A few weeks back I received a message that made me smile the most! It said, “I’m traveling to Seattle and want to propose to my girlfriend, can you document it for me?” EEEEEK!!! Yes of COURSE! After several fun conversations, the plan was in place! We would wait for him at The Nest, (the rooftop of the Thompson Hotel) he had a great story of why they needed to be there and why they should dress up on a travel day and the BEST part is why we should leave the half bottle of champagne to go for a walk down to Pike Place Market …. because he had a plan for her Mom and Grandma (who she hasn’t seen in THREE YEARS) to be waiting at the Old Stove Brewery!! We crossed the street and stopped in front of the Brewery on 1st Ave for a few portraits…she spotted her Grandma right away and her expression was PRICELESS!! We were ALL crying! What a beautiful day planned for such beautiful people!! Congratulations Kendra and Ola!! Kaia and I wish you all of the love and happiness!!
Last year, these two adorable Alaskans got engaged in Seattle!! Well now they’re back and ready to get started planning, here for just a week they’re going to choose a venue and plan their big city wedding! I have to say Anthony & Gianna are superstars for getting up super early so we could have the whole city to ourselves! We started at Kerry Park and headed over to Gasworks where our session lasted more than two hours because we couldn’t stop chatting about all of the fun things and at the end… I really didn’t want them to go, Anthony and Gianna are the sweetest and I cannot WAIT for their wedding next summer! Here are a few sneak peeks for you to enjoy!
Meet Adam, Laura & Murphy, the SWEETEST family! Tomorrow (June 10th) Laura & Adam will be getting MARRIED (THE BEST!) they debated bringing Murphy along but ultimately decided that he’d prefer to stay in the comfort of his own home. So instead, we decided to do a mini session this week at their home with Murphy and immediately realized it was the best choice. Murphy goes BONKERS at the sound of the camera shutter! We couldn’t stop laughing and there were SO many outtakes (that I had to leave in of course)!!
Last week I was lucky enough to photograph Seattle’s iconic Pike Place Market! #DREAMJOB!! The images taken that day will be used in an eight page spread of the Seattle Times (be on the lookout, let me know if you see it first!!) telling the story of the market from the inside.
Not many people know how the market works, like…. did you know that every single morning (since the BEGINNING of time) before the market opens, all of the vendors gather around and a bell is rung (sometimes by a celebrity) then using the seniority method, they choose the spot where they’ll set up for the day. NEAT! I had a good time chatting with the artists about this method, and their experience being there and they all had such great stories. You should really take some time to go down there and chat people up, you won’t regret it and will definitely leave with some fun stories to share!!
Throughout the day we walked through many parts of the market doing portrait of the business and shop owners as well as a few of the market performing artists and vendors. We enjoyed the magazine stands, the atrium visiting a bird that meows, the neighborhood Sasquatch and enjoyed a little fruit filled cup of delicious yogurt. We chatted with designers, photographed buildings, artists and some musicians – we heard stories of parents and grandparents traveling to America starting a new life and building successful businesses to pass down through generations. The heritage here is much more than entertaining, it’s amazing!!
This first shot is one of my favorite angles of the market (I really have a lot of favorites here today, lookout!). The skyline has changed a LOT over the last eighteen years I’ve been here enjoying it and it is fun to look back and compare, it’s even under construction right now! A little then and now type of thing, I can’t wait to see what it looks like in 2037!
Rachel the PIG!!! Everyone loves having their photo with her, but did you know that she is a REAL piggy bank?? Yuuuup! Born in 1986, she has saved over $200,000! Way to go RACHEL!!
Below is the arcade, the place where the market artists gather each morning, you can see the bell and the list they choose their locations from. It is an old and great way of doing things! Keeping tradition alive.
Pike Place Market has been one of my favorite places to visit and explore since the day I moved here in 1999! Every time a friend visits town, or a client chooses to do a destination portrait with a tour of downtown – we either start or end here. It’s an amazing place to shop, eat, drink, be inspired, get lost and the best part is no matter how many times you visit the market you’ll ALWAYS find something new. A new floor downstairs and around the corner (seriously, so many floors!). No, wait! The BEST part is how beautiful and photogenic and perfectly imperfect!! There are millions of smells, items and food and people from all over the world and don’t forget the street performers!
The rule of the market is that no chains are allowed…. UNLESS your first store started there! Like everyone’s favorite – Starbucks, Sur la Tablé, Ellenos just to name a few. I could probably tell you for days all of the stories I’ve heard about when the market began and how the families would stick together to get through the tough times, and WHY it’s called the “sanitary” market… but really I wouldn’t do the best job AND I know that people don’t come to my blog to read….it’s all about the PHOTOS!! So, if you are interested in learning all (or at least some) of the fun stories you should really check out the Savor Seattle Food Tour and snack while you learn! It’s wonderful!
The Oscars night was MEMORABLE to say the least… that ending?! SO EXCITING!! This is my 2nd annual Rhein Haus Oscars Shindig and I really wouldn’t want to spend it any other way!! We all got dolled up, ate pretzels and wieners, we played games while we watched the Oscars and performances and won prizes then at the end voted BEST DRESSED!! Bottom line? It was neat!
Here are a few of my favorite photos, CAN’T wait for next year and for all the Mamas and the Papas…. kiddos are welcome!
Engagement sessions are fun and can be anywhere, but one thing I love to do is do a tour of a neighborhood or area that is special to the couple. Twenty years from now it will be so fun to look back and see how young and good-looking you were, but also see the neighborhood of where you met, lived and fell in love! These two love-birds live in Fremont, so we toured our neighborhood! Starting at the Skansonia (a boat on Lake Union that Blaine’s Grandfather BUILT!!!! NO WAY, RIGHT?!) heading over to Gasworks and onto the Fremont Bridge… that’s a lot of places… so of course we had to head to everyone’s favorite place for happy hour oysters, the Ballard Annex! Check out Colleen and Blaine’s engagement session in the center of the universe, Fremont, Washington!
November was a great month, we spent a week in Cabo San Jose, Mexico for the Be Sage Wedding Professionals conference, if I had to describe it in one word, I would have to say it was AMAZING!! But of course, I can’t say just ONE word, I have to tell you ALL about it!! Michelle and Kelly have created this wonderful event that brings people from all over the world together to share knowledge, inspiration and in the safest of environments where you can bring your ideas to the table without fear of judgement and know that everyone has your best interest at heart. It really is the BEST!
SO Chris and I were photographing the speakers, details and all of the parties – I wanted to share a few with you, to show you how cool it is and could barely narrow it down to my favorite 500 images! YIKES!! Ready?? Start scrolling – I’ll add in a few stories here and there, but really – you should book your spot for Be Sage at Hilton Head 2017 so you can experience it next year for yourself! (I’ll be there!!)Secrets Puerto Los Cabos – an all inclusive, ridiculously gorgeous resort with super nice rooms, several pools and my favorite was the endless supply of over flowing champagne!
There were SO many great speakers with GREAT topics and I have a million pages of notes. I would love to share them all – BUUUUUUUTTT… then this post would never get finished, because there is just not enough time. Here are the key players from the conference & their instagram names, check out their sites they are dynamo wedding professionals that we can all learn from!
Founders & Organizers
2016 Speaker’s Lineup
2016 Event Sponsors
I LOVE PROPOSALS!! They are fun, exciting, sweet – full of emotion and it is really an honor to be able to document such an intimate moment for a couple! When I received the message from Matt that he was going to propose to Nina I screamed! SO EXCITING!! It’s MOST exciting to photograph the proposal of a friend! The plan was set, Matt had done a great job of getting the ring, filling the day with errands so the timing would be perfect – placing them by their favorite lookout point when he received a message requesting for a photo of the two of them, needed right away! Through all of this planning and scheming – Nina had no clue! She was 100% surprised!! Even writing this, I can’t help but feel SO happy for Matt and Nina – I just wish everyone could’ve been there to feel the excitement, to celebrate with hugs and see the surprised look on Nina’s beautiful face!! Here are a few of my favorite images from the afternoon –
Congratulations Matt & Nina!! We love you both and wish nothing but the best for you two in your life together!!