some great moments with couples who I will be working with this summer for their weddings. I enjoy engagement sessions not just fosr the beautiful imagery we create together, but also for the extra time I get to spend with each couple before the big day. I get a lot of questions about engagement session photo ideas in Seattle so thought it would be fun to share a few of my favorites here.

engagement session photos at stevens pass off of highway 21. Somewhere close to your heart.
What makes me the most excited about shooting engagement sessions is getting to share the special connection that a couple has to a specific place. I’ve photographed couples at the locations of where they got engaged, their first home together, or simply strolling around their neighborhood together. I’ve also traveled to the mountains with couples who love the snow or photographed couples on beaches that they love to frequent. This doesn’t have to be something you overthink, just get out and do you with me by your side. A few favorites around here are Discovery Park engagement photos, North Bend engagement photos, and Alki Beach engagement photos.

engagement photos at home in seattle2. Your home.
Do you enjoy going for walks around your neighborhood, hanging with your pups or visiting a local brewery in your area? Maybe you love your garden or want to remember your current home as it is when you were engaged. Engagement sessions in your home and in your neighborhood add a personal touch to any session – and you’ll be sure that your photos will look like nobody else’s!

skiing engagement photos at crystal mountain3. Getting active.
Hiking, biking, skiing, climbing – the Northwest offers so many activities. If you love getting outside and exploring together, let’s get adventurous and make it happen! I’ve photographed engagement sessions while snowboarding with couples at Crystal Mountain, hiked trails off of Highway 2 for beautiful mountain engagement photos, and spent time with couples who love to mountain bike in North Bend.

engagement photos on the ferry in washington4. Ride the ferry.
The first time I photographed engagement photos on a ferry I thought – why don’t I do this more often? Not only do the Washington ferries offer great views, they also lead to locations with gorgeous backdrops on the other side.

If you’re married, I’d love to hear where you did your engagement session. I’m always on the hunt for new suggestions and inspiration for my couples!

Mercer Island Senior Photos | Madelyn

Posted in Seniors

mercer island senior photos at discovery park in tall grass

I get lucky with so many days of shooting in the golden light every summer. However, what most don’t understand is there is some serious beauty in those moody clouds we are “blessed” with here in the Northwest. Madelyn’s Mercer Island senior photos illustrate that so beautifully. We had mostly clouds for her session with bits of sun bursting through here and there. The lighting is unique compared to other senior sessions at Discovery Park that I’ve photographed and I was thrilled with the results.

On top of that, Madelyn is just a lovely lady to work with. She grew up on Mercer Island and has played volleyball for quite sometime. While at the time of her session she was unsure of where her future studies would take her location-wise, she is sure that she wants to study science and go into the medical field. Madelyn is mature, focused, and has a great head on her shoulders with some amazing family support. I certainly wish her the best as she pursues her future endeavors!