Tacoma Wedding Photographer

Lexi & Ty: Married {St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, Union Station, Tacoma, Tacoma, WA, Tacoma Wedding Photographers}

Another amazing Greek wedding.  Another beautiful love story.  Another family I am strategically trying to be a part of.  It was so wonderful to be a part of Lexi and Ty's special day almost a month ago!  In true Greek fashion, that brought the family and the fun! It has been such a honor to be a part of a legacy. Last December, we shot Lexi's cousin's wedding and its been a blast to watch as their family continues to expand.

Lexi and Ty has the most beautiful and classic day!

Check out a glimpse of it below!

Stylized Session: Candyland Wedding (Pursuit 31) {Tacoma Wedding Photographer, Tacoma, WA}

I have the joy of being a part of a beautiful photography community called Pursuit 31, a Christian community full of woman who like me are in LOVE with pictures and anything surround the creative process really.  The last couple of years I have had the complete honor of leading a group of Seattle ladies both in online forum as well as in person and a couple of years ago (I know, I know... I have been meaning to blog this for a while now) I called up Karen, creator and founder  of Pursuit 31 & suggested a Seattle retreat & the crazy idea of a wedding based around the children's board game "Candyland." I am ALL for the vintage wedding trend that has OVERTAKEN today's wedding industry BUT I am in love with BOLD bright colors.  As a child, the game "Candyland" always was my favorite because of the mysterious stops along the board, Candy Castle, Gingerbread Plum Trees, Molasses Swamp, the Peppermint Forest.... and all of the really amazingly delicious iconic stops along the board.  It was my favorite game, and I couldn't get enough of it.  Daydreaming of bring it to life as a stylized wedding was truely a dream come true and WE LOVED the outcome.  Brides, if you want to have a really amazing wedding and wow your guests, take a look at some of the fantastic details below!

Bride & Bridesmaid Dresses~ Ouma 

Floral Design ~ Paisley Petals

Cupcakes ~ Sweet Melody’s

Model Styling ~ Rok Kandi

Hair ~ Lockes on Location

Makeup ~ Anna Groves

Tables, Chairs, Place Settings ~ AA Party Rentals

Linens & Lounge Furniture ~ Trendy Event Rentals

Umbrellas ~ Bella Umbrella

Picture Frames ~ The Organic Bloom

Fabulous Catering for Style Team, Models & Attendees ~ Joeseppis Catering

We also couldn’t have done it without these fabulous people!

Thanks to : April Greer, Dawnet Davis, Isaiah Haynes for helping make this day such a success!

More HUGE thank you’s to our FABULOUS models for braving the cold and rocking out these photos for us!

Models: Latasha, Donovan, Aubreeana, Danielle, Joe, Prince

These AMAZING companies deserve HUGE thanks!

Black River Imaging

ThinkTANK photo 

The Organic Bloom 

Pixel 2 Canvas 

Showit Fast

Black Rapid 

MadiLu Designs 

They're Engaged: Cesar + Priscilla are getting married... July 2011

You wanna talk about a couple so sweet they give you a toothache?! They're names are Cesar and Priscilla and they are below!  We met Cesar and Priscilla earlier last year thru many mutual friends and they hired us to shoot their wedding.  From the instant we met- we knew we liked them and they became instant friends. Priscilla is so kind, thoughtful and caring, texting me regularly to commend me or compliment Ike on his latest video and Cesar is no different and his love for Priscilla is a example any future husband could and should follow.

Along their journey together Priscilla has been compling a book of firsts- their first outing out, their first official date, the first time she cooked for him complete with the actual recipe and pictures of their first meal.  To these two their love matters and they want a record of the whole thing!  They are sentimental and thoughtful of eachother and in the moves they make in their love.

We started our session at the river.  The river is special to them because Cesar is a fisherman and loves fishing and it was one of the first places they ever took pictures and spent time together.  They frequent the river often to fish, to walk, to enjoy nature.  Priscilla mentioned she loved the solitude of the river and that it meant so much to them.  On our walk to the river I could tell the value that particular location held for them and although I might have almost broke my neck trying to shoot them on the banks, it was worth it to make them happy.

We finished our session, catching the last little bit of light, in downtown Seattle.  Although this couple loves the quiet that their special river spot brings to them they can definitely  turn up the heat in the city.  Seattle represents life and culture, excitement, full of bright colors and people, capturing the two parts of their life was important to them.  I loved our time in downtown Seattle, particularly when I convinced them to break into a lil salsa down in the Pike Place Market.

Needless to say, Isaiah and I are thrilled we get to spend the wedding day hanging with these two and are honored that they chose us!  Below a little somethin something from our time together!

MUA: Isabel Boyd  (and can we talk about the way Isabel makes Priscilla's eyes POP??! Hello?!)

Congrats Cesar + Priscilla!!!

and when we turrrrrrned up the heattttt! HOLLA.  Sidenote: I love the way Priscilla looks at Cesar.  It literally makes my heart melt.

Wedding: Ben + Kaylie|Salt Lake City + Stacy of Three Winks Studio

This blog is kinda unique because it covers three different things: my dear friend Stacy, photographer and owner of Three Winks Studio based out of Salt Lake City, Utah, the wedding of Ben + Kaylie married in early January 2011 + how cool being a second shooter REALLY is.   So first lets start with Stace. Stacy + Three Winks Studio (www.threewinksstudio.com): I met Stacy this summer by chance in Times Square New York.  She and her friend + now my friend Tara of Winsor Photography (winsorphotography.com) were there shooting a engagement session when Isaiah spotted them in the crowd with their gear (every once in a while Isaiah will stalk photographers to see what they are carrying, more in the past then now).  After watching them in Times Square for a while-- I approached them, introduced us and we agreed to kinda keep in touch.  After months of getting to know Stacy on Facebook- she agreed to let me come out and shadow her for a few days.  I spent the first week of the new year in SLC with Stacy hanging out and learning a little bit about what makes Stace the incredible artist that she is.  I love Stacy's style so much!  Although very different from mine, her composition is incredible and the shots she gets just move me.  She does very classic and clean portraiture and I am always excited to see what she's working on and posting.  Stacy has become one of my favorite photographers in the game and I am honored to have had the chance to join her on a few of her jobs.  You can check out Stacy's work at the link web address above + check out her blog about Ben + Kaylie's wedding here: http://www.threewinksstudio.com/blog/2011/02/17/kaylie-and-ben-at-the-oquirrh-mountain-temple/

Ben + Kaylie's Wedding: I have very little info to offer about the bride + groom except they were SO obviously stunning + treated me very kindly.  I did not get this wedding and was not hired to shoot this wedding along Stacy-this was Stacy's gig and I was merely there to assist.  I learned alot from Stacy by helping her hold her off camera flash while she shot inside of a beautiful train station. I learned a lot about moving slow and thinking thru the shot, not rushing it.  Stacy is very tactful in her shooting and make subtle moves when adjusting her couple.  It was really a serene experience, much different from my ALWAYS directing loud way of doing things. I have already been able to apply some of the things I watch Stacy do to my own style of shooting.  While in SLC, I also learned a bit about the Mormon faith.  Ben + Kaylie were married in this beautiful LDS temple just outside of the city.  It was snowing that day and really super cold.  We arrived at the temple and did some portraits with the couple and then they went in and were sealed as a family and we went and took a break.  While Stacy worked on a slideshow for the afternoon luncheon, I unloaded and recharged and then about 1.5hrs later we went back.  After Ben + Kaylie were sealed we took some pictures of them with their friends and family and then headed to lunch.  It was much different from any of the other weddings I attended and I kinda liked the simplicity of all of it... made it much easier and relaxed to get the awesome portraits of the bride and groom that you need.

Second Shooting:  Again, while working this wedding with Stacy I felt more like a assistant then a second shooter.  I was able to help Stacy hold her off camera flash and bring things to her when she needed them. It was only after I knew that she was good that I would try to sneak in and grab a shot.  The cool thing about second shooting is it challenges you to think outside of the box, to work a little harder to get the shot when you aren't he main focus of the bride and groom.  A lot of the shots below are the same or dont vary much but I think they are fun and wanted to share them with you.  One it shows that its possible to second shoot and get awesome fun + candid shots that a main shooter might not be able to get because there focus is elsewhere.  It also is my interview to any person who might need a second shooter in the future to consider me ( cough cough: Laura Marchbanks or The Popes?? LOL).

Another really COOL FACT about this post: these are pretty much SOOC (straight out of camera): they are merely color and exposure corrected and resized for the blog. No actions were used or any other tool that PS provides.  Made me pretty stoked to see that I did that well out of camera.

At any rate, I totally enjoyed my time with Stacy learning from her, about her and about her faith.  Salt Lake City was beautiful, even with the smog and I got some really awesome shots for my port.