Friday, April 24, 2009

OSP West--Model Shoot

Last weekend, Airika and I were invited to lead one of the photo shoots for OSP West. For those of you who may not know, OSP is an online forum for photographers, and this year, they gathered right here on our doorstep in beautiful Seattle for a weekend of seminars, training and of course, shooting. It was incredible to get to hang and shoot with such an talented group of photographers!

Here are a few photos from the shoot Airika and I led around Pike Place Market...thanks to the fabulous Brittany from Dolce Design for being such an incredible model (by the way, if you need a wedding invitation designer, you seriously need to check out her work)! If you were on the shoot, we'd love to see your photos too, so leave a link in the comments so we can check them out!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Gretchen and Josh

Life is a funny thing. It's an unexpected journey, full of twists and turns, potholes and bridges, back alleys and breathtaking views. For Gretchen and Josh, their story started back in their college days. They were living on separate floors in their college dorm at Whitworth. They had a few mutual friends, but really never got to know one another. They were at different places in life, and the roadsigns on their journeys were pointing them in different directions.

However, about 5 years out of college their lives intersected again, although this time it was from 286.2 miles apart. (but who's counting?) Gretchen was working in Seattle, and Josh in Spokane, and from this distance, they couldn't really see where they were headed. They simply enjoyed the ride as they rekindled their friendship. It wasn't long though, before they realized that their lanes were merging.

As their relationship progressed, one significant and recurring theme they noticed was that many of the important milestones and moments they shared have been around bridges. Their first kiss, their first discussion about marriage, and their engagement--all happened at bridges. They have become a reminder for Gretchen and Josh that no matter what is behind or what is ahead, they are on this road together.

This next image is one of my personal favorites from this session. My initial plan was to shoot towards the sun and get some lens flare. However, as this cloud moved in, it made the sun barely visible, so I quickly metered for the sun to get a silhouette. Very little was done to this image in post-processing, other than add a little tone. Because I was metering for the sun, the clouds actually came out looking that dark!

Here are the specs for those of you who might be interested.
Camera: Canon EOS 5d Mark II
Lens: EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS @ 200mm
Shutter Speed: 1/2000 second
F-Stop: f/18
ISO: 250

Congratulations Gretchen and Josh!


Friday, April 10, 2009

Will we be in your town?

Hello friends!

We will be in Southern California for four days this month and in Maui, Hawaii for 8 days in May. If you live in, or will be traveling to, one of those locations, and would like to create some portraits of you and your loved one(s), please give us a shout out--we would love to work with you! For specific dates and for more information on the special packages we are offering for these sessions, please contact us at

We look forward to hearing from you!

Monday, April 06, 2009

Holly & Michael at Seattle Center

Most people turn to theaters, blockbuster, and Netflix to get their movie fix, but upon hearing about Michael's extensive movie collection, Holly decided that it would just be easier to borrow movies from the guy downstairs. Over time, she became less interested in movies and more interested in their took a little while for Michael to catch on, but after a little coaxing from a friend, he made his move and asked her on a date. That night, Holly & Michael's fate was sealed around 3am over a blueberry fritter at Frank's donut shop. It's funny how something as simple as sharing a movie can change your life...

Holly and Michael we had a great time with you guys, and can't wait for your wedding on the water at Brown's Point this summer!

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