Back in the day when I was a corporate desk hugger Melissa was a colleague of mine. Flash forward several years and we reunited when I photographed her wedding. Melissa, her husband Craig (a former fighter pilot!) and I had great fun all day long running around from downtown to Holy Rosary church and Lincoln Park in West Seattle then across town to the Seattle Tennis Club. Even though it was a jam packed day I hope you can tell by their expressions that they really enjoyed their wedding. I’d love to impart some advice on newly engaged couples or those of you who may be mere days from getting married. Take a page out of Melissa and Craig’s book and relax, go with the flow, and focus on having a lovely time. They spent plenty of time planning a beautiful, elegant wedding and when the day finally came they fully enjoyed it. Speaking of beautiful wedding I cannot say enough good things about floral design company Botanique. Owner Kelly Sullivan is just a love. Professional, talented and very pleasant to work with. Enough gushing for now. Check out Melissa and Craig’s big day!

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bride shoes and bottom of her dress

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bride about to surprise the groombride and groom first lookbride and groom portrait downtown Seattle

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bride and groom and flower girls and ring bearer

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I LOVE headshot photography. Truly. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve been greeted by clients who meet me and immediately blurt out how much they hate being photographed. Those same clients have left the photo session hugging me, telling me they’ll gladly refer me to everyone they know and that they were surprised at how much fun it was. Probably in part because I am not afraid to make a triple chin and show them how that’s exactly what I won’t do to them. I take great pride in putting people at ease and when they react excitedly about the photos that we made together it is super gratifying for me. The few photos shown here were all taken on location at my clients’ places of business so they simply had to wait for me to show up and help them look their best. I do offer a studio set up option for clients who prefer that. However these location shoots prove to be extremely convenient for people who have very little time on their hands. Plus being photographed in a familiar environment only helps to ease anxiety.

Headshot of a blonde female bankerHeadshot of a local Seattle attorneyHeadshot of a smiling womanHeadshot of a physically fit brunette womanHeadshot of a muscular brunette male

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This session was all about Shep. At his recent vet visit Shep got a not so hot health assessment to say the least. He is a lovalbe, cuddly, sweet 12 year old little furball and either his time will be very limited or he will have a bit of a fight ahead of him to stay around for a while. This is the second time I’ve photographed dogs with their owners when they’ve received this type of news. They wanted to capture a happy time with their family member before it’s too late quite frankly. To do this type of photography is an absolute privilege. Before Shep’s mom even saw the photos she texted me, “Thank you… Thank you for doing this for us. We will treasure these pics. It must feel so good to make people happy for a living.” I struggled with sharing this private text because well, it was private. Until now. I wanted to share it because time is fleeting and being a dog lover myself I think these types of photos are immensely important to take and to have. This simple text message really struck home and I wanted to make sure to take note of it so that when I experience challenging days as being a one man show business owner I can re-read it as a pick me up. After I shared the photos with the owners Shep’s mom wrote to me, “I’m sitting here with tears rolling down my face. We love them. Thank you so much for giving us these wonderful photos to keep forever.” This gives me chills as I re-read it. It warms my heart and tears me apart at the same time. Hug the ones you’re with.

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