I'm thrilled that my amazing wedding video and photo clients honored me with a 2018 Couples' Choice Award from Wedding Wire.
The Couples' Choice Awards represent the top 5% of Seattle wedding videographers and wedding photographers.
I've been fortunate over the years to earn many awards for television and video. It's not about the awards. It's about the quality of your product and the quality of your work.
I love finding ways to return to my roots as a Seattle television reporter and storyteller through my new job as a wedding videographer and wedding photographer.
That's why I love creating Engagement Love Story Films for couples. It's not a traditional wedding video at all. Instead, it's a video we create together months before the wedding. Think of it as a 2-minute uplifting and fun "documentary" about the couple's relationship.
Some couples want to share their film immediately on their wedding website or on Facebook. Others want to play it for their guests at their wedding reception. It's also a nice touch to share alongside your wedding film when it's ready!
Either way, Love Story Films give me a sneak peak into the couple -- how they met, their first date, what they love about each other, the proposal, and so on. I love finding little elements of humor in addition to moments of romance and compassion.
Love Story Films are a great addition to standard wedding film and wedding videography packages because they're different, unique and special! It's one of my favorite parts about being a wedding videographer.
Here's the Love Story Film for Cassie and Jake's wedding at the Hyatt Regency Lake Washington. I was also their wedding videographer!
There’s something really special about filming a South Asian wedding.
This is our brand new film for Shanti and Deepesh’s South Asian wedding in Woodinville and Snohomish.
Like any Seattle wedding videographer, I am always trying to find ways to be creative and diverse with wedding films. When you’re filming a wedding in a Buddhist temple, you’re surrounded by so much color. It’s music to a wedding videographer’s ears (maybe I should say, wedding videographer’s eyes?) when you get to film and experience so many unique, colorful, magical moments of a South Asian wedding ceremony.
Seattle wedding cinematographers love the ornate and special vibe and culture in a South Asian ceremony. Shanti and Deepesh also had a terrific party at the Feather Ballroom in Downtown Snohomish.
My challenge as a wedding cinematographer was crafting a highlight film capturing the spirit and life of Shanti and Deepesh’s ceremony and party, which spanned two days. And their wedding film was only about 7 minutes! That’s a lot of editing and careful, meticulous crafting to make a perfect South Asian wedding film I hope they’ll love forever.
I had a blast taking wedding photos for Amber and Jacques from West Seattle!
Amber looked terrific in her very unique wedding dress. And of course, the Seattle skyline behind them is perfect!
It is important for any Seattle wedding photographer to mix it up when taking wedding pictures in front of the Seattle skyline. Too often, Seattle wedding photos with the skyline can look
similar! I really like Amber and Jacques’ wedding photography collection because we used a mix of day and night pictures. That makes me a happy Seattle wedding photographer!
I don't think any Seattle wedding photographer ever stops searching for the epic, elegant and extraordinary location for gorgeous wedding photos.
Linnea and Dan picked Union Station and Alki Beach for their wedding photos -- two amazing ideas for classic Seattle wedding photo locations.
It was very cold at the beach -- but the wind helped blow Linnea's wedding dress into dramatic and unique poses!
There's only one thing about these wedding photos that I don't like... too many great pictures! That's probably the challenge facing every Seattle wedding photographer: so many options for wedding photo locations, so many epic wedding pictures, and you need to boil it down to a handful of favorites!
One of my favorite parts about being a wedding photographer is helping couples pick the perfect location for their engagement photography session! We have an endless supply or gorgeous, unique settings here in Seattle. There are so many choices for engagement photo locations!
I came across this engagement photo the other day from Matt and Yui's engagement photography session and wanted to share.
Matt and Yui wanted an outdoor, natural and beautiful setting for their engagement pictures. We picked this field by the Arboretum near the University of Washington's campus.
It was in the spring so the fields were full of pollen, and it was blowing all around with the wind. Thankfully, none of us had any allergic reactions.
I should mention I wasn't actually their wedding photographer -- just their engagement photographer. Matt and I used to work together.
I always loved this engagement photo because you can see the pollen lit up by the sun behind them. And they are incredibly natural and comfortable!
Here's another one of my favorite photos from Shraddha and Angad's South Asian wedding.
This is a candid wedding photograph. They didn't pose. But look how natural and loving Shraddha looks! It's a magical picture.
Part of my job as a Seattle wedding photographer (or wedding videographer) is to capture the special, candid, real, and authentic moments. I've always believed that candid wedding photography can sometimes produce some of your most stunning wedding pictures.
This has always been one of my favorite wedding photographs. It's from a South Asian wedding near Seattle a few months ago - Shraddha and Angad.
I love the colors and vibrancy you get to experience as a wedding photographer, especially being a South Asian wedding photographer.
The tricky part is - as a wedding photographer -- or wedding videographer, for that matter -- I don't always understand the languages at these special South Asian ceremony! So the family members sometimes help me out by pointing out the key moments of the wedding ceremony so the couple always gets the perfect and gorgeous wedding pictures they dream of.
I don't think the colors could have been better for this gorgeous South Asian wedding. We took the couple photos at Lake Sammamish State Park.
Maybe it’s just me... but I think Jonathan resembles a young Steve Jobs in his senior portrait.
I admit, maybe the idea popped into my head because during our photo session in Seattle, Jonathan said he was thinking about going to Reed College in Portland, where Jobs attended.
Jonathan’s senior portrait is classic and timeless. He didn’t want anything elaborate or fancy. Even though as a senior portrait photographer I love being creative and capturing luxury, glamorous senior pictures (for the ladies) and authentic, timeless graduation pictures (for the guys) — if a client wants simple and classic senior portraits — I’ll create the best high school yearbook photo that I can!
Let's put it this way... Albanians like to dance!
More than 500 people celebrated Albanian Independence Day at the Lynnwood Convention Center on Saturday night.
My team and I captured photo and video of the event and had a blast! (Advertisement: Sound Originals offers more than wedding photography or wedding videography! We also capture amazing photos and videos for events, parties, fundraisers, galas, concerts and more in Seattle and throughout Western Washington!)
I couldn't understand any of the songs, but all these guests knew them very well. They hold hands and dance in an ever-rotating circle.
It was one of the last sunny days in Seattle when Cat and Pat posed in front of the skyline for their engagement photo at Kerry Park.
I'm looking forward to capturing their wedding photo and video next April. They have a great story of how they met! But, I'll let them tell it when we release their engagement video.
Picking the right location for Seattle engagement shoots can be fun and challenging. Many couples want the skyline behind them -- like Kerry Park. But you need to plan the engagement shoot so the light is just right -- lighting up the skyline perfectly. Cat, Pat and I took these engagement pictures about an hour before sunset.
Shameless advertisement for Sound Originals: More and more couples are asking to book the combination packages with wedding photography and wedding videography together. Besides for the fact that it's a huge financial savings to book with the same company, it also lets me marry a consistent style throughout the entire wedding photo and video process! Many Seattle wedding photographers who also offer wedding video may not specialize in both. Or, vice versa - they're good wedding cinematographers, but still trying their hand at being a wedding photographer. My unique background as a former television reporter lets me do both photo and video really well. That's why I can't wait for Cat and Pat's wedding celebration and their photo collection and video!
I put together this album of my favorite "horizontal" senior pictures from this fall.
Am I the only photographer who sorts senior portraits by horizontal or vertical?
Anyway... these are some of my favorites. We picked some great locations in and around Seattle - Discovery Park, Alki Beach, and Kind Street Station. I hope they'll stand out in the high school yearbook for being interesting and original senior portraits!
Shameless plug... it's not too late to book your senior portrait photography sessions!
Cassie and Jake asked my videography team to show up early enough to film the getting ready process, about two hours before their actual wedding ceremony.
That's really typical for weddings - brides and grooms love to capture all the small moments as they get dressed, get their hair done, makeup, and so on.
When I showed up at the Hyatt Regency Lake Washington in Renton - at the right time - Cassie and Jake were almost completely dressed and ready to go! They were early!
That makes life super easy for a wedding videographer! Except...that's why there's not a lot of "getting ready" video in their wedding film. They were already...ready!
We did manage to film some excellent footage for their First Look overlooking Lake Washington. I think first looks make a great addition to any wedding film.
This was a very fun and lively reception at the Hyatt, with dancing well into the night.
Be sure to check out the sparkler exit! (I'm glad when couples ask us to stay until the end of their party so we can incorporate their big exit into their wedding video!)
I learned one lesson as the wedding photographer and videographer for Angie and Shane's big day on Orcas Island: next time, spend the night.
My team and I drove up to Anacortes, hopped on the ferry, spent the whole day photographing and filming all the wedding festivities, hopped back on the ferry, and drove back home to Seattle.
It was a long day!
But I think the wedding film turned out great.
Angie and Shane decided to upgrade to our "premium wedding film" - twice as long as the standard signature wedding video. Since the film is 15 minutes, we had so much more time to showcase all the special moments from their wedding ... the vows, toasts, dances, decor, you name it.
Orcas Island is a beautiful place for a wedding, that's for sure. It was my first time! Angie had her makeup and hair done in a cabin overlooking the water. Shane...well...he spent a lot of time waiting for Angie!
I was also the still photographer for their wedding. I think that helps marry a consistent, polished style between their wedding photography collection and their wedding film.
Check out their film here:
Desi is a high school senior with natural confidence and photogenic style.
We spent four hours together taking her yearbook senior portraits in Pioneer Square in downtown Seattle - along with her mom and pup, Rocko!
As you scroll through Desi's senior portraits, keep in mind that almost every single pose was natural and authentic. That's so rare! In four hours of senior portrait photography, I think I only had to give her some photo guidance maybe once or twice. Wow!
Desi wanted an urban, sophisticated and "cool" theme for her senior photos. She goes to high school on the Eastside but we picked Pioneer Square for its gritty, "city" vibe.
We ended up with a finished collection of 100+ senior portraits. I can't wait to hear which picture she picks for her graduation portrait!
I love road trips. That's why I was excited when Madison's mom asked if I would travel across Snoqualmie Pass to take senior pictures in the Yakima River Canyon near Ellensburg.
Madison wanted an autumn theme with the beautiful fall colors. The family lives on a gorgeous property with a creek - so we started the senior photo shoot a few steps away from home. (That's when Madison is wearing the dark sweater in her first batch of senior portraits.)
After about 20 minutes of photography, we hopped in the car and drove down into the Yakima River Canyon. I'd never been there! So beautiful!
Madison's mom knew of a photogenic bridge over the river. We wanted original photos for Madison's high school yearbook - senior pictures that would stand out from everyone else's.
The bridge is an extraordinary cool place. I think Madison was a little cold, but hopefully her colorful senior portraits were worth the chilly wind! Here's a small sample of her collection.
The lighting couldn't have been better for Amanda's senior picture session in West Seattle. Amanda wanted to capture the Seattle skyline behind her so we picked Alki Beach for her photo shoot. That's sometimes tricky because you need the sun to light the buildings exactly right.
Thankfully, the sun broke free from the clouds - and cast a warm glow on the Seattle downtown with a long reflection onto Puget Sound.
I love when the sun cooperates to help Amanda get the most interesting senior photos possible!
We ended up with a portrait collection with about 50 pictures. I am always so curious which photo Amanda and her family will pick for their yearbook senior portrait!!