It’s been a really good year. Robin and I have both done what we love and continue to pursue careers that fulfill us. Robin’s food blog is taking off and she is having a great time making friends in the food world and getting her writing recognized for how great it is. I’m very very proud of her.
This year, I celebrated the first year of my new beautiful studio loft in Seattle where I can look out over the city and work on photos all day long. It’s my favorite thing to do (besides shooting of course.)
I’ve pushed myself hard and found new ways to express myself in my photography. I’ve starting shooting completely with my own vision, applying this advice a great teacher told me:
“Shoot with your heart, not with your head.”
Thanks Peter Schwepker for that wisdom. Over time, I realize it is the only truly important lesson to learn about photography.
The biggest and best part of the year though, is this week. This is the week (fingers crossed) that Robin and I will have our first baby.
For months now we’ve been getting ready. We’ve painted and stocked a cute little nursery. We’ve had a baby shower and received almost everything we could need from our wonderful friends. We are as physically and materially prepared as we can be.
But it has also been a roller coaster of emotion. What will it be like to have a baby? Will I be a good father? Will I be able to balance my work with my family? Will I teach her what she needs to know to have a good life?
One of the reasons I chose to focus on wedding photography (out of all the ways I could express myself through photography) is for the lifestyle it allows me. I can be both creative and be there for my family. I look forward to being able to play with my little girl on weekdays and rock her to sleep in her rocker at my studio as I work on the computer, editing weddings and portraits.
Yesterday was the ‘official’ due date for us to have our baby girl. Today is the first day of being overdue. I know the baby will come when she is ready, but now, all of the sudden, I just can’t wait to meet her. I feel like life and everything else is on hold as we wait for this special perfect being to enter our lives. I want to hold her, teach her, and give her my love. All of it.
As I type this, I realize tonight could be the night. If it is, or if it is a few days from now, I will be sure to share my experience with my family, friends and you, the reader.
Wish us luck!
Last Sunday, I had the privilege of photographing the wedding of Shawn and Dyan. They’re an amazingly sweet couple whose first date was on Shawn’s birthday. Little did he know the true gift he was receiving.
The wedding, which began in Magnolia at the Magnolia United Church of Christ, was a refreshingly intimate affair. The couple did their absolute best to make the ceremony and events surrounding the wedding inclusive. It was clear this was the forming of a family and not just a marriage between two people. Declan, who is Shawn’s son, was included in all the special moments. He wore a Superman cape and charmed everyone. At the end of the ceremony, Shawn and Dyan called out to Declan as they walked down the aisle. Declan ran and jumped into their arms. It was so sweet.
Arctic Club Hotel
700 3rd Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
The Arctic Club Hotel is famous for the unique architecture on the exterior of the building, which is adorned with gold paint and sculpted walruses. This theme is also carried throughout the new hotel.
From the Arctic Club, we drove to a small park in Magnolia, Magnolia Park, where we stopped for a few minutes to take photos. Even though it was a winter day, the sky was beautiful and the air was still. It was really a nice quiet moment before the beginning of the ceremony.
I love how happy everyone was at the Magnolia Church of Christ before, during and after the ceremony.
3555 West McGraw Street
Seattle, WA 98199-3213
Phone: (206) 283-1788
Fax: (206) 283-1534
Shawn and Dyan are lucky to have so many people that love them. It’s really one of my favorites parts of any wedding: seeing friends and family come together to support a newly wedded couple!
The details at the Arctic Club Hotel are really interesting. I felt like I was in the home of a world explorer.
The most stunning part of the hotel, however, is the Northern Lights Dome Room where the couple’s reception took place. The ceiling of the room is a spectacular dome, which gives off an ethereal quality and atmosphere. It’s probably one of the most picturesque venues in Seattle.
Seeing Shawn and Dyan dance together under the dome was really moving. They have a strong love and I am proud to have been chosen to document their special day.
WEDDING PLANNER: Wedding Planning by Stephanie Solomon, Solomon Events
Sunday was amazing. Shawn and Dyan are amazing.
Whether we were up in a tree, running through the rain, cruising around town in a 1962 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II (only 75 left in the world), or taking in the beauty of the Seattle’s Arctic Club Hotel ballroom - Shawn and Dyan’s wedding was an adventure!
I’m still working on the photos from their lovely wedding at the Arctic Club Hotel in Seattle but I can’t resist posting this sneak peek. More to come soon!
Arctic Club Hotel
700 3rd Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
As the chill sets in the air, it’s hard to think back to the summertime, isn’t it? However, it was just a short time ago. This is one of my favorite sessions from the summer. Dan and Laura are a wonderful couple. They are incredibly easy-going and kind. It was such a pleasure to shoot this portrait session for them.
The trees in Solstice Park in West Seattle really provided much needed shade on a very warm evening. They were also the perfect backdrop for this loving couple.
I love how the apples were both part of the photo shoot in terms of color and as a snack too.
Thank you, Dan and Laura. We had a great time that evening at Solstice Park and Lincoln Park. It’s really a joy to look back over these photos today. You are a fabulous couple!
I went to Brazil a long long time ago when I was in college at the University of Boulder in Colorado. It was summer break and my best friend Mark and I decided to explore as much of Brazil as possible over the span of three weeks.
We managed to hike through a beautiful jungle, explore Rio de Janeiro, nearly get mugged in Salvador da Bahia and ultimately take a 4 hour sea-taxi to a small island called Morro de Sao Paulo. Which was the best. place. ever.
I ate amazing food and met warm friendly Brazilian people everywhere I traveled. Unfortunately (or fortunately, it depends on how you look at it) I was NOT a photographer yet. Meaning that I experienced everything without a lens in front of my face. I captured a few great photos, but really, I captured a lifetime of fond memories.
Imagine my surprise when the Brazilian fashion magazine GLOSS contacted me to post some of my work…
If anyone out there knows Brazilian Portuguese I would love a translation of this article!!
***(if you translate this please post it in the comments. I will send a surprise to first person who posts it.)***
Thank you GLOSS magazine!
Adam and Annie are two of the kindest, smartest, and wonderful people one can ever hope to meet. Put them together and you have an unforgettable couple whose love for each other is abundantly apparent in every interaction they have.
Adam and Annie were a joy to shoot because their chemistry is so apparent and easy. As such, I used only film on this engagement shoot. No digital shots. No second takes were necessary.
New York’s Prospect Park has beautiful light and we were lucky to shoot on one of the last warm days of fall.
Adam and Annie, it was an honor to spend the afternoon with you at Prospect Park in Brooklyn. What great sports! Even the chill in the air on this brisk Halloween weekend did not dampen your cheerful and playful spirits. Bare feet in late Fall? Absolutely!
Thank you. I cannot wait to see you at your wedding in August.
Here is a sneak peek into the engagement shoot of Adam and Annie in Prospect Park in Brooklyn. The rest of the photos are coming soon. In the meantime, enjoy this playful shot from a fun afternoon in the park on Halloween day. Thanks.
Robin and I are home again in Seattle, but we have fond memories of visiting our friends on the East Coast a few weeks ago. The weather was perfect and crisp. The leaves were changing. NYC is great in the Fall. And, although I shot a wedding an engagement shoot (coming soon), we made our best efforts to enjoy ourselves outside of working. We hit the streets of Brooklyn on Halloween and wandered around until we found a sweet place serving food and apple cider. On our way there, we saw tons of kids dressed up for Halloween. This mom and son, however, were my favorite. Who doesn’t love a mama owl and a baby owl celebrating Halloween together?
If you recognize them, please let me know. I’d love to give them a copy of this photo, which was taken in film on my Contax 645.
Every now and then I shoot a wedding where the mood is so festive and lively that it makes me want to get married all over again. Ashley and Riggs’ New York City wedding at the New York Athletic Club was one of those affairs. It was truly an event where every single person appeared to be having the time of their lives.
Fortunately, the New York Athletic Club has spacious rooms full of window light that made for beautiful photos of Ashley.
The Church of the Blessed Sacrament in New York is full of gorgeous details.
After the wedding ceremony, Ashley, Riggs and I retreated to New York’s Central Park, where we strolled the grounds and made some beautiful wedding photos.
Ashely and Riggs rehearsed for their wedding day at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament in New York on the night before they were married. As you can see, the church is extraordinary. It was gorgeous inside and out. It was a joy to shoot there on both days.
The Church of the Blessed Sacrament
152 West 71st Street
New York, NY 10023-4099
The rehearsal dinner was held at the Bryant Park Grill in New York City in a tent on the restaurant premises. This wasn’t just any tent, however. There were chandeliers, leafy green trees, and windows with spectacular views of midtown Manhattan.
Bryant Park Grill
25 West 40th Street
New York, NY 10018
The rehearsal dinner at Bryant Park was beautiful, but soon I will post Riggs and Ashley’s wedding. It will be fantastic. I can’t wait for you to see!