Christina and Jorge traveled to Seattle for a romantic weekend and wanted a couple's photography session to mark their one year anniversary of dating. I asked them to meet me at 9:30 am - pretty early for a Saturday - because they wanted photos at the Pike Place Market, which gets very crowded. It turned out to be a great time for photos, because not only was the summer light just right, we found many empty spots, including this restaurant behind the market.
I saw the red chairs and white tables and knew we just had to take this shot. We quickly ran in, without seeing a hostess or any other staff members, and snuck in a few photos. I love how the colors are so complementary! It was like this restaurant had been designed especially for them.
Hailing from Salem, Oregon, the cute pair first met in high school. Jorge was instantly smitten, but Christina soon moved away to another school. "I never was able to get her out of my head," Jorge said.
Fast-forward seven years, school finished, careers begun (she's a pharmacy technician at Walgreen's; he does technical support for the Oregon State Lottery) and they're not only boyfriend-girlfriend, they're a traveling duo who's explored much of the country, as well as the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Grand Turk, and the Virgin Islands.
OK, ok, so what did they do on their first date, you ask? Drum roll, please.... For their first date, Christina and Jorge went on a cruise together. Yup, that's right! Talk about breaking convention! While most first dates happen in coffee houses or restaurants, this couple took a leap of faith, and it paid off big time. They wrote in an email: "It was a stressful year for both of us, so we jumped on a last-minute cruise to the Caribbean and the rest is history."
The photo above was a coincidence. I had actually wanted to take photos near a different boat - a Spanish war ship - but that ship had sailed, and in its place was this colossal Love Boat. At this point, I actually had no idea that Jorge and Christina had gone on a cruise together on their first date. So it was a happy coincidence that this ship was there for our picture-perfect moment. But Seattle is so wonderful like that. There are so many scenic, gorgeous and interesting areas to take photos, that you're bound to come across something meaningful to you.
After the walk through the piers, we did some experiments with windows and reflections. I have become a bit obsessed with taking photos of people's reflections in mirrors, windows and rain puddles. This window at the Seattle Aquarium was double-paned so it had the effect of giving two reflections. At first, I did not like the effect, because I had wanted a clean and crisp reflection, but now that I look at the photos, I really like how they came out. Notice the amber spirals above their heads; these remind me of flames. So appropriate for this hot young couple!
In this photo, I love how the light is on one side of the alley, and how it's reflecting off their bodies. I also love the twirl and lift of Christina's blue skirt, and the clean shadows on the ground.
Finally, to cap off their romantic photo session, we had to stop traffic for this moment: