Jacqui and Brendan // Evergreen Gardens Wedding in Bellingham WA

I keep telling myself ” I need to blog, I need to blog” but my ADD tells me to do other things. I have come back from Vegas with so much amazing information and new things to practice, but there just isn’t enough time in the day! You know how it is when you come back from a trip and you are trying to get everything back to normal, right? Oh good, glad I am not alone!

So before I left for Vegas I put this blog post together but I realized I never actually posted it! I had these two love bird on my brain because I had just used them as models for a faux engagement session. After finishing their engagement session, it donned on me that I never posted their wedding photos. So, here it is folks!

Brendan and Jacqui are so dang sweet. I loved driving around Bellingham and Ferndale taking their photos. They even had a fun after party at their friends house which was a blast, even if it was cold. The day couldn’t have gone any better, with their friends and family gathered all around to celebrate. They’re both a very outdoorsy couple, so it made perfect sense to get married at Evergreen Gardens. I loved going through these photos again, reliving this day all over again.2015-11-19_0001 2015-11-19_0002 2015-11-19_0003 2015-11-19_0004 2015-11-19_0005 2015-11-19_0006 2015-11-19_0007 2015-11-19_0008 2015-11-19_0009 2015-11-19_0010 2015-11-19_0011 2015-11-19_0012 2015-11-19_0013 2015-11-19_0014 2015-11-19_0015 2015-11-19_0016 2015-11-19_0017 2015-11-19_0018 2015-11-19_0019 2015-11-19_0020 2015-11-19_0021 2015-11-19_0022 2015-11-19_0023 2015-11-19_0024 2015-11-19_0025 2015-11-19_0026 2015-11-19_0027 2015-11-19_0028 2015-11-19_0029 2015-11-19_0030 2015-11-19_0031 2015-11-19_0032 2015-11-19_0033 2015-11-19_0034 2015-11-19_0035 2015-11-19_0036 2015-11-19_0037 2015-11-19_0038 2015-11-19_0039 2015-11-19_0040 2015-11-19_0041 2015-11-19_0042 2015-11-19_0043 2015-11-19_0044 2015-11-19_0045 2015-11-19_0046 2015-11-19_0047 2015-11-19_0048 2015-11-19_0049 2015-11-19_0050 2015-11-19_0051 2015-11-19_0052 2015-11-19_0053 2015-11-19_0054 2015-11-19_0055 2015-11-19_0056 2015-11-19_0057 2015-11-19_0058 2015-11-19_0059 2015-11-19_0060 2015-11-19_0061 2015-11-19_0062 2015-11-19_0063 2015-11-19_0064 2015-11-19_0065 2015-11-19_0066 2015-11-19_0067 2015-11-19_0068 2015-11-19_0069 2015-11-19_0070 2015-11-19_0071 2015-11-19_0072 2015-11-19_0073 2015-11-19_0074 2015-11-19_0075 2015-11-19_0076 2015-11-19_0077 2015-11-19_0078 2015-11-19_0079 2015-11-19_0080

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WPPI 2016 – Wedding & Portrait Photographers International

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The MGM Grand 2016

 

I am here at WPPI for the 5th year. The last two years I have been unable to attend because of weddings or vacations, but this year I needed to come. I have had a very successful business in the last two years but this year I am needing (no, DYING) for a change. In one of my classes today, the teacher said “this world is always moving and changing, and thats what our business has to do too to survive.” I am glad I had that feeling that something needs to change in my business and life, and I am always happy to hear it from someone else that I was on the right track for feeling that way.

Every year that I come here, I come to better my craft, my social life and my home life. Today is only the first day and I already feel like I could go home with all this great new information. I love learning… Ugh… Errr… I mean, I love learning about photography 😉 So, expect BIG things the rest of this year from me. I can’t wait for these great changes!

If you are a photographer (hobby or business) and feeling like you need to boost your business, craft or just meet other photographers, this is the place to be. You wont regret it at all! You may not know anyone when you get here, but by the time you leave you’ll have made some great friends and new skills.

 

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Trying Something New

This is bit of a personal post for me. I am just bursting to share this with you all!

So for a long while now I have been buying studio lighting, backdrops, stands… the whole works. I have had this for well over a year or two actually. I have been itching to try something new and have been studying up on studios and learning all there is to set-up and all that jazz. Still, there was something holding me back. Fear. I was afraid of messing up, failing, and not getting the images I wanted right away. Today was the day though. I sat at my desk tired of everything just sitting in my closet and storage. I needed something to do. I was truly just dying to try something new. The weather has been so awful, I haven’t been able to shoot outside, so this was my chance! I was ready.

I sent my sweet friend, Francys, a text telling her I needed to do this. She invited me over and we set everything up. I used what she had in her makeup bag to put some makeup on her (she had just gotten her hair done at the salon, so that was taken care of). All we needed was practice. I spend about 2 hours trying different lighting and poses and just had fun. I even used their little mini Yorkie as a model (I LOVE dogs). I had so much fun doing this, that when I left I craved more. I needed to keep shooting! I needed and craved more time with the studio setup. My next objective is to get a studio this year and start offering indoor sessions for those awful rainy days (or even just some classy portrait shots). So, be kind… This was my first attempt at studio lighting! I am sure it take practice to get better.

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Miss Olivia / Bellingham Senior Portrait Photographer

I love this girls smile. It’s so sweet and it just lights up the room. One of my favorite things about this session was that she brought her mom and grandmother, who I just fell in love with! What an awesome family Olivia has. They are some of the nicest people and so fun to be around! I loved this senior session so much- it makes me so excited for this year’s seniors. 2016-02-12_0021 2016-02-12_0022 2016-02-12_0023 2016-02-12_0024 2016-02-12_0025 2016-02-12_0026 2016-02-12_0027 2016-02-12_0028 2016-02-12_0029 2016-02-12_0030 2016-02-12_0031 2016-02-12_0032 2016-02-12_0033 2016-02-12_0034 2016-02-12_0035 2016-02-12_0036 2016-02-12_0037 2016-02-12_0038 2016-02-12_0039 2016-02-12_0040

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Miss Casey / Seattle Senior Portrait Photographer

Casey was excited to get her pictures in the Fall, but the weather was so uncertain every time we scheduled something. Finally, there was a beautiful day in the forecast and we jumped at the opportunity to shoot at Discovery Park. It was indeed a gorgeous day to shoot, too! I discovered many new, fun locations to shoot at while I was there. It truly is one of my all time favorite places to shoot in Seattle. I so wish we had something like that closer to where I am. 2016-02-12_0002 2016-02-12_0003 2016-02-12_0004 2016-02-12_00012016-02-12_0005 2016-02-12_0006 2016-02-12_0007 2016-02-12_0008 2016-02-12_0009 2016-02-12_0010 2016-02-12_0011 2016-02-12_0013 2016-02-12_0014 2016-02-12_0015 2016-02-12_0016 2016-02-12_0017 2016-02-12_00202016-02-12_0018 2016-02-12_0019

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Kayla and Corbin / Bellingham, Washington Wedding Photographer

Kayla was very open in sharing that her favorite season was Fall. She loved the colors and really wanted that to be seen in the photographs. Not only did we spend time taking pictures in downtown Bellingham, we did it on a gorgeous Fall day! I was so in love with her beautiful Autumn bouquet and the awesome boutonnieres. Everything was Fall themed, including the delicious spiced cupcakes and centerpieces.

These two have been sweethearts since Middle School! Can you believe that?! They have been through so much, including long distance dating and moving to be near each other. Their love is so precious and sweet. Their vows were melt-worthy (lots of tears!). This was definitely a super, fantastically mushy wedding and I loved every bit of it! 2016-01-30_0044 2016-01-30_0045 2016-01-30_0046 2016-01-30_0047 2016-01-30_0048 2016-01-30_0049 2016-01-30_0050 2016-01-30_0051 2016-01-30_0052 2016-01-30_0053 2016-01-30_0054 2016-01-30_0055 2016-01-30_0056 2016-01-30_0057 2016-01-30_0058 2016-01-30_0059 2016-01-30_0060 2016-01-30_0061 2016-01-30_0063 2016-01-30_00622016-01-30_0066 2016-01-30_0064 2016-01-30_00652016-01-30_0067 2016-01-30_0068 2016-01-30_0069 2016-01-30_0071 2016-01-30_0072 2016-01-30_0073 2016-01-30_0074 2016-01-30_0075 2016-01-30_0076 2016-01-30_0077 2016-01-30_0078 2016-01-30_0079 2016-01-30_0080 2016-01-30_0081 2016-01-30_0082 2016-01-30_0083 2016-01-30_0084 2016-01-30_0085 2016-01-30_0086

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Mia and Adam at Sodo Park / Seattle, Washington Wedding Photographer

You may or may not have noticed I have been a bit MIA on the blog for a couple weeks. I have been painting my house, which has left me sore and so tired! My hands and fingernails and covered in dried paint. Needless to say, I have slacked on the blog a bit, but for good reason. I am a much happier home owner now!

 

Mia and Adam are a super fun and silly couple. You can definitely tell they are each others best friends! I loved that Mia wanted to spend a little of the portrait time right in the heart of Seattle. I especially loved that they had their reception at Sodo Park. That place is magical! It’s the perfect place to get married at in downtown Seattle. The toasts were lighthearted and perfectly sweet, just like the cake.

 

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