It was great meeting New Yorkers Chelsea and Jamie, who were visiting Seattle earlier this summer to plan their wedding. Chelsea is originally from Gig Harbor and now works in an investment bank in New York; Jamie is a corporate event organizer who grew up in Manhattan. Their wedding is set for summer 2015 in the Lake Union area, and I'm so looking forward to covering it!
Chelsea and Jamie met the old-fashioned way: At a bar! They were each with several friends, but mutual attraction took hold and they ended up talking for hours. Three days later, they went on their first date to a Yankees game. How New York of them!
Sports is a big part of their lives. Chelsea played soccer in high school and college and Jamie is now into the game as well. They also both like to watch and play football, baseball and softball -- basically, if you throw any kind of ball at them, one of them is bound to catch it. Aside from sports, they like to cook good food, drink craft beers, dance, and play with their cats Tiddle E. Winks and Thunderdome.
OK, I admit, as a photographer, I tell a lot of people that they look beautiful. But hot damn, don't they look BEAUTIFUL??? I love their glowing skin and winning smiles! Not to mention that fabulous rock on Chelsea!
I've been a bit obsessed with taking photos of people's reflections in mirrors, windows, ponds, and rain puddles. The challenge with this kind of photography is to capture the subjects in an interesting way without being in the image myself. Short of being a vampire, it's hard not be in the photo unless I step off to the side and get the people from an angle where my camera and I are not visible in the mirror.
A few hours after their engagement shoot, I had the pleasure of meeting Chelsea's parents, brother and sister-in-law for larger group photos. They were a really fun bunch. It was awesome that Chelsea's mom, Jo, arranged for everyone to be color-coordinated in blue and rented bright red umbrellas in case of rain. It didn't rain, but we opened up the umbrellas anyway for this oh-so-Seattle picture:
This family was so much fun to photograph! For this last shot, they wanted a picture that would conjure up the TV show "Modern Family," and had Chelsea's brother Michael step away from the group like a black sheep. I have not watched the series, so I'm not sure if we captured the right mood, but in any case, I love the poses and humor in this image. I'm really looking forward to meeting this couple again next summer along with their families and friends. Photographing their wedding is going to be a treat!