The month of June went by way too quick for me! We had a super busy month in the studio - Yeah!! We love having happy clients!
We got to work with the Peninsula High School Basketball Team for their sponsor packages to raise money so we did some fun photos them
We also has some great business portraits. Every person has a unique business so not every business photo is the same, cookie cutter style that you may find in the mall. The consultation with each client is important so we can create the perfect photo for them to use. Here is a quick sample of what we were able to do for two very different business women.
Sara Amundson is an up and coming author who was just nominated for an award and needed a photo for her book jacket and website. Her book is set in the Pacific Northwest so an outdoor portrait was perfect for her. Angelia Colglazier is director at Tordis' Hope Foundation and needed a new business portrait for her website.
June is also the biggest annual event that we've photographed. This is our 3rd year as the official photographer for the Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce - Maritime Festival. The two day event has so much to offer everyone! I had the best time there. Saturday I was there for 13 hours and Sunday I was there for 6 hours. To say the least... I was very tired when it was over! Here are a few of my favorites! Check out the event next year, it is always the first weekend in June.
these are the Seattle Pirates
This fun photo was taken from the top of the crow's nest on the Historic Commencement fishing boat. I was the only photographer invited to climb to the top and get some amazing photos! The climb up wasn't that bad... it was the climb down that was a little scary! But all so worth it. This is the Jerisch Park & the Historic Net Shed. The park was filled with Hundreds people to check out the booths, eat yummy food and tour the beer
Sunday is the fleet of Gig Harbor Fishing Boats that line up for the Traditional Blessing of the Fleet. It is an amazing view to see these grand ships line up! This one is really one of my absolute favorites!
We photographed Paul & Amanda's wedding on the 15th. These two had a super busy weekend, not only did they get married, but they also graduated the University of Washington the day before in the morning then had their wedding dress rehearsal in the evening! Then Saturday morning were married! They were headed off to Hawaii for their much needed Honeymoon! Congratulations you guys!
I wrote a post this last week on my facebook page with a link to some informational about the traditional "Something Blue" Be sure to check it out. Here is a photo of Lori's something blue, a set of simple blue hair pins were perfect for her. Ryan and Lori celebrated their anniversary this month as well - Happy Anniversary you guys!
We had two family birthdays, my husband Joe had his 50th birthday and my son Jared had his 11th birthday! We had a Survivor themed party since my hubby has survived 3 strokes and a heart attack! We had about 80 guest come by during our out door themed party! Here are a few of my fav's - Joe with his immunity cupcake! Joe and his Dad and then Joe and my folks.
My two boys play Jr PGA golf and their Gig Harbor Team won their Pierce County division! We had lots of traveling this month but the two that stick out in my mind are the to the Home Course in Dupont and the Tacoma Country Club in Lakewood, both of those tournaments were rainy days! They have a great team and here is my favorite of them all!
And to finish off the month, I took a vacation! We loaded up the suburban and headed to Central Oregon. We love the Eagle Crest Resort in Redmond. We had 7 day with this amazing view. The boys went fishing and golfing and of course spent lots of time in the pool. It was the perfect way to end this month!
So here is looking forward to the next month!
I love to meet couples at for coffee and for a free no obligation consultation. Take a look at our sample wedding albums & ask questions. I promise to buy your coffee and won’t badger you like a used car salesman. Our approach is relationship based. Lets begin a friendship. All our brides start off as strangers but in the end we are friends. We want to work with you thru the process of planning your wedding.
Thru the years, I have found that some couples had many questions about hiring a professional wedding photographer. Some of the questions had to do with the amount of time and how long they thought they would need a photographer. When we pencil out an actual time line of the wedding day, ceremony, reception & photos they found that the time needed was actually longer than they thought. It wasn’t that I was trying to convince them that they needed to spend more money, but rather to have a realistic view on what they wanted and compare that to what the package they would need.
Another thought that they had not considered for them to think about:
When this wonderful wedding day is to be remembered 5 years from now, How is it that they want to remember this day?
Is it a CD that they will pop into the computer and look at photos? Is it a wall portrait of their wedding day? Is it a wedding album?
There are many cost involved with a wedding, however it is important to keep in mind that those beautiful flowers, yummy cake, delicious food, precious moments will only be preserved thru photography.
It is important to set aside funds somewhere from 15% -25% of your total wedding budget for your photography.
Another helpful part of the consultation that my couples found was that I came with my book of resources. I partner with many vendors, caterers, dj’s, videographers, venues and florist not to mention many more. As we discussed each couples plans I was able to supply them with business cards to help them fill in the gaps of vendors they were still looking for, which they found to be extremely helpful. (Just one more reason to meet with me for your free consultation)
Call me any time @ 253-225-7108 I would love to meet you over a cup of coffee to chat…
Your Friend and Wedding Photographer,
This is on of my free resources that I hand out to all of couples during their free, no obligation wedding consultation.
On your wedding day, you'll want to make sure that Lou, captures
those essential details you worked so hard on. To help her out, provide
a list of "must-take" wedding photography shots. Check off your essentials
below, and add any of your own creative ones.
Wedding Photography Shots Before the Ceremony
___ Wedding dress lying over a chair, hanging by window or over the door
___ Zipping up or buttoning the wedding dress
___ Mother of the bride fastening the bride's necklace
___ The bride's garter
___ The bride's veil
___ A close up of the bride's shoes peeking out from under the dress
___ Bride looking into a mirror
___ Bride looking out window
___ Bride and bridesmaids putting on makeup
___ Bride pinning corsage/boutonniere on mother/father
___ Mother/father handing bride bouquet
___ Bride hugging parents
___ Bride touching up
___ Bride and parents leaving for ceremony
___ Groom tying tie
___ Groom looking into mirror
___ Groom looking out window
___ Groom pinning corsage/boutonniere on mother/father
___ Groom hugging parents
___ Bride and parents leaving for ceremony
___ Outside of ceremony site
___ Guests walking into ceremony site
___ Bride and father entering ceremony site
___ Parents being seated
___ Grandparents being seated
___ Maid of honor walking down the aisle
___ Bridesmaids walking down the aisle
___ Flower girl and ring bearer walking down aisle
___ Groom waiting for bride
___ Ceremony musicians
___ Altar or canopy during ceremony
___ Close up of bride, just before she makes her entrance
___ Bride and father walking down aisle
___ Groom seeing bride for first time
___ The back of bride and father walking down the aisle – with the groom
waiting in the distance
___ Bride's father and Bride hugging at end of aisle
___ Shot of the audience from the bride and groom's point of view
___ The unity ceremony
___ Close up of bride and groom saying the vows
___ Wide shot of bride and groom saying the vows
___ Exchanging the rings
___ Close up of hands
___ The kiss
___ Bride & Groom walking up the aisle
___ Receiving line
___ Bride & Groom outside on steps
___ Guests throwing confetti/rose petals/birdseed
___ Bride & Groom hugging guests, laughing, getting congratulations
___ Bride & Groom getting in car
___ Bride & Groom in back seat
Posed Wedding Photography Before the Reception (These can also be taken
before the ceremony)
___ Bride alone (full length)
___ Bride with Maid of Honor
___ Bride with bridesmaids
___ Groom with bridesmaids
___ Bride with parents
___ Bride & Groom together
___ Bride & Groom with parents
___ Bride & Groom with families
___ Bride & Groom with entire wedding party
___ Bride & Groom with flower girl and ring bearer
___ Groom with parents
___ Groom with best man
___ Groom with groomsmen
___ Bride with groomsmen
During the Reception (to help your photographer, you may wish to list these
shots in the order they will happen at your reception)
___ Outside of reception site
___ Bride & Groom arriving
___ Bride & Groom greeting guests
___ Table centerpieces
___ Table setting
___ Bride & Groom's table (head table)
___ Musicians or DJ
___ Guest book
___ Place card table
___ Closeup of bride and groom's place card
___ Wedding cake
___ Groom's cake
___ Gift table
___ Decorations (specify which _________________________)
___ A shot of bride & groom with guests at each table
___ Bride with college alums
___ Groom with college alums
___ The buffet or, if having table service, a dinner serving
___ Bride & Groom's first dance
___ Bride & Father dancing
___ Groom & Mother dancing
___ Guests dancing
___ Bride & Groom cutting the cake
___ Bride & Groom feeding each other cake
___ Toasts (specify who is giving them: ____________________)
___ Bride & Groom drinking champagne
___ Signing the marriage license
___ Bride throwing bouquet
___ Groom retrieving garter
___ Groom tossing garter
___ Garter/Bouquet dance
___ The getaway car
___ Bride & Groom leaving party
___ Bride & Groom driving
Guests the photographer shouldn't miss: (provide your photographer with a
seating chart so that he can easily identify them)