Markie Jones Photography, LLC: Blog en-us (c) Markie Jones Photography LLC 2010-2017 (Markie Jones Photography, LLC) Tue, 31 Oct 2017 16:42:00 GMT Tue, 31 Oct 2017 16:42:00 GMT Markie Jones Photography, LLC: Blog 80 120 A Magical Harry Potter Halloween Party Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light. 
~ Professor Dumbledore

There is an entire generation of kids that were disappointed to learn of the world of Wizardry after their 11th birthday. I may have been one of them. (Ok. I probably was one of them). So when my girls and I were invited to our friends Harry Potter Party last October, I couldn't pass up the chance to go. 

Jayne put an amazing amount of thought into this party. From homemade butter beer to some pretty exquisite wands (I still have mine), there wasn't a detail overlooked. Invitations even hung above the chimney searching out the elusive Harry. I'm truly in love with the beautiful details she put into her decorations and food! 

The girls had a blast and still play with their (now broken and very Weasley-esque) wands. I really think that was the highlight of the night for those two. 

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Urban Mini Sessions at Foss Waterway Join me for coffee...

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Washington Winter Mini Sessions! They're back!! 

Last year's "Anytime Mini Sessions" were such a hit that I'm bringing them back as Mid-Week Minis! I'm thrilled to offer two different looks for these sessions, urban and rural. Taking advantage of our amazing shops on Sumner's Main Street, we can stroll into Craft 19 and grab some coffee before window shopping on our way to Heritage Park. For a more rural setting, we'll meet up near Mama Stortinis (on the Puyallup side of East Main/Traffic Avenue) and take advantage of the beautiful River Walk. 

Mid-Week Mini Sessions are $150+tax and include a 30 minute session, 10 image online gallery with digital downloads and print release at one of the two locations listed above. Sessions are available on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 4:00 pm, 4:40 pm and 5:20 pm. To get started, fill out the form below and I'll get back to you asap!!! 


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Gift your wife the experience of boudoir for Wife Appreciation Day When was the last time your wife was empowered? 

How many times do you come home at night and find your wife exhausted, hair in a messy bun, covered in child fluids and ready to completely collapse? But she's still cooking dinner, washing laundry, and cleaning up after the toddler for the 2183472343 time that day? It's a safe bet you still look at that woman and see the bombshell you married. I can promise you though, she probably doesn't feel like that same bombshell who wore those black stilettos, the mini skirt and that pretty lacy bra you love. 

Guys (and gals) it's time to pamper your wives. September 18th is Wife Appreciation Day and (even though you shouldn't need one) a perfect excuse to gift your wife an experience that will make her feel like she's 20 again. The Complete Boudoir Experience will leave her feeling sultry, sexy and empowered. She'll arrive about an hour before her session and receive a truly pampering experience that enhances her natural beauty, including hair and makeup services by my hand selected makeup artist. Once she's been fully pampered, she'll join me for a good hour choosing outfits that make her feel fabulous and having a good time. The end result will leave her feeling beautiful both inside and out. 

Purchase your wife a gift she'll thoroughly enjoy at and let her know you appreciate her. Even if it's not Wife Appreciation Day. 

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A Whimsical Waterfront Wedding in the woods at Tolmie State Park "In that still and settled place There's nobody but you." - That Still and Settled Place by Edward Monkton

It's not every day that you're able to get married the same day as the solar eclipse, and it's said that the day of the eclipse is a great day to start new things. Ashley and Joey chose to do just that and August 21st, 2017 was the perfect day for their marriage to begin. Marrying at Tolmie State Park provided a wonderful array of backdrops. The amphitheater was quiet and serene as their ceremony began, and their officiant drew a circle around them symbolizing their circle together.  I loved getting to take part in their wedding, and truly hope they enjoy their reception back home in Minnesota! Congratulations you two!!

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Sweet and Simple Romance at The Orting Manor "'I will forgive her skipping mind and her fondness for shopping,' thought the Dinosaur, 'for she fills our life with beautiful thoughts and wonderful surprises...'" - A Lovely Love Story by Edward Monkton

How many weddings have you attended where there is a dinosaur story nestled between "I do" and "You may kiss the bride"? My guess is, unless you were in attendance at Tarah and Bryan's wedding, probably zero. But that is exactly what happened during their ceremony. 

This wedding was incredibly sweet. Surrounded by their closest friends and family, Tarah and Bryan shared their vows at the cozy Orting Manor, under a beautiful white chandelier hung from the arbor. From Tarah's beautiful dress with a layer of dusty rose tulle, to their choice of Disney songs for their Mother/Son ("Winnie the Pooh") and Father/Daughter ("You'll be in my heart") dances, every piece came together in to create a very unique wedding that was all their own. They even chose to forgo a traditional wedding cake and instead chose a 3 tier rice crispy treat cake. I am honored to have been able to witness their vows and wish Tarah and Bryan the very best in their marriage. 

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An Adorable Anniversary Session on Tacoma's Ruston Way Waterfront "There are a lot of people who call you by your name, but there is only one person who can make it so damn special." - Unknown

Jackie, my forever twinsie, has had life hand her lemons in the past, but on August 27th, 2016 she tossed those lemons back as she married the love of her life in a small backyard ceremony. Surrounded by their family and friends, they pledged their lives to each other. Scott has stepped up and proves to be amazing to both my twinsie and her two children. Of course, being that their first anniversary is soon, they needed anniversary photos to celebrate! We chose to include the kiddos and turned this sweet anniversary session into a fun and spontaneous family session. 

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A Killer Deal on Tacoma Winter Wedding Photography Budgeting is hard.

Believe me, I hear you! Budgeting for a wedding is even harder especially during times when you're trying to fulfill your frilly white dress dreams while still being an adult and paying your bills. Have no fear, there ARE ways you can save some moolah and still have your dream wedding. 

Schedule for the off season: 

October through April are typically "slow" months in the wedding industry and you can score some killer deals on your favorite vendors, attire and venues. For instance, if you're getting married between November 2017 and February 2018, you can rest assured your wedding photography is covered with my Winter Wedding Special. An awesome 6 hours of photography coverage gives you the biggest bang for your buck, with two photographers arriving right as your hair and makeup are finished (or meeting you at the venue) to capture those getting ready images and leaving after you've tossed that bouquet and begun to party hard. ;) You'll still get all the "busy season" goodies: A USB, Personal Print Rights, and approximately 1000 digital images to download and go to town with. Did I mention the killer discount? A $1500 package for $950! 

Other vendors, including the amazing Dawn Padgett of Seattle Bride Hair and Brittany Maxwell of Magical Moments by Maxwell, offer a discount on their services during the winter months. Seattle Bride Hair offers 15% off for wedding services during the winter months. Magical Moments by Maxwell offers a $200 discount on her day-of-coordination package. Many other vendors offer an amount or percentage off if you schedule during the off season. (You can contact either of them for exact details and to book!) 

A few other budgeting tips: 

  • Give yourself plenty of planning time and spread out payments as much as possible. It's easier to make monthly payments of $100 than it is a lump sum of $2400, even if you have the money. (Watching it leave the bank is painful if you're anything like me). 
  • Collaborate with other brides to reuse decor, flowers, etc. 
  • Go "crazy" and get married somewhere spontaneous that you won't need a venue, just be sure to check for required permits. 

Watch for the launch of Wink Wedding Collective in January 2018 as Markie Jones Photography, LLC joins forces with Sashem Photography to bring you the funnest wedding photography team in Washington! 

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A Sweet Maternity Session at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium Sharks & Seals & Otters.... oh my!

Sometimes, in the middle of every day life, we run into one of "those" clients. The types who steal our hearts and instantly become one of our best friends. Craig and Amy are like that. I met Craig through a friend, and over the past year we've become good friends. When I asked them to join me in January at sunrise, it was not surprising at all that they got up at the butt-crack of dawn and drove all the way to Rattlesnake Lake just to appease my random crazy ideas. When they arrived, sweet Amy mentioned being tired, but they were going out for their anniversary. Shortly after, I found out why.... Amy was pregnant! 

Of course, they asked if we could do their maternity session at Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, after seeing the awesome wedding photos from there earlier this summer. So a morning of chit chat, wandering the zoo and attracting attention as they danced in front of a large fish sculpture, made for some pretty unique and memorable moments. Soon we will be welcoming their baby girl, and wouldn't you believe.... they aren't the only ones counting down the days to baby snuggles. ;) This photographer is too. 

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An Exciting Sunday Wedding full of Color at Brookstom Creek "I fell in love like you fall asleep; slowly, and then all at once." - John Green

When I was called for Mari and Beau's July 30th wedding, there were only two weeks left to go. I didn't get the chance to get to know them like I usually do with my couples. But I knew these two were going to be wonderful when I arrived to find Beau looking handsome in a white and turquoise tux, all the tables adorned with beautiful bouquets, and her family members who welcomed me immediately. When Mari arrived, I headed in for getting ready photos. This was the first time I'd shot the bride getting ready in an RV, but it was incredible. Her dress was something straight out of my dreams. Three pieces (top, bottom and detachable train), each featured incredibly detailed rose appliques in several colors. The top alone was adorned with beautiful lace, white ribbon and the roses in purple, turquoise, blue, yellow and orange. Completing the look was her train, which stretched out 8-10 feet and also featured the gorgeous florals. 

The excitement of the day mounted the closer the ceremony got. Seeing Beau's face as his beautiful bride walked down the aisle was amazing. And these two are such fun. They were game for anything Lessie and I asked of them, including a piggyback ride and dancing alone in the middle of the field. I'm looking forward to seeing these two grow together and hope they will visit Brookstom Creek and myself in the future. 

Lessie of Lessie Blue Photography was an amazing teammate on Sunday and I look forward to many more wedding adventures with her in the future! 

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A Lakeside Great Gatsby Wedding in Lake Tapps Once upon a time....

Walking into Angie and Jeremy's wedding felt like walking into a Hollywood movie set. From the handmade details to the vintage platters that adorned their two long rows of tables for guests, there was no feature that hadn’t been given the attention every Gatsby party deserved. The only thing missing was Gatsby himself, but he would have been proud of this party for sure. 

A gorgeous follow up to Angie and Jeremy’s engagement session, their wedding was the stuff of dreams. Lights had been strung around the tops of the tables, and tealight lanterns hung from the trees. Angie herself could have walked straight out of Leonardo DiCaprio’s movie scene, with a vintage styled gown from David’s bridal and intricate hairpiece. Even the table décor had been hand-picked by Angie during various trips to visit friends. She stopped at vintage shops during her travels and found each unique item including some vintage crystal pieces.

Their entire ceremony was beautiful and they chose to water a tree that would be planted as their unity ceremony. It was a beautiful and wonderful event that their family and friends are sure to remember.  Tiffany of Sashem Photography and I were truly honored to be a part of their special day. 

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You'll Crave Garden to Glass with Happy Camper Cocktails A passion sparked by all things vintage, sustainable agriculture, stiff cocktails and everything made in the kitchen from scratch. 

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I met Belinda with Happy Camper Cocktail Company through The Rising Tide Society, when I reached out for vendors to feature on the blog. She filled out my form and then asked if I'd be willing to collaborate on a few shoots for her drink features in The Perpetual You online magazine (see more on our Published & Profiled page!). It gave me the opportunity to meet her in person and learn more about this amazing personality. 

Happy Camper Cocktail Company is like nothing else. They mix and serve "farm to bar" or "garden to glass" cocktails made with Washington state sourced ingredients that wow in appearance and taste, straight from their one of a kind vintage camper bar. That's right, their bar is mobile, a 1966 Aladdin travel trailer turned bar. Painted all white, she always makes an impression while blending in seamlessly with any style decor. Many of their farm to bar ingredients are sourced at Simple Goodness Farm in Buckley, owned by Belinda's sister, making this a business a family affair. 

The passion behind Happy Camper Cocktail Company runs deep into their housemade mixers, which are inspired by the seasons and full bounty Washington state has to offer agriculturally. Belinda takes pride in serving these garden to glass drinks and is endlessly inspired by creating menus to match each event. From PNW specific flavors like Marionberry and Huckleberry syrups, to classic cocktail mixers made the old way, the right way, like Grenadine from pomegranate juice, Belinda makes sure their bar mixers have thought, passion and flavor to spare. 

Happy Camper Cocktail Company offers a variety of packages to fit every budget. The Marilyn package is the perfect bar package for a wedding, featuring three signature cocktails (including a welcome cocktail or special cocktail hour drink), beer on tap, poured wine, non-alcoholic beverages and of course, a champagne toast. All featured drinks are of your choosing, but Belinda will help you craft the menu to reflect your event's style and your tastes as a couple. 

Belinda's Advice for Brides: 

"Pick moments of your day that are important to you and your guests and make these things the highlights of your day, then let the rest go a little. Not every detail needs to be a painstakingly ornate production, but the things that will shine most for your guests and yourself on your big day are the meaningful and fun details that reflect you as a couple. For our service, we love to work with foodies, agriculture enthusiasts, crafters and makers, vintage lovers, wanderers & adventurers. They and their guests enjoy our services so much more because to them it isn't just a prop with a cocktail, it's a full circle experience and our little bar becomes the centerpiece of their evening."

You can find Belinda and Happy Camper Cocktail Company on FacebookInstagram & their website

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A Newport Vacation to The Oregon Coast Aquarium For many years while I was growing up, my family had a tradition of weekend camping trips with my grandparents. It was the highlight of our summers; making smores on the campfire, swimming in the pool at the campground, riding bikes and fishing in the rivers. Year after year, we’d pack up and drive to one of the campgrounds my grandparents and parents were members of and spend a weekend or so meeting new friends and spending time together. I learned to line dance at the one in Chehalis. My brother and I hiked trails with Pooh Bear (our golden retriever) at Rainier. I made friends at Bend almost 20 years ago, whom I’ve gotten back in contact with thanks to Facebook. Each campground holds memories for me that I’m finally getting the chance to share with my daughters.

Last week, we packed up for an extended trip to Newport Oregon. I hadn’t stayed at this particular campground and it had been almost 6 years since mom, Emi & I had driven through on our girls road trip back to California where Emi & I lived at the time. Doing a bit of research before we left, I learned we were only minutes away from the Oregon Coast Aquarium; one that we’d stopped at on that road trip in July 2011. Knowing how close we were, mom made sure we planned to go visit. So we packed everyone up on Friday morning and headed out for lunch, then the aquarium.

Money can’t buy happiness but it sure can pay your way into an aquarium, which is kinda the same thing. The girls had a blast looking at all the fish, and touching the animals in the touch tank. Gracie tried to convince Opi that the anemone bit her, but really the spiky little guy just wanted to give her a “hug”. Some of the animals seemed very in tune to the people there, and one seal even tried to eat a gal’s purse through the glass. I’m excited to add some of these photos to our gallery wall at home and had a blast getting to watch the girls take it all in.

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A July 4th Celebration in the Auburn Valley I spend so much time behind the camera, that I sometimes forget to document my own children. Realizing how time has flown this year, I made a commitment to myself to document more of our lives and let less time pass by. Finding a balance between behind the camera and putting my camera down to be present proved to be a bit difficult at first. As this month has progressed, I’ve found a better balance and moved forward towards a much more satisfying time with my family.

July 4th of every year has been a bit emotional for me. Being a co-parent, holidays are shared and sometimes I wouldn’t have either of my kids. But July 4th has been “my” holiday every year for the past 7 years, and I’m forever grateful that I’ve been able to share this with both of my children. This year has made some major changes in the lives of my children, and each one, though rough at the turning point, has been for the betterment of their lives.

Tuesday, we set out in the morning for breakfast with Grammy April, then made our way to Les Grove Park in Auburn for their annual 4th of July festival. There were bounce houses galore, tons of food (it’s crazy how many events revolve around food), and vendors to suit every obsession. Of course, the girls wanted matching face paint, pony rides and super hero capes which have to be one of the coolest things I found there and totally worth the price tag to see my kids’ faces when I said they could each pick one out.

The day ended pretty much how our 4th of July always ends. BBQ brats and fireworks bought at the Bonney Lake High School stand. I love the simplicity and slowing down to enjoy my little family.

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A Breathtaking Mountain View Wedding at Hunter Family Farms Today I marry my best friend, the one I live for, laugh with and love. 

Every single person on the planet has probably heard that saying, and there are many couples who've modeled it in the past. This weekend, I was given the pleasure of photographing one of those couples who's connection truly shines through their friendship and love. My team and I discussed it later, realizing we'd never laughed that often or that hard at a wedding. These two were so much fun to photograph, between Steve's antics and Amy's stunning smile, we couldn't have asked for a better couple last weekend.

Amy and Steve had been together for 13 years before tying the knot. Surrounded by their friends and family, they proclaimed their love in a short and sweet ceremony at Hunter Family Farms in Olympia. Their rustic wedding was incredible and even after the morning overcast skies had me concerned, Mount Rainier stood proud in the background of their ceremony. 

Amy & Steve together helped to make their wedding day eco-friendly as well. Floral centerpieces served as wedding favors, ready to be taken home and planted in guest's gardens. Amy's bouquet, along with the boutonnieres worn by Steve and Mike (the officient), were wooden flowers from Eco Flower and they smelled delightful. The majority of their decor was rented from Rustic Receptions, ensuring the reuse of the items. Steve even came up with a wonderfully eco-friendly guest book: Every guest had their photo taken in front of a homemade pallet backdrop and images will be placed into a digital frame where they can be viewed every single day. 

Amy & Steve's day was chock full of wonderful memories and moments, one that Tiffany, Alaina and I will for sure remember for years to come. Amy & Steve, thank you for having us. We wish you the best in your next adventures. 

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An Edgy Elopement with Peace, Love & Rock-N-Roll Peace, Love & Rock-n-Roll

We all need a little edgy rock in our lives. For Tiffany of Sashem Photography, it comes in the form of her 4 year old singing Death-Metal Lullabys. For Me, it's more of a dull roar in the background that binds my personality together. Between the two of us, we knew we needed a little more rock in our lives and Tiffany birthed the idea of this elopement. 

It started by looking for something more edgy than many of the styled shoots we'd seen recently. We both love a good styled shoot to fill in the blank spaces of the winter months, but each one we came across held a hefty price tag and the restrictions on them didn't sit well with either of us. We started with the dress, one Tiffany had her eye on for a while and I happened to have purchased last summer for another shoot and ended up not using it. The shoes came from my closet and the couple were introduced to us through a mutual vendor-friend I had met the previous year through The Rising Tide Society and The Perpetual You

Alisha & Josh were perfection. He had the hipster-spunk we were looking for, and she resembles a gorgeous tattooed mermaid. Together they completed our vision for this session and brought it to life with a love that runs incredibly deep. The time we spent with them was full of laughter, smiles and excitement. You'd never know the entire thing had been staged. 

From the detail shots we took in the old Graffiti Garage, to the dancing in the courtyard and followed up with a visit to Firemen's Park in Tacoma, this styled shoot really allowed Tiffany and I to connect through our photography, both as individuals and as a team. I look forward to many more real weddings and styled shoots with this brilliant woman! 

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14 Essential Questions for your Wedding Venue Venue final walk-through questions to make the most of your photography.

Chances are, you've spent a good chunk of your wedding budget on your photographer and you want to make the most of your photography. These memories aren't going to make themselves, and while the majority of professional photographers are awesome at rolling with the punches, this handy list of questions to ask yourself or your coordinator during your final venue walk-through will help set your photography team off on the right foot (pun totes intended). 

1) Will you be getting ready at the venue? Where?

If you've chosen to get ready at your wedding venue, that's great! It cuts down on travel time and allows you to gain those extra 10/15/25 minutes of photography to capture every little detail. 

2) Is there a window or plenty of lighting in your preparation area?

Lighting is key and we love window light around here. If there's a window with sheer curtains in your prep area, be sure to make yourself a note to keep it clear. If you can't, or the venue has a table/furniture in front of it, find out if we'll be able to move that piece the day of. We promise to put it back! ;) 

Engagement Ring | Seattle Wedding Photographer | EngagedEngagement Ring | Seattle Wedding Photographer | EngagedThe Roosevelt Hotel Seattle | Shot for Lessie Blue Photography | 3) Will you be able to enter & exit the preparation area without your guests seeing you?

Many brides do not wish for their guests to see them before their ceremony. Plus, if you can enter and exit your prep area or bridal suite at the venue without being seen, it helps avoid the guests who are dying to wish you well with long conversations when you really just want to go pee before your walk down the aisle. 

4) Where will your attendants be getting ready?

If you're wanting photos of your attendants or groom getting ready, it's essential that we know where this is happening. I almost always shoot with a second photographer, which makes it easy to split up if your groom is getting ready elsewhere. 

5) Is there a backup area designated for weather?

Let's face it. This is Washington. It rains in the middle of Summer and snows in June sometimes (ok. Maybe once, like 20 years ago but still). You'll want to be sure and have a designated backup plan, even if there's a 110% chance of sunshine on your wedding day. Canopies, Indoor Ceremony, something to fall back on if needed. The piece of mind is worth the extra 5-10 minutes of planning. 

6) When & How will your guests arrive?

In order to get those beautiful shots of your ceremony space before your guests arrive, you'll want to give us a general idea of when and how they'll show up. If they're coming into a designated space, that lets us know we can wait a bit longer to head out to the ceremony spot and take those photos. If your guests will file directly into the ceremony space, we'll want to get those images early as possible. 

7) If necessary, how will paths and outdoor areas be lighted?

While most Summer ceremonies will take place well before sunset (hello 9:00 pm sunsets!), if you're scheduled for a late fall/winter/early spring wedding, you may want to light the paths/aisle or outdoor reception area with string lights, lanterns or other lighting. 

8) Will the photographer need to be seated during your ceremony? If so, where will they be seated? 

While I've never personally run into this, I've heard stories from other photographers who've been restricted to one spot during ceremonies. If your venue requires that your photographer and everyone stay seated, consider positioning one photographer on each side with a reserved front row seat. This will give them the best view of your ceremony for those moments. You may also consider asking about a third photographer just for your ceremony to place at the back of the space. 

9) Where will your guests go after the ceremony? Will you need to leave the venue for couples and formal portraits?

Your couples and formal portraits are usually the most requested photos from the day, and the ones that take up the most time. Having a designated area (whether its the reception space or another spot for cocktail hour) for your guests to go will help to keep them corralled and move your formal portraits along. If you'll need to leave the venue for couples and formal portraits, be sure to consider where you'll want to get these shots done. 

10) How long and where will your cocktail hour be?

If you're having a cocktail hour, be sure to note where this will take place and if there is any exclusive decor that won't be present in the reception space. 

11) Where will your photographers be seated for dinner? 

I highly suggest placing your photographers and vendors at a table near you & your new husband/wife. This allows you to be able to quickly grab them when Great Aunt Sue comes over for a photo in the middle of dinner. 

12) If you are feeding your photographers, when will your photographers be fed?

If you're feeding your vendors, consider having them jump in line right behind you. Or if serving a plated meal, remind your catering staff to serve them immediately after you. This will help to keep your wedding photography timeline on schedule without having to deal with cranky hangery photographers. ;) 

13) Where will the DJ/Band be setup & what lighting will they have?

It's always good for us to know where the DJ/Band is setup and what lighting they bring. DJ lights can be a ton of fun during receptions and we always like to know if there is any uplighting or if we'll need to set up our additional lighting equipment. 

14) If you're having a photo booth, where will that be setup?

Photo booths are huge successes! We simply need to know where to set it up so your guests can see it but don't trip over anything. 

Final Tip: Take photos on your phone of places you might want your formal portraits and Bride+Groom portraits taken. Text or email them to your photographer so they have them on hand. ;) 

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A Sweet Simple Goodness Maternity Session in Buckley A Simple Goodness Farm Maternity Session

When Alisha mentioned wanting to have her maternity photos done at Simple Goodness Farm in Buckley, my heart literally leapt at the thought. I'd had my eye on Simple Goodness Farm for several months and it had been years since my last visit for their annual Garlic & Goats festival. Alisha's session would be the prime opportunity and excuse to visit this working Farm in Buckley.

I arrived at Simple Goodness Farm a bit early, and met up one of the wonderful Simple Goodness Sisters, Venise. I've worked with Belinda, the owner of Happy Camper Cocktails and other Simple Goodness Sister, in the past, so of course I was delighted to finally meet the other half of this incredible duo. 

Alisha & Josh arrived right on time and we made the trek out through the cow pasture to the far end of the field. The sunlight was gorgeous and Alisha was simply radiant. Josh looked mighty handsome and you could tell he is super in love with Alisha. Kinsley wasn't having it though, so we made quick work of their session, to keep Kinsley happy, and with the help of a few photobombing cows (including the over-pregnant Mama) and a few bubbles helped tide her over a little bit. She would have much rather played with Mama cow though. 

Alisha & Josh may look familiar as they modeled for the collaborative styled shoot with Sashem Photography back in March. These two seriously radiate love and their bond grows every day. Welcoming their second baby is going to be a complete joy for anyone who witnesses it. Watching these two lovebirds and getting to celebrate their little one with them is always enjoyable and I look forward to seeing their family in years to come.

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A Genuine and Cozy Indoor Couples Session Community Over Competition

I love getting to learn from other photographers and being able to photograph them. It's quite rare to be in front of the camera versus behind it, and many photographers don't get in front of it often enough. It's been a goal of mine to photograph as many photographers as possible, so when Sarah stepped up and offered Kenny and herself as models for a class assignment, I was thrilled to have them join me. 

Sarah runs her own photography business while raising their little one and tending the farm they own. Her husband Kenny, is pretty much head over heels for his woman, and these two were quite fun to photograph. Sarah told me about her wedding and how she did her own wedding photos, while Kenny just smiled and nodded. 

The assignment for their session was part of a Moment Design training I was taking with Jesh De Rox. Using these prompts and watching the connection between the two of them was an extraordinary experience. I'd also never shot a couple in studio before, so this was a whole new ballgame. The simplicity of their session really helped bring out the connection and love between the two of them. 

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Delightful Nautical Seattle Wedding with Lessie Blue Photography Glamour and Romance on the MV Skansonia

I first met Lessie at last April's Windmill Garden Styled Shoot hosted by Rebecca Anne Photography and Holcomb Weddings & Events. Lessie was bubbly and energetic; which of course automatically drew me to her. She thinks outside the box and comes up with creative angles and ideas. Almost a full year later, I was able to join her for a wedding, and it reinforced how wonderful this lady is. I truly enjoyed spending time with her and am thankful to be able to call her a friend. 

On to the wedding.....

Our day started with the trek to Seattle. Lessie and I met up in our hometown of Sumner, and thankfully, the drive north wasn't super packed. We left incredibly early and were able to grab some coffee and chat... two of my favorite things to do. From there, we headed over to Seattle's Roosevelt Hotel. This place was extraordinary. The reception area was alike a quaint speakeasy with a modern twist. Leather chairs, a velvet couch and dozens of mirrors really gave the place a unique vibe. And the rooms were simply stunning. The light was absolutely gorgeous inside and made for wonderful detail shots. 

Stephanie and Mike were simply adorable together. Joined by their one groomsman (Stephanie's son), Mike and I walked down to Westlake Center where we waited (not so) patiently for their first look. I positioned Mike towards me before Stephanie and Lessie rounded the corner, and was elated to see how thrilled Stephanie looked when she first saw Mike. These two had such wonderful chemistry and completely trusted Lessie's vision. Once we were finished, we headed out to Gasworks Park for family and couples portraits. The rain decided to make an entrance as soon as we arrived, so hauling gear and umbrellas we took cover in one of the large buildings. Finding fun areas to shoot through was an interesting challenge. But Stephanie and Mike just rolled with it, and their portraits turned out wonderful. 

The MV Skansonia was only a few blocks away, and arriving on board, I was stunned at how gorgeous the interior was. Pictures simply don't do this venue justice. The MV Skansonia is a retired ferry permanently docked on North Lake Union. The vintage nautical decor gives the venue a very classic vibe and was an amazing accent to Stephanie and Mike's vision. From the playing card favors to the beautifully adorned cake, everything felt like walking into an old Hollywood movie. 

Their ceremony vision was one I'd never heard before. Instead of the traditional ceremony style, where the alter is in front of all the guests, Stephanie and Mike invited all of their guests to gather around. They stood in the center while their most important friends and family circled around them, and the love that flowed was palpable. They read vows they'd written each other, exchanged rings and shared their first kiss. Between the ceremony and reception, we managed to sneak them away to the upper deck with gorgeous views of the Seattle Skyline. A few quiet moments and then it was time to party. 

Their reception began with their introduction, then dinner and toasts. The Mother of the Groom sang, while another guest played the guitar. This group was a fun bunch to watch, as they held their battery operated candles in the air, rock concert style. This was a perfect start to my 2017 wedding season. A huge thank you to Lessie of Lessie Blue Photography for allowing me to join her. 

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