Amy Galbraith Photography Blog


Seattle Family Photos | Fall Sessions

Posted in Family

seattle family photos at discovery park by amy galbraith photography with the fall leaves
This fall I had the pleasure of working with several families, creating photos for their holiday cards and documenting their little ones as they grow. Working with families hasn’t always been the focus of my photography business, but as my past wedding clients add little ones to their tribe, I can’t help but say “yes” to capturing this special time for them! One sunny day in November, I photographed three separate Seattle family photos sessions and had such a wonderful time with each of them! I’m all booked up for family sessions this year, but snowy winter sessions are always lovely and I’m open for lots of dates come January and February!




Discovery Park High School Senior Photos | Peyton

Posted in Seniors

Discovery Park High School Senior Photos of Peyton at Sunset in the Summer by Amy Galbraith Photography

Peyton is a senior at Bothell High School for the Class of 2019. She has ambitions of getting accepted into the UW Business School and is working hard to make a name for herself! She participates in the Future Business Leaders of America at her school and has gone to nationals with her work. Peyton has a kind heart, bubbly personality, and comes across more mature than her age. She was so easy to work with and I’m thrilled with how her Discovery Park high school senior photos at sunset turned out!

Mount Rainier Engagement Photos | Matt & Lisa

Posted in Adventure Engagement Sessions, Engagement, Mountain Engagement Sessions

Engagement Photos taken at Mount Rainier National Park by Seattle Adventure Wedding Photographer Amy Galbraith

For the last three years, I’ve been doing an Engagement Session Giveaway in February. This year, I decided to up the ante and give couples the opportunity to win an Adventure Session. Adventure Sessions are 4-8 hour sessions that take place anywhere in Washington that we can travel to in one day. It could be a hike, a day of skiing, exploring a new area, or simply spending the day visiting your familiar locations in your own neighborhood. Really the opportunities are endless! Whatever couples choose, I encourage them to make it personal to them and choose locations that help reflect who they are as a couple. This year, one of my winners was this fabulous couple, Matt and Lisa. To win, couples must tell a story about one of their favorite adventures they’ve shared together. Matt and Lisa were on vacation in Hawaii and Lisa was snorkeling for the first time. During their tour, they came across a pod of dolphins! I loved the story and their name was drawn out of several other couples who had entered with awesome stories. When the time came for their session, we decided on Mount Rainier for the location. They had planned their wedding in the mountains outside of the little town of Leavenworth and hoped to continue the mountain wedding theme with their Mount Rainier engagement photos. I have been to Mount Rainier many times and am always so excited to be back there. If you haven’t been, it’s a must-experience. The size of the mountain is absolutely breathtaking and if you’re lucky enough to hit it on a clear day, you’re in for a real treat. Matt and Lisa’s session was nothing short of spectacular. The mountain was slightly covered by clouds but to me the incoming weather really added to the mood of the scenery. Wildflowers were out in full force, only adding to the beauty. We did a small loop hike to an alpine lake as well. About halfway through we came upon a beautiful meadow with a stream and lush field of wildflowers. As we were prepping for our next round of photos, I made the comment, “Man if I was a bear, I would definitely hang out in that meadow!” Not even two minutes later, a small black bear came leaping out of the woods. What a treat! We were a little startled but were a very safe distance to be able to watch the bear from afar. In all of my years of crazy backpacking and hiking, I’ve only seen one bear ever. I guess maybe it should come as not surprise that I saw one during an unexpected moment on a crowded trail. But like any good adventure photographer, I was prepped with bear spray just in case. Cheers to you, Matt and Lisa! Congratulations on your recent wedding and thank you for including me as a part of your journey and fueling my endless desires to make beautiful images of couples while I adventure in the mountains 🙂

Brown Family Homestead Rustic Mountain Wedding | Jeff & Maggie

Posted in Leavenworth Weddings, Mountain Weddings, Weddings

Rustic Mountain Wedding in Leavenworth at Brown Family Homestead photographed by Seattle Wedding Photorgrapher Amy Galbraith

Jeff and Maggie met each other in graduate school at the University of Virginia, where they both received PhDs in the biomedical sciences. They met through a mutual group of friends and bonded over yard and bar games. They went out for pizza on their first date and the rest was history. They chose Brown Family Homestead for their mountain wedding because it struck that perfect balance of outdoor landscapes, small family venue, and rustic farmhouse feel. The venue speaks for itself and doesn’t require embellished decoration to make the site standout. Decor was simple, and they even grew their own wildflowers for centerpieces! The bridesmaids and groomsmen were dressed in berry and navy, almost perfectly matching the color of the wildflowers all over the property that day. They had a smaller wedding, surrounded by their closest family and friends from the PNW all the way to Virginia. It was a joy to be a part of their wedding and day and I wish them the best in life and marriage!

Venue: Brown Family Homestead
Catering: Ravenous Catering
Dessert: Metropolitan Market
Hair & Makeup: Polish Salon
Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie
Shuttle: Leavenworth Shuttle

North Bend Senior Photos | John

Posted in Seniors

North Bend Senior Photos at Rattlesnake Lake by Amy Galbraith Photography

John is a senior in the Class of 2019 at The Overlake School. John is an avid hiker and backpacker and wanted his photos to reflect his love for the outdoors. John also participates in ultimate frisbee and lacrosse, making him quite the athlete! His North Bend senior photos turned out pretty outstanding and I wish him the best as he begins his senior year!

Ballard Brewery Engagement Photos | Bryce & Rachel

Posted in Beach Engagement Sessions, Engagement, Urban Engagement Sessions

Ballard Brewery Engagement Photos by Amy Galbraith Photography

I thought it fitting to share these fun brewery engagement photos as this Seattle couple just tied the knot this week! Bryce and Rachel met through a mutual friend while Bryce was through-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. Yep, that’s right, the whole trail. With backpacking and a love of the mountains in common, these two strengthened their love while spending time in the beautiful Cascade mountains. They live in Ballard, a hip little portion of Seattle, and spend their free time touring the local breweries. It was only fitting that we took their engagement photos at one of their favorite breweries, finishing the session with sunset at nearby Golden Gardens. These two have been a blast to work with from their urban engagement session to their mountain elopement. Thanks for taking me along on this journey with you, Bryce and Rachel, and congratulations!

Urban Boho Seattle Wedding | Jesse & Allie

Posted in Seattle Weddings, Weddings

Urban Boho Seattle Wedding Inpiration at MadArt Studios by Amy Galbraith Photography

I’ve been waiting patiently to share this wedding as I was anticipating the release of its publication on Junebug Weddings! Obviously for something to get published you have to know it’s going to be incredibly unique and polished. Really though, I expected nothing less from this couple! Allie and I have gotten close over the years as we used to live next door to each other in downtown Seattle and due to the fact that she is a wedding planner, we’ve worked on a number of weddings together. She went with and urban boho vibe for their city wedding, with touches of glitter and sparkle. The day all came together with confetti drops at the reception, party poppers at dinner (a family tradition for them), and a sparkly doughnut bar for dessert. We finished off the day with a few photos in the rain, putting an exclamation on this very Seattle wedding! Congrats you two, you are amazing and I’m so happy to have been a part of your celebration!!

Event Planning and Floral Design: Sweetly Hosted
Day-Of Coordination: Love Blooms Wedding & Event Design
Venue: MadArt Studio
Catering: Chef Dane Catering
Cake: Honey Crumb
Donuts: Top Pot Doughnuts
DJ: Kryspin
Videography: ElevenEleven Films
Stationery: Minted
Makeup Artist: Gaylinyet
Hair Styling: Charbon Salon
Wedding Dress: Brooke Tyson Ritual
Bridal Accessories: Chanel
Groom’s Apparel: Nordstrom
Rings: T. Anthony Jewelers
Rentals: Vintage Ambiance, Yay Parties, and Cort Events
2nd Shooter: My husband, David Duffy

Downtown Seattle Senior Photos | Molly

Posted in Seniors

High school senior photos in downtown Seattle

Molly is an incoming senior at the International Community School. She hopes to attend a smaller college out of state once she graduates and study International Relations. Downtown Seattle was the perfect setting for her fun spirit. I really enjoyed getting to know her more and wish Molly the best of luck as she enters her senior year!

Sailboat Engagement Photos | Kyle & Megan

Posted in Adventure Engagement Sessions, Beach Engagement Sessions, Engagement

sailboat engagement photos in anacortes, washington

Kyle and Megan just tied the knot this month and I can’t believe I hadn’t gotten around to blogging about their amazing sailboat engagement photos in Anacortes! These two went in on a sailboat together with Kyle’s parents and spend as much of their free time as they can on the boat sailing to different islands in Puget Sound. We started off their session in the Skyline Marina in Anacortes, hanging with their adorable puppies Stella and Cooper. We then headed over to Washington Park, for sunset views on the gorgeous cliff that Kyle proposed to Megan on. Loved working with these two for both their engagement session and wedding!

Brown Family Homestead Wedding | Joseph & Tanya

Posted in Leavenworth Weddings, Mountain Weddings, Weddings

Mountain Wedding Photography by Amy Galbraith at the Brown Family Homestead in Leavenworth, Washington

Joseph and Tanya were married this past spring at Brown Family Homestead, one of my favorite mountain wedding venues in Washington. Just outside of Leavenworth, this space was the perfect setting for the combining of two families. Tanya brought her teenage kids into Joseph’s life, and he can’t imagine it any other way now. There’s something really special when children get to watch their parents get married. The teens even got up to give a speech at the wedding! While Joseph and Tanya’s wedding was a more intimate size (60 people), their group kept the dance floor rocking all night long. Thank you so much Joseph and Tanya for including me in your wedding celebration!

Venue: Brown Family Homestead
Planner: Elegant Affairs
Floral Design: The Flower Lab
Catering: Son of a Brisket
Pie: Sweet & Savory Pie
Hair & Makeup: Jenna Marie Salons
DJ: JMG Entertainment
Videographer: Tennison Weddings
Wedding Dress: BHLDN
Bridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN & Calvin Klein
Groom’s Suit: Men’s Wearhouse