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Fall Engagement Photos in Index, WA | Matthew & Megan

Posted in Adventure Engagement Sessions, Engagement, Mountain Engagement Sessions

Fall Engagement Photos in Index, Washington by Seattle Mountain Wedding Photographer Amy Galbraith Photography

Matthew popped the question while on a backpacking trip through the Enchantments. Megan had set up the camera for a self-timer photo, and the next thing she knew, the camera was taking a photo of Matthew down on one knee! Together, they love bouldering around the Pacific Northwest and spending time together in the great outdoors. This past fall they went to Africa together and summited Kilimanjaro! Matthew and Megan were winners of my Adventure Session Giveaway last year and decided on fall engagement photos along Highway 2 near the Stevens Pass area. We went to several spots where they boulder together and found sweeping mountain views of Mt. Index and the surrounding Cascade peaks. The air was crisp and clear and we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day in the PNW. I loved being able to capture their love in locations that were extra special to this couple. Congratulations you two, and I can’t wait to photograph your big day in August!

What’s an Adventure Session? | Wedding Planning

Posted in Wedding Planning Tips

couple enjoying views of mt baker during their adventure session As a newly engaged couple, it is easy start to feel overwhelmed with all of the details you have to coordinate. The phrase “engagement photo session” will likely surface during your wedding prep, and it’s easy to dismiss the idea outright. You have a photographer for your wedding day, so what’s the point of taking photos beforehand? Since you asked, I’m happy to set the record straight. When most people think of an engagement photo session, they’re imagining something fairly quick (maybe 1-2 hours) which takesĀ place nearby where they live. They might go to a pretty park 0r special lookout in the city, or maybe a favorite coffee shop or bar. Afterwards, a set of lovely photos to use for save-the-dates appears, and everyone goes on their merry way. Superficially, that is a pretty accurate description! To me though, there is so much more to your engagement session. This is the beginning of our time together, a chance to lay the foundation that will give you confidence to be yourself on your wedding day. Most people are apprehensive about being in front of the camera, it’s just a fact of life. I find that the only want to overcome that is to help build a sort of “I’ve been here before” feeling. Want to make sure you feel like a champion in front of the lens on your wedding day? The best way to do it is to build trust and familiarity with your photographer beforehand. Don’t let me make this sound one-sided, either: when we shoot your engagement session, we as a group are all building a rapport, a kind of intuition that helps me immeasurably, too. As your photographer, I will be with you all throughout your wedding day. From silly laughs to the quiet, intimate moments and everything in between, I rely on the rapport that we have to help understand what you’re feeling and anticipate when those moments are about to arrive. Your engagement session is a first big step in developing that chemistry. So yes, you do end the day with a fantastic set of photos, but so much more transpires. There is no substitute for the time spent shooting photos together before your wedding! I want to do my best to understand what makes you two ‘tick,’ so I can capture that on your big day. The time we spend in an engagement session is great for that, but if you’re like me, the things that really make me ‘tick’ are outdoor adventures. I feel most alive when I’m skiing, hiking, or backpacking, but none of that would fit well within the 1-2 hour engagement session. Let me introduce you to my Adventure Session. This is like an engagement session, but it can last 4-8 hours, include driving to and exploring an area special to you as a couple, and it should definitely include the activities that you love! Skiing or snowboarding, hiking, climbing, kayaking, and more, I’m here to document who you are as a couple. If that’s not your speed but you still love the idea of the extra time, maybe we spend a day hopping around to your favorite breweries in the city, taking a ride on a ferry and touring the islands, or flipping pancakes in the comfort of your own home! More than anything, this session exists to give us the time to do whatever speaks to you. Check out a few of my suggestions below on just what you can do during an adventure session.

Adventure Session Ideas

Take a Hike With the mountains being so accessible and trails abound, we are sure to find the most beautiful backdrop for your adventure session. I recommend hikes 2-8 miles (round trip) in length for best results. Be sure to bring a change of clothes and shoes that you can hike in and clothes for the session. Whether you go dressy or casual for the other outfits is completely up to you!

Ride a Boat We live in Seattle where it’s possible to explore new places with just a quick ride across the water. I once had a couple book an adventure session with me up in the San Juan Islands where we went hiking, hung out in the harbor, and drank wine on their family property’s porch together. It was pretty epic and resulted in some amazing images of them spending time in a place that was really special to them.

Explore a New Area Want to go somewhere you’ve never been? Maybe an adventure session is the perfect time to try it! Travel together with your own personal photographer documenting every minute of it.

Your Favorite Sport Skiing or snowboarding, climbing, running, fishing, kayaking, etc. Let’s document who you are and what you like to do as a couple! I’m in the mountains as much as I can be and pretty much never turn down an opportunity to get there.

Do you have any ideas for an adventure session? I’d love to hear them!

Grand Targhee Ski Resort Wedding | Nathaniel & Taldi

Posted in Jackson Hole Weddings, Mountain Weddings, Weddings

Grand Targhee Wedding in Jackson Hole by Amy Galbraith Photographer

Nathaniel and Taldi, two Seattle dwellers, thrive on mountains and adventures with friends. They decided to have a wedding in the Tetons to combine their love for each other with stunning mountain scenery. Their Grand Targhee ski resort wedding was on a perfect summer day in Jackson Hole. Their first look was among the aspen trees at the base of the hill. After that they met their friends to ride the chair lift to the top of the mountain for wedding party photos and a little champagne poppin’. The wind was crazy but it made for some really romantic cliffside moments! What followed was a simple ceremony and a mountain party that only an adventurous couple could provide. They had a sampling of some of their favorite desserts, signature cocktails, and lots and lots of dancing! They topped off the evening with an afterparty at the bar at the base of the slopes. Congratulations Nathaniel and Taldi and thank you for including me in your awesome mountain celebration!

Venue & Catering: Grand Targhee Resort
Floral Design: The Flower Market
Hair & Makeup: Kelly Rene
DJ: Steady Jake
Calligraphy & Signage: Otter and Ink
Pie: A la Mode Pies

Lincoln Park Senior Photos in West Seattle | Jaden

Posted in Seniors

Senior Photos in West Seattle at Lincoln Park by Amy Galbraith Photography

Jaden’s a senior at Liberty High School this year. He enjoys working on cars (and even included his own in his session!) and plays lacrosse. Jaden hopes to attend Washington State University when he graduates. The smoke finally cleared off before his Lincoln Park senior photos in West Seattle and we got some great views from the beach. Wishing Jaden the best of luck as he finishes high school!

Seattle Adventure Engagement Session | Adam & Katie

Posted in Adventure Engagement Sessions, Beach Engagement Sessions, Engagement, Urban Engagement Sessions

Seattle Adventure Engagement Session at Discovery Park, Ballard Locks, and Arboretum by Amy Galbraith Photography

Adam proposed to Katie on a tiny beach on the north side of Orcas Island, the place they go for Katie’s birthday every year. They love spending a weekend enjoying island time and exploring the little town of Eastsound. Their wedding is scheduled for this Saturday, just around the corner! When discussing engagement photos, they wanted to make sure to take some photos by the water. They opted for an Adventure Engagement Session all around Seattle! We spent a sunny fall Saturday visiting some of their favorite parks around the city. We started at the Washington Arboretum, capturing views of Husky Stadium (Adam was in the Husky Marching Band!) and all of the pretty fall leaves. We then headed over to the Ballard Locks with more of an urban vibe. The locks are always fun to visit at any time of year and Katie’s sparkly dress really set the tone for that part of the session! We finished off the evening at a few locations at Discovery Park. They brought along their pup for a few photos and we ended the session down by the lighthouse. The sunset lit up Mt. Rainier with a beautiful alpenglow, making for an absolutely stunning scene. I’m so stoked to capture their wedding this weekend at Melrose Market on Capitol Hill. It’s sure to be a good one!

Best of 2018 | Weddings, Portraits & Adventure

Posted in Adventures, Engagement, Family, Senior Photos, Travel, Weddings

Going into this year I had no idea of what the next twelve months would bring. Bookings seemed a little slow, I was still navigating how to deal with being a business owner AND a mother, and we were making plans to purchase our first home. With a slow start, the highs and lows of 2018 began to unfold. While there were a few bumps along the road (house hunting in the Seattle market was AWFUL), I ended up closing 2018 with my best year in business yet, a new home, and a new stamp in my passport.

Top 10 of 2018:

1. Purchasing our first home was a major hurdle that had been on our minds for a while. We ended up with the cutest little townhome in West Seattle and have been loving our new neighborhood!
2. Traveling to France. So much to say about this one that it deserves it’s own post (still a work in progress) but we spent 10 days both exploring Paris and snowboarding in the French Alps. And we took our toddler along! It was incredible.
3. Booking 15 weddings for the following year. This has actually never happened to before, but I’m nearly fully booked for 2019 and the year hasn’t even ended. I really spent a lot of the year focusing on my brand, and showcasing images that would attract the types of couples I want to work with. I can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store.
4. Snowboard trip to Jackson Hole. In February, we returned to our previous home town and rode hard for several days. It was amazing to reconnect with friends and show Banks why that place is just so special. We are returning in February 2019 for another round!
5. Putting Banks on skis. He wasn’t even 2 yet, but we geared him up and got him sliding on snow. Hopefully this is the beginning of a long love of the sport for the little guy!
6. Reconnecting with family in Florida. In June, we took a trip to visit my grandma in Florida. We got to spend lots of time on the beach with my cousins, playing in the warm water of the gulf, and visit some of our favorite haunts that I used to frequent as a kid while on vacation.
7. Surfing! While backpacking hasn’t been quite as convenient with a toddler, our rare summer weekends free are now spent on the Washington coast. I can’t say that I really got good, but my skills have improved, my fears subsiding a bit, and we now own our own surfboards. Also, Banks LOVES the beach!
8. David’s birthday at Crystal Mountain. We always make a point to do a spring ski trip for his birthday, and this year was spent at our home mountain. Nearly 20 awesome friends showed up and we even got to spend it without the kiddo. As much as I love him, it was pretty awesome to spend the night dancing away the end of the season at the Snorting Elk. This trip is always a highlight for me!!
9. Visiting family in LA. My brother and sister-in-law recently purchased a home in LA. It was awesome getting to spend a week with them cooking together, hanging out, and visiting the beach.
10. Celebrating Banks’s birthday, in our new home! We had a small gathering of family and they all got to sit around the beautiful dining table that David built.

Thank you to each and every person who supported us in 2018. I know a year is just a year, but so much happens in that short amount of time. None of this would be possible without our supportive family, amazing clients, and super rad friends. THANK YOU AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Spring Wedding in Grand Teton National Park

Posted in Jackson Hole Weddings, Mountain Weddings, Weddings

Jackson Hole Wedding at Hotel Terra and Grand Teton National Park by Jackson Hole Wedding Photographer Amy Galbraith Photography

Andrew and Kathleen met in New York City. When trying to decide on a wedding venue, they wanted something that reflected their love of adventure together and also share a new destination with friends and family. Enter the beautiful Tetons of Jackson Hole. Like many destinations, Andrew and Kathleen made a weekend of their Jackson Hole wedding, adding rafting, hiking, and sightseeing to the days surrounding their wedding day.

Their wedding was held at Our Lady of the Mountains right in town. Immediately following we headed up to take some wedding photos in Grand Teton National Park. Since they had decided to forego a first look, this was the perfect time to capture some romantic photos of the two of them on their wedding day. Mother Nature decided to add to the romance with an impending thunderstorm chasing us all the way up the road to the park. The wedding party and the happy couple hopped out of the shuttle for photos at Schwabacher’s Landing, one of the most picturesque locations in the park, with unobstructed views of the Tetons. Snow still capped the peaks as it was early in the season making the landscape that much more breathtaking. As raindrops started pelting, I busted out my trusty wedding day umbrellas and we made the most of the time we had left before heading to the reception.

The funny thing about the Tetons is that thunderstorms never last long. Upon arriving at the reception, guests enjoyed an outdoor cocktail hour in Teton Village. The skies calmed down and everyone enjoyed views of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and tasty local appetizers. This group seriously knew how to party. Dancing went well into the night as the couple celebrated their first evening as husband and wife. Thank you, Andrew and Kathleen, for including me in your fabulous wedding celebration!

Reception Venue & Catering: Hotel Terra
Ceremony Venue: Our Lady of the Mountains
Wedding Planner: Kathi of Special Events Jackson Hole
Florals: Flowers by Chloe
Cake: Jackson Cake Company
Doughnuts: Bad Doughnut
Hair & Makeup: Tanya Crocker
Wedding Dress: Tomomi Okubo
Shoes: Loeffler Randall
Bridesmaid Dresses: Joanna August
Groom’s Suit: MJ Bale
Invitations and Signage: Xowyo
Ceremony Musician: John Haines
Rentals: Canvas Unlimited

How to Include your Dog in your Wedding

Posted in Wedding Planning Tips

How to Include you Dog in your Wedding Day by Seattle Wedding Photographer Amy Galbraith Photography

Are you and your partner in LOVE with your fur baby? Dogs are, after all, another member of the family. So why not include them in your wedding celebration? There are several fun ways to include your favorite furry friend in your wedding celebration!

1. Your Dog as a Ring Bearer

This role is suited best for the most well-tempered pups who would follow commands to walk down the aisle. That being said, it’s probably in your best interest not to include the actual rings in your dog’s collar, just in case šŸ˜‰

2. Your Dog as a Member of the Wedding Party

Okay, so your pup isn’t going to pay for your bachelorette party or be throwing any showers, but they can certainly participate in wedding day photos with the group! Why not get him or her a special collar to look the part?
How to Include you Dog in your Wedding Day by Seattle Wedding Photographer Amy Galbraith Photography

3. Engagement Photos with your Dog

Bring your dog along for a few snaps during your engagement session. Visiting your favorite park or the beach and enjoying time with your pup is a great way to get some truly candid engagement photos and remember this special time you’re spending with your pup.
How to Include you Dog in your Wedding Day by Seattle Wedding Photographer Amy Galbraith Photography

And just for a bit more inspiration <3
How to Include you Dog in your Wedding Day by Seattle Wedding Photographer Amy Galbraith Photography

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!