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30-Day Photo Challenge

Back in April I decided I wanted to do a photo challenge.  I’d seen several online (Facebook, Pinterest… you get the idea), but none of them really resonated fully with me.  So I decided to take a few of the best ideas from several of them I’d found, and mush them together into my own challenge.

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Shannon & Trevor’s Blue & White Mukilteo Wedding…with PIZZA!

Shannon and Trevor got married at the Mukiltieo Rosehill Community Center this last friday, and they couldn’t have asked for a nicer day.  The rain that was forecasted stayed up in the clouds, which speckled the sky and kept things cool.  The breeze kept blowing Shannon’s dress in ways that a photographer usually only can dream of, and their small crowd of friends and family were all smiles, wishing the couple their very best.

High contrast closeup of red haired girl with unique ring

Lights… Camera… Action!

Light.

It’s every photographer’s strongest asset.  Natural light is beautiful, especially on warm sunny evenings or in the open shade.  But sometimes, natural light just does funny things.  Blue skies blow out white in order to properly expose your subject, harsh shadows create weird lines on faces, the list goes on.  And sometimes, natural light just isn’t available.  Dark reception halls and churches, or your front room on an evening, can be too dark for exceptional photography.  

Tulip fields - Roozengaarde

Tulips Tulips Tulips!

If you’re from the general Seattle area, chances are good that you’ve heard of the Tulip Festival in Mt. Vernon, and the Roozengaarde display garden.  Mike and I have managed to go up to the festival every year since we bought our house in Marysville – I even went a couple weeks after having my gallbladder removed while toting around a two-month old.  Yup, I’m dedicated to gawking at flowers.  This year, the nice weather aligned perfectly to get some nice sunshine on the weekend.  Since my family was coming up anyway so I could do my step-brother’s senior photos, we decided to go up north on Sunday and introduce more of my family to the craziness that is Mt. Vernon on a sunny spring day.

Guy Senior photo in Mt. Vernon, WA

Ty – Senior photos in Marysville

This weekend my family came up so that I could take my step-brother’s senior photos. It’s not every session where I get to go help shop for the clothes that they’ll be wearing while I photograph them, so this weekend was a little extra fun. Here’s some of my favorites from the afternoon out at Jenning’s Park.  BONUS: I even got him to pose for me the next day while we were out at the tulip fields in Mt. Vernon, and surprised his mom!  Woot!

Senior guy in Everett, WA

Josh – Class of 2014

Earlier this week we had a quick glimpse of what spring is always like in the movies.  It was rain-free, only mildly chilly, and lots of flowers filled the trees as I drove through town.  Of course spring is rarely that wonderful here in the greater Seattle area.  Heck – it’s generally miserable throughout most of the Pacific Northwest.  But, we had a couple days… so naturally, the photographer in me pounced on the opportunity, and I got everything set up to meet up with Josh for his senior photos.  We started off at Jennings Park in Marysville, and then headed into downtown Everett where we were graced with an amazing sunset!  Overall, it was a great evening.  I wish all guys were as fun to work with!

Volunteer Park Conservatory Engagement – Julia & Tracy

This afternoon, Mike and I headed down to Seattle from Marysville for an engagement photography session.  It was rainy and nasty outside, but that was no big deal because we knew we’d be inside.  We were heading to the Volunteer Park Conservatory up on Capitol Hill to meet our bride and groom to be.  It was super humid inside, and crowded (guess a rainy Sunday in Seattle is a good day to go look at tropical flowers!).  But we still had a great time with Julia and Tracy.  They were even good enough sports to let me drag them out in the rain for a few fun umbrella photos at the end of out session.