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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You might notice this nice little white watermark at the bottom of the photos. I am not sure how I like them, but it’s the start of something very special I am looking forward to sharing with you soon!
I have so many new things happened this year, including another over seas wedding (LONDON!!!!) and some exciting products and sessions I am offering as of 2016. I love what I do and I am always trying to improve and be better. I can’t stay still and never want to settle. I love exploring and venturing in to new territories and projects. Ugh, I can’t wait to share with you guys what I have planned!!!
So on with the post… This last Summer my sweet friend Tess was visiting her family here in town. Tess is truly one of the kindest, sweetest girls I know and am so lucky to have in my life. She’s so fun and I love to watch her silly Snapchats (yes, I am on Snapchat: cbowlden). She is pure love and beauty all rolled into one. I was so happy that she wanted to model for me just for fun. That’s always the best, right?
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!
Katrina is a total free spirit! We laughed and had so much fun on her session. She made me laugh because she had the hardest time not being silly (I have some great outtakes). This lady is adventurous and loves exploring, which I loved finding out about. I love that she has done so much in her young life. I can’t wait to see what she does after High School!
Hair and Makeup by Anna Anderson
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.