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.

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