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Goosebump Images – Andrea & Russ – Wedding at The Golf Club at Newcastle

Russ and Andrea’s wedding was an emotional one.  Russ’ two boys were so excited for their dad, and clearly so thrilled to be welcoming Andrea officially into their family.  Prior to the ceremony, Russ was given a card from Andrea.  He teared up while reading it, which put his boys over the edge.  Once he was done reading his card, his sons wrapped their arms around him and they all shared a really special moment.  Something about the emotional openness of kids just gets me.

 

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Goosebump Images – Ashleigh & Jeff – Wedding at the Seattle Yacht Club, Seattle Wedding Photography

When I think about powerful moments in past weddings, Ashleigh & Jeff’s event comes to mind quickly.  Ashleigh and Jeff were married in August of 2008 (wedding here).  Their ceremony was set to be on the large grass lawn of the Seattle Yacht Club, and the day started out beautiful.  Then, the sky opened up and down came the rain.  And we’re not talking a little drizzle.  The rain on Ashleigh and Jeff’s wedding day was epic.  As people were racing around trying to figure out what to do, people kept coming to Ashleigh to ask questions: “Do you want to wing it and try to be outside?”  “Should we move everything under the tent?”  Finally she said with absolute certainty, “I just want to get married.”  It was a beautiful moment that really illustrated Ashleigh’s true intent for her wedding day, and that moment in particular has stuck with me over the years since her wedding.  As brides, we spend so much time focused on the details: the flowers, the music, the food, etc.  But when it really comes down to it, it’s not about any of that.

And the good news?  Ashleigh and Jeff were rewarded with gorgeous (DRY!) weather for their outdoor cocktail hour.

 

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Goosebump Images – Lindsay & Mark

It’s not exactly wedding season here in Seattle, but that doesn’t mean that weddings aren’t on my mind.  To keep us all in the wedding spirit, I’m beginning a new bi-weekly blog feature called Goosebump Images, where I’ll feature one (or a few) images from past weddings that gave me that I have come to call “goosebump images”.  These are photographs that have stuck with me throughout the years and I feel are worth revisiting.  Enjoy!

 

If you’ve worked with me before it probably won’t come as a surprise to hear that I shoot weddings for a very specific reason: I am so moved by the emotional intensity of the wedding day.  I frequently cry at the weddings I photograph.  That part is a little embarrassing to admit, but luckily I have my big camera to hide behind when I feel the tears coming.  Being present during the wedding day means that my most important job is to nab those emotions and record them as heirlooms.  I thrive on it.  I adore it.  I am better at my job because of my interest in the emotion.

Take this image series from Lindsay and Mark’s wedding, for instance.  Lindsay and Mark were married in 2009 at the Pine River Ranch in Leavenworth (original blog post here).  Once we finished up the formal photographs we had a few minutes of downtime.  I was standing near the barn catching my breath before it was time to get ready for the ceremony, when I noticed something important beginning to unfold in front of me.  Silently I raised my camera to my face and began snapping.

It turns out I was photographing a very special moment in Lindsay and Mark’s history.  Mark’s uncle had approached Lindsay and presented her with a pair of earrings that used to belong to Mark’s late aunt.  Mark was clearly surprised by the gesture, and the swelling of emotion was just palpable.  I remember clearly walking away once it was over and shaking my head.  In disbelief and with a spirit of gratitude I though to myself “I just got to witness that.  That was important.  This is why my job is so important.”

 

 

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Happy 2012! The Barnett Family

My good friend Shannon contacted me for some family photos right after Christmas.  We met up at Madrona Beach Park on a rare dry day and enjoyed our session a ton!  I personally got a huge kick out of seeing baby Ainsley with his big  brother Jovano, who was visiting from Canada.  You could really see the bond between them, which was amazing!  Enjoy!

 

Shot on the right: favorite.

Some snuggle time with mama:

The family photo on the right might be one of my favorites of all time.

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ninaJanuary 4, 2012 - 9:21 pm

What a cute family!