Happy 4th of July! – A 4th of July Wedding at Swiftwater Cellars

Happy 4th of July! – A 4th of July Wedding at Swiftwater Cellars

I hope everyone is enjoying their 4th of July and that everyone will be safe.

Last year I was celebrating the 4th wth these adorable people. Not only were they some of the kindest people I have ever met, but they were a blast to get to know and party with. I loved the sweet little details that Brittany put in the wedding. Her style is truly incredible as well! There were so many sweet and tender moments during getting ready and even during the reception. This wedding holds a very special place in my heart. It was one of those days you dont want to be over. I love being able to go back into the photos and remember how I was feeling. I know Brittany and Keith feel the same way.

I love being able to be a part of weddings. These are such special times and the emotion of the day is so raw and incredible. I truly love weddings!

 

This lovely wedding was celebrated at the gorgeous Swiftwater Cellars in Cle Elum. I can’t wait to go back therem someday! One of my favorite moments was when Francys (my second photographer) and I started taking pictures and a gust of wind blew Brittany’s veil up! It’s one of my very favorite images of all time. Its so real and her expression at that moment was priceless. The little ring bearer was a doll too! He was so fun to watch all day.

 

PS- Aren’t Brittany’s eyes incredible?! I love the two colors! I am so thrilled that later this year I get to take their maternity photos!

 

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Ferndale Washington Senior Portrait Photographer: Ferndale High School Class of 2016 – Miss Anastasia

April is one of my favorite months for photoshoots (I may be a bit biased because I do love Springtime). Most of all, I love the beautiful pink Cherry Blossoms that bloom that time of year. I was so thankful that Anastasia was interested in doing some photos in them. She is very sweet and I look forward to having her as a rep for me this year.

Going through these photos made me realize that photographing senior truly makes me so happy. I love spending time with these girls and getting to know them. They are so fun and at such a fun stage in their life. They remind me to always try and stay young at heart.2015-07-01_0029 2015-07-01_0030 2015-07-01_0031 2015-07-01_0032 2015-07-01_0033 2015-07-01_0034 2015-07-01_0035 2015-07-01_0036 2015-07-01_0037 2015-07-01_0038 2015-07-01_0039 2015-07-01_0040 2015-07-01_0041 2015-07-01_0042 2015-07-01_0043 2015-07-01_0044 2015-07-01_0045 2015-07-01_0046 2015-07-01_0047 2015-07-01_0048

 

 

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Bellingham Washington Senior Portrait Photographer: Squalicum High School Class of 2016 – Miss Lauren

This girl is so much fun! And I am not just sayin that because I also shot her sisters senior pictures, or because I am friends with the family, but because it’s the honest truth. I love this girls energy, excitmenet and kindness. She brightens the mood in any room! Her friends are truly lucky to have her. She almost feels like my little sister. We had a blast on this session. So much so I didn’t want to end the photoshoot.

 

I look forward to seeing where this girl goes. She’s bound for greatness (and so is her amazingly talented sister). Thank you, Lauren for being my senior rep this year!

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International Wedding Photographer: Paris Wedding – Lisa and Chad

I dont even know where to begin. I seriously waited years to photograph a wedding in Paris, France! It may have been freezing cold and super windy, but it was so very sweet to go around the town of Paris and photograph this gorgeous couple and their love. People from all around came to photograph this couple (I think they may have thought that they were famous or something). I could have spent all week photographing this couple! Not to mention Lisa’s incredible dress! OMG!

I invited my assistant Francys and her husband (Tobler Films) to tag along and we had such a blast. I want to make this a yearly thing. You an see the video Rob put togethr here: https://vimeo.com/129397331. Rob is truly a genius! I loved the footage he captured and the music he put to the video. It brought me right back to Paris and the deep love I have for it. I need to go back next year!

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Seattle, Washington High School Senior Portrait Photographer: Hannah – Class of 2015

I love this girl. SO MUCH! I met Hannah years ago when her mom and I would hang out together and learn photography back in Roswell, NM. I have watched her grow into such an incredible women. Hannah and her mom flew out here for me to take her senior pictures and I was so honored she would travel so far. We spend a day shopping and looking for new clothes and accessories (Hannah LOVES accessories!). Hannah was so comfortable in front of the camera, which I think is due to the fact that her mother is an amazing photographer and has had plenty of practice being a model for her. I so wish I could be there for her graduation and wish even more than we had more time to spend together or lived closer. Hannah and I both share a love for music and movies and we could have talked about both all day long. Did I mention I did her hair and makeup? I was pretty happy with how it all turned out.

 

This girl is going to do something big! I can’t wait to see what it is.

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Burgundy Bride Styled Shoot

I was itching to do a styled shoot earlier this year but didn’t know what the theme was going to be and didn’t have any idea where to start. I knew I wanted to do something different and bold that would stand out from any work I have done in the past. I called out for some help on Facebook in some of the wedding forums I am on and found the amazing Julia from Wedding Wise! That girl blew me away with how she just took everything I wanted and made it all happen. She had everything planned and taken care of and was truly a joy to work with. Of course I had to work with Gina (previously Il Bel Fiore) from The Ground Up Floral.

I loved the new experience of working with Fremont Foundry. It’s a new(er) downtown Seattle venue. It was incredible! I love that it’s an old building with a touch of modern design. It has some incredible art in it as well.

I honestly can’t say enough good things about Tanya’s Take On Cake. She truly is amazing! I am telling you that her macrons are THE best (beats out Laduree’s from Paris any day)!!! Try them for yourself, you will thank me later.

I cannot thank everyone enough for the incredible work they put into this beautiful shoot. It was just as I wanted it to be if not better. I am so excited to finally share this blog post with you. I had to wait a little longer than expected since it was also going to be featured on Burnett’s Board.

I threw in a couple behind the scene’s as well. I especially love how Francys poses when she is taking pictures. Love that lady!

 

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My Trip To Paris, France

I think it’s about time I break my silence about Paris. I keep getting asked about my trip and if I am planning on sharing pictures (which I did little of on Facebook). The truth is I felt there were other things I could be doing besides blogging about my trip to Paris (like editing weddings and portraits I needed to be catching up on). I am honestly thrilled to be able to share my trip to Paris with you all! It was the best trip of my life and I so badly want to go back. It was so special to me and is so dear to my heart.

One of my favorite things about Paris was not just seeing the Eiffel Tower or the other amazing historical sights, but it was seeing and meeting my family who I had never met before. Its a strange thing to meet family from across the world to only find out you are so much alike. I love the bond I have with my family there. They are truly some of my most favorite people in the entire world. My cousin Julien (I’ll post a picture below), is such a fun, loving and amazing person. I mean amazing! There is no doubt in my mind that we are family! Carole, Juliens older sister who is also my age, could literally be my sister. The minute I met her I felt like we had known each other our entire lives. It was such an incredible experience. I was able to meet Carole’s fiancé Raphael and even had the privilege of taking their engagement pictures (I will post those after they share the photos with the family first). Raph is one of the funniest, nicest people and I am thrilled he will be joining our family! Those 3 people were truly what made my trip to Paris amazing. Truly amazing. I can’t wait for them to come visit me here in Seattle, but I will definitely be back to visit them. Family is the most important thing in this life and it couldn’t be more clearer to me now, especially after meeting them.

 

Now on to the tour of Paris.

 

When we flew in, I remember thinking that it reminded me of LA with all the smog. It was sunny but foggy and a bit cold. Julien took us to a local restaurant “Le Wilson” near the Eiffel Tower and where we were staying in Trocadero. It was so delicious (we had the duck)! Then again, nothing I ate in Paris was gross. Everything I ate there was incredible. Just their pastries alone were amazing! My favorite place that we ate had to be Angelina’s! OMG, their food was amazing! I had this appetizer that was crab, green apple and avocado. The way that they deliver your food to you is what makes it so special though. Everything there is so clean and in a perfect proportion. You can’t really overeat there because everything is perfectly sized, unless maybe you order two of everything. I loved listening to everyone’s French there. Some of my other favorite sounds and smells of Paris were the cars honking, lots of police and ambulance sirens (they don’t sound like the ones in America) and the smell of cigarette smoke. I wouldn’t trade any of that, even if I don’t normally like the smell of smoke. I only wish I could snap my fingers and be there again. I have been lucky enough to have dreams about Paris though! That’s close enough, right? Oh, I forget to mention that the crepes there are to die for! I had one every single day!

I loved all the arches, the doorways, the worn down steps (you’ll see in some of the pictures I took). I noticed that everything in Paris is in a circle (even their staircases) and they have a ton of roundabouts in the city. The roundabouts are hilarious too, because there are no lanes and it becomes pure chaos! It would be extremely nerve racking driving in it, but it’s pretty funny to watch. Since parking is so scarce there, everyone rode little motorcycles or mopeds. Some got super fancy too!

I loved seeing all the French dogs there. When we went to the Louvre, I loved seeing all the old paintings with dogs. It made me so happy to see that people had pets way back then. My heart was so happy.

 

Some advice for people going to Paris.

 

The first day I recommend going on the bus tour around the city. This will show you all the places you may want to stop and get off. We spent 9 days there, so we took the bus to see the places we wanted to go back to and spend more time at. Its also very educational. I recommend spending all day at the Louvre. Francys, Rob and my husband and I only got through half of the place and spend half of the day there. You definitely need a whole day to go. Also, a must is going to the top of the Eiffel Tower, walking up to the top of Arc de Triomphe and Notre Dame. You will not regret it! The view is unbelievable. Take the metro and just walk around the streets of Paris. The buildings and architecture are incredible. I am thinking of making a book of all the doors of Paris. I think I will need to go back to get more before I make it, though.

Don’t rent a car. Parking in horrendous and you can easily get around by taking the metro and walking. Bring comfortable shoes and make sure that anything you plan on carrying has a zipper and doesn’t leave your site. And don’t go to Paris with a budget for food. I’m being serious.

 

On to pictures. I took over 1,000 pictures, so these are just some of my favorite ones. I apologize for how many there are. Hopefully you’ll enjoy yourself, though!

 

These views are from the top of the Arc De Triomphe.

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This was the view from our porch that we were staying in.

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This is my darling cousin Julien. What a stud!

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I loved this old French man. He was exactly what I expected to see in Paris.

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A famous opera singer.

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My cousins both work for Evian, which I believe is truly the best tasting water around. They definitely converted me.

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Bellingham, Washington High School Senior Portrait Photographer: Morgan Class of 2015

Morgan is a big ball of sunshine, which I am sure you can see from her gorgeous bright smile. She recently moved back to the US from living abroad. I am so excited for her and all her new adventures when she graduates this Spring. I still love these photos as much as I did when I first took them. I was so sad to find out that the pink wall we shot at has been taken down. Such a sad day, but on to look for more cool locations.

Hair and makeup by Anna Anderson

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