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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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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!

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 doesnโ€™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!