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The Galbraith Family

A Wright Park Family Session

I’ve had the pleasure of knowing the Galbraith family ever since Rachel was the maid of honor in the very first wedding I ever photographed. She, and her wonderful husband are the kind of genuine, warm, compassionate people that you can’t help but like. They are gentle souls… and as their family grew with two boys and a gorgeous little girl I ‘ve had the pleasure of seeing them once or twice a year to capture their family photos.

This year we met at Wright Park in Tacoma with their extended family, including Micah’s twin brother! While photographing the family I found out that Micha’s dad - the Senior Mr. Galbraith was the actor who played the original Aqua Velva Man! How amazing is that? I just think that’s so cool!

It was a great time getting to know Micha’s twin brother, and all of his sisters, their spouses and kids. This is one full, charismatic group - you just have to smile when you’re with them!

The fall color at Wright Park in October can’t be beat… it’s really gorgeous, and the mature trees and surrounding architecture make this one of my favorite locations to photograph families. There’s room to roam, and you can take advantage of the gorgeous conservatory as well as a charming metal gazebo, and a small pond area.



Red Barn Studios Engagement Session

A Red Barn Studios Engagement Session

You know what I adore… like, seriously makes me over-the-top happy?  When I get referrals. Having a couple chose me as their wedding photographer because they love their friend’s or family member’s images means so much to me.  It’s like happiness and validation, and the warm fuzzies all wrapped up together!

I really strive to build a relationship with my couples. I want to know how your wedding planning is going. I want to help support you with vendor recommendations if you need them.  I want to help you develop your timeline, and hear all about your wedding photography wish list. And once the wedding is over - I still want to know when you’re moving to a new place, or taking an epic vacation.  And if, or when you start a family my heart will give a little tug, and I’ll usually pull up your wedding photos and relive that moment for a bit. Because I LOVE this job. I love creating wedding images that mean something special to the couples who trust me to document the beginning of their journey as a married couple.

Makenzi and James met me at the Red Barn Studios in Chehalis for their early morning engagement photos.  We chose an 8 am start time because the sun is less harsh than later in the day. Plus it left the whole rest of the day for these love birds to get some breakfast and enjoy their weekend together. There’s so much to love about this venue - but can we talk about the lighting upstairs in the barn...for just a moment, can you drink it all in?  Check out this romantic dip kiss in that light! Feeling proud of this image, I won’t lie to you. I just love how warm and open the space is.

As we moved around the property we talked to the chickens - okay so I talked to the chickens, we hung out with their umm, well fed, Aussie who is sweet as can be, and we took advantage of the apple trees, the dirt road, the pretty barn doors, and the quaint outbuildings (as well as the shade they provided - it’s been hot!).  

We mixed in a few close up shots with traditional lovey-dovey “kiss that girl like you mean it” poses.  There’s always a bit of nervousness and what-do-I-do-with-my-hands moments when you’ve never been professionally photographed before.  And you know what? That’s just fine. We chat, we joke around a bit, I help you with posing and give you some guidance - and before you know it you feel like a pro in front of the camera!  

James and Makenzi came prepared in proper country attire with their boots and plaids. Even when you’re not getting dressed up in formal wear for your session professional hair and makeup makes all the difference, and Makenzi’s gorgeous red hair is just perfection - she’s going to be a seriously beautiful bride at her late summer wedding next year.  When booking your own wedding or engagement session I would be happy to provide contact information for some amazing hair and makeup artists that I love to work with like Dawn from Seattle Bridal Hair. Taking that extra step really helps ensure that you’re feeling gorgeous and fierce for your engagement photo session.

Kim & Sherry

Kim and Sherry’s Seaside Cottage Wedding

One word I would use to describe Kim and Sherry’s wedding would be intimate.  With only a small group of their closest friends and family members present these two amazing souls exchanged personal and deeply moving vows at Sherry’s family retreat - a quaint and homey seaside cottage on Fox Island.  This lovely cottage has sentimental value to the ladies. It’s been in Sherry’s family for generations and is a beloved vacation spot. The brides decided to have an intimate seaside wedding in Washington followed by a larger reception in Portland for their extended family and large social circle.  This way they got the best of both worlds… smart ladies!

Sherry and Kim got ready privately in dresses that each one picked out in secret.  Including sentimental pieces of jewelry worn by both ladies. Lovey, simple white flower bouquets complimented their individual styles and made everything harmonize perfectly.

With the waves lapping at the property edge they each walked around opposite corners of the cottage, past blooming hydrangeas and evergreens to see each other, and then joined hands at the water’s edge to share their vows and exchange rings.  

The officiant and the musician for their ceremony were both long time friends, which made their contributions even more special.  And Apollo, the couples precious pup was the most handsome best man you could ever ask for. The only trick was keeping him out of the ocean long enough to participate in the wedding!  Apollo takes frolicking in the waves very seriously!

Immediately following a ceremony that didn’t leave a dry eye in the house these two gorgeous brides served champagne and an adorable cake made by their niece.  After changing into comfortable beachwear and flip flops everyone sat down to a scrumptious Pacific Northwest style crab feed as afternoon stretched into a hot summer night.  

This amazing wedding had all of the hallmarks for an epic love story - sand, sun, surf (an adorable pup even!)  and two of the sweetest and most genuinely in love people I’ve ever had the pleasure of photographing.