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.

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). 

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.

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.

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.

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