Patrick and Emily Unite in Seabrook

Emily emailed me just weeks before the big day. It was a small, intimate ceremony of only family and a few lucky vendors. I was excited to visit the cute town of Seabrook, but nervous that I might feel like an outsider among such a close group of people. Obviously that was stupid, because they made me feel so very welcome. Emily and Patrick's love cast a warm blanket over the entire day, and I'm so grateful that I got to be involved with their wedding.

Married: Travis and Lacey

Last year, I was so excited to find out that a high school friend of mine had gotten engaged. We hadn't really stayed in touch over the years, and he had in fact moved to Texas years ago after his time in the Marines. But I was still so happy, and also pretty impressed that he'd found someone willing to put up with his crap for the rest of her life =).

After spending some time helping search for photographers in their area, I somehow convinced them to fly me to Texas to do the job instead. Once I arrived and met Lacey, I was instantly able to see how amazing she is, and what a wonderful couple they are together. No wedding goes perfectly smoothly. Things get stressful, and problems come up. But the only thing that seemed to matter to them was each other. It was wonderful to see, and I'm so happy I got to be involved. The whole family made me feel so welcome, and I really appreciate the time I was able to spend there.

...Aside from the weather, anyway. Did I mention my camera actually overheated at one point? It's a good thing I live where I do ;)

Baby Londyn

Alright, this is my last catch-up post. Earlier this year, I got to do a cozy newborn shoot with one of my very favorite families. They are unbelievably sweet and beautiful, and I'm so grateful that they keep coming back to me.

Just like with her older sister, Layna, we did baby Londyn's shoot at home. This is such a comfortable, easy option. Layna wasn't too sure about me (as per usual), but it was so much fun getting to watch her practice new new big sister skills (very serious business). 

Married: Sarah and Travis

This is another very late post. What a surprise, right? Sarah and Travis got married on a hot summer day earlier this year. On the 4th of July, in fact. This was such a special event to be involved in. I went to high school with Sarah, and have loved becoming better friends with her in the years since. I was so glad when she and Travis asked me to document their wedding. Sure, it was a million degrees, and the bees were aplenty, but no one let it put a damper on the fun. I could feel the love all around, and I'm excited to share a taste of that with you now. Enjoy!

Married: Castro and Chey

At the end of June, I met with Chey and Castro for the first time on a ferry heading to Whidbey Island. I was nervous about shooting a wedding without meeting the couple ahead of time. But I had a good feeling about these two, so I tried not to worry too much. This was a quick ceremony on the beach. No reception, no drama, and (I think) very little stress. All of the guests were involved in the process from start to finish, and I could feel so much love among this happy group of friends. 

Being a part of such a relaxed, intimate ceremony was such a treat for me. It was so different from any other wedding I've been to or shot. I'm so glad I was asked to document this sweet event.

Engaged (A long time ago): Sarah and Travis

It's clear that I've been incredibly lazy about blogging these days. This shoot is from (wait for it...) February. I know, I'm the worst. Sarah and Travis are actually married now. I photographed their gorgeous (and hot) wedding last month on the 4th of July. So, I figured it was about time to post the pictures from their winter engagement session. 

I was so glad when these two agreed to traipse around in a muddy field with me in order to get the shots I wanted. I was even happier when they tolerated traveling to a second field to do it again! We had a great time, took beautiful photos, and helped Travis discover his totally rational fear of friendly horses.

Scary Photographers, etc.

Last month, an old friend from high school contacted me about photographing her family. She also has a photography business, so naturally I was super nervous to shoot her. I'd never done a shoot for another photography before, and for some reason found the idea super terrifying. Probably because I know how picky I would be in that situation. But more importantly, I had no idea how to pose a family of five without any short kiddos involved! Due to a food poisoning incident, I didn't have to figure that part out. It ended up being just Jessica, her husband, and her sister. It was a shame that the whole family wasn't there, but I was a little relieved to avoid the posing fiasco. And of course, Jessica wasn't judgy or difficult at all. As per usual, I was worried for no reason, and the shoot went beautifully. Be sure to check out Jessica's site below!

Jessica Elle Photography

Surprise Christmas Wedding

I'm so late posting this. For some reason I was ridiculously unproductive over the holidays, and it's finally catching up to me. BUT I'm making up for it right now. I've re-designed my website, acquired a new camera, and am really trying to get serious about my business this year. All very exciting stuff.

Anyway, at the very end of last year (the day after Christmas, actually), I had the surprise honor of photographing my boyfriend's mother's wedding! Laurie and John were in town visiting for Christmas and decided that it was the perfect time to make things official. Of course I had to take the pictures (who knows if they actually wanted me to, but who cares? I brought my camera anyway). Everything was very last-minute, which meant only a small number of friends and family were there for the ceremony. The small intimate feel was amazing, and so low-stress. It was wonderful.

Fantasy Shoot in the Woods

Earlier this year, my friend Jesikah released her beautifully creative first novel, Legacy. I'm so glad to say that her book has been a great success. Eventually, she decided that she needed some fancy new author photos. I was so flattered when she thought of me! In order to match the fantasy-feeling that comes through in her writing, Jesikah specifically requested that we shoot in a woodsy area. That's not something I get to do very often these days, so I was very happy to oblige. 

If you're looking for a great read, be sure to check out Jesikah's book! Right now the Kindle edition is only $4.99, and you can find it easily using the link below. You can also scroll to the bottom of the page to check out Jesikah's website and social links.

Rainy Day at Home

People tend to panic when the sky starts dumping rain on the day of a shoot. I personally love the rain, but it is one of the more challenging parts of being a photographer in the Northwest. Even if I can convince a client to head out into the downpour, it's pretty difficult to hold an umbrella and take pictures at the same time. I need an assistant, clearly.

On this day, I didn't mind the rain one bit. I was delighted that the family didn't want to reschedule. We'd had plans to go out and take pictures, but ended up staying in instead so no one would get soaked. I've actually been wanting to do a cozy family shoot at home for a long time, and I finally got my chance! Thank you, Washington.

I've been shooting this family for more than three years now, and they are truly some of my favorite subjects. One of the most challenging, and also most important aspects of this job is getting people to relax in front of the camera. But there are some who just do this without even thinking. They play with each other, make jokes, and just behave naturally without worrying too much about how they look or what I'm doing. It makes my job easier, and I think the results are incredibly special.

Layna - One Year

I'm so glad to finally get the results of this shoot online! This session actually took place a few months ago, but I didn't get it posted because I was moving (ugh), and then after that, I was just being lazy. Anyway, moving on...

This family is just the absolute best to shoot. Andrew and Katelyn have made such a perfect little girl, and getting to photograph her again was a really fabulous experience. The little lady didn't get cranky even once, despite the shoot being so close to bed time! Oh, and Layna was pretty well-behaved too... =)

Easter

Last month I got to try something new – an Easter shoot! A family I’ve photographed a few times asked me to come to their Easter party. At first I thought the request was a little unusual, but it ended up going really well. This is such a large family, that I imagine it’s rare to have everybody in the same place. So inviting me to take pictures on one of those occasions made a lot of sense.

I’ve mentioned this before, but candid photos tend to be my absolute favorites. Having the freedom to just skulk around in the background and capture natural moments rather than posing everyone can be really fun! Kiddos especially don’t like being posed, and that often shows through in photographs. Anyway, the resulting pictures have a more photojournalistic feel, which is something I love. Enjoy.

Erin and Robby

It's been awhile since I've posted a blog. It's bad, I know. But to be fair, I have actually written two in the past month, decided they were stupid, and deleted them. So at least I'm trying. 

Moving on -- this time I have something really important to post about! Last month, I got to photograph my friend's gorgeous wedding in Port Gamble. First of all, the town is amazing. A little secluded, sure. But I feel like I could easily hole up there for the rest of my life doing nothing but photograph weddings and eat tasty organic trail mix and candy from the general store (that's right... a real general store). But back to Erin and Robby. This wedding was perfect. It was warm, cozy, and fun. I don't think I've ever seen such a nervous couple. There was so much love in one room, and having the opportunity to capture it for them was a truly wonderful experience.

Scott Murphy

Last month I had a superb time taking some campaign photos for Scott Murphy. Scott is looking to retain his Everett City Council seat after being appointed to fill a vacancy earlier this year. I don't live in Everett, so I can't vote for him. But I highly recommend clicking his link at the bottom of the page to learn more!

This wasn't a typical shoot for me, so I have to admit I was a little bit nervous. But of course, everything went smoothly as usual. On Saturday we began at the Grand Avenue Park to take some pictures of Scott and his wonderful family. I hadn't really explored much of Everett before, and this was a perfect opportunity to do so. We went to some really gorgeous locations that I didn't even know existed. On Monday, we met up with Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson at the Future of Flight Museum to get some shots with Paine Field in the background. I can't stress how awesome this was. I'm not sure how I managed to live here for so long without knowing about this cool spot!

Baby Layna

Back in May, I had a wonderful time shooting maternity photos for Katelyn and Andrew. As fun as that was, I was even more excited when it came time to do their newborn photos! Two weeks ago today, they invited me over to their cozy home in Seattle to photograph brand new baby Layna. The session went amazingly well. Andrew and Katelyn have made a gorgeous home for themselves, and it was the perfect setting for the warm, cuddly feel of this shoot.

Birthday Shenanigans

Last year, I had the chance to meet Brandi and her family after she bid on my services at a school auction. We had a great shoot. Her kids are super adorable, and I was lucky enough to catch some amazing moments of brotherly/sisterly love on camera. That's why I was so excited when she called me up again this year to do another shoot! This one involved many more kiddos (and grown-ups), as it took place during a big family birthday party. As you might imagine, this was a little hectic. But I think it went really well! Getting all the little ones to hold still for group shots was pretty tough with all the excitement. But I got a lot of candid action shots, which just happen to be my favorite.

Oh! And I almost forgot to mention that Brandi was (is?) expecting her third little one during this shoot! So we got in a few maternity photos as well.  

Family Photography session in Monroe, Washington. Photo by Alexa Rae Photography - Seattle, WA  
Family Photography session in Monroe, Washington. Photo by Alexa Rae Photography - Seattle, WA    
Family Photography session in Monroe, Washington. Photo by Alexa Rae Photography - Seattle, WA    
Family Photography session in Monroe, Washington. Photo by Alexa Rae Photography - Seattle, WA    
Family Photography session in Monroe, Washington. Photo by Alexa Rae Photography - Seattle, WA    
Family Photography session in Monroe, Washington. Photo by Alexa Rae Photography - Seattle, WA    
Family Photography session in Monroe, Washington. Photo by Alexa Rae Photography - Seattle, WA    
Family Photography session in Monroe, Washington. Photo by Alexa Rae Photography - Seattle, WA    
Family Photography session in Monroe, Washington. Photo by Alexa Rae Photography - Seattle, WA    
Family Photography session in Monroe, Washington. Photo by Alexa Rae Photography - Seattle, WA    

Getting it Together (Katelyn + Andrew)

Well, I've done it. I've finally gotten my act together and made a real grown-up website! It had to be done. I really don't know why I spent so long dragging my feet on this. In reality, I love designing websites; I'm just really bad at seeing them through. The problem is that after I've spent a few hours staring at the same design, my excitement about it changes to a fairly intense hatred – but not this time! 

I have to admit, I'm not very good at writing blogs. It's difficult not to nit-pick and worry that something I say might sound dumb. But I'm going to get over it and do it anyway because, like I implied earlier, I'm being a grown-up, and grown-ups know that websites with active blogs get significantly more traffic than those without them! So, here I go:

I want to talk about the shoot I got to do Sunday before last. Way back in February, I was contacted by an old high school acquaintance. She and her high school sweetheart (now husband) are expecting a little girl, and they wanted me to take some maternity photos once she started to show a little more. Let me tell you, I was so excited. Not to sound creepy, but I've been dying to photograph them ever since I found their wedding/engagement photos online a few years ago. Okay, maybe a little creepy. But that's alright. They're just one of those couples who are clearly so in love, I knew it would show through in their pictures. And you know what? I was right! We had to reschedule quite a few times before the Seattle weather decided to cooperate, but we finally managed to meet up on a beautiful day last week. The weather was a little hotter than I would have liked, but I'm thrilled with the way everything turned out. And I am SO excited to take their newborn photos next month.